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Potomac's Big Fifth Too Much to Overcome in Birds Loss

August 14, 2019 - Carolina League (CarL) - Myrtle Beach Pelicans News Release

WOODBRIDGE, Va. - The Potomac Nationals downed the Myrtle Beach Pelicans 7-0 on Wednesday night from Pfitzner Stadium behind a big fifth inning.

In that fifth, with the game tied at 0-0, the Nationals (58-61, 28-24) jumped out in front on a KJ Harrison solo homer off of Pelicans (47-72, 26-26) starter Javier Assad (L, 4-9). Three batters later, Gilbert Lara crushed a three-run home run to make it 4-0. Aldrem Corredor then lifted a sacrifice fly to center, bringing in Jack Sundberg, before Austin Davidson capped the inning with an RBI single, forcing the lead to 6-0. All six earned runs were charged to Assad, who left after only recording one out in the fifth.

In the seventh, the P-Nats added on with an RBI groundout from Davidson, making the score 7-0.

Nick Raquet (W, 10-8) was brilliant in his start, allowing just two hits over seven shutout innings to earn the win for Potomac.

Cam Balego , Carlos Sepulveda and Zac Taylor collected the three hits on the night for Myrtle Beach.

The Pelicans will conclude their series against Potomac at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday. The Birds will send LHP Brendon Little (0-1, 16.88 ERA) to the hill, while LHP Tim Cate (4-3, 3.75 ERA) will go for the Nationals. Coverage starts at 6:50 p.m. on and the MiLB First Pitch and TuneIn Apps.

The 2019 season is the 21st season for the Pelicans franchise and fifth as the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. For tickets visit, call (843) 918-6000, or visit the Pelicans Box Office.

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