Lange's brilliance drives Birds to sweep of Potomac

Birds win 3-0 for fourth straight victory

Alex Lange earned the win with six shutout innings in Tuesday's win over Potomac. (Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

By Zach Bigley / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | July 3, 2018 9:36 PM

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (July 3, 2018) - Alex Lange threw six scoreless innings and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans swept aside the Potomac Nationals with a 3-0 win on Tuesday night in front of a sellout crowd of 6,599 from TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. 

The Pelicans' (39-44, 5-8) Lange (5-5) chopped through the Nationals (40-39, 3-9) and finished with four strikeouts over his six innings while only ceding two hits and walking one. After a leadoff walk, Lange retired 13 in a row until Rhett Wiseman's single in the fifth inning.

The Birds backed Lange early against P-Nats' starter Ben Braymer (3-2). In the second inning, after Andruw Monasterio tripled with one out, Kevonte Mitchell plated him on a sacrifice fly. D.J. Wilson made it 2-0 later in the frame with an RBI single, scoring Austin Upshaw .

Mitchell gave the Pelicans a 3-0 advantage with an RBI ground out in the third inning.

Jose Paulino and Jhon Romero combined to throw the final three shutout innings out of the bullpen for the Birds. 

The Pelicans start a five-game series at Buies Creek with Wednesday's 6 p.m. contest behind RHP Erick Leal (0-1, 1.27 ERA). Coverage begins at 5:45 p.m. on,, the MiLB First Pitch app and TuneIn. 

The 2018 season is the 20th season for the Pelicans franchise and fourth as the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. For tickets visit, 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 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

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