Myrtle Beach Pelicans shut out Carolina Mudcats


WOLFF AND PARRA BLANK CAROLINA IN SERIES FINALE

MYRTLE BEACH, SC August 14, 2014 – The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers, defeated the Carolina Mudcats 1-0 on Thursday night at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. History was made Thursday when the Pelicans had their first consecutive sellouts in franchise history. Sam Wolff and Luis Parra combined to pitch the Pelicans’ ninth shutout of the season.

Pelicans outfielder Nick Williams provided all of the scoring on Thursday with his thirteenth long ball. (Robert Gurganus / Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

Pelicans outfielder Nick Williams provided all of the scoring on Thursday with his thirteenth long ball. (Robert Gurganus / Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

The Pelicans (30-23, 74-47) recorded only two hits on the night off of Carolina starter Adam Plutko, which was a season-low for the Birds. Royce Bolinger hit a single to right center field, but was erased when trying to stretch the hit into a double. In the next at-bat, Nick Williams broke the game open for the Pelicans, hitting a solo home run to right center field. The home run was the only run support Myrtle Beach needed on the night, as the Pelicans won 1-0.

 

Wolff tossed five scoreless innings allowing three hits, striking out five, and walking one. The right-hander worked out of early jams in the contest. In the first inning, Wolff allowed a leadoff double to Yhoxian Medina and walked Jerrud Sabourin with one out. The South Dakota native then struck out Eric Haase and got Joe Sever to ground out to leave the inning unscathed.

 

Carolina (25-27, 54-65) left two more baserunners on against Wolff, one in both the third and fourth innings. LeVon Washington singled in the third, while Torsten Boss tripled in the fourth. The Mudcats were unable to plate any runners with their hits on the night, going 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

 

Parra came in for the Pelicans in the sixth inning and was flawless. The lefty struck out five Mudcats and did not allow a baserunner over four innings. The southpaw recorded his second career save and his first since August 28, 2011.

 

Wolff (8-4) earned the win for Birds, while Plutko(3-8) received the loss for the Mudcats. Plutko matched a season and career-high seven innings but took the loss. The two hits allowed matched a season-low for the Carolina hurler.

 

The contest was the shortest nine-inning game for both teams on the year. The Pelicans’ previous shortest game was two hours and 13 minutes, while Carolina had played a two-hour and 11 minute contest.

 

The Pelicans open up a three-game series against the Salem Red Sox at LewisGale Field on Friday at 7:05 p.m. Myrtle Beach sends Victor Payano (4-8, 5.03)to the mound and will face Salem’s Cody Kukuk (4-6, 5.24). The game can be heard live on WRNN AM 1450 ESPN Myrtle Beach, on the TuneIn Radio App, and via the MiLB First Pitch App, beginning with the Hampton Inn Pregame Show at 6:45 p.m.

 

The Pelicans return back to TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark on Tuesday, August 19 for the first of three games against the Wilmington Blue Rocks. It will be $2sday Brewsday, where there will be $2.00 draught craft beers from 6:00-8:00 pm, and it is also Circus Night at the ballpark.

 

Season Seats, Mini Plans, Flex Books, and single game tickets are available to see the Pelicans in 2014. For more information on tickets, please call (843) 918-6002, e-mail info@myrtlebeachpelicans.com, visit www.MyrtleBeachPelicans.com, or visit the Pelicans box office, which is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

About the Pelicans                                                    

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers and play their home games at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The park was named the best in the Carolina League by Baseball America in 2009 and the overall experience ranked third in all of Minor League Baseball by Stadium Journey in 2013. The Pelicans earned co-Mills Cup championship honors in their inaugural 1999 season, won the outright title in 2000, and has garnered seven half-season Southern Division titles, most recently in the first half of 2013. For more information on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, please contact Nathan Barnett by calling (843) 918-6080 or emailing NBarnett@MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.