Salem Sox Gameday: Walk-Off Winners

GAME #44–Salem Red Sox (21-22) vs Winston-Salem Dash (18-25)

4:05 PM, LewisGale Field, Salem, VA 

SERIES AT A GLANCE – Third of a four-game series, series tied 1-1, Salem leads season series 5-3

LAST NIGHT – Salem 4, Winston-Salem 3| WP: Austin Maddox (1-4), LP: Jose Brito (1-3) |Recap| Infographic | Box Score

STARTING PITCHERS – LHP Trey Ball (2-4, 5.45) vs RHP James Dykstra (3-1, 2.78)

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GAME NOTES:

SERIES AT A GLANCE: The Red Sox welcome the Winston-Salem Dash to LewisGale Field for a four-game series over Memorial Day weekend. Salem and Winston-Salem played six consecutive games against one-another from 5/12-17, with the Sox the middle four games sandwich by Winston-Salem wins. The Red Sox are in the midst of a stretch of 14 games out of 20 against the Winston-Salem Dash.

LAST TIME OUT: With nobody out and a runner on first base, Jose Vinicio laid a bunt down the line, attempting to sacrifice Deiner Lopez to second base. Winston-Salem pitcher Jose Brito fielded the bunt and threw wildly past first base and into the outfield. Lopez sprinted all the way home and the Red Sox earned their first walk-off win of 2015 4-3 over the Winston-Salem Dash on Saturday night at LewisGale Field. Ty Buttrey threw seven innings with six strikeouts and three runs against. Austin Maddox (1-4) picked up his first win of the season with two scoreless frames out of the bullpen. Tzu-Wei Lin was 3-for-4 and Vinicio and Mario Martinez each finished 2-for-4 with a run scored.

WALK-OFF WINNERS: The Red Sox earned their first walk-off victory of 2015 Saturday night over the Winston-Salem Dash when Jose Vinicio’s bunt single combined with a two-base throwing error scored Deiner Lopez to give Salem a 4-3 victory. It was the second game this season that featured a game-ending scoring play, the first of which was a 2-1 loss on the road to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Billy McKinney homered in the bottom of the tenth to end that contest on May 7, 2015. In 2014, Salem had eight walk-off wins. The last time the Red Sox walked off winners was August 22, 2014, when Jantzen Witte knocked in Matty Johnson with a single in the bottom of the tenth to earn a 2-1 victory. Coincidentally, Witte was also involved in a walk-off on Saturday. He drove in the winning run of Double-A Portland’s victory in game two of their doubleheader with Reading when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

PEAKS AND VALLEYS: Aneury Tavarez was promoted to Double-A Portland today. In 39 games with Salem, Tavarez had been remarkably hot-and-cold. The outfielder was 0-for-4 in Saturday’s victory over the Dash, dropping his average to .280, which was still good for third-best on the team. Since snapping an 0-for-24 stretch on May 12, Tavarez was batting .351 (13-37), the seventh-highest batting average in the Carolina League over that stretch. He has four doubles, a triple, a home run, six RBI and six walks over the hot streak and was fourth in the league with a .455 OBP in that span. Entering play on May 6, Tavarez was leading the league with a .329 batting average. His average dropped to .253 while going hitless over his next seven games. Tavarez will appear in Double-A for the first time in his career.

THE LOSING LONGBALL: Aneury Tavarez‘s home run last Sunday at Winston-Salem marked the seventh consecutive time the Red Sox have lost a game in which they hit a home run. Salem began the season with a 4-3 mark in such games but now stand at 4-10 when clubbing a baseball over the outfield wall. The Sox have not won a game in which they homered since April 23, a 6-4 victory over the Carolina Mudcats when Cole Sturgeon provided the blast. All 15 of Salem’s home runs this year have either been solo or two-run shots.

RAZOR THIN MARGINS: The Red Sox have played in plenty of close games this season. Of the 42 contests, all but 11 have been decided by three runs or less. In seven one-run games, the Sox are 6-2, the best mark in the league in games decided by the slimmest of margins. Salem has played most frequently in two-run contests, tallying a 6-8 record in 14 of those. The Sox are 4-5 in three-run games this year. The Red Sox have played just 12 games featuring final margins of victory more than three runs and hold a 5-7 record in those situations, tied for the worst mark in the circuit. All five games during Salem’s losing streak featured games decided by at least four runs.

MOVING UP: Salem enters today tied for second in the South Division. It’s the first time since May 4 that the Sox are not in third place

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Salem Sox Gameday: In Search of a Stopper

GAME #43–Salem Red Sox (20-22) vs Winston-Salem Dash (17-25)

6:05 PM, LewisGale Field, Salem, VA 

SERIES AT A GLANCE – Second of a four-game series, Winston-Salem leads series 1-0, Salem leads season series 4-3

LAST NIGHT – Winston-Salem 4, Salem 0 | WP: Jake Cose (1-1), LP: Mike Adams (1-2) |Recap| Infographic | Box Score

STARTING PITCHERS – RHP Ty Buttrey (3-0, 2.12) vs RHP Matt Heidenreich (6-0, 2.06)

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GAME NOTES: 

SERIES AT A GLANCE: The Red Sox welcome the Winston-Salem Dash to LewisGale Field for a four-game series over Memorial Day weekend. Salem and Winston-Salem played six consecutive games against one-another from 5/12-17, with the Sox the middle four games sandwich by Winston-Salem wins. The Red Sox are in the midst of a stretch of 14 games out of 20 against the Winston-Salem Dash.

