Pelicans post back-to-back wins in walk-off fashion

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans (66-49, 26-20) earned their second straight walk-off win Friday, clipping the Potomac Nationals 3-2 at TicketReturn.com Field.

Patrick Cantwell delivered a game-winning RBI infield single in the ninth inning for the Pelicans, who have won the first two games of this series and will try for a sweep Saturday.

Entering play Thursday, the Pelicans had not won a game this season when trailing after eight innings. They have now done it back-to-back nights against the P-Nats.

Robert Benincasa blew his first save in 13 tries and took the loss for Potomac, facing four batters and allowing the Cantwell game-winner. The Pelicans trailed 2-1 entering the ninth and tied the game when Odubel Herrera scored from second on a throwing error from Benincasa.

In his second Pelicans appearance of the season, Michael Zouzalik tossed a scoreless ninth inning and grabbed his first win.

Left-hander Luis Parra earned a no decision in his Pelicans debut, allowing two earned runs on eight hits over six innings. He carried a 1-0 lead into the seventh inning but faced three batters and never got an out before giving way to left-hander Will Lamb. Lamb worked two innings and struck out the side in the eighth inning.

The Pelicans took the lead in the first inning on an RBI single from Trever Adams but would not score again until the ninth inning. Herrera paced the Pelicans seven-hit attack, finishing 2-for-4.

The Nationals loaded the bases with one out in the third inning and threatened to get on the board. Cole Leonida tried to tag up and score on Adrian Sanchez’s fly ball to right but was thrown out by Preston Beck.

Friday featured Cantwell’s second big hit in as many nights; he turned in the game-tying two-run single, completing a six-run comeback in the series opener.

The Pelicans and Nationals wrap up the three-game series Saturday at Pelicans Ballpark.

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