Pelicans use solid pitching for doubleheader sweep

pel-lealExcellent starting pitching from Erick Leal and Jeremy Null helped Myrtle Beach sweep Tuesday’s doubleheader over Potomac by identical 4-3 scores, with the pair of victories earning the Pelicans a four-game brooming of the Nationals at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

In the first game, Leal (8-2) made it through six innings scoreless innings before allowing the first two men to reach in the seventh inning. Working with a 4-0 lead, the Pelicans (32-26) bullpen allowed three runs to score before Ryan McNeil entered to seal the save by retiring the final two batters.

In all, Leal allowed two runs on five hits over six innings. He struck out three and walked one. The right-hander from Venezuela became the first pitcher in the Carolina League to reach eight wins.

In game two, Myrtle Beach starter Jeremy Null (2-2) ran into trouble but then settled down. In the top of the first, he allowed a one-out single to the Nationals’ Bryan Mejia, before Jose Marmolejos hit a home run down the line in left to give Potomac a 2-0 lead.

Null retired 15 of the next 16 batters to keep the Nationals at bay through six innings.

Tuesday’s wins mark the first four-game sweep for the Pelicans in 2016.

Photo by Larry Kave/MB Pelicans

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