Pelicans double up P-Nats in matchup of top prospects

pel-6In a match-up of highly ranked pitching prospects, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, finished on the plus side of an 8-4 win over the Potomac Nationals on Friday night at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

Pelicans right-hander Duane Underwood Jr., ranked as the seventh-best on the Cubs Top 30 prospects list by MiLBPipeline.com, improved to 5-0 when he out-dueled Nationals third-ranked prospect, right-hander Reynaldo Lopez.

The Pelicans (25-14) catapulted into the lead with a five-run third inning after trailing 2-0. Daniel Lockhart opened the frame with a single to right and moved up to second base when Trey Martin reached on a bunt single. Mark Zagunis drew his league-leading thirtieth walk before Pin-Chieh Chen squeezed a double down the left field line. That hit scored two runs to tie the game, and Jacob Rogers put Myrtle Beach in front with a two-RBI single to left. Lopez struck out his second and final batter before being pulled after 2 1/3 innings on the mound.

Reliever Kevin Perez took over and surrendered a double to Kevin Brown, who moved the Pelicans in front 5-2.

Potomac (18-23) got to Underwood Jr. early when second baseman Christopher Bostick knocked a single to right and shortstop Stephen Perez followed with a single to left. Underwood Jr. escaped the inning before right fielder Brandon Miller put the Nationals on the board with a solo home run to left field in the second. Bostick, a former Pelican, gave Potomac a 2-0 advantage with a lead-off home run in the third, his first of the season.

With Underwood out of the game after six innings pitched, the Nationals would not score again until the eighth when left fielder Isaac Ballou mashed a lead-off home run to right field off reliever Juan Paniagua. First baseman John Wooten followed with a triple to the wall in left centerfield, and scored two batters later on an RBI single from third baseman Khayyan Norfork.

The Birds responded in the bottom of the frame with a pair of runs to cap the scoring. Brown drew a one-out walk and moved to third when shortstop Carlos Penalver tallied his first hit of the night. Martin followed with an RBI single, and Zagunis sent Penalver home to score with a base hit up the middle. With that single, Zagunis extended his career-best hit streak to 12 consecutive games. Chesny Young saw his nine-game hit streak come to an end.

Right-hander Jasvir Rakkar replaced Paniagua in the eighth, pitching 1 2/3 frames to collect his sixth save of the year. The two runs Paniagua surrendered were the first for the right-hander, ending a streak of 12 1/3 innings pitched to begin his season.

Underwood Jr. (5-0) picked up his fifth win, striking out four while walking two. He surrendered two earned runs on six hits, yet his 1.38 ERA remains the third-best in the Carolina League among qualifying pitchers.

Lopez (2-1) was saddled with his first loss, allowing five earned runs on five hits, walking one and striking out two. Perez, who lasted 3 1/3 innings, surrendered one earned run while punching out two and walking two. Cody Davis finished the contest with two innings pitched. He gave up a pair of earned runs on three hits.

The Pelicans continue the four-game series against the Nationals on Saturday. The first pitch in game two is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. ET. The Birds call upon right-hander Paul Blackburn (2-2, 5.73), and the Nationals counter with right-hander Tyler Maples (0-0, 3.75).

All four games over the Memorial Day holiday weekend will start at 6:05 p.m.

Photo by Larry Kave, MB Pelicans

Comments

comments

Ibarrondo comes to rescue to rally first-place Mutiny

Ibarrondo comes to rescue to rally first-place Mutiny The Myrtle Beach Mutiny needed a wake-up call late Saturday [more]

Pelicans split twinbill with Mudcats, play finale today

Pelicans split twinbill with Mudcats, play finale todayAfter the Myrtle Beach Pelicans fell 2-1 to the Carolina [more]

CCU's Biermann, Lancaster make All-American squad

CCU's Biermann, Lancaster make All-American squadCoastal Carolina shortstop Seth Lancaster and designated hitter Zach Biermann [more]

Pelicans lose fifth straight, play doubleheader today

Pelicans lose fifth straight, play doubleheader todayVictor Diaz's seven strong innings for the Carolina Mudcats were [more]

