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Tuesday, July 9, 2013
WELCOME BACK: The Salem Red Sox returned home from a weeklong road trip in style.
After Salem staged a four-run rally in the bottom of the ninth to tie it, Stefan Welch lined a two-out, walk-off single in the 10th to lift the Sox to a 7-6 victory over Myrtle Beach on Monday at Salem Memorial Ballpark.
WINNING THE BATTLE: With runners on second and third with two outs, Welch fell behind in the count 1-2. He fouled off four pitches while working the count full.
On the 10th pitch of the at-bat, Welch ripped a ball just out of the reach of diving centerfielder Jake Skole to end it.
UNLIKELY COMEBACK: The Sox lost five of seven on their recent road trip, and it appeared they would drop their fourth in a row when they trailed 6-2 heading into the bottom of the ninth.
Singles by Matt Gedman, Nick Natoli and Henry Ramos got things going. Myrtle Beach then committed an error, surrendered a bases-loaded walk and yielded a run on a wild pitch, tying the game at 6-6.
STILL PERFECT: Virginia Tech alum Matt Price (4-0) entered in the top of the ninth simply to get some work in. He wound up getting the win after tossing two hitless, scoreless innings.
INCREMENTAL IMPROVEMENT: Sox leftfielder Brandon Jacobs has hit a little better every month so far this season, and it looks like that trend could continue.
After batting a woeful .195 in April, Jacobs hit .227 in May and .264 in June. With his 2-for-4 performance on Monday, he’s batting .346 (9 for 26) so far in July.
Jacobs doubled in the fourth inning to notch his 41st RBI. He just missed hitting a bases-loaded double in the sixth inning — his sharp line drive down the leftfield line was ruled just foul — before striking out.
HONORS APLENTY: A couple of Sox players picked up league-wide accolades on Monday.
Outfielder Keury De La Cruz was named the Carolina League player of the month for June after topping the circuit with a .387 average and collecting 27 RBIs in 28 games.
Right-hander Mike Augliera garnered Carolina League pitcher of the week honors following his eight scoreless innings against Carolina last Thursday. Augliera allowed just four hits while becoming the first Sox starter to work past the seventh inning this season.
ON DECK: Augliera (6-5, 4.25) looks to build on his dominant outing against Pelicans LHP Victor Payano (5-4, 4.85) at 7:05 tonight.
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