Winston-Salem cashes in on Pelicans’ miscues in 8-3 win

dash-mayThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans surrendered four unearned runs and lost 8-3 to the Winston-Salem Dash on Thursday night at BB&T Ballpark.

Victor Payano surrendered just two earned runs over five frames and did not walk a hitter until the fifth inning but suffered the loss.

The Dash (14-14, 44-53) jumped out to an early lead on Payano. With one out, Keenyn Walker beat out an infield single. With two down, Walker stole second and scored on a double by Jason Coats to put Winston-Salem up 1-0. Grant Buckner then brought around Coats on a singe to center to make it a two-run edge.

Jacob May created an unearned run in the third by bunting for a single, moving to second on a sacrifice bunt, stealing third, and scoring on a throwing error by Pelicans catcher Jorge Alfaro.

Myrtle Beach (15-13, 59-37) got a hit in each of the first three innings against Winston-Salem right-hander James Dykstra, who made his Carolina League debut on Thursday, but failed to score over the first three frames.

Both pitchers cruised in the middle innings. Payano set down eight batters in a row into the fifth inning while Dysktra set down 12 straight Pelicans to get into the seventh with a shutout.

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