All-County Boys Tennis: Johnson, MB duo top list

All-County Boys Tennis: Johnson, MB duo top listThe future looks bright for the sport of high school [more]

Hess carves his way to Team USA surfing nod

Hess carves his way to Team USA surfing nodCarter Hess carved his way to a spot on the [more]

Pelicans' bullpen spoils Thompson's perfect start

Pelicans' bullpen spoils Thompson's perfect startAfter Keegan Thompson was removed following seven perfect innings for [more]

Piggot feasts, scores four goals to lead Mutiny win

Piggot feasts, scores four goals to lead Mutiny winThe Myrtle Beach Mutiny rolled to a 6-0 victory over [more]

CCU trio makes all-region; Lancaster an All-American

CCU trio makes all-region; Lancaster an All-AmericanCoastal Carolina shortstop Seth Lancaster was named to the Perfect [more]

Braves' icons Avery, Jones to appear at Pelicans game

Braves' icons Avery, Jones to appear at Pelicans gameThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans will welcome former MLB All-Stars and [more]

Coastal guard Labinowicz announces plan to transfer

Coastal guard Labinowicz announces plan to transferCoastal Carolina University men's basketball player Artur Labinowicz plans to [more]

Report: Myrtle Beach Bowl 'near lock' for 2020 kickoff

Report: Myrtle Beach Bowl 'near lock' for 2020 kickoffIn yet another development in the Grand Strand's booming sports [more]

Adaptive surfers depart for US Surfing Championship

Adaptive surfers depart for US Surfing ChampionshipLocal surfers, volunteers, and family members gathered at the Charleston [more]

All-County Boys Golf: MB's Jarman trades bat for club

All-County Boys Golf: MB's Jarman trades bat for clubIf things had worked out differently, Myrtle Beach High senior [more]

Gamecocks' season ends one win shy of Omaha

Gamecocks' season ends one win shy of OmahaThe University of South Carolina baseball team saw its season [more]

Pelicans' Ademan, Pereda, Peyton make all-star team

Pelicans' Ademan, Pereda, Peyton make all-star teamMyrtle Beach catcher Jhonny Pereda, right-hander Tyler Peyton and infielder [more]

Johnson wins at St. Jude, recaptures No. 1 ranking

Johnson wins at St. Jude, recaptures No. 1 rankingFormer Coastal Carolina two-time All-American and Myrtle Beach resident Dustin [more]

Gamecocks slam their way into final game with Hogs

Gamecocks slam their way into final game with HogsThe South Carolina baseball team scored five runs in the [more]

Pelicans win ninth straight, make late run at first place

Pelicans win ninth straight, make late run at first placeThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans racked up their ninth straight win [more]

All-County Girls Soccer: Gordon nets record, POY

All-County Girls Soccer: Gordon nets record, POYBlair Mueller remembers her first day on the job as [more]

Pelicans hammer their way to eighth straight victory

Pelicans hammer their way to eighth straight victoryKevonte Mitchell lashed three extra-base hits and the Myrtle Beach [more]

Gamecocks drop opener, face elimination Sunday

Gamecocks drop opener, face elimination SundayArkansas scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh [more]

Pelicans extend win streak to seven in walk-off thriller

Pelicans extend win streak to seven in walk-off thrillerAramis Ademan tied the game with a three-run home run [more]

All-County Boys Soccer: Matlashewski tops team

All-County Boys Soccer: Matlashewski tops teamGrand Strand Sports Report and Waccamaw Publishers are teaming up [more]

CCU outfielder Chavers on Freshman All-American list

CCU outfielder Chavers on Freshman All-American listCoastal Carolina centerfielder Parker Chavers was named Freshman All-American by [more]

Ibarrondo comes to rescue to rally first-place Mutiny

Ibarrondo comes to rescue to rally first-place Mutiny The Myrtle Beach Mutiny needed a wake-up call late Saturday [more]

Pelicans split twinbill with Mudcats, play finale today

Pelicans split twinbill with Mudcats, play finale todayAfter the Myrtle Beach Pelicans fell 2-1 to the Carolina [more]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

© 2018 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach