Salem Sox Gameday: Break out the Brooms?

GAME # 107–Salem Red Sox (53-54/15-22) vs Potomac Nationals (48-57/15-20)

6:05 PM, G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium, Woodbridge ,Va.

SERIES AT A GLANCE – Third of a three-game series, Salem leads series 2-0, Salem leads season series 8-5

LAST NIGHT – Salem 11, Potomac 3 | WP: Brandon Show (1-0), LP: Ian Dickson (1-1) |Recap| InfographicBox Score

 STARTING PITCHERS – RHP Ty Buttrey (7-4, 3.39) vs. RHP Austen Williams (1-3, 3.48)

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SERIES AT A GLANCE: The Red Sox visit Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Va. for the first time this season. Salem and Potomac have met 13 times already this year, with the first 11 at LewisGale Field. The Sox won the first five matchups of the season, including a four-game sweep in May, but have since lost five of the previous eight, including a three-game sweep at LewisGale Field last weekend. Last year, Salem played three series at the Pfitz, all of which resulted in sweeps. Potomac swept a four-game set from May 30 – June 2 and a three-game set from June 22-24, only to see Salem win four games in two days on August 13 and 14.

LAST TIME OUT: The Red Sox offense broke out in a big way as Salem pounded out 15 hits in an 11-3 drubbing of the Potomac Nationals at Pfitzner Stadium. All nine members of the Sox starting lineup picked up a hit, eight starters scored at least one run and seven different players recorded an RBI. Mauricio Dubon led the charge with three hits, a run and two RBI while Forrestt Allday (2-for-4, 3 R), Wendell Rijo (2-for- 6, RBI), Mario Martinez (2-for-5, R, RBI) and Zach Kapstein (2-for-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI) all had multi-hit contests. On the mound, Brandon Show (1-0) picked up the win with four spotless innings of relief.

A WILD BASE HIT APPEARS: For the second straight game, the Red Sox put up double-digit hits after going the entirety of its six-game losing streak without having more than nine. Prior this series, Salem last had double-digit hits on July 24 vs Wilmington. Over the first two games of the series with Potomac, Salem is hitting .359 (28/78) and has scored 16 runs on those 28 hits, including 11 tallies on 15 knocks in Saturday’s 11-3 win. During the six-game losing streak, the Red Sox offense managed a total of ten runs on 32 hits with a .179 batting average (32/179). The last time the Sox had 15 hits in a single game was on July 1 in an 8-7 loss to Myrtle Beach.

IT’S SHOWTIME: Brandon Show continued his strong performance in Saturday’s 11-3 win to the Potomac Nationals with 4.0 shutout innings out of the bullpen. Show has now delivered 17.1 scoreless innings in six appearances with Salem and has only allowed one run at any level in 2015. In one appearance with Low-A Greenville, he struck out two in four shutout innings and over three outings with Short Season-A Lowell he allowed one run in 9.2 innings. Combined, Show has an ERA of 0.29 (1 ER in 31 innings) between three levels this year.

GOODBYE JULY: Friday’s 5-1 win over Potomac marked the end of a tough month for Salem. The Sox went 12-18 in July, its worst month of the year and better than just Wilmington (10-20) in the league. Salem hit .253 as a team in the 30 games, one point higher than its lowest mark in April. The pitching staff had its toughest month of the year, accruing a 4.00 ERA, better than just Wilmington (4.35). Kevin Heller (.354) and Mario Martinez (.323) led the offense while Kyle Kraus and Brandon Show did not allow an earned run out of the bullpen.

HI, MY NAME IS: The Red Sox roster has been a revolving door in 2015 and another new face appeared on Sunday when Greenville catcher Danny Bethea was promoted to Salem and Jordan Weems was transferred to Double-A Portland. Bethea represents the 47th player to play for Salem this season, just one shy of the all-time franchise record of 48 set by the 1988 Salem Buccaneers. Bethea is also the 26th different position player to appear on the roster, just one shy of the record of 27 set by the 2014 Salem Red Sox. Part of the reason for the rotating roster has been the mass exodus to Portland; Dustin Lawley’s promotion makes it 14 Salem Sox to receive the call-up to Double-A in 2015.

WHAT DIVISION ARE WE IN?: Tonight’s match against Potomac continues a string of 15 consecutive games against North Division foes for Salem. The Red Sox are scheduled to play just 12 more games against the South Division, all coming from August 7-20. The final 17 games of the year will be against Wilmington, Potomac and Lynchburg. In total, 49 of Salem’s 70 second half games are against the North.

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Salem Sox Gameday: Back in the Win Column

GAME # 107–Salem Red Sox (52-54/14-22) vs Potomac Nationals (48-56/15-19)

6:35 PM, G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium, Woodbridge ,Va.

SERIES AT A GLANCE – Second of a three-game series, Salem leads series 1-0, Salem leads season series 7-5

LAST NIGHT – Salem 5, Potomac 1 | WP: Kevin McAvoy (6-9), LP: Kyle Kaminska (1-2) |Recap| InfographicBox Score

 STARTING PITCHERS – LHP Daniel McGrath (1-4, 3.86) vs. RHP Ian Dickson (1-0, 2.50)

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SERIES AT A GLANCE: The Red Sox visit Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Va. for the first time this season. Salem and Potomac have met 12 times already this year, with the first 11 at LewisGale Field. The Sox won the first five matchups of the season, including a four-game sweep in May, but have since lost five of the previous seven, including a three-game sweep at LewisGale Field last weekend. Last year, Salem played three series at the Pfitz, all of which resulted in sweeps. Potomac swept a four-game set from May 30 – June 2 and a threegame set from June 22-24, only to see Salem win four games in two days on August 13 and 14.

