Pelicans eclipse .500 mark for first time this season

pel-27The Myrtle Beach Pelicans won their fifth straight with their first shutout win of the campaign, a 3-0 blanking of the Salem Red Sox on Saturday evening at Lewis-Gale Field.

Sam Wolff put together the longest outing by a Pelicans starter of the year with 6.1 scoreless innings en route to his first win of the year. The Birds are over .500 for the first time on the young season.

The Pelicans (5-4) staked Wolff to a lead before he hit the hill. Three straight two-out singles off of Corey Littrell, the last of which came from Joey Gallo, drove in a run in the first to open the scoring. Myrtle Beach added another in the second on an RBI single from Odubel Herrera.

Wolff surrendered a hit in the second inning to Matt Gedman, who broke up his perfect game in the fifth on Sunday. It was the only man to collect a hit off of Wolff until the seventh inning. With the help of his defense, the Pelicans right-hander faced the minimum through three innings and did not once allow a man into scoring position. In total he went 6.1 shutout innings, allowed two singles, three walks and struck out three.

Salem (6-3) surrendered an unearned run in the seventh. Odubel Herrera scored from second base on a ground ball to short by Chris Garia when the throw from Dreily Guerrero got past first baseman David Chester to make it 3-0.

That was more than enough for the Pelicans. Cody Ege induced the third double-play of the night by the Pelicans defense to finish the seventh and tossed 2.2 scoreless, hitless innings for his first save. Wolff (1-1) earned the win. Littrell (0-1) suffered the defeat.

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