Tseng tosses another gem; Pelicans polish off Mudcats

peltsengpovA game-tying home run from Jason Vosler put a charge into the Pelicans’ offense on Monday night, as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans  edged the Carolina Mudcats 4-3 at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. Jen-Ho Tseng won his third straight start, pitching seven innings and allowing three earned runs.

In the seventh, Jordan Hankins led off with a double into the right-field corner and moved to third on a wild pitch with Trey Martin at the plate and one out. Martin then drove him in to score with a sacrifice fly to right-center field, handing the Pelicans a 4-3 lead.

The Birds would hold on to that advantage thanks to Martin’s defense in center field and two shutout innings from reliever Josh Conway. After a perfect eighth inning in relief of Tseng, Conway walked Franco to open the top of the ninth, and the Mudcats’ third baseman then stole second base. On a fly ball to the right-center field gap, Martin made a sliding catch to rob Odom of a hit, but Franco tagged and moved to third. Designated hitter Jose Briceno then grounded out back to the pitcher’s mound on one pitch before Conway induced a fly out to left field to end the ballgame and seal his second save of the year.

With the Pelicans taking the lead in the seventh, they led Tseng (5-6) to a victory. In his seven innings of work, the right-hander walked one batter, struck out four, and allowed seven hits.

The Pelicans begin a three-game series against the Potomac Nationals on Tuesday with the first pitch from TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Photo by Larry Kave/MB Pelicans

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