Jackson’s 12K performance puts Pelicans in first place

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans got a near historic performance from starting pitcher Luke Jackson on Tuesday night, topping the Wilmington Rocks 7-2 at Pelicans Ballpark.

Jackson, making his fifth start since a promotion from Low-A Hickory, struck out a career high 12 batters in just five innings.  Jackson becomes the 15th pitcher in Pelicans team history to strike out at least 12 batters in a game and the first since Joe Wieland K’d 13 against Potomac on May 4th.  Jackson fell two strikeouts short of a franchise record, accomplished twice by Julio Teheran (2010) and Kyle Davies (2004).

Jackson picked up the win for the Pelicans, his second, after the offense exploded against Wilmington starter Brooks Pounders for five runs in the first two innings.  Things got off to a great start in the first, when Odubel Herrera doubled ahead of a Hanser Alberto single.  Both scored on a Christian Villanueva groundout and a Tomas Telis single.  It was 2-0.

In the second Myrtle Beach hit around.  The Pelicans plated three runs on five hits, but the avalanche began with a Jeremy Williams leadoff walk.  Herrera, Brett Nicholas and Telis all picked up RBI.  It was 5-1.

The Birds added two more to the tally in the fifth with RBI singles from Williams and Edwin Garcia.  Those runs came off reliever Nick Graffeo.

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