Pelicans lose sixth of seven as second-half skid grows

pel-51The Myrtle Beach Pelicans’ pitching and hitting woes continued Friday in a 10-2 loss to the Down East Wood Ducks, suffering their sixth loss in their last seven games.

The Pelicans have now allowed 50 runs in the eight games since the all-star break. They surrendered only 18 runs in the 13 games to close out the first half.

Eddy Martinez rapped out three hits for the Pelicans but the offensive struggles continued in the series opener at Grainger Stadium in Kinston, NC.

The game was scoreless when an error put Franklin Rollin and Brallan Perez doubled to start the third. Matt Lipka followed with an RBI single against Pelicans (45-33, 2-6) starter Mike Rucker (1-2) to get Down East (29-48, 5-3) on the board. Two batters later, Yanio Perez lifted a sacrifice fly to center to make it 2-0.

Evan Van Hoosier started the fourth with a double. Two batters later, a Chuck Moorman single brought him around to score to increase the advantage to 3-0. Van Hoosier struck a three-run homer off Rucker in the fifth to widen the margin to 6-0.

Wood Ducks starter Wes Benjamin (6-6) scattered five hits without walking a batter in his six innings. He struck out four to earn the win.

Photo by Larry Kave/Mb Pelicans

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