Pelicans Beck smacks homer in 7-4 loss to Dash

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans (48-34, 8-5), Class-A Advanced affiliates of the Texas Rangers, dropped a 7-4 decision Friday  against the Winston-Salem Dash at BB&T Ballpark. The four-game series is now even at a game apiece.

Right-hander Nick Martinez (7-5) started and took the loss, allowing five earned runs on seven hits over six innings. The right-hander walked two and struck out four. Chris Beck (8-8) took the win for the Dash, working six innings and allowing two earned runs on five hits.

The Pelicans pounded out nine hits – four of which were extra base hits – but never led in the game. Preston Beck paced the Pelicans finishing 2-for-3 with a double and a home run. Joe Maloney was 2-for-4 with two doubles; Luis Sardinas and Edwin Garcia also added a pair of knocks.

Kevan Smith and Courtney Hawkins each hit RBI doubles off Martinez to give the Dash a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Preston Beck tied the game in the fifth inning with a two-run home run that just cleared the fence in right field. Beck last hit a home run on May 29th.

The Dash took the lead for good by scoring three runs in the sixth inning. The big hit was a two-run double from Rangel Ravelo. All three runs in the sixth came off Martinez who allowed a season-high five earned runs. The Dash added two runs off Josh McElwee in the seventh inning.

Sardinas added a sacrifice fly for the Birds in the seventh and Garcia contributed a two-out RBI single in the eighth inning.

The Pelicans and Dash continue their four-game series Saturday at BB&T Ballpark. Right-hander Alec Asher (4-5, 3.39) will be opposed by Dash right-hander Jake Cose (1-2, 6.34). First pitch is slated for 7 p.m.

The Pelicans return to TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark on Friday, July 12, to take on the Winston-Salem Dash. The first 1,000 fans will receive a Slap Koozie. It will also be a “Fiesta Friday” presented by Abuelo’s. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. EST.

Photo Courtesy of Myrtle Beach Pelicans

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