Markey finds the mark as Pelicans shut out Mudcats

pel-markeyPitcher Brad Markey led the Myrtle Beach Pelicans to a 3-1 win over the Carolina Mudcats at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark on Sunday. Markey recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts in seven shutout innings to help the Birds snap a four-game losing streak.

Daniel Lockhart ended a different streak when he put the Birds on the board in the bottom of the fifth inning. With Kevin Brown aboard by way of a leadoff double, Jason Vosler singled to move him to third base. Lockhart then slapped an RBI single to right field and put the Pelicans (57-43, 16-15 second half) in front 1-0, snapping a 24-inning scoreless streak in the process. It was the first run the Birds had scored since Brown’s sacrifice fly with two outs in the seventh inning on Thursday against Lynchburg.

The Birds weren’t finished there, as two batters later, Trey Martin bounced a two-out infield single to third base. Vosler scored on the play to make it a 2-0 Pelicans lead.

With two outs in the sixth and Pin-Chieh Chen at third base, Vosler clubbed a double down the left field line to collect his first Pelicans RBI and hand the Birds a 3-0 advantage.

Earlier in the game, Carolina (49-51, 15-16 second half) threatened to take the lead in the top of the fourth when right fielder Connor Lien laced a one-out triple to right field, but Markey worked around the jam with a pair of swinging strikeouts. The right-hander struck out the first hitter of the game with a looking punch-out before fanning his final batter in the seventh. He struck out Keith Curcio and Jacob Schrader twice each while also fanning first baseman Sal Giardina three times.

Markey’s 10 strikeouts were the most by a Pelicans hurler since Jared Eickhoff fanned 11 Potomac Nationals on June 3, 2013.

Markey (3-0) picked up the win with a career-high seven innings of work in which he allowed just three hits and one walk. In his third start and fourth appearance overall with Myrtle Beach, Markey dropped his ERA to 0.76, having allowed two earned runs in a combined 23 2/3 innings with the club.

Acquired via a trade with the Mets on Friday, Rob Whalen (0-1) took the loss in his organizational debut with the Mudcats. The right-hander pitched 5 2/3 frames and was tagged for three runs, two earned, on six base hits. Reliever Andrew Waszak finished the final 2 1/3 innings and shut out Myrtle Beach on just one hit.

Pelicans reliever James Farris pitched a perfect eighth inning, and despite Jasvir Rakkar allowing an earned run on a pair of hits in the ninth, he closed out the 3-1 win and earned his eleventh save of the year.

Chesny Young, who broke the Carolina League consecutive on-base record last Sunday, had reached base in 44 straight games until tonight, when he finished 0-for-4 at the plate. His career-best 14-game hit-streak, which was the longest by a Pelicans hitter this year, was also snapped.

The Pelicans wrap up their three-game set against Carolina on Monday with right-hander Jen-Ho Tseng (4-3, 3.44) throwing the 7:05 p.m. first pitch for the Pelicans.

Photo by Larry Kave/MB Pelicans

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