Down East Wood Ducks 14, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 6
The Down East Wood Ducks scored runs in each of the first six innings. However, a five-run outburst in the third proved to be Myrtle Beach’s undoing, as Matt Lipka and Luis La O connected for home runs off of Pelicans starter Ryan Kellogg.
Down East third baseman Luis La O was 3-for-5 in the game, with a home run and 4 RBIs. He also scored four runs on the night for the Wood Ducks.
Winner: Wes Benjamin (5-6) went six innings, giving up two runs on 11 hits. He struck out two Pelicans batters.
Loser: Ryan Kellogg had a rough go of things, yielding six runs on nine hits in two innings of work.
By the numbers
3 Errors for Myrtle Beach in the game, as well as the number of home runs hit by Down East.
5 Pitchers used by Myrtle Beach in the game.
30 Total hits by the teams in Friday night’s contest.
Myrtle Beach falls to 44-28 overall, and 1-1 in the second half of the Carolina League season. Down East improves to 25-45, also 1-1 in the season’s second half.
The clubs continue their series at TIcketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark on Saturday, the third in a four-game set. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m., with Mike Rucker (1-1, 1.73 ERA) going to the hill for Myrtle Beach. Down East will counter with right-hander Richelson Pena (4-3, 3.36 ERA).