Faulkner matches Merritt with league-leading tenth win
MYRTLE BEACH, SC July 21, 2014 – The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers, defeated the Carolina Mudcats 5-1 in the final game of a three-game series on Monday night at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. Andrew Faulkner earned his tenth win of the season, tying Carolina’s starter Ryan Merritt for the Carolina League lead. David Lyon’s three-run home run capped off a five-run fourth inning leading the Pelicans to victory.
The Mudcats (19-13, 48-51) continued their trend of scoring first in the series, chalking up one run in the third inning. Myrtle Beach southpaw Andrew Faulkner struck four Mudcats before James Roberts hit a leadoff solo shot to left field. The home run was the first allowed by Faulkner, who had not allowed a home run in 101 1/3 innings until Monday.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Pelicans (17-15, 61-39) responded with four hits to register five runs. Carolina starter Dylan Baker started off the inning allowing Edwin Garcia to reach base by way of a single. In the next at bat, Garcia advanced to second on a wild pitch to Nick Williams. Williams struck out but reached first on the wild pitch and later stole second.
With one out and runners on second and third, Royce Bolinger doubled to plate Garcia and Williams, putting the Birds ahead 2-1. Later in the inning, David Lyon delivered a three-run home run, scoring Bolinger and Christopher Bostick to put Myrtle Beach up for good 5-1.
Faulkner went five innings, allowing five hits and one run, earned. He also struck out seven batters and did not hand out a walk.
After the fifth inning the Pelicans only allowed three hits. Between Josh McElwee and Cody Ege, the relievers combined for five strikeouts. The staff registered twelve on the night.
Faulkner (10-1) earned the win for the Pelicans, his league-leading tenth and sixth straight. The left-hander remained the Carolina League ERA leader, now at 2.07. Baker (1-1) suffered the loss for the Mudcats in his first outing off of the disabled list.
The Birds open up a three-game series against the Frederick Keys on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. at Ticketreturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. Myrtle Beach puts Victor Payano (4-7, 5.02) on the mound. The Keys will send Orioles’ top prospect Dylan Bundy (0-1, 9.26) to the rubber. The game can be heard live on WRNN AM 1450 ESPN Myrtle Beach, on the TuneIn Radio App, and via the MiLB First Pitch App, beginning with the Hampton Inn Pregame Show at 6:45 p.m.
Tuesday is $2day Brewsday. Fans can enjoy $2.00 craft drafts beers from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
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About the Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers and play their home games at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The park was named the best in the Carolina League by Baseball America in 2009 and the overall experience ranked third in all of Minor League Baseball by Stadium Journey in 2013. The Pelicans earned co-Mills Cup championship honors in their inaugural 1999 season, won the outright title in 2000, and has garnered seven half-season Southern Division titles, most recently in the first half of 2013. For more information on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, please contact Nathan Barnett by calling (843) 918-6080 or emailing NBarnett@MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.