Parra hurls another gem as Pelicans win fifth straight

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The Myrtle Beach Pelicans took game two of the series with the Salem Red Sox, winning their fifth straight ballgame with a 5-2 victory on Wednesday night at Pelicans Ballpark.

Luis Parra tossed 7 1/3 innings of two-run ball, taking a shutout into the eighth inning in the win. Hanser Alberto clubbed his first homer since last July, and Nick Williams extended his team-best hitting streak to 13 games.

The Red Sox starter Simon Mercedes committed two first inning errors on the way to an unearned run in the first. Chris Garia reached on a weak ground ball that went under his glove and got to second base when Mercedes threw a pickoff attempt wildly passed his first baseman. Two batters later, Jorge Alfaro singled up the middle to score Garia. It was Alfaro’s seventh hit in his last seven plate appearances. That streak ended in the third when he flew out to deep left center field.

The score held at 1-0 until the fifth. Alberto led off the frame by sending the first pitch to him into the left field bleachers. The solo home run was the shortstop’s first of the year and first since July 19, 2013.

Myrtle Beach (34-17) got fantastic pitching out of their starter Parra. Coming off of his worst outing of the season, Parra scattered two hits over the first seven innings of shutout ball.

The Birds plated three more in the seventh off of reliever Kyle Stroup. The right-hander walked Christopher Bostick to open the inning. After balking him to second, Stroup surrendered a line drive single to Preston Beck. The base hit plated Bostick to extend the lead to 3-0. Stroup then walked David Lyon and allowed a two-run double to Zach Cone. The double for Cone snapped an 0-for-20 spell and put the Pelicans ahead 5-0.

Salem (27-25) would not be shutout, however. Roof had the first two hits of the night for the Red Sox. With a man on base in the eighth, he smacked his third, a home run to left center field. The two-run homer, his fourth, made it a 5-2 ballgame and ended Parra’s night. The Myrtle Beach southpaw finished with 7 1/3 innings of two-run ball on four hits, two walks, and four strikeouts.

Abel De Los Santos finished out the ballgame for the Birds, retiring five of the six batters he faced for his second save of the year. It made a winner of Parra (5-3) and handed Mercedes (2-5) the loss.

The Pelicans have won six straight over Salem and go for the series sweep on Thursday night at Pelicans Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Photo courtesy of MB Pelicans

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