Wood Ducks ace Pelicans, halt five-game win streak

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans’ five-game winning streak was snapped on Wednesday night despite strong appearances out of the bullpen from David Berg and Marc Huberman , who combined for 4.2 scoreless innings, in the Birds’ 2-0 loss to the Down East Wood Ducks at TicketReturn.Com Field.

Down East (54-74, 30-29) wasted no time in scoring off Myrtle Beach (69-60, 26-33) starter Kyle Miller (4-4). With one out in the first inning, Josh Morgan singled to right field before advancing to third on a base hit from Yanio Perez. Luis La O brought home the first run of the contest with a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Morgan.

La O and Preston Scott both reached base with back-to-back singles to open up the Wood Ducks’ fourth inning. With La O and Scott later in scoring position, a wild pitch extended the Woodies lead to 2-0.

Down East starter Jonathan Hernandez (2-6) hurled 7.1 shutout innings for the Wood Ducks, striking out seven batters en route to his second win of the season.

Miller tossed 4.1 innings, yielding two earned runs on eight hits. Berg relieved Miller with one out in the fifth, and the right-hander went 2.2 innings of no-hit baseball before Huberman entered the contest in the eighth. The southpaw followed Berg with two more scoreless innings out of the bullpen for the Pelicans.

The Birds offense labored in the contest, as left-hander Adam Choplick finished off Myrtle Beach in the ninth inning to convert his eighth save of the 2017 campaign.

Myrtle Beach and Down East will play the rubber match game of their three-game set on Thursday at 7:05 p.m.  Thursday’s contest will feature Old School Hip Hop night, with a celebrity DJ appearance from DJ Spinderella. The contest will also double as a Thirsty Thursday meaning $1.00 12 oz. Bud & Bud Light draughts and $2.00 16 oz. cans from 6-8 p.m.

Photo by Larry Kave/MB Pelicans

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