Pelicans’ hot streak grows with victory over Mudcats

pel-torresGleyber Torres homered and registered three hits while Erick Leal pitched into the eighth inning as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans won for the 10th time in their last 14 games, knocking off the Carolina Mudcats 6-2 Wednesday at Five County Stadium.

Torres launched a solo shot to deep left off Carolina (17-27) starter Zach Quintana (1-5) to begin the scoring in the first. Ian Happ, who reached for the 13th straight game, and Yasiel Balaguert each followed with singles before Jason Vosler doubled in Happ to make it 2-0. After Quintana walked Cael Brockmeyer, Daniel Lockhart hit a sacrifice fly and Trey Martin lined an RBI single to center to put the Pelicans (26-19) ahead 6-2.

Myrtle Beach sent 10 men to the plate, recording five hits in their four-run first inning.

The Mudcats got a couple back in the fifth. Leal (6-2) walked Braxton Davidson to begin the frame before Jordan Edgerton singled. A fly ball moved both runners up before a sacrifice fly and RBI single scored the pair to make it 4-2.

However, that would be the only blemish for Leal. The right-hander went 7+ innings, surrendering those lone two runs on five hits. He fanned five against two walks.

The Pelicans tacked on some insurance in the seventh and eighth innings. Charcer Burks homered to begin the seventh to put the Birds ahead 5-2. Martin was able to knock a two-out double in the eighth to plate Brockmeyer and make it a 6-2 advantage.

The Birds’ bullpen walked the line from there, with James Pugliese getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth unscathed before Jordan Minch did the same in the ninth to earn his first save.

Myrtle Beach goes for the series sweep Thursday at 7 p.m.

Photo by Larry Kave/MB Pelicans

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