Phillips strong start leads Woodies to 3-0 win over Pelicans

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (DEWDS) – Tyler Phillips fired seven scoreless innings to lead the Down East Wood Ducks past the Myrtle Beach Pelicans 3-0 Monday night.

Down East (17-8) records their fourth shutout win of the season, and improves to 7-1 on the road, as well as 4-0 against the Pelicans (7-18) on the year.

Phillips (win, 2-1) kept the Pelicans off balance all night long, going seven innings, allowing no runs on three hits, he walked three and struck out a season-high seven.

The Woodies opened with a run in the first inning against Bryan Hudson (loss, 1-2). Leody Taveras reached on an infield single, and then Anderson Tejeda traded places with him after a fielder’s choice. Ryan Dorow then singled through the right side on a hit-and-run, and Diosbel Arias followed with a single to center, scoring Tejeda, and putting the Woodies ahead 1-0.

Hudson exited the game after just three innings. He gave up two runs on four hits, struck out two, and did not walk a batter. The second run he surrendered came on an opposite-field homer from Tyreque Reed in the second inning, his third of the season, tying him for the team lead.

Julio Pablo Martinez also belted a solo shot in the sixth inning off of Pelican reliever Ryan Kellogg. It was Martinez’ first homer of the year, and it snapped an 0-for-22 at the plate.

Michael Matuella worked a scoreless eighth inning to record his second hold of the season. Then in the ninth, Joe Barlow (save, 1) worked around a couple of baserunners, getting Jhonny Bethencourt to bounce into a game-ending double play, to seal the victory. It was the Wood Ducks fourth shutout win of the season, and second against the Pelicans.

Game two of the four-game set will take place tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. with lefty Jake Latz (0-1, 10.38) making his third start of the season for Down East, opposed by Myrtle Beach righty Oscar De La Cruz (1-0, 0.82). The broadcast will begin at 6:50 p.m. on 960AM The Bull and online at 960thebull.com as well as on the MiLB First Pitch and TuneIn Radio Apps.