Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Another Hatch gem leads Pelicans in win to start second half of Carolina League slate

Thomas Hatch gave up three hits in seven innings of work to lead the Myrtle Beach Pelicans to a win over Down East on Thursday.
Thomas Hatch gave up three hits in seven innings of work to lead the Myrtle Beach Pelicans to a win over Down East on Thursday. Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Final score

Myrtle Beach Pelicans 2, Down East Wood Ducks 1

Turning point

With Myrtle Beach up 1-0 in the fifth inning and a runner on first, a line drive by center fielder Robert Garcia sailed over the head of Down East right fielder Yanio Perez. Garcia wound up with a triple on the play, allowing shortstop Andruw Monasterio to cross home plate.

Offensive star

Robert Garcia was 2-for-4 in the game, his RBI triple in the fifth proving to be the difference in the game.

Decision takers

Winner: Myrtle Beach’s Thomas Hatch went seven innings, scattering three hits and giving up one run — which was unearned. He struck out six Down East batters.

Loser: Emerson Martinez went six innings, giving up two runs on eight hits. He struck out five.

By the numbers

Keeping record

Myrtle Beach improves to 44-27 on the season, best in the Carolina League. Down East falls to 24-46.

On deck

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans and Down East Wood Ducks continue their four-game series Friday night, with first pitch at 7:05 p.m. Ryan Kellogg (3-3, 3.86 ERA) will go to the mound for Myrtle Beach, while the Wood Ducks will counter with Wes Benjamin (4-6, 5.21 ERA).

Joe L. Hughes II: 843-444-1702, @JoeLHughesII

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