Pelicans post back-to-back shutouts over Blue Rocks

pel-parraThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans collected their second consecutive shutout victory in a 5-0 blanking of the Wilmington Blue Rocks on Wednesday night at Frawley Stadium.

Luis Parra, Jose Monegro, Cody Ege, and Jose Leclerc combined for the shutout, and the relievers did not allow a single hit. Nick Williams led the way for the club offensively, scoring the first run and hitting a three-run homer to put the game out of reach.

The Pelicans (25-21, 69-45) attack scored all five runs with two outs. With two on in the second and two outs, Kevin Torres lined a single to open the scoring off of Blue Rocks starter Luis Santos. After Lewis Brinson doubled with one out in the fourth, Torres struck again, lacing a single to right field to put the Pelicans ahead 2-0.

Parra scattered eight baserunners over five scoreless innings. The Blue Rocks’ best scoring chance came in the second, when Daniel Rockett singled with a runner in scoring position. Wilmington (20-23, 53-60) sent Michael Antonio around, but Williams threw him out at the plate.

Williams later shone at the plate as well. With two in scoring position and two outs in the fifth, the outfielder blasted a home run to right field, his twelfth of the year, to put the Pelicans ahead 5-0.

Wilmington loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth, but Parra got Zane Evans to hit into a fielder’s choice to end the threat.

Monegro faced the minimum over two innings in relief of Parra. Ege then struck out two in a perfect eighth, and Leclerc fanned two in a clean ninth inning.

The Blue Rocks went hitless after the third inning and have not scored in 22 innings.

Parra (9-6) leads the active roster in wins and earned his ninth win. Chad James pitched a shutout in a 2-0 win over the Blue Rocks on Monday.

 

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