Mudcats Open Road Series with 3-1 Win in Myrtle Beach

Devin Hairston led the way after going 2-for-5 with a run scored

By Carolina Mudcats | July 9, 2018 11:51 PM

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Dallas Carroll hit a go-ahead RBI double in the fifth, Weston Wilson stretched his hitting streak to 10 straight games and Luke Barker picked up his 12th save of the season as the Mudcats held off the Pelicans for a 3-1 road win on Monday night in Myrtle Beach.

Carolina (12-6, 46-42) trailed 1-0 after the second before getting a run across in the third to tie it against starter Alex Lange and the Pelicans (6-12, 40-49). Carroll then broke the 1-1 tie in the fifth after driving in Joantgel Segovia with a ground-rule double to deep right-center. Carroll's double gave the Mudcats a 2-1 lead and Wilson's two-out RBI single two batters later stretched the lead to 3-1.

Lange (5-6, 3.52) took the loss for the Pelicans as he allowed three runs and six hits over five innings pitched. He also walked three, struck out four and came up short when attempting to maintain the 1-0 Myrtle Beach beyond the second inning.

Victor Diaz started for Carolina and earned the win after limiting the Pelicans to one run and five hits over five innings pitched. Diaz (5-5, 4.24) also walked two and struck out five while working to 93 pitches (61 strikes) over five innings.

Yelier Peguero had the only run-scoring hit for the Pelicans in their series opening loss. His RBI single to shallow left in the second gave his club a 1-0 lead and was just his second RBI of the season. Carolina then tied it at 1-1 in the third when Devin Hairston singled, moved to second on a wild pitch and then scored on back-to-back groundouts from Carroll and Demi Orimoloye.

The 1-1 tie held through the fourth, but was broken when Carroll sparked Carolina's two run fifth with his run scoring double. Diaz then worked the end of the fifth while holding the two-run lead. 

Alec Kenilvort went on to pitch through a scoreless sixth and seventh, before turning the game over to Nattino Diplan who went on to work through a scoreless eighth. Kenilvort (H, 5) struck out two and allowed one hit over two scoreless innings while earing his fifth hold. Diplan (H, 5) also picked up his fifth hold of the year and finished with two strikeouts over one inning. Barker (S, 12) then worked the ninth and worked around two hits to start the final frame while earning his Carolina League leading (tied for first) 12th save of the season. Barker induced a double play and retired Peguero on a bunt to end the game.

Hairston paced the Carolina offense with two hits in the game and was one of eight Mudcats to total at least one hit in the game. He also scored the tying run in the second while going 2-for-5 out of the leadoff spot. Carroll went 1-for-4 in the game with a double, a run and a RBI. Wilson also went 1-for-4 with a RBI and stretched his hitting streak to 10 straight games; matching the longest hit streak set by a Mudcats player this season. 

The series will continue on Tuesday night in Myrtle Beach with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. The game will air on the Mudcats Radio Network, the Big Dawg 98.5 FM and via TuneIn Radio at carolinamudcats.com. 

Carolina's next home series begins on Friday, July 13 versus the Lynchburg Hillcats. Tickets are available by visiting the Five County Stadium front office, by calling (919) 269-CATS (2287) and by visiting www.carolinamudcats.com/tickets.

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