Pelicans open second half with 2-1 loss to Mudcats

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Inclement weather halted play in the fifth inning at Five County Stadium on Thursday night, but Mother Nature did not impede the Carolina Mudcats from taking home a 2-1 win over the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.

Pin-Chieh Chen collected a pair of hits in the contest, and Chesny Young knocked in the Pelicans’ lone run in the loss.

The Pelicans (41-29, 0-1 second half) found themselves behind by a run in the bottom of the third inning. Designated hitter Jacob Schrader doubled to left field with two outs in the frame, and third baseman Carlos Franco drove him in with an RBI single into left-center field.

The Birds are now 11-11 in one-run games this year.

Since joining the Carolina League in 2012, the Mudcats (35-35, 1-0 second half) have now won four of the team’s first five second-half openers.

Pelicans starting pitcher Tyler Skulina struck out his fourth and final batter to end the third inning, but did not pitch further than that. The right-hander finished his three innings of work with four strikeouts and a pair of walks while allowing one earned run.

The contest was delayed by rain with two runners on and one out in the fifth inning, but play resumed after a 42-minute delay. Right-hander Fernando Cruz, who entered in the fourth inning in relief of Skulina, retired Franco on an infield fly when play resumed. First baseman Joey Meneses followed with a walk to load the bases, but Cruz worked out of the jam by forcing catcher Jose Briceno into a fielder’s choice ground out to end the inning.

Mudcats starting pitcher Brandon Barker did not return after the rain delay. He took no decision across five innings on the mound, shutting out the Pelicans on two hits while walking one and striking out two.

Photo by Larry Kave/MB Pelicans

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