Pelicans let Mudcats off the hook, return home Tuesday

pel-17After two straight victories by 12 runs, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans lost in walk-off fashion 3-2 to the Carolina Mudcats at Five County Stadium on Monday night.

With one out, Carlos Franco laced an RBI double to right field to score Dustin Peterson from first base for the clinching run.

Fernando Cruz had retired six straight men when he returned for his third inning of relief, but he walked Peterson on six pitches to open the ninth. After a strikeout of Jacob Schrader, Cruz allowed the walk-off winner to Franco a 3-0 pitch.

The walk-off defeat was the Pelicans third this season and second walk-off win for Carolina on the year. The loss spoiled the Pelicans chances to sweep Carolina for the second time this year. The club trounced the Mudcats 16-4 on Saturday and 12-0 on Sunday.

Myrtle Beach (46-35, 5-7 second half) erased a 2-1 hole on back-to-back doubles in the fifth inning to tie things up. In Carolina starter Blair Walters’ final inning of work, Kevin Brown and Trey Martin smoked consecutive doubles to tie things up.

Despite four more baserunners, however, the Pelicans failed to score, going 0-for-6 in their final six at-bats with runners in scoring position.

With the loss, Myrtle Beach is now in third place, 2.5 games back of Winston-Salem, in the second half Southern Division standings. Carolina is now second.

After the quick three-game road trip, the Pelicans now return home to The Nest for a seven-game homestand, beginning with three against the Winston-Salem Dash. First pitch at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark on Tuesday evening is set for 7:05 p.m.
Photo by Larry Kave/MB Pelicans

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