Pelicans come up short in pitchers’ duel with P-Nats

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans dropped the opener of a three game series against the Potomac Nationals Tuesday, falling 5-1 at Pelicans Ballpark.

Potomac got on the board first without a hit in the second inning.  Jason Martinson drew a walk and then stole second an error on the reception of the throw by Odubel Herrera.  Martinson advanced to second and scored on a Stephen King groundout.  It was 1-0.

The Pelicans ran into more trouble in the fourth when Ricky Hague singled and Anthony Rendon doubled to begin the frame.  Both scored without the benefit of a hit, coming in on a groundout and a sac fly.  That made it 3-0.

The lead expanded to 5-0 in the sixth when Potomac again put Hague and Rendon on with a walk and single.  Both scored on a Martinson triple.

Myrtle Beach came strong with its offense late, but it wasn’t enough off No. 1 draft pick Alex Meyer.  The string bean righty went six, allowing only one run on two hits.  Herrera picked up the second of those hits, doubling in the sixth and scoring on a Hanser Alberto groundout.  In fact, of six runs in the game, only one was forced across on a hit.

On the mound for the Pelicans Randol Rojas went seven and allowed four earned.  Matt West and Roman Mendez both tossed hitless inning in relief.

Myrtle Beach tackles Potomac again Wednesday at 7:05 with Luke Jackson and Nate Karns facing off.  For ticketing information call 843-918-6000 or visit MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.

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