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Myrtle Beach Pelicans Game Notes: June 12 at Fayetteville

June 12, 2019 - Carolina League (CarL) - Myrtle Beach Pelicans News Release

Today, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans conclude their series against the Fayetteville Woodpeckers (a Houston Astros affiliate) at 7:00 p.m. This evening, RHP Alex Lange (1-8, 8.41 ERA) starts for the Birds against RHP Brett Conine (1-0, 1.40 ERA). Coverage begins at 6:45 p.m. on, TuneIn and the MiLB First Pitch app.



The Myrtle Beach Pelicans allowed five runs in the first inning in a 5-1 loss to the Fayetteville Woodpeckers on Tuesday from Segra Stadium. After a sacrifice fly from Jake Adams, Enmanuel Valdez capped the scoring with a grand slam. It was the second-straight start that Erick Leal (0-1) had allowed a grand slam. The Pelicans scored an unearned run in the eighth inning when D.J. Wilson scored on an error to make it 5-1. The Birds were just held to three hits and tied a season high with 14 strikeouts.


The Pelicans have three players representing Myrtle Beach in the 2019 All-Star Classic in Frederick, Md. Pitchers Javier Assad, Jesus Camargo and Paul Richan will all head north for the game on Tuesday, June 18. Assad, who won back-to-back Carolina League Pitcher of the Week awards in May, owned a 23.0 consecutive scoreless innings streak during the month. Camargo has been a staple in the bullpen for the Birds. From April 16 to May 30, a span of 11 outings, Camargo threw 24.0 innings, allowing just four earned runs (1.50 ERA), helped out by holding hitters to a .169 BAA. Richan dominated over two starts from May 8 through May 14, allowing just two runs in 12.2 innings while striking out 15 and not walking a batter. Since May 8, over six starts, Richan has a 26.2 percent strikeout rate and just a 2.1 percent walk rate. Assad was selected to the Midwest League All-Star team in 2018, Camargo was a Northwest League All-Star in 2017 while this is Richan's first selection in his career.


Aramis Ademan has completely turned around his offensive game in 2019. After finishing last in the Carolina League in 2018 with a .207 batting average, the now 20-year-old shortstop is hitting .274/.383/.396 over 51 games so far this season. Over his last 13 games, he is hitting .356 (16-for-45)/.408/.378. During those 13 contests, he has recorded six multi-hit games. After hitting three home runs in 114 games in 2018, Ademan has already homered three times this season (within one of his career-best four in 2017).


Pelicans reliever Ryan Lawlor has been a force out of the bullpen in his first five outings of the season. After his scoreless 2.1 innings on Monday, June 3, Lawlor owns a 0.96 ERA (1 ER over 9.1 IP) with 16 strikeouts and just three walks over his 9.1 frames. Over his last four outings, he has struck out 13 in just 7.2 innings. Before being promoted to Myrtle Beach, Lawlor went 2-2 with a 1.83 ERA over nine appearances with Low-A South Bend.


Outfielder Zach Davis has made a name for himself on the bases in his career. After another swipe on Tuesday, Davis leads the league with 21 stolen bases. Because he has just played in 40 games, he is averaging 0.53 stolen bases per game. He has stolen two bases in the same game three times in 2019. The former Texas Tech Red Raider led all of the Cubs farm system with 38 stolen bases in 2018 and has stolen 83 bases in 224 games. Not only has Davis been running, but he has been hitting too. The switch hitter is batting .344 (11-for-32)/.417/.406 over his last eight games and recorded three multi-hit games in a row (from June 2 through June 6) and four over his last seven games. He is also riding a season-long five-game hitting streak. Over that span, he is hitting .381 (8-for-21).


The Birds have had their struggles against Fayetteville this season, going just 1-5 against them in their first six head-to-head meetings. In those six games, the Pelicans are just hitting .178/.304/.257 as a team with one home runs while striking out 56 times (9.3 per game). On the pitching side, the Pelicans have a 5.37 ERA and have allowed seven long balls. Aramis Ademan is the only Pelican hitter to have had success against the Woodpeckers, hitting .316/.458/.579 in six games.


With the three-straight games that were cancelled in Winston-Salem, the Pelicans' bullpen is very well rested. Jesus Camargo and Ryan Lawlor are on eight days of rest while Ryan Kellogg is on seven days of rest and Manny Rodriguez and Tyler Peyton have not pitched in five days. Luis Lugo has been in the Pelicans' rotation, but he had to throw Monday to get work in after he had not pitched in 10 days. Both Ben Hecht and Alexander Vargas threw a scoreless inning out of the bullpen in Tuesday's loss. The bullpen on the season has a 4.14 ERA as opposed to the starters' 5.11 ERA.


The Pelicans allowed 12 hits on Monday to the Woodpeckers. It was the fourth game in a row that the pitching staff had allowed double-digit hits and the 30th time this season out of 62 games. On Tuesday, the Pelicans only allowed six hits. Myrtle Beach has allowed 566 hits (9.1 hits per game), the most in the league and the second most in High-A behind the Lancaster JetHawks (Colorado affiliate in the California League).

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