Pelicans pummel Nationals for historic shutout victory

pel-penswingThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans used eight extra-base hits and eight walks to crush the Potomac Nationals 15-0 Sunday night at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

The 15-run win was the franchise’s largest margin of victory since April 23, 2014 when they beat Frederick 21-6. The victory also matched their largest home margin ever since at least 2005, when the Birds beat the Kinston Indians 17-2 on August 4, 2008.

All nine Pelicans (30-26) batters recorded hits and four players drove in multiple runs.

In a scoreless game in the bottom of the first, Potomac (29-25) starter Luis Reyes (3-5) walked Gleyber Torres and Ian Happ with one out. Torres stole third, and the throw there banked off the glove of Nationals third baseman Drew Ward, allowing Torres to score and make it 1-0 Myrtle Beach. After a walk and a single, Daniel Lockhart drove home Happ on a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0 Myrtle Beach after one.

With the same score in the second, Shawon Dunston Jr. socked a triple into the right field corner. Charcer Burks followed by driving home Dunston with a fly ball to make it 3-0. Reyes then walked two more batters before Yasiel Balaguert cleared the bases on a two-run home run off the scoreboard in left-center field. The next batter was Gioskar Amaya, who lined his first home run of the year over the wall in left, marking the first time the Birds went back-to-back this season. Lockhart came up next and drove a double down the right field line before Trey Martin singled him home to complete the six-run rally, making it 8-0.

Still leading 8-0 in the fourth, Lockhart singled before Dunston walked with one out. Two batters later, Rashad Crawford tripled down the right field line to score a pair and make it 10-0 Myrtle Beach. After Torres drew his career-high third walk of the game, Happ slugged an opposite field home run to open up a 14-0 lead.

The Pelicans capped the scoring in the fifth. With one out, Lockhart tripled to center before Martin drove him home with a sacrifice fly to cap the scoring at 15-0.

Trevor Clifton (4-3) started on the mound for Myrtle Beach and allowed only four hits and one walk over six shutout innings, striking out six. Daniel Lewis worked two shutout frames in relief, before Dillon Maples finished off a perfect ninth.

Six Pelicans finished with multiple hits and eight players reached base at least twice. Lockhart finished a home run shy of the cycle, driving in a run and scoring twice. Balaguert drove in a game-high four runs and Happ had two hits, a home run and three RBIs.

The Pelicans have combined to score 31 runs on 40 hits over the past three games, smacking 21 extra-base hits over that span.

The Pelicans will go for the series win on Monday as they host the Nationals at 7:05 p.m.

Photo by Larry Kave/MB Pelicans

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