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Two-out damage dooms Pelicans against Hillcats

Two outs spelled trouble for Julio Teheran on Friday night.

The Myrtle Beach right-hander gave up five hits and four runs with two outs already on the board as the Pelicans fell to Lynchburg 4-0 at BB&T Coastal Field.

Take away the two-out turmoil and Teheran was solid, giving up only three hits and retiring the side in order in the first, third and fourth innings.

Teheran (3-4) lasted seven innings and struck out nine Hillcats batters while only walking one, but the four earned runs doomed the Carolina League All-Star to his third straight loss.

"The kid pitched a heckuva ballgame. He threw the ball well. He showed three Major League pitches tonight," Myrtle Beach manager Rocket Wheeler said. "We just didn't get him any runs and this team has hit the long ball on him."

Teheran has given up five home runs in his last two starts against the Hillcats. He gave up a career high three homers, including a grand slam by Neftali Soto, in a 9-8 loss on June 28.

Lynchburg (38-53 overall, 9-12 second half) starter James Avery (5-3) was stellar throughout the night, giving up just a pair of hits in eight innings while striking out six and walking none.

The damage started in the second inning when Soto led off with a single, Denis Phipps flied out and Kyle Day struck out swinging before Jose Gualdron slammed a homer off the scoreboard in left center to put Lynchburg up 2-0.

Jordan Wideman hit a two-out homer off Teheran in the top of the fifth inning and doubled with two down in the seventh before coming home on a Cody Puckett single for the Hillcats' final score.

"[Teheran] left balls up in the zone," Wheeler said. "He had the bloop on the base hit, then gave up the two-out home run. The two home runs were fastballs. The double by Wideman was off speed."

Lynchburg nearly added two more runs in the inning after Puckett stole second and took third on a throwing error by Pelicans (35-57, 9-13) catcher Braeden Schlehuber, but Pelicans left-fielder Cole Miles made a sprawling grab on a Carlos Mendez fly ball for the third out.

Mendez provided the most unusual moment of the game in the sixth inning when he lost control of his bat at the plate, sending it flipping into the backstop netting near the third base dugout, where it became stuck.

Myrtle Beach had the makings of a rally in place in the bottom of the ninth. Miles hit a one-out triple before L.V. Ware flied out to right, then Cory Harrilchak walked to bring up Dan Nelson, who grounded out to second to end the game as the Pelicans were shut out for the eighth time this season.

Lynchburg took a 2-1 lead in the four-game series with the win. Game 4 is tonight at 7:05. Lance Janke (RHP, 3-6, 6.21) will start for Lynchburg against Brett Oberholtzer (LHP, 2-3, 4.15).

LynchburgAB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Puckett 2B

4

0

1

1

0

1

.271

Greene SS

3

0

0

0

1

0

.233

Mendez, C 3B

4

0

0

0

0

1

.296

Soto 1B

4

1

2

0

0

1

.263

Phipps CF

4

0

0

0

0

2

.273

Day RF

4

0

1

0

0

3

.271

Gualdron DH

4

1

1

2

0

1

.272

Contreras, E LF

3

1

1

1

1

2

.223

Wideman C

4

1

2

0

0

0

.196

Totals34

4

8

4

2

11

M. BeachAB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Jones, My SS

4

0

1

0

0

1

.294

Harrilchak, C RF

3

0

1

0

1

0

.259

Nelson 3B

4

0

0

0

0

1

.275

Kreke, J 2B

3

0

0

0

0

1

.273

Jones, Mi DH

3

0

0

0

0

1

.242

Marval 1B

3

0

0

0

0

1

.222

Schlehuber C

3

0

0

0

0

0

.167

Ware CF

3

0

0

0

0

1

.238

Miles LF

3

0

1

0

0

0

.259

Totals29

0

3

0

1

6

Lynchburg

020

010

100

--

4

8

1

M. Beach

000

000

000

--

0

3

2

E --Avery, J (1, throw), Kreke, J (1, fielding), Schlehuber (1, throw). LOB--Lynchburg 5, Myrtle Beach 3. 2B -- Wideman 2 (3, Teheran, Teheran). 3B -- Miles (7, Freeman, J). HR--Gualdron (1, 2nd inning off Teheran, 1 on, 2 out), Contreras, E (4, 5th inning off Teheran, 0 on, 2 out). SB-Puckett (13, 2nd base off Teheran/Schlehuber). CS -- Harrilchak, C (2, 2nd base by Avery, J/Wideman).

Lynchburg

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Avery, J (W, 5-3)

8

2

0

0

0

6

2.89

Freeman, J

1

1

0

0

1

0

3.25

M. Beach

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Teheran (L, 3-4)

7

8

4

4

1

9

3.20

Paulino

2

0

0

0

1

2

2.45

WP-- Teheran. Umpires--Home, Joey Amaral; First, Tyler Wilson. T--2:16. A--3,237.

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