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Game Preview: May 4, 2016 vs. Carolina

GAME INFO:

May 4, 2016 – 7:05 pm

Games 26 of 140

LewisGale Field – Salem, Va.

vs. Carolina Mudcats

PROBABLE PITCHERS:

 Dedgar Jimenez (0-1, 9.00) vs. Ryan Clark (0-2, 6.16)

SOX LINEUP:

Yoan Moncada           2B

Mauricio Dubon         SS

Andrew Benintendi    CF

Nick Longhi                1B

Danny  Mars               RF

Rafael Devers              3B

Jordan Betts               DH

Ben Moore                    C

Bryan Hudson             LF

 

SERIES AT A GLANCE:

The Red Sox complete a brief three-game homestand against the Carolina Mudcats. This marks the third series of the year between the two South Division rivals. The teams split a four-game series to start the season from April 7-10 before the Red Sox swept the Mudcats in Zebulon, N.C. from April 18-20. These three matchups mark the final meetings of the first half between Salem and
Carolina. After this series, the two are only scheduled for eight more contests, all in the second half. The Red Sox lead the season series 7-2.

ON THE MOUND FOR THE SOX:

Salem will hand the ball to southpaw Dedgar Jimenez as they look to sweep the Mudcats. Jimenez will make his fifth start of the season, and faces the Mudcats for the first time. The Araure, VZ native is an extreme groundball pitcher, with a 2.15 GO/AO ratio, and just six strikeouts in 16.0 innings. Jimenez has allowed 13 earned runs over his last two starts (6.0 IP, 18 H, 3 BB, 3 SO) after yeilding just three in his first two starts (10.0 IP). Jimenez led Low-A Greenville in wins (tied, 9) and losses (9) and ranked second in starts (tied, 23) and innings (126.0) in 2015.

NOTES:

STREAKING TOWARD HISTORY: With a first inning double in the first inning of game two Tuesday night, Andrew Benintendi extended his hitting streak to 21 in a row (32-84, .381, 10 2B, 5 3B, HR, 18 R, 20 RBI). The streak is the longest active in MiLB and is the longest in Salem Sox history (since 2009). The all-time franchise record is 23, set by Art Howe of the 1971 Salem Rebels (Pittsburgh). Benintendi’s first hit during the streak has come in his: 1st at-bat (6x), 2nd (7), 3rd (5), 4th (2), 5th (1).

#BENNYBASEBALL: Andrew Benintendi was named the Carolina League Player of the Week on Monday, adding to his outstanding start to the year. Over the last week, Benintendi hit .450 (9-for-20) with two doubles, a home run, and 11 RBI). He is tied for the MiLB lead in triples (6), ranks second in XBH (17) and fourth in 2B (10). Benintendi has been one of the best clutch hitters in the league, posting a .395 average (25-for-38) with RISP, the best among hitters with at least 30 AB. He has also recorded six games with three or more RBI.

THIEVERY: Salem has been extremely aggressive on the bases this season, stealing 57 bases in 76 attempts (75% success). The Red Sox are currently second in all of MiLB in steals, trailing only the Hickory Crawdads (Rangers Low-A, 63/88). With his two steals in Tuesday’s doubleheader, Yoan Moncada is leads the Carolina League in steals (18), and trails Yefri Perez of the Jacksonville Suns (20) for the MiLB lead. After starting the year by successfully stealing 18 of 29 bases (62%), the Sox have been far more efficient, swiping 39 of their past 47 bags (83%).

BY THE SLIMMEST OF MARGINS: Salem has made a habit of winning close games earlier in the 2016 season with nine of their 17 wins coming by one run. The nine one-run wins are the most in Minor League Baseball without a loss as Salem is one of just five teams around MiLB to be undefeated in one-run affairs. Only Visalia (11, ARI Hi-A) and Charleston (9, NYY Low-A) have secured more slim victories.

OUT OF THE GATE FAST: With a 17-8 record, Salem is off to one of the best 25-game starts in franchise history. Only the 2010 and 2011 Salem Red Sox clubs had better records through 25 games, each posting an 18-7 mark. The Red Sox 15-8 record in the month of April set the mark for the second-most wins in the opening month (2011, 16 wins), and the Sox .652 winning percentage in April was the fourth-best in franchise history (.762 in 2011, .733 in 1971, .667 in 2010). The Red Sox lead the Carolina League Southern Division, and if they can maintain the lead, would win their first-first half championship since 1988. The Red Sox are on pace to go 48-22 in the first half, which would set a new franchise record.

 

Game Preview: May 3, 2016 Doubleheader vs. Carolina

GAME INFO:

May 3, 2016 – 5:05 pm

Games 24 and 25 of 140

LewisGale Field – Salem, Va.

vs. Carolina Mudcats

PROBABLE PITCHERS:

 G1: Jalen Beeks (2-1, 2.25) vs. Max Povse (2-1, 1.69)

G2: German Taveras (1-0, 3.60) vs. Wes Parsons (0-0, 5.84)

SOX LINEUP (Game 1):

Yoan Moncada           2B

Mauricio Dubon         SS

Andrew Benintendi    CF

Nick Longhi                1B

Danny  Mars               RF

Rafael Devers              3B

Mike Meyers               DH

Ben Moore                    C

Bryan Hudson             LF

SERIES AT A GLANCE:

The Red Sox return home for a brief three-game homestand against the Carolina Mudcats. This marks the third series of the year between the two South Division rivals. The teams split a four-game series to start the season from April 7-10 before the Red Sox swept the Mudcats in Zebulon, N.C. from April 18-20. These three matchups mark the final meetings of the first half between Salem and Carolina. After this series, the two are only scheduled for eight more contests, all in the second half.

