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Artis Has Career Night, Birds Throttle Woodpeckers in Series Opener

August 2, 2019 - Carolina League (CarL) - Myrtle Beach Pelicans News Release

D.J. Artis of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans
D.J. Artis of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans
(Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - D.J. Artis tied a franchise record with five hits in the Myrtle Beach Pelicans 10-3 thumping of the Fayetteville Woodpeckers on Friday night from Segra Stadium.

The huge night from Artis was the second time that a Pelicans player collected five hits in a game this season (Zach Davis, June 27 at Fayetteville) and the 10th player in franchise history to do so.

The Pelicans (42-67, 21-21) jumped on the board in a big way first in the third inning with five runs off of Fayetteville (53-58, 22-20) starter J.P. France (L, 4-7). With runners on the corners, Cam Balego drew a walk on a ball in the dirt that allowed Carlos Sepulveda to score on a wild pitch, making it 1-0 Myrtle Beach. The next batter, Grant Fennell , then blasted a three-run homer to give the Pelicans a 4-0 advantage. Luke Reynolds followed by lining an RBI double down the right field line to put Myrtle Beach out in front 5-0.

The Woodpeckers found the board in the bottom of the fourth with a solo homer from Chandler Taylor to make it 5-1 Pelicans.

Myrtle Beach answered back in the sixth when Balego lined an RBI single to left, scoring Sepulveda. With the bases loaded, Fennell, who had a career-high four RBIs, then plated Artis on a sacrifice fly to stake Myrtle Beach to a 7-1 lead.

In the seventh, they continued to pour it on. Artis beat out an infield RBI single to the shortstop for his fifth hit on the day before Balego knocked in a pair more on a two-run base hit up the middle, giving the Birds a 10-1 edge.

The Woodpeckers struck back in the bottom of the eighth on an RBI double by David Hensley and a Ross Adolph RBI single, but it was not enough.

Jeffrey Passantino (W, 1-0) earned the victory in his start for the Birds, allowing just one run over his six innings while striking out five and walking one.

The Pelicans continue their three-game series with Woodpeckers at Segra Stadium on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. and RHP Enrique De Los Rios (1-2, 1.66 ERA) will take the hill for the Pelicans against RHP Shawn Dubin (2-4, 4.61 ERA) for the Woodpeckers. Coverage will begin at 5:45 p.m. on the Pelicans Baseball Network which is available on the TuneIn App, and MiLB First Pitch app.

The 2019 season is the 21st season for the Pelicans franchise and fifth as the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. For tickets visit, call (843) 918-6000, or visit the Pelicans Box Office.

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D.J. Artis of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans
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