ZEBULON, N.C. (September 4, 2017) - The Pelicans' offense struggled again at Carolina, and the Mudcats completed a four-game sweep of Myrtle Beach on Monday with a 3-1 win at Five County Stadium.
Pelicans (73-67, 30-40) starter Oscar De La Cruz (4-3) retired the first two batters of the bottom of the first inning before Monte Harrison and Weston Wilson notched back-to-back doubles to give the Mudcats (73-65, 37-33) a 1-0 lead.
In the second, Max McDowell popped a solo home run to widen the advantage to 2-0.
With one out in the third inning, Luis Aviles doubled before stealing third. Harrison then singled through a drawn-in infield to extend the margin to 3-0.
Carolina starter Kodi Medeiros (8-9) did not yield a run in six innings, scattering six hits and three walks while striking out four. Parker Berberet worked the final two frames for his first save.
With the score still 3-0 in the seventh, Trent Giambrone and Robert Garcia each notched singles to begin the frame. Two batters later, Zack Short walked before a P.J. Higgins sacrifice fly got the Birds on the board at 3-1.
With the loss, Myrtle Beach finished the second half at just 30-40, their worst half since going 26-44 (.371) in the first half of the 2010 season. This is the Birds' worst half two since finishing 28-42 (.400) in 2009.
The Pelicans begin the best-of-five Southern Division Championship Series on Wednesday at the Down East Wood Ducks. First pitch times for Games 1 and 2 at Grainger Stadium in Kinston, N.C., will be announced at a later date.
Myrtle Beach will host Game 3 on Friday, September 8 at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. If necessary, Games 4 and 5 will also be played on the Grand Strand. Single-game playoff tickets and postseason packages are available on www.MyrtleBeachPelicans.com and by calling the Pelicans' Box Office at (843) 918-6000.
The 2017 season is the 19th season for the Pelicans franchise and third as the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. For information on tickets to see the Pelicans in 2017, please call (843) 918-6000, e-mail email@example.com, or visit www.MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.
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 each of the last six seasons. The same publication also placed the Pelicans in the Top 100 Stadium Experiences in all of sports in each of the last six years and the best in the Carolina League for six straight seasons as well. In May 2015, TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark won the 2015 TripAdvisor.com Certificate of Excellence award. The Pelicans are the two-time defending Mills Cup Champions, winning the title in 2015 and 2016 as well as 2000 and co-Mills Cup championship honors in the inaugural 1999 season. The Pelicans have made ten postseason appearances behind 12 half-season Southern Division championships, including the first half of the 2015 season and second half of 2016. For more information on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, please contact the Pelicans at (843) 918-6000 or emailing Info@MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.
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