LAST TIME OUT: The Red Sox lost their fifth-straight game and were shut out for the first time in 2015, losing 4-0 to the Winston-Salem Dash on Friday night at LewisGale Field. Aaron Wilkerson struck out seven over six shutout innings and allowed only three baserunners, one walk and two hits. He lowered his ERA to 0.47 with the no-decision. The Red Sox committed three errors in the final three innings and three of the four runs scored were unearned. Aneury Tavarez was 2-for-3 with a triple and was the only Salem batter with more than one hit in the loss. Winston-Salem’s Jake Cose picked up his first win since 2013 after sitting out the 2014 season with a back injury.

FINALLY BLANKED: Salem was shut out 4-0 by the Winston-Salem Dash on Friday night at LewisGale Field. It was the first time in 2015 that the Red Sox failed to score a run in a game, becoming the last team to be shut out in the Carolina League. The loss marked the first time since July 24, 2014, a 5-0 finish in Lynchburg against the Hillcats, that the Red Sox had been held scoreless. The streak ended at 76 regular season games without a shutout. Salem had not been shut out at home in over a year. That last happened on April 12, 2014 when the Myrtle Beach Pelicans held the Red Sox to two hits and won 3-0 at LewisGale Field.

PEAKS AND VALLEYS: Aneury Tavarez has been remarkably hot-and-cold in 2015. The outfielder was 2-for-3 with a triple in Friday’s loss to the Dash, raising his average to .289, good for third-best on the team. Since snapping an 0-for-24 stretch on May 12, Tavarez is batting .394 (13-33), the fifth-highest batting average in the Carolina League over that stretch. He has four doubles, a triple, a home run, six RBI and six walks over the hot streak and is third in the league with an even .500 OBP in that span. Entering play on May 6, Tavarez was leading the league with a .329 batting average. His average dropped to .253 while going hitless over his next seven games. Thanks to his current hot streak, Tavarez’s .289 season-long mark is now ninth in the league among active players.

HIT PARADE: In the current five-game losing streak the Sox have allowed a total of 39 runs and opponents have scored double digits twice. It’s the highest five-game scoring stretch by Red Sox opponents in 2015. Before the 12-1 loss at Winston-Salem on Sunday afternoon, Salem had not allowed double-digit runs in a single game this season. The 31-run differential is also the highest for a four-game stretch. The team ERA has risen to 3.44, tied for the second-highest in the Carolina League.

MAYDAY: Salem started the month of May on a tear, winning five of the first six and posting a .307 batting average with 59 (9.8 per) hits in the first six games. Since then though, Salem has dropped 10 of its last 16 and is hitting just .206 as a team with 104 hits (6.5 per). In the last 16 games, Salem has managed only one run seven times and two runs three times. The Sox are 6-10 over that stretch, including a 2-5 mark when they are held to one run. Salem has averaged just 2.75 runs per game during the past 16 games.

THE LOSING LONGBALL: Aneury Tavarez‘s home run on Sunday at Winston-Salem marked the seventh consecutive time the Red Sox have lost a game in which they hit a home run. Salem began the season with a 4-3 mark in such games but now stand at 4-10 when clubbing a baseball over the outfield wall. The Sox have not won a game in which they homered since April 23, a 6-4 victory over the Carolina Mudcats when Cole Sturgeon provided the blast. All 15 of Salem’s home runs this year have either been solo or two-run shots.

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Salem Sox Gameday: Sox-Dash…Again

GAME #42–Salem Red Sox (20-21) vs Winston-Salem Dash (17-24)

7:05 PM, LewisGale Field, Salem, VA 

SERIES AT A GLANCE – First of a four-game series, Salem leads season series 4-2

LAST NIGHT – Lynchburg 10, Salem 4 | WP: Luis Lugo (2-2), LP: Kevin McAvoy (3-3) |Recap| Infographic | Box Score

STARTING PITCHERS – RHP Aaron Wilkerson (2-0, 0.68) vs RHP Jake Cose (0-1, 2.57)

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GAME NOTES: 

SERIES AT A GLANCE: The Red Sox welcome the Winston-Salem Dash to LewisGale Field for a four-game series over Memorial Day weekend. Salem and Winston-Salem played six consecutive games against one-another from 5/12-17, with the Sox the middle four games sandwich by Winston-Salem wins. The Red Sox are in the midst of a stretch of 14 games out of 20 against the Winston-Salem Dash.

LAST TIME OUT: The Lynchburg Hillcats scored six times in the third inning and bested the Red Sox 10-4 to complete a three-game sweep. It was the fourth straight loss for Salem, who has been outscored 35-8 over that stretch. Kevin McAvoy was chased after 2.2 innings with six runs against. Mario Martinez went 2-for-5 with two RBI, Jose Vinicio finished 2-for-5 with a run scored and Deiner Lopez was 2-for-5 in his first appearance with Salem. Taylor Grover tossed 4.1 hitless innings in relief of McAvoy, striking out seven and allowing only two walks.

HIT PARADE: In the current four-game losing streak the Sox have allowed a total of 35 runs and opponents have scored double digits twice. It’s the highest four-game scoring stretch by Red Sox opponents in 2015. Before the 12-1 loss at Winston-Salem on Sunday afternoon, Salem had not allowed double-digit runs in a single game this season. The 27-run differential is also the highest for a four-game stretch. The team ERA has risen to 3.51, third-highest in the Carolina League.

