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Hoover, Pelicans come undone in third inning

One bad inning ended the Pelicans' chances on Saturday.

Myrtle Beach pitcher J.J. Hoover gave up five runs to the Frederick Keys in the third inning, and the Birds went on to lose 9-1.

Hoover rolled through the first two innings, facing the minimum number of batters. In the third, that all changed.

The Keys (41-28) scored five runs in the frame off of four hits and two walks. At one point, five consecutive Frederick players reached base, and all five scored. Hoover was eventually charged with six earned runs in what was his second consecutive poor start. He gave up four runs in one inning of work against Kinston one week ago.

The Pelicans (25-43) offense had a bit of a different look as well. After spending his first several weeks with the club in the nine hole, center fielder L.V. Ware was moved to the leadoff spot for the second consecutive night. That pushed left fielder Cole Miles to second in the order.

While Ware had batted .368 (7-for-19) in the previous five games, the move didn't pay off this time.

"We were trying to get those three rabbits on for the big guys to drive them in," manager Rocket Wheeler said, referring to Ware, Miles and newcomer Mychal Jones. "Whether it's the [No.] 9, 1 and 2, or 1, 2 and 3, I'm just playing with it a little bit."

Ware and Miles were a combined 1-for-8 on the night, and that came on a Ware bunt single in the eighth.

The Pelicans got next to nothing off Keys starting pitcher Ryan Berry. The eccentric-looking, first-year player out of Rice suffered from shoulder stiffness last season, so the Orioles organization is easing him into professional ball. He has not thrown more than five innings since moving up to the Carolina League.

Still, he was extremely effective for his time on the mound Saturday. Berry allowed just two hits and stranded all three Pelicans that reached base against him. He got the Birds in order in three of his five innings - and when he left the game, Frederick held a 5-0 lead.

"He hit spots and he changed speeds," Miles said. "He just kept it low. That's kind of the case when guys get themselves out."

Said Wheeler: "We were chasing his change-up. ... We never made the adjustment."

Frederick

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Avery LF

5

2

3

1

0

1

.296

Hudson CF

4

2

2

0

1

0

.250

Miclat SS

4

2

2

4

0

1

.317

Mahoney 1B

4

1

2

1

1

0

.310

Welty RF

5

0

2

2

0

0

.251

Abreu, M 2B

5

0

1

1

0

1

.257

Rowell DH

5

0

1

0

0

1

.239

Britton, B 3B

4

1

1

0

0

1

.290

Ward C

3

1

0

0

1

1

.195

Totals39

9

14

9

3

6

Myrtle BeachAB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Ware CF

4

0

1

0

0

2

.257

Miles LF

4

0

0

1

0

0

.246

Jones, My SS

4

0

1

0

0

1

.415

Jones, Mi 1B

3

0

0

0

1

1

.248

Jones, T 2B

3

0

2

0

1

0

.275

Nelson DH

4

0

0

0

0

1

.262

Sime 3B

4

0

0

0

0

2

.272

Kennelly, M C

3

1

1

0

1

0

.218

Sumoza RF

3

0

0

0

1

1

.206

Totals32

1

5

1

4

8

Frederick

005

010

003

--

9

14

0

M. Beach

000

000

010

--

1

5

3

E--Miles (4, fielding), Jones, My (4, throw), Sime (10, throw). LOB--Frederick 8 Myrtle Beach 7

Frederick

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Berry (W, 2-0)

5

2

0

0

1

5

2.17

McCurry (S, 1)

4

3

1

1

3

3

3.43

Myrtle Beach

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Hoover (L, 4-5)

5

7

6

6

2

3

4.14

Proctor

1

1

0

0

0

1

7.11

Clemens

3

6

3

0

1

2

4.96

Umpires--Home, Matt Cumbee; First, Tim Rosso. T--2:49. A--2,365.

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