LAST TIME OUT:

Behind six strong innings from starter Travis Lakins, the Salem Red Sox won their second straight 4-3 decision over the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Lakins held the Pelicans to just a run on two hits through six innings for the first quality start of his career. Salem struck for a run in the first inning on a Danny Mars single and added three tallies in the sixth with RBI’s from Rafael Devers, Ben Moore and Deiner Lopez. The Pelicans plated two in the seventh, but Jake Drehoff fired a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his fourth save.

 

NOTES:

ON THE MOUND FOR THE SOX: Salem will hand the ball to southpaw Jalen Beeks in tonight’s opener against the Mudcats. Beeks is coming off his shortest outing of the year, giving up a pair of two-out, two-run home runs in 4.1 frames at Frederick on Tuesday. He ended up with his first loss of the season.

STREAKING TOWARD HISTORY: With a single leading off the seventh on Saturday night, Andrew Benintendi extended his hitting streak to 19 in a row (28-for-76, .368 AVG, 9 2B, 5 3B, HR, 14 R, 19 RBI). The streak is the longest active in MiLB or MLB and is tied for the longest streak in Salem Sox history (since ’09) with Keury De La Cruz (June 3-23, 2013). The all-time franchise record is 23, set by Art Howe of the 1971 Salem Rebels (Pittsburgh). Benintendi’s first hit during the streak has come in his: 1st at-bat (5x), 2nd (7), 3rd (4), 4th (2), 5th (1).

#BENNYBASEBALL: Andrew Benintendi was named the Carolina League Player of the Week on Monday, adding to his outstanding start to the year. Over the last week, Benintendi hit .450 (9-for-20) with two doubles, a home run and 11 RBI.

THIEVERY: Salem has been extremely aggressive on the bases this season, stealing 53 bases in 72 attempts (73.6% success). The Red Sox are currently second in all of MiLB in steals, trailing only the Hickory Crawdads (63/88). Yoan Moncada is tied for third in MiLB in steals (16), trailing Yefri Perez of Jacksonville (19) and Greg Allen of Lynchburg (17).

BY THE SLIMMEST OF MARGINS: Salem has made a habit of winning close games early in the 2016 season with eight of their 15 wins coming by one run. The eight one-run wins are the most in MiLB without a loss as Salem is one of just eight teams to be undefeated in one-run affairs. Only Visalia (11, ARI High-A) and Charleston (9, NYY Low-A) have secured more slim victories.

Game Preview: May 2, 2016 vs. Carolina

GAME INFO:

May 2, 2016 – 7:05 pm

Game 24 of 140

LewisGale Field – Salem, Va.

vs. Carolina Mudcats

PROBABLE PITCHERS:

Jalen Beeks (2-1, 2.25) vs. Max Povse (2-1, 1.69)

SOX LINEUP:

Yoan Moncada           2B

Mauricio Dubon         SS

Andrew Benintendi    CF

Nick Longhi                1B

Danny  Mars               RF

Rafael Devers              3B

Mike Meyers               DH

Ben Moore                    C

Bryan Hudson             LF

SERIES AT A GLANCE:

The Red Sox return home for a brief three-game homestand against the Carolina Mudcats. This marks the third series of the year between the two South Division rivals. The teams split a four-game series to start the season from April 7-10 before the Red Sox swept the Mudcats in Zebulon, N.C. from April 18-20. These three matchups mark the final meetings of the first half between Salem and Carolina. After this series, the two are only scheduled for eight more contests, all in the second half.

 

LAST TIME OUT:

Behind six strong innings from starter Travis Lakins, the Salem Red Sox won their second straight 4-3 decision over the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Lakins held the Pelicans to just a run on two hits through six innings for the first quality start of his career. Salem struck for a run in the first inning on a Danny Mars single and added three tallies in the sixth with RBI’s from Rafael Devers, Ben Moore and Deiner Lopez. The Pelicans plated two in the seventh, but Jake Drehoff fired a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his fourth save.

 

NOTES:

ON THE MOUND FOR THE SOX: Salem will hand the ball to southpaw Jalen Beeks in tonight’s opener against the Mudcats. Beeks is coming off his shortest outing of the year, giving up a pair of two-out, two-run home runs in 4.1 frames at Frederick on Tuesday. He ended up with his first loss of the season.

STREAKING TOWARD HISTORY: With a single leading off the seventh on Saturday night, Andrew Benintendi extended his hitting streak to 19 in a row (28-for-76, .368 AVG, 9 2B, 5 3B, HR, 14 R, 19 RBI). The streak is the longest active in MiLB or MLB and is tied for the longest streak in Salem Sox history (since ’09) with Keury De La Cruz (June 3-23, 2013). The all-time franchise record is 23, set by Art Howe of the 1971 Salem Rebels (Pittsburgh). Benintendi’s first hit during the streak has come in his: 1st at-bat (5x), 2nd (7), 3rd (4), 4th (2), 5th (1).

#BENNYBASEBALL: Andrew Benintendi was named the Carolina League Player of the Week on Monday, adding to his outstanding start to the year. Over the last week, Benintendi hit .450 (9-for-20) with two doubles, a home run and 11 RBI.

