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Pelicans Playoff Wrap: Birds Drop Game 1

A pair of home runs in the first inning doomed the Pelicans. Gleyber Torres' response wasn't enough.

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The Myrtle Beach Pelicans went to Winston-Salem to play the first game of their best-of-three series with the Dash (White Sox) and they dropped game one, 4-2.

The Dash hit back-to-back home runs off of Pelicans starter Duane Underwood Jr. in the bottom of the first. After Underwood retired the first two batters of the inning, Jake Peter singled and then Trey Michalczewski hit a two-run home run to make it 2-0. Next, Keon Barnum connected to make it 3-0.

Underwood would give up another run in the fifth inning to when he gave up a leadoff double and then an RBI seeing-eye single that trickled through the infield. After an Adam Engel double put runners on second and third with one out, Underwood got two ground balls back to the mound for the second and third outs of the inning to limit the damage to only one run.

The final line on Underwood was four runs on seven hits over six innings. Underwood struck out three and walked no one.  Here's what JJ Cooper of Baseball America said about his outing.

The Pelicans only had five hits tonight and any attempt to get back in the game was stymied by the four double plays they hit into. Myrtle Beach got one run in the third inning when Jacob Rogers singled to lead off the inning, Jeffrey Baez doubled to put runners on second and third with one out and Chesny Young hit into an RBI ground out.

The other Pelicans run came on a monster home run over the left field wall by Gleyber Torres. Here it is:

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Baez was 2 for 3. Torres, Rogers and Victor Caratini were all 1 for 3.

Game two will take place tomorrow night at 6:05 Central time in Myrtle Beach. Game three will be at the same time on Friday if necessary, and we hope that it will be. Brad Markey will pitch for the Pelicans in game two and he'll be opposed by Yency Almonte