Brockmeyer's slam the cherry atop eighth straight win
Pelicans clobber Red Sox in 12-0 rout
Cael Brockmeyer goes to a knee as he sends a grand slam over the left-center field wall in the fourth inning on Tuesday. (Larry Kave / Myrtle Beach Pelicans)
By Mason Robinson / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | July 21, 2015 9:43 PM ET
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (JULY 21, 2015) - In his return to the lineup from Triple-A Iowa, Cael Brockmeyer hit a grand slam and collected a career-high five RBI to lead the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, to their eighth consecutive victory on Tuesday night at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. The 12-0 win over the Salem Red Sox tied a season-high for the club's largest margin of victory and completed a three-game series sweep.
After a perfect first inning by Pelicans starter Jen-Ho Tseng,Chesny Young opened the Pelicans first with a single to extend his on-base streak to 40 consecutive games. On the strength of six singles, a sacrifice fly, a bases-loaded walk, and a throwing error on a fielder's choice, the Pelicans (56-39, 15-11 second half) posted a 5-0 lead after the first inning of play.
Red Sox starting pitcher Kevin McAvoy would slow the bleeding until the fourth inning. The Pelicans loaded the bases with two outs before Cael Brockmeyer launched his first career grand slam over the left-center field fence to extend the Pelicans' lead to 9-0.
Salem (49-47, 11-15 second half) was shut out in the contest for the second time in the series, and the Birds outscored the Sox 20-1 in the three-game set.
Myrtle Beach tacked on three more runs in the seventh inning with run-scoring doubles from Victor Caratini and Kevin Brown before Carlos Penalver knocked in the twelfth run of the game on a fielder's choice ground out.
Tseng pitched into the sixth inning but walked the first two batters before being replaced by James Pugliese. The right-hander worked out of the inning two ground outs, including one double play, and he finished his night with three innings of scoreless relief. Jasvir Rakkar, fresh off of a gold medal victory with Team Canada in the Pan American Games on Sunday, rejoined the team Tuesday and pitched a perfect ninth inning, striking out the final batter of the game to seal the 12-0 win.
Young, who broke the Carolina League consecutive on-base record on Sunday, tallied a pair of hits on Tuesday for his 27th multi-hit game with the Pelicans. In addition to extending his on-base streak to 40 games, Young also advanced his hit-streak to ten straight games.
Brown slapped four hits in five at-bats, including a pair of doubles, while also scoring once and driving in a run. Mark Zagunis also tallied three hits and scored three runs.
After beginning the second half with 10 losses in 15 games, including a losing skid of five games and another of four in-a-row, the Birds have rebounded with eight consecutive wins and 10 victories in their last 11 contests.
Tseng (4-6) won his second consecutive start, tossing five shutout innings, walking three and striking out three. McAvoy (5-8) suffered the defeat, being taken for nine runs, eight earned, on nine hits in 3 2/3 innings of work.
The Pelicans hit the road to open a three-game series against the Lynchburg Hillcats on Wednesday night. The Birds will throw right-hander Jonathan Martinez (6-1, 2.67) for the 6:30 p.m. ET first pitch at Calvin Falwell Field. Lynchburg will hand the ball to right-hander D.J. Brown (7-3, 3.78).
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