Winston-Salem Dash 4, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 2
Tied at 2 going into the ninth, the Dash took two runs off Pelicans reliever James Pugliese in the top half thanks to a two-out two-RBI triple by Marcus Davis and Winston-Salem shut the door on Myrtle Beach in the bottom half.
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Davis, whose triple was his lone hit of the game.
Play of the game
In the top of the fourth inning, Pelicans center fielder Rashad Crawford stretched out and made a beautiful diving catch in right-center field to end the frame.
Crawford is having perhaps the best start to the year of any batter on the Pelicans roster. Batting leadoff, the 22-year-old has put together a .381 average and .619 slugging percentage in six games.
He said it
You can spell loss with L-O-B (left on base) tonight. We left a lot of guys on. [Starter Jonathan] Martinez started the game giving up three straight hits and two runs, but I thought he did a great job. He deserved to win this ballgame with the effort he put in over seven innings. The seventh inning we left the bases loaded, the eighth inning we left a couple; just about every inning we left somebody on.We played great defense; Crawford made a great play in the game and [third baseman Jason] Vosler made a good one too on the back end. You have to get the ball in play. If you don't get the ball in play, you're leaning on walks or fastballs or wild pitches. Sometimes it happens, but not tonight. We need more guys to stand in the box and put in good at-bats and put runners in scoring position or drive them home. It's not the end of the world but if we're going to be good, we're going to have to start knocking in runs.
W–Nolan Sanburn (1-0, 0.00 ERA). L–James Pugliese (0-1, 3.60)
By the numbers
9Men left on base by the Pelicans
12Strikeouts recorded by Winston-Salem pitching
28Runners stranded by Myrtle Beach in its three-game series with Winston-Salem
7Games on Myrtle Beach's next road trip (Carolina, April 14-17; Winston-Salem, April 18-20)
Myrtle Beach Pelicans (3-4, T-2nd Southern), Winston-Salem Dash (3-4, T-2nd Southern)
Who: Myrtle Beach Pelicans at Carolina Mudcats
When: 7 p.m. Thursday
Where: Zebulon, N.C.