Pelicans pelt P-Nats’ pitchers in front of capacity crowd

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans delivered a beating on the Potomac Nationals Thursday, drubbing the competition 11-2 in front of a capacity crowd of 6,599 at Pelicans Ballpark.  It’s the fourth time this season the Pelicans have hit the standing room only, 6,599 mark.

The night began as a pitcher’s duel, with only five hits between the sides in the first three innings.  Myrtle Beach then opened the flood gates, scoring four times in the fourth,  highlighted by a two-run homerun from Jeremy Williams.  The shot cleared the Budweiser Thirst Inning Deck for William’s 11th homerun and third with Myrtle Beach.

Unrelenting, the Pelicans scored six times in the fifth before recording an out.  Edwin Garcia reached to start with an error on the shortstop Ricky Hague.  Chris Grayson was then hit by a pitch ahead of an RBI single from Tomas Telis.  Hanser Alberto then clocked his fourth Myrtle Beach homerun for an 8-1 lead.  Two batters later, after a Brett Nicholas walk, Teodoro Martinez hit his fourth homerun.  It was 10-1.

The Pelicans tacked on one more run in the sixth.  Tomas Telis scored his third run of the game on a throwing error by first baseman Stephen King.

Hidden below the headline offense was a fantastic start by Nick McBride.  The pitcher, making his second start as a Pelican, went six strong and allowed one run on eight hits.  He has allowed one earned run in 12 innings as a starter in Myrtle Beach.

Potomac’s Rob Gilliam took the loss, lasting only four plus innings and allowing a career high 10 runs, nine earned.  McBride is 2-0 while Gilliam is 0-1.

Photo courtesy of MB Pelicans

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