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Salem Sox Gameday: Doubleheader in Zebulon

GAME #15/16 –Salem Red Sox (6-8) at Carolina Mudcats (7-7)

Doubleheader, Game 1 – 1:00 PM, Five County Stadium, Zebulon, N.C. 

SERIES AT A GLANCE – Third and fourth of a four-game series, series tied 1-1, Carolina leads season series 5-4

LAST GAME – Carolina 4, Salem 1 | WP : Blair Walters (1-0), LP: Teddy Stankiewicz (0-3), SV Tyler Jones (3) | Recap | Infographic | Box Score

LAST NIGHT: Rained out, game rescheduled as part of today’s doubleheader

STARTING PITCHERS –  (Game 1) RHP Kevin McAvoy (0-1, 1.80) vs RHP Tyler Brosius (1-1, 5.23)           (Game 2) LHP Daniel McGrath (0-1, 6.14) vs LHP Yean Carlos Gil (0-3, 3.94)

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GAME NOTES:

SERIES AT A GLANCE: For the second time this season, the Red Sox journey to Five County Stadium in Zebulon, N.C. for a four-game series with the Carolina Mudcats. Salem is 1-3 in road games against Carolina, the only win was a rain-shortened no-hitter tossed by Jake Dahlstrand and Joe Gunkel on Opening Day. The Red Sox dropped the final three games of that series. The Mudcats just avoided a sweep when they visited LewisGale Field, taking the last game out of the three that were played. Carolina leads the season series 4-3. The fourgame series will make it 11 of the first 16 games of the Red Sox schedule against the Mudcats, equating to half of the season series.

LAST TIME OUT: The Red Sox offense struck early again with a two-out run in the first, but would not score again, falling to the Carolina Mudcats 4-1 on Friday night. Teddy Stankiewicz faced the minimum through five innings, allowing just one hit, but ran into trouble in the sixth inning for the third straight start, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks in the frame to take the loss. Salem had chances all night, putting runners on base in eight of the nine innings, but ended up stranding a season-high 13 baserunners.

MANNY BEING MANNY: Manuel Margot has 56 plate appearances in the 2015 season and has put the ball in-play 53 times, with the exceptions being three walks, two of which came on Wednesday against Myrtle Beach. Margot is one of four players in the Carolina League to not strike out at this point in the season and the only one with more than 25 plate appearances. In fact, the Red Sox top-10 prospect leads all of Minor League Baseball in plate appearances without a strikeout and is one of just three players with at least 25 plate appearances and no K’s. Margot has had two strikes on him in 24 plate appearances this year, recording six hits including a double, triple and home run. In at-bats not reaching two strikes, Margot is hitting an absurd 11-for-29 (.379) with a double and two triples.

DOMINANT STARTERS: Despite a quality start from Teddy Stankiewicz, the Red Sox team ERA dropped to 3.09, the third-best mark in the league. Through 14 games, the starters have a combined 2.89 ERA (24 ER/74.2 IP) with a .211 (55/261) batting average against and six quality starts. Salem starters have allowed two earned runs or less eight times and have allowed more than three earned runs just twice.

EXTRA, EXTRA: Extra-base hits have been Salem’s forte over the last 10 games. During that stretch, the Sox have 34 extra-base hits including 24 doubles, five triples and five home runs. In total, 34 of Salem’s 93 hits (36.6 percent) have gone for extra bases in the last 10 games. The Red Sox had recorded at least two extra-base knocks in nine straight contests before last night, but have still done so in 11 of the team’s first 14 games. Salem currently leads the league in doubles (30) and triples (6), and is fourth in home runs (7).

TWO OUT RALLY: Salem’s two-out run in the first inning on Friday night marked the seventh straight run that the Sox have scored with two outs. Despite ranking next to last in the league by hitting just .194 with runners in scoring position and two outs, Salem has driven 16 runs in such situations. That ranks fourth on the league leaderboard. Despite the overall low average, the Sox are 6-for-15 (.400) in this current series against the Mudcats when it comes to hitting with runners in scoring position and two outs.

ON THE LEADERBOARD: Manuel Margot highlights the Red Sox among the Carolina League leaders, pacing the circuit with three triples and tying for the league lead in extra-base hits (7). and while pacing the circuit with three triples. He is second among active players in batting average (.346), hits (18), slugging percentage (.577), runs (12), and total bases (30). Anuery Tavarez is fourth among active players in batting average (.317) and on-base percentage (.383). Jake Dahlstrand currently is tied for the league lead in wins (3) while sitting in second in opponent batting average (.138), third in WHIP (0.68) and fourth in ERA (0.95) and innings pitched (19.0).

