The first game of Saturday’s doubleheader was a pitcher’s duel, but the second game was a different story for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.
The club lost both games, though.
After a 1-0 defeat in the first game, the Pelicans couldn’t bounce back in the second as they suffered a 4-2 loss against the Carolina Mudcats at TicketReturn.com Field.
“I think everyone played hard,” Myrtle Beach reliever Josh Conway said. “I think that’s the main thing; everyone is out there giving good effort. Some things just don’t go our way and we’re going to be ready to go tomorrow.”
In the first game, the only run that was scored came when Dustin Peterson hit a solo home run in the first inning. The Pelicans had just four hits and the Mudcats collected just three in the seven inning game.
Pelicans first-game starter Tyler Skulina (2-4) received the loss but made a quality start as he allowed just the one run and gave up three hits, walked one and struck out eight in six innings. Skulina lowered his ERA from 4.07 to 3.75 in the start.
Conway – a former Coastal Carolina standout – tossed one scoreless inning of relief during the first game, but allowed two walks in the frame.
“I felt great,” Conway said. “I just need to eliminate the walks; free passes aren’t good. I was able to kind of come back and shut it down, though. I just need to work on throwing strikes a little more and being a little more consistent with that.”
In the second game, Pelicans starter Fernando Cruz – who was making his first Carolina League start – received a no-decision as he struck out four and allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits and three walks.
Chesny Young had an RBI single in the first inning to give the Pelicans a quick 1-0 advantage. Myrtle Beach didn’t score again until the fifth inning as Victor Caratini hit an RBI single to tie it up 2-all.
The Pelicans had a golden opportunity in the bottom of the fifth as Carlos Penalver – who delivered a game-winning bases-clearing double Friday night – came to the plate with the bases loaded and one out. However, Penalver grounded into a double play to end the inning.
The next inning, Peterson hit an RBI triple and Jacob Schrader had an RBI single to give the Mudcats the final lead of the game, 4-2.
“They’re a good, solid team,” Conway said of the Mudcats. “They fight hard and they swing the bat well. A lot of teams in this league do swing the bat well, we just have to be ready to attack tomorrow and be ready to win.”
Carolina’s first-game starter Brandon Barker (1-1) scattered three hits and struck out one over six scoreless innings for his first victory of the season. Meanwhile, Cole Brocker picked up the save as he tossed a scoreless ninth inning.
In the second game, reliever Justin Jackson (2-0) received the win as he allowed one run on two hits and one walk in 1 1/3 innings.
In the meantime, Victor Caratini was the only Myrtle Beach batter to collect multiple hits in either game, going 2-for-3 in the first contest.
After playing four games in two days, the Pelicans look forward to the series finale with Carolina on Sunday at 6:05 p.m.
“You can’t really look too much into it other than it’s a loss,” Conway said. “We’ve got to move on and be ready for tomorrow.”
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