The Myrtle Beach Pelicans haven’t had much success against one opponent this year, and they didn't fare any better against two foes on Tuesday.
The Potomac Nationals scored four runs in the top of the eighth inning and beat the Pelicans 7-6, while simultaneously defeating the weather, too. The game was delayed for more than an hour due to storms that moved through the region before the first pitch, and it also included occasional rains throughout.
Myrtle Beach was seeking its first home win since April 10, a 6-4 win against Wilmington in the third game of the season-opening series. The Pelicans had lost nine of 10 overall entering Tuesday’s game.
They took a two-run lead in the sixth inning, when designated hitter Adam Milligan reached with a one-out, infield single to set the stage. Milligan would move to second on a groundout before Shayne Moody’s RBI single plated the Pelicans’ third run. Moody would later score on a wild pitch, giving the Pelicans a 4-2 lead.
However, Potomac third baseman Tim Pahuta roped a two-out triple into the left-center field gap with the bases loaded in the top of the eighth inning. He would also score on the play after the Pelicans relay throw went into the Nationals’ dugout.
Potomac added an insurance run in the ninth inning, and that proved to be crucial because the Pelicans scored twice in the bottom of the ninth. However, Myrtle Beach's Gerardo Avila struck out with a runner on second and two outs to end the game.
The Pelicans had opened the scoring with a two-run third inning.
Moody and Ryan Barba led off with singles before Cole Miles fisted Patrick Lehman’s offering through the right side, scoring Moody. Miles would later score on Gerry Rodriguez’s RBI single, but the inning could have been much worse for Potomac. Myrtle Beach’s Amadeo Zazueta failed to move up the runners with a no-out bunt attempt, and Jesus Sucre grounded into a 1-2-3, inning-ending double play.
Still, the Pelicans had the early lead, although it wasn’t a surprise to see them give it up a few innings later. Myrtle Beach entered with a record of just 1-4 when scoring first this season.
In the fifth inning, Potomac’s Pahuta smashed his sixth home run of the season beyond the right-field wall. Tyler Moore then ripped a single to left-center field and would later score on Jose Lozada’s sacrifice fly, tying the game at 2-all.
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