Patterson brilliant, Pelicans blank Nationals in series opener

Birds toss seventh shutout, Balego homers in 3-0 win

Jack Patterson fired five, shutout innings in his home debut for the Pelicans in the Birds 3-0 win over Potomac on Wednesday. (Larry Kave - Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

By Noah Cloonan / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | July 10, 2019 9:47 PM

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (July 10, 2019) - The Myrtle Beach Pelicans blanked the Potomac Nationals 3-0 on Wednesday night in the first game of the series from TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

The Pelicans (11-10, 32-56) took the early lead in the series opener as they loaded the bases against Tim Cate (L, 1-2) in the second inning and Kevonte Mitchell drew a walk that plated Miguel Amaya and the Birds took a 1-0 lead in the second inning.

Myrtle Beach was backed by a dominant outing from Jack Patterson (W, 1-0) in his first home start for the Pelicans as he faced the minimum over five innings and allowed just one hit to earn his first High-A win. 

The Birds added on some insurance in the seventh inning and took a 2-0 lead. 

After Zach Davis doubled with one out in the inning, Delvin Zinn grounded out to third for the second out of the inning. On the play, Davis tried to advance to third and the Nationals threw the ball away into the camera well and Davis scored to extend the lead to 2-0.

In the eighth, Cam Balego took away the doubt with a solo homer to left that put the Pelicans up 3-0.

Manuel Rondon fired two scoreless innings in the back end of the bullpen to lock down his first save and secure the win for the Pelicans in the series opener. 

RHP Alexander Vargas (2-2, 3.71) will take the hill against LHP Carson Teel (3-2, 3.60) in game two of the series at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday night. Coverage will begin at 6:50 p.m. on the Pelicans Baseball Network which is available on the TuneIn App, MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/Broadcast and MiLB First Pitch app.

It is a Thirsty Thursday at the ballpark, presented by Celebrations Nitelife, Axelrod & Associates and Gator 107.9 FM, with $1 Bud and Bud Light drafts, $2 16 oz. cans and $2 Duplin wine from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. There will also be a postgame fireworkds extravaganza, presented by East Coast Pyrotechnics.

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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