Pelicans pounded by Red Sox in front of sellout crowd

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans entertained in front of a standing room only, sellout crowd of 5,350 at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark on Saturday. Myrtle Beach came up short, however, dropping a 9-4 decision to the Salem Red Sox.

The Red Sox came ready to swing, scoring four runs before the third inning.  Jackie Bradley Jr doubled to begin the game and scored on an RBI single from Travis Shaw.  Three runs scored in the second on a leadoff double by Michael Almanzar, a single by Shannon Wilkerson, a double by Carson Blair and a sac fly by James Kang.  It was 4-0.

Salem opened up the lead with three more runs in the fifth off Pelicans starter Nick Tepesch.  The first three batters singled in Brandon Jacobs, Christian Vazquez and Almanzar.  Blair and Bradley Jr followed with further singles to bring the runs home for a 7-0 advantage.

Myrtle Beach responded in the fifth, sixth and seventh, plating runs in each frame against Salem reliever Manny Rivera.  He earned the win despite allowing four runs in three innings.  Starter Drake Britton went only four and was not eligible for the W.

The Pelicans best chance to even the score was in the seventh.  Down by five the Birds loaded the bases with only one out.  The Pelicans stranded them loaded, however, striking out twice before Cafe Martinez flied out to the warning track in left.

Brett Nicholas did finish with three hits for the Pelicans.  Vinny DiFazio also reached base four times with two hits and two walks.  Jared Hoying hit his second homerun of the season in the sixth inning.

Tepesch was saddled with the loss, allowing a career high 13 hits in four and two thirds innings.  He allowed seven runs.  Randol Rojas and Kyle DeVore allowed no earned runs in four and a third innings of relief.

Myrtle Beach and Salem wrap up their series with a Mother’s Day afternoon special at 3:05 Sunday.

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