Sellout crowd sees Pelicans drop home doubleheader

pel-buckelThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans lost both contests to the Carolina Mudcats 3-2 and 6-5 on Wednesday night at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

The sellout of 6,599 fans set a new franchise record for most sellouts in season with six on the year. The Mudcats turned to Jerrud Sabourin for offense on the evening, as he collected four hits, two doubles, and four RBI.

Carolina (25-26, 54-64) produced three runs in the first inning against Myrtle Beach southpaw Chad Bell. Yhoxian Medina and Yandy Diaz reached the base paths with no outs to lead off the game on a single and a walk. Carolina took advantage with runners on. Sabourin drove in a run with a double, and Alex Monsalve brought home another on a fielder’s choice, putting Carolina ahead 2-0. In the next at-bat, Joe Sever hit a sacrifice fly to center field to plate Sabourin, giving the Mudcats a 3-0 lead.

In the bottom of the third inning, the Pelicans (29-23, 73-47) answered back with a Chris Garia solo home run. They added an unearned run in the sixth inning. The early deficit was too much for the Birds, as they fell in game one of the doubleheader to Carolina.

Carolina starter Ryan Merritt tossed a complete game going seven innings and struck out five batters on the evening. Merritt allowed two runs, one earned, while allowing five hits. The southpaw earned the win (12-3), while Bell (5-2) suffered the loss.

In game two of the doubleheader, the Mudcats jumped out in front early in the contest. Carolina scored two runs, one of which was unearned, in the first inning. The runs broke a 14 2/3 scoreless inning streak for Myrtle Beach right-hander Cody Buckel, who made his first start since April 15.

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