Pelicans’ bats stay cold as losing streak climbs to six

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans (29-22), Class-A Advanced affiliates of the Texas Rangers, absorbed their sixth straight loss Wednesday, falling 8-2 to the surging Lynchburg Hillcats (28-22) at Calvin Falwell Field.

The Pelicans will look to avoid the series sweep in the finale Thursday.

Right-hander Jerad Eickhoff (4-3) took the loss for Myrtle Beach, allowing six runs, three earned, on eight hits over seven innings. Navery Moore (6-4) earned his league-leading sixth win, tossing seven innings of two-run, three-hit baseball.

Preston Beck hit his first Carolina League home run, a two-run shot in the fifth inning. It was his first home run since August 12 of last season in the Northwest League. Beck also drew two walks on the night.

Robby Hefflinger hit his 14th home run of the season, a two-run shot in the first inning. David Rohm also added an RBI single as part of a three-run opening frame.

Beck’s home run pulled the Pelicans to within a run, but the Hillcats scored three times in the seventh and two times in the eighth to pull away. The Pelicans have not held a lead in this series and have been outscored 20-4.

Right-hander Taylor Dennis made his Pelicans debut, allowing two earned runs on two hits over an inning.

After allowing three runs in the first, Eickhoff surrendered just four base runners between the second and the sixth innings. He gave up three unearned runs in the seventh.

The Pelicans have lost five straight road games and are in the midst of their longest losing streak since August 16-22, 2010 when the Birds lost seven straight contests.

The Pelicans play the final game of a four-game series Thursday at Calvin Falwell Field. First pitch is on tap for 6:05 p.m.

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