KINSTON, NC — The Wood Ducks dropped their third straight game and fourth straight at home in an 11-7 loss to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on Thursday night. With the loss, the Woodies drop below .500 for the first time this season (7-8).
Eduard Pinto clocked his first home run of 2017 to right but it wasn’t enough to overcome three Pelican home runs and a six-run fifth inning. Chuck Moorman continued to lead the league in batting average with his 3-5 night, including an RBI double.
Both teams traded ones in the second inning. Matt Rose hit the first homer of the night for Myrtle Beach to center field off of starter Jeffrey Springs. Despite seven strikeouts and only one walk through four for the lefty, the fifth would be his undoing.
Before that, the Woodies answered back in the bottom of the second inning with a two-out RBI single from Carlos Arroyo to tie things at one. In the third, the Woodies added three runs with doubles from Jairo Beras and Moorman to give the Woodies the lead 4-1.
Then the fifth started to unravel with runners on second and third and one out against Springs. Carlos Sepulveda hit a comebacker to the mound that Springs corralled on a hop. He caught Tyler Pearson between third and home, then threw to third base. Pearson broke for home and Josh Altmann’s throw hit Pearson in the back, allowing him to score.
Connor Myers was next and he knocked a two-run triple to left-center to tie the game at four. The birds weren’t done yet. Still with only one out, Trent Giambrone reached on a walk and Eddy Martinez knocked a three-run homer to cap the runs at six for the inning.
However the Woodies responded in the bottom half, as the Pelicans did not execute a shutdown inning once tonight. Josh Morgan singled to bring in Pinto and keep the game close, 7-5 through five.
But another home run was hit two innings later, and it proved to be the fatal blow. Jesse Hodges blasted his to left field and extended the lead to 9-5. In the bottom half the Woodies would respond again with Pinto’s solo homer. Then in the eighth they brought the tying run to the plate with Beras but he grounded out to end the threat.
The teams exchanged a two and a one in the top and bottom of the ninth to set the final score at 11-7.
Story Credit: Dominic Cotroneo / Down East Wood Ducks