Pelicans pound their way past Nationals for 11-2 win

pel-11homerThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans defeated the Potomac Nationals 11-2 on Thursday night at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. Andrew Faulkner pitched seven scoreless innings, striking out nine. The Birds produced eleven runs on fifteen hits.  Three Myrtle Beach home runs resulted in six of the eleven runs.

The Pelicans (5-3, 49-27) started the first inning with four hits, which matched their hit total from Wednesday night. Chris Garia doubled to right fielder Justin Miller. He then crossed the plate off of a Nick Williams single. The Pelicans added one more run in the inning by the way of a fielder’s choice, scoring Hanser Alberto. Myrtle Beach took an early 2-0 lead.

In the bottom of the fourth, Myrtle Beach added to their lead collecting four hits off of right-hander Matthew Spann. David Lyon’s sixth home run of the season highlighted a three-run inning for the Birds, who took a 5-0 lead.

The Pelicans knocked out Spann in the fifth inning. The left-hander lasted 4 2/3 innings, allowing five runs, all earned, on ten hits. With two outs and two in scoring position, Travis Henke entered for the Nationals, and he recorded the last out of the inning.

However, Henke could not keep the Pelicans off the board. In the sixth, Nick Williams sent his seventh home run over the left field wall, a two-run shot. The Pelicans increased the lead 7-0 heading into the seventh inning.

Faulkner cruised through the Nationals lineup fanning nine through seven frames. The southpaw allowed two hits and one walk on the night. The South Carolina native matched his career-high in strikeouts. He also struck out nine on May 21. When Faulkner exited the game, the Pelicans were ahead 7-0.

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