THIEVERY: Salem has been extremely aggressive on the bases this season, stealing 53 bases in 72 attempts (73.6% success). The Red Sox are currently second in all of MiLB in steals, trailing only the Hickory Crawdads (63/88). Yoan Moncada is tied for third in MiLB in steals (16), trailing Yefri Perez of Jacksonville (19) and Greg Allen of Lynchburg (17).

BY THE SLIMMEST OF MARGINS: Salem has made a habit of winning close games early in the 2016 season with eight of their 15 wins coming by one run. The eight one-run wins are the most in MiLB without a loss as Salem is one of just eight teams to be undefeated in one-run affairs. Only Visalia (11, ARI High-A) and Charleston (9, NYY Low-A) have secured more slim victories.

Game Preview: April 29 at Myrtle Beach

GAME INFO:

April 29, 2016 – 7:05 pm

Game 22 of 140

TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark – Myrtle Beach, S.C.

at Myrtle Beach Pelicans

PROBABLE PITCHERS:

Matt Kent (1-1, 7.20) vs Trevor Clifton (0-0, 4.15)

SOX LINEUP:

2B  Yoan Moncada

SS  Mauricio Dubon

CF  Andrew Benintendi

1B  Nick Longhi

RF  Mike Meyers

3B  Rafael Devers

DH  Mitchell Gunsolus

C    David Sopilka

LF  Bryan Hudson

SERIES AT A GLANCE: The Red Sox open up a three-game series this evening at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. This is the first series for Salem against the defending Carolina League champions and the first of only two trips to the Grand Strand. The Red Sox will host the Pelicans 10 times at LewisGale Field, but the two teams will only meet 16 times this year.

LAST TIME OUT: For the second straight night, Salem used a late-inning comeback to push past the Frederick Keys. Trailing 3-0 and 4-2, the Red Sox scored the game’s final five runs to earn a 7-4 victory. Andrew Benintendi provided the big blow by blasting a three-run double with two outs in the top of the eighth to give Salem its first lead. Benintendi set a new career high with four RBI while extending his hitting streak to 17 games. Trey Ball earned a no-decision in his first start of the year, allowing two runs in four innings. Austin Maddox garnered his first win of the season with two scoreless innings of relief while Jake Drehoff racked up his third save with a perfect ninth.

 

NOTES:

ON THE MOUND FOR THE SOX: Matt Kent get his third start for Salem time this season, after he was transferred from Low-A Greenville. The lefty was roughed up in his last outing, taking his first loss of the year on Saturday vs Winston-Salem. The sixth inning proved to be troublesome once again as Kent did not record an out in the frame. Overall, he allowed five runs on 11 hits in five-plus innings. Kent was the 13th-round pick of the Red Sox out of Texas A&M in the June 2015 Draft, and spent last year with Short Season-A Lowell. In two starts with the Drive this season, Kent had a 0-0 record with a 1.50 ERA, and threw quality starts both times out.

FIRST THINGS FIRST: The Red Sox have given up the game’s first run in each of the last seven games, rallying to win in three of those contests. This season, Salem is 6-8 when yielding the first tally and is coming off consecutive three-run comebacks at Frederick. Only Lynchburg (4-3) has a better record when falling behind first. Conversely, Salem (7-0) is one of two teams in the league (Potomac, 11-0) to win every game in which they strike first. Salem hasn’t scored the game’s first run since a 5-1 win at Carolina on April 20.

STREAKING TOWARDS HISTORY: Last night was just another shining moment in the sterling start to the season for Andrew Benintendi. His two hits extended his hitting streak to 17 in a row (24-68, .353, 8 2B, 5 3B, HR, 14 R, 15 RBI). The streak is tied for the longest active in affiliated baseball, matching Eric Hosmer of the Kansas City Royals (17). Additionally, Benintendi has tied for the second-longest streak in Salem Red Sox history (since ‘09). Keury De La Cruz holds the Salem Sox record with a 19-game streak from June 3-23, 2013. The all-time franchise record is 23, set by Art Howe of the 1971 Salem Rebels (Pittsburgh).

#BENNYBASEBALL PT. 2: Andrew Benintendi has lived up to the billing as one of the best pure hitting prospects in the game. In addition to his 17-game hitting streak, he leads all of MiLB in extra-base hits (16) and is tied for the lead in triples (6). Although tougher to detect, Benintendi has been one of the best clutch hitters in the league, posting a .387 average (12-31) with runners in scoring position, the best among hitters with at least 25 AB. He has also recorded five games with three or more RBI, topping out with a career-high four last night.

THIEVERY: Salem has been extremely aggressive on the bases this season, stealing 47 bases in 66 attempts (71% success). No other team in MiLB has successfully stolen as many bases as the Red Sox have in 2016. In fact, only four teams have attempted as many swipes as the Red Sox have stolen: High-A Lancaster (41/52) and Modesto (38/49) plus Low-A Hagerstown (42/56) and Hickory (44/66). Yoan Moncada is fourth in MiLB in stolen bases (14), trailing Greg Allen of the Lynchburg Hillcats (16), Whit Merrifield of the Omaha Storm Chasers (15) and Yefri Perez of the Jacksonville Suns (15). Moncada swiped his 14th bag last night, ending a six-game drought without a steal.

