Big innings spur Birds in blowout of Muddies

Myrtle Beach scores four in the second, six in the sixth in 11-3 win

P.J. Higgins went 4-for-5 with a double and a three-run home run in Tuesday's win over Carolina. (Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

By Zach Bigley / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | July 10, 2018 8:38 PM

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (July 10, 2018) - P.J. Higgins notched four hits, including a three-run home run, to propel the Myrtle Beach Pelicans' offense Tuesday in a blasting of the Carolina Mudcats 11-3 from TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. 

With the Pelicans (41-49, 7-13) leading 4-3 going into the sixth, Kevonte Mitchell started the inning with a solo homer, his fourth of the season. Later, Jhonny Pereda raked a two-run double to right-center field to make it 8-3. Higgins then crushed a three-run home run to cap a six-run inning, matching Myrtle Beach's biggest frame of the season.

A seventh-inning RBI single from D.J. Wilson , which scored Mitchell, added on for the Pelicans at 11-3. 

In the top of the second inning, the Mudcats struck first on a sacrifice fly from Dustin Houle.

Roberto Caro slammed a two-run double off Carolina (46-43, 12-7) starter Cameron Roegner (8-5) in the bottom of the second to give the Pelicans a 2-1 lead before Wilson doubled him home. Andruw Monasterio then ripped an RBI single to make it 4-1 Myrtle Beach. 

Cooper Hummel's RBI single for the Mudcats made it a two-run game in the third inning. Houle plated a run in the sixth inning on an RBI ground out to cut the deficit to one, but the Birds exploded in the bottom of the sixth to seal the game.

Erich Uelmen (3-1) earned the win for the Pelicans, tossing five innings while ceding just two runs on five hits. He struck out five and walked one. 

The Pelicans continue their four-game series against Carolina on Wednesday with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch. RHP Rollie Lacy (0-0, 0.00 ERA) makes his Myrtle Beach debut against Mudcats RHP Devin Williams (0-2, 5.14 ERA). Coverage begins at 6:50 p.m. on MiLB.tv, MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/Broadcast, the MiLB First Pitch app and TuneIn. 

Fans can enjoy buy-one, get-one-free hot dogs presented by Hebrew National on a Wiener Wednesday. Gates open at 6 p.m.

The 2018 season is the 20th season for the Pelicans franchise and fourth as the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. For tickets visit MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/tickets, call (843) 918-6000, or visit the Pelicans Box Office.

ABOUT THE PELICANS: The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs and play their home games at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Since being acquired by a group led by Chuck Greenberg during the 2006 season, the Pelicans have repeatedly set team attendance records and become known as one of Minor League Baseball's most innovative and creative franchises. The team and its employees have been dedicated to making a difference in the Myrtle Beach community, specifically giving back over $2 million in donations, fundraising proceeds, in-kind services and community service since launching the Pelicans Play It Forward Community Initiative in 2013. TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark has ranked in the top eight in all of Minor League Baseball by Stadium Journey in six of the last seven seasons. The same publication also placed the Pelicans in the Top 100 Stadium Experiences and the best in the Carolina League for six of the past seven seasons. In June 2017, the Pelicans won the 2017 TripAdvisor.com Certificate of Excellence award. On the field, the team has won four Mills Cup Championships, including claims to back-to-back titles in 1999 and 2000, and again in 2015 and 2016. The Pelicans have made 11 postseason appearances behind 13 half-season Southern Division championships, including the first half of the 2015 season, second half of 2016 and first half of 2017. For more information on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, please contact the Pelicans at (843) 918-6000 or email Info@MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.

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