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Winston-Salem sends Myrtle Beach to third straight defeat

Pelicans shutout for a league-high 15th time in 6-0 defeat
Aramis Ademan turned a slick double play in the third inning on Saturday for the Birds. (Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans)
July 21, 2018

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (July 21, 2018) - The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were blanked 6-0 by the Winston-Salem Dash in the series opener of their three-game set Saturday in front of 5,164 fans from TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. Pelicans (46-52, 12-16) starter Cory Abbott (2-5) worked four scoreless innings before the Dash

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (July 21, 2018) - The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were blanked 6-0 by the Winston-Salem Dash in the series opener of their three-game set Saturday in front of 5,164 fans from TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. 
Pelicans (46-52, 12-16) starter Cory Abbott (2-5) worked four scoreless innings before the Dash (60-39, 19-10) got to him with five runs in the fifth. Blake Rutherford lined a bases-loaded single to break the scoreless tie before Mitch Roman laced a two-run, ground rule double to give the Dash a 3-0 advantage. Gavin Sheets then plated a run on an RBI ground out and Yermin Mercedes pounded an RBI single of his own, making it 5-0.

In the seventh, Rutherford singled, stole second, advanced to third on a ground out and scored on a wild pitch to push the lead to 6-0. 
Blake Batterfield (3-1) earned the win, throwing six shutout innings while striking out five and walking one. 
Tyler Peyton threw two shutout innings out of the bullpen for the Pelicans. Roberto Caro went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk. 
The Pelicans take on the Dash on Sunday in a 6:05 p.m. game. LHP Bryan Hudson (6-7, 4.84 ERA) starts for Myrtle Beach against Winston-Salem RHP Lincoln Henzman (0-1, 7.20 ERA). Television coverage begins at 6 p.m. on The CW21 and MiLB.tv. A radio broadcast starts at 5:50 p.m. on MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/Broadcast, the MiLB First Pitch app and TuneIn. 
Sunday's game is an Ultimate Kids Sunday featuring free inflatables, face painting, balloon artists and a pregame on-field catch. 
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. 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 [email protected]