Pelicans stuff Salem Red Sox, 5-1
SALEM, Va. (WSET/Salem Red Sox) - The Salem Red Sox saw their season-best five-game winning streak come to an end Saturday, mustering only four hits as they fell 5-1 to the visiting Myrtle Beach Pelicans at Haley Toyota Field.
Salem (14-9) were held in check all game long, and didn’t register a single extra-base hit. The Pelicans (7-16) were just 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position, but used two timely homers to keep ahead of their hosts. At one point, the Sox went 15 consecutive batters without reaching base.
Myrtle Beach struck first in the top of the second against Salem starter Jake Thompson, who walked Tyler Alamo before hitting Kevonte Mitchell to put runners at first and second with nobody out. Thompson recovered to fan Chris Pieters, but Connor Myers lined a single to center that Chris Madera flubbed. Alamo came in to score, and Madera compounded his mistake by throwing wildly to third. The ball went off the netting in front of the Salem dugout, and by rule was out of play. The second error brought in Mitchell and gave the Pelicans a 2-0 lead.
Salem earned a run back in the bottom of the second against Pelicans starting pitcher Alex Lange, who gave up a leadoff single to Bobby Dalbec before plunking Jerry Downs and surrendering another single to Kyri Washington to load the bases with nobody out. Ryan Scott fanned, but with Trenton Kemp at the dish, Lange fired a wild pitch that let Dalbec scoot home and trim the lead to 2-1. Salem would get no more in the inning, and left two runners on base.
The Pelicans extended their lead in the top of the fifth against new Salem reliever Algenis Martinez, who gave up a one-out double to Vimael Machin. Martinez got Wladimir Galindo to fly out to center, but Alamo jumped on a hanging slider and sent it over the left-field wall for a two-run homer to run the edge to 4-1. The Pelicans got one more in the top of the eighth, as Myers launched another slider out to left for a solo dinger, giving Myrtle Beach a 5-1 lead.
Thompson gave up two runs (one earned) on only two hits and four walks in 4.1 frames, striking out a career-best seven batters. Algenis Martinez gave up three runs on five hits and two walks in 3.1 innings, recording one strikeout. Joan Martinez whiffed two batters in a perfect frame of relief.
The Sox will look for a win in the rubber mat, with righty Hildemaro Requena getting a spot start for Salem against Pelicans right-hander Matt Swarmer. First pitch from Haley Toyota Field is at 2:05 p.m.