Pelicans’ bullpen spoils Thompson’s perfect start

After Keegan Thompson was removed following seven perfect innings for the Pelicans on Thursday, the Carolina Mudcats exploded for four runs in the eighth inning to beat Myrtle Beach 4-1 from TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

Thompson fired seven perfect innings before being removed from the game after 84 pitches for Tyler Peyton (2-2) with the Pelicans (33-33) ahead 1-0. A one-out single by Mario Feliciano spoiled the perfect game bid. Carolina loaded the bases for Ryan Aguilar, who lined a three-run triple to right to give the Mudcats (31-35) a 3-1 advantage. Rob Henry then singled up the middle to plate Aguliar and make it 4-1.

Thompson was brilliant in his start. The former Auburn Tiger struck out eight over his seven flawless innings.

While he was outdone by Thompson, Carolina starter Breden Webb struck out a career-high 10 batters over 5.2 innings in his no-decision. Daniel Brown (2-3) earned the win with his 2.1 scoreless frames while Luke Barker saved his fourth game on the year with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Myrtle Beach struck first in the second inning. Luis Ayala singled on a grounder up the middle to plate Wladimir Galindo and make it 1-0.

The Pelicans take on Carolina at 7:05 p.m. on Friday for the second contest of the five-game, four-day series.

Photo courtesy of MB Pelicans

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