LAST TIME OUT: The Red Sox got three runs in the second inning and Kevin McAvoy shut down the Potomac Nationals offense as Salem came away with a 5-1 victory on Friday night at Pfitzner Stadium. Kevin Heller went 2-for-4 with a mammoth solo home run in the second inning that gave the Red Sox the lead for good. Mario Martinez doubled twice and scored three runs in a 3-for-4 day and Jordan Procyshen drove in three runs while going 1-for-3 with a double. McAvoy (6-9) allowed only an unearned run in seven strong innings with five hits and three walks against to go with two strikeouts. Salem snapped a six-game losing streak and Potomac lost its eighth-straight home game.

A STREAK SNAPPED: Salem won last night for the first time since it beat the Wilmington Blue Rocks 9-4 on July 24. The Red Sox had lost six consecutive games, back-to-back three game sweeps to Potomac and the Lynchburg Hillcats. It was the second six-game losing streak of the season for the Sox, who also lost six in a row from June 27-July 2, falling to the Frederick Keys once, the Hillcats three times and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans twice. Salem responded by winning three of its next four games after that streak and when it lost five consecutive contests from May 17-22, a season-best five-game winning streak immediately followed.

GOODBYE JULY: Yesterday’s 5-1 win over Potomac marked the end of a tough month for Salem. The Sox went 12-18 in July, its worst month of the year and better than just Wilmington (10-20) in the league. Salem hit .253 as a team in the 30 games, one point higher than its lowest mark in April. The pitching staff had its toughest month of the year, accruing a 4.00 ERA, better than just Wilmington (4.35). Kevin Heller (.354) and Mario Martinez (.323) led the offense while Kyle Kraus and Brandon Show did not allow an earned run out of the bullpen.

HI, MY NAME IS: The Red Sox roster has been a revolving door in 2015 and another new face appeared on Sunday when Greenville catcher Danny Bethea was promoted to Salem and Jordan Weems was transferred to Double-A Portland. Bethea represents the 47th player to play for Salem this season, just one shy of the all-time franchise record of 48 set by the 1988 Salem Buccaneers. Bethea is also the 26th different position player to appear on the roster, just one shy of the record of 27 set by the 2014 Salem Red Sox. Part of the reason for the rotating roster has been the mass exodus to Portland; Dustin Lawley’s promotion makes it 14 Salem Sox to receive the call-up to Double-A in 2015.

IT’S SHOWTIME: Brandon Show continued his strong performance in Monday’s 7-1 loss to the Potomac Nationals with 2.0 shutout innings out of the bullpen. Show has now delivered 13.1 scoreless innings in five appearances with Salem and has only allowed one run at any level in 2015. In one appearance with Low-A Greenville, he struck out two in four shutout innings and over three outings with Short Season-A Lowell he allowed one run in 9.2 innings. Combined, Show has an ERA of 0.33 (1 ER in 27 innings) between three levels this year.

WHAT DIVISION ARE WE IN?: Tonight’s match against Potomac continues a string of 15 consecutive games against North Division foes for Salem. The Red Sox are scheduled to play just 12 more games against the South Division, all coming from August 7-20. The final 17 games of the year will be against Wilmington, Potomac and Lynchburg. In total, 49 of Salem’s 70 second half games are against the North.

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Salem Sox Gameday: To The Pfitz!

GAME # 106–Salem Red Sox (51-54/13-22) vs Potomac Nationals (48-55/15-18)

7:05 PM, G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium, Woodbridge ,Va.

SERIES AT A GLANCE – First of a three-game series, Salem leads season series 6-5

LAST NIGHT – Lynchburg 6, Salem 5 | WP: Perci Garner (1-1), LP: Kyle Kaminska (1-2) |Recap| InfographicBox Score

 STARTING PITCHERS – RHP Kevin McAvoy (5-9, 4.40) vs. RHP Reynaldo Lopez (5-6, 4.63)

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SERIES AT A GLANCE: The Red Sox visit Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Va. for the first time this season. Salem and Potomac have met 11 times already this year, all coming at LewisGale Field. The Sox won the first five matchups of the season, including a four-game sweep in May, but have since lost five of the previous six, including a three-game sweep at LewisGale Field last weekend. Last year, Salem played three series at the Pfitz, all of which resulted in sweeps. Potomac swept a four-game set from May 30 – June 2 and a three-game set from June 22-24, only to see Salem win four games in two days on August 13 and 14.

LAST TIME OUT: The Red Sox suffered their sixth straight loss, 6-5, at Lynchburg on Thursday night. The Sox jumped ahead 1-0 in the first inning on a Kevin Heller RBI single before Lynchburg scored three straight to take a 3-1 lead. Salem tied the game at three with a run in the third and another in the fourth, but the Hillcats got a two-run double from Eric Haase in the fifth to take a 5-3 lead. Yoilan Cerse brought home a run on a sac fly in the sixth and tied the game in the eighth with a two-out single. However, Dorssys Paulino blasted a solo homer leading off the eighth against Kyle Kaminska to cap the seesaw affair. Kaminska (1-2) tossed four inning of relief, allowing three runs on five hits. Aaron Wilkerson started for Salem, lasting just four frames. He yielded three runs on four hits and four walks.

