Pelicans’ pitching staff stays sizzling hot to fry Mudcats

pel-wolff2The Myrtle Beach Pelicans picked up their fifth straight win and seventh consecutive road win thanks to another strong pitching performance with a 5-1 victory over the Carolina Mudcats on Friday night at Five County Stadium.

Myrtle Beach scored two runs early and led the whole way and now have a three game lead in the second-half Southern Division standings, the largest for the club this half. The Burds have allowed only two runs in their last four games.

Facing Adam Plutko for the first time this season, the Pelicans (27-21, 71-45) got off to a quick start. Chris Garia opened up the ballgame with a single. With one out, Preston Beck walked. Plutko picked up a second strikeout of the inning, but Nick Williams came through with a double. Garia scored on the hit, and shortstop Yhoxian Medina dropped the throw in from the outfield at second base. Beck scored on the error, and the Pelicans led 2-0.

Beck and Bolinger singled consecutively to open the third, and the Pelicans scored another run on a Williams’ fielder’s choice to go up 3-0.

In his third start back from the disabled list, Sam Wolff tossed four shutout frames. He scattered three singles, didn’t issue a walk, and struck out one. He has not allowed a run since coming back from the DL in 8 2/3 innings.

Justin Sprenger entered in the fifth, working around a single to throw a scoreless inning. In the sixth, however, Carolina (23-24, 52-62) plated their only run. The leadoff man, Yandy Diaz was hit by a pitch. Jerrud Sabourin then singled to right. After a strikeout, Sprenger loaded the bases by walking Joe Sever. Todd Hankins then knocked in a run on a fielder’s choice groundout to third. The Pelicans hurler limited the damage by striking out Alex Monsalve to end the inning.

The Mudcats failed to score the rest of the way. Josh McElwee, Cody Ege, and Jose Leclerc fired three shutout and hitless innings to close things out. McElwee has not allowed a run in 15 innings with the Pelicans, the longest such stretch by a Pelicans pitcher start the season.

Leclerc walked two in the ninth but struck out the side around the free tickets and kept the tying run on deck.

McElwee (2-0) picked up the win, while the starter Pluko (3-7) shouldered the loss.

Photo courtesy of MB Pelicans

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