Game Preview: April 28 at Frederick

GAME INFO:

April 28, 2016 – 7:00 pm

Game 21 of 140

Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium – Frederick, Md.

at Frederick Keys

PROBABLE PITCHERS:

Trey Ball (0-0, –) vs Mitch Horacek (1-3, 7.41)

SOX LINEUP:

DH  Yoan Moncada

SS  Mauricio Dubon

CF  Andrew Benintendi

1B  Nick Longhi

LF  Mike Meyers

3B  Rafael Devers

C    Ben Moore

RF  Danny Mars

2B  Deiner Lopez

SERIES AT A GLANCE: The Red Sox continue a six-game road trip with the rubber game of a three-game set against the Frederick Keys at Nymeo Field. Salem and Frederick met on the Red Sox’ opening homestand with the Keys earning the series victory by winning the final two games of the set. Tonight is the sixth meeting of 21 scheduled between the two, with 15 of the meetings coming in the second half.

LAST TIME OUT: Salem dropped 10 runs in the eighth inning to shock the Frederick Keys and earn a 14-7 win on Wednesday night at Nymeo Field. The Red Sox, who trailed 7-4 going into the frame, scored on four bases loaded walks, a bases loaded hit by pitch, a two-run single from Mauricio Dubon and a three-run home run from Andrew Benintendi. The homer extended Benintendi’s hitting streak to 16 games in a row and was his first blast in a Salem uniform. Rafael Devers was 2-for-4 with a double, home run, two runs scored and four RBI. Adam Lau earned the victory in relief for his third triumph of the season.

 

NOTES:

ON THE MOUND FOR THE SOX: The Red Sox welcome back Trey Ball, who will make his 2016 season debut today. Ball, Boston’s first round pick in 2013, spent all of last year with Salem. In 25 starts, the southpaw was 9-13 with a 4.73 ERA. He ranked among team leaders in wins (2nd), starts (t-2nd), innings (3rd, 129.1) and strikeouts (t-4th, 77). The Red Sox selected Ball seventh overall in 2013 out of New Castle Chrysler High School after he was named the Gatorade Indiana Baseball Player of the Year in 2013. He becomes the seventh top-30 prospect in the Boston system to join the roster as he is listed as the #17 prospect by Baseball America and the #19 prospect by MLB.com.

A PERFECT 10: Salem’s 10-run eighth inning last night was one of the best innings in franchise history. The outburst tied the largest inning in the Red Sox era (since ‘09), equaling a mark set on May 5, 2010 at Wilmington and April 27, 2011 at Kinston. Overall, the franchise record is 12 runs in the sixth inning of an August 24, 1982 game against Peninsula. Additionally, Salem’s 14 runs in the game was its highest total since breaking out for 18 in an 18-2 win against Carolina on May 8, 2014.

FIRST THINGS FIRST: The Red Sox have given up the game’s first run in each of the last six games, rallying to win in two of those contests. This season, Salem is 5-8 when giving up the first run with yesterday’s comeback being the first multi-run rally of the year. However, only Lynchburg (4-3) has a better record when giving up the first run. Conversely, Salem (7-0) is one of two teams in the league (Potomac, 11-0) to win every game in which they strike first.

HIT ME: Salem’s dynamic duo of Yoan Moncada and Andrew Benintendi have been wreaking havoc on opposing pitchers all season long. Moncada saw his 15-game hitting streak come to an end last night, but Benintendi extended his to 16 in a row (22-64, .344, 7 2B, 5 3B, HR 14 R, 11 RBI). The streak is the second-longest in affiliated baseball, trailing only Eric Hosmer of the Kansas City Royals (17). Additionally, Benintendi has the third-longest streak in Salem Red Sox history (since ‘09). Keury De La Cruz holds the Salem Sox record with a 19-game streak from June 3-23, 2013. The all-time franchise record is 23, set by Art Howe of the 1971 Salem Rebels (Pittsburgh).

THIEVERY: Salem has been extremely aggressive on the bases this season, stealing 46 bases in 65 attempts (71% success). No other team in MiLB has successfully stolen as many bases as the Red Sox have in 2016. In fact, only three teams have attempted as many swipes as the Red Sox have stolen: High-A Lancaster (41/51), Low-A Hagerstown (40/52) and Low-A Hickory (41/62). Yoan Moncada is fourth in MiLB in stolen bases (13), trailing Greg Allen of the Lynchburg Hillcats (16), Whit Merrifield of the Omaha Storm Chasers (15) and Yefri Perez of the Jacksonville Suns (14). After stealing 13 bases in his first 12 games, Moncada has not attempted a steal in his last six games.

Game Preview: April 27 at Frederick

GAME INFO:

April 27, 2016 – 7:00 pm

Game 20 of 140

Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium – Frederick, Md.

at Frederick Keys

PROBABLE PITCHERS:

Dedgar Jimenez (0-1, 8.47) vs Cory Jones (0-1, 3.60)

SOX LINEUP:

2B  Yoan Moncada

SS  Mauricio Dubon

CF  Andrew Benintendi

1B  Nick Longhi

LF  Mike Meyers

3B  Rafael Devers

RF  Danny Mars

C    Ben Moore

DH  Bryan Hudson

SERIES AT A GLANCE: The Red Sox continue a six-game road trip with the second of three against the Frederick Keys at Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium. Salem and Frederick met on the Red Sox’ opening homestand with the Keys earning the series victory by winning the final two games of the set. Tonight is the fifth meeting of 21 scheduled between the two, with 15 of the meetings coming in the second half.