FO’, FO’, FO’, FO’, FO’: Kevin Heller launched his fourth home run of the season in Wednesday’s 8-2 loss to the Lynchburg Hillcats, tying him for the active team lead. Heller joined Jordan Betts, Franklin Guzman, Mario Martinez and Wendell Rijo as the active team leaders in homers. Heller’s 60 games played with Salem are the second fewest, more than only Guzman with 31. Despite being promoted at the All-Star break, Sam Travis is still Salem’s home run leader, as he socked five in 66 games with the Red Sox before departing for Double-A Portland. Travis is also still tied for the team lead in RBI, with he and Martinez each have 40 with Salem. The Red Sox 41 home runs are the third fewest in the league. Only Potomac (39) and Winston-Salem (36) have a lower total.

UNCHARTERED TERRITORY: Yesterday’s 6-5 loss dropped the Red Sox to 51-54, which represents the first time since April 14 that the Red Sox have been three games under .500. That day the Red Sox were 1-4, but proceeded to win the next three straight games to get back to the .500 mark. A loss today would push Salem four games under .500 for the first time this season and for the first time since the Sox were 56-60 on August 14 last season. Salem has not lost seven games in a row since August 9-15, 2012, something they’ll try to avoid today. In total, Salem has spent only 22 out of 113 days this year with a losing record.

HI, MY NAME IS: The Red Sox roster has been a revolving door in 2015 and another new face appeared on Sunday when Greenville catcher Danny Bethea was promoted to Salem and Jordan Weems was transferred to Double-A Portland. Bethea represents the 47th player to play for Salem this season, just one shy of the all-time franchise record of 48 set by the 1988 Salem Buccaneers. Bethea is also the 26th different position player to appear on the roster, just one shy of the record of 27 set by the 2014 Salem Red Sox. Part of the reason for the rotating roster has been the mass exodus to Portland; Dustin Lawley’s promotion makes it 14 Salem Sox to receive the call-up to Double-A in 2015.

IT’S SHOWTIME: Brandon Show continued his strong performance in Monday’s 7-1 loss to the Potomac Nationals with 2.0 shutout innings out of the bullpen. Show has now delivered 13.1 scoreless innings in five appearances with Salem and has only allowed one run at any level in 2015. In one appearance with Low-A Greenville, he struck out two in four shutout innings and over three outings with Short Season-A Lowell he allowed one run in 9.2 innings. Combined, Show has an ERA of 0.33 (1 ER in 27 innings) between three levels this year. The righthander was selected in the 38th round of the 2014 Draft by the Red Sox out of the University of San Diego.

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Salem Sox Gameday: Series Finale in Lynchburg

GAME # 105–Salem Red Sox (51-53/13-21) vs Lynchburg Hillcats (51-53/18-16)

6:30 PM, Lynchburg City Stadium, Lynchburg ,Va.

SERIES AT A GLANCE – Third of a three-game series, Lynchburg leads series 2-0, Lynchburg leads season series 12-7

LAST NIGHT – Lynchburg 8, Salem 2 | WP: Mitch Brown (7-9), LP: Teddy Stankiewicz (3-10) |Recap| InfographicBox Score

 STARTING PITCHERS – RHP Aaron Wilkerson (7-2, 2.76) vs. RHP Dace Kime (2-5, 4.39)

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SERIES AT A GLANCE: The Red Sox and Hillcats renew the Route 460 rivalry and begin a three-game series at Lynchburg City Stadium. Salem and Lynchburg have already played 19 times this season with the Red Sox trailing the season-long campaign 12-7. This is the penultimate trip that the Sox will make to the Hill City as Salem’s final series will take place from September 1-3. The Hillcats will travel to Salem for the final time for a three-game set from August 24-26.

LAST TIME OUT: The Red Sox lost the completion of a suspended game to the Lynchburg Hillcats 4-0 before dropping a seven-inning decision 8-2 on Wednesday night at Lynchburg City Stadium. The first game was suspended due to rain on Tuesday night with one out in the fourth inning and the Red Sox trailing 3-0. Salem threatened to score in the sixth by loading the bases but stranded all three and went on to lose its fourth straight game. Kyle Kraus pitched all five innings on Wednesday and allowed only an unearned run on three hits and two walks with two strikeouts. Ty Buttrey (7-4) took the loss by allowing three runs, one earned, on one hit and four walks with five strikeouts before the rain came. In the regularly scheduled contest, the Hillcats scored in each of the first three innings and never trailed. Kevin Heller put the Sox on the board in the second with a solo home run. Teddy Stankiewicz (3-10) was tagged with the loss thanks to five runs, three earned, on nine hits and three walks with five strikeouts in five innings. The loss for Salem was the fifth in a row, one shy of the season-high.

FO’, FO’, FO’, FO’, FO’: Kevin Heller launched his fourth home run of the season in Wednesday’s 8-2 loss to the Lynchburg Hillcats, tying him for the active team lead. Heller joined Jordan Betts, Franklin Guzman, Mario Martinez and Wendell Rijo as the active team leaders in homers. Heller’s 59 games played with Salem are the second fewest, more than only Guzman with 31. Despite being promoted at the All-Star break, Sam Travis is still Salem’s home run leader, as he socked five in 66 games with the Red Sox before departing for Double-A Portland. Travis is also still tied for the team lead in RBI, with he and Martinez each have 40 with Salem. The Red Sox 41 home runs are the third fewest in the league. Only Potomac (39) and Winston-Salem (34) have a lower total.

BACK TO .500: Wednesday’s 8-2 loss dropped the Red Sox to 51-53, which represents the first time since May 22 that the Red Sox have been two games under .500. That day the Red Sox were 20-22, but proceeded to win the next five straight games to get back above the .500 mark. A loss today would match Salem’s lowest water mark of the year at three-game under .500. The Sox were 1-4 in the first five games of the season, but then won three in a row. In total, Salem has spent only 21 out of 112 days this year with a losing record.

