Pelicans fall in sixth-straight game to Fayetteville

Five-run first sinks Birds in 5-1 loss to Woodpeckers

Ben Hecht fired a scoreless inning in relief for the Birds on Tuesday and he has lowered his ERA to 2.93 on the year. (Larry Kave - Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

By Noah Cloonan / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | June 11, 2019 9:51 PM

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (June 11, 2019) - The Myrtle Beach Pelicans could not overcome a 5-0 deficit after the first inning as they fell to the Fayetteville Woodpeckers 5-1 on Tuesday night from Segra Stadium. 

The Woodpeckers (28-36) jumped all over the Pelicans' (20-42) starter Erick Leal (0-1), who surrendered five runs in the first inning.

After a sacrifice fly from Jake Adams brought in the games first run, Enmanuel Valdez blasted a grand slam to right center that gave the Woodpeckers a 5-0 lead after the first. 

Leal then settled in and gave the Pelicans six innings without allowing a run after the first inning, but the Birds could not climb out of the hole against Luis Garcia (2-0) who allowed just one hit in five innings of shutout baseball. 

The Pelicans found the scoreboard in the top of the eighth inning when D.J. Wilson scored from third on an error that made it 5-1 Fayetteville, but that is all the Birds could get as they fell in their sixth-straight contest.

Myrtle Beach will wrap up the three-game set with the Woodpeckers on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. RHP Alex Lange (1-8, 8.41) will toe the rubber for the Pelicans against RHP Brett Conine (1-0, 1.40) for the Woodpeckers in the series finale.

Coverage will begin at 6:45 p.m. on the Pelicans Baseball Network which is available on the TuneIn App, and MiLB First Pitch app.

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, 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 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

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