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Wednesday, July 10, 2013
THE SWING OF THINGS: After getting shut out twice on their recent road trip, the Salem Red Sox have attacked with the bats since returning home.
A night after pounding out 15 hits in an extra inning victory, the Sox delivered 14 more on Tuesday to defeat the Myrtle Beach Pelicans 8-6 at Salem Memorial Ballpark.
PLATE STOMPING: The Sox scored just five runs in dropping three straight games at bottom-feeding Carolina, but they’ve already tripled that total in the first two games of this homestand.
Deven Marrero and Stefan Welch led the way Tuesday with three hits apiece. Cody Koback, David Renfroe and Brandon Jacobs each had a pair.
The only Sox starter who didn’t record a hit was catcher Blake Swihart, who lined out in the sixth and flied out just shy of the 401-foot sign in center in the eighth.
HAPPY AND HEALTHY: Marrero has played outstanding defense all season but hit just .242 in a first half that saw him miss three weeks with a hamstring injury.
Now fully healed, he’s starting to show the stroke worthy of a first round draft pick. Marrero’s 3-for-5 performance lifted his second-half average to .348 (24-for-69). He also stole a base and scored a run.
COME ON IN: Second baseman Mookie Betts made a solid first impression in his first game with the Sox.
A South Atlantic League all-star selection at Greenville earlier this year, Betts was promoted to Salem on Tuesday and lashed a double off the wall in his second at-bat. He also made a fine diving stop and throw to end the top of the first inning.
LOOK OUT! Two Salem pitchers were struck by sharp ground balls Tuesday.
Starter Mike Augliera had to leave the game in the second inning after Drew Robinson’s shot banged off his left leg. In the eighth, reliever Matty Ott got hit on the left leg on an almost identical drive off the bat of Jake Skole.
Ott stayed on the ground for about a minute before rising and staying in the game.
LOOSE ENDS: The Sox trailed by scores of 2-0 and 4-2 but responded immediately both times…Salem moved to 10-9 in the second half…Nate Striz picked up his sixth save with 1 1⁄3 scoreless innings.
ON DECK: All eyes tonight will be on Salem LHP Henry Owens (6-4, 3.40), who’s been the ace of the staff this season but has walked a combined 10 batters over his past two starts. He’ll oppose Pelicans RHP Luke Jackson (8-4, 2.48) at 7:05.
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