Augliera experiences rare struggles in Salem defeat

salem red soxAfter taking the first three games of the series, Salem was trounced 9-4 by Potomac in the final contest.

Mike Augliera had a difficult day for the Red Sox on the mound. He permitted seven runs (five earned) on eight hits in three and one third innings. The righty walked three and failed to strike out any Nats hitter. Potomac scored twice in the second, once in the third, and four times in fourth, chasing Augliera in the process. Potomac also added two runs in the fifth off Gerardo Oliveras. Robby Scott and Manny Rivera each pitched two scoreless innings of relief for Salem.

It was only the second time this season Augliera allowed more than four runs in an outing, and only the third time he’s lasted less than five innings in a start.

In the fourth, the Nationals collected five hits, the Red Sox committed two errors, and Potomac scored four runs. Five of the first six hitters in the inning reached (three doubles, one bunt single, one error) before Augliera was removed from the game.

Down 9-0, Salem scored three runs in the seventh when Stefan Welch, Mookie Betts, and Cody Koback all reached and scored. Matty Johnson blooped a two-RBI single, before Henry Ramos added a single that drove in one. Salem scored once more in the ninth when Betts doubled, and Koback launched a sac fly to drive him in.

Overall, Salem still had a successful homestand, winning six out of eight games against the top two teams in the Carolina League, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans and the Nationals.

After a day off Tuesday, Salem will head to Frederick for a four-game set against the Keys. Henry Owens will take the hill for Salem on Wednesday at 7:00 pm against Brady Wager.


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