Pelicans’ power surge puts them tied for division lead

pel-bolingerThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans erupted for 11 runs on 16 hits in an 11-2 lopsided win over the Potomac Nationals on Monday night at Pfitzner Stadium.

Three different Pelicans had three hits, including Royce Bolinger, who his sixth home run and second of the road trip. The bullpen tossed four scoreless innings in relief of Chad James, who earned the win. With the win and the rest of the league idle, the Pelicans are now tied for first place in the second-half Southern Division standings.

The Pelicans (20-19, 64-43) strung together seven straight two-out baserunners to plate six runs in the second inning off of Dakota Bacus. With one on and two outs, Nick Vickerson drew his first of four walks on the night, tied for the most by a Pelican in a single game this season. Then Kevin Torres singled home the first run of the game; his hit was the first of six consecutive base hits. Chris Garia tripled in two runs, Jorge Alfaro doubled in another, and then three straight singles brought around two more runs.

Bacus allowed another two runs in the third and another pair in the fourth before he was lifted with one out in the inning and two men on base. Brian Rauh escaped the jam for Bacus, stranding both inherited baserunners.

In total, the Birds tagged Bacus for a career-high ten runs, all earned, and a career-most 14 hits to go along with two walks. He struck out just one.

Potomac (20-16, 58-47) scored in only one inning. Pelicans starter Chad James walked the bases loaded with one out in the second, and with two outs, Issac Ballou singled in a pair of runs. At the time, it made the score 8-2, but the Nationals never got any closer.

With a 10-2 lead, Myrtle Beach tacked on one more in the eighth inning. Royce Bolinger spoiled what otherwise was a scoreless outing for Rauh out of the bullpen. The right fielder blasted a solo home run to deep left center field to put the club ahead by 11-2, which held up as the final score.

The Pelicans bullpen tossed four scoreless innings in relief of James, who went the first five, allowed two runs, both earned, on three hits and six walks. He struck out two. Josh McElwee struck out three over two scoreless frames, and Cody Ege and Abel De Los Santos both allowed a hit and struck a batter out.

The Birds went a staggering 7-for-11 with runners in scoring position, while the P-Nats went just 1-for-9 in the same spots.

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