Friday, July 26, 2013 - 12:18am
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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