Mudcats lose second in a row to Pelicans

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — After a 4-1 loss to the Pelicans in Myrtle Beach, the Carolina Mudcats have now lost eight of their last 10 games in August.

In the fifth game of a six-game road trip away from Five County Stadium, Carolina manufactured its only run of the game in the top of the third inning.

After two scoreless innings, a sacrifice fly by Wes Rogers in the third allowed Trever Morrison to score. Morrison, who tripled earlier that inning to right field, scored the only run of the game for the Mudcats (62-65, 23-34 second half) to create a fragile lead that wouldn’t last long.

In the bottom of the third, a leadoff walk of Delvin Zinn came back to bite Carolina starter Matt Smith later that inning. Zinn stole second, then advanced all the way home when Grant Fennell hit a line drive single to right field to tie the game for Myrtle Beach (52-73, 30-27 second half).

The following inning, a two-run home run by Kevonte Mitchell gave the Pelicans the lead for good. Over the next five innings, the Mudcats managed just four hits and advanced to third once. Pat McInerney and Trever Morrison were the Mudcats’ two leading hitters with two hits each, accounting for all but three of the team’s hits.

In the eighth inning, the Pelicans added to their lead, working runners around the bases on a walk, single and sacrifice bunt that put Luke Reynolds in position to score on a sacrifice fly out to center field by Jhonny Bethencourt.

Picking up his third loss in his last four starts, Smith gave up three earned runs and six hits through 3 1/3 innings pitched. A committee of Phil Bickford, J.T. Hintzen and Michael Petersen gave up three combined hits, as Petersen gave up the final run in the eighth inning.

Myrtle Beach’s Jeffrey Passantino won his second game of the year in five innings of work, giving up four hits, one run and striking out five.