Buies Creek Astros 3, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 0
With the game scoreless in the top of the second, Buies Creek designated hitter Spencer Johnson sent the 1-1 offering from Myrtle Beach lefty Justin Steele over the left field fence for a home run. The Astros would not trail in the game, tacking on runs in the fourth and ninth for their final tally.
Johnson’s lone hit on a 1-for-3 night proved to be a big one, giving Buies Creek a lead it would not relinquish and claim a series win in Myrtle Beach.
Winner: Buies Creek pitcher Ryan Hartman went five innings, scattering two hits and striking out one in a winning effort.
Loser: Justin Steele kept Myrtle Beach in the game, going 4 2/3 and giving up two runs on six hits. He struck out six in his time on the mound.
By the numbers
4 By virtue of Thursday’s loss, Myrtle Beach fell to its fourth straight series loss.
8 Strikeouts by Pelicans pitchers on the evening, six of which came courtesy of pitcher Justin Steele.
16 Myrtle Beach second baseman Bryant Flete reached base for the 16th consecutive game, earning a walk in the seventh inning.
Myrtle Beach’s second half struggles continue, falling to 5-9 —last in the Carolina League South — though its overall mark is 48-36. As for Buies Creek, it improves to 10-5 in the second half of the league slate.
Myrtle Beach takes to the road for a four-game set with the Frederick Keys, starting with Friday’s series opener starting at 7 p.m.