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Myrtle Beach squeaks past Astros for sixth straight win

Kellogg, bullpen dominate in 2-0 victory to sweep Buies Creek
Ryan Kellogg twirled six innings of shutout baseball in the Pelicans' 2-0 win on Tuesday night. (Larry Kave/ Myrtle Beach Pelicans)
June 6, 2017

LILLINGTON, N.C. (June 6, 2017) - Myrtle Beach blanked Buies Creek for the second time in as many days as four Pelicans pitchers combined to shut out the Astros by a final of 2-0 Tuesday from Jim Perry Stadium. Myrtle Beach (34-25) starter Ryan Kellogg (3-3) allowed just two hits over six shutout

LILLINGTON, N.C. (June 6, 2017) - Myrtle Beach blanked Buies Creek for the second time in as many days as four Pelicans pitchers combined to shut out the Astros by a final of 2-0 Tuesday from Jim Perry Stadium. 
Myrtle Beach (34-25) starter Ryan Kellogg (3-3) allowed just two hits over six shutout innings to earn the win. The bullpen tandem of Pedro Araujo and Jordan Minch teamed up to toss two scoreless frames before giving way to Pelicans closer Dillion Maples. The right-hander struck out one and did not allow a base run in the ninth for his third save, sealing Myrtle Beach's sixth straight win and 11th in the last 14 games. 

Daniel Spingola walked to begin a scoreless fourth against Buies Creek (32-27) starter Ryan Hartman (0-2). One batter later, Eloy Jiménez stroked an RBI double to right-center to give the Pelicans the 1-0 advantage. Jimenez advanced to third on a fly out before racing home on a wild pitch to extend the Myrtle Beach lead to 2-0. 
With Myrtle Beach's shutout victory, the Pelicans have now blanked opponents a Carolina League-leading seven times this season. The Pelicans also maintained sole possession of first place headed into Wednesday's off day. 
Myrtle Beach begins a seven-game homestand with Thursday's 7:05 p.m. contest against the Carolina Mudcats. The Pelicans will send RHP Adbert Alzolay (5-1, 2.90 ERA) to oppose LHP Freddy Peralta (0-3, 3.11 ERA). Coverage for Thursday's game begins at 6:45 p.m. on MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/Broadcast, the MiLB First Pitch app and TuneIn.
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