SALEM SOUTHPAW FANS CAREER-HIGH TEN BATTERS
SALEM, VA July 25, 2014 – The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers, were shutout by the Red Sox in the series opener in Salem by a 6-0 on Friday night at Lewis Gale Field in Salem, Virginia. The Pelicans mustered just two hits, both singles, off of the Red Sox starter Cody Kukuk who struck out a career-high ten batters.
After a scoreless first inning, the Red Sox (15-19, 48-54) took control in the second inning. A throwing error by David Lyon at first base allowed Mario Martinez to reach base to begin what became a five-run inning, allowing three unearned runs to score. The next five hitters reached safely on a hit batter and four singles to bring home three runs. Jantzen Witte drove in the fourth run of the inning on a sacrifice fly to right field that would have ended the inning if not for the error at the beginning of the frame, and Carson Blair completed the scoring with a single to left center field to make it 5-0.
The Red Sox tacked on another run in the sixth inning.
Myrtle Beach (18-18, 62-42) put on men at the corners with two outs in the first, but Jorge Alfaro bounced out to Kukuk to end the inning.
Luis Mendez led off the second with an infield single and stole second base, but the Salem left-hander set down Chris Garia, Edwin Garcia, and Nick Williams in order to get out of the inning.
That began a stretch of 12 in a row set down by Kukuk, which included seven strikeouts. He completed his night by striking out the side in the sixth inning. In total, Kukuk allowed just three baserunners on two singles and a walk and fanned a career-high 10 batters over six scoreless innings.
The Birds put two on base against reliever Nate Reed in the seventh, and Alfaro singled off of Matty Ott in the ninth, but the Pelicans went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position in the contest and were shutout for the seventh time this season.
Bores (0-3) was shouldered with the loss for the Pelicans, while Kukuk (4-6) earned the win.
The Pelicans need a win on Saturday night against the Red Sox to avoid a third consecutive series defeat. First pitch from Lewis Gale Field is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. The Pelicans have yet to announce their starting pitcher. The Red Sox send Justin Haley (7-3, 2.77 ERA) to the bump. The game can be heard live on WRNN AM 1450 ESPN Myrtle Beach, on the TuneIn Radio App, and via the MiLB First Pitch App, beginning with the Hampton Inn Pregame Show at 6:45 p.m.
The next home game for the Pelicans is on Friday, August 1, the first of three games with the Salem Red Sox. August 1 is Shark Week Night, presented by 96.1 WKZQ and WMBF News.
Season Seats, Mini Plans, Flex Books, and single game tickets are available to see the Pelicans in 2014. For more information on tickets, please call (843) 918-6002, e-mail email@example.com, visit www.MyrtleBeachPelicans.com, or visit the Pelicans box office, which is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
About the Pelicans
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers and play their home games at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The park was named the best in the Carolina League by Baseball America in 2009 and the overall experience ranked third in all of Minor League Baseball by Stadium Journey in 2013. The Pelicans earned co-Mills Cup championship honors in their inaugural 1999 season, won the outright title in 2000, and has garnered seven half-season Southern Division titles, most recently in the first half of 2013. For more information on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, please contact Nathan Barnett by calling (843) 918-6080 or emailing NBarnett@MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.