Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Pelicans unable to hold on late, drop fifth straight with loss at Potomac

Myrtle Beach outfielder Eddy Martinez was 3-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs on Thursday, but it would not be enough for the Pelicans to end a recent losing skid.
Myrtle Beach outfielder Eddy Martinez was 3-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs on Thursday, but it would not be enough for the Pelicans to end a recent losing skid. Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Final score

Potomac Nationals 5, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 4

Turning point

After a two-run homer by Myrtle Beach’s Eddy Martinez gave it a 4-3 lead in the sixth, Potomac answered in the bottom half of the seventh with two runs in the seventh to help it regain the lead — and ultimately take the game. Daniel Johnson Jr. led off the frame with a solo shot for the Nationals, with the three batters behind him also earning base hits to allow the winning run to score.

Offensive star

Myrtle Beach left fielder Eddy Martinez was 3-for-3 on the night with a home run and two RBIs. Shortstop Zack Short also had three hits in the ballgame for the Pelicans.

Decision takers

Winner: Gilberto Mendez (2-2) went two innings for Potomac, giving up one hit while striking out three Myrtle Beach batters.

Loser: Jake Stinnett (0-1) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the Pelicans, giving up two runs on four hits. He struck out two.

By the numbers

5 Myrtle Beach has lost four games in a row, and 6 of their last 8 Carolina League contests.

10.5 Number of games the Pelicans are behind first place Buies Creek in the Carolina League South standings following Thursday’s loss.

12 Home runs hit this season by Pelicans outfielder Eddy Martinez after his two-run shot on Thursday at Potomac.

Keeping record

Myrtle Beach is 12-21 in the second half of the Carolina League season, last in the Carolina League’s Southern Division. Potomac is 12-20 over that same stretch.

On deck

The teams resume their four-game set on Friday night in Potomac, Md., with first pitch coming at 7:05 p.m.

Joe L. Hughes II: 843-444-1702, @JoeLHughesII

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