SALEM, Va. (April 28, 2018) - Myrtle Beach starter Alex Lange fired seven dominant innings and Connor Myers and Tyler Alamo each homered Saturday to lead the Pelicans to a 5-1 victory over the Salem Red Sox from Haley Toyota Field. Lange (1-0) ceded just one run on three hits in his
SALEM, Va. (April 28, 2018) - Myrtle Beach starter Alex Lange fired seven dominant innings and Connor Myers and Tyler Alamo each homered Saturday to lead the Pelicans to a 5-1 victory over the Salem Red Sox from Haley Toyota Field.
Lange (1-0) ceded just one run on three hits in his seven commanding frames. The right-hander struck out five and did not walk a batter, retired the final 13 Salem (14-9) batters he faced to earn his first career win.
With the game scoreless in the second, Red Sox starter Jake Thompson (0-2) walked Alamo and hit Kevonte Mitchell with a pitch to put runners on first and second. Two batters later, Myers stroked an RBI single, that, when coupled with two Salem errors on the play, allowed both runners to score to make it 2-0 Pelicans (8-15).
Lange was able to escape significant trouble in the bottom of the second. Salem loaded the bases with no outs on a Bobby Dalbec single, Jerry Downs hit-by-pitch and Kyri Washington base hit. After striking out Ryan Scott, Lange uncorked a wild pitch that brought in Dalbec. The former LSU right-hander then whiffed Trenton Kemp before inducing a Chris Madera ground out to get out of the jam with minimal damage.
Vimael Machin socked a double for the second of his three hits with one out in the fifth. Two batters after that, Alamo blasted a two-run home run to make it 4-1. Myers' solo shot in the eighth widened the margin to 8-1.
Jordan Minch tossed a scoreless eighth and Wyatt Short did the same in the ninth to seal the victory for Myrtle Beach.
Sunday's 2:05 p.m. rubber match features RHP Matt Swarmer (1-2, 1.72 ERA) for the Birds against Salem RHP Hildemaro Requena (0-0, 3.21 ERA). Coverage begins at 1:50 p.m. on MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/Broadcast, TuneIn and the MiLB First Pitch app.
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