Pelicans power past Sox, spark rare winning streak

Zack Short, Trent Giambrone and Jesse Hodges all homered Saturday as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans used the long ball to power their way past the Salem Red Sox by a final score of 4-3 in front of 4,544 from TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

The score was tied at three when Hodges led off the frame against Salem (63-49, 23-20) starter Matt Kent (7-5) to give Myrtle Beach (59-53, 16-26) a 4-3 advantage.

Pelicans starter Ryan Kellogg tossed 5.1 innings and allowed just three runs on six hits for the Pelicans before giving way to Jordan Minch (1-3) with one out in the sixth. With two men on base, Minch recorded the final two outs of the frame and was the pitcher of record in the game when Hodges put the Pelicans on top to earn his first career win. Dakota Mekkes pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth inning for the Pelicans before Pedro Araujo locked down his ninth save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning.

Myrtle Beach kicked off the scoring with a bang in the bottom of the first inning as Short jumpstarted the Pelicans offense with a leadoff home run. P.J. Higgins followed Short with a base hit before scoring on a two-run home run from Giambrone to give the Birds a 3-0 advantage.

Jose Sermo led off the top of the second inning for Salem with a walk before advancing to third on a double from Jordan Betts. Sermo was tossed out at home on a fielder’s choice for the first out of the inning. A Mike Meyers single loaded the bases for the Red Sox before a Jhon Nunez sacrifice fly scored the first run of the game for the Red Sox.

Sermo kick-started the Red Sox top of the fourth inning by lacing a single to left field. With one out, Austin Rei doubled home Sermo to make the score 3-2. Salem then tied the game a batter later as Meyers hit the second consecutive double for the Red Sox to drive home Rei.

With the victory, Myrtle Beach has a chance to take three of four from Salem on Sunday, which would mark just their second series win of the second half. The Pelicans have won consecutive games for the first time since July 17-18.

The Pelicans will send RHP Duncan Robinson (2-2, 2.19 ERA) to oppose LHP Logan Boyd (1-0, 1.61 ERA) in Sunday’s 6:05 p.m. finale.

Photo by Larry Kave/MB Pelicans

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