WOODBRIDGE, VA – Maybe it was the Tuesday afternoon sunshine that kicked the Pelicans' offense into gear in their 9-1 victory over the Potomac Nationals. The night games in Woodbridge, Virginia simply weren't kind to Myrtle Beach.
For the third night game of their four-game series against the Nationals, the Pelicans' offense went missing in action in a 4-0 loss at Pfitzner Stadium. Myrtle Beach garnered seven hits against four Nationals pitchers but couldn't scrap together any runs in dropping their third game of the set.
Again, the Nationals wasted little time getting after it offensively in the series finale. Potomac cleanup hitter and right fielder Michael Burgess led off the bottom of the second inning with his second home run of the season, a solo shot over the glove of a leaping Chris Shehan in right field to stake his team to an early 1-0 lead. In the third inning, Jose Lozada walked to lead off the frame and later scored on a Burgess fielder's choice ground ball with the bases loaded. One inning later, Brian Peacock and Jose Lozada traded places with one-out doubles, the former scoring on the latter's for a 3-0 P-Nats advantage. Pelicans starter Matt Crim departed after four innings of work, charged with three runs, all earned, on five hits. Crim (2-1) walked three against two walks.
Myrtle Beach's offensive opportunities were few and far between, especially against Nationals starter Brad Peacock. The Pelicans didn't have multiple baserunners on at the same time until the sixth. Peacock (1-3) completed the sixth for the first time this year and exited after it. In the seventh, the Pelicans laced three inning-opening singles on three pitches against Potomac reliever Dan Leatherman. With the bases loaded and nobody out, however, Leatherman coaxed a 1-2-3 double-play ground ball by Shehan to erase Jesus Sucre coming home and Shehan. Ryan Barba grounded out to third one batter later to end the rally attempt.
The Pelicans have not scored since the ninth inning of Tuesday afternoon's win over Potomac. Thursday's shutout, following Wednesday's, marks the first time the Birds have been blanked on back-to-back nights since May 3 and 4 last season at home against Salem and on the road at Lynchburg.
Myrtle Beach opens the back end of its season-long seven-game road trip tomorrow night at Lynchburg. The Pelicans will send right-hander J.J. Hoover (0-2, 6.46) to the mound to oppose Lynchburg righty Curtis Partch (1-2, 3.32). First pitch for the series opener is slated for 6:05 p.m. "Pelican Pregame" presented by the Hampton Inn gets rolling on ESPN Radio The Team with Tyler Maun at 5:45.
The Pelicans return to Myrtle Beach following this road swing with seven at home starting Monday, May 10 against the Kinston Indians. Single game and season tickets, flex books, and mini-plans, are available now through the Pelicans Box Office by calling (843) 918-6000 or (877) 918-TIXX or by visiting the Tickets page at MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.