MYRTLE BEACH – Robert Moore hit a three-run home run, Eric Brown Jr. scored three runs, Luis Castillo drove in three and Jesus Chirinos drove in two as the Carolina Mudcats defeated the Myrtle Beach Pelicans 9-3 in the final game of Carolina’s 2022 season on Sunday night at Pelicans Ballpark.
Carolina (35-30, 69-62) broke through early with three runs in the first after getting a two-run single from Jesus Chirinos and a run-scoring single from Castillo. The Pelicans (31-34, 78-53) came back with a run in the last of the first, but Castillo drove in two more with a single in the third and Jace Avina had RBI single in the fourth. Again, Myrtle Beach cut into the deficit with two runs in the fourth, but Moore connected on his three-run blast in the sixth to give Carolina its 9-3 lead.
Moore’s three-run home run in the sixth extended his end-of-season hitting streak to nine consecutive games, while Brown’s leadoff single in the third extended his end-of-season hitting streak to eight consecutive games.
Jeferson Figueroa started for the Mudcats and worked through four innings with three runs allowed on four hits. Figueroa allowed a RBI single to Kevin Alcantara in the first and a RBI double to Haydn McGeary in the fourth. Figueroa also walked two, struck out two and left before the fifth with the Mudcats up 6-3.
Fernando Olguin earned the win in relief after holding the Pelicans scoreless over three innings. Olguin (4-3) gave up a hit, walked two and struck out four while earning second straight victory. Relievers Jeison Pena and Trevor Tietz finished the game with Pena tossing a scoreless eighth and Tietz working a scoreless ninth.
Carolina: Moore (3, 6th inning off Hernandez, A, 2 on, 0 out).
TOP PERFORMERS – BATTERS:
Brown Jr., SS (Carolina): 2-for-4, 3 R
Moore, 2B (Carolina): 1-for-6, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI
Avina, CF (Carolina): 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI
Castillo, DH (Carolina): 2-for-3, 3 RBI
Ballesteros, C (Myrtle Beach): 2-for-3, 1 RBI
Alcantara, CF (Myrtle Beach): 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 RBI
McGeary, 1B (Myrtle Beach): 1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI
TOP PERFORMERS – PITCHERS:
Figueroa (Carolina): 4 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO
Olguin (W, 4-3) (Carolina): 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO
Pena, Je (Carolina): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO
Tietz (Carolina): 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO
Montano (Myrtle Beach): 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO
Mendez (Myrtle Beach): 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2…