LAST TIME OUT: The Frederick Keys used a pair of two-out, two-run home runs to build an early lead and eventually defeat the Salem Red Sox, 4-1, on Tuesday night at Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium. Jonah Heim and Aderlin Rodriguez provided the blasts for the Keys who built a 4-0 lead through three innings. Salem’s lone run came on a wild pitch that plated Mauricio Dubon in the fourth inning. Jalen Beeks took his first loss of the year, allowing four runs on eight hits in 4.1 innings. Yoan Moncada and Andrew Benintendi extended their respective hitting streaks to 15 in a row with singles in the fourth.

 

NOTES:

ON THE MOUND FOR THE SOX: The Red Sox will send Dedgar Jimenez to the mound for his fourth start of the year. Jimenez was rocked in his last appearance for Salem, giving up nine runs (eight earned) on 10 hits while recording just four outs. The ground ball specialist yielded multiple hard-hit line drives in the five-run first inning before giving up four more runs in the second. A native of Venezuela, Jimenez was strong in his first two outings, combining allowing just three runs in 10 innings. Jimenez faced Frederick in his first start of the year, earning a no-decision on April 12. He needed 80 pitches to get through four innings, allowing two runs on four hits.

FIRST THINGS FIRST: A common theme to Salem’s current 1-4 swoon has been falling behind early. The Red Sox have given up the game’s first run in each of the last five games, rallying to take a lead in only Sunday’s 3-2 victory. This season, Salem is 4-8 when giving up the first run, but all four wins have been just one-run comebacks. However, only Lynchburg (3-3) has a better record when giving up the first run. Conversely, Salem (7-0) is one of two teams in the league (Potomac, 11-0) to win every game in which they strike first.

HIT ME: Salem’s dynamic duo of Yoan Moncada and Andrew Benintendi have been wreaking havoc on opposing pitchers all season long with both players currently sporting 15-game hitting streaks (Moncada: 20-56, .357, 4 2B, 2 3B, 13 R, 7 RBI; Benintendi: 21-60, .350, 7 2B, 5 3B, 12 R, 8 RBI). The pair of stretches represent two of just four active hitting streaks of 15 games or more in all of affiliated baseball. Additionally, the two streaks are tied for the third-longest in Salem Red Sox history (since ‘09). Keury De La Cruz holds the Salem Sox record with a 19-game streak from June 3-23, 2013. The all-time franchise record is 23, set by Art Howe of the 1971 Salem Rebels (Pittsburgh).

THIEVERY: Salem has been extremely aggressive on the bases this season, stealing 46 bases in 64 attempts (72% success). No other team in MiLB has successfully stolen as many bases as the Red Sox have in 2016. In fact, only three teams have attempted as many swipes as the Red Sox have stolen: High-A Lancaster (40/50), Low-A Hagerstown (39/50) and Low-A Hickory (41/61). Yoan Moncada is fourth in Minor League Baseball in stolen bases (13), trailing Greg Allen of the Lynchburg Hillcats (16), Whit Merrifield of the Omaha Storm Chasers (15) and Yefri Perez of the Jacksonville Suns. After stealing 13 bases in his first 12 games, Moncada has not attempted a steal in his last five games.

PREVENTING THIEVERY: Catcher David Sopilka nabbed all three would-be base stealers in Salem’s 4-1 loss to Frederick last night. The strong display behind the dish continues a recent positive trend for Red Sox backstops. Through April 16, the combination of Sopilka, Ben Moore, and Jordan Procyshen had caught just 1 of 16 base runners (6.3%). Since then, though, Salem catchers have thrown 8 of 12 potential base stealers (66.7%). The stretch has vaulted to Salem to the top of the league leaderboard, tied with Lynchburg (9/28, 32.1%).

Game Preview: April 26 at Frederick

GAME INFO:

April 26, 2016 – 7:00 pm

Game 19 of 140

Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium – Frederick, Md.

at Frederick Keys

PROBABLE PITCHERS:

Jalen Beeks (2-0, 0.57) vs Matthew Grimes (1-1, 1.29)

SOX LINEUP:

Yoan Moncada           2B

Mauricio Dubon              SS

Andrew Benintendi    CF

Nick Longhi                DH

Rafael Devers               3B

Danny Mars                  RF

Mitchell Gunsolus        1B

David Sopilka       C

Bryan Hudson             LF

SERIES AT A GLANCE: The Red Sox open up a six-game road trip with the first off three against the Frederick Keys at Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium. Salem and Frederick met on the Red Sox’ opening homestand with the Keys earning the series victory by winning the final two games of the set. Tonight is the fourth meeting of 21 scheduled between the two, with 15 of the meetings coming in the second half.

LAST TIME OUT: The Salem Red Sox finished an abbreviated homestand with a win Sunday, 3-2 over the Winston-Salem Dash at LewisGale Field. Salem scored all three of its runs in the first inning on a Deiner Lopez RBI single, a wild pitch, and a Mike Meyers sacrifice fly. Travis Lakins (2-1) lasted 5.2 innings, allowing just an unearned run to score on five hits, walking two and striking out a career-high nine batters. Taylor Grover gave up a run, but struck out two in the ninth to seal the victory and earn his first save of the season.

