Hot bats follow Pelicans on road in win over Mudcats

pel-deweesDonnie Dewees collected three hits, including a home run, and all nine Pelicans reached at least once as Myrtle Beach blitzed the Carolina Mudcats 7-5 in Friday’s series opener at Five County Stadium.

The Pelicans have won 17 of their last 21 games to take control of the Carolina League Southern Division’s second-half standings with three weeks left in the regular season.

With the score tied at four in the fourth, Charcer Burks began the inning with a walk before a Donnie Dewees single pushed him to second. After David Bote drew another walk to load the bases, Carolina (44-74, 15-33) starter Andrew Thurman (0-2) retired Yasiel Balaguert on a foul out before issuing another free pass to Bryant Flete to push a run across and give Myrtle Beach (66-52, 30-18) the 5-4 advantage they would not relinquish.

The Pelicans would add to their lead from there. Bote doubled with two outs in the sixth before Balaguert banged a single to center to increase the lead to 6-4.
In the seventh, an Ian Rice double began the frame before a sacrifice bunt pushed him to second. Two batters later, Andrew Ely lifted a sacrifice fly to right to plate Rice and add another Birds run.

A Tanner Murphy RBI double drew Carolina to within 7-5 in the eighth before Ryan McNeil pitched a scoreless ninth for his league-best 20th save.

Photo by Larry Kave/MB Pelicans

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