A STARK CONTRAST: In his first appearance since a spot start in Winston-Salem on Sunday, Taylor Grover struck out seven batters over 4.1 no-hit innings in Thursday’s 10-4 loss to the Lynchburg Hillcats. Grover lowered his ERA to 4.55 with the outing and has been superb as a reliever in 2015. In 3.1 innings as a starting pitcher, Grover has an ERA of 27.00 against a 1.48 mark over 24.1 innings as a reliever.

ZERO ZEROES: Salem scored in the first inning of last night’s loss to the Lynchburg Hillcats to take an early 1-0 lead. The Sox have continued their streak of 41 games to start the season without being held scoreless despite being outscored 35-8 over their last four games. This is even with runs being at a premium all season as Salem is next-to-last in the league with just 3.56 runs per game. The Sox are one of just eight teams in all of affiliated baseball not to be blanked this season. The four shutout wins Salem has posted while not being shut out is tied for the third-most behind Norfolk (6-0, BAL–AAA) and Chattanooga (5-0, MIN-AA). The Detroit Tigers and Altoona Curve (PIT-AA) also have four wins while not being shutout this year.

TWO BASE MACHINE: Wendell Rijo doubled in the ninth inning of Wednesday night’s loss to Lynchburg, pushing his team-leading total to 13. Despite missing ten games on the disabled list and having played in only 25 of the Sox 41 games, Rijo is second in the Carolina League in two-base hits. Since being activated off the DL on 5/13, Rijo leads the league with six doubles over six games played. He has hit safely in each of those five games and is currently riding a seven-game hitting streak, batting .346 (9-26) over that stretch.

MAYDAY: Salem started the month of May on a tear, winning five of the first six and posting a .307 batting average with 59 (9.8 per) hits in the first six games. Since then though, Salem has dropped 10 of its last 16 and is hitting just .206 as a team with 104 hits (6.5 per). In the last 16 games, Salem has managed only one run seven times and two runs three times. The Sox are 6-10 over that stretch, including a 2-5 mark when they are held to one run. Salem has averaged just 2.75 runs per game during the past 16 games.

THE LOSING LONGBALL: Aneury Tavarez homered in the second inning of Salem’s 12-1 loss at Winston-Salem on Sunday. It marked the seventh consecutive time the Red Sox have lost a game in which they hit a home run. Oddly, Salem is 4-10 when hitting a homer this year.

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Salem Sox Gameday: McAvoy’s Encore

GAME #41–Salem Red Sox (20-20) vs Lynchburg Hillcats (17-23)

7:05 PM, LewisGale Field, Salem, VA 

SERIES AT A GLANCE – Third of a three-game series, Lynchburg leads series 2-0, Lynchburg leads season series 2-0

LAST NIGHT – Lynchburg 7, Salem 2 | WP: Adam Plutko (4-2), LP: Teddy Stankiewicz (0-5) |Recap| Infographic | Box Score

STARTING PITCHERS – RHP Kevin McAvoy (3-2, 2.04) vs LHP Luis Lugo (1-2, 4.24)

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GAME NOTES:

SERIES AT A GLANCE: The Red Sox return home to meet the Lynchburg Hillcats for a three-game series at LewisGale Field for the first time in 2015. Lynchburg is the sixth different opponent for Salem, the only team the Red Sox have not yet opposed is the Wilmington Blue Rocks. The Salem franchise has played Lynchburg more than any other team in its history. Dating back to 1968, Salem has a 517-510 record against Lynchburg over 1,027 meetings. The Red Sox won the season series in 2014, taking 11 of 20 including a 7-3 mark in Salem

LAST TIME OUT: Teddy Stankiewicz gave up back-to-back home runs leading off the game and the Red Sox managed just four hits in a 7-2 loss to the Lynchburg HIllcats on Wednesday night at LewisGale Field. Stankiewicz (0-5) went six innings with five runs (all earned) against. Aneury Tavarez was 2-for-4 and Wendell Rijo was 1-for-4 with an RBI double, his team-leading 13th two-bagger. The Red Sox have not yet led in the first two games of the three-game series with the Hillcats.

ZERO ZEROES: Salem scored in the eighth inning of Wednesday night’s loss to the Lynchburg Hillcats and narrowly avoided being shut out for the first time in 2015. The Sox have continued their streak of 40 games to start the season without being held scoreless despite being outscored 25-4 over their last three games. This is even with runs being at a premium all season as Salem is next-to-last in the league with just 3.55 runs per game. The Sox are one of just eight teams in all of affiliated baseball not to be blanked this season. The four shutout wins Salem has posted while not being shut out is tied for the third-most behind Norfolk (6-0, BAL–AAA) and Chattanooga (5-0, MIN-AA). The Detroit Tigers and Altoona Curve (PIT-AA) also have four wins while not being shutout this year.

TWO BASE MACHINE: Wendell Rijo doubled in the ninth inning of Wednesday night’s loss to Lynchburg, pushing his team-leading total to 13. Despite missing ten games on the disabled list and having played in only 24 of the Sox 40 games, Rijo is second in the Carolina League in two-base hits. Since being activated off the DL on 5/13, Rijo leads the league with six doubles over five games played. He has hit safely in each of those five games and is currently riding a six-game hitting streak, batting .363 (8-22) over that stretch.

OFFENSIVE OFFENSE: The Red Sox have struggled mightily to score runs over the past two weeks. In the last 14 games, Salem has managed only one run seven times and two runs twice. The Sox are 6-8 over that stretch, including a 2-5 mark when they are held to one run. Salem has averaged just 2.7 runs per game during the past 14 games

BULLDOG MENTALITY: Kevin McAvoy was dominant in his last start, not allowing a baserunner until the fourth inning in a 4-0 win over the Winston-Salem Dash. McAvoy, a former Bulldog at Bryant University, gave up just one hit and one walk over seven shutout innings, striking out five. He lowered his ERA to 2.04, the sixth-best mark in the Carolina League. The one hit allowed was a season-best mark for McAvoy, who now has the fourth-lowest opponent batting average in the league at .191. After walking 20 batters over 26.2 innings in his first five starts, McAvoy has harnessed his control over the previous two. In his last two outings, he has walked just one batter over 13 innings.

