Solid pitching, Ademan homer, not enough in loss to Woodpeckers

Myrtle Beach outhits Fayetteville, Pelicans still fall in series opener

Bryan Hudson threw five strong innings, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out five and walking two in a no-decision. (Larry Kave - Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

By Noah Cloonan / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | April 11, 2019 9:40 PM

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (April 11, 2019) - The Myrtle Beach Pelicans turned in a dominant pitching performance against the Fayetteville Woodpeckers, but timely hitting for the Woodpeckers helped them to a 3-2 win at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark on Thursday night. For the first time in 2019, the Pelicans (1-7) out-hit their opponent, but a run in the top of the ninth inning for Fayetteville was the difference in Myrtle Beach's fifth-consecutive loss. 

With the game knotte at 2-2 in the top of the ninth inning. Fayetteville's (5-3) Colton Shaver doubled home Seth Beer to give the Woodpeckers a 3-2 lead. 

In the bottom of the ninth, Chad Donato (1-1) locked down the win for the Woodpeckers by getting out of a two-on, two-out jam.

Earlier, in the first inning, the Woodpeckers jumped on the board first. After Seth Beer drew a two-out walk, Jake Adams blasted a two-run homer to make it 2-0. 

After the homer by Adams, Bryan Hudson, the Pelicans' starting pitcher, settled in to retire the next nine batters he faced. Hudson fired five innings of four-hit baseball and allowed just two runs while striking out five and walking a pair. 

The Pelicans finally got their bats going in the bottom of the seventh inning. Carlos Sepulveda reached first with a leadoff single and two batters later, Aramis Ademan brought him home on a two-run shot to right field to tie the game at two. It was Ademan's first home run of the season. 

Game two of the series will take place on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. Paul Richan (0-0, 0.00) will get the ball for the Pelicans, while JP France (0-1, 9.00) will toe the rubber for the Fayetteville Woodpeckers. 

Friday will be a Fish Fry Friday with fish fry dinner plates and $2 craft drafts available from 6-8 p.m. It will also be a First Responders Friday, where any first responders can show their ID at the Anderson Brothers bank box office to recieve half off their ticket, courtesy of 707 Shooting Range, Allegiant Air, WMBF and Mix 97.7. Also on Friday, bring your dog to the ballpark as the Pelicans host their second Bark-in-the-Park of 2019. Dogs are admitted free with the purchase of a Budweiser Thirst Inning Deck ticket. 

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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