Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Myrtle Beach Pelicans hold on to beat Carolina Mudcats

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Final score

Myrtle Beach Pelicans 6, Carolina Mudcats 5

Turning point

Second baseman Ian Happ hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning to extend Myrtle Beach’s advantage to six runs and the Pelicans held off the Mudcats for the win.

The man

Pelicans starter Jake Stinnett, who fanned seven and allowed just one run on three hits and no walks in 6 2/3 innings.

Play of the game

With two outs and the bases loaded in the eighth inning, Happ stretched out and made a nice play to get Stephen Gaylor out at second base and end the inning without a run crossing the plate.

Feeling hot

Third baseman Jason Vosler has made the most of his time in Myrtle Beach thus far with a team-high .351 batting average and nine RBIs in 17 games.

He said it

The game got a little interesting at the end and we were fortunate to come out of it with a win. I thought we swung the bats good in the game; [Jeffrey] Baez, Balaguert, Vosler and Happ kind of led the way offensively. Overall, we had two errors on the scoreboard - but played really good defense. That play Happ made in the eighth was a great play under the circumstances and basically he saved the game.Hopefully we come out [Sunday] and play good and swing the bats as well as we have in the past few games. The last three games, we’ve hit a lot of balls hard. Tomorrow is another day, and we’re just happy to get a win.The guys did a good job helping and promoting what the Pelicans do. We asked them all to get out of bed early at 8 a.m. to do a function with the special needs kids, which the guys did a great job with. Then they came here, sat around for an hour or two and went out and practiced. We had a good practice today; so it’s been a long day for them and luckily they’re rewarded with a win and they raised some money for a good cause. It was a good day.

Bailey

Decision takers

W–Jake Stinnett (2-0, 2.55 ERA); L–Ryan Lawlor (1-1, 5.09); SV–David Berg (3)

By the numbers

1Game that separates first-place Salem Red Sox and second-place Myrtle Beach

2Runs scored by Myrtle Beach in each the second, third and fifth innings

3Pelicans with two or more hits (Gleyber Torres, Yasiel Balaguert, Jason Vosler)

8Consecutive contests in which Happ has reached base safely

14,000+Dollars raised by the Pelicans for Special Olympics of South Carolina on Special Olympics night Saturday.

Keeping records

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (9-8, 2nd Southern), Carolina Mudcats (7-10, T-3rd Southern).

Max McKinnon: 843-626-0302, @mmckinnonTSN

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