DRIVING GOOD PITCHING: In his first outing with the Red Sox, Kuehl McEachern lasted 3.2 innings with just one run against him in relief of Taylor Grover on Sunday afternoon against the Winston-Salem Dash. McEachern joined a growing list of pitchers promoted from the Low-A Greenville Drive who have shined during their time with Salem. Aaron Wilkerson (2-0, 0.68, 13.1 IP), Ty Buttrey (3-0, 2.12, 17 IP) and Chandler Shepherd (4.50, 8 K, 6 IP) have all also looked strong since joining the Carolina League ranks. The four pitchers who began the year in Greenville are a combined 5-0 with a 2.03 ERA, having allowed only nine earned runs over 40 innings.

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Salem Sox Gameday: Stankiewicz vs Plutko

GAME #40–Salem Red Sox (20-19) vs Lynchburg Hillcats (16-23)

7:05 PM, LewisGale Field, Salem, VA 

SERIES AT A GLANCE – Second of a three-game series, Lynchburg leads series 1-0, Lynchburg leads season series 1-0

LAST NIGHT – Lynchburg 6, Salem 1 | WP: Michael Peoples (3-3), LP: Trey Ball (2-4) |Recap| Infographic | Box Score

STARTING PITCHERS – RHP Teddy Stankiewicz (0-4, 3.63) vs RHP Adam Plutko (3-2, 1.48)

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GAME NOTES:

SERIES AT A GLANCE: The Red Sox return home to meet the Lynchburg Hillcats for a three-game series at LewisGale Field for the first time in 2015. Lynchburg is the sixth different opponent for Salem, the only team the Red Sox have not yet opposed is the Wilmington Blue Rocks. The Salem franchise has played Lynchburg more than any other team in its history. Dating back to 1968, Salem has a 517-508 record against Lynchburg over 1,025 meetings. The Red Sox won the season series in 2014, taking 11 of 20 including a 7-3 mark in Salem

LAST TIME OUT: The Red Sox did not score until the bottom of the eighth inning in a 6-1 loss to the Lynchburg Hillcats on Tuesday night at LewisGale Field. Trey Ball allowed only one earned run in the start but all four hits against him were for extra bases and Salem trailed 3-0 when he exited the game. Tzu-Wei Lin was 2-for-4 with a double and the only run scored for the Sox. He scored on an RBI double by Sam Travis who finished 1-for-3 with his team-leading 22nd RBI. Wendell Rijo also was 2-for-4, he doubled twice in the loss.

ZERO ZEROES: Salem scored in the eighth inning of Tuesday night’s loss to the Lynchburg Hillcats and narrowly avoided being shut out for the first time in 2015. The Sox have continued their streak of 39 games to start the season without being held scoreless despite being outscored 18-2 over their last two games. This is even with runs being at a premium all season. Salem is next-to-last in the league with just 3.59 runs per game. The Sox are just one of eight teams in all of affiliated baseball not to be blanked this season. The four shutout wins Salem has posted while not being shut out is tied for the third-most behind Norfolk (6-0, BAL-AAA) and Chattanooga (5-0, MIN-AA).

TWO BASE MACHINE: Wendell Rijo smacked a pair of doubles in Tuesday’s loss to Lynchburg, pushing his team-leading total to 12. Despite missing ten games on the disabled list and having played in only 23 of the Sox 39 games, Rijo is tied for second in the Carolina League in two-base hits. Since being activated off the DL on 5/13, Rijo leads the league with five doubles over four games played. He has hit safely in each of those four games and is currently riding a five-game hitting streak, batting .389 (7-18) over that stretch.

DRIVING GOOD PITCHING: In his first outing with the Red Sox, Kuehl McEachern lasted 3.2 innings with just one run against him in relief of Taylor Grover on Sunday afternoon against the Winston-Salem Dash. McEachern joined a growing list of pitchers promoted from the Low-A Greenville Drive who have shined during their time with Salem. Aaron Wilkerson (2-0, 0.68, 13.1 IP), Ty Buttrey (3-0, 2.12, 17 IP) and Chandler Shepherd (4.50, 8 K, 6 IP) have all also looked strong since joining the Carolina League ranks. The four pitchers who began the year in Greenville are a combined 5-0 with a 2.03 ERA, having allowed only nine earned runs over 40 innings.

THE LOSING LONGBALL: Aneury Tavarez homered in the second inning of Salem’s 12-1 loss at Winston-Salem on Sunday afternoon. It was the 14th time the Red Sox have hit a home run in a game and the seventh consecutive time the team has lost a game in which they hit a home run. Salem began the season with a 4-3 mark in such games but now stand at 4-10 when clubbing a baseball over the outfield wall. The Sox have not won a game in which they homered since April 23, a 6-4 victory over the Carolina Mudcats when Cole Sturgeon provided the blast. All 15 of Salem’s home runs this year have either been solo or two-run shots.

