Myrtle Sweeps Salem with 10-3 RoutJuly 3, 2012 - Carolina League (CarL) Salem Red Sox
Barnes dealt two perfect innings to begin the ballgame, and the Sox led 1-0 on an RBI fielder's choice from Sean Coyle. But with one out in the last of the third, Chirino broke up Barnes' streak of seven straight Pelicans set down, singling to center. Richmond followed with an RBI triple to the right-center field gap, tying the game at one. Odubel Herrera's sac fly drove in Richmond and gave the Pelicans a 2-1 lead.
Salem responded immediately, tying things at two in the top of the fourth when Christian Vazquez led off with a double and Adalberto Ibarra singled him home. But in the bottom half of the inning, Barnes unraveled with two outs.
With two away, Christian Villanueva stood at first after a one-out walk. Jeremy Williams singled, and following a wild pitch, Teodoro Martinez walked to load the bases. Needing one out to escape the situation, Barnes could not wiggle out of trouble. Chirino ripped a grounder up the middle that tipped off the glove of the diving Xander Bogaerts and into center field, bringing in two runs to give the Pelicans a 4-2 lead. Chirino raced to second as the incoming throw soared to third. Then, Richmond pounded another base hit to center, driving in two more to give Myrtle Beach a 6-2 lead. Odubel Herrera's ensuing single moved Richmond to second, and more importantly, chased Barnes from the game.
Barnes allowed six runs (all earned) on six hits over three and two-thirds innings, striking out three and walking two. For just the second time in 16 professional starts, he suffered the loss, falling to 5-2 in the Carolina League and 7-2 overall on the season.
Salem scrapped an unearned run in the top of the sixth to inch within three, but the Pelicans poured on three more runs against reliever Tyler Lockwood, jumping in front 9-3 in the last of the sixth. Myrtle Beach closed the scoring with a solo homer from Hanser Alberto off Mike Olmsted in the last of the eighth.
Ibarra led the Red Sox with two hits, while Coyle drove in two runs despite going hitless. Chirino and Richmond combined to go 6-for-8 with five RBI for the Pelicans, who won for the seventh time in their last eight games.
The Salem Sox now journey to Zebulon, NC for a three-game series against the Carolina Mudcats, hoping that Independence Day provides freedom from the five-game losing streak. Salem sends Brandon Workman to the mound on Wednesday evening opposite Will Roberts, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:15 from Five County Stadium.
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