ODD COUPLE: Of the 19 prior meetings between the Red Sox and the Hillcats, the home team has managed only four victories with Salem posting a 6-3 record at Lynchburg City Stadium and Lynchburg taking nine of the 10 meetings at LewisGale Field. The Red Sox only loss in Lynchburg prior to yesterday’s sweep came on the Fourth of July, a 15-0 thumping that had been the outlier in the Hill City. Lynchburg has mashed baseballs off of Salem pitching all season, posting a .285 team batting average with 57 doubles and 13 homers. In the six victories at Lynchburg City Stadium, the Red Sox have outscored the Hillcats 33-12.

HI, MY NAME IS: The Red Sox roster has been a revolving door in 2015 and another new face appeared on Sunday when Greenville catcher Danny Bethea was promoted to Salem and Jordan Weems was transferred to Double-A Portland. Bethea represents the 47th player to play for Salem this season, just one shy of the all-time franchise record of 48 set by the 1988 Salem Buccaneers. Bethea is also the 26th different position player to appear on the roster, just one shy of the record of 27 set by the 2014 Salem Red Sox. Part of the reason for the rotating roster has been the mass exodus to Portland; Dustin Lawley’s promotion makes it 14 Salem Sox to receive the call-up to Double-A in 2015.

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Salem Sox Gameday: Sox-Hillcats…Again…

GAME # 103–Salem Red Sox (51-51/13-19) vs Lynchburg Hillcats (49-53/16-16)

6:30 PM, Lynchburg City Stadium, Lynchburg ,Va.

SERIES AT A GLANCE – First of a three-game series, Lynchburg leads season series 10-7

LAST NIGHT – Potomac 7, Salem 1 | WP: Tyler Mapes (2-2), LP: Daniel McGrath (1-4) |Recap| InfographicBox Score

 STARTING PITCHERS – RHP Ty Buttrey (7-3, 3.41) vs. LHP Luis Lugo(6-9, 5.01)

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SERIES AT A GLANCE: The Red Sox and Hillcats renew the Route 460 rivalry and begin a three-game series at Lynchburg City Stadium. Salem and Lynchburg have already played 17 times this season with the Red Sox trailing the season-long campaign 10-7. This is the penultimate trip that the Sox will make to the Hill City as Salem’s final series will take place from September 1-3. The Hillcats will travel to Salem for the final time for a three-game set from August 24-26.

LAST TIME OUT: The Salem Red Sox scored a run in the bottom of the eighth inning to narrowly avoid being shut out for the second straight game in Monday’s 7-1 loss to the Potomac Nationals at LewisGale Field. Salem’s lone run scored on an RBI double from Dustin Lawley that plated Kevin Heller. Lawley went 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI and Forrestt Allday was 2-for-4 with a pair of singles. Daniel McGrath was tagged with his third loss in as many starts, as he allowed six runs on seven hits with three walks and a strikeout in five innings. The Sox were swept for the second time in their last three series and were outscored 13-3 in the three-game series.

VERSATILITY: Yoilan Cerse batted eighth in Sunday’s 3-0 loss to the Potomac Nationals, representing the ninth different spot in the batting order that he has occupied. Since being assigned to Salem on June 10, Cerse has batted in every position, the only player to accomplish that feat in 2015. The Cuban-born utility player has most frequently hit fifth, slotting in that spot for ten of his 37 games. He has also played three different positions in the field with 25 starts in left field, five in right field, four as the designated hitter and three at second base.

BACK TO .500: Monday’s 7-1 loss dropped the Red Sox to 51-51, which represents the first time since a June 11 loss dropped them to 30-30 that Salem had not been at least a game above. After finding themselves at 30-30, the Red Sox reeled off eight wins in their next nine games, including a five-game winning streak that equaled their longest of the season. The Sox have not been below .500 since June 6, when a 4-3 loss to Potomac placed them at 27-28. In total, Salem has spent only 19 days as a losing ballclub and the last time it was more than one game below was May 22 when a 4-0 loss to Winston-Salem pushed the record to 20-22.

ODD COUPLE: Of the 17 prior meetings between the Red Sox and the Hillcats, the home team has managed only two victories with Salem posting a 6-1 record at Lynchburg City Stadium and Lynchburg taking nine of the 10 meetings at LewisGale Field. The Red Sox only loss in Lynchburg came on the Fourth of July, a 15-0 thumping that has been the outlier in the Hill City. Lynchburg has mashed baseballs off of Salem pitching all season, posting a .283 team batting average with 53 doubles and 13 homers. In the six victories at Lynchburg City Stadium, the Red Sox have outscored the Hillcats 33-12.

SHUT IT DOWN: Salem was shut out for just the fifth time in 2015 on Sunday against Potomac, losing 3-0. While shutouts have been rare this year, they have cropped up at an alarming rate recently, with Sunday’s loss representing the third time since July 19 that the Sox have been blanked. Salem was the last team in the league to be shut out, lasting until May 22 until they were blanked 4-0 by Winston-Salem.

HI, MY NAME IS: The Red Sox roster has been a revolving door in 2015 and another new face appeared on Sunday when Greenville catcher Danny Bethea was promoted to Salem and Jordan Weems was transferred to Double-A Portland. Bethea represents the 47th player to play for Salem this season, just one shy of the all-time franchise record of 48 set by the 1988 Salem Buccaneers. Bethea is also the 26th different position player to appear on the roster, just one shy of the record of 27 set by the 2014 Salem Red Sox. Part of the reason for the rotating roster has been the mass exodus to Portland; Weems promotion makes it 13 Salem Sox to receive the call-up to Double-A in 2015.

