Pelicans rally to earn 1,000th victory in franchise history

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans (14-9) erased a three-run deficit Sunday and stormed past Potomac, beating the Nationals (10-13) by a 9-5 final in front of 2,236 fans at TicketReturn.com Field.

The Pelicans took two of three from the Nationals and keep their hold on first place in the Southern Division. It was the franchise’s 1,000th regular season win dating back to the team’s inception in 1999.

The Pelicans trailed 4-1 heading into the fifth inning but scored two times in the fifth and plated three runs in the seventh and eighth innings to claim the win. It matches the Pelicans largest comeback win of the season.

Edwin Garcia and Rougned Odor each tallied two hits and drove in three runs.  Luis Sardinas contributed three hits and reached base four times, while Preston Beck and Kevin Torres collected two hits apiece.

Down 5-3 in the seventh inning, the Pelicans scored three times and took the lead for the first time in the game. After singles from Jake Skole and Sardinas, Garcia pulled the Birds to within one on an RBI groundout. Later in the inning, with runners on second and third, Trever Adams laced a sacrifice fly to right-center scoring Sardinas. The throw in from Randolph Oduber kicked up the third base line and allowed Odor to score the go-ahead run.

A three-run eighth inning put the Birds up four. After a sac fly from Sardinas, Garcia and Odor added RBI singles.

Right-hander Jon Edwards (1-0) took the win in relief, hurling 1.1 scoreless innings. Colin Bates (0-3) surrendered the seventh inning rally and took the loss. Arlett Mavare recorded the final three outs in a non-save situation.

Left-hander Victor Payano started for Myrtle Beach and tallied a season-high 10 strikeouts. He allowed five runs, four earned, on six hits over a season-best 6.2 innings. He surrendered a two-run double to Oduber in a three-run second inning in which eight men came to the plate.

Odor put the Pelicans on the board in the third on a two-out, RBI infield single that deflected off the glove of first baseman Kevin Keyes. Garcia doubled in a run in the Pelicans two-run fifth inning.

The Pelicans overcame a three-run deficit just more than a week ago, erasing a 3-0 hole to down Carolina on April 20th. The Pelicans finished the home stand 5-2, and are five games above .500 for the first time this season.

The Pelicans hit the road tomorrow to begin a seven-game road trip. It all starts with the first game of a four-game series with the Frederick Keys. First pitch Monday is set for 7 p.m. Right-hander Jerad Eickhoff (2-2, 5.59) will take on right-hander Zach Petersime (0-2, 9.45).

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