Tetreault sharp in debut, but P-Nats fall, 4-3

Potomac NationalsFor the third time in three games, the Potomac Nationals (62-55, 25-23) and Myrtle Beach Pelicans (54-67, 20-31) played a game decided by just one run. After each team picked up a 1-0 win in part of a doubleheader on Tuesday night, the Pelicans tallied a 4-3 win on Wednesday night. Myrtle Beach scored twice in both the sixth and seventh frames and secured at worst a series split.

In his Carolina League debut, RHP Jackson Tetreault (ND) got through five innings in shutout fashion despite a runner in scoring position in three of his first five innings. Tetreault stranded a runner at second base in each of the first two frames and then worked out of a second/third and nobody out jam in the fourth inning.

The Potomac offense provided Tetreault with just one run of support, as 3B Ian Sagdal gave Potomac a 1-0 lead on an RBI single, three batters into the home half of the first inning. RHP Tyson Miller (ND) allowed just three more hits and one run over the remainder of his 5.2 inning outing.

Myrtle Beach took the lead with a pair of runs in the sixth inning. The first three batters of the frame singled off of Tetreault, which led to a pitching chance. RHP Carlos Acevedo (L, 1-2) gave up an RBI single to 2B Andruw Monasterio, while another run scored on a groundout by RF Roberto Caro. Potomac tied the game on a two-out RBI single from CF Nick Banks in the home half of the inning, but RHP Garrett Kelly stranded Sagdal at third base as the potential go-ahead run.

Just after the P-Nats tied the game up, Myrtle Beach made it consecutive innings with two runs. LF Luis Ayala led off the seventh inning with a single, and while Acevedo retired the next two hitters, the right-handed reliever walked C Jhonny Pereda with two outs. Potomac turned to LHP Hayden Howard, who gave up a two-run, two-out double to 1B Jared Young, which put the Pelicans on top 4-2.

Potomac answered right back with a run in the bottom of the seventh inning, as 2B David Masters led off with a double and later scored on a two-out fielding error by SS Aramis Ademan, but the P-Nats left the tying run at second base. Potomac finished just 2-13 with RISP in the one-run loss.

The P-Nats threatened in the eighth inning with a pair of singles off of LHP Ryan Kellogg (SV, 4), but left runners at first and second base, and then went in order in the ninth inning, as Kellogg secured Myrtle Beach’s 4-3 win.

The teams will meet in the series finale on Thursday afternoon, which will be the final regular season meeting between the two teams in 2018. First pitch at Northwest Federal Field on Thursday is set for 12:05pm. The Potomac broadcast will get underway at 11:50am with the P-Nats Leadoff Show. You can listen to the Potomac broadcast at potomacnationals.com, at http://bit.ly/P-NatsBroadcast, or on the TuneIn Radio App.

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