GAME ONE LINEUP:

4-26 LINEUP

Things We Think

Hard to believe it but the Salem Red Sox 2015 season is two weeks old. The Sox played their 13th game on Thursday night in Zebulon, N.C. and improved to 6-7 with a 6-4 win over the Carolina Mudcats. Some early impressions from the season’s first fortnight:

1.) THIS TEAM IS BETTER THAN THEIR RECORD:

The Red Sox have been an insanely streaky bunch. After an Opening Day win Salem lost four in a row. That was followed by a three-game winning streak, a three-game losing streak, and now back-to-back wins. As a team the Red Sox have put up some impressive numbers. Their team ERA is a league leading 2.99, making them the only team with a sub-3.00 mark. This has of course been buoyed by some dominant starting pitching, notably Jake Dahlstrand and his 3-0, 0.95 ERA mark. As a team the Red Sox are batting .255, good for third in the Carolina League. These numbers will soon translate to more wins for the ballclub.

2.) MANUEL MARGOT IS SPECIAL

We talk about it constantly, Manuel Margot himself is worth the price of admission every night. You could just scan his numbers alone (.340 batting average, top-five in runs scored, total bases, stolen bases and triples, and he has yet to strike out in 51 plate appearances) and be blown away, but watching him on a nightly basis has been a treat. Margot has limitless range, he seemingly covers two-thirds of the outfield by himself. At this rate, he’s not long for Single-A baseball, we should enjoy him while we can.

3.) THE BATS ARE COMING AROUND

The season’s first road trip saw some anemic offense, but after a homestand at LewisGale Field the offense has begun to show life. Sam Travis, Jordan Betts, Cole Sturgeon, Tzu-Wei Lin and the like are starting to barrel up baseballs with some consistency, joining hot starters in Margot, Jake Romanski and Aneury Tavarez. The emerging solid offense paired with the pitching staff that the Red Sox employ could mean some seriously fun baseball in the months to come.

 

The Red Sox and Mudcats play for the ninth time this season tonight at 7 p.m. from Five County Stadium in Zebulon, N.C. You can listen to our broadcast as always on 1240 AM ESPN Roanoke, online at salemsox.com or via the TuneIn Radio app.

Salem Sox Gameday: You Again?

GAME #13 –Salem Red Sox (5-7) at Carolina Mudcats (6-6)

7:00 PM, Five County Stadium, Zebulon, N.C. 

SERIES AT A GLANCE – First of a four-game series, Carolina leads season series 4-3

LAST NIGHT – Salem 4, Myrtle Beach 1 | WP : Jake Dahlstrand (3-0), LP: Jonathan Martinez (0-1), SV Kyle Kraus (1) | Recap | Infographic | Box Score

STARTING PITCHERS –  LHP Trey Ball (1-1, 3.97) vs RHP Andrew Thurman (1-1,1.64)

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SERIES RECAP: The Red Sox avoided being swept at home by the Myrtle Beach Pelicans behind a 4-1 victory Wednesday afternoon at LewisGale Field. Salem dropped the first two games against the Pelicans both by a final score of 7-4. Game one was delayed for a total of 93 minutes do to rain and finished in 11 innings. The Red Sox once owned a 4-0 lead but were eventually tied in the top of the ninth. They surrendered the decisive three runs in the top half of the 11th. A late lead was coughed up in the second game as well, a four-run seventh propelled the Pelicans to another 7-4 win. In the series finale on Wednesday, Jake Dahlstrand served as the stopper, turning in seven three-hit innings with only one unearned run charged to his account. The Red Sox came out on top with a 4-1 win, putting up four runs for the third straight game. Dahlstrand became the first Sox starter to see the seventh inning and helped ensure that Salem was not swept for the first time this season.

Now on to Zebulon, N.C. for four games with a familiar foe in the form of the Carolina Mudcats. Take a peek at the game notes below.

GAME NOTES:

SERIES AT A GLANCE: For the second time this season, the Red Sox journey to Five County Stadium in Zebulon, N.C. for a four-game series with the Carolina Mudcats. Salem is 1-3 in road games against Carolina, the only win was a rain-shortened no-hitter tossed by Jake Dahlstrand and Joe Gunkel on Opening Day. The Red Sox dropped the final three games of that series. The Mudcats just avoided a sweep when they visited LewisGale Field, taking the last game out of the three that were played. Carolina leads the season series 4-3. The fourgame series will make it 11 of the first 16 games of the Red Sox schedule against the Mudcats, equating to half of the season series.

LAST TIME OUT: Jake Dahlstrand surrendered just one unearned run over seven innings to earn his team-leading third win as the Red Sox defeated the Myrtle Beach Pelicans 4-1 on Wednesday afternoon at LewisGale Field, snapping a three-game losing streak. The Pelicans managed only three hits off of Dahlstrand (3-0), who struck out two and did not walk a batter. Mario Martinez paced the offense, finishing 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Manuel Margot walked twice and scored once to extend his on-base streak to a team season-high nine games. The bottom third of the order (Jordan Weems, Hector Lorenzana, Jose Vinicio) went a combined 3-for-9 with a double and 3 RBI.

