LYNCHBURG, Va. (May 6, 2018) - Lynchburg Hillcats starter Zach Plesac threw a complete-game shutout on Sunday afternoon to blank the Myrtle Beach Pelicans 4-0 from Calvin Falwell Field.
Plesac (2-2) allowed just two hits over his nine innings of work. He struck out three without walking a batter on just 74 pitches.
Lynchburg (14-15) found the scoreboard in the bottom of the third inning when Mitch Longo plated Logan Ice with a sacrifice fly to make it 1-0 Hillcats.
Lynchburg blew the game open with a three-run sixth inning off of Pelicans (12-18) starter Jose Paulino (0-4). Li-Jen Chu coaxed a bases-loaded walk before Emmanuel Tapia knocked in another run with a fielder's choice to give the Hillcats a 3-0 lead. Paulino then balked home Alexis Pantoja to make it 4-0.
Paulino allowed all four runs over six innings of work for Myrtle Beach, striking out six and walking one. Wladimir Galindo picked up the Birds' first hit in the fifth. Daniel Spingola doubled in the sixth for the other Pelicans knock off the game.
Ryan Kellogg fired two scoreless innings out of the bullpen for the Birds in the loss.
Next, the Pelicans meet with the Down East Wood Ducks for the first game of a three-game series on Monday for a 7 p.m. contest. The Pelicans will send RHP Keegan Thompson (0-2, 4.44 ERA) against Wood Ducks' RHP Emerson Martinez (2-2, 4.32 ERA). Coverage begins at 6:45 p.m. on MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/Broadcast, TuneIn and the MiLB First Pitch app.
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.
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