Hernandez and the Staff Blank the Pelicans
MYRTLE BEACH, SC - The tenth Down East (30-29, 54-74) shutout of the year set up a 2-0 victory over Myrtle Beach (26-33, 69-60). Jonathan Hernández worked a season-high seven and one-third innings with seven strikeouts before giving way to the bullpen effort of Jeffrey Springs and Adam Choplick to
MYRTLE BEACH, SC - The tenth Down East (30-29, 54-74) shutout of the year set up a 2-0 victory over Myrtle Beach (26-33, 69-60).
Offensively, Luis La O was involved with both runs for the Wood Ducks. In the first, he plated
Three different Woodies had multi-hit nights as Morgan,
Hernandez overcame four walks in his start thanks to his defense. Three inning-ending double plays were turned behind him - including a 6-4-3 grounder in the third with the bases loaded. His 99 pitches were also a season-high on the mound.
Down East's offense was cold initially against the bullpen effort from the Pelicans. In the ninth, Garay was thrown out at home on a throw from center fielder
Springs collected his second hold in the bullpen and division-leading 136th strikeout in the eighth inning. He gave way for Choplick in the ninth for his eighth save of the year. The Texan worked a 1-2-3 final frame to seal the shutout.
Wednesday marks the third time this season the Woodies have blanked the Pelicans - including twice in Myrtle Beach. However, Buies Creek was also victorious against Lynchburg - so Down East remains 4.5 games back in the half race with 11 games to go.
The finale of the season-series with the Pelicans is slated for 7:05 p.m. on Thursday. Right-hander