Birds swept by Mudcats, fall in fourth straight

Muddies bats come alive, Dylan File shines in win over Myrtle Beach

Tyler Payne went 2-for-4 in Sunday's 7-2 loss to Carolina. (Larry Kave - Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

By Noah Cloonan / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | May 12, 2019 4:48 PM

ZEBULON, N.C. (May 12, 2019) - The Myrtle Beach Pelicans could not overcome an offensive barrage from the Carolina Mudcats as the Muddies swept the Birds with a 7-2 win in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at Five County Stadium.

For the third time in the series, the Carolina Mudcats (22-14) jumped in front of the Pelicans (12-25) in the first inning. After a walk to Ryan Aguilar, back-to-back doubles by Tristen Lutz and Payton Henry plated a pair of runs and the Muddies took a 2-0 lead after the first. 

Myrtle Beach came right back in the top of the second inning when Grant Fennell doubled to lead off the inning and scored on a triple from Aramis Ademan to make it 2-1. One batter later, Kevonte Mitchell drove in Ademan to tie the ballgame at two, but that was the last time the Pelicans would score off of Dylan File (3-3). File, the Muddies starting pither, delivered seven innings and allowed just two runs to earn his third win of the season. 

Carolina continued their offensive onslaught against Adbert Alzolay (0-1) in the second inning as the Muddies pieced together four-consective hits and scored three runs to take a 5-2 lead. A double from Devin Hairston and singles from Joantgel Segovia and Aguilar each plated a run as the the Muddies extended their lead to three.

Pat McInerney added a run in the third to extend the lead to 6-2 on a prodigious solo homer to right center field. After the third inning, the scoring drastically diminished. It was not until the eighth inning that another run was scored when a bases-loaded walk put another run on the board that made it 7-2 Carolina. 

Myrtle Beach finished the road trip with a 2-4 record and will now prepare to welcome the Winston-Salem Dash to TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark on Monday at 7:05 p.m. RHP Erling Moreno (2-4, 9.25) will take the hill for the Birds in the first meeting of the season between the Dash and the Pelicans. Coverage starts at 6:50 p.m. on MiLB.tv, MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/Broadcast and the MiLB First Pitch and TuneIn Apps.

Monday is a Half-off for Hunger Monday presented by WPDE. Fans will receive half-price admission when they donate an item from the approved Backpack Buddies list. The approved list can be found http://www.backpackbuddiesec.org/list.pdf.

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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