 

NOTES:

ON THE MOUND FOR THE SOX: Salem will hand the ball to southpaw Jalen Beeks in tonight’s opener against the Keys. The southpaw currently sits second in the Carolina League in ERA (0.57), trailing only Lynchburg’s Julian Merryweather (0.00). Beeks is coming off five scoreless innings on Wednesday against Carolina, earning his second win of the year. The only run allowed by Beeks this season was a first-inning tally at Winston-Salem on April 15. He has tossed 9.2 scoreless frames since, tying for the longest stretch on the team this year. The 12th-round selection from Arkansas in 2014 spent last year with the Low-A Greenville Drive, where he led the team in wins (tied, 9), starts (26) and strikeouts (100), while leading the Boston organization in innings pitched (145.2)

ROAD WARRIORS: Salem enters tonight’s game at Nymeo Field with a perfect 7-0 road mark. The Red Sox join the Lynchburg Hillcats (7-0), and St. Lucie Mets (4-0) as the only teams in affiliated baseball without a setback away from home. Salem has won nine straight road games dating back to last year, the longest such streak in the Red Sox era (since 2009) and the first of its kind for the franchise since the Salem Avalanche won 10 straight from August 15-28, 2006. All seven road wins for Salem have been either one- or two-run victories. The Red Sox hit just .263 (32/247) on the first road swing this year, but posted a team ERA of 2.15 (16 ER/67.0 IP)

HIT ME: Salem’s dynamic duo of Yoan Moncada and Andrew Benintendi have been wreaking havoc on opposing pitchers all season long with both players currently sporting 14-game hitting streaks (Moncada: 19-52, .365, 4 2B, 2 3B, 13 R, 7 RBI; Benintendi: 19-56, .339, 7 2B, 5 3B, 12 R, 8 RBI). The pair of stretches represent two of just five active hitting streaks of 14 games or more in all of affiliated baseball. Additionally, the two streaks are tied for the fifth-longest in Salem Red Sox history (since ‘09). Keury De La Cruz holds the Salem Sox record with a 19-game streak from June 3-23, 2013. The all-time franchise record is 23, set by Art Howe of the 1971 Salem Rebels (Pittsburgh).

THIEVERY: Salem has been extremely aggressive on the bases this season, stealing 44 bases in 60 attempts (73% success). No other team in MiLB has successfully stolen as many bases as the Red Sox have in 2016. In fact, only three teams have attempted as many swipes as the Red Sox have stolen: High-A Lancaster (39/49), Low-A Hagerstown (36/47) and Low-A Hickory (35/54). Yoan Moncada is third in Minor League Baseball in stolen bases (13), trailing Greg Allen of the Lynchburg Hillcats (16) and Whit Merrifield of the Omaha Storm Chasers (15).

THE FORCE IS WITH NICK: Nick Longhi has been coming through in the clutch for the Red Sox, and has at least one run batted in seven of his last 10 games. Longhi is 14-for-40 (.360 AVG) with three doubles and 11 RBIs in that span, which dates back to April 15th. The hot streak has raised Longhi’s batting average from .214 to .294, and his on-base percentage from .233 to .355. His 15 RBIs on the season pace the club, four ahead of Andrew Benintendi (11).

Game Preview: April 24, 2016

GAME INFO:

April 24, 2016 – 4:05 pm

Game 18 of 140

LewisGale Field – Salem, Va.

vs. Winston-Salem Dash

 

PROBABLE PITCHERS:

Travis Lakins (1-1, 3.29) vs. Thad Lowry (0-1, 3.77)

 

SOX LINEUP:

Yoan Moncada           2B

Deiner Lopez              SS

Andrew Benintendi    DH

Nick Longhi                1B

Mike Meyers               RF

Ben Moore                  C

Franklin Guzman        CF

Mitchell Gunsolus       3B

Bryan Hudson             LF

 

SERIES AT A GLANCE:

The Red Sox look to salvage the final game today against the Winston-Salem Dash. This game marks the eighth of 26 meetings between the two clubs, including 20 first-half contests. This is the fourth of 11 games at LewisGale Field, with the other 15 contests to be held at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash took the first three games of the current series, but the Red Sox lead the season series 4-3.

 

LAST TIME OUT:

For the third-straight game, a late-game comeback fell short for the Salem Red Sox, as the Winston-Salem Dash won 9-6 Saturday night at LewisGale Field. The game was back-and-forth in the early innings, but in the sixth, Matt Kent and Adam Lau combined to surrender six runs as the Dash pulled away. Salem scored three runs in the seventh and one in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Dash. Ben Moore went 3-for-4 with a home run, his second in as many games, and a double; Nick Longhi also had three hits, including a double and three runs batted in.  Yoan Moncada and Andrew Benintendi each went 2-for-5 to extend their hitting streaks to 13 games.

 

NOTES:

ON THE MOUND FOR THE SOX: The Salem Red Sox will turn to Travis Lakins to try to stop the current three-game slide. Lakins is 1-1 on the season with a 3.29 ERA. The Ohio State University product will be making his fourth start of the season, and has pitched exactly 5.0 innings, and has allowed one earned run on five hits. Lakins started against Winston-Salem at BB&T Ballpark on April 14th, getting his first win of the campaign, striking out four en route to victory. On the season, Lakins has struck out 14 batters in 13.2 innings.

THIEVERY: The Salem Red Sox have been extraordinarily aggressive on the bases this season, and have stolen 40 bases in 55 attempts (73% success). No other team in affiliated baseball has successfully stolen as many bases as the Red Sox have in 2016. Yoan Moncada is tied for second in Minor League Baseball in stolen bases (13), trailing only with Greg Allen of the Lynchburg Hillcats (16). Allen and Moncada are also the two leading base-stealers in affiliated baseball.

