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Myrtle Beach Pelicans' pitching takes pounding

They can't all be gems.

One night after Julio Teheran's 12-strikeout performance, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans and their newfound success stemming from starting pitching rolled a dud on Thursday against Potomac.

Starter Matt Crim was roughed up for nine runs on nine hits through 12/3 inning against Nationals, and the Birds went on to lose 13-4 at BB&T Coastal Field.

Potomac batted around in the first inning. It then did so again in the second. By the time the second frame was over, every Potomac hitter had reached base at least once.

Needless to say, it wasn't a marquis start for Crim.

It wasn't much better for Myrtle Beach on the offensive end early on. By the time the Pelicans recorded their first hit of the night - a Mycal Jones double in the fourth - the Nationals held a 10-0 lead.

The job on the hill, at least to start the game, was an oddity for the Pelicans for the month of June. Although starters Randall Delgado and J.J. Hoover were both susceptible in their previous appearance, Myrtle Beach pitchers have allowed more than five runs in a game just four times since May 24.

For manager Rocket Wheeler, it's a situation that has everything to do with each of his starter's top pitch.

"They understand to pitch off their fastball," Wheeler said. "Every one of them, if you look at them, have above-average fastballs. When we were getting in trouble earlier in the year, we'd go fastball [for] ball one. Then they'd go breaking ball and be down 2-0. Here comes a fastball [on the third pitch], and 'boom,' they'd get hit.

"It's tough to be successful because hitters eliminate pitches."

In other words: When batters know a pitcher can't throw strikes with the fastball, the hitter will have a better idea of when the breaking stuff is coming across.

In professional baseball, that's essentially the equivalent of batting practice.

That appeared to be the case on Thursday for the Nationals against Crim. But it certainly won't sour the feeling of pitching coach Kent Willis too much.

In the last month, he has seen his pitching staff become one of the better units in the Carolina League. The staff when from uncertain to ultra-competitive. And much of that stems from the players pushing themselves.

"They were trying to learn some new things and try to find out who they are," Willis said prior to Thursday's game. "And we just got beat around a little bit.

"Now they're starting to believe in it. You get a few guys who go along and have some success. Then, all of a sudden, you get these other guys saying 'I believe I can do the same thing.' You start feeding off each other."

PotomacAB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Lombardozzi 2B

6

1

2

1

0

0

.280

Peacock, Bri DH

5

2

2

0

1

3

.250

Burgess RF

5

2

2

0

1

0

.264

Norris, D C

3

2

2

1

2

0

.255

Moore, T 1B

5

1

3

4

1

1

.203

Moresi CF

5

3

4

3

1

0

.260

Lyons 3B

4

1

1

0

1

0

.203

Jacobsen LF

4

0

0

0

1

0

.209

Lozada SS

5

1

1

0

0

1

.239

Garcia, F 2B

3

0

2

0

0

0

.211

Totals45

13

17

10

8

5

Myrtle BeachAB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Miles LF

4

1

1

1

0

0

.249

Jones, My DH

4

1

1

0

0

1

.441

Jones, T 2B

3

0

0

0

1

1

.274

Jones, Mi 1B

3

1

1

1

1

1

.255

Nelson 3B

4

0

1

2

0

0

.255

Sime SS

4

0

0

0

0

0

.279

Marval C

3

0

0

0

0

0

.200

Sumoza RF

3

0

0

0

0

2

.213

Ware CF

2

1

0

0

1

1

.254

Totals30

4

4

4

3

6

Potomac

360

101

011

--

13

17

0

M. Beach

000

100

003

--

4

4

4

E--Sumoza (2), Nelson (4), Miles (3), T.Jones (2). LOB--Potomac 11, Myrtle Beach 2 . 2B --T. Moore (20), Moresi 2 (11), My. Jones (4). CS --Lozada (5).

Potomac

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Alaniz (W, 2-3)

8

2

1

1

1

6

3.40

Bisenius

1

2

3

3

2

0

5.68

Myrtle Beach

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Crim (L,4-5)

12/3

9

9

7

4

0

4.56

Castro

51/3

3

2

1

2

5

4.36

Francis

2

5

2

2

2

0

4.26

WP--Bisenius. Umpires --Home, Joey Amaral; First, Tyler Wilson. T--2:44. A--3,446.

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