Mudcats swept by Pelicans

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C — The Carolina Mudcats suffered a three-game sweep at the hands of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans with a 5-2 loss Thursday night at TicketReturn.com Field.

With 11 games left to be played until the 2019 Carolina League season ends, the Mudcats have now lost eight of their last 10 games. After losing to the Pelicans by three runs for the second night in a row, the team will enter its last seven-game homestand of the year before finishing the season away from Five County Stadium.

On Thursday, the Mudcats scored their only two runs of the game in the top of the fourth inning. Mario Feliciano tripled to center field to score Wes Rogers and the following batter, Payton Henry, hit a sacrifice fly to score Feliciano.

That 2-0 lead lasted all of a half inning. 

In the bottom half of the fourth, a two-run double hit by Luke Reynolds tied the game.

In the sixth inning, Reynolds gave the Pelicans the lead for good with a one-out triple that drove in a run. 

The Pelicans tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the eighth when a throwing error by Devin Hairston brought a pair of Myrtle Beach runners plateward.

Carolina starter Wuilder Rodriguez picked up his first loss of the season, giving up three earned runs, four hits and striking out three in 5 2/3 innings.

Anthony Bender was charged with the other two runs as he came in and pitched the eighth inning.

Myrtle Beach starter Brendon Little was the winning pitcher after giving up three hits and two runs while striking out and walking six batters each in six innings. Jesus Camargo pitched the final three innings of the game and gave up just one hit, holding Carolina scoreless for the save.