MANNY BEING MANNY: Manuel Margot has 46 plate appearances in the 2015 season and has put the ball in-play 43 times, with the exceptions being three walks, two of which came yesterday against Myrtle Beach. Margot is the only player in the Carolina League with at least 20 plate appearances to not strike out to this point of the season. His .357 batting average is good for second best among active players in the league and he currently leads the circuit in triples (3) and is second in extra base hits (tied-6) and slugging percentage (.619). He also ranks in the top five in runs (t-3rd, 10), total bases (3rd, 26), stolen bases (t-4th, 5) and hits (5th, 15), Margot has had two strikes on him in 21 plate appearances this year, recording five hits including a double, triple and home run. In at-bats not reaching two strikes, Margot is hitting an absurd 10-for-22 (.455) with a double and two triples.

DOMINANT STARTERS: Behind another superb outing from Jake Dahlstrand, the Red Sox now lead the league in ERA at 2.90, the only team below 3.00. Dahlstrand continued a strong trend of solid outings for the Red Sox starting rotation. Through 12 games, the starters have a combined 2.53 ERA (18 ER/64.0 IP) with a .214 (48/224) batting average against and five quality starts. Salem starters have allowed two earned runs or less in seven consecutive starts dating back to April 14 and have allowed more than three earned ones just once (April 10). Dahlstrand has been the catalyst for the staff, sporting a 0.95 ERA through three starts, seventh-lowest in the league.

EXTRA, EXTRA: LewisGale Field turned into an extra-base-hit haven for the Red Sox during the first home stand. Through six home games, the Sox have 24 extra-base hits including 19 doubles, three triples and two home runs. Salem started the home schedule with seven doubles as a team in the 13-3 win over Carolina last Thursday night and added four more on Friday night. Manuel Margot tripled twice while Mario Martinez smoked the first home round-tripper of the year in the seventh inning on Friday. In total, 24 of Salem’s 61 hits have gone for extra bases at Salem Memorial Ballpark. Six different players have recorded an extra-base knock in two separate games. Salem currently leads the league in doubles (26) and triples (6), and is tied for third in home runs (6).

PROSPECT POWER: This season’s team features six players ranked in the top 30 of Baseball America’s annual organizational prospect rankings. Outfielder Manuel Margot (7th) is the highest-rated prospect and is joined in the top 30 by infielders Sam Travis (12th) and Wendell Rijo (24th) plus pitchers Trey Ball (15th), Teddy Stankiewicz (20th) and Joe Gunkel (26th). Margot (6th), Ball (12th), Travis (15th), Rijo (17th) and Stankiewicz (20th) also find themselves in the top 30 according to MLB.com.

Salem Sox Gameday: Matinée vs Myrtle Beach

GAME #12 – Myrtle Beach Pelicans (8-3) at Salem Red Sox (4-7)

11:05 AM, LewisGale Field at Salem Memorial Ballpark, Salem, VA

SERIES AT A GLANCE – Third of a three-game series, Myrtle Beach leads series 2-0, Myrtle Beach leads season series 3-1

LAST NIGHT – Myrtle Beach 7, Salem 4 | WP : James Pugliese (1-0), LP: Jorge Marban (0-1), SV Jasvir Rakkar (1) | Recap | Infographic | Box Score

STARTING PITCHERS –  RHP Jake Dahlstrand (2-0, 1.50) vs RHP Jonathan Martinez (0-0,1.50)

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GAME NOTES: 

SERIES AT A GLANCE: The Red Sox meet the Myrtle Beach Pelicans for the second time this season and first at LewisGale Field after squaring off last week in South Carolina. Two rainouts bookended a split doubleheader where the Pelicans won game one and the Sox took game two. Salem finishes a week long homestand with three games against Myrtle Beach after earning wins in two of three contests with the Carolina Mudcats. This series will include the third, fourth and fifth games of 18 scheduled with the first-year affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.

LAST TIME OUT: Behind the strength of a four-run seventh inning the Myrtle Beach Pelicans defeated the Salem Red Sox 7-4 on Tuesday night at LewisGale Field. It was the second consecutive 7-4 victory for Myrtle Beach, who won on the road for the fifth game in a row. Manuel Margot went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for the Red Sox, who dropped their third consecutive game.

PUT IT IN PLAY: Manuel Margot has 42 plate appearances in the 2015 season and has put the ball in-play 41 times, with the lone exception being a walk in game two of a doubleheader at Myrtle Beach last Tuesday. Margot is the only player in the Carolina League with at least 40 plate appearances to not strike out to this point of the season. His .375 batting average is good for second best in the league and he currently leads the circuit in triples (3), extra base hits (tied-6) and is second in total bases (26). Margot has had two strikes on him in 19 plate appearances this year, recording five hits including a double, triple and home run. In at-bats not reaching two strikes, Margot is hitting an absurd 10-for-21 (.476) with a double and two triples.

