Blue Rocks' bats struggle in home loss
Myrtle Beach starter Nick Martinez threw five scoreless innings as the Pelicans put the Blue Rocks right back in the loss column with a 6-2 victory at Frawley Stadium Thursday night.
A night after Wilmington ended their nine-game losing streak, they could muster just three hits and two walks off of Martinez (9-6) while being struck out seven times.
John Lamb (4-10) ran into trouble right from the start, giving up a walk and a single before Trever Adams's sacrifice fly made it 1-0 Pelicans.
Chris Grayson added another sacrifice fly in the second inning, and Preston Beck contributed an RBI single in the 4th inning to give Myrtle Beach a 3-0 lead.
Lamb exited after five innings, and reliever Kellen Moen didn't fare much better in the sixth, surrendering an RBI single to Jake Skole and a run-scoring double to Beck.
Jorge Bonifacio ended the shutout in the 8th inning with a two-run homer, his 2nd, but it was too little too late for the Rocks, who have now lost 9 of 10, but still remain a game up in the race for the final post-season spot in the Carolina League's Northern Division.
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