Pelicans’ division lead down to one after loss to Red Sox

Four pitchers combined on a one-hitter in a losing effort Sunday, as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (30-25) dropped a 3-2 decision against the Salem Red Sox at Lewis-Gale Field.

The Pelicans lost two of three in the series and finished the road trip at 1-6. With Winston-Salem’s win against Carolina, the Pelicans lead the southern division by just one game heading into play Monday. Just 15 games remain in the first half.

Though the Pelicans limited the Sox to just one hit, Salem benefited from nine walks in the game.

Right-hander Joe Van Meter (0-3) started and took the loss, allowing two earned runs on a hit over four innings. He walked a career-high four batters and struck out five. Van Meter allowed three walks in his first two innings, but twice got inning-ending double plays.

Kyle Stroup (3-3) started and snagged the win for Salem, hurling seven scoreless innings. Matty Ott worked the final two innings and collected his second save.

Trailing 2-0 in the eighth inning, the Pelicans scored twice against Ott when Jake Skole and Drew Robinson hit back-to-back solo home runs after two outs had been recorded. Skole had not hit a home run since last May while Robinson smoked his second of the season. Skole finished 3-for-4 working out of the leadoff spot.

Brandon Jacobs hit a two-run double in the fourth inning to give Salem a 2-0 lead. The Red Sox got another run on a Will Lamb throwing error in the sixth.

Lamb worked two innings and allowed one unearned run while Taylor Dennis and Jose Monegro each added a scoreless innings. Dennis walked the bases loaded in the seventh, but stranded the bases loaded.

It was the fewest hits the Pelicans have allowed in a game this season. The start of the game was delayed 29 minutes because of inclement weather.

The Pelicans begin a four-game series Monday with the Potomac Nationals at TicketReturn.com Field. First pitch is on tap for 7:05 p.m. EST. Catch all the action on AM 1050 and FM 101.9 – Fox Sports in Myrtle Beach. Right-hander Jerad Eickhoff (4-3, 4.01) will be opposed by Red Sox right-hander Taylor Hill (4-2, 4.20).

The Pelicans return home Monday to take on the Potomac Nationals at 7 p.m.

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