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Myrtle Beach Pelicans finally put it all together in rout of Potomac Nationals

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were due for some breaks, and they finally got and made plenty on Wednesday night at BB&T Coastal Field.

After losing 10 of their last 11 games and trailing the Carolina League both in pitching and hitting, the Pelicans (6-13) put it all together for a 10-5 victory over the Potomac Nationals (8-11).

Pitcher Jose Ortegano (1-2) got his first win of the season despite coming into the game with a 10.57 ERA and first baseman Gerardo Avila fell a double shy of hitting for the cycle, going 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs to lead the Pelicans to their first home win since April 10.

"We needed that one," said Pelicans manager Rocket Wheeler. "Ortegano threw well, you can tell he's starting to untracked, and we had three home runs, Avila almost hit for the cycle. They made three errors but we capitalized on all of them."

The breaks began right off the bat for the Pelicans after leadoff man Cole Miles reached on an error in the first inning. Avila made the P-Nats pay with a deep home run for an early 2-0 lead.

Potomac cut the deficit in half in the next inning on Tyler Moore's solo homer, but Ortegano held them in check through five inning, scattering four hits over that span.

He got more run support in the fourth when Gerry Rodriguez also led off the inning by reaching on an error. Avila ripped a shot to the deepest part of the ballpark in center field, but the ball bounced off the wall and he had to settle for an RBI triple. He later scored on Jesus Sucre's RBI single and Shayne Moody sacrificed Sucre home for a 5-1 lead.

The Pelicans' good fortune continued in the sixth when Moody made it to second on a throwing error and Chris Shehan drove him in with a single for a 6-1 lead.

The P-Nats added a run in the seventh but Amadeo Zaazueta got it back with his solo jack in the bottom of the frame and Sucre added a three-run homer to make it a 10-2 advantage. Moore hit his second home run in the eighth and the P-Nats added two runs in the ninth but it wasn't enough.

The much-needed victory came after the Pelicans were in danger of setting the franchise record for the most losses in April. Last year's team went 8-13 in the opening month and this year's squad must win the next two to avoid getting that dubious distinction.

The Pelicans weren't just on a losing skid; they were in a blowout skid. Opponents had outscored Myrtle Beach 94-37 over the previous 11 games and its team batting average (.230) and ERA (6.79) were worst in the league.

Potomac.AB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Lombardozzi 2B

5

1

2

0

0

1

.256

Oritiz 3B

5

0

2

0

0

0

.385

Baez CF

4

1

2

1

1

1

.429

BurgessRF

3

0

0

0

2

2

.253

Moore 1B

5

2

2

3

0

0

.178

Jacobsen LF

4

0

0

0

0

2

.242

Nelson DH

3

1

1

0

1

1

.300

Peackock C

4

0

0

0

0

2

.268

Lozada SS

3

0

0

1

0

2

.286

Totals336

5

9

5

4

11

Myrtle BeachAB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Miles CF

5

0

0

0

0

2

.281

Zazueta SS

5

1

1

1

0

1

.200

Rodriguez DH

4

3

0

0

0

2

.282

Avila 1B

4

3

3

3

0

1

.264

Sucre C

4

2

2

4

0

0

.270

Milligan LF

3

0

2

0

1

1

.225

Moody 3B

4

1

0

1

0

0

.242

Shehan RF

3

0

2

1

1

1

.200

Barba 2B

4

0

0

0

0

1

.205

Totals336

10

10

10

2

9

Potomac

010

000

121

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5

9

3

M. Beach

200

301

40x

--

10

10

1

E--Lozada 2 (6), Ortiz (2), Zazueta (3). LOB--Potomac 9, Myrtle Beach 5. 3B --Avila (1) . HR--Moore 2 (2), Avila (3), Zazueta (2), Sucre (2). SB-Benz (1), CS --Moody (1)

Potomac

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Morris (L, 0-2)

4

4

5

2

2

4

2.25

VanAllen

2

1

1

0

0

4

9.45

Estrada

1

5

4

4

0

0

3.21

Dill

1

0

0

0

0

1

15.00

Myrtle Beach

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Ortegano (W, 1-2)

5

4

1

1

0

5

7.11

Castro

2

1

1

1

2

2

13.97

Chapman

1

1

2

2

1

2

3.24

Harris

1

3

1

1

1

2

9.00

WP--Castro, Chapman. Balk --Castro. HBP--Rodriguez (by Estrada). Umpires--Home, Matt Cumbee; First, Jay Pierce. T--2:49. A--1,545.

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