Pelicans win eighth straight, magic number down to one

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans cut their magic number to one with a 10-7 victory over the Carolina Mudcats on Friday night at Pelicans Ballpark.

The Pelicans can clinch the Carolina League Southern Division first-half title with a win or a Winston-Salem lossĀ  this weekend. The Pelicans have won eight straight games and hold a two game lead over the Dash.

Myrtle Beach’s Rougned Odor went 2-for-4 with two RBIs on a pair of triples and Kellin Deglan went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and one triple to lead the Pelicans at the plate.

The Mudcats outhit Myrtle Beach 18-8 but left 16 baserunners stranded. The Pelicans erupted for six runs in the sixth inning to break open a tie game.

Myrtle Beach starter Alec Asher allowed nine hits and three runs through five innings, but he was relieved by Francisco Mendoza, who pitched one inning and earned the win as the beneficiary of the six-run sixth.

The Pelicans face the Mudcats at 7 p.m. Saturday with a chance to lock up the first-half title and a playoff berth.

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