(Woodbridge, VA) - Michael Morse went hitless in three at bats for the Potomac Nationals as they defeated the Myrtle Beach Pelicans 4-2 to earn a series split. Morse played the first five innings in right field for the Potomac before being replaced.
In his third game with the P-Nats, Morse hit third in the lineup and played the field for the first time. Morse lined into a double play in his first at bat and followed that with a pair of groundouts in his next two at bats. He saw one ball in right field defensively fielding an extra-base hit down the right field line.
Odubel Herrera put the Pelicans on top 1-0 in the top of the third with an RBI double down the right field line. With the hit, Herrera extended his hit streak to 21 games, the longest in Myrtle Beach Pelicans history.
Potomac battled back to take the lead in the bottom of the fifth. Justin Bloxom doubled down the left field line and advanced to third base on a single by J.P Ramirez. Bloxom scored on a fielder's choice by Randolph Oduber to knot up the contest at 1-1. Two batters later Ricky Hague put the P-Nats in front 2-1 with an RBI single that plated Oduber.
Myrtle Beach wasted no time tying up the game in the next half inning. Jared Hoying led off the sixth with a single and scored on Christian Villanueva's RBI double to even up the score at 2-2.
Bloxom put Potomac in front for good in the bottom of the sixth inning. After Zach Walters singled with one out, Bloxom launched a two-run home run to right center field to give the P-Nats a 4-2 advantage. Bloxom finished the game 3-for-4 while Walters was 4-for-4 with four singles.
The Nationals bullpen took over after the sixth inning. Ryan Demmin tossed two scoreless innings striking out three batters and Cameron Selik came on for the ninth to pick up his eighth save of the season.
Matt Swynenberg (4-3) picked up his third win of the year against Myrtle Beach. Swynenberg pitched six innings surrendering two earned runs on seven hits while striking out four.
Kyle Hendricks (1-6) made the start for the Pelicans and came up on the wrong side for the second time this season against the P-Nats. He allowed a season-high four earned runs on ten hits.
The P-Nats start their three-game series with the Lynchburg Hillcats tomorrow evening at 7:05 PM. Adam Olbrychowski (1-4, 6.62) takes the mound for Potomac and Kyle Dimasther Delgado (3-1, 3.55) starts for Lynchburg tomorrow night. The Potomac Nationals are celebrating their 35th Anniversary of professional baseball and family fun, for all your ticket needs please call the box office at 703-590-2311 or visit www.potomacnationals.com.
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