Salem Red Sox fall in series finale to Myrtle Beach
Three pitches into the game Charcer Burks launched a home run against Anyelo Leclerc to give Myrtle Beach (56-51, 20-17) a 1-0 lead. The Pelicans loaded the bases with one out in the frame, but the right-hander was able to avoid any other trouble.
Salem (62-43, 19-17) balanced the ledger against Jeremy Null of the Pelicans in the bottom of the first, when Jayce Ray walked with the bases loaded to force home Joseph Monge to tie the score at one. Ray went 1-for-3 at the dish, and now has a hit in all three games he has played since being activated from the disabled list.
The game was promptly untied in the top of the third when Bryant Flete smacked a two-run home run off Leclerc (2-1) to give Myrtle Beach a 3-1 lead. Leclerc tossed 4.0 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, walking two and striking out four.
Yankory Pimentel relieved Leclerc and spun 3.0 scoreless innings to keep the score close, but the Red Sox offense couldn’t muster a rally against Null (3-4) over the remainder of his 6.0 innings of work.
Mario Alcantara threw two scoreless innings for the Red Sox out of the bullpen, but Craig Brooks and Ryan McNeil of the Pelicans were able to slam the door shut over the final three innings to seal the win for Myrtle Beach.
Monge had a busy night for Salem, collecting two hits, scoring the lone run at the plate, and recording seven putouts in centerfield.
The Red Sox hit the road for a quick jaunt up to Wilmington, Del. to face the Blue Rocks Monday night at Frawley Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 pm. Salem will send Daniel McGrath (4-5, 3.61) to the mound, while Wilmington counters with Corey Ray (6-4, 4.36). Follow along with all the action on the Salem Red Sox Baseball Network, with pre-game coverage beginning at6:15 pm.