Struggling Pelicans lose for eighth time in their last nine

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans (74-58, 34-29) lost their fourth straight game and their eighth in their last nine Sunday, falling 7-3 against the Winston-Salem Dash at BB&T Ballpark.

Right-hander  Jake Cose (7-4) took the win for the Dash, allowing just three earned runs on five hits over six innings. Cose had allowed just one earned run in his previous 28 innings heading into the start.

Kevin Pucetas (1-2) was hit with the loss, giving up six runs, five earned, on six hits over five innings. In his Carolina League debut, Brad Goldberg went the final three innings to notch his first save.

Odubel Herrera, Drew Robinson and Trever Adams each tallied two hits in a losing effort. The Pelicans took the early lead in the first inning on an RBI single from Drew Robinson.

The Dash sent all nine men to the plate and got three runs in the second inning. The big hit was a three-run home run from Grant Buckner. The inning could have included more runs, but the Dash stranded the bases loaded.

Adams clubbed his 11th home run of the season in the third inning, a two-run home run that tied the game 3-3.

Josh Richmond, a former Pelican, laced an RBI triple in the bottom of the third to give the Dash a lead they would not relinquish.

Up 6-3 in the eighth inning, Chris Curley launched his league-leading 24th home run of the season, a solo blast to the opposite field. The homer came off Tyler Smith, who turned in his second straight quality effort out of the Pelicans bullpen, allowing just one earned run on one hit over three innings.

The Pelicans and Dash play the final game of the three-game series tomorrow night at BB&T Ballpark. Right-hander Alec Asher (9-7, 3.02) will be opposed by right-hander Bryan Blough (10-10, 4.19). First pitch is set for 7 p.m.

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