HOME SWEET HOME: Salem enjoys a 12-10 record at LewisGale Field in 2015 and the offense has been alive in the Roanoke Valley. As a team, the Red Sox are batting .265 in 22 home games, averaging 4.13 runs per game. On the road, Salem hits only .224 and scores 2.88 runs per game with an 8-9 record. Four active Salem hitters have posted averages over .300 in the friendly confines of Salem Memorial Ballpark: Sam Travis (.368, 28-76), Kevin Heller (.348, 8-23), Mario Martinez (.321, 17-53), and Jose Vinicio (.308, 12-39).

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Salem Sox Gameday: Here Come the Hillcats

GAME #39–Salem Red Sox (20-18) vs Lynchburg Hillcats (15-23)

7:05 PM, LewisGale Field, Salem, VA 

SERIES AT A GLANCE – First of a three-game series, first meeting of the season

LAST NIGHT – Off-day

LAST GAME – Winston-Salem 12, Salem 1 | WP: Matt Heidenreich (6-0), LP: Taylor Grover (1-1) |RecapBox Score

STARTING PITCHERS – LHP Trey Ball (2-3, 6.03) vs RHP Michael Peoples (2-3, 8.00)

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GAME NOTES:

SERIES AT A GLANCE: The Red Sox return home to meet the Lynchburg Hillcats for a three-game series at LewisGale Field for the first time in 2015. Lynchburg is the sixth different opponent for Salem, the only team the Red Sox have not yet opposed is the Wilmington Blue Rocks. The Salem franchise has played Lynchburg more than any other team in its history. Dating back to 1968, Salem has a 517-508 record against Lynchburg over 1,025 meetings. The Red Sox won the season series in 2014, taking 11 of 20 including a 7-3 mark in Salem

LAST TIME OUT: In the series finale at Winston-Salem, the Red Sox gave up 11 runs over the first four innings and lost to the Dash 12-1 on Sunday afternoon at BB&T Ballpark. It snapped a four-game winning streak for Salem, equaling their season high. The game was the sixth in a row against the Dash, as the Red Sox took four of the contests with losses sandwiching their four wins. Aneury Tavarez was responsible for the lone run, smacking a solo home run in the second inning. In his first start of the year, Taylor Grover surrendered a career-high ten runs over 3.1 innings pitched. The outing raised his ERA to 5.40. As a reliever Grover has a 1.80 mark, as a starter it is 27.00.

DRIVING GOOD PITCHING: In his first outing with the Red Sox, Kuehl McEachern lasted 3.2 innings with just one run against him in relief of Taylor Grover on Sunday afternoon against the Winston-Salem Dash. McEachern joined a growing list of pitchers promoted from the Low-A Greenville Drive who have shined during their time with Salem. Aaron Wilkerson (2-0, 0.68, 13.1 IP), Ty Buttrey (3-0, 2.12, 17 IP) and Chandler Shepherd (0.00, 5 K, 3 IP) have all also looked strong since joining the Carolina League ranks. The four pitchers who began the year in Greenville are a combined 5-0 with a 1.46 ERA, having allowed only six earned runs over 37 innings.

THE LOSING LONGBALL: Aneury Tavarez homered in the second inning of Salem’s 12-1 loss at Winston-Salem on Sunday afternoon. It was the 14th time the Red Sox have hit a home run in a game and the seventh consecutive time the team has lost a game in which they hit a home run. Salem began the season with a 4-3 mark in such games but now stand at 4-10 when clubbing a baseball over the outfield wall. The Sox have not won a game in which they homered since April 23, a 6-4 victory over the Carolina Mudcats when Cole Sturgeon provided the blast. All 15 of Salem’s home runs this year have either been solo or two-run shots.

HOME SWEET HOME: Salem enjoys a 12-9 record at LewisGale Field in 2015 and the offense has been alive in the Roanoke Valley. As a team, the Red Sox are batting .269 in 21 home games, averaging 4.29 runs per game. On the road, Salem hits only .224 and scores 2.88 runs per game with an 8-9 record. Four active Salem hitters have posted averages over .300 in the friendly confines of Salem Memorial Ballpark: Sam Travis (.370, 27-73), Mario Martinez (.347, 17-49), Kevin Heller (.333, 7-21), and Jose Vinicio (.308, 12-39).

SOMETHING HAD TO GIVE: The Red Sox and the Winston-Salem Dash each entered Friday’s game having not won an extra inning game in 2015. Salem was 0-2 with two losses to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, one at home and one on the road. The Red Sox won 6-3 in 11 innings, improving their season mark to 1-2. The Dash are now 0-4 in extra inning affairs with a pair of losses at home and on the road.

RAZOR THIN MARGINS: The Red Sox have played in plenty of close games this season. Of the 38 contests, all but eight have been decided by three runs or less, although the last two have been greater than three-run margins. In seven one-run games, the Sox are 5-2, and they have played most frequently in two-run contests, tallying a 6-8 record in 14 of those. Salem is 4-5 in three-run games this year. The Red Sox are tied for the fewest number of games featuring final margins of victory more than three runs and hold a 5-3 record in those situations. For the year, Salem has scored 139 runs and allowed 137

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Salem Sox Gameday: Rubber Match vs. the Dash

GAME #35–Salem Red Sox (17-17) vs Winston-Salem Dash (15-19)

7:05 PM, LewisGale Field, Salem, VA 

SERIES AT A GLANCE – Third of a three game series, series tied 1-1, season series tied 1-1

LAST NIGHT – Salem 8, Winston-Salem 2 | WP: Ty Buttrey (3-0), LP: Andre Wheeler (1-2) |RecapInfographic | Box Score

STARTING PITCHERS – RHP Aaron Wilkerson (1-0, 1.08) vs LHP Jace Fry (1-4, 3.03)

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GAME NOTES:

SERIES AT A GLANCE: The Red Sox meet the Winston-Salem Dash for the first time in 2015 and the first of back-to-back three game series with the High-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. Dating back to 1968, Salem is 505-508-3 against Winston-Salem, including a 107-86-1 mark at Salem Memorial Ballpark. The Red Sox won nine of the 20 meetings in 2014 and were 4-6 in home games against the Dash. The Red Sox and Dash will play 12 of their next 18 games against one another.

