Salem Red Sox explode for 21 hits, 17 runs to take series from Birds


SALEM, VA August 16, 2014 – The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers, allowed a season-high 21 hits in a 17-9 loss to the Salem Red Sox on Saturday night at LewisGale Field. In the losing effort, right fielder Ryan Cordell matched a career-best with four hits, including a home run, and drove in a career-high four RBI in addition to notching an outfield assist in his Pelicans debut. With the loss, the Pelicans fell in the three-game and season-series to Salem, and the Red Sox pulled within two games of first place.

Pelicans first baseman Preston Beck clubbed his active team leading tenth homer in a two-hit night on Saturday. (Robert Gurganus / Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

Pelicans first baseman Preston Beck clubbed his active team leading tenth homer in a two-hit night on Saturday. (Robert Gurganus / Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

Despite the defeat, the Pelicans (30-25, 74-49) scored first on Saturday. Chris Garia reached on an error to open the contest, stole his forty-fifth base, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Christopher Bostick to make it 1-0.


The Red Sox (26-25, 59-60), however, erased the 1-0 lead with two in the first, and came back from a 3-2 deficit with five runs in the third inning. The first five hitters of the frame reached against Pelicans starter Ryan Bores, including back-to-back homers from Manuel Margo and Kendrick Perkins, putting the Sox ahead 7-3.


Jantzen Witte, who had a four-hit game for Salem, smacked a solo home run in the fourth to bloat the lead to 8-3.


The closest the Pelicans came to tying the game was in the sixth. David Lyon crushed a home run to right field off of Salem starting pitcher Jacob Dahlstrand before Edwin Garcia chased him from the game with a single. Against the new hurler Kyle Martin, Cordell picked up his third hit of the night, driving in two on a double down the right field line. The double capped off the three-run inning, pulling the Pelicans within two runs.


But Salem scored eight runs in the bottom half of the inning. Two scored off of Bores, and, after an error that would have ended the inning, six unearned runs scored off of Justin Sprenger. The seven-hit frame included two hits from both Matty Johnson, who extended his league-best hitting streak to 16 games, and Dreily Guerrero.


Preston Beck homered to get a run back in the seventh, and Cordell capped off his career-night with his first Carolina League home run in the eighth, but the Pelicans fell 17-9.


After a scoreless seventh inning, Josh McElwee finally had his scoreless inning streak snapped on an RBI single by Carlos Asauje. McElwee posted 21 1/3 scoreless innings over his first 11 Pelicans appearances before surrendered the run in the eighth on Saturday.


Both starters took the decisions. Bores (0-4) suffered the loss, while Dahlstrand (3-0) earned the win.


The Pelicans try and salvage a game in the series on Sunday with the first pitch scheduled for 4:05 p.m. from LewisGale Field. Chad James (4-1, 3.16 ERA)gets the ball for the Pelicans against Salem spot-starter Kyle Kraus (5-3, 4.09 ERA). 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 3:45 p.m.


The Pelicans return back to Field at Pelicans Ballpark on Tuesday, August 19 for the first of three games against the Wilmington Blue Rocks. It will be $2sday Brewsday, where there will be $2.00 draught craft beers from 6:00-8:00 pm, and it is also Circus Night at the ballpark.


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, visit, 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 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