Birds shut out in series opener against Down East

Richan tosses quality start, offense struggles in 7-0 loss to Wood Ducks

Delvin Zinn reached base twice and provided the Pelicans with their only hit of the night in a 7-0 loss to Down East. (Larry Kave - Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

By Noah Cloonan / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | July 7, 2019 8:15 PM

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (July 7, 2019)- The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were blanked and collected just one hit in a 7-0 loss to the Down East Wood Ducks on Sunday night from TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

After a perfect inning from Paul Richan (L, 8-4) in the first inning, Curtis Terry put the Wood Ducks (10-8, 60-28) on the board on the first pitch of the second inning. He blasted a solo homer to the bleachers in left that gave the Woodies a 1-0 lead. Terry extended the lead to 2-0 in the fourth inning when he took Richan deep for the second time on the night and he put Down East in front by two.

In the fifth, the Woodies scratched two more runs across off of Richan. After an error put Hasuan Vierra on first, back-to-back singles from Tyler Depreta-Johnson and Eric Jenkins scored Vierra and made it 3-0 Down East. 

The Wood Ducks tacked on another when Julio Pablo Martinez produced a sacrifice fly to plate Depreta-Johnson and Down East led 4-0 after the fifth. 

Alex Eubanks (W, 8-2) was brilliant for the Wood Ducks in the win. The righty went six, shutout innings and allowed just one hit in the win.

Down East put the finishing touches in the win in the seventh inning as they scored three more runs. Depreta-Johnson singled in the first run of the inning and he later scored on a throwing error that made it 6-0 Down East. 

The Woodies pushed their final run across in the seventh when Josh Altman knocked a sacrifice fly into center to make it 7-0.

Cole Uvila pitched three scoreless innings out of the bullpen for the Wood Ducks to earn the save in the series opening win. 

The Birds (9-9, 30-55) will aim to even the series on Monday night at 7:05 p.m. LHP Ryan Kellogg (2-5, 4.32) will take the hill for the Pelicans in game two while Down East has yet to announce a starter for the contest.

Coverage starts at 6:50 p.m. on MiLB.tv, MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/Broadcast and the MiLB First Pitch and TuneIn Apps.

Monday will be a half off Hunger Monday, presented by WPDE. Fans will receive half-price admission when they donate an item from the approved Backpack Buddies list. 

The 2019 season is the 21st season for the Pelicans franchise and fifth 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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