Pelicans reel in the Mudcats with 10-7 win
MYRTLE BEACH - The Carolina Mudcats lost the third game in a five-game series against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, 10-7, at TicketReturn.com Field Friday night. The Mudcats bullpen struggled with multiple hit batters and right-hander Michael Peoples (0-1) took the loss for Carolina.
Second baseman Joe Wendle scored first for Carolina after a walk and singles by first baseman Jerrud Sabourin and catcher Tony Wolters. The Pelicans answered in the bottom of the first with four runs on a walk, a wild pitch and triples from second basemanRougned Odor and catcher Kellin Deglan.
Catcher Alex Lavisky made his Carolina debut with a single that started off an offensive run for the Mudcats in the fourth inning. He made it home later in the inning after a single from second baseman Zach MacPhee, a walk and a single from Wendle.
Lavisky led the batters again with a sacrifice fly in the top of the fifth to score Sabourin.
Peoples retired three consecutive batters in the bottom of the fifth to bring the Mudcats back to bat against right-hander Francisco Mendoza, who replaced starting pitcher right-hander Alec Asher in the top of the sixth. Carolina earned two runs from a double from Wendle and a single from leftfielder Bo Greenwell. A single from Wolters scored Sabourin and left fielder Bryson Myles grounded out to leave Greenwell stranded on third base and the score 5-4, Mudcats.
The Pelicans took the lead in the bottom of the sixth as the Mudcats bullpen struggled. Peoples allowed a triple from Odor followed by a double from Adams to score Odor. J.D. Reichenbach then entered to relieve Peoples after a pitch hit Joe Maloney.
Reichenbach struggled as after striking out Deglan he hit two Pelicans with pitches to score Trever Adams. A single from right fielder Preston Beck scored Maloney and third baseman Drew Robinson and a passed ball by Wolters and a walk put Pelicans on every perch. A single from second baseman Edwin Garcia gave Myrtle Beach their fifth run. Right-hander Grant Sides entered to relieve after Reichenbach hit Odor with a pitch to score Beck and bring the score to 10-5, Pelicans.
Wolters homered to the eighth inning to right field to make the score 10-6. The Mudcats got runners on the corners but MacPhee grounded out to end the threat.
Right-hander Fabio Martinez entered in the bottom of the eighth to replace Sides and retired three consecutive Myrtle Beach batters.