Myrtle Beach Pelicans 2, Down East Wood Ducks 1
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.
Robert Garcia was 2-for-4 in the game, his RBI triple in the fifth proving to be the difference in the game.
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
Myrtle Beach improves to 44-27 on the season, best in the Carolina League. Down East falls to 24-46.
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).