Pelicans’ bats fall silent for second consecutive night

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans (73-53, 33-24) dropped their third straight game and was shutout for the second straight night Monday, falling 10-0 against the Lynchburg Hillcats at TicketReturn.com Field.

The loss matches the Pelicans most lopsided margin of defeat this season. The Pelicans, who have already clinched the Carolina League Southern Division first-half title, lead the Salem Red Sox by 1.5 games in the second half with two weeks left in the regular season.

The Pelicans trailed just 2-0 entering the sixth inning but the Hillcats scored five in the sixth inning and three in the seventh inning to open it up. All eight runs were charged to Randol Rojas who worked the sixth inning and faced three batters in the seventh.

Left-hander Luis Parra (0-2) was saddled with the loss, allowing two earned runs on five hits over five innings. The southpaw walked one and struck out two. Right-hander Greg Ross (8-6) went six scoreless innings and allowed just four hits to earn the win.

The Pelicans never advanced a runner as far as third base and have been shut out twice in the series.

The Hillcats pounded out 15 hits and saw seven of its starters register at least two hits. Matt Weaver went 2-for-4 and knocked in three runs, including a big two-run double in the Hillcats five-run sixth inning uprising.

Odubel Herrera led the Pelicans offensively finishing 3-for-4 with three singles.

Josh McElwee entered in the seventh inning and turned in three scoreless innings.

The Pelicans and Hillcats will wrap up the series Tuesday at TicketReturn.com Field. Right-hander Kevin Pucetas (1-1, 5.74) will be opposed by right-hander Jarrett Miller (8-7, 3.61). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

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