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Myrtle Beach Pelicans Game Notes: June 16 vs. Down East

June 16, 2019 - Carolina League (CarL) - Myrtle Beach Pelicans News Release

Today, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans conclude the first half against the Down East Wood Ducks (a Texas Rangers affiliate) at 6:05 p.m. This evening, RHP Erick Leal (0-1, 8.10 ERA) starts for the Birds against RHP Alex Eubanks (5-2, 3.35 ERA). Television coverage begin at 6:00 on CW21 and MiLB.tv. A radio broadcast begins at 5:50 p.m. on MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/Broadcast, TuneIn and the MiLB First Pitch app.

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BIRDS SNAP LOSING STREAK WITH WIN OVER WOODIES

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans dropped the Down East Wood Ducks 3-1 on Saturday from TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. Kevonte Mitchell put the Birds on the board in the first inning with an RBI single. After the Wooodies tied the game in the fourth, the Pelicans came back with two runs of their own to take a 3-1 lead. Alexander Vargas (1-1) earned the win in his five scoreless innings. Manny Rondon, Brian Glowicki and Jesus Camargo combined for four innings of scoreless relief for the Birds.

MAMA, THERE GO THOSE MEN...TO THE ALL-STAR GAME

The Pelicans have four players representing Myrtle Beach in the 2019 All-Star Classic in Frederick, Md. Pitchers Javier Assad, Jesus Camargo and Paul Richan along with catcher Tyler Payne 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. Payne was named to the All-Star team on Sunday. The backstop hit .256/.305/.372 in 45 games in the first half. 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.

STRUGGLES OFFENSIVELY

The Pelicans scored seven runs in the last two games, snapping a stretch of 19 offensive innings without a run and one run in their last 27 innings. Over their last five games, the Pelicans are just hitting .164 (25-for-152) one extra base hit. They are currently in their longest power outage of the season as well. The Birds have not homered in seven-straight games. On the positive side, the Pelicans have a 2.51 ERA over those five games and have only allowed three home runs during the span.

WHAT A TURNAROUND

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/.375/.385 over 55 games so far this season. Over his last 17 games, he is hitting .333 (20-for-60)/.375/.350. During those 17 contests, he has recorded seven 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).

MAN THAT 'PEN

Pelicans reliever Ryan Lawlor has been a force out of the bullpen in his first five outings of the season. After his scoreless inning on Wednesday, Lawlor owns a 0.87 ERA (1 ER over 10.1 IP) with 18 strikeouts and just three walks over his 10.1 frames. Over his last five outings, he has struck out 15 in just 8.2 innings. Before being promoted to Myrtle Beach, Lawlor went 2-2 with a 1.83 ERA over nine appearances with Low-A South Bend.

SPEED KILLS

Outfielder Zach Davis has made a name for himself on the bases in his career. After another swipe on Saturday, Davis leads the league with 24 stolen bases. Because he has just played in 44 games, he is averaging 0.55 stolen bases per game. The speedster has stolen one base in four of his last five games. 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.

THOSE DARN WOODIES

The Pelicans have had a tough time against the Wood Ducks this season. In their 13 head-to-head games this year, the Birds are just 3-10. In those 13 contests, the Pelicans are just hitting .203/.317/.259 with two home runs. On the pitching side of things, the Birds have a 4.70 ERA and have allowed six homers. The Pelicans have also surrendered 19 stolen bases to the Woodies this season, who lead the league and are second in High-A with 92 swipes on the season. The Wood Ducks have the most wins in baseball (49).

PELICAN POINTS

Due to the promotion of Fayetteville's Colton Shaver, Tyler Payne was added to the Carolina League Southern Division All-Star team as a DH... The Pelicans have struggled giving up the long ball lately. The Birds have allowed 48 homers, tied for the most in the league. Over their last 10 games, Myrtle Beach has allowed seven long balls. On the offensive side, the Pelicans have not hit a home run in seven games...Today marks the final game of the first half for the Pelicans. Due to three cancelled games, the Pelicans will only play 67 first half games. Three cancelled games ties a franchise record for the most in recorded franchise history (since 2005).


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