Pelicans let sweep, Mudcats slip through their fingers

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans couldn’t beat the rain and the Mudcats Thursday, falling to Carolina by their largest margin of the season, 7-2 at Five County Stadium.

Myrtle Beach scored both its runs on one hit, the first homerun of the season by Brett Nicholas, in the fourth inning.  His shot to right drove in the previously walked Vinny DiFazio.  The shot made the game 3-2, at the time pulling the Pelicans within a run.

Myrtle Beach, however, could get no closer.  The Mudcats scored four runs in the fifth and sixth innings to secure victory.  Delvi Cid began the began the fifth inning with a single, stealing second ahead of a single from Tyler Holt.  Tony Wolters then grounded out to score Cid.  Two batters later a sac fly from Jesus Aguilar got Holt home for a 5-2 lead.  A home run by Dwight Childs and a double by Wolters scored two more runs in the next frame to get the 7-2 final.

The win went to Francisco Jimenez in relief for Carolina.  Starter Wilmer Font suffered the loss for the Birds, allowing a run in his only inning before a one hour and 23 minute rain delay.  The delay began in the top of the second inning with the Pelicans at bat and DiFazio on base.

The 12 hits by Carolina mark the most by a Myrtle Beach opponent this season.  The seven extra base hits are also the most by a Pelicans opponent in 2012.

Myrtle Beach attempts a series victory Sunday at 2pm at Five County Stadium.  Cody Buckel takes the ball for the Pelicans, who have won all three of his previous outings this year.  The Pelicans return home at 7:05 against the Frederick Keys at TicketReturn.com Field.

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