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Salem Sox Gameday: Finishing the Homestand

GAME # 102–Salem Red Sox (51-50/13-18) vs Potomac Nationals (47-52/14-15)

7:05 PM, LewisGale Field, Salem, Va

SERIES AT A GLANCE – Third of a three-game series, Potomac leads series 2-0, Salem leads season series 6-4

LAST NIGHT – Potomac 3, Salem 0 | WP: Ian Dickson (1-0), LP: Kevin McAvoy (5-9) |Recap| InfographicBox Score

 STARTING PITCHERS – LHP Daniel McGrath (1-3, 3.02) vs. RHP Tyler Mapes (1-2, 3.00)

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SERIES AT A GLANCE: The Potomac Nationals make their penultimate trip to the Roanoke Valley as the Red Sox host a three-game series that will finish out a six-game homestand. Salem has entertained the P-Nats twice before and they own a 6-4 record that features a four-game sweep from May 1-4. The Nationals are the only team that the Red Sox have yet to play a road series with, but that will change on Friday.

LAST TIME OUT: Three Potomac Nationals pitchers combined to hold the Red Sox to only three hits in a 3-0 shutout on Sunday night at LewisGale Field. Potomac scored all three of its runs in the third inning, an inning that was extended as the result of an error charged to Salem starter Kevin McAvoy on a potential double play ball. McAvoy pitched 6.2 innings and gave up the three unearned runs on eight hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Salem’s three hits equaled a season low and all three were singles that did not leave the infield. Mauricio Dubon was 2-for-3 with a walk and Cole Sturgeon picked up the other single, going 1-for-4.

A CHANGE IN FORTUNE: After winning their first four contests of the year against the Potomac Nationals, the Red Sox have scuffled against their Northern Dvision foe, losing four of the last six matchups. Salem swept the first meeting of the season from May 1-4 and then split a four-game set from June 4-7. The Sox have outscored the Nationals 52-37, but have managed only 11 runs in the four losses.

SHUT IT DOWN: Salem was shut out for just the fifth time in 2015 on Sunday against the Potomac Nationals, losing 3-0. While shutouts have been rare for the season, they have cropped up at an alarming rate recently, with Sunday’s loss representing the third time since July 19 that the Sox have been blanked. Salem was the last team in the Carolina League to be shut out, lasting until May 22 until they failed to score a run in a May 22 4-0 loss to the Winston-Salem Dash.

STEADY ON THE BACK END: German Taveras allowed an unearned run in Saturday’s 3-2 loss to the Potomac Nationals, breaking a streak of 17.2 consecutive scoreless innings dating back to the sixth inning of Tuesday’s 12-0 loss to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Since Taylor Grover was touched for three runs over 2.1 innings on Tuesday, the relief corps, including Grover’s 2.1 scoreless frames yesterday, has allowed only 11 hits and four walks paired with 16 strikeouts over the scoreless stretch. Since the run scored on a passed ball, it’s now 20.1 full innings since an earned run has scored against the Salem bullpen.

HI, MY NAME IS: The Red Sox roster has been a revolving door in 2015 and another new face appeared on Sunday when Greenville catcher Danny Bethea was promoted to Salem and Jordan Weems was transferred to Double-A Portland. Bethea represents the 47th player to play for Salem this season, just one shy of the all-time franchise record of 48 set by the 1988 Salem Buccaneers. Bethea is also the 26th different position player to appear on the roster, just one shy of the record of 27 set by the 2014 Salem Red Sox. Part of the reason for the rotating roster has been the mass exodus to Portland; Weems promotion makes it 13 Salem Sox to receive the call-up to Double-A in 2015.

IT’S SHOWTIME: Brandon Show continued his strong performance in Wednesday’s 6-5 loss to the Wilmington Blue Rocks with 4.1 shutout innings out of the bullpen. It was the second straight appearance in which Show had pitched at least four scoreless innings, with the last coming in a 4-1 loss to the Lynchburg Hillcats on July 17 when he struck out four with one hit allowed in four innings. Show has now delivered 11.1 scoreless innings in four appearances with Salem and has only allowed one run at any level in 2015. In one appearance with Low-A Greenville, he struck out two in four shutout innings and over three outings with Short Season-A Lowell he allowed one run in 9.2 innings. Combined, Show has an ERA of 0.36 (1 ER in 25 innings) between three levels this year.

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Salem Sox Gameday: 100 down, 40 to go

GAME # 101–Salem Red Sox (51-49/13-17) vs Potomac Nationals (46-52/13-15)

7:05 PM, LewisGale Field, Salem, Va

SERIES AT A GLANCE – Second of a three-game series, Potomac leads series 1-0, Salem leads season series 6-2

LAST NIGHT – Potomac 3, Salem 2 | WP: Derek Self (3-3), LP: German Taveras(4-2) |Recap| InfographicBox Score

 STARTING PITCHERS – RHP Kevin McAvoy (5-8, 4.70) vs. RHP Ian Dickson (0-0, 3.55)

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SERIES AT A GLANCE: The Potomac Nationals make their penultimate trip to the Roanoke Valley as the Red Sox host a three-game series that will finish out a six-game homestand. Salem has entertained the P-Nats twice before and they own a 6-3 record that features a four-game sweep from May 1-4. The Nationals are the only team that the Red Sox have yet to play a road series with, but that will change next week.