DOMINANT STARTERS: Despite not lasting past the fourth inning last night, Daniel McGrath continued a strong trend of solid outings for the Red Sox starting rotation. Through 11 games, the starters have a combined 2.84 ERA (18 ER/57.0 IP) with a .227 (45/198) batting average against and four quality starts. Salem starters have allowed two earned runs or less in six consecutive starts dating back to April 14.

TURN TWO: The Red Sox turned four double plays on Monday night against Myrtle Beach and now lead the Carolina League with 16 on the season. Last night snapped a string of nine consecutive games with at least one double play. The only previous time this season the Red Sox did not turn two was on Opening Day at Carolina. Three different times Salem has had a game with multiple double plays including two games with three twin-killings and Monday night’s showing of four double plays in the first five innings. The Carolina League record for double plays in a game is seven, set by Raleigh in 1967 against Burlington, when they did so in seven straight innings.

DROPPING DIMES: Cole Sturgeon had two outfield assists in Saturday night’s game against Carolina, giving him a league-leading three on the season. Forrestt Allday is tied for second in the league with two outfield assists of his own. The Red Sox currently lead the Carolina League with six as a team. Of the six outfield assists thus far, two have come at second base, two have been at third base, and two have come at home. Overall, the Red Sox have played sharp defense, committing only eight errors, tied for the second-fewest in the league.

EXTRA, EXTRA: LewisGale Field has turned into an extra-base-hit haven for the Red Sox. Through five home games, the Sox have 22 extra-base hits including 17 doubles, three triples and two home runs. Salem started the home schedule with seven doubles as a team in the 13-3 win over Carolina Thursday night and added four more on Friday night. Manuel Margot has tripled twice while Mario Martinez smoked the first home round-tripper of the year in the seventh inning on Friday. In total, 22 of Salem’s 53 hits have gone for extra bases. Six different players have recorded an extra-base knock in two separate games. Salem currently leads the league in doubles (24) and triples (6), and is tied for third in home runs (6).

LINEUP:

4-22 LINEUP

Salem Sox Gameday: Is That the Sun?

GAME #11 – Myrtle Beach Pelicans (7-3) at Salem Red Sox (4-6)

7:05 PM, LewisGale Field at Salem Memorial Ballpark, Salem, VA

SERIES AT A GLANCE – Second of a three-game series, Myrtle Beach leads series 1-0, Myrtle Beach leads season series 2-1

LAST NIGHT – Myrtle Beach 7, Salem 4 (11)| WP : Tayler Scott (1-0), LP: Austin Maddox (0-1), SV Matt Brazis (2) | Recap | Infographic | Box Score

STARTING PITCHERS –  LHP Daniel McGrath (0-1, 8.10) vs RHP Jen-Ho Tseng (1-0,3.60)

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Last night’s extra-inning contest was twice delayed by rain for a total of 93 minutes as thunderstorms spotted the Roanoke Valley. Today however the sun has made a glorious return and the forecast is clear for the penultimate game of the season’s first homestand. We’ll keep knocking on wood and look out for you at the ballpark this evening!

GAME NOTES:

SERIES AT A GLANCE: The Red sox meet the Myrtle Beach Pelicans for the second time this season and first at LewisGale Field after squaring off last week in South Carolina. Two rainouts bookended a split doubleheader where the Pelicans won game one and the Sox took game two. Salem finishes a week long homestand with three games against Myrtle Beach after earning wins in two of three contests with the Carolina Mudcats. This series will include the third, fourth and fifth games of 18 scheduled with the first-year affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.

LAST TIME OUT: The Salem Red Sox succumbed to the elements and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans Monday night at LewisGale Field, dropping an 11-inning affair 7-4. The game was delayed twice due to rain for a total of 93 minutes. Salem led 4-0 through three innings but Myrtle Beach scored a run in the fourth, sixth, eighth and the ninth to eventually tie the game before winning it with three in the 11th. Manuel Margot was 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI, Anuery Tavarez was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Wendell Rijo crushed a two-run home run. Austin Maddox (0-1) allowed four runs in three innings and took the loss while Tayler Scott (1-0) was the winning pitcher behind three shutout innings.

DOMINANT STARTERS: Kevin McAvoy continued a strong trend of solid outings for the Red Sox starting rotation. Through 10 games, the starters have a combined 2.72 ERA (16 ER/53.0 IP) with a .230 (42/183) batting average against and four quality starts. The entire staff has a 3.21 ERA, third-best in the Carolina League, and a .247 batting average against.

