Myrtle Beach Pelicans: Game Notes, August 11 vs. Wilmington
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans host the Wilmington Blue Rocks in Saturday's 6:05 p.m. contest. LHP Bryan Hudson (6-9, 4.30 ERA) starts for Myrtle Beach against Wilmington RHP Andres Sotillet (1-3, 5.55 ERA). Television coverage begins at 6 p.m. on The CW21 and MiLB.tv. A radio broadcast begins at 5:50 p.m. on MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/Broadcast, TuneIn and the MiLB First Pitch app.
BIRDS OUTLAST BLUE ROCKS IN SLUGFEST
Myrtle Beach bashed three home runs in a five-run third inning Friday to beat Wilmington 6-5. Meibrys Viloria cracked a two-run shot in the second to open up the scoring. In the third, Zach Davis put the Pelicans on the board with a solo dinger to left. Later in the inning, Jared Young blasted a three-run homer to left before Andruw Monasterio went back-to-back to make it 5-2. Wilmington cut the Birds' advantage to 5-4 when Viloria notched a two-run double in the sixth. Myrtle Beach responded in the bottom of the sixth on Tyler Alamo's sacrifice fly. In the ninth, Brewer Hicklen's solo home run got the Blue Rocks to within 6-5. Wilmington loaded the bases with one out, but Tyler Peyton wiggled out of the jam for his eighth save.
THE CHICKS DUG IT LAST NIGHT
Myrtle Beach had hit three home runs in a game once all season heading into Friday's series opener with Wilmington. Naturally, the Pelicans popped three home runs in the third on Friday, equaling their season-high for a single game in just one inning. For perspective's sake, the Birds had registered three total long balls in their last 14 contests. The five dingers between Myrtle Beach and Wilmington Friday was the most combined in a single Pelicans game this season.
HUDSON RIVER SCHOOL
Myrtle Beach left-hander Bryan Hudson entered his start on July 1 with a woeful 5.83 ERA. In the six starts since that point, the Godfrey, Ill., native has surrendered just 10 runs, six earned, on 21 hits in 33.1 innings for a 1.62 ERA, dropping his season mark to 4.30. Among Carolina League pitchers with at least 90 innings pitched this season, Hudson has the highest ground ball rate at 54.4 percent. His fly ball rate of 27.8 percent is the second-lowest, while his line drive rate of 17.8 percent places the eighth-best.
In the first four games with Myrtle Beach, Jared Young went just 2-for-15 (.133) with an RBI and three walks. However, the Prince George, British Columbia native seems to be starting to figure out the High-A level. Over the last 24 games, he is batting 27-for-86 with two doubles, five home runs, and 16 RBIs to slash .314/.372/.512.
THE STRUGGLE IS REAL
Though the Pelicans snapped their seven-game losing streak - the club's first since 2013 - in Friday's 6-5 victory over Wilmington, the Birds have still dropped 16 of their last 21 contests. Over that span, Myrtle Beach has been outscored 93-54, yielding at least four runs in 14 of those 21 games. For perspective, the Birds had surrendered at least four runs in just four of their previous 17 contests. Myrtle Beach has also scored at least four runs in just six of these last 21 games.
FRIENDS CLOSE, ENEMIES CLOSER
Over the Myrtle Beach's last 16 contests, 14 have been decided by three runs or less, including a remarkable 11 by just one tally. On the season, Myrtle Beach has played 73 games decided by no more than three runs, the third-highest total in the Carolina League. The Pelicans are 36-37 (.493) in those engagements. Interestingly, Wilmington has played 76 games determined by three runs or fewer, the most in the circuit. The Blue Rocks are 42-34 (.553) in those games.
ERROR 404: NOT FOUND
From July 24 through August 1, Myrtle Beach made at least one error in a season-high nine consecutive games, compiling a total 17 miscues during that stretch. The Birds have responded by playing error-free baseball in six of their last seven contests, including a season-best five-game errorless streak from August 2-6. The Pelicans have made just one miscue in their last 56 innings.
IT ALL STARTS SOMEWHERE
Myrtle Beach starting pitchers have yielded no more than three runs in each of their last seven games. Interestingly, during this stretch, Pelicans starters have only posted a 4.00 ERA due to 16 earned runs allowed on 30 hits in 36.0 innings. In comparison, the club's bullpen has surrendered 13 runs, all earned, on 27 hits in 18.1 frames for a 6.38 ERA over the last seven games.
Myrtle Beach is just 1-7 in the month of August. The club is batting .197/.275/.279 with 10 extra-base hits in these eight contests.
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