KINSTON, NC - Despite 16 strikeouts and only five hits allowed, the Wood Ducks fell to the Pelicans in the series-opener 7-0. Richelson Pena tied his career-high with nine strikeouts over five innings of work for Down East.
Myrtle Beach was fueled by two home runs, a two-run blast by Bryant Flete in the fifth and a three-run shot by Trent Giambrone in the ninth. They were aided by three Down East errors, leading to four unearned runs for the Pelicans.
A bases-loaded sacrifice fly from Robert Garcia in the second opened the scoring for Myrtle Beach. The Wood Ducks had chances to respond in each of the next four innings but left nine runners on base from innings two through five.
Jacob Shortslef relieved Pena and worked two innings with three strikeouts of his own. A pair of errors from La O and B. Perez allowed Tyler Pearson to reach third to lead off the seventh. He scored in unearned fashion two batters later on a single from Andruw Monasterio.
Kelvin Vasquez struck out the side in the eighth but allowed the home run to Giambrone with two outs in the ninth. He finished with four strikeouts as the total for the staff was one short of the season-high set on April 12th at home versus Salem.
Game two of the series will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday night for Food Truck Friday with fireworks presented by Free Press/ENC Media Group. Right-handers Jonathan Hernandez and Mike Rucker will duel for the Woodies and Pelicans respectively.
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