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Potomac Nationals rally past Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Those who arrived late for Thursday night's Myrtle Beach Pelicans game missed all the offensive firepower. Those who left early missed all the small-ball drama.

In the end it was the latter that did in the Pelicans in a 5-4 defeat to the Potomac Nationals in 10 innings, their 14th loss in their last 17 outings.

Potomac's Dan Nelson brought home the game-winning run when he bounced into a potential inning-ending double play but beat out the throw to first to allow Michael Burgess to cross home plate.

The Pelicans (6-14) managed to get the tying run in scoring position in the person of Gerardo Avila in the bottom of the 10th, but failed to manufacture another run to keep pace with the P-Nats (9-11).

Ironically, it was Burgess and Avila who got the game off to a hot start when both hit two-run home runs in the first. The game continued to be a bizarre exchange in which the two teams seemed to mirror one another's every move.

The game remained tied at 2 through seven innings, thanks in part to strong pitching performances by starters Evan Bronson and Randall Delgado, who got no-decisions for their efforts.

The Pelicans took their only lead in the eighth when Gerry Rodriguez was hit by a pitch, advances to third on a wild pitch and scored on Jesus Sucre's hard shot to the pitcher that was too hot for him to handle cleanly.

But the P-Nats were not about to be out-manufactured. In keeping with the top-this theme, they scored the tying run on a wild pitch and regained the lead at 4-3 in the ninth on a sacrifice fly by Chris Curran.

But the Pelicans responded with some more small ball of their own after Shayne Moody led off the bottom of the frame with a hard shot to center that allowed him to reach on an error by Curran.

After the next two batters smartly sacrificed him to third, Cole Miles delivered an RBI single that sent the game into extra innings. Ensuing hitter Amadeo Zazueta launched one to deep center field but it was fielded by Curran, who atoned for dropping the leadoff liner with a game-saving catch.

Myrtle Beach reliever Van Pope (0-1) suffered his first loss of the season by walking two and making a wild pitch in the 10th. Dan Leatherman (1-0) got the win by pitching the final two frames.

Potomac.AB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Lombardozzi 2B

5

0

1

0

0

1

.253

Baez LF

4

1

1

0

1

0

.364

Burgess RF

4

2

2

2

0

1

.266

Moore 1B

4

0

0

0

1

2

.169

Pahuta 3B

3

0

0

0

2

1

.290

Nelson DH

4

1

0

1

1

2

.265

Ortiz SS

5

1

1

0

0

1

.355

Weeden C

3

0

1

0

1

2

.500

Peacock C

0

0

0

0

0

0

.268

Curran CF

3

0

1

1

0

0

.190

Totals35

5

7

4

6

10

Myrtle BeachAB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Miles CF

5

0

1

1

0

0

.270

Zazueta SS

4

1

0

0

1

0

.184

Rodriguez RF

4

1

1

0

1

2

.280

Avila 1B

3

1

2

2

2

0

.286

Sucre C

5

0

1

1

0

0

.265

Milligan LF

5

0

0

0

0

2

.211

Moody 3B

4

1

0

0

0

1

.229

Shehan DH

2

0

0

0

0

0

.190

Barba 2B

4

0

1

0

0

2

.209

Totals36

4

6

4

4

9

Potomac

200

000

002

1

--

5

7

2

M. Beach

200

000

010

0

--

4

6

0

E--Pahuta (5), Curran (1). LOB--Potomac 8, Myrtle Beach 8. 2 B--Lombardozzi (4); Burgess (5); Sucre (4); Barba (4). HR--Burgess (1); Avila (4). CS --Pahuta (1).

Potomac

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Bronson

6

4

2

2

2

3

5.31

Fabian

2

0

1

1

2

2

1.93

Leatherman W 1-0

2

2

1

0

0

2

1.50

Myrtle Beach

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Delgado

6

4

2

2

2

7

3.45

Paulino

2

2

0

0

0

3

2.31

Chapman

1

1

2

2

2

0

4.82

Pope L 0-1

1

0

1

1

2

0

5.40

WP--Fabian, Leatherman, Chapman 2, Pope. Balk --Fabian, Pope. HBP--Shehan (by Fabian), Burgess (by Pope). Umpires--Home, Jay Pierce; First, Matt Cumbee. T--3:04. A--3,013.

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