Salem walks off against Wilmington, 2-1


salem red soxTied 1-1 into the last of the ninth, the Salem Red Sox received doubles from Kevin Mager and Matty Johnson to surge past the Wilmington Blue Rocks for a 2-1 victory in the series opener.

Mager led off the inning with a deep drive off the left-field wall, and two batters later, Johnson hammered the first pitch he saw against Wilmington reliever Zeb Sneed into the right-center field gap. The two Blue Rocks outfielders gave up on the ball quickly as it bounced onto the warning track, and pinch-runner Dreily Guerrero sprinted home to give the Sox their first walk-off win of 2014.

A pitcher’s duel from the start, Salem’s Corey Littrell tossed five scoreless innings with five strikeouts, while Kyle Kraus earned the win with four strong innings out of the bullpen. Wilmington’s Sean Manaea dealt four scoreless frames, using six strikeouts to pitch out of a couple jams. The Sox got one run off Blue Rocks reliever Aroni Nina, and the final tally against Sneed, giving him the loss.

The game remained scoreless into the sixth inning, when Wilmington scored the game’s first run on a Mario Martinez throwing error. With Johermyn Chavez at second following a leadoff double, Cam Gallagher’s slow chopper to third became an infield single and Chavez raced home when the throw to first got away. The Blue Rocks led 1-0, but the advantage was short-lived.

In the last of the sixth, Reed Gragnani ripped a leadoff single and scored four batters later on Jayson Hernandez’ two-out RBI double. It was the third double of the night for Hernandez, who went 3-for-4 with three extra-base hits in his finest game of the season. He also gunned down Wilmington’s Hunter Dozier when he was trying to steal second base in the top of the seventh.

Both teams defended well, with each team recording two outfield assists. Kevin Heller rifled a bullet to third base to retire Chavez when he tried to advance from second base on a line-out to right field in the second, and Mager triggered the relay that nabbed Bubba Starling at third base in the fifth when he tried to stretch his double into more. Starling also registered two assists from center field, as the Sox lost a runner at the plate in the sixth and a man at second in the eighth.

The victory snaps Salem’s three-game losing streak and improves the Sox to 16-13 on the year. Wilmington’s three-game winning streak also ended, sitting the Blue Rocks at 13-15.

The three-game series continues at 11:05 AM on Tuesday morning, with Pat Light scheduled to pitch against Miguel Almonte.



uva basketball team of destiny

Team of Destiny: Inside UVA Basketball's improbable run

Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25.

The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018, and how coach Tony Bennett and his team used that loss as the source of strength, through to the ACC regular-season championship, the run to the Final Four, and the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.

Subscribe

Augusta Free Press content is available for free, as it has been since 2002, save for a disastrous one-month experiment at putting some content behind a pay wall back in 2009. (We won’t ever try that again. Almost killed us!) That said, it’s free to read, but it still costs us money to produce. The site is updated several times a day, every day, 365 days a year, 366 days on the leap year. (Stuff still happens on Christmas Day, is what we’re saying there.) AFP does well in drawing advertisers, but who couldn’t use an additional source of revenue? From time to time, readers ask us how they can support us, and we usually say, keep reading. Now we’re saying, you can drop us a few bucks, if you’re so inclined.

 


augusta free press
augusta free press
augusta free press news