LAST TIME OUT: The Salem Red Sox hung six runs in the bottom of the second inning, vaulting them to an 8-2 victory over the WinstonSalem Dash. Jake Romanski was 1-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI, Jose Vinicio finished 2-for-5 with a pair scored and two RBI and Sam Travis went 3-for-4 with three singles. Ty Buttrey picked up his third win in as many starts since joining the Sox, lasting five innings with two runs, one earned, scored against him. Buttrey retired the last seven batters he faced and struck out the side in his final inning.

BRING ON THE LEFTY! PLEASE?: The Red Sox have not faced a ton of lefties this season, but have had success, posting a 6-2 record in games started by an opposing lefthander. So far this year, Salem’s team batting average against lefties is .292 as opposed to .240 off of righthanders. Salem has six active players hitting .290 or better vs southpaws: Kevin Heller (.500, 3-6), Sam Travis (.333, 10-30), Jose Vinicio (.316, 6-19), Mario Martinez (.313, 5-16), Wendell Rijo (.304, 7-23) and Cole Sturgeon (.290, 9-31).

CLIMBING THE LEADERBOARD: With three hits on Wednesday night, Sam Travis raised his batting average to .299, sixth-best in the Carolina League. After a slow start to the season, Travis has been on fire for the last four weeks. He has the best batting average in the league and the Red Sox system since April 21, hitting .366 with 15 RBI, three triples, eight extra base hits and ten runs scored in that time frame. Before April 21, Travis was batting just .143 with ten strikeouts over ten games.

HOME RUNS DON’T EQUAL SUCCESS: This season when the Red Sox hit a home run, they are just 4-9, including a 1-4 mark at LewisGale Field. Oddly enough, the Red Sox have posted an 10-5 home record when not hitting a home run. Salem has had just one game with multiple blasts, a 5-2 loss against the Pelicans on May 5. All 13 of Salem’s home runs have either been solo or two-run shots. Salem last won a game in which it homered on April 23 at Carolina when Cole Sturgeon hit his lone blast of the year, a stretch of 21 straight contests.

FIRST ISN’T NECESSARILY THE BEST: The Red Sox won for the seventh time this season last night when not scoring the game’s first run. Runs have been at a premium recently, but it hasn’t mattered who has scored first. The Sox are 10-11 when scoring the first run in a game and 7-6 when the opponents score first. The .476 winning percentage when scoring first is the lowest mark in the Carolina League.

RAZOR THIN MARGINS: The Red Sox have played in plenty of close games this season. Of the 33 contests, all but six have been decided by three runs or less. In six one-run games, the Sox are 4-2, and they have played most frequently in two-run contests, tallying a 6-8 record in 14 of those. The Red Sox have the fewest number of games featuring final margins of victory more than three runs and hold a 3-2 record in those situations. For the year, Salem has scored 119 runs and allowed 120.

AROUND THE FIRST TURN: After Thursday’s game against the Dash, the Red Sox will have officially played one-quarter of their 2015 schedule. The Red Sox pitching staff owns the third-best ERA in the league with a 3.19 mark and the offense is second with a .254 average The hits haven’t translated to runs however, as the Red Sox are tied for the second fewest runs in the league.

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Salem Sox Gameday: Game #2 vs. Winston-Salem

GAME #34–Salem Red Sox (16-17) vs Winston-Salem Dash (15-18)

7:05 PM, LewisGale Field, Salem, VA 

SERIES AT A GLANCE – Second of a three game series, Winston-Salem leads series 1-0, Winston-Salem leads season series 1-0

LAST NIGHT – Winston-Salem 7, Salem 5| WP: Peter Tago (1-0), LP: Austin Maddox(0-4) |RecapInfographic | Box Score

STARTING PITCHERS – RHP Ty Buttrey (2-0, 2.25) vs LHP Andre Wheeler (1-1, 2.65)

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GAME NOTES:

SERIES AT A GLANCE: The Red Sox meet the Winston-Salem Dash for the first time in 2015 and the first of back-to-back three game series with the High-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. Dating back to 1968, Salem is 505-508-3 against Winston-Salem, including a 107-86-1 mark at Salem Memorial Ballpark. The Red Sox won nine of the 20 meetings in 2014 and were 4-6 in home games against the Dash. The Red Sox and Dash will play 14 of their next 20 games against one another.

LAST TIME OUT: Daniel McGrath went six innings and struck out nine batters with only one run against but did not factor in the decision as the Winston-Salem Dash put up six runs against the Red Sox bullpen and came from behind for a 7-5 victory Tuesday night at LewisGale Field. Salem led 5-1 entering the seventh and the Dash put up three runs in the inning followed by one in the eighth. Adam Engel homered off of Austin Maddox in the ninth to give the Dash the lead for good. Kevin Heller was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Aneury Tavarez finished two-for-4 with two doubles to break his 0-for-24 streak. Mario Martinez hit his team leading third HR and was 2-for-4 with two RBI.

