Salem Red Sox mashed at Myrtle Beach, 12-0
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans posted five runs in the last of the first inning and never looked back, coasting to a 12-0 win over the Salem Red Sox on Tuesday night at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.
Kevin McAvoy started for Salem and allowed eight of the first nine batters to reach in the first inning. Victor Caratini started the scoring with a bases loaded sacrifice fly before Cael Brockmeyer brought home a run on a single to make it 2-0. After a single reloaded the bases, Carlos Penalver forced in a run with a walk then Daniel Lockhart singled to put the Pelicans ahead 4-0. A fifth run scored on an error before McAvoy induced a double play to end the inning.
McAvoy settled down in the next couple innings before the Pelicans rallied in the fourth. With two down and nobody on, two walks and a single loaded the bases for Brockmeyer, who uncorked a grand slam to left-center, pushing the advantage to 9-0. That marked the end of the day for McAvoy (5-8) as he gave up nine runs, eight earned, on nine hits in 3.2 innings.
Myrtle Beach padded its lead with three runs in the sixth inning against Taylor Grover, finishing the scoring. Jen-Ho Tseng (4-6) earned the win for the Pelicans with five-plus shutout innings, working around five hits and three walks.
Salem’s offense accrued just five hits on the night as it was shut out for the second time in the series. The Red Sox were 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position and finished with just one run in the three-game set. Mario Martinez, who saw his 14-game hitting streak come to an end on Monday, accounted for two of Salem’s five hits on the night.
After being swept, Salem’s record sits at 49-47, 11-15 in the second half. The Pelicans, meanwhile, won their eight straight game to improve to 56-39, 15-11 in the half.
The Red Sox now return home to open up a three-game series with the Wilmington Blue Rocks on Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. at LewisGale Field. Daniel McGrath (1-2, 1.89) will get the ball for Salem against Wilmington’s Ashton Goudeau (4-2, 1.95). Fans can tune into the game on 1240 AM ESPN Roanoke, online at salemsox.com or via the TuneIn Radio app.