Pelicans shut out Astros to snap skid

Martinez launches first home run of the season in 6-0 victory

Eddy Martinez smashed his first home run in Tuesday's 6-0 win over Buies Creek. (Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

By Joey Liberatore / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | April 18, 2017 11:35 PM ET

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (April 18, 2017) - Eddy Martinez homered and Justin SteeleDillon Maples and Scott Effross combined to blank the Buies Creek Astros 6-0 Tuesday at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

With the Pelicans (6-7) and Astros (9-4) scoreless through six and a half innings, a dropped third strike put Trent Giambrone on base against reliever Andrew Thome (0-1). Martinez then deposited a two-run home run over the left field wall breaking the scoreless tie. 

With the Pelicans ahead 2-0 in the bottom of the eighth, Myrtle Beach added insurance. Jesse Hodges singled to center field to kickoff the inning, Tyler Pearson reached base on a fielder's choice and Robert Garcia loaded the bags with a bunt single. Carlos Sepulveda reached on a fielder's choice that scored Hodges, which kept the bases loaded for Connor Myers. The Birds' center fielder singled to left, scoring Pearson and making the score 4-0.

Later in the frame with two men retired, an error scored both Sepulveda and Myers to increase the advantage to 6-0. 

Buies Creek put two on with one out in the sixth when Myrtle Beach called on Dillon Maples (2-0) out of the bullpen. The right-hander struck out Pat Porter and then induced a ground out to escape trouble.

With the Birds ahead 2-0 in the eighth, the Astros again put two runners on, only this time with nobody out. Scott Effross relieved Maples, who tossed 1.2 scoreless frames, forced a 4-6-3 double play and fanned Porter. The Indiana right-hander also worked a scoreless ninth.

Justin Steele scattered five hits in 5.1 innings, whiffing five against two walks. Despite another strong start, the left-hander did not factor into the decision. 

Buies Creek starter Alex Winkelman (0-0) tossed six shutout inning and struck out 10. He retired the final 13 Pelicans he faced. 

The Pelicans will play the rubber match of their three-game series with Buies Creek on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. Birds RHP Oscar De La Cruz (1-1, 1.80 ERA) goes against Astros RHP Justin Ferrell (1-1, 10.57 ERA). Coverage begins at 6:50 p.m. on, the MiLB First Pitch app and TuneIn.

Wednesday's contest is a Weiner Wednesday, meaning Buy-one, get-one hot dogs all night long. The Pelicans will also answer the long debated question, is a hot dog a sandwich?, with fans participating in various contests throughout the game. Gates open at 6 p.m. 

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, or visit

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 Certificate of Excellence award. The Pelicans are the two-time defending Mills

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