LAST TIME OUT: The Red Sox gave up a 2-0 lead in the seventh inning and lost 3-2 to the Potomac Nationals on Saturday night at LewisGale Field. Salem jumped out to a 2-0 lead with runs in the third and fourth innings thanks to RBI singles from Mauricio Dubon and Mario Martinez, who was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Dubon went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a walk. Aaron Wilkerson had a shutout through six innings but surrendered a pair of runs in the seventh. He lasted 6.2 innings with two runs on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts. Potomac scored the winning run on a passed ball that squirted between the legs of Jordan Weems. German Taveras was the hard luck loser, allowing only an unearned run on two hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 2.1 innings of work.

LATE INNING STUMBLES: Salem lost for only the third time after being tied through eight innings on Saturday night at LewisGale Field. The Red Sox led the Potomac Nationals 2-0 through six and gave up two runs in the seventh before surrendering the winning run on a passed ball in the ninth inning. When entering the ninth in a tie game, the Red Sox are now 5-3 and 2-2 at home. Salem has been great at holding late leads, with a 42-6 mark while leading after seven and a 35-3 record while leading after eight.

STEADY ON THE BACK END: German Taveras allowed an unearned run in Saturday’s 3-2 loss to the Potomac Nationals, breaking a streak of 17.2 consecutive scoreless innings dating back to the sixth inning of Tuesday’s 12-0 loss to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Since Taylor Grover was touched for three runs over 2.1 innings on Tuesday, Taveras, Mike Adams, Brandon Show, Kyle Kraus, Chandler Shepherd and Kyle Kaminska have allowed only nine hits and three walks paired with 14 strikeouts over the scoreless stretch. Since the run scored on a passed ball, it’s now 18 full innings since an earned run has scored against the Salem bullpen.

HI, MY NAME IS: The Red Sox roster has been a revolving door in 2015 and another new face appeared on Sunday when Greenville catcher Danny Bethea was promoted to Salem and Jordan Weems was transferred to Double-A Portland. Bethea represents the 47th player to play for Salem this season, just one shy of the all-time franchise record of 48 set by the 1988 Salem Buccaneers. Bethea is also the 26th different position player to appear on the roster, just one shy of the record of 27 set by the 2014 Salem Red Sox. Part of the reason for the rotating roster has been the mass exodus to Portland; Weems promotion makes it 13 Salem Sox to receive the call-up to Double-A in 2015.

“E”NOUGH: Salem did not commit a fielding error during the 3-2 loss to Potomac on Saturday night, the first time that the Red Sox had finished the game with a zero in the error column in the last 10 games. The streak dated back to game two of the July 15 doubleheader in Lynchburg, a game that the Sox won 4-1. The Red Sox were 4-5 over the nine-game stretch, and despite ending the game with no errors, an unearned run was the deciding factor in Saturday’s loss, as a passed ball in the ninth inning scored the game winning run. The streak was a blip on the radar of a strong defensive season, as Salem’s 82 errors are the second fewest in the league, more than only the Myrtle Beach Pelicans who have committed just 61. The Sox .978 fielding percentage is also second, trailing only the Pelicans’ .983 mark.

WHAT DIVISION ARE WE IN?: Tonight’s match against Potomac continues a string of 15 consecutive games against North Division foes for Salem. The Red Sox are scheduled to play just 12 more games against the South Division, all coming from August 7-20. The final 17 games of the year will be against Wilmington, Potomac and Lynchburg. In total, 49 of Salem’s 70 second half games are against the North.

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Salem Sox Gameday: Nationals in Town

GAME # 100–Salem Red Sox (51-48/13-16) vs Potomac Nationals (45-52/12-15)

6:05 PM, LewisGale Field, Salem, Va

SERIES AT A GLANCE – First of a three-game series, Salem leads season series 6-2

LAST NIGHT – Salem 9, Wilmington 4 | WP: Trey Ball (8-8), LP: Zach Lovvorn (2-2) |Recap| InfographicBox Score

 STARTING PITCHERS – RHP Aaron Wilkerson (7-2, 2.77) vs. RHP Reynaldo Lopez (5-6, 4.82)

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GAME NOTES:

SERIES AT A GLANCE: The Potomac Nationals make their penultimate trip to the Roanoke Valley as the Red Sox host a three-game series that will finish out a six-game homestand. Salem has entertained the P-Nats twice before and they own a 6-2 record that features a four-game sweep from May 1-4. The Nationals are the only team that the Red Sox have yet to play a road series with, but that will change next week. After the conclusion of the series with Potomac, Salem embarks on a six-game road trip to Lynchburg and Potomac

LAST TIME OUT: Buoyed by three multi-run innings, the Red Sox beat the Wilmington Blue Rocks 9-4 in a rubber match on Friday night at LewisGale Field, taking the three-game series 2-1. Trey Ball (8-8) allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits with four strikeouts over five innings and picked up the win. Forrestt Allday walked three times and was 1-for-2 with two runs scored and a stolen base. Jordan Betts was 2-for-4 with a run scored, Jordan Weems went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and Zach Kapstein finished 1-for-3 with two RBI.

STEADY ON THE BACK END: Kyle Kaminska and Chandler Shepherd combined for four shutout innings out of the bullpen in Friday’s 9-4 victory over Wilmington, giving Red Sox relievers 15.2 consecutive scoreless innings dating back to the sixth inning of Tuesday’s 12-0 loss to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Since Taylor Grover was touched for three runs over 2.1 innings on Tuesday, Mike Adams, Brandon Show, Kyle Kraus, Shepherd and Kaminska have allowed only seven hits and two walks paired with 12 strikeouts over the scoreless stretch.

