Williams’ HR in return from DL propels Pelicans to win

pel-williamsThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers, notched their fifth shutout win in a 6-0 victory over the Carolina Mudcats on Tuesday afternoon at Five County Stadium.

Nick Williams gave the Birds a lead with a home run in his first game back from the disabled list, and Hanser Alberto sealed it with a three-run shot of his own in the seventh. The Mudcats left 17 on in the defeat.

Carolina (3-3, 32-41) had seven of the game’s first eight baserunners, but the Pelicans (4-2, 48-26) scored first.

Mudcats starter Cole Sulser fired three hitless and scoreless innings to begin his afternoon, but the Birds touched him up in the fourth. Hanser Alberto lined a single down the left field line followed by a Preston Beck walk. Two batters later, Williams smashed a home run to right field, plating three runs and putting the Pelicans ahead 3-0. Tuesday was Williams first game back off of the disabled list; he went on the DL on June 7 with a hamstring injury.

Chad Bell stranded two Mudcats in the first, second, and third innings and another in the fourth. Carolina got a leadoff double from Yhoxian Medina in the fifth, and he reached third on a single by Yandy Diaz. Medina was the first Mudcats player to get to third base in the contest. Both were left on, as Bell got a strikeout and a groundout to complete the frame.

Bell scattered nine hits without allowing a walk in five shutout innings. He struck out two.

Justin Sprenger stranded two more Mudcats in the sixth, running the total to 11, and kept the score 3-0 after six complete innings.

Sulser left after six, turning things over to Rob Nixon. The right-hander surrendered a one-out single and walk, putting two on in the seventh. With two outs, Hanser Alberto smacked his fourth home run and third of the second half to catapult the Pelicans ahead by six runs.

Carolina collected an eleventh hit in the seventh and drew four walks in the final two frames and still failed to score against Sprenger and southpaw reliever Martire Garcia.

In total, the Mudcats left 17 men on, including at least one on in every frame and left three on base in the eighth inning. It was the most left on by Carolina in their three years in the Carolina League and the most left on by an opposing team against the Pelicans this season.

Bell (2-0) earned the win, his second in his second start. Sulser (2-7) suffered the loss in the shutout defeat, which was Carolina’s seventh shutout loss. It was the Pelicans fifth shutout win.

The Pelicans travel back to Myrtle Beach where they will host the Potomac Nationals in a three-game series.

Photo courtesy of MB Pelicans

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