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Strong pitching, timely hitting help Pelicans win

Myrtle Beach got hits when it needed them and strong pitching all night in a 2-1 win over Kinston on Wednesday night at BB&T Coastal Field in pitcher Paul Clemens' first start of the season.

Clemens is an often-used right-handed reliever who had already made 12 appearances for Myrtle Beach (29-48, 3-4 second half) since being called up from Low-A Rome on May 10. It was also his longest outing of the year, lasting five innings before giving way to Angelo Paulino.

Clemens also took more than a whole point of his ERA, dropping it from 5.59 to 4.44. He allowed just one hit, no runs and struck out five while walking one in the no-decision.

He made the start in place of injured Arodys Vizcaino, who was placed on the injured reserve list on Wednesday with a right elbow strain.

Pelicans manager Rocket Wheeler said the pitching staff has been stretching outings, and Clemens has gone three or four innings multiple times this season, which made him the best choice to fill Vizcano's spot in the rotation. Wheeler said he had a pitch-count window of 75-80 pitches, and he threw 70.

When all was said and done, four Pelicans pitcher had combined for a two-hitter and 12 strikeouts.

Paulino (2-2) retired the Indians in order in the sixth, and struck out Abner Abreu to start the seventh before allowing a solo homer to Kyle Bellows for Kinston's only run. He went two innings, giving up a run on one hit, while striking out four and walking none to earn the win.

"[Paulino] hung one slider. Other than that he was outstanding. On his sliders he got them to chase," Wheeler said.

Tyrell Harris went 11/3 innings with a pair of strikeouts and Luis Avilan picked up his fourth save with 2/3 innings of perfect relief to close out the win.

The Pelicans tried to get some early runs, but had a pair of runners that were caught stealing. Mycal Jones led off the bottom of the first with a single, but was nailed stealing second by Kinston (39-37, 3-3) catcher Richard Martinez and L.V. Ware led off the bottom of the third with a single, but was thrown out by Martinez as he took a shot at swiping second.

"It didn't cost us any runs, because when they get on, the rabbits are going to run," Wheeler said. "They've got to learn to steal bases. They went on off-speed pitches, so they are picking good counts to run on. ... That's why I'm giving them the green light."

Both sides also learned a lesson about trying to be too aggressive. Kinston's Abner Abreu reached second when Pelicans shortstop Mycal Jones mishandled a chopper then missed the target on the throw to first. But Abreu was thrown out trying to score by right fielder Cory Harrilchak on Karexon Sanchez' single.

Myrtle Beach's Samuel Sime hit a two-out double in the second, but was nailed at the plate when he tried to score on Chris Anderson's single.

Clemens was already on the bench when the Pelicans finally got on the board in the bottom of the sixth.

Dan Nelson reached on a one-out single and went to second when Mike Jones walked. After a sharp lineout by Travis Jones, Sime single to right field to score Nelson and Chris Anderson's RBI single brought home Mike Jones.

Mahalic was done after 52/3 innings and was replaced by lefty Chris Jones, who inherited a bases-loaded jam with two outs in the sixth, but he struck out Ware to get out of the jam.

Mahalic (3-2) took the loss for Kinston. He gave up eight hits in 52/3 innings, walked four and struck out two with two earned runs.

Game 2 of the three-game series is tonight at 7:05. Right-hander Randall Delgado (2-5, 2.76) is slated to start for Myrtle Beach against left hander T.J. House (2-5, 3.58) for Kinston.

KinstonAB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Montero, L CF

4

0

0

0

0

2

.248

Greenwell LF

4

0

0

0

0

2

.333

Abreu RF

4

0

0

0

0

2

.246

Bellows 3B

2

1

1

1

1

1

.254

Sanchez, Ka 2B

3

0

1

0

0

1

.274

Diaz, Ju SS

3

0

0

0

0

2

000

Pickens DH

3

0

0

0

0

1

.261

Kersten 1B

3

0

0

0

0

0

.167

Martinez, R C

3

0

0

0

0

1

.139

Totals28

1

2

1

1

12

M. BeachAB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Jones, My SS

4

0

2

0

0

0

.370

Harrilchak, C RF

4

0

1

0

0

0

.230

Nelson DH

3

1

1

0

1

0

.281

Jones, Mi 1B

3

1

0

0

1

2

.244

Jones, T 2B

4

0

0

0

0

0

.246

Sime 3B

3

0

2

1

1

0

.267

Anderson, C C

4

0

2

1

0

2

.286

Ware CF

2

0

1

0

1

1

.250

Miles LF

2

0

0

0

1

1

.251

Totals29

2

9

2

5

6

Kinston

000

000

100

--

1

2

0

M. Beach

000

002

00X

--

2

9

1

E --Jones, My (5, throw). LOB--Kinston 2, Myrtle Beach 8. HR--Bellows (6, 7th inning off Paulino, 0 on, 1 out). 2B -- Sime (9, Mahalic). CS -- Jones, My (2, 2nd base by Mahalic/Martinez, R), Ware (4, 2nd base by Mahalic/Martinez, R).

Kinston

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Mahalic (L, 3-2)

5.2

8

2

2

4

2

3.38

Jones, C

2.1

1

0

0

1

4

0.84

M. Beach

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Clemens

5

1

0

0

1

5

4.44

Paulino (W, 2-2)

2

1

1

1

0

4

2.54

Harris, T (H, 2)

1.1

0

0

0

0

2

5.65

Avilan (S, 4)

0.2

0

0

0

0

1

1.62

Umpires--Home, Jay Pierce; First, Chris Graham. T--2:33. A--4,391.

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