SALEM CLUBS THREE HOMERS, ROUTS BIRDS
SALEM, VA August 17, 2014 – The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers, surrendered three home runs, including an inside the park homer, in a 9-1 loss to the Salem Red Sox on Sunday at LewisGale Field. The Red Sox swept the Pelicans in the three-game set, marking the first series sweep of Myrtle Beach since April 3-6, which also came to Salem.
Pelicans starter Chad James pitched well on Sunday, but Salem (27-25, 60-60) jumped out to a lead against him in the first. With one out, Carlos Asuaje smacked a double. He reached third on a single to right by Reed Gragnani and trotted home on a sacrifice fly by Christopher Bostick.
Myrtle Beach (30-26, 74-50) tied it back up in the next half inning. With one out, Kellin Deglan smashed his first homer of the campaign with the Birds and his sixteenth overall on a deep fly to right field, tying the score at 1-1.
James faced the minimum despite two singles in the second and worked around a leadoff hit in the third to post a pair of zeros.
In the fourth, however, Salem retook the lead for good. Leading off the frame, first baseman Jantzen Witte launched a solo homer to left field, giving the Red Sox a 2-1 edge.
The score remained that way through six innings. James allowed just two runs over six frames, allowing six hits and surrendering just one walk. He fanned two.
Jose Leclerc came on in the seventh in a 2-1 game. The first five hitters of the inning reached against Leclerc, including number nine hitter Jose Vinicio, who plated two runs with a single, putting Salem up 4-.1. Two Red Sox were thrown out trying to steal off of Deglan, helping the reliever out of the inning without any more damage done.
The Red Sox exploded off of Leclerc in the eighth. With two on and one out, Manuel Margot sliced a ball to right-center field. Margot brought around two runs on the hit, which looked like a triple, but he broke for the plate and beat the Pelicans relay home for an inside the park home run, extending the lead to 7-1. Two batters later, after a walk, Jake Romanski cracked a two-run shot to deep left to put the Sox up by the final score of 9-1.
The Pelicans went hitless over the final four innings. Spot-starter Kyle Kraus went six strong innings of one-run ball, while Jonathan Aro fired three nearly perfect innings, allowing no hits and a lone walk for the save.
Kraus (6-3) picked up the win, while James (4-2) suffered the defeat, his first in five road starts.
After an off-day on Monday, the Pelicans pick up play at home on Tuesday against the Wilmington Blue Rocks. First pitch from TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. The Pelicans send Sam Wolf (8-4, 2.93 ERA) to the hill in the series opener, facing off against southpaw Sean Manaea (5-8, 3.25 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 6:45 p.m.
Tuesday is also $2sday Brewsday, where there will be $2.00 draught craft beers from 6:00-8:00 pm. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.