HOME COOKING: After beginning the season with six road games and a 2-4 record, the Red Sox won back-to-back home games at LewisGale Field on Thursday and Friday. Despite now droppin back-to-back games, the Sox continue to swing the bats well at home. Salem has batted .287 (41/143) as a team and outscored opponents 24-15 in the four games. In six road games, the Red Sox hit .200 and scored a total of 15 runs, being outscored 19-15 over the opening road trip.

TURN TWO: The Red Sox turned four double plays on Monday night against Myrtle Beach and now lead the Carolina League with 16 on the season. It was their ninth consecutive game with a double play. The only time this season the Red Sox did not turn two was on Opening Day at Carolina. Three different times Salem has had a game with multiple double plays including two games with three twin-killings and last night’s showing of four double plays in the first five innings. The Carolina League record for double plays in a game is seven, set by Raleigh in 1967 against Burlington, when they did so in seven straight innings.

DROPPING DIMES: Cole Sturgeon had two outfield assists in Saturday night’s game against Carolina, giving him a league-leading three on the season. Forrestt Allday is tied for second in the league with two outfield assists of his own. The Red Sox currently lead the Carolina League with six as a team. Of the six outfield assists thus far, two have come at second base, two have been at third base, and two have come at home. Overall, the Red Sox have played sharp defense, committing only eight errors, tied for the second-fewest in the league.

EXTRA, EXTRA: LewisGale Field has turned into an extra-base-hit haven for the Red Sox. Through four home games, the Sox have 18 extra-base hits including 14 doubles, two triples and two home runs. Salem started the home schedule with seven doubles as a team in the 13-3 win over Carolina Thursday night and added four more on Friday night. Manuel Margot has tripled twice while Mario Martinez smoked the first home round-tripper of the year in the seventh inning on Friday. In total, 18 of Salem’s 41 hits have gone for extra bases. Six different players have recorded an extra-base knock in two separate games including Forrestt Allday and Oscar Tejeda, who had two doubles each on Thursday. Salem currently leads the league in triples (5), is second in doubles (21) and tied for third in home runs (6).

LINEUP:

4-21 lineup

Salem Sox Gameday: The Pelican Brief

GAME #10 – Myrtle Beach Pelicans (6-3) at Salem Red Sox (4-5)

7:05 PM, LewisGale Field at Salem Memorial Ballpark, Salem, VA

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

LAST NIGHT – Series finale against the Carolina Mudcats was rained out. Game will be made up Saturday, May 9 as part of a doubleheader

LAST GAME – Carolina 3, Salem 1| WP : Steve Janas (2-0), LP: Teddy Stankiewicz (0-2), SV David Peterson (1) | Recap | Infographic | Box Score

STARTING PITCHERS –  RHP Kevin McAvoy (0-1, 1.80) vs RHP Tyler Skulina (0-1,1.80)

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SERIES RECAP – The Salem Red Sox notched their first series win of the 2015 season, taking two of three from the Carolina Mudcats. The starting pitchers continued to impress; Jake Dahlstrand, Trey Ball and Teddy Stankiewicz combined for a 1.56 ERA, allowing only three runs over 17.1 combined innings pitched. Only Stankiewicz was the hard luck loser in the 3-1 Mudcats victory on Saturday. As is noted below, LewisGale Field was a safe haven for the Red Sox in the first home series of the year. In just three games Salem put up 20 runs, more than the 15 that they totaled in the six-game season opening road trip. After the finale with Carolina was rained out on Sunday, the Red Sox welcome the Myrtle Beach Pelicans for a three-game set. On to the game notes!

GAME NOTES –

SERIES AT A GLANCE:  The Red sox meet the Myrtle Beach Pelicans for the second time this season and first at LewisGale Field after squaring off last week in South Carolina. Two rainouts bookended a split doubleheader where the Pelicans won game one and the Sox took game two. Salem finishes a week long homestand with three games against Myrtle Beach after earning wins in two of three contests with the Carolina Mudcats. This series will include the third, fourth and fifth games of 18 scheduled with the first-year affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.

LAST TIME OUT: Steve Janas tossed seven superb innings, limiting the Red Sox to a run on five hits as the Carolina Mudcats won 3-1 on Saturday night. Salem starter Teddy Stankiewicz tossed five scoreless innings before falling victim to a leadoff error and two subsequent runs in the sixth inning. Stankiewicz lowered his ERA to 2.38 by allowing two runs (one earned) in 5.1 frames, but took the loss to fall to 0-2. Salem had just two hits after the third inning. The lone Sox run in the contest came on an RBI groundout in the last of the second from Mario Martinez scoring Aneury Tavarez

DOMINANT STARTERS: Teddy Stankiewicz continued a strong trend of solid outings for the Red Sox starting rotation. Through nine games, the starters have a combined 2.81 ERA (15 ER/48.0 IP) with a .235 (40/170) batting average against and four quality starts. The entire staff has a 2.82 ERA, the best in the Carolina League, and a .242 batting average against.

