Pelicans’ pitching continues streak of home dominance

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans (5-5) needed just three hits Monday to topple the Winston-Salem Dash (5-5) 2-0 at TicketReturn.com Field, where the Pelicans have won three of their four home games this season.

Nick Martinez (1-1) tossed five scoreless innings with five strikeouts in his first home start of the season. The right-hander earned the win, striking out at least a batter in four of the five innings he worked. Justin Collop (1-1) started and got the loss for the Dash, despite taking a no-hitter into the fifth inning.

Kevin Torres led off the fifth inning with his second home run of the season, giving the Pelicans a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning. Jake Skole added an RBI single in the sixth inning to push the advantage to 2-0.

Right-hander Phil Klein faced the minimum, working two spotless innings out of the Pelicans bullpen. Arlett Mavare tallied the final six outs and earned his first save. The Dash loaded the bases in the ninth inning, but Mavare struck out Jeremy Farrell to end the game.

The Pelicans limited Winston-Salem’s three-hole hitter, Courtney Hawkins, who struck out in all four of his at-bats. The Dash hit with runners in scoring position just three times in the game. Myrtle Beach benefited from six total walks, including two apiece from Trever Adams and Preston Beck.

The Pelicans have registered three shutouts this season, including two in four games at home. The series continues tomorrow as the Pelicans and Dash play the second game of a three-game series. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Luke Jackson (1-0, 2.00) will take on right-hander Bryan Blough (0-1, 11.25).

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