Pelicans score fifth straight win in front of sellout crowd

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans (56-38, 16-9) won their fifth straight game Thursday, beating the Wilmington  Blue Rocks 3-1 in front of a sold out crowd at TicketReturn.com Field.

Right-hander Alec Asher (6-6) earned the win, allowing one earned run on four hits over six innings. Sam Selman (7-7) was saddled with the loss, surrendering three earned runs on eight hits over 4.1 innings.

Francisco Mendoza got the final three outs and earned his second save in as many nights and his sixth of the season. Right-hander Josh McElwee worked two scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

With runners on first and third and one out in the ninth inning, Mendoza got Alex McClure to hit into a 5-4-3 game-ending double play. The BlueRocks got their first two aboard in the inning, but Kellin Deglan picked off Yem Prades at second base for the first out.

Rougned Odor extended his team-leading hitting streak to 12 games with a 3-for-4 performance. The hitting streak is the longest by a Pelican this season and the second longest active streak in the league. Trever Adams and Deglan each tallied two hits.

The Pelicans took the early lead in the first inning on an RBI single from Adams. Jerad Schlehuber tied the game in the second inning with a solo home run.

Jake Skole’s bases-loaded walk in the fourth inning gave the Birds a lead they would not relinquish. Deglan added an RBI single in the fifth inning.

The Pelicans have won the first two games of the series and can go for the series win Friday. Left-hander Victor Payano (5-5, 5.42) will pitch for the Pelicans. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.

Photo courtesy of MB Pelicans

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