Gallo hits three of Pelicans’ six HRs to hammer P-Nats

pel-gallohomerThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans launched six home runs in an 11-5 win over the Potomac Nationals on Friday night at Pelicans Ballpark.

Third baseman Joey Gallo blasted three more home runs to add to his minor league leading total, and Nick Williams, David Lyon, and Zach Cone each hit one as well.

The game was a back-and-forth affair in the early going. Potomac (20-17) struck first with a run in the first inning off of Pelicans starter Andrew Faulkner. Each time the Nationals scored on Friday, however, Myrtle Beach responded in the following half inning.

Down 1-0, the Pelicans (26-13) got a two-out baserunner when Joey Gallo was hit by a pitch. Royce Bolinger doubled him home to tie the game.

After the P-Nats retook the lead on a Khayyan Norfork RBI single in the third, the Birds got back-to-back homers from Nick Williams and Joey Gallo to take their first lead at 3-2.

The Nationals struck for two runs in the fourth, and Pelicans catcher David Lyon launched his second home run of the season to tie the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the inning.

Then the Pelicans scored the next four runs, all in the sixth. Nationals starter Ian Dickson lasted just four innings. Wander Suero worked out of a two-on, two-out jam in the fifth but allowed four runs in the sixth inning.

Christopher Bostick began the inning with an infield single. After a strikeout of Lyon, Cone drew a walk. Suero then fanned Chris Garia looking. The right-hander threw five wild pitches in his outing and two of them put both runners into scoring position. Williams then singled softly to left to bring home both runners and give the Pelicans a 6-4 lead.

Gallo was next. He blasted a ball just to the left of the batter’s eye for his second homer of the night to extend the lead to 8-4 Myrtle Beach.

The Nationals drew four walks in the eighth inning but managed just one run in an attempted rally. Cody Buckel handed out three of the walks and Cody Ege issued the fourth. Ege retired two of the three batters faced in the eighth to limit the damage.

Again, Myrtle Beach answered the Potomac tally. Up 8-5, the Pelicans tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the eighth. Cone nearly left the yard to center field to begin the inning but came all the way around the bases on the hit anyway, netting an inside the park home run. Three batters later, after a Garia single, Gallo capped off his night with a high-flying homer to right field.

The Pelicans leader in a bevy of offensive categories, Gallo, reached base in all five trips to the plate, going 4-for-4 with three home runs, a single, a hit by pitch, four times and five RBI.

It was Gallo’s thirteenth career multi-homer game and fourth this season. He hit three homers in a game for the second time this season and fourth time in his three-year pro career. He leads all of professional baseball with 17 home runs in 39 ballgames.

The two clubs play a twin bill tomorrow, making up Thursday’s rain out. Both games will be seven inning contests. Game one begins at 5:05 p.m.

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