In an otherwise disappointing season, the Potomac Cannons are finishing the year on a hot streak, winning for the fifth time in six games last night with a 5-3 home victory over Myrtle Beach, the Class A Carolina League Southern Division leader.
Jack Wilson hit a three-run home run and Luke Quaccia hit his fourth home run this week, and Otoniel Lanfranco (8-6) and three relievers combined to stop the Pelicans on eight hits.
"The guys are relaxed and we know we're out of the [second-half] race, so it's kind of fun to go out there and beat the first-place team," Cannons Manager Joe Cunningham said.
Potomac players entered the final week of the regular season aware they might finish with the worst record in franchise history. The Cannons are 53-83; in 1980, when they played in Alexandria, the team went 54-86.
"We definitely don't want to set that record," Wilson said.
With two outs and two on in the fourth, Wilson homered to left to give Potomac the lead for good. Jason Navarro, Jose DeLeon and Jason Marr each pitched a scoreless inning to close out Potomac's 29th victory of the second half.
INDIANS 5, KEYS 1: Charles Alley scored and had two hits for Frederick, but host Kinston (40-26) won the Carolina League game.
SEAWOLVES 3, BAYSOX 1: Scot Shields (4-4) pitched seven scoreless innings as visiting Erie clinched the Class AA Eastern League's Southern Division regular season title.