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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — For the first time this Single-A Carolina League season, the Carolina Mudcats couldn’t hold a lead in the ninth inning.
The host Myrtle Beach Pelicans scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to deliver a 3-2 loss to the Mudcats in the second game of the three-game series at TicketReturn.com Field.
Carolina (11-9) led the Pelicans (7-13) 2-1 with reliever Clayton Andrews, who entered the contest in the eighth, returning to the mound for the ninth. But Andrews walked the first batter he faced and, after striking out the next batter, gave up two straight hits. The second was an RBI single by Aramis Ademan, whose bloop single to center field tied the game and sent Andrews back to the dugout.
Rodrigo Benoit came out of the bullpen and promptly walked the first batter he faced, loading the bases for Myrtle Beach’s Jhonny Bethecourt, who lofted a sacrifice fly to bring in the winning run.
The Mudcats got a run in the first on a single from Tristen Lutz. The Pelicans answered in the bottom of the second with a run against Carolina starter Noah Zavolas, who scattered four hits over seven innings, walking one and striking out eight.
Carolina took the lead in the fourth, helped by a pair of errors by Pelicans starting pitcher Oscar De La Cruz.
Andrews (0-1) got the loss while Pelicans reliever Jesus Camargo (1-0), who pitched two hitless innings, got the win.
Carolina, which was just 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position, failed to homer for the first time in nine games.
The teams finish their season Thursday night. The Mudcats will send right-hander Dylan File (0-3) to the mound.