Pelicans’ losing skid reaches seven in sweep by Hillcats

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans (29-23), Class-A Advanced affiliates of the Texas Rangers, could not avoid a four-game sweep Thursday, falling 4-1 against the Lynchburg Hillcats at Calvin Falwell Field.

The Pelicans have lost seven straight games, the team’s longest winless drought since the 2010 season. The Pelicans are 0-4 on the road trip and begin a three-game series on Friday in Salem.

Right-hander Alec Asher (4-3) started and took the loss for the Pelicans, allowing three runs, one earned, on nine hits over six innings. The right-hander racked up eight strikeouts, the second highest total of his career. Right-hander Jarrett Miller (4-3) earned the win, turning in seven innings of one-run, six-hit baseball. Nate Hyatt worked a scoreless ninth inning and tallied his sixth save in as many tries this season.

The Hillcats took the early lead with back-to-back doubles in the second inning. Matt Weaver drove in Elmer Reyes with a two-bagger off the left field wall.

The Pelicans had opportunities early leaving five runners on base in their first three offensive innings. The Birds tied the game in the fourth inning. Royce Bolinger started the rally with a double and scored on a double-play from Edwin Garcia. The Pelicans had just one base runner after the fifth inning.

Lynchburg reclaimed the lead in the fifth inning when Matt Lipka scored following a wild pitch and a throwing error from Kellin Deglan. The Hillcats might have done further damage, but Preston Beck threw out Cory Brownsten trying to go from first to third on a base hit. The Cats added another unearned run in the sixth inning on an RBI double from Elmer Reyes.

Robby Hefflinger hit his 15th home run of the season, a solo blast in the eighth inning off of Jose Monegro. The right-hander allowed the one earned run over 1.1 innings. Francisco Mendoza came in to get the final two outs of the eighth inning.

The Pelicans never held a lead in the four-game series and were outscored 24-5 during the set.

Beck, Bolinger and Rougned Odor each recorded two hits for the Pelicans.

The Pelicans begin a three-game series with the Salem Red Sox Friday at LewisGale Field. First pitch is on tap for 7:05 p.m.

Photo courtesy of MB Pelicans

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