Potomac Nationals 4, (at) Myrtle Beach Pelicans 3
With runners on second and third in the seventh and one out, Potomac’s Nolan Sanburne struck out Myrtle Beach batters Connor Myers and Robert Garcia to end the inning. In the next half inning, the Nationals added a little more salt to the wound, a David Masters 2-run blast over the left field wall giving them just enough to stave off a late rally by the Pelicans.
Though in a losing effort, Pelicans first baseman Tyler Alamo had a solid night at the plate, going 3-for-3 on the night.
Winner: Nolan Sanburne went seven innings for Potomac, not allowing a run and striking out nine Myrtle Beach batters.
Loser: Myrtle Beach lefty Justin Steele pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on five hits. He struck out for Potomac batters.
By the numbers
3 Monday’s loss marked the Pelicans’ third setback in a row. This is the club’s longest losing streak since Buies Creek took three consecutive games from Myrtle Beach in mid-May.
7Myrtle Beach starter Justin Steele suffered his first loss in seven starts on Monday night.
11 The Pelicans’ 11 hits were two better than that posted by Potomac — the latter walking away with a win.
Myrtle Beach falls to 44-30, but 1-3 in the second half of the Carolina League season. Potomac improves to 34-37, and 2-3 in the season’s second stanza.
Potomac and Myrtle Beach continue their four-game set on Tuesday, first pitch at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark taking place at 7:05 p.m. The Pelicans will send Adbert Alzolay (6-1, 2.83 ERA) to the bump, while Grant Borne (3-2, 1.61 ERA) earns the start for the Nationals.