MYRTLE BEACH , SC -Thomas Hatch tossed eight scoreless innings as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (40-26) shutout the Frederick Keys (29-36) for the second straight night, taking Wednesday's affair 3-0. After scoring in the fifth inning of Monday's game, the Keys did not score a run over the final 22 innings of the series. With the victory over Frederick and a Buies Creek loss, the Pelicans clinched the first-half CL South Division title.
Hatch (2-6) tossed eight innings for the first time as a professional. Over that stretch he scattered six hits, walked one and struck out seven. The right-hander has won two of his last three starts.
The Pelicans scored all three of their runs in the first two innings. Bryant Flete doubled off Cristian Alvarado , advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt, before a strikeout and a wild pitch scored Flete from third. One inning later, Trent Giambrone hit a two-run homer following a leadoff single by Robert Garcia.
Alvarado (3-7) suffered the loss, despite delivering 6.1 innings of three-run baseball. He scattered six hits, walked one and struck out three. The right-hander leads the Keys with six quality starts.
The Keys return to Nymeo Field on Thursday when the Lynchburg Hillcats come to town. Left-hander Keegan Akin (4-4, 5.01) starts for the Keys against Lynchburg right-hander Brock Hartson (2-2, 3.41). For tickets, fans can call the Keys at 301-815-9939 or visit frederickkeys.com.
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