Pelicans’ playoff-race lead cut to two games by Mudcats

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans saw their lead for the second-half playoff spot drop to two games following their 4-3 loss to the Carolina Mudcats on Friday night at Pelicans Ballpark.

Kyle DeVore pitched admirably in the loss, leaving in line for the victory after five innings of two-run ball.  The lone blow against him was a two-run homer by Carolina’s Todd Hankins in the second to make it a 2-0 game.

Myrtle Beach immediately responded with two of their own in the bottom of the second.  Brett Nicholas began with a single.  He scored on a wild pitch after advancing on a double from Tomas Telis.  The Pelicans catcher then scored on a double by Edwin Garcia.  Myrtle then took the lead in the third with a double and single by Odubel Herrera and Telis.

The Pelicans offense struggled from there, picking up only one more hit the rest of the night, a Teodoro Martinez fifth inning single.

Decided in the sixth inning, the game was won with a single, double and groundout for Carolina.  With one out Tyler Cannon singled to right.  Ronny Rodriguez then tripled to score a run and tie the game at three before an infield-in groundout by Alex Monsalve put Carolina ahead.  The play was a diving stop up the middle by Hanser Alberto, who did a phenomial job to keep the ball on the infield and get one out.

Myrtle Beach did have some stellar relief appearances after DeVore’s strong start.  Danny Lopez, making his Pelicans debut, went an inning and third and allowed one hit while Phil Klein went two perfect with two K’s.

The Pelicans (31-31) welcome Carolina (27-27) again Saturday at 7:05. The two teams are battling for the Carolina League Southern Division second-half title and a playoff berth.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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