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Salem Red Sox Walk Off Myrtle Beach Pelicans

On a hot and muggy afternoon in Salem, VA the first place Salem Red Sox (26-15) hosted the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (22-20) for the first time in 2017. It was a packed evening at Haley Toyota Field as the Red Sox sent a record crowd of 8,847 home with a thrilling 7-6 come from behind victory in the 10th inning.

It wasn’t pretty for Salem as they trailed mostly the entire game after taking an early 1-0 lead over the Pelicans thanks to Cha De La Guerra as he hit a solo homer in the bottom of the first inning. It was his second homer of the season for Salem.

Myrtle Beach got two runs on the board in their half of the second inning on a Matt Rose single that brought in Tyler Alamo. On the play, Rose advanced to third on a fielding error by Salem’s Tate Matheny and was not credited for an RBI. After a strikeout swinging from Adonis Paula, Andruw Monasterio  brought in Rose on a ground out to give the Pelicans a 2-1 lead.

Neither team saw the scoreboard again until the sixth inning.

The Pelicans stuck first as Eddy Martinez singles on a line drive to right field that brought in Daniel Spingola on a fielding error by Mike Meyers. Martinez would then be brought home by Rose for his first RBI of the game and his 21st RBI of the season for the Pelicans.

At that point the Pelicans took a 4-1 lead over Salem heading in the bottom half of the sixth.

Salem would cut the lead to 4-3 with a sacrifice fly from Jordan Betts that scored Boston’s No. 10 prospect, Michael Chavis. Another Top 10 prospect would score in the sixth inning as No. 8 prospect Josh Ockimey touched home plate on a Austin Rei double, his 12th double on the campaign.

Myrtle Beach brought in two more runs in the eighth inning to expand their lead over Salem, 6-3. At this point, most of the 8,847 fans in attendance were working their ways to the exit. To those fans, you all missed an incredible ending to an amazing baseball game.

In the ninth inning, Salem would tie the game at six with a Chavis triple that plated Matheny. After a brief coaching visit for the Pelicans, Josh Ockimey would help the club tie the game as he singled to right field, easily bringing home Chavis.

Then it happened…

Tate Matheny singled on line drive that found some green grass in front of the Pelicans right fielder Eddy Martinez but it was too little, too late as Steven Reveles rounded third and touched home as the Red Sox knocked of the Pelicans in their first matchup of many in 2017.

The two teams will meet again on Saturday, May 20 for the second game of four with first pitch slated at 6:05. As of now, the Pelicans are relying on Ryan Kellog (1-2, 5.82) and Salem will call on Matt Kent (2-2, 4.60).

JW Gravley

JW Gravley

JW has been writing about baseball ever since he graduated from high school in 2009. It all started with Baseball Essential but then moved to 27 Outs Baseball. While with 27 Outs, JW did numerous player profile articles, seeing his writings being shared on team websites, shared by players and their families. Also with 27 Outs, JW got fully credentialed to cover the Salem Red Sox in 2015 and has covered the team and most of the Carolina League since then.
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