Shorthanded Pelicans suffer series sweep at Potomac

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans (63-47, 23-18) wrapped up their three-game series with a 6-3 loss against the Potomac Nationals at Pfitzner Stadium.

The Pelicans took a 2-0 lead but the Nationals rattled off six straight runs to a lead they would not relinquish. The Birds were swept in the four-game, three-day series.

In his Pelicans debut, right-handed knuckleballer Kevin Pucetas (0-1)  worked five innings and allowed six earned runs on 10 hits. His counterpart, Matt Purke, went six innings and got the win (2-3), allowing two earned runs on six hits over six innings.

The Pelicans took the early lead in the first inning when Drew Robinson scored on a 4-6-3 double play off the bat of Trever Adams. The P-Nats threatened to tie it in the third inning when they put runners at second and third with nobody down but Cutter Dkystra lined into a double play.

Joe Maloney sparked a fourth-inning rally with a double into the left field corner and would come into score on an RBI ground out from Jake Skole.

The Nats got a run off Pucetas in the fourth inning on an RBI triple from Brandon Miller, scoring Adrian Nieto from second base. They scored two more to take the lead in the fifth inning; Dykstra had an RBI double and Michael Taylor clubbed an RBI triple. Kevin Keyes and Miller each hit home runs in the sixth inning to give Potomac a 6-2 advantage.

The Pelicans got a run back in the eighth inning on a sacrifice fly from Joe Maloney. Odubel Herrera and Patrick Cantwell each tallied two hits in a losing effort. Ryan Harvey worked three scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

The Pelicans return home tomorrow to begin a three-game series with the Frederick Keys. Right-hander Alec Asher (7-6, 3.40) will be opposed by right-hander Zach Davies (5-5, 3.72). It will be a Family Sunday with pregame catch on the field and postgame fireworks. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m

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