Pelicans lose pitchers’ duel in opener of second half

pel-martinezJonathan Martinez allowed just two runs in 7.1 innings, but the Myrtle Beach Pelicans were edged 2-1 by the Carolina Mudcats Thursday in front of a sellout crowd of 6,599 at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

Martinez (3-5) fanned a career-high eight batters against three walks and two hits allowed in a season-best 7.1 frames. However, the two hits he yielded were costly.
With two outs in a scoreless second, Martinez issued a free pass to Jordan Edgerton. Reed Harper then plated the runner with a double to the wall in left, putting the Mudcats (30-41, 1-0) ahead 1-0.

The Pelicans (36-35, 0-1) were able to answer a few innings later. Daniel Spingola doubled with one out before moving to third on a wild pitch by Carolina starter Enderson Franco (5-4). Jeffrey Baez’s ground out to short brought in Spingola to knot the score at one.

However, the tie was short-lived. Tanner Murphy crushed a solo home run with two outs in the fifth to put Carolina ahead 2-1.

Franco cruised from there, not allowing a hit after the home run, scattering five in total to allow just one run. He whiffed just one against three walks to earn the win.

A.J. Minter and Chase Johnson-Mullins worked scoreless eighth and ninth innings, respectively, with the latter earning his eighth save.

Photo by Larry Kave/ MB Pelicans

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