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Winston-Salem extends Myrtle Beach Pelicans' misery

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans might want to file a missing-team report after Wednesday night's 11-4 loss to the Winston-Salem Dash.

The same team that opened the season with three impressive victories was pummeled by the Dash for the third straight night at BB&T Coastal Field.

The Pelicans (4-9) lost for the ninth time in their last 10 outings since Opening Day. And like many of the games during their current six-game losing streak, Wednesday's game wasn't even close.

The Dash (10-3) again used their bats to pound the Pelicans, scoring in each of the first four innings to put the game away early. Myrtle Beach doubled its output from the previous two games of the series, but didn't get the pitching to make it a ballgame.

Yelier Castro was called from the bullpen to make his first start of the season for Myrtle Beach after scheduled pitcher Zeke Spruill went on the disabled list Tuesday. Castro made a brief relief appearance Monday night and the rust showed immediately on Wednesday.

The Dash roughed up Castro for four hits and four runs in the first inning, and that was just the beginning. After Castro appeared to gain his composure by getting the first two batters out in the second, the Dash knocked him around for four more hits and runs for an 8-0 lead.

The Pelicans, who scored their first run in the second, mercifully pulled the plug on Castro to start the third, but the hits just kept coming for the Dash. Reliever Benino Pruneda also lasted just two innings, giving up three hits and two runs before exiting with a 10-2 deficit.

Myrtle Beach's Amadeo Zazueta and Jesus Sucre hit solo home runs and the Pelicans finally found an effective pitcher in Juan Abreu, but it was too little too late. Charles Leesman pitched five solid innings for the win and Luis Sierra went 3-for-5 with four RBIs to lead the Dash's 16-hit parade.

During the Pelicans six-game losing streak they have been outscored by a combined score of 51-15.

The Pelicans will try to avoid a four-game series sweep at the hands of the Dash at 7 tonight before starting a road trip at Kinston on Friday.

W.-Salem.AB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Short RF

6

1

3

0

0

0

.356

Escobar SS

6

1

3

1

0

0

.263

Gilmore 3B

5

2

2

1

1

0

.389

Loman 1B

6

2

2

3

1

0

.250

Bour C

3

3

2

1

2

0

.545

Wllms LF

2

1

1

0

3

0

.200

Sierra DH

5

0

3

4

0

1

.300

Garcia 2B

5

0

0

0

1

1

.347

Greene CF

4

1

0

0

1

1

.295

Totals42

11

16

10

9

3

Myrtle BeachAB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Zazueta SS

5

1

1

1

0

0

.179

Sucre C

4

1

2

1

0

0

.319

Milligan DH

4

0

0

0

0

3

.216

Rodriguez LF,1B

2

2

1

0

2

0

.319

Avila 1B

4

0

1

0

0

2

.229

Culver RF

4

0

1

0

0

0

.250

Moody 3B

4

0

1

1

0

1

.213

Shehan RF

3

0

0

0

1

1

.133

Barba 2B

4

0

0

0

0

1

.118

Totals29

1

3

1

1

10

Winston-Salem

441

100

010

--

11

14

1

Myrtle Beach

011

010

000

--

3

7

0

E--Garcia. LOB--Winston-Salem 11, Myrtle Beach 6. 2B-- Short, Bour, Sierra, Loman, Williams (WS). HR--Loman, (WS); Zazueta, Sucre (MB).

Winston-Salem

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Leesman W 2-1

5

7

3

3

2

4

3.46

Axelrod

2

0

0

0

0

0

1.00

Burdie

1

0

1

0

1

1

3.00

Infante

1

0

0

0

0

1

1.42

Myrtle Beach

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Castro L 2-1

2

8

8

8

3

1

16.20

Pruneda

2

3

2

2

3

0

3.18

Abreu

4

3

1

1

1

2

8.10

Chapman

1

2

0

0

0

2

1.50

WP--Castro, Pruneda. Umpires--Home, Joey Amaral; First: Tyler Wilson. T--2:33. A--2,207.

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