Pelicans, Jackson continue season-high losing streaks

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans (29-20), Class-A Advanced affiliates of the Texas Rangers, dropped a 4-1 decision with the Lynchburg Hillcats on Memorial Day, losing their fourth straight game.

It is the longest losing streak of the season for the Pelicans, who maintain a 4.5 game lead over Winston-Salem in the Southern Division.

Right-hander Luke Jackson (4-4) suffered his third straight loss, allowing two earned runs on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts over 4.2 innings. Four of Jackson’s last five starts have come on the road. His counterpart, Ryan Weber (3-1), claimed the win hurling five shutout innings.

Trever Adams paced the Pelicans offense, finishing 2-for-4 with his sixth home run of the season.

The Hillcats scored two times in the third inning to take the early lead. Ross Heffley hit a solo home run and Shawn McGill added a two-out RBI single.

Adams’ home run in the sixth sliced the Hillcats lead in half, but Lynchburg took their largest lead of the game with two more runs in the seventh. Heffley scored on a wild pitch from Jon Edwards and McGill added a sacrifice fly.

Edwards worked 1.2 innings and allowed two earned runs on one hits plus two walks. He entered in the fifth and got the final out of the frame as the Hillcats stranded the bases loaded.  Paul Schwendel relieved Edwards in the seventh and logged 1.2 scoreless innings.

The Pelicans had a scoring chance in the fifth inning. With a runner on second, Luis Sardinas singled to center, but centerfielder Matt Lipka threw out Jake Skole trying to score.

The four-game losing streak matches the Pelicans longest skid since being swept in a four-game series against Wilmington last August.

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

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