STARTING ON THE WRONG FOOT: The Salem Red Sox have fallen behind in the first inning by multiple runs in both games of the current series with Winston-Salem. On Thursday, Ben Taylor allowed three runs to the first four batters of the game, while on Saturday, Dedgar Jimenez yeilded five runs to the first seven batters of the game.  Matt Kent allowed runs in the first and second inninngs, and an additional three in the sixth without recordin an out. Entering the series with Winston-Salem, Red Sox starting pitchers enjoyed a 2.94 ERA. The team ERA has ballooned from a Carolina League-leading 2.98 to a fifth-best 4.01 mark.

Taylor:    L, 4.0 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 13.50 ERA

Jimenez: L, 1.1 IP, 10 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 54.00 ERA

Kent:       L, 5.0 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 9.00 ERA

THE FORCE IS WITH NICK: Nick Longhi has been coming through in the clutch for the Red Sox, and has at least one run batted in seven-of-his-last-nine games. Longhi is 13-for-37 (.351 AVG) with three doubles and 11 RBIs in that span, which dates back to April 15th. The hot streak has raised Longhi’s batting average from .214 to .292, and his on-base percentage from .233 to .347. His 15 RBIs on the season pace the club, four ahead of Andrew Benintendi (11).

SELLING OUT: Last night’s game was the first sellout of the season at LewisGale Field, attended by 6,415 fans, the 13th-largest crowd in stadium history. The game marked the first April sellout at LewisGale Field since 2009.

Game Preview: April 22, 2016

GAME INFO:

April 22, 2016 – 7:05 pm

Game 16 of 140

LewisGale Field – Salem, Va.

vs. Winston-Salem Dash

 

PROBABLE PITCHERS:

Dedgar Jimenez (0-0, 2.70) vs. Spencer Adams (1-0, 1.80)

 

SOX LINEUP:

Yoan Moncada           2B

Mauricio Dubon          SS

Andrew Benintendi    CF

Nick Longhi                1B

Rafael Devers             3B

Danny Mars                RF

Mike Meyers               LF

Mitchell Gunsolus       DH

David Sopilka             C

 

SERIES AT A GLANCE:

The Red Sox look to get back on the winning track tonight against the Winston-Salem Dash. This game marks the sixth of 26 meetings between the two clubs, including 20 first-half contests. This is the second of 11 games at LewisGale Field, with the other 15 contests to be held at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash took the opening game of the series 7-2, but the Red Sox lead the season series 4-1.

 

LAST TIME OUT:

The Salem Red Sox had their seven-game winning streak snapped by the Winston-Salem Dash with a 7-2 loss Thursday night at LewisGale Field. Starting pitcher Ben Taylor was shaky to start, allowing three runs to the first four batters of the game. Taylor got the loss after exiting after 4.0 innings, allowing six runs on 10 hits, both season-highs for Red Sox starters. Both Yoan Moncada and Andrew Benintendi extended their hitting streaks to 11 games – Moncada with an eighth-inning single, and Benintendi with a double in the first. Nick Longhi collected his team-leading 11th RBI of the season in the first. Ben Moore had a banner day for the Sox, going 3-for-4 with a home run, the first of his career, but it wasn’t enough as the Red Sox fell 7-2.

 

JOE’S TAKE:

After yet another win last night, the Red Sox go for the series win and a sixth-straight win tonight against the Carolina Mudcats. The team has been clicking on all cylinders since the start of the road trip – the offense, defense and pitching have all performed on a high level making the games energetic and fun to watch. Tonight should be no exception as Travis Lakins, who was on the mound to start the streak in Winston-Salem gets a second crack at the Mudcats.

 

NOTES:

ON THE MOUND FOR THE SOX: The Salem Red Sox will send Dedgar Jimenez to the mound to complete the third turn around the starting rotation. Jimenez has a 0-0 record with a 2.70 ERA in his two starts this season, and has walked just one batter in 10.0 innings. Jimenez last started on April 17th against Winston-Salem, tossing 6.0 innings, allowing just one run on five hits, walking none and striking out none. He got no decision as the game was tied heading to the top of the ninth, when the Red Sox broke through for two runs to win 3-1 and complete a road sweep of the Dash.

RISP-Y BUSINESS: Opponents are hitting just .166 (26-for-157) with runners in scoring position this season. That is the lowest AVG w/RISP in Single-A, and trails only the Springfield Cardinals (Double-A, Texas League, .161) for the best mark in affiliated baseball. No other Carolina League team is holding opponents to less than a .200 AVG w/RISP (Myrtle Beach Pelicans, .203). Red Sox pitchers have stranded 121 runners on base through the first 15 games of the season, for an average of 8.1 runners left on base per game. Salem opponents are 6-for-their-last-53 (.113 AVG) and 9-for-their-last-70 (.128 AVG) with RISP.

RUN LIKE THE WIND: The Salem Red Sox have been extraordinarily aggressive on the bases this season, and have stolen 35 bases in 49 attempts (71% success). No other team in affiliated baseball has successfully stolen as many bases as the Red Sox have in 2016. Yoan Moncada is second in Minor League Baseball in stolen bases (13), trailing only with Greg Allen of the Lynchburg Hillcats (14). All of the top three-leading basestealers in Minor League Baseball reside in the Carolina League, with Moncada and Allen leading the way, followed by Jay Gonzalez (Frederick Keys, 10).

