P-Nats halt Pelicans title run for Mills Cup championship

pel-parraThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers, were downed by the Potomac Nationals 5-1 and lost the Mills Cup Championship Series three games to one. Randolph Oduber hit a first inning homer, and the Nationals led the rest of the way.

In a scoreless game, Oduber’s first inning bomb, a three-run shot, put Potomac (5-1 in postseason) ahead 3-0.

Like Tuesday, the Pelicans (3-4 in postseason) collected a two-out RBI single from Michael De Leon for the team’s first run in the second inning. De Leon finished the series with four RBI and picked up six in the postseason—both team highs.

Stephen Perez opened the second with a double off of Luis Parra. Two batters later, Pedro Severino knocked in another run with a single to give the Nationals a three-run lead again, this time at 4-1.

Parra lasted just 3 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on four hits and three walks. He struck out two.

The Pelicans failed to score despite two singles in the third, one from Preston Beck and another from Royce Bolinger. It was the last time that the Pelicans had a baserunner.

Hector Silvestre went six innings of one-run ball. He allowed just five hits and a walk and fanned six, including the final three hitters he faced. He set down the final ten men that came to the plate against him on Wednesday.

Potomac tacked on an additional insurance run off of Abel De Los Santos in the seventh. Tony Renda opened the frame with a triple, and Shawn Pleffner drove him home with a single.

Manny Rodrgiuez tossed a pair of perfect innings, and Gilberto Mendez closed things out with a clean ninth, including a pair of strikeouts.

In the club’s first trip to the Mills Cup Championship since 2008, the Pelicans fell 3-1 in the series to the Nationals.

The Pelicans enter an offseason of transition in the Carolina League, where six of the eight teams see possible major league affiliation changes. The Pelicans will announce by Sept. 15 if they plan to resign a four-year deal with the Texas Rangers or go in another direction. Some reports say the Pelicans will reunite with original parent club Atlanta Braves entering the 2015 season.

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