HOME COOKING: After beginning the season with six road games and a 2-4 record, the Red Sox won back-to-back home games at LewisGale Field. In home games, Salem is batting .324 (33/102) as a team with 20 runs scored and have outscored opponents 20-8. In six road games, the Red Sox hit .200 and scored a total of 15 runs, being outscored 19-15 over the opening road trip.

EXTRA, EXTRA: LewisGale Field has turned into an extra-base-hit haven for the Red Sox. Through three home games, the Sox have 16 extra-base hits including 13 doubles, two triples and a home run. Salem started the home schedule with seven doubles as a team in the 13-3 win over Carolina Thursday night and added four more last night. Manuel Margot has tripled twice while Mario Martinez smoked the first home run of the year in the seventh inning on Friday. In total, 16 of Salem’s 33 hits have gone for extra bases. Six different players have recorded an extra-base knock in two separate games including Forrestt Allday and Oscar Tejeda, who had two doubles each on Thursday. Salem currently leads the league in doubles (20), triples (5) and is tied for third in home runs (5).

DAY LONG PRODUCTION: Forrestt Allday is red-hot in the early part of the season. Over his last 14 plate appearances, Allday is 7-for-10 with three doubles, a home run, five RBI, five runs, three walks, and a sac fly. He leads the team in average, on-base percentage (.632), walks (5) and is second in RBI (5), runs (6) and hits (7). He Hit his first professional home run on Tuesday in his 93rd game and 327th at-bat as a Red Sox farmhand. An eighth-round selection by Boston back in 2013, Allday had not homered since his college days at the University of Central Arkansas in 2013 when he hit three for the Bears in 64 games.

DROPPING DIMES: Cole Sturgeon had two outfield assists in Saturday night’s game against Carolina, giving him a league-leading three on the season. Forrestt Allday is tied for second in the league with two outfield assists of his own. The Red Sox currently lead the Carolina League with six as a team. Sturgeon alone has more outfield assists than five full teams. Of the six outfield assists thus far, two have come at second base, two have been at third base,

LINEUP:

4-20 lineup

Salem Sox Gameday: Perhaps a Streak?

GAME #9 – Carolina Mudcats (4-4) at Salem Red Sox (4-4)

6:05 PM, LewisGale Field at Salem Memorial Ballpark, Salem, VA

SERIES AT A GLANCE – Third of a four-game series, Salem leads series 2-0, season series tied 3-3

LAST NIGHT – Salem 6, Carolina 2 | WP : Trey Ball (1-1), LP: Andrew Thurman (1-1), SV Austin Maddox (1) | Recap | Infographic | Box Score

STARTING PITCHERS –  RHP Teddy Stankiewicz (0-1, 3.00) vs RHP Steve Janas (1-0,0.00)

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GAME NOTES – 

SERIES AT A GLANCE: After finishing their season opening road trip at 2-4, the Salem Red Sox return to the Roanoke Valley for a sevengame homestand. First up is a four game set with the Carolina Mudcats, a team that the Red Sox saw for four games last week to open the season. The first-year Atlanta Braves affiliate took three of four games from the Red Sox in Zebulon, N.C. Last season, the Red Sox were 5-5 at home against the Mudcats and 7-3 against Lynchburg, Atlanta’s Carolina League affiliate in 2014. This season, the Red Sox and Mudcats will meet 22 times, 11 at each ballpark. Twelve of the 22 matchups will take place over the season’s first 18 games.

LAST TIME OUT: Trey Ball tossed 6.0 no-hit innings in his second start of the season, striking out five and allowing just two baserunners to reach base in Salem’s 6-2 victory over Carolina Friday night at LewisGale Field. The Mudcats broke up the no-hitter in the top of the seventh inning with a one out single from Jose Briceno off of German Taveras. Oscar Tejeda was 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored, and Sam Travis scored twice for the Red Sox. Austin Maddox picked up the save with 1.2 hitless innings after relieving Taveras in the eighth. Maddox and Ball combined for 7.2 no-hit innings, 1.1 more than the rain-shortened Opening Day no-hitter from Jake Dahlstrand and Joe Gunkel.

DOMINANT STARTERS: Trey Ball’s six no-hit innings were part of yet another strong outing for the Red Sox starting rotation. Through eight games the starters have a combined 2.95 ERA (14 ER/42.2 IP) with a .211 (31/147) batting average against and four quality starts. The entire staff has a 3.08 ERA, good for third in the Carolina League, and a .226 batting average against.

HOME COOKING: After beginning the season with six road games and a 2-4 record, the Red Sox have won back-to-back home games at LewisGale Field. In home games, Salem is batting .391 (27/69) as a team with 19 runs scored and have outscored opponents 19-5. In six road games, the Red Sox hit .200 and scored a total of 15 runs, being outscored 19-15 over the opening road trip.

