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Pelicans Hang On for 2-1 Victory over Red Sox

May 5, 2022

Salem grounded into a double play with the bases loaded to end it

Salem grounded into a double play with the bases loaded to end it

By Sam Weiderhaft

With the help of three crucial double plays, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans held the Salem Red Sox scoreless after the opening frame to win 2-1 on Thursday night in Virginia. It was the Pelicans' second win of the week as they improved to 17-7 with the win. The Red Sox dropped to 11-13 after winning Tuesday’s series-opener.

One day after scoring their most runs in a single game in at least seven years, it was a home run by Kevin Made (2-4, HR, 2 RBI) that was the difference in the third game of the series. Peter Matt (2-3, BB) continued his impressive week with a pair of hits. Pete Crow-Armstrong (2-4, R, BB) posted his sixth multi-hit game in a row, moving into a tie for second in team history for the longest multi-hit streak. His current streak is the longest by a Pelican since Jared Bolden tallied eight consecutive multi-hit performances in 2011.

Richard Gallardo (2-0) logged the first quality start of the season by a Pelicans pitcher with just one earned run through six complete innings. He allowed six hits and walked two while striking out five. Bryan King went two innings in his Myrtle Beach debut with three hits and no runs while striking out two. Sheldon Reed walked two and hit a batter in the ninth but closed the game out for his third save of the season.

Salem racked up more hits than Myrtle Beach with nine but stranded 12 on base and went a dark 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Eduardo Lopez (3-3, HR, RBI, 2 BB) accounted for the only run of the game with a solo shot in the very first inning. Niko Kavadas (2-4, 2B) cracked a double and a single in the defeat.

The Red Sox pitching staff struck out 13 in Thursday night’s contest as Joey Stock (1-1) took the loss after sacrificing the home run in his 1 2/3 innings. Salem’s starter Angel Bastardo lasted five shutout innings with just three hits allowed and a walk while striking out three.

Lopez jumped on Gallardo in the very first inning as he homered with one out to put Salem on top first. The home run in the Red Sox's second at-bat was the only run they would score all game.

Salem saw their chances shut down by the Pelicans throughout the game. With a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth, Phillip Sikes doubled and stole third to lead off the inning. After Eddinson Paulino flew out to center, Lopez and Nathan Hickey walked to load the bases. After a mound visit with Gallardo, Blaze Jordan grounded to BJ Murray Jr. at third for a 5-3 double play to end the inning.

The Pelicans fired back in the top of the sixth to take the lead. Crow-Armstrong rolled a single up the middle with one out and moved to second on a wild pitch. After Juan Mora grounded out to short, Made launched a 2-1 pitch over the left-field wall for his first home run of the season. The two-run homer gave Myrtle Beach a 2-1 lead they wouldn’t give up.

The Red Sox loaded the bases once again in the bottom of the seventh. With two outs, Lopez hit a single, and Hickey reached first on a wild pitch following his strikeout to put runners on first and second. Jordan followed with an infield single to load the bases for a second time. On a 3-2 pitch, Kavadas went down swinging on King to end the inning.

Thursday’s game ended in dramatic fashion as the Red Sox put the tying run on base to start the inning. Sikes was hit by a pitch from Reed but forced out at second on Paulino’s fielder’s choice. Lopez drew a four-pitch walk and Reed threw a wild pitch to move the runners to second and third. That forced Reed to intentionally walk Hickey to load the bases with one out. With the winning run on second base, Jordan hit into a 6-4-3 double play to Made at shortstop to end the game.

The Pelicans will take a 2-1 series lead to Friday night’s game at 7:05 p.m.