Uelmen leads charge as Pelicans snap skid

Right-hander fires six shutout innings in Birds' 4-1 win

Erich Uelmen earned his second win in as many starts on Saturday night with six shutout innings for the Pelicans. (Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

By Zach Bigley / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | June 30, 2018 9:22 PM

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (June 30, 2018) - Erich Uelmen was brilliant through six shutout innings on Saturday night and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans snapped a six-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the Potomac Nationals from TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. 

Uelmen (2-0) allowed just four hits over his six innings while striking out five and walking three for the Birds (36-44, 2-8). 

The offense backed the righty early on. In the bottom of the first inning, Aramis Ademan singled and then scored on an RBI double by Jhonny Pereda to make it 1-0.

The Pelicans increased their lead to 2-0 in the fourth inning. Connor Myers reached on a dropped third strike before Austin Upshaw singled him home with two outs.

In the seventh inning, David Masters blasted a home run for Potomac (40-36, 3-6) to bring the game to 2-1. However, the Birds fought back in the bottom of the inning. 

After Yeiler Peguero reached on a bunt single, D.J. Wilson tripled into left-center to bring him in. Wilson then crossed home on an Ademan RBI ground out. 

Jhon Romero closed out the game with two perfect innings for his fifth save of the season. 

Matthew Crownover (3-7) took the loss for the Nationals, allowing two runs over his six innings. 

Pelicans LHP Bryan Hudson (4-7, 5.83 ERA) is slated to start Sunday's 6:05 p.m. first pitch against Potomac LHP Nick Raquet (1-0, 6.35 ERA) in the second game of a four-game series against the Nationals. Television coverage begins at 6 p.m. on The CW21 and MiLB.tv. A radio broadcast starts at 5:50 p.m. on MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/Broadcast, the MiLB First Pitch app and TuneIn. 

Sunday is Halloween in July with postgame trick-or-treating on the field, as fans are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. In addition, Sunday's game is an Ultimate Kids Sunday featuring free inflatables, face painting, balloon artists and a pregame on-field catch. After the game, there will be a postgame fireworks show presented by East Coast Pyrotechnics. 

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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