P-Nats snap Myrtle Beach's winning streak at six games

Potomac opens series with a 5-1 win over Pelicans

Jose Gutierrez reached twice, with a double and a walk, on Wednesday night while scoring the Pelicans' lone run in a 5-1 loss to Potomac. (Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

By Zach Bigley / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | July 18, 2018 9:58 PM

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (July 18, 2018) - The Potomac Nationals ended the Myrtle Beach Pelicans' six-game winning streak on Wednesday night, handing the Pelicans a 5-1 loss in front of 4,051 fans from TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. 

The Nationals (47-46, 10-16) scored first, touching up Pelicans (46-50, 12-14) starter Erich Uelmen (3-2) for two runs in the first inning. Bryan Mejia scored on a wild pitch before Luis Garcia was plated by Ian Sagdal on an RBI ground out. 

Garcia grounded into a double play in the fourth to add on, scoring Jakson Reetz, to make it 3-0. The Birds found the scoreboard with an Aramis Ademan RBI single in the fifth, driving in Jose Gutierrez

In the sixth, Jack Sundberg, who went 3-for-4 from the nine-spot in the order, crushed his third home run on the season. The solo shot made it 4-1. 

A Garcia RBI single in the eighth increased the advange to 5-1. 

A.J. Bogucki (1-1) took home the win, throwing two scoreless innings in relief, while Steven Fuentes earned his second save on the year with 2.1 shutout innings of his own. 

The Pelicans continue their three-game series with the Nationals at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday. RHP Rollie Lacy (1-0, 1.69 ERA) starts for Myrtle Beach against Potomac RHP Joan Baez (4-8, 4.87 ERA). Coverage begins at 6:50 p.m. on MiLB.tv, MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/Broadcast, the MiLB First Pitch app and TuneIn. 

Thursday's contest is a Thirsty Thursday presented by Celebrations Nitelife, Axelrod & Associates and WBTW featuring $1 12 oz. Bud & Bud Light drafts, $2 16 oz. cans and half-price Duplin Wine from 6-8 p.m. In addition, Bojangles presents DJ Hurricane of the Beastie Boys as part of the Pelicans Postgame Concert Series. Postgame fireworks presented by East Coast Pyrotechnics will follow the game. 

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.

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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