Salem’s Kukuk carves up Pelicans in two-hit shutout

pel-alfredoThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans were shutout by the Red Sox in the series opener in Salem by a 6-0 score on Friday night at Lewis Gale Field in Salem, Virginia.

The Pelicans mustered just two hits, both singles, off of the Red Sox starter Cody Kukuk who struck out a career-high 10 batters to earn the shutout victory.

Myrtle Beach (18-18, 62-42) put on men at the corners with two outs in the first, but Jorge Alfaro bounced out to Kukuk to end the inning. It was the closest the Birds would come to scoring the rest of the night.

After a scoreless first inning, the Red Sox (15-19, 48-54) took control in the second inning. A throwing error by David Lyon at first base allowed Mario Martinez to reach base to begin what became a five-run inning, allowing three unearned runs to score. The next five hitters reached safely on a hit batter and four singles to bring home three runs.

Jantzen Witte drove in the fourth run of the inning on a sacrifice fly to right field that would have ended the inning if not for the error at the beginning of the frame, and Carson Blair completed the scoring with a single to left center field to make it 5-0. The Red Sox tacked on another run in the sixth inning.

Photo courtesy of MB Pelicans

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