Rucker flirts with no-hitter as Pelicans shut out Dash

pel-48Mike Rucker twirled seven shutout innings Wednesday to help lead the Pelicans to their 11th shutout win of the season in Myrtle Beach’s 2-0 victory over Winston-Salem from TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

Rucker (2-2) dominated for Myrtle Beach (51-38, 8-11), holding Winston-Salem (33-57, 9-11) hitless for the first 6.1 innings of the game. Zack Collins’ double in the seventh was the Dash’s first knock, but Rucker still pitched seven shutout innings, striking out seven against one walk. Dakota Mekkes followed Rucker and recorded the final six outs of the contest, five via the strikeout, to pick up his first save of the season as a Pelican.

The Birds jumped on Dash starter Alec Hansen (0-2) early. Zack Short kicked off the bottom of the first inning with a walk before advancing to second on a single from P.J Higgins. With one out in the frame, Eddy Martinez singled to right field, scoring Short to give the Birds the 1-0 advantage. Tyler Alamo followed Martinez with a walk to load the bases. Jesse Hodges  delivered with a base hit to center field, giving the Birds the 2-0 advantage.

Both offenses would go dormant for the remainder of the contest as Rucker and Mekkes set the tone in the opener of their four-game set with the Dash. With the victory, Myrtle Beach is now 6-1 against Winston-Salem this season.

Myrtle Beach will play the second game of their four-game set with the Dash on Thursday at 7:05 p.m.

Photo by Larry Kave/MB Pelicans

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