Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Myrtle Beach Pelicans bats go silent in loss to Wilmington

Myrtle Beach’s Ian Happ slides safely into second base as Wilmington’s Humberto Arteaga awaits a throw.
Myrtle Beach’s Ian Happ slides safely into second base as Wilmington’s Humberto Arteaga awaits a throw. For The Sun News

Final score

Wilmington Blue Rocks 3, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 1

Turning point

An Alfredo Escalera RBI groundout in the first inning and a Luis Villegas RBI single in the second gave Wilmington a two-run lead, which proved to be enough as the Blue Rocks held on to win.

The man

Pelicans starter Jake Stinnett, who made a quality start but received his first loss of the year. He struck out four and allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and one walk in seven innings.

He said it

We didn’t swing the bats very good; we had only three hits. I thought we had a great chance in the sixth when we had bases loaded, nobody out but only got one out of it. We had a couple of other scoring opportunities, but couldn’t do anything with [them]. We just need to swing the bats better; one run and three hits isn’t going to get it done. As a group, we have to start swinging the bats better. We had some baserunners, but you have to get some hits with the baserunners.Overall, after the first couple of innings I thought Stinnett got better. [Reliever Daury] Torrez threw the ball really well and they [both] gave us a good chance, but the damage was already done.

Bailey

Decision takers

W–Josh Staumont (1-4, 5.06 ERA); L–Stinnett (4-1, 3.09); SV–Luis Rico (1)

By the numbers

2:39Time it took to finish Friday’s game

3Hits by the Pelicans

6Batters Torrez faced and retired in order

7Strikeouts recorded by Wilmington pitching

Keeping records

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (26-21, 2nd Southern), Wilmington Blue Rocks (15-31, 4th Northern)

Max McKinnon: 843-626-0302, @mmckinnonTSN

Next up

Who: Wilmington Blue Rocks at Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Where: TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark

When: 5:05 p.m. Saturday

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