Carolina Mudcats lose to Myrtle Beach despite stellar pitching
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — With offense at a premium, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans avoided the sweep Thursday by defeating the Carolina Mudcats, 1-0.
The Pelicans only had two hits of their own, but it proved to be enough as one of them was a solo home run from left fielder Nick Williams. Williams’ decisive long ball, his 13th of the season, came off Plutko with one away in the bottom of the second.
The mistake to Williams meant Plutko (3-8, 4.33 ERA) was saddled with the loss as he gave up the one earned run on two hits. The right-hander struck out four and walked one.
Wolff (8-4, 2.93 ERA) earned the win for Myrtle Beach, shutting out the Mudcats in his 5.0 innings of work. He allowed all three of Carolina’s hits while fanning five and walking one.
The Mudcats got a man into scoring position against Wolff three times, but could never find the breakthrough.Yhoxian Medina doubled to leadoff the game, but never even reached third. In the top of the third, LeVon Washington singled to right then stole second and took third on an errant throw, but was stranded as Jerrud Sabourin went down swinging. Carolina’s final hit of the evening then came on Torsten Boss’s two-out triple in the top of the fourth, with the second baseman also left aboard.
In relief, Parra would then prove to be more dominating than Wolff, as Carolina didn’t manage a base runner in the final four frames. He picked up his first save of the year, going 4.0 perfect innings while striking out five.
With the loss, Carolina drops to 25-27 on the second half, 4.5 games behind the Pelicans in the Southern Division.
The Mudcats will continue their road-trip, heading to Pfitzner Stadium for a three-game set with the Potomac Nationals.
Mike Clevinger (0-0, 9.00 ERA) is scheduled to start Friday’s opener for the Mudcats against lefty Matt Spann (8-5, 4.33 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.