Pelicans rally for third night in a row to sweep P-Nats

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans (67-49, 27-20) finished off a series sweep of the Potomac Nationals Saturday with a 6-2 win in front of 4,350 fans at TicketReturn.com Field. The Pelicans had to come from behind to win each game in the series.

Joe Maloney’s two-run home run in the seventh inning gave the Pelicans their largest lead of the game. Maloney paced the Birds offense with three RBIs.

Right-hander Kevin Pucetas (1-1) hurled six innings and got his first Pelicans win, allowing two earned runs on six hits over six innings. Right-hander Brian Dupra (0-6) was saddled with the loss, allowing four earned runs on six hits over 3.2 innings of relief. Randol Rojas notched his third save, tossing three scoreless innings with six strikeouts. Rojas struck out the side in the eighth inning and at one point fanned four straight.

The Pelicans fell behind 2-0 in the second inning but would reel off three straight runs to take the lead. The Birds had three consecutive RBI doubles: Jake Skole in the second, Joe Maloney in the third and Drew Robinson in the fourth.

Robinson started the three-run seventh inning with a triple and finished 2-for-4 with an RBI. Robinson would come into score on Patrick Cantwell’s RBI fielder’s choice. Moments later, Maloney smacked his fourth home run of the season.

The Birds threatened to add to their lead in the sixth inning, putting runners on the corners with nobody down. Brian Dupra helped kill the rally by inducing a 3-6-3 double play.

The Pelicans hit the road Sunday to begin a three-game series against the Frederick Keys at Harry Grove Stadium. Right-hander Alec Asher (7-7, 3.54) will start against righty Zach Clark. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.

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