Myrtle Beach Pelicans drop two to Potomac, still winless at home

mmckinnon@thesunnews.comApril 16, 2014 

After Tuesday’s game against Potomac was suspended, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans dropped both games of a doubleheader to the Potomac Nationals on Wednesday to end their seven-game winning streak.

Myrtle Beach has yet to win a game at home as their record at Field at Pelicans Ballpark is now 0-6.

The Pelicans picked the suspended game back up in the third inning Wednesday trailing 4-3, and Myrtle Beach eventually fell 7-3 to the Nationals in Game 1.

Despite a quality start from Alex Gonzalez in Game 2, the Pelicans couldn’t get a rally going as they fell to Potomac 3-1 in the second game of the doubleheader.

On Wednesday, neither team got its offense going in Game 1 until the Pelicans made a slew of mistakes in the ninth inning, leading to three runs by the Nationals. Reliever Matt Harvey walked in a run and allowed another run to score after throwing a wild pitch. Potomac also scored another run thanks to a throwing error by second baseman Edwin Garcia.

On Tuesday before play was stopped, the Nationals struck first with a four-run second inning. Kevin Keyes scored the first run after Pedro Severino was hit by a pitch. Stephen Perez hit a two-RBI double and Khayyan Norfork hit an RBI single to cap Potomac’s scoring in the big inning.

Pelicans right fielder Royce Bolinger hit a two-RBI home run in the bottom of the second inning to cut Myrtle Beach’s deficit to two runs. Pelicans center fielder Chris Garia drove in Odubel Herrera on a triple later in the second to cut the Pelicans’ deficit to 3-4, but the game was called due to heavy rain after the inning.

Myrtle Beach starter Cody Buckel (0-1) was tagged with his first loss of the season as he allowed four earned runs on three hits and four walks before departing after 1 2/3 innings. Reliever Sam Stafford tossed 4 1/3 scoreless innings and struck out four, and Harvey allowed three runs (none earned).

Brian Dupra (2-0) got the win for Salem, allowing two hits and one walk in four scoreless innings while striking out seven.

In Game 2, Potomac was the first to get on board as Kevin Keyes singled in Norfolk, who reached on a triple, in the first inning to give the Nationals a 1-0 advantage.

The Pelicans tied the game at 1 in the bottom of the third after Nick Williams hit an RBI single.

The Nationals added one run in each the fourth and seventh innings to take a 3-1 advantage into the bottom of the ninth inning. But, Gilberto Mendez shut down Myrtle Beach in the bottom of the ninth as he tossed two scoreless innings of relief for Potomac.

Gonzalez allowed two earned runs on seven hits and walked none while striking out eight in six innings, but the righty received the loss.

Williams paced the offense, going 2-for-3 and Joey Gallo went 1-for-3 for Myrtle Beach.

Salem starter Bretty Mooneyham received the win as he allowed one run on three hits and three walks and struck out one in five innings of work.

The Pelicans will host the Nationals in the third game of the three-game series on Thursday at 7:05 p.m.

Contact MAX MCKINNON at 626-0302.

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