Pelicans split rain-delayed doubleheader with Carolina

pel-slideat2ndThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans slugged their way to a 9-0 win in the completion of Saturday’s suspended game before being edged by the Carolina Mudcats, 2-1, in Sunday’s seven-inning affair at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

Before rain and lighting suspended play on Saturday, the Pelicans (48-39, 7-11 second half) took advantage of a throwing error to break a scoreless tie in the third inning. Trey Martin began the frame with a bunt single and Mark Zagunis was hit by a pitch in the next at-bat. Two batters later, Jeimer Candelario bounced a ground ball to first, where Tanner Krietemeier touched the base but threw the ball away from home plate, allowing Martin to score the go-ahead run.

On Sunday, Michael Heesch (6-0) took over in the continuation of the suspended game and pitched 2 2/3 shutout innings. The left-hander scattered three hits while striking out two en route to his sixth win out of the bullpen.

The Birds pounced on right-hander Andrew Waszak for five runs in the fifth. Three consecutive walks loaded the bases for Victor Caratini, who knocked in a run with an RBI single up the middle. Back-to-back fielder’s choices gave the Pelicans a 4-0 lead, and two batters later, Trey Martin smacked a two-run single to left for a 6-0 Myrtle Beach advantage.

Waszak was lifted after walking the first two batters to begin the seventh. With right-hander Justin Jackson on in relief, Brown then added to the Pelicans’ lead with a three-run home run to right field, his second hit of the game. Brown set a career-high four RBI with that hit to give the Birds a 9-0 lead.

David Berg entered the final frame and allowed an infield single but pitched a scoreless ninth inning to close out the 9-0 win. Waszak tied a career-high seven earned runs while also tying a career-high with five walks, but Barker (3-2) was saddled with the loss.

Right-hander Jeremy Null took the mound to start Sunday’s seven-inning contest and retired the first nine batters that he faced. However the Mudcats grabbed a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning when second baseman Keith Curcio led off with a triple, and Lien knocked him in with a single to right.

Carolina later moved ahead 2-0 in the fifth when designated hitter Sal Giardina cracked an RBI double into the right-field corner.

Candelario grabbed a run back when he cut the Carolina lead to 2-1 on an RBI single to right field in the sixth.

That would be the only run the Birds would score as starter Blair Walters (5-2) finished the inning. He struck out six batters in his six innings of work without allowing a walk to pick up his fifth win of the season.

Richie Tate fired a perfect seventh inning and struck out the final two batters of the game to seal his first save of the year and a 2-1 Carolina win.

The Pelicans wrap up their seven-game homestand on Monday with the series finale against the Mudcats scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Photo by Larry Kave/MB Pelicans

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