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ZEBULON — Despite a day off after being no-hit and a return home to Five County Stadium, the downward trend continued Wednesday for the Carolina Mudcats with a 5-2 loss to Advanced-A Carolina League foe, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.
With its fourth straight loss, Carolina fell to 52-44 overall and 13-14 in the second half. The Mudcats, who were no-hit Monday by Wilmington Blue Rocks’ Jonathan Bowlan, finally snapped their scoreless innings streak at 17 in the ninth inning Wednesday. Designated hitter Mario Feliciano crushed a 3-2 pitch from Pelicans reliver Ryan Lawlor over the left-center field wall in the bottom of the eighth inning for his Carolina League-leading 15th home run of the season. The blast brought in first baseman Ryan Aguilar, who had walked with one out.
It was the second hit of the game for Feliciano, who lined a two-out ground-rule double in the fourth inning. The Mudcats didn’t get a hit off Myrtle Beach starting pitcher Jack Patterson (2-0) until first baseman Brice Turang’s single to start the bottom of the fourth.
Starting pitcher Matt Smith (3-8) took the loss for Carolina as he allowed three runs, only one of which was earned, on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. Smith walked one and struck out three.
The Pelicans, 36-58 overall and 13-12 in the second half, scored single runs in the top of the third, fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth innings.
The three-game series continues Thursday with the Mudcats taking the field in their “Carolina Micro Brews” uniforms.