Dash blast three homers off Font to blow out Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans saw the tables turned Thursday, falling 10-1 to the Winston-Salem Dash just one night after thumping the Hyphens at Pelicans Ballpark.

The night started brilliantly for Pelicans starter Wilmer Font, who ran through the first inning, striking out the side.  The good night ended there, though, with the Dash jumping on Font for two in the second, four in the third and two more in the fourth.  It was 8-0.

Winston-Salem’s assault was led by three home runs.  Former Triple-A ringer Cyle Hankerd shot one over the Budweiser Thirst Inning Deck in the second for a 1-0 second inning lead.  The second blast was a three-run homer from Michael Early in the third for a 6-0 lead.  Marcus Semien hit his 10th of the year in the fourth to go ahead 8-0.

Kyle DeVore relieved Font in the fifth and allowed two more runs, only one of which was earned.  DeVore allowed only the one earned run on four hits with no walks and two strikeouts in four innings.  Francisco Mendoza worked the ninth perfectly.

On offense, the Birds went hitless until Edwin Garcia singled to left in the fifth.  Myrtle Beach finished with only two hits, the second of which was a Tomas Telis solo homerun in the seventh inning.

Excellent in his start for the Dash, Steve McCray went seven innings for the win.  He allowed the two Pelicans hits and one run, walking two and striking out four.  The win was his fourth.

Myrtle Beach and Winston-Salem continue their series next on Friday at 7:05 with Kyle Hendricks pitching against Justin Collup.

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