“E”NOUGH: Wendell Rijo committed a fielding error in the fifth inning of Friday’s 9-4 win over Wilmington, resulting in an unearned run. The run brought Wilmington within three and although it didn’t end up harming Salem, it did mean that the Red Sox have now committed at least one error in nine consecutive games and 10 of their last 11. The last time Salem was not charged with an error was in game two of a doubleheader on July 15 in Lynchburg, a game that the Sox won 4-1. The Red Sox are 3-5 over the eight-game stretch. Despite the current streak, Salem’s 82 errors are the second fewest in the league, more than only the Myrtle Beach Pelicans who have committed just 60. The Sox .977 fielding percentage is tied for second and trails only the Pelicans’ .983 mark.

FROM OPPOSITE ENDS OF THE SPECTRUM: Tonight’s pitching matchup features a pair of right-handers that are in stark contrast of one another. Salem’s Aaron Wilkerson went undrafted out of NAIA Cumberland University before turning to the independent ranks where he pitched for three different teams before being signed by Boston on July 18, 2014. Wilkerson has filled both the starter’s role and the bullpen role in Salem, starting ten games of his 15 appearances. Potomac’s Reynaldo Lopez was signed out of the Dominican Republic and the flamethrower is considered the Nationals number three prospect by Baseball America and number five by MLB.com

HI, MY NAME IS: The Red Sox roster has been a revolving door in 2015 and another new face appeared on Monday when newly signed IF/ OF Dustin Lawley was assigned to Salem and Jose Vinicio was added to the disabled list. Lawley represents the 46th player to play for Salem this season, just two shy of the all-time franchise record of 48 set by the 1988 Salem Buccaneers. Lawley is also the 25th different position player to appear on the roster, just two shy of the record of 27 set by the 2014 Salem Red Sox. Part of the reason for the rotating roster has been the mass exodus to Portland; 12 Salem Sox have received the call-up to Double-A in 2015.

WHAT DIVISION ARE WE IN?: Tonight’s opener against Potomac continue a string of 15 consecutive games against North Division foes for Salem. The Red Sox are scheduled to play just 12 more games against the South Division, all coming from August 7-20. The final 17 games of the year will be against Wilmington, Potomac and Lynchburg. In total, 49 of Salem’s 70 second half games are against the North.

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Salem Sox Gameday: Christmas Eve in July

GAME # 99–Salem Red Sox (50-48/12-16) vs Wilmington Blue Rocks (51-46, 13-14)

7:05 PM, LewisGale Field, Salem, Va

SERIES AT A GLANCE – Third of a three-game series, series tied 1-1, Salem leads season series 6-2

LAST NIGHT – Salem 3, Wilmington 1 | WP: Kyle Kraus (1-0), LP: Evan Beal (0-1) |Recap| InfographicBox Score

 STARTING PITCHERS – LHP Trey Ball (7-8, 3.61) vs. RHP Zach Lovvorn(2-1, 3.86)

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GAME NOTES: 

SERIES AT A GLANCE: The Red Sox welcome a North Division foe in the Wilmington Blue Rocks to LewisGale Field for the second and final time in 2015 for the first three games of a six-game homestand. Salem enters tonight with a 6-2 advantage in the eight prior matchups, having swept the first half North Division champion in their prior visit to the Roanoke Valley from June 12-14 and taking two of three in Wilmington from June 15-17. The .750 winning percentage against Wilmington is Salem’s highest against any opponent this year. They will visit Frawley Stadium in Wilmington once more in 2015, a three-game set from August 21-23.

LAST TIME OUT: The Red Sox plated two runs in the seventh inning to break a 1-1 tie and beat the Wilmington Blue Rocks 3-1 on Thursday night at LewisGale Field, snapping a four-game losing streak in the process. Mauricio Dubon and Forrestt Allday had back-to-back RBI singles in the decisive frame to give the Sox the lead. Jordan Betts went 2-for-4 with a run scored and Kevin Heller was 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and a run. Ty Buttrey did not factor in the decision after allowing one run on six hits and three walks over five plus innings pitched. Kyle Kraus (1-0) earned the win with four shutout innings out of the bullpen as he allowed only a hit and a walk and struck out six.

STEADY ON THE BACK END: After Kyle Kraus spun four shutout innings out of the bullpen in Thursday’s 3-1 victory over the Wilmington Blue Rocks, the Red Sox relievers have now delivered 11.2 consecutive scoreless innings, dating back to the sixth inning of Tuesday’s 12-0 loss to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Since Taylor Grover was touched for three runs over 2.1 innings on Tuesday, Mike Adams, Brandon Show, Chandler Shepherd and Kraus have allowed only five hits and two walks paired with ten strikeouts over the scoreless stretch.

“E”NOUGH: Dustin Lawley committed a fielding error in the eighth inning during Thursday’s 3-1 win over Wilmington. The late inning miscue did not affect the game’s result or result in a run, but it did mean that the Red Sox have now committed at least one error in eight consecutive games and nine of their last 10. The last time Salem was not charged with an error was in game two of a doubleheader on July 15 in Lynchburg, a game that the Sox won 4-1. The Red Sox are 3-5 over the eight-game stretch. Despite the current streak, Salem’s 81 errors are the second fewest in the league, more than only the Myrtle Beach Pelicans who have committed just 59. The Sox .977 fielding percentage is tied for second and trails only the Pelicans’ .983 mark.

HOME RUNS ARE THINGS THAT RARELY HAPPEN: Salem homered twice in Wednesday’s 6-5 home loss to the Wilmington Blue Rocks, with both Kevin Heller and Forrestt Allday going yard. Home runs have been at a premium all season long for the Red Sox, as their 39 bombs are tied with Wilmington for the third-fewest in the league, more than only Potomac (38) and Winston-Salem (32). Salem is on pace for 56 home runs, only 5 more than the franchise-low of 51 set by the 1979 Salem Pirates. The two homers on Wednesday pushed the home total to 13 in 50 games, on pace for just over 18 for the season. The franchise-low for homers at LewisGale Field is 23, set by the 1999 Salem Avalanche. Wednesday was just the second multi-homer game of the year at LewisGale Field for Salem (June 5 vs Potomac, Sam Travis and Tzu-Wei Lin). The Red Sox have not had success in the rare occurrence of a home field home run, going 3-8 in Salem when homering.

