Herrera’s streak halted at 22 as Pelicans sweep Red Sox

Myrtle Beach Pelicans shortstop Odubel Herrera had his franchise record hitting streak snapped at 22 games on Saturday night, then he promptly started another one.

Herrera was held to an 0-for-2 night at the plate in Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Salem Red Sox, but the Pelicans emerged victorious by a 5-2 score.

Myrtle Beach ace Cody Buckel had his worst night on the mound this season, allowing five hits and two runs in just 3 2/3 innings. His league-leading ERA climbed to a still impressive 1.27.

Buckel was relieved by Loris product Ben Henry, who shut down the Red Sox the rest of the way for his first win of the season. He and Buckel combined for 12 strikeouts on the night.

The Pelicans managed only three hits on the night, but all of them resulted in RBIs. The Red Sox had eight hits but stranded 10 on base. Former USC standout Jackie Bradley Jr. went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.

Herrera picked up right where his 22-game hitting streak left off, singling to open Game 2. Check back for final results from the game, which is still in progress.

Myrtle Beach opened with two runs in the first on four singles.  Jared Hoying drove in Odubel Herrera with one out.  Hoying scored on a Brett Nicholas knock later in the frame to make it 2-0.

Again, though, Salem responded.  The Red Sox scored a run in the first on a double by Bradley Jr and an error on a ball batted by Sean Coyle.  It was 2-1 Pelicans.

The Birds hopped into the scoring column again in the third, scoring the doubling Cafe Martinez on a single by Christian Villanueva.  It was 3-1, but not for long.  Salem again would respond with two runs off Beach starter Randol Rojas in the bottom of the frame.  Rojas lasted two and two thirds in a no decision.

Tied at three the Pelicans surged ahead in the fifth with the same duo as the third.  Villanueva used his third hit to drive in Martinez.  that effort would again be countered though.  With Drew Hedman at first and one out in the sixth, Salem’s James Kang sent a Randy Henry offering down the right field line and into shallow territory.  Josh Richmond made a diving attempt at the ball and came up short, the ball skipping his glove and rolling to the wall.  Hedman scored and Kang wound up at third with the game deadlocked.  It would stay tied until the ninth.

With Salem’s unbeaten closer Mike Olmsted on the mound in the ninth inning the Pelicans broke through.  Myrtle Beach put its first five runners on base in the inning, scoring the winning run on a wild pitch that allowed Cookie Castillo to score.  A Martinez single up the origin sealed the deal, plating the previously walked Edwin Garcia.  It was 6-4, the final.

The game two win went to Randy Henry, his first.  Olmstead suffered his first loss.  It is the first time this season both Henrys (no relation) have factored into a decision on the same night.

Myrtle Beach and Salem will finish their four game series Sunday at 4:05 with Roman Mendez facing off against Keith Couch.

Photo courtesy of MB Pelicans

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