MYRTLE BEACH, SC (Friday, August 4, 2017) - The Salem Red Sox fell short of a doubleheader sweep Friday night, dropping a 4-1 decision to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in the nightcap at TicketReturn.com Field.
The Sox (23-19, 63-48) won the first game 11-6 but saw their bats fall quiet in the second game, mustering only four hits. The Pelicans (15-26, 58-53) were able to come back from an early one-run deficit, and got great efforts from their pitchers to stymie the Sox.
Salem got things going early in the nightcap against Pelicans starter Kyle Miller (W, 3-3) in the top of the first inning. Jeremy Rivera bunted his way aboard with one out and scooted to second on a wild pitch. Austin Rei drew a walk to put runners at first and second, and Jordan Betts hit a bouncer to the right side. First baseman Adonis Paula threw the ball away, though, and Rivera raced home as the ball rolled into left field. The error gave Salem a 1-0 lead.
The Pelicans pulled ahead in the bottom of the second inning against Salem starter Kyle Hart (L, 1-1). Eddy Martinez knocked a single through the right side, and Tyler Pearson jumped on a first pitch fastball, sending it over the left field wall for a two-run homer to put Myrtle Beach in front 2-1. The Pelicans added another run on a solo homer by Zack Short off reliever Austin Glorius in the bottom of the fifth inning, extending their lead to 3-1.
Myrtle Beach tacked on an insurance run in the sixth inning against Glorius, who walked Martinez to start the inning and gave up a single to Pearson before allowing a wild pitch to move the runners to second and third. Adonis Paula knocked an RBI single to plate Martinez and extend the lead to 4-1 for the Pelicans.
Hart gave up two runs on four hits and a walk in three innings, recording two strikeouts. Glorius allowed two runs on five hits and two walks in three innings, fanning one.
The Sox and Pelicans continue the series Saturday night, with lefty Matthew Kent toeing the slab for Salem against Myrtle Beach southpaw Ryan Kellogg. First pitch from TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark is at 7:05 p.m., and Ben Gellman's pregame show starts at 6:45 p.m. on ESPN Roanoke, ESPN Blacksburg, and on the Red Sox Radio Network online.
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