Birds blow out rain-shortened game in Potomac

Rain washes out Pelicans and P-Nats after five innings in 8-0 victory for Myrtle Beach

Brailyn Marquez threw five shutout innings in his second win for the Pelicans. (Larry Kave - Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

By Zach Bigley / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | August 13, 2019 8:54 PM

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (August 13, 2019)- After an offensive outburst from the Pelicans, rain shortened the Myrtle Beach Pelicans 8-0, five-inning victory over the Potomac Nationals on Tuesday night from Pfitzner Stadium. 

The Pelicans (47-71, 26-25) wasted no time backing their starter Brailyn Marquez  (W, 2-0) in the first inning. The Birds started off the game with five straight hits against Nationals' (57-61, 27-24) starter Ryan Tapani (L, 0-2). Carlos Sepulveda and Grant Fennell began things with back-to-back singles before Cam Balego doubled home the game's first run. Miguel Amaya then ripped a two-run double and Luke Reynolds added in another RBI double to make it 4-0.

That score held until the fourth inning when Sepulveda bounced into a fielder's choice, scoring Aramis Ademan to make it 5-0. Amaya then drew a bases-loaded walk to put the lead at 6-0. 

In the fifth, Myrtle Beach added on with a Wladimir Galindo RBI single and a Sepulveda RBI triple, placing the lead at 8-0. 

Marquez was brilliant in his second start with the Pelicans. The lefty threw five shutout innings, allowing just three hits while striking out four. Marquez has now thrown 10.0 shutout innings in his two starts with Myrtle Beach.

Right after the fifth inning concluded, the tarp was put on the field and the game was called. 

The Pelicans will continue their series against Potomac at 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday. The Birds will send RHP Javier Assad (4-8, 3.63 ERA) to the hill, while LHP Nick Raquet (9-8, 4.38 ERA) will go for the Nationals. Coverage starts at 6:50 p.m. on MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/Broadcast 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 MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/tickets, call (843) 918-6000, or visit the Pelicans Box Office.

ABOUT THE PELICANS: The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs and play their home games at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Since being acquired by a group led by Chuck Greenberg during the 2006 season, the Pelicans have repeatedly set team attendance records and become known as one of Minor League Baseball's most innovative and creative franchises. The team and its employees have been dedicated to making a difference in the Myrtle Beach community, specifically giving back over $2 million in donations, fundraising proceeds, in-kind services and community service since launching the Pelicans Play It Forward Community Initiative in 2013. TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark has ranked in the top eight in all of Minor League Baseball by Stadium Journey in six of the last seven seasons. The same publication also placed the Pelicans in the Top 100 Stadium Experiences and the best in the Carolina League for six of the past seven seasons. In June 2017, the Pelicans won the 2017 TripAdvisor.com Certificate of Excellence award. On the field, the team has won four Mills Cup Championships, including claims to back-to-back titles in 1999 and 2000, and again in 2015 and 2016. The Pelicans have made 11 postseason appearances behind 13 half-season Southern Division championships, including the first half of the 2015 season, second half of 2016 and first half of 2017. For more information on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, please contact the Pelicans at (843) 918-6000 or email Info@MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.

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