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Myrtle Beach Pelicans Game Notes: July 12 vs. Potomac

July 12, 2019 - Carolina League (CarL) - Myrtle Beach Pelicans News Release

Today, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans play the final game of a three-game series against the Potomac Nationals (a Washington Nationals affiliate) at 7:05 p.m. This evening, RHP Javier Assad (2-6, 3.63 ERA) starts for the Birds against RHP Malvin Pena (5-4, 5.48 ERA). Coverage begins at 6:50 p.m. on,, TuneIn and the MiLB First Pitch app.



The Myrtle Beach Pelicans fell 5-4 on Thursday to the Potomac Nationals from TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark in a game that featured four ties and five lead changes. The Pelicans struck in the first inning with an RBI single from Miguel Amaya before the Nationals tied the game in the second with a run of their own. In the home half of the second, the Birds took the lead again, this time, with an RBI double from Wladimir Galindo, only to have the P'Nats tie it again in the third. After Potomac put up a tally in the sixth, Grant Fennell and Galindo RBI singles gave the Birds the lead in the bottom half. The Nationals put up two in the eighth and won 5-4. In the loss, Alexander Vargas threw a quality start, allowing three runs over his six innings of work. Manny Rodriguez threw a scoreless inning out of the bullpen as well.


Jimmy Herron has been on fire at the plate for the Pelicans. The Birds outfielder is hitting .382 (13-for-34)/

.400/.529 with three doubles and a triple over his last eight games. In his last 22 games, he is also hitting .325/.394/.398 to raise his batting average from .198 to .233. His OPS has also raised from .633 to .678. Over that span, he has eight multi-hit games. Herron has flipped back and forth between the leadoff spot and the second spot in the order, making 21 starts at the top of the order and 33 starts in the two hole, but he has started in the three hole the last four games. He has also hit righties much better than lefties, owning a .256/.361/.365 slashline against right-handers versus .179/.247/.310 against lefties.


The Pelicans have dominated on the mound over their last 10 games, allowing just 24 earned runs over 85.2 innings (2.52 ERA). That ERA ranks first in the Carolina League and sixth in High-A over the last 10 games. Paul Richan, Ryan Kellogg, Erich Uelmen, Erick Leal, Jack Patterson, Javier Assad and Alexander Vargas were strong in their starts, allowing just 12 earned runs collectively over 62.2 combined frames (1.72 ERA), striking out 51.


The Birds have had a lot of base runners over their last eight games. During that stretch, the Pelicans have stranded 57 runners (7.1 per game) and are only averaging 3.0 runs per game. Over that same stretch of 10 games, Myrtle Beach is hitting .289 (22-for-76) with runners in scoring position. That mark is better than their season average with RISP of .242, which places seventh in the league.


The Pelicans are back home for a nine-game homestand against the Down East Wood Ducks, Potomac Nationals and Lynchburg Hillcats. It's the longest homestand of the season for the Birds. It also ends a stretch of 26 games in a row after the All-Star Break and 12-of-15 games in TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. On the year, Myrtle Beach is 18-29 at home and 14-27 on the road. The Pelicans have pitched much better in Myrtle Beach, owning a 3.72 ERA on the Grand Strand versus a 5.03 ERA away from South Carolina. Paul Richan (4-2 with a 2.35 ERA at home) and Erich Uelmen (2-1, 1.84 ERA at home) have taken advantage the most.


Pelicans second baseman Carlos Sepulveda has been one of the best defensive players in the Carolina League this season. Over 242 total chances, Sepulveda has just committed one error. Among Carolina Leaguers in any position who have played at least 52 games, Sepulveda's .996 fielding percentage leads the league. Only one qualified catcher (Mike Rivera, Lynchburg) and four outfielders have a higher fielding percentage in the Carolina League than Sepulveda has at second base. The 22-year-old missed part of 2017 and all of the 2018 season with a shoulder injury before returning to the diamond in 2019.


Former Pelicans Erick Leal and Zach Davis debuted in Double-A Tennessee on Thursday in a 8-1 win for the Smokies. Leal started and threw five innings, allowing just one run in the win while striking out six batters and walking just two. Davis went 1-for-3 with two RBIs, a walk, a stolen base and a run scored. Both were promoted in the last week from Myrtle Beach. Jose Gutierrez was added to the Pelicans roster on Friday to complete the Davis move.


Pelicans reliever Garrett Kelly threw two more scoreless innings on Tuesday, running his streak to 12-consecutive scoreless...Miguel Amaya (.345) and Jimmy Herron (.341) lead the way for the Pelicans in batting average in July... Cam Balego and Kevonte Mitchell are tied for a team-high 10 home runs. It is also tied for third in the Carolina League. Balego's seven home home runs is tied for the second most in the league as well...The Pelicans are 2-5 over their last seven games, but they have won nine of their last 17 contests.

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