Powerless Pelicans’ losing streak reaches six games

The first half champion Myrtle Beach Pelicans (63-48, 23-19) dropped their sixth straight game Sunday, falling 5-1 against the Frederick Keys in front of 4,124 fans at Pelicans Ballpark.

The Pelicans got their lone run in the ninth inning to avoid being shutout for the second time this week.

Zach Davies (6-5) got the win for the Keys, firing six shutout innings of two-hit baseball. Alec Asher (7-7) struck out 10 batters in a losing effort, allowing four earned runs on seven hits over six innings. Miguel Chalas worked the final three innings to earn his second save.

Asher’s 10 strikeout performance is his second highest of the season, just one shy of an 11-strikeout performance in the first half. He twice struck out three in an inning, including the side in the fourth.

Zane Chavez provided most of the offense, giving the Keys the lead with an RBI double in the fourth inning and a three-run home run in the fifth inning. Tucker Nathans gave the Keys a 5-0 lead with a solo home run in the eighth inning.

Joe Maloney led off the ninth inning with a double and came in on Kellin Deglan’s RBI two-bagger for the Pelicans only run of the game.

Edwin Garcia finished 2-for-4 for the Pelicans who have scored just eight runs in their last six games.

Josh McElwee worked two innings and allowed the Nathans home run. Nick McBride worked a scoreless ninth inning.

The Pelicans and Keys play the second game of the three-game series Monday at Pelicans Ballpark. Right-hander Nick Martinez (9-7, 3.02) will face righty Zach Clark (0-3, 16.33). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

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