Pelicans blow lead in ninth, falter in extras to Red Sox

pel-batThree Salem runs in the ninth and one more in the 10th allowed the Red Sox to walk-off on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans 7-6 in 10 innings of Friday’s series opener at Haley Toyota Field at Salem Memorial Ballpark.

The Pelicans (22-20) led 6-3 going to the bottom of the ninth. Dillon Maples, who had worked a scoreless eighth, yielded a leadoff single to Bryan Hudson. A fielder’s choice ground out exchanged Steven Reveles on first base before Tate Matheny walked. Maples struck out Chad De La Guerra, but then Michael Chavis socked a two-run triple to right to pull Salem (26-25) to within 6-5. The next batter was Josh Ockimey, who grounded a game-tying RBI single to right.

Scott Effross (1-1) got the final out of the ninth and then retired the first two batters of the 10th before walking Reveles, who stole second base. Matheny then knocked the walk-off single to right to hand the Red Sox a 7-6 victory.

Trevor Kelley (2-0) earned the win in relief for the Red Sox by retiring all six men he faced out of the bullpen, striking out two.

The loss was Myrtle Beach’s fourth in the last fifth games and dropped the Pelicans into third place in the Southern Division.

The Birds and Red Sox will play the second game of their four-game set on Saturday at 6:05 p.m.

Photo by Larry Kave/MB Pelicans

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