Pelicans pitching staff hurls three-hit shutout of Carolina

pel-parraThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans defeated the Carolina Mudcats 1-0 on Thursday night at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. History was made Thursday when the Pelicans had their first streak of three consecutive sellouts in franchise history. Sam Wolff and Luis Parra combined to pitch the Pelicans’ ninth shutout of the season.

The Pelicans (30-23, 74-47) recorded only two hits on the night off of Carolina starter Adam Plutko, which was a season-low for the Birds. Royce Bolinger hit a single to right center field, but was erased when trying to stretch the hit into a double. In the next at-bat, Nick Williams broke the game open for the Pelicans, hitting a solo home run to right center field. The home run was the only run support Myrtle Beach needed on the night, as the Pelicans won 1-0.

Wolff tossed five scoreless innings allowing three hits, striking out five, and walking one. The right-hander worked out of early jams in the contest. In the first inning, Wolff allowed a leadoff double to Yhoxian Medina and walked Jerrud Sabourin with one out. The South Dakota native then struck out Eric Haase and got Joe Sever to ground out to leave the inning unscathed.

Carolina (25-27, 54-65) left two more baserunners on against Wolff, one in both the third and fourth innings. LeVon Washington singled in the third, while Torsten Boss tripled in the fourth. The Mudcats were unable to plate any runners with their hits on the night, going 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

Parra came in for the Pelicans in the sixth inning and was flawless. The lefty struck out five Mudcats and did not allow a baserunner over four innings. The southpaw recorded his second career save and his first since August 28, 2011.

Wolff (8-4) earned the win for Birds, while Plutko (3-8) received the loss for the Mudcats. Plutko matched a season and career-high seven innings but took the loss. The two hits allowed matched a season-low for the Carolina hurler.

The contest was the shortest nine-inning game for both teams on the year. The Pelicans’ previous shortest game was two hours and 13 minutes, while Carolina had played a two-hour and 11 minute contest.

The Pelicans open up a three-game series against the Salem Red Sox at LewisGale Field on Friday at 7:05 p.m.

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