Myrtle Beach Pelicans

It’s now win-or-go home for Pelicans after loss in Southern title series opener

Trent Giambrone runs toward first base in a Myrtle Beach Pelicans game in September 2017.
Trent Giambrone runs toward first base in a Myrtle Beach Pelicans game in September 2017. jlee@thesunnews.com

Final score

Down East Wood Ducks 4, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 1

Turning point

With Down East already leading 1-0, the Wood Ducks were able to add three runs to their tally. A double courtesy of Carlos Garay scored two, while a single by Evan Van Hoosier brought another run in.

Offensive star

Vimael Machin was 3-for-4 in Thursday night’s game, including a double for the Pelicans in a losing effort.

Decision takers

Winner: Jonathan Hernandez went 5.1 innings on Thursday, giving up one run on four hits to pick up the win.

Loser: Mike Rucker pitched 3.1 innings, ceding four runs on six hits.

By the numbers

0 Hits by Myrtle Beach’s top three hitters in the lineup

1 Myrtle Beach’s drive for a third consecutive Mills Cup championship comes down to one day of baseball, and the Pelicans needing two wins over Down East on Friday night.

24The Pelicans left 24 runners on base in Thursday’s game.

On deck

The series shifts to Myrtle Beach as the Pelicans seek to stave off elimination in Game 2. First pitch is at 5:05 p.m. If Myrtle Beach is able to win the first contest, a second and deciding game will be held 30 minutes afterward.

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