Sox take broom to Pelicans for doubleheader sweep

pel-nullJeremy Null did not allow an earned run over five innings in game one of Thursday’s twin bill for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, but the Salem Red Sox swept the doubleheader 7-1 and 9-2 at Lewis-Gale Field.

Null (1-2) struck out three and did not walk a batter but the Pelicans (28-25) defense committed two costly mistakes to doom the Birds in the first game of the double dip.

In a scoreless game in the bottom of the second, Jordan Betts and Ben Moore singled with two outs. However, an error allowed the inning to continue. The next batter was Yoan Moncada, who cracked a liner to left-center. Center fielder Trey Martin made a sliding attempt but missed the ball, allowing three runs to score to break the scoreless tie.

With a 3-0 score in the top of the third, Charcer Burks doubled to start the inning before Gleyber Torres singled him to third. The next batter was Ian Happ, who drove in Burks with a single to cut the deficit to 3-1, extending his on-base streak to 20 games.

But that would be all the Pelicans would get against Red Sox (35-19) starter Matt Kent (4-3). The southpaw gave up just one run on five hits over six solid innings to earn the win.

With Salem leading 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth, Dillon Maples would surrender four runs on five hits to put the exclamation point on a 7-1 win for the Red Sox.

The second game of Thursday’s doubleheader began with a lot of offense.

In the top of the first, Rashad Crawford doubled into the right field corner before coming home to score on a sacrifice fly from Happ to give Myrtle Beach a 1-0 lead. Happ would later see his on-base streak end with an 0-for-2 performance.

In the bottom of the inning, Salem got two doubles from Yoan Moncada and Mike Meyers to tie the game at one.

With the score the same in the bottom of the second, Danny Mars singled to start the frame against Pelicans starter Jake Stinnett (4-2). Franklin Guzman followed with a triple off the right field wall to make it 2-1 Red Sox.

Two batters later, Deiner Lopez hit a grounder to second. Happ threw home, but Guzman beat the tag to extend the lead to 3-1. Moncada followed with a double to extend the Salem lead to 4-1.

Burks began the top of the third with a walk and then stole second. After a groundout pushed Burks to third, he would come home to score on a wild pitch to make the score 4-2.

However, Red Sox starter Yankory Pimentel (4-1) would not allow another run during his outing. In all, Pimentel went a career-high five innings, giving up just two runs on two hits while striking out five.

Leading 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth, Salem got back-to-back hits from David Sopilka and Lopez to begin the inning. Two batters later, Mauricio Dubon singled to plate Sopilka and extend the Salem lead to 5-2.

Stinnett worked a perfect fifth before running into more trouble in the sixth. After Sopilka and Lopez both picked up hits again, Stinnett intentionally walked Moncada to load the bases before an error allowed two runs to score. Two batters later, reliever Ryan McNeil gave up a two-run single to Nick Longhi to put the finishing touches on a 9-2 Red Sox win.

The Pelicans will take on the Red Sox again Friday.

Photo by Larry Kave/MB Pelicans

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