Pelicans wrap up season, open playoffs Wednesday

pel-12The Myrtle Beach Pelicans offense struggled in a 3-1 loss to the Potomac Nationals Monday at Pfitzner Stadium.

The Pelicans’ 82-57 record is the fourth-best mark in club history. Myrtle Beach (82-57, 46-23) will take on Salem in the best-of-three Southern Division Championship Series, beginning on Wednesday at 6:05 p.m. at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

Nationals (73-65, 39-31) starter Whit Mayberry (4-4) worked seven shutout innings while allowing only one hit and striking out a career-high nine.

Jeremy Null (5-6) made the start for the Pelicans, allowing back-to-back singles to begin the bottom of the first. After getting the next two batters out, Mejia singled to right to score Victor Robles and give Potomac a 1-0 lead.

With the Nationals still leading 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Robles singled with one out and then advanced to second on a throwing error. Austin Davidson followed with a single to left to give the P-Nats a 2-0 lead. After Stephen Drew was hit by a pitch, Osvaldo Abreu singled on a grounder to left to plate Davidson and give Potomac a 3-0 lead.

With Myrtle Beach down 3-0 in the top of the ninth, Bryant Flete reached on an error. After Ryan Brinley retired the next two hitters, Jeffrey Baez and Andrew Ely both singled to score Flete and pull the Pelicans to within 3-1. Jesse Hodges then flew out to the warning track to end the ballgame.

James Norwood worked two scoreless innings for Myrtle Beach, while Scott Effross turned in a perfect bottom of the eighth.

Playoff ticket packages are still available, with the Pelicans hosting Game 1 of the SDCS on Wednesday at 6:05 p.m.

Photo by Larry Kave/MB Pelicans

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