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Kinston blanks Pelicans

The Pelicans and starting pitcher Brett Oberholtzer was rolling along.

But as the case has been so many times this season, the Pelicans had one truly bad inning and then watched just their second winning streak of the season fade away. Myrtle Beach fell 5-0 to Kinston on Monday night at BB&T Coastal Field in the opener of a seven-game homestand.

It halted some building that appeared to occur during wins the previous two days on the road against Lynchburg.

"There's no real explanation for it," left fielder Cole Miles said. "We had some good momentum. We were just kind of flat for some reason."

In this case, it was the Indians' sixth inning that did in Wheeler's team.

After Oberholtzer started the game scattering three useless hits through the first five innings, he gave up three consecutive singles to open the sixth. Cristo Arnal and Jason Kipnis reached base before Nate Recknagel's RBI single brought home the game's first run.

After a sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third, Karexon Sanchez opened it up when he hit a three-run home run into the newly erected left-field bleachers.

"Obby, he ran into trouble [in the fifth inning] and got out of it," manager Rocket Wheeler said. "That might have taken a little bit out of him. But I tell you what, he pitched a good ball game."

For the Indians, it was their 19th home run of the season; 10 of those dingers have come in four games against Myrtle Beach.

When Kinston added another run in the eighth, it was sufficient, especially given the Myrtle Beach's oft-anemic offense of 2010.

The Pelicans did virtually nothing at the plate Monday. They went in order five times. Miles, batting leadoff, was 0-for-4; cleanup hitter Gerry Rodriguez struck out two more times, upping his Carolina League leading tally to 49.

When the Pelicans did get runners on base, they did even less with them.

Myrtle Beach had the bases loaded with one out in the fourth. However, third basemen Samuel Sime struck out and catcher Jose Sucre grounded into a fielder's choice.

"We had one chance to score, and we didn't score," Wheeler said. "The thing is, we played a good ball game, we just came out on the losing end."

In part, that had to do not only with a lack of offense, but a trend for Myrtle Beach this season. The Pelicans have been doing much of their scoring in the latter part of games.

That leaves more pressure on starting pitchers like Oberholtzer, who was stellar for the first five innings against the Indians.

"Maybe if we can start out a little better and get some run support for them, of after [opponents] score the offense come out and do something so it's not like we just flat-line like that," Miles said. "The pitchers can't do it all."

Indians 5, Pelicans 0

Kinston.AB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Henry, J CF

5

0

1

0

0

1

.286

Arnal SS

5

1

1

0

0

1

.150

Kipnis 2B

4

1

1

0

0

0

.324

Recknagel 1B

3

2

1

1

1

1

.268

Abreu RF

2

0

1

0

0

0

.224

Webb, D a- PH-RF

1

0

1

1

0

0

.214

Bellows 3B

1

0

0

0

0

0

.241

Sanchez, Ka 3B

3

1

1

3

0

1

.281

Pickens C

3

0

0

0

1

0

.254

Pena, RO DH

4

0

1

0

0

1

.157

Montero, L LF

2

0

0

0

2

0

.149

Totals33

5

8

5

4

5

Myrtle BeachAB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Miles, C CF

4

0

0

0

0

1

.247

Campusano 2B

3

0

0

0

0

0

.174

Rodriguez, G RF

4

0

1

0

0

1

.210

Avila 1B

3

0

0

0

0

2

.307

Sime 3B

4

0

1

0

0

1

.370

Sucre C

3

0

0

0

0

0

.223

Culver DH

3

0

0

0

0

0

.260

Barba SS

3

0

0

0

0

0

.190

Totals27

0

2

0

0

5

Kinston

000

004

010

1

--

5

7

2

M. Beach

000

000

000

0

--

0

2

0

E--Sanchz, Ka (6, throw), Pickens (4, catcher interference). LOB--Kinston 6, Myrtle Beach 6. 2 B--Webb, D (4, Pruneda). HR--Sanchez, Ka (2, 6th inning off Oberholtzer, 2 on, 1 out).

Kinston

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

McFrlnd (W, 1-0)

6.0

2

0

0

0

6

0.59

Jones, C (S, 1)

3.0

1

0

0

0

1

0.00

Myrtle Beach

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Obrhltzer (L, 1-2)

6.0

7

4

4

2

4

7.04

Pruneda

3.0

1

1

1

2

1

4.02

HBP--Harrilchak, C (by McFarland) Umpires--Home, Shaylor Smith; First, Jacob Danielsen. T:2:21. A--1,835.

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