THE FIFTH STARTER”: After his outing on Tuesday night against Winston-Salem, Daniel McGrath now leads all Carolina League pitchers in batting average against with a opponents hitting just .119 against him. McGrath has allowed only 12 hits in 101 at bats over 30 innings pitched in his six starts. After striking out nine on Tuesday, McGrath is now tied for fifth with 31 strikeouts. He lowered his ERA to 1.80 and is now one of five in the league with a sub-2.00 mark. McGrath has done all of this despite working around control issues at times, his 18 walks are the third most in the league.

RAZOR THIN MARGINS: The Red Sox have played in plenty of close games this season. Of the 33 contests, all but five have been decided by three runs or less. In six one-run games, the Sox are 4-2, and they have played most frequently in two-run contests, tallying a 6-8 record in 14 of those. The Red Sox have the fewest number of games featuring final margins of victory more than three runs and hold a 3-2 record in those situations. For the year, Salem has scored 119 runs and allowed 120.

WHERE HAVE THE RUNS GONE?: In their last eight games the Red Sox have scored two or fewer runs six times. In those contests, Salem is just 9-43 (.209) with runners in scoring position as a team. The Sox are 2-6 in those eight games. The offensive woes date back even further, unfortunately. In the 11 games since a 10-6 victory over Potomac on May 3 in which Salem was 7-15 with runners in scoring position, the Red Sox are batting just .194 (12-62) in such situations. Jake Romanski (1-28, .036) and Aneury Tavarez (5-34, .147) have all notably struggled during that stretch.

HOME RUNS DON’T EQUAL SUCCESS: This season when the Red Sox hit a home run, they are just 4-9, including a 1-4 mark at LewisGale Field. Oddly enough, the Red Sox have posted an 9-5 home record when not hitting a home run. Salem has had just one game with multiple home runs, which was last Tuesday’s 5-2 loss against the Pelicans. All 13 of Salem’s home runs have either been solo or tworun shots. Salem last won a game in which it homered on April 23 at Carolina when Cole Sturgeon hit his lone blast of the year, a stretch of 20 straight contest.

FIRST ISN’T NECESSARILY THE BEST: The Red Sox lost for the 11th time this season last night when scoring the game’s first run. Runs have been at a premium recently, but it hasn’t mattered who has scored first. The Sox are 10-11 when scoring the first run in a game and 6-6 when the opponents score first. The .476 record when scoring first is the lowest mark in the Carolina League.

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Salem Sox Gameday: Here Come the Dash

GAME #33–Salem Red Sox (16-16) vs Winston-Salem Dash (14-18)

7:05 PM, LewisGale Field, Salem, VA 

SERIES AT A GLANCE – First of a three game series, season series tied 0-0

LAST NIGHT – Carolina 3, Salem 1| WP: Mauricio Cabrera (2-0), LP: Kevin McAvoy (2-2) | RecapInfographic | Box Score

STARTING PITCHERS – LHP Daniel McGrath (1-1, 1.88) vs RHP Matt Heidenreich (5-0, 1.21)

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GAME NOTES:

SERIES AT A GLANCE: The Red Sox meet the Winston-Salem Dash for the first time in 2015 and the first of back-to-back three game series with the High-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. Dating back to 1968, Salem is 505-508-3 against Winston-Salem, including a 107-86-1 mark at Salem Memorial Ballpark. The Red Sox won nine of the 20 meetings in 2014 and were 4-6 in home games against the Dash. The Red Sox and Dash will play 14 of their next 20 games against one another.

LAST TIME OUT: The Red Sox dropped the rubber game to the Carolina Mudcats 3-1 on Monday night at LewisGale Field, losing the series three games to two. It was the 16th meeting between the two teams, with the season series now standing at 8-8. Kevin McAvoy took the loss despite allowing only two runs, one earned, over six innings pitched. McAvoy did not walk a batter and struck out six. Kevin Heller was the only Salem batter with more than one hit, he went 2-for-4 with two singles. Jose Vinicio scored the lone run for the Red Sox.

WHERE HAVE THE RUNS GONE?: In their last seven games the Red Sox have scored two or fewer runs six times. In those contests, Salem is just 6-34 (.176) with runners in scoring position as a team. The Sox are 2-5 in those seven games. The offensive woes date back even further, unfortunately. In the ten games since a 10-6 victory over Potomac on May 3 in which Salem was 7-15 with runners in scoring position, the Red Sox are batting just .170 (9-53) in such situations. Manuel Margot (1-24, .083), Jake Romanski (1-22, .045) and Aneury Tavarez (3-30, .100) have all notably struggled during that stretch. Thanks to hot starts, none of the slumping trio has seen a batting average dip lower than .253. Prior to the last ten games Romanski was batting .356, Margot was hitting 312 and Tavarez had a .323 mark.

WHO’S HOT WHO’S NOT: Jose Vinicio and Mario Martinez have heated up as of late after very slow starts to the season. Over his last 10 games, Vinicio is batting .355 (11-31). In his last five games, Martinez is batting .467 (7-15) with four runs scored and two RBI. After hitless appearances yesterday, Aneury Tavarez is 0-24 over his last seven-plus games and Jake Romanski is 1-25 over his last six-plus games.

BRING ON THE LEFTY! PLEASE?: The Red Sox have not faced a ton of lefties this season, but have had success, posting a 5-2 record in games started by an opposing lefthander. So far this year, Salem’s team batting average against lefties is .286 as opposed to .241 off of righthanders. Salem has six players hitting .300 or better vs southpaws: Kevin Heller (1.000, 3-3), Forrestt Allday (.500, 4-8), Manuel Margot (.370, 10-27), Cole Sturgeon (.321, 9-28), Mario Martinez (.308, 4-13), and Jordan Betts (.300, 6-20).