STREAK BUSTERS: The Salem Red Sox had a seven-game winning streak snapped with the 7-2 loss to Winston-Salem last night, ending the longest winning streak since an eight-game winning streak from August 7-17, 2014, which included two doubleheader sweeps. Conincidentally, that streak was also snapped by the Winston-Salem Dash, then with a 6-4 loss at BB&T Ballpark. Salem still rides a nine-game road winning streak dating back to last year, the longest such streak in the Red Sox era (since 2009).

CHICKS DIG THE LONG BALL: After hitting two home runs in the first 13 games of the season, the Salem Red Sox have homered in each of their last two games. Mike Meyers and Ben Moore each delivered solo blasts against Carolina and Winston-Salem, respectively. They are both tied for the club lead in home runs with Rafael Devers and Jordan Betts (1).

Game Preview: April 21, 2016

GAME INFO:

April 21, 2016 – 7:00 pm

Game 15 of 140

LewisGale Field – Salem, Va.

vs. Winston-Salem Dash

 

PROBABLE PITCHERS:

 

Ben Taylor (0-0, 1.00) vs. Blair Walters (0-0, 2.00)

 

SOX LINEUP:

 

Yoan Moncada           2B

Mauricio Dubon          SS

Andrew Benintendi    CF

Nick Longhi                1B

Rafael Devers             3B

Danny Mars                RF

Mike Meyers               LF

Ben Moore                  C

Franklin Guzman        DH

 

SERIES AT A GLANCE:

The Red Sox roll back home after a perfect road trip to start a four-game series with the Winston-Salem Dash. On the last road trip, the Sox swept the Dash at BB&T Ballpark. This game marks the fifth of 26 meetings between the two clubs, including 20 first-half contests. This is the first of 11 games at LewisGale Field, with the other 15 contests to be held at BB&T Ballpark. The series with the Dash is the lone set of a short homestand for the Red Sox, who head out on a six-game swing to Frederick and Myrtle Beach after a day off Monday.

 

LAST TIME OUT:

The Salem Red Sox won their seventh-straight game and finished off a perfect road trip, 5-1 over the Carolina Mudcats Wednesday afternoon at Five County Stadium. Starter Jalen Beeks threw a third-straight solid game, going 5.0 shutout innings en route to his second win of the season. Outfielder Mike Meyers went 3-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored. Rafael Devers went 1-for-3 with an RBI single. The staff as a whole shined in the game, holding Mudcats hitters to 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position. In the series, the Mudcats were 3-for-32 in such situations.

 

JOE’S TAKE:

After yet another win last night, the Red Sox go for the series win and a sixth-straight win tonight against the Carolina Mudcats. The team has been clicking on all cylinders since the start of the road trip – the offense, defense and pitching have all performed on a high level making the games energetic and fun to watch. Tonight should be no exception as Travis Lakins, who was on the mound to start the streak in Winston-Salem gets a second crack at the Mudcats.

 

NOTES:

ON THE MOUND FOR THE SOX: The Salem Red Sox will send Ben Taylor to the mound tonight to try to keep the winning going. Taylor will be making his third start of the season, and has a 0-0 record, and a 1.00 ERA. In 9.0 innings, Taylor has whiffed 10 batters and walked only two. Tonight marks the second time Taylor will face the Winston-Salem Dash, with the first coming on April 16th in Winston-Salem. Taylor went 5.0 shutout innings against the Dash, striking out five and walking just one, surrendering three hits.

 

RISP-Y BUSINESS: A big part of the success of the Salem pitching staff this year has been their ability to work out of jams. Opponents are hitting just .160 (23-for-144) with runners in scoring position this season. That is the lowest AVG w/RISP in Advanced-A, 33 points better than the Charlotte Stone Crabs (Florida State League, .193). No other Carolina League team is holding opponents to less than a .210 AVG w/RISP (Myrtle Beach Pelicans, .213). Red Sox pitchers have stranded 111 runners on base through the first 14 games of the season, for an average of 7.9 runners left on base per game. Salem opponents are 3-for-their-last-40 (.075 AVG) and 6-for-their-last-57 (.105 AVG) with RISP.

 

RUN LIKE THE WIND: The Salem Red Sox have been extraordinarily aggressive on the bases this season, and have stolen 34 bases in 48 attempts (71% success). No other team in affiliated baseball has successfully stolen as many bases as the Red Sox have in 2016. Yoan Moncada is tied for the lead in Minor League Baseball in stolen bases (13), tied with Greg Allen of the Lynchburg Hillcats (13). All of the top three-leading basestealers in Minor League Baseball reside in the Carolina League, with Moncada and Allen leading the way, followed by Jay Gonzalez (Frederick Keys, 10).

 

KEEPING ENEMIES CLOSE: The nine of the past 11 games the Red Sox have played have all been determined by two or fewer runs. The Red Sox are 7-2 in such contests, including a 5-0 mark in one-run games. No other team in affiliated baseball has as many one-run wins this year without a loss as the Red Sox.

 

WE’RE GOING STREAKING!: Salem’s seven-game winning streak marks its longest since an eight-game winning streak from August 7-17, 2014, which included two doubleheader sweeps. Additionally, Salem has won nine straight road games dating back to last year, the longest such streak in the Red Sox era (since 2009) and the first of its kind for Salem since the Salem Avalanche won 10 straight from August 15-28, 2006. The recent seven-game road trip sweep was on the second-ever in franchise history, with the other coming August 22-28, 2006.

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