Pelicans ace Buckel blows away P-Nats for fourth win

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans got another dominating performance from pitcher Cody Buckel Monday, shutting down the Potomac Nationals 3-2 in front of 4,214 at Pfitzner Stadium.

Buckel went six shutout innings and earned his fourth win of the season, striking out nine along the way.  The Pelicans righty lowered his Carolina League best ERA to 1.17, allowing only three hits in the effort.

The Myrtle Beach offense backed Buckel up early, scoring first in the second inning off Potomac’s lefty Robbie Ray.  Vinny DiFazio laced a double to the right field corner ahead of a Jake Skole single, making it a 1-0 lead.

In the fourth inning it was Christian Villanueva with the RBI, making it a 2-0 game after he singled in Tomas Telis.  Telis had reached on a two base error by shortstop Zach Walters to begin the inning.  The final run came in for the Pelicans when DiFazio doubled and scored on a wild pitch in the seventh.

The third run wound up being extremely important, as Potomac mounted a late comeback.  The Nationals scored in each the eighth and ninth innings, but a critical 1-5 double play and caught stealing ended both rallies short.

Myrtle Beach returns to Potomac Tuesday night at 7:05 with Roman Mendez against Matt Grace.  Washington Nationals outfielder Michael Morse is expected to start on Major League rehab for Potomac.  The outfielder blasted 31 home runs for Washington last season.

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