Winston-Salem avoids series sweep at hands of Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers, got dominating pitching Wednesday night, but couldn’t take advantage, falling 3-1 to the Winston-Salem Dash at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

Winston-Salem jumped on Myrtle Beach starter Roman Mendez for two runs on the first with Trayce Thompson and Brady Shoemaker driving in a run each for a 2-0 lead.  The advantage grew to 3-0 when Dan Black homered to lead off the fourth inning.  That was all the scoring for the Dash, but it was enough.

The Pelicans pitching was outstanding the rest of the way.  Mendez allowed only the one hit, Black’s home run, after the first inning.  The Dash did not have a runner stationed on the basepaths until the eighth inning, when Marcus Semien singled off Joe Van Meter.

Mendez finished with his second quality start of the season, allowing three runs in six innings while striking out six.  Joe Van Meter threw the final three innings, K’ing three.

The Pelicans lone run came in the sixth, when Jared Hoying doubled and scored on a Tomas Telis single.

Back on the road Thursday, the Pelicans head to Zebulon, NC for their first ever game against the Carolina Mudcats, the Cleveland Indians’ new Class A-Advanced affiliate.  First pitch is at 7:15.

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