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Thompson, Clark blank Woodies to capture series opener in Kinston

Keegan Thompson and Bailey Clark combine for Birds' third shutout of the season
Keegan Thompson worked six scoreless innings Monday to earn his first win of the season. (Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans)
May 7, 2018

KINSTON, N.C. (May 7, 2018) - Keegan Thompson fired six brilliant innings and Bailey Clark finished the game with three scoreless frames of his own Monday to lead the Myrtle Beach Pelicans to a 3-0 win over the Down East Wood Ducks from Grainger Stadium.Thompson (1-2) earned his first win of

KINSTON, N.C. (May 7, 2018) - Keegan Thompson fired six brilliant innings and Bailey Clark finished the game with three scoreless frames of his own Monday to lead the Myrtle Beach Pelicans to a 3-0 win over the Down East Wood Ducks from Grainger Stadium.
Thompson (1-2) earned his first win of the season by holding the Wood Ducks (15-16) to just four hits over his six innings. The right-hander struck out four and walked just two. Clark earned his first save for the Pelicans (13-18) by yielding just two hits over three shutout innings.

The Birds struck first in the top of the third inning. After Austin Upshaw doubled, Daniel Spingola singled him home to make it 1-0.
In the third, Aramis Ademan bashed a two-bagger and reached third on an Andruw Monasterio sacrifice bunt. Vimael Machin then ladled a sacrifice fly into left field to plate Ademan and give the Pelicans a 2-0 lead.
Following another Upshaw double in the fourth, Spingola knocked him in again with an RBI double of his own. 
Emerson Martinez (2-3) threw seven innings and allowed three runs in the loss. 
The Pelicans will send RHP Tyson Miller (3-2, 2.33 ERA) against the Wood Ducks' RHP Edgar Arredondo (2-1, 4.01 ERA) in Tuesday's 7 p.m. contest. 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.
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. The park 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 as well. In June 2017, TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark won the 2017 TripAdvisor.com Certificate of Excellence award. The Pelicans have 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 emailing [email protected].