HOME RUNS DON’T EQUAL SUCCESS: This season when the Red Sox hit a home run, they are just 4-8, including a 1-3 mark at LewisGale Field. Oddly enough, the Red Sox have posted an 9-5 home record when not hitting a home run. Salem has had just one game with multiple home runs, which was last Tuesday’s 5-2 loss against the Pelicans. All 12 of Salem’s home runs have either been solo or tworun shots. Salem last won a game in which it homered on April 23 at Carolina when Cole Sturgeon hit his lone blast of the year.

FIRST ISN’T NECESSARILY THE BEST: The Red Sox lost for just the sixth time this season last night when not scoring the game’s first run. Runs have been at a premium recently, but it hasn’t mattered who has scored first. The Sox are 10-10 when scoring the first run in a game and 6-6 when the opponents score first. The .500 record when scoring first is the lowest mark in the Carolina League.

STAYIN’ ALIVE: Salem scored only one run yesterday for the eighth time this season, but it was still enough to preserve the Sox streak of scoring in every ball game. Salem has yet to be shutout this season and is the only team in the Carolina League to hold that distinction.

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Salem Sox Gameday: Series Finale vs Carolina

GAME #32–Salem Red Sox (16-15) vs Carolina Mudcats (18-12)

7:05 PM, LewisGale Field, Salem, VA 

SERIES AT A GLANCE – Fifth of a five game series, series tied 2-2, Salem leads season series 8-7

LAST NIGHT – Carolina 5, Salem 2| WP: Andrew Thurman (4-2), LP: Mike Adams (1-1) | RecapInfographic | Box Score

STARTING PITCHERS – RHP Kevin McAvoy (2-1, 2.36) vs LHP Blair Walters (1-0, 3.07)

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GAME NOTES:

SERIES AT A GLANCE: The Red Sox meet the Carolina Mudcats once again for a five-game, four-day series at LewisGale Field. The two teams have already met 14 times this season and are squaring off for the final time in the first half of the year. So far this year, Salem has won eight of the 15 matchups, including four of seven at Salem Memorial Ballpark. The Sox swiped three of four in Zebulon in the last series and have won seven of the last 11 after dropping the first series of the year. The season series has been dramatically close, with 12 of the 15 games being decided by three runs or less. Due to the close nature, the Sox have outscored the Mudcats 50-43.

LAST TIME OUT: The Carolina Mudcats broke through with four runs in the seventh inning to power their way to a 5-2 victory over the Salem Red Sox Sunday afternoon at LewisGale Field. Teddy Stankiewicz struck out four and did not walk a batter, allowing just four hits and one run over six innings but did not factor in the decision. Mario Martinez was 2-for-4 with a double and scored both of the Red Sox runs in the losing effort. Mike Adams took the loss, allowing four runs (three earned) in the seventh inning.

SO LONG OLD FRIEND: The Red Sox will play the Mudcats for the final time in the season’s first half on Monday night marking the 16th meeting in their first 32 games against Carolina. Salem will see the Mudcats only six more times in 2015, hosting a three game series on July 7-9 and visiting Five County Stadium for three on August 18-20.

WHO’S HOT WHO’S NOT: Jose Vinicio and Mario Martinez have heated up as of late after very slow starts to the season. Over his last nine games, Vinicio is batting .370 (10-27), good for ninth-best in the Carolina league over that stretch. In his last five games, Martinez is batting .467 (7-15) with four runs scored and two RBI. After 0-for-4 outings Sunday, Aneury Tavarez is 0-20 over his last six-plus games and Jake Romanski is 1-22 over his last five-plus games. For the Mudcats, Joey Meneses is 0-for-10 in three games in the series and in 12 games against the Red Sox is batting just .028 (1-36).

BRING ON THE LEFTY! PLEASE?: The Red Sox have not faced a ton of lefties this season, but have had success, posting a 5-1 record in games started by an opposing lefthander. So far this year, Salem’s team batting average against lefties is .295 as opposed to .252 off of righthanders. Salem has six players hitting .300 or better vs southpaws: Forrestt Allday (.500, 4-8), Manuel Margot (.370, 10-27), Cole Sturgeon (.321, 9-28), Jordan Betts (.333, 6-18), Mario Martinez (.308, 4-13) and Jake Romanski (.300, 6-20).

HOME RUNS DON’T EQUAL SUCCESS: This season when the Red Sox hit a home run, they are just 4-8, including a 1-3 mark at LewisGale Field. Oddly enough, the Red Sox have posted an 9-4 home record when not hitting a home run. Salem has had just one game with multiple home runs, which was last Tuesday’s 5-2 loss against the Pelicans. All 12 of Salem’s home runs have either been solo or tworun shots. Salem last won a game in which it homered on April 23 at Carolina when Cole Sturgeon hit his lone blast of the year.

HOME GAMES DO EQUAL SUCCESS: Salem has won six of eight home games and is 10-7 at LewisGale Field, including a 4-3 mark against the Carolina Mudcats. The Sox have had much better results offensively when playing at home, posting a .280 batting average in 17 games as compared to a .221 average on the road. Five Salem hitters have posted averages over .300 at the friendly confines: Forrestt Allday (.385, 10-26), Sam Travis (.367, 22-60), Jake Romanski (.342, 13-38), Mario Martinez (.342, 13-38) and Kevin Heller (.333, 2-6).

DASHING AHEAD: After today’s finale, Salem will play six straight, 10 of 14, and 14 of the next 20 games against the Winston-Salem Dash.

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