WOODBRIDGE, Va. (August 16, 2018) - Michael Cruz smashed a two-run home run to tie the game in the seventh inning Thursday, but Luis García's walk-off single won the contest for the Potomac Nationals 3-2 over the Myrtle Beach Pelicans from Pftizner Stadium.The score was tied at two in the ninth
WOODBRIDGE, Va. (August 16, 2018) - Michael Cruz smashed a two-run home run to tie the game in the seventh inning Thursday, but Luis García's walk-off single won the contest for the Potomac Nationals 3-2 over the Myrtle Beach Pelicans from Pftizner Stadium.
The score was tied at two in the ninth when David Masters began the frame with a base hit. After Myrtle Beach (54-68, 20-32) reliever Tyler Peyton (3-5) recorded the next two outs, the Birds intentionally walked pinch-hitter Aldrem Corredor. A walk to Bryan Mejia loaded the bases before Garcia's walk-off infield single to the left side won it for Potomac (63-55, 26-25).
The P-Nats took the lead immediately when Mejia hit a leadoff homer in the first. Garcia walked and advanced to third on an Ian Sagdal base hit. A double play grounder then plated Garcia to make it 2-0.
The score remained that way until the seventh. Wladimir Galindo walked against Potomac reliever Kyle Johnston (4-1) with one out. Cruz then popped a two-run shot to right to equal the tally at two.
Erick Leal pitched 3.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen and Yapson Gomez added three more for the Pelicans.
Myrtle Beach returns home for Friday's 7:05 p.m. contest that begins a three-game series with the Buies Creek Astros. RHP Cory Abbott (3-5, 3.31 ERA) gets the start for the Pelicans. Coverage begins at 6:50 p.m. on MiLB.tv, MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/Broadcast, TuneIn and the MiLB First Pitch app.
Friday's contest is Augtoberfest presented by Samuel Adams and Better Brands. A special $30 ticket includes a game ticket, beer tasting event and souvenir tasting mug. The game is also Beer, Brats and Baseball with $2 craft drafts from 6-8 p.m. and buy-one, get-one-free Lowes Food's sausages all night long. First responders receive half-price tickets at the Pelicans' Box Office on a First Responder Friday presented by 707 Indoor Shooting Range and Goldfinch Winslow Attorneys and Counselors at Law.
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 MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/tickets, call (843) 918-6000, or visit the Pelicans Box Office.
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