EXTRA, EXTRA: LewisGale Field has turned into an extra-base-hit haven for the Red Sox. Through two home games, the Sox have 14 extra-base hits including 11 doubles, two triples and a home run. Salem started the home schedule with seven doubles as a team in the 13-3 win over Carolina Thursday night and added four more last night. Manuel Margot has tripled in each game while Mario Martinez smoked the first home run of the year in the seventh inning on Friday. In total, 14 of Salem’s 27 hits have gone for extra bases. Six different players have recorded an extra-base knock in each game including Forrestt Allday and Oscar Tejeda, who had two doubles each on Thursday. Salem currently leads the league in doubles (18), triples (5) and is tied for third in home runs (5).

DAY LONG PRODUCTION: Forrestt Allday is red-hot in the early part of the season. Over his last 14 plate appearances, Allday is 7-for-10 with three doubles, a home run, five RBI, five runs, three walks, and a sac fly. He leads the team in average, on-base percentage (.632), walks (5) and is second in RBI (5), runs (6) and hits (7). He Hit his first professional home run on Tuesday in his 93rd game and 327th at-bat as a Red Sox farmhand. An eighth-round selection by Boston back in 2013, Allday had not homered since his college days at the University of Central Arkansas in 2013 when he hit three for the Bears in 64 games.

PROSPECT POWER: This season’s team features six players ranked in the top 30 of Baseball America’s annual organizational prospect rankings. Outfielder Manuel Margot (7th) is the highest-rated prospect and is joined in the top 30 by infielders Sam Travis (12th) and Wendell Rijo (24th) plus pitchers Trey Ball (15th), Teddy Stankiewicz (20th) and Joe Gunkel (26th). Margot (6th), Ball (12th), Travis (15th), Rijo (17th) and Stankiewicz (20th) also find themselves in the top 30 according to MLB.com.

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Salem Sox Gameday: Freedom Friday in Salem

GAME #8 – Carolina Mudcats (4-3) at Salem Red Sox (3-4)

7:05 PM, LewisGale Field at Salem Memorial Ballpark, Salem, VA

SERIES AT A GLANCE – Second of a four-game series, Salem leads series 1-0, Carolina leads season series 3-2

LAST NIGHT – Salem 13, Carolina 3 | WP : Jake Dahlstrand (2-0), LP: Lucas Sims (1-1), SV Mike Adams (1) | Recap | Infographic | Box Score

STARTING PITCHERS –  LHP Trey Ball (0-1, 8.44) vs RHP Andrew Thurman (1-0,0.00)

RADIO – 1240 ESPN AM Roanoke | salemsox.com | TuneIn Radio App

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GAME NOTES – 

SERIES AT A GLANCE: After finishing their season opening road trip at 2-4, the Salem Red Sox return to the Roanoke Valley for a seven-game homestand. First up is a four game set with the Carolina Mudcats, a team that the Red Sox saw for four games last week to open theseason. The first-year Atlanta Braves affiliate took three of four games from the Red Sox in Zebulon, N.C. Last season, the Red Sox were 5-5 at home against the Mudcats and 7-3 against Lynchburg, Atlanta’s Carolina League affiliate in 2014. This season, the Red Sox and Mudcats will meet 22 times, 11 at each ballpark. Twelve of the 22 matchups will take place over the season’s first 18 games.

LAST TIME OUT: Salem thumped Carolina Thursday night in the home opener at LewisGale Field, tallying 16 hits en-route to a 13-3 win over the Mudcats. Every player in the Red Sox lineup got a hit, eight scored a run and six had an RBI. Manuel Margot and Cole Sturgeon scored three times and Margot, Forrestt Allday and Jake Romanski each had three hits. Jake Dahlstrand notched his second win of the season, allowing just two runs in six innings, striking out four batters.

DAY LONG PRODUCTION: Forrestt Allday is red-hot in the early part of the season. After a 3-for-3 outing on Thursday night, Allday is batting .600 in the young 2015 campaign. Over his last ten plate appearances, Allday is 6-for-7 with three doubles, a home run, five RBI, four runs, two walks, and a sac fly. He leads the team in average, on-base percentage (.667), walks (4), RBI (tied-5) and is second in runs (5). On Tuesday, he crushed his first career home run over the top of the left field pole to tie the game at one, threw a runner out at third base on a potential sacrifice fly, and drove home the eventual game-winning run with a sac fly in the seventh inning. The home run for Allday came in his 93rd game and 327th at-bat as a Red Sox farmhand. An eighth-round selection by Boston back in 2013, Allday had not homered since his college days at the University of Central Arkansas in 2013 when he hit three for the Bears in 64 games.

TAKE TWO, THEY’RE SMALL: Salem had seven doubles as a team in the 13-3 win over Carolina Thursday night. It was the most doubles the Red Sox have had as a team since July 24, 2013, when they had nine in a home game against the Frederick Keys. The team season total was doubled on Thursday. Entering the game, Salem had seven two-baggers for the entire season. The Red Sox also nearly doubled their entire scoring output on the opening road trip, when they scored a total of 15 runs.

THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN: In home openers at LewisGale Field since becoming a Boston Red Sox affiliate, Salem is now 4-3. After losing back-to-back home openers in 2011 and 2012, the Red Sox have won three consecutive to begin the season in Salem: a 7-2 take down of Myrtle Beach in 2013, a 12-11 shootout over Winston-Salem in 2014 and last night’s 13-3 triumph over Carolina. This is the fourth straight year that the Sox home opener was not on MiLB Opening Day. The team hasn’t been at home to start the season since 2011. Salem finished last season with a 35-32 home record.

GOOD PITCHING BEATS GOOD HITTING: Salem’s pitching staff looks to be especially strong this season with three top-30 prospects in Trey Ball, Teddy Stankiewicz and Joe Gunkel. Of the 12 pitchers on the roster, eight were selected in the top 10 rounds of their respective drafts: Ball (1st, 2013), Stankiewicz (2nd, 2013), Austin Maddox (3rd, 2012), Kevin McAvoy (4th, 2014), Kyle Kraus (7th, 2012), Mike Adams (7th, 2013), Jake Dahlstrand (10th, 2010) and Taylor Grover (10th, 2013). This year is a new challenge for a majority of the staff as only five of the pitchers have reached High-A before this season. Nine of the hurlers are 23 years old or younger, including two 20-year olds. So far, the youthful staff has held its own, stockpiling a 3.27 ERA in the first week of the season. Six of Salem’s starters have allowed three earned runs or less and all but one has gone at least five innings. Sox starters have already recorded three quality starts.

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Salem Sox Gameday: Home Sweet Home

GAME #7 – Carolina Mudcats (4-2) at Salem Red Sox (2-4)

7:05 PM, LewisGale Field at Salem Memorial Ballpark, Salem, VA

SERIES AT A GLANCE – First of a four game series, Carolina leads season series 3-1

LAST NIGHT – Rained out at Myrtle Beach, game rescheduled as part of a May 6 doubleheader

LAST GAME – (Tuesday Doubleheader) (Game #1) Myrtle Beach 5, Salem 3 | WP: Jen-Ho Tseng (1-0), LP Daniel McGrath (0-1), SV Tayler Scott (1) | Infographic | Box Score

(Game #2) Salem 3, Myrtle Beach 1 | WP Taylor Grover (1-0), LP Gerardo Conception (0-1) |Recap | Infographic | Box Score

STARTING PITCHERS –  RHP Jake Dahlstrand (1-0, 0.00) vs RHP Lucas Sims (1-0,3.00)

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SERIES RECAP – What was originally scheduled as a three-day, three-game series turned in to two seven-inning games played as a doubleheader Tuesday Night in Myrtle Beach. After Game one was postponed due to rain on Monday, the Sox earned a split Tuesday night. Salem dropped the opening game 5-3 before bouncing back for a 3-1 victory behind a strong performance from Forrestt Allday. Allday went 2-for-2 with a walk and launched his first career home run. He later plated the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly. The series rubber match scheduled for Wednesday night was rained out and will be made up as part of a doubleheader tentatively scheduled for May 6.

The 2015 Salem Red Sox make their first appearance at LewisGale Field tonight beginning at 7:05 p.m. We’ll see you at the ballpark, until then all of your pertinent Home Opener info is below.

GAME NOTES – 

SERIES AT A GLANCE: After finishing their season opening road trip at 2-4, the Salem Red Sox return to the Roanoke Valley to begin a seven-game homestand. First up is a four game set with the Carolina Mudcats, a team that the Red Sox saw for four games last week to open the season. The first-year Atlanta Braves affiliate took three of four games from the Red Sox in Zebulon, N.C. Last season, the Red Sox were 5-5 at home against the Mudcats and 7-3 against Lynchburg, Atlanta’s Carolina League affiliate in 2014. This season, the Red Sox and Mudcats will meet 22 times, 11 at each ballpark. Twelve of the 22 matchups will take place over the season’s first 18 games.

THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN: In home openers at LewisGale Field since becoming a Boston Red Sox affiliate, Salem is 3-3. After losing back-to-back home openers in 2011 and 2012, the Red Sox have won two consecutive to begin the season in Salem, a 7-2 take down of Myrtle Beach in 2013 and a 12-11 shootout over Winston-Salem in 2014. This is the fourth straight year that the Sox home opener was not on MiLB Opening Day. The team hasn’t been at home to start the season since 2011. Salem finished last season with a 35-32 home record.

LAST TIME OUT: Salem split a doubleheader on Tuesday night at Myrtle Beach, falling 5-3 in the opener before swiping the nightcap 3-1. Forrestt Allday led the charge in the second game by going