HI, MY NAME IS: The Red Sox roster has been a revolving door in 2015 and another new face appeared on Monday when newly signed IF/ OF Dustin Lawley was assigned to Salem and Jose Vinicio was added to the disabled list. Lawley represents the 46th player to play for Salem this season, just two shy of the all-time franchise record of 48 set by the 1988 Salem Buccaneers. Lawley is also the 25th different position player to appear on the roster, just two shy of the record of 27 set by the 2014 Salem Red Sox. Part of the reason for the rotating roster has been the mass exodus to Portland; 12 Salem Sox have received the call-up to Double-A in 2015.

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Salem Sox Gameday: Second Half Skid

GAME # 98–Salem Red Sox (49-48/11-16) vs Wilmington Blue Rocks (51-45, 13-13)

7:05 PM, LewisGale Field, Salem, Va

SERIES AT A GLANCE – Second of a three-game series, Wilmington leads series 1-0, Salem leads season series 5-2

LAST NIGHT – Wilmington 6, Salem 5 | WP: Ashton Goudeau (5-2), LP: Daniel McGrath (1-3) |Recap| InfographicBox Score

 STARTING PITCHERS – RHP Ty Buttrey (7-3, 3.53) vs. LHP Luis Rico (5-5, 3.29)

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GAME NOTES:

SERIES AT A GLANCE: The Red Sox welcome a North Division foe in the Wilmington Blue Rocks to LewisGale Field for the second and final time in 2015 for the first three games of a six-game homestand. Salem enters the series with a 5-2 advantage in the seven prior matchups, having swept the first half North Division champion in their prior visit to the Roanoke Valley from June 12-14 and taking two of three in Wilmington from June 15-17. The .714 winning percentage against Wilmington is Salem’s highest against any opponent this year. They will visit Frawley Stadium in Wilmington once more in 2015, a three-game set from August 21-23.

LAST TIME OUT: Kevin Heller and Forrestt Allday both homered, but it wasn’t enough as the Red Sox lost a seesaw affair 6-5 to the Wilmington Blue Rocks on Wednesday night at LewisGale Field. Daniel McGrath was touched for six runs on nine hits in 3.2 innings, failing to make it out of the fourth for the first time since returning from the disabled list. Dustin Lawley went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI and Heller was 4-for-4 with three singles to go with his homer. Brandon Show pitched 4.1 scoreless innings in relief of McGrath, allowing only two hits and a walk paired with one strikeout.

HOME RUNS ARE THINGS THAT HAPPEN RARELY: Salem homered twice in Wednesday’s 6-5 home loss to the Wilmington Blue Rocks, with both Kevin Heller and Forrestt Allday going yard. Home runs have been at a premium all season long for the Red Sox, as their 39 bombs are tied with Wilmington for the third fewest in the league, more than only Frederick (38) and Winston-Salem (32). Salem is on pace for 56 home runs, only 5 more than the franchise-low of 51 set by the 1979 Salem Pirates. The two homers on Wednesday pushed the home total to 13 in 49 games, on pace for just under 19 for the season. The franchise-low for homers at LewisGale Field is 23, set by the 1999 Salem Avalanche. Yesterday was just the second multi-homer game of the year at LewisGale for Salem (June 5 vs Potomac, Travis and Lin).

IT’S SHOWTIME: Brandon Show continued his strong performance in Wednesday’s 6-5 loss to the Wilmington Blue Rocks with 4.1 shutout innings out of the bullpen. It was the second straight appearance in which Show had pitched at least four scoreless innings, with the last coming in a 4-1 loss to the Lynchburg Hillcats on July 17 when he struck out four with one hit allowed in four innings. Show has now delivered 11.1 scoreless innings in four appearances with Salem and has only allowed one run at any level in 2015. In one appearance with Low-A Greenville he struck out two in four shutout innings and over three outings with Short Season-A Lowell he allowed one run in 9.2 innings. Combined, Show has an ERA of 0.36 (1 ER in 25 innings).

HI, MY NAME IS: The Red Sox roster has been a revolving door in 2015 and another new face appeared on Monday when newly signed IF/ OF Dustin Lawley was assigned to Salem and Jose Vinicio was added to the disabled list. Lawley represents the 46th player to play for Salem this season, just two shy of the all-time franchise record of 48 set by the 1988 Salem Buccaneers. Lawley is also the 25th different position player to appear on the roster, just two shy of the record of 27 set by the 2014 Salem Red Sox. Part of the reason for the rotating roster has been the mass exodus to Portland; 12 Salem Sox have received the call-up to Double-A in 2015.

FOR STARTERS: Mauricio Dubon jacked a leadoff home run to start Monday’s contest, becoming the second Red Sox player to start a game with a long ball. Manuel Margot provided the other first at-bat shot on June 20 at Winston-Salem, exactly one month prior to Dubon’s blast. Ironically enough, both games were started by Salem’s Teddy Stankiewicz, as were two of the three games in which an opponent hit a leadoff homer. Lynchburg’s Luigi Rodriguez went yard against Stankiewicz on May 20 and June 28 at LewisGale Field. Carolina’s Connor Lien started the game in Salem with a solo shot on July 8 against Trey Ball.

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