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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The Carolina Mudcats found themselves unable to overcome a rocky first inning Tuesday night as six runs from the homestanding Myrtle Beach Pelicans proved to be enough to send the visitors to a 6-2 loss.
Carolina (62-64, 23-34 second half) saw matters get away quickly under the watch of starting pitcher Christian Taugner. Taugner walked the first two batters he faced before three consecutive hits put the Pelicans (51-63, 30-27 second half) up A Delvin Zinn single and a two-run double by Aramis Ademan extended the margin.
Taugner was chased after two-thirds of an inning following an RBI single by Kevonte Mitchell.
Carolina replied in the fourth on Payton Henry’s run-scoring single and added another run in the seventh.
Pat McInerney led the Mudcats’ offense, going 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles and a run scored.
Brailyn Marquez picked up the win for Myrtle Beach, allowing five hits and one run over 5 1/3 innings. Marquez struck out six.
The Mudcats were outhit 10-9, with the bullpen of Matt Hardy, Cody Beckman and Peter Strzelekci combining for five hits and 10 strikeouts. Hardy allowed just two hits and struck out five in 3 1/3 innings.
Catcher Mario Felicano was 2 for 4 as the other Mudcat with more than one hit.
The second game of the three-game series is set for Wednesday at 7:05.