MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Inconsistent play continues to haunt the Down East Wood Ducks as they fell to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, 12-3 Sunday night.
The Wood Ducks had one of their worst all-around games, striking out 14 times and losing by the widest margin of the season (9).
Down East (30-23) opened the scoring right away in the top of the first against Myrtle Beach starter Didier Vargas (W, 3-2). Keithron Moss led off with a ground-rule double and scored on a single by Dustin Harris.
The Wood Ducks added to their lead in the top of the third with two runs. Jayce Easley led off with a double and stole third (29) with one out. Harris singled again and Easley scored to put Down East ahead 2-0. During the at-bat of Keyber Rodriguez, Harris stole second (15) and scored on a double by Rodriguez for the 3-0 lead.
The bats for Myrtle Beach (24-29) exploded as they put up 12 unanswered runs, including a five-run fourth inning, against Down East pitching to take a commanding 12-3 lead.
Thanks to a two-for-four night with two RBIs, Harris earned the Suddenlink Player of the Game.
Englert (L, 4-2) took the loss, pitching 3 1/3 innings while allowing six runs (five earned) on three hits with three walks and three strikeouts. John Matthews pitched 1 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits.
Joshua Javier contributed 1 2/3 innings, allowing one run on one hit with two walks and four strikeouts. Florencio Serrano pitched 1/3 of an inning. Nick Lockhart allowed three runs on four hits in one inning of work.
With an off-day tomorrow, the Wood Ducks continue their 12-game road trip with six against the Fayetteville Woodpeckers starting Tuesday, July 6th. The starters for the series have not been announced.
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