Pelicans stay high, dry until game suspended in ninth

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans guaranteed no rainout for Thursday’s game against the Potomac Nationals, and they nearly got away with it.

With heavy rain falling in the ninth inning, Myrtle Beach’s Luis Sardinas hit a game-tying RBI single to left-center. Moments later, play was suspended due to heavy rain with the teams tied 5-5. With two outs, the Pelicans had the potential game-winning run on first base.

The Pelicans dodged a big bullet with Tropical Storm Andrea moving up the coast. The team guaranteed no rainout and offered $10,000 to a lucky fan if more than .25 inches of rain fell between 7 and 10 p.m., which is about the time the bottom dropped out at Pelicans Ballpark.

Because the game was official after five innings before being suspended, the Pelicans did not have to deliver on their offer of two free tickets to future games for those in attendance. A date has not yet been announced for the continuation of this game.

It was a back-and-forth game with both teams holding leads. The Pelicans jumped out to a 3-0 lead. The Pelicans scored twice in the second inning on a two-RBI single from Preston Beck. Trever Adams and Chris Grayson sparked the rally with singles. Edwin Garcia put the Pelicans up 3-0 with a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning.

Kevin Keyes pulled Potomac to within a run with a two-run home run in the sixth inning.

The P-Nats scored twice in the sixth and three times in the seventh to claim a 5-3 lead. After Keyes’ home run, Caleb Ramsey and Michael Taylor tallied RBI singles.

Sardinas brought the Birds to within a run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning.

Left-hander Victor Payano started for the Birds and hurled five shutout innings with just three hits allowed. Payano struck out the side in the fourth inning and tallied six total strikeouts to go along with three walks.

The Pelicans begin a three-game road series Friday with the Carolina Mudcats at Five County Stadium. First pitch is on tap for 7:15 p.m.

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