MYRTLE BEACH, SC August 13, 2014 – The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers, lost both contests to the Carolina Mudcats 3-2 and 6-5 on Wednesday night at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. The sellout of 6,599 fans set a new franchise record for most sellouts in season with six on the year. The Mudcats turned to Jerrud Sabourin for offense on the evening, as he collected four hits, two doubles, and four RBI.
Carolina (25-26, 54-64) produced three runs in the first inning against Myrtle Beach southpaw Chad Bell. Yhoxian Medina and Yandy Diaz reached the base paths with no outs to lead off the game on a single and a walk. Carolina took advantage with runners on. Sabourin drove in a run with a double, and Alex Monsalve brought home another on a fielder’s choice, putting Carolina ahead 2-0. In the next at-bat, Joe Sever hit a sacrifice fly to center field to plate Sabourin, giving the Mudcats a 3-0 lead.
In the bottom of the third inning, the Pelicans (29-23, 73-47) answered back with a Chris Garia solo home run. They added an unearned run in the sixth inning. The early deficit was too much for the Birds, as they fell in game one of the doubleheader to Carolina.
Carolina starter Ryan Merritt tossed a complete game going seven innings and struck out five batters on the evening. Merritt allowed two runs, one earned, while allowing five hits. The southpaw earned the win (12-3), while Bell (5-2) suffered the loss.
In game two of the doubleheader, the Mudcats jumped out in front early in the contest. Carolina scored two runs, one of which was unearned, in the first inning. The runs broke a 14 2/3 scoreless inning streak for Myrtle Beach right-hander Cody Buckel, who made his first start since April 15.
The Birds answered right back in the bottom half of the first inning. Garia led off the frame with a single, and Christopher Bostick tripled him in. Bostick then came home on a fielder’s choice to tie the game. With one out, Royce Bolinger doubled to right field and later scored on a balk by Carolina starter Dylan Baker to put Myrtle Beach ahead 3-2.
The lead was, however, short-lived. In the top of the second inning, Sabourin hit a bases clearing double to put Carolina back in the lead 5-3.
Myrtle Beach added a run in the sixth, and Bostick hit his second triple of the night in the seventh to put the Pelicans within one.
After getting the winning run on base, both Bostick and Bolinger were stranded, as Grant Sides struck out Nick Williams to end the rally and the ballgame.
Josh McElwee tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of Buckel, extending his scoreless inning streak to 19 2/3 innings. It is the longest such streak by a Pelicans pitcher this season, passing the previous mark of 18 innings set by Andrew Faulkner.
Baker (3-2) registered the win, and Buckel (3-6) took the loss. Sides recorded his fifth save.
The Birds look to salvage a game in the three-game series against the Carolina Mudcats on Thursday night at 7:05 pm at Ticketreturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. Myrtle Beach puts Sam Wolff (7-4, 3.08)on the mound and will face Carolina’s Adam Plutko (3-7, 4.63). 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.
Thursday night is Coastal Carolina University Pep Rally Night as well as Thirsty Thursday, presented by Celebrations Nitelife, 96.1 WKQZ, The Weekly Surge & WBTW News 13 featuring $1.00 draught Bud & Bud Light from 6:00-8:00 p.m. There also will be a postgame firework show by East Coast Pyrotechnics.
Season Seats, Mini Plans, Flex Books, and single game tickets are available to see the Pelicans in 2014. For more information on tickets, please call (843) 918-6002, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.MyrtleBeachPelicans.com, or visit the Pelicans box office, which is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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.