SALEM, VA (Thursday, July 13, 2017) - The Salem Red Sox rode homers from Josh Ockimey and Jordan Betts for their offense, and their pitching staff blanked the Potomac Nationals for the second straight night on Thursday for a 4-0 victory at Haley Toyota Field at Salem Memorial Ballpark.
The Sox (13-8, 53-37) earned consecutive shutouts for the first time all year, matching the club record for most shutouts in a row. Potomac (6-13, 39-50) loaded the bases in the top of the ninth but came up empty, going 1-11 with runners in scoring position for the game. Roniel Raudes (W, 3-6) earned his first win since June 9, and Logan Boyd (H, 2), Austin Glorius (H, 4) and Stephen Nogosek (S, 4) combined for a baffling bullpen effort against the visitors.
Salem opened the scoring in the bottom of the first against Potomac starter Luis Reyes (L, 5-10). With two outs, Ockimey lifted a fly ball up and over the left field wall for a solo homer. The big fly was his ninth of the year, and it gave Salem a 1-0 lead.
The Sox expanded their edge in the bottom of the fifth inning. With Jhon Nunez at first and two away, Betts leapt all over a fastball and rocketed it over the left field wall for a two-run blast to put the Sox out in front 3-0.
Salem added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth against reliever Dakota Bacus. Nick Lovullo singled to lead off the frame, and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Chris Madera. Jeremy Rivera hit a high chopper up the middle, and beat the wild throw from shortstop Edwin Lora. The error on the throw let Lovullo zip home to run the lead to 4-0.
Potomac threatened in the top of the ninth. A hit and a walk allowed by Glorius put runners on first and second with nobody out, and Sox manager Joe Oliver brought in Nogosek. The righty fanned Bryan Mejia and got Victor Robles to bounce into a fielder's choice, but walked Jack Sundberg to load the bases before striking out Austin Davidson looking to end the game and secure the shutout.
Raudes had a fine outing, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out three over five scoreless innings. Boyd dazzled in relief, recording two strikeouts against a walk and a hit in 2.2 frames. Glorius allowed two hits and a walk against one strikeout for the only out he recorded. Nogosek walked one and fanned two in his only inning of action.
Salem will try to make it three straight Friday night, with All-Star lefty Dedgar Jimenez making the start for Salem against Potomac southpaw Grant Borne. First pitch from Haley Toyota Field at Salem Memorial Ballpark is at 7:05 p.m., and Ben Gellman has the call on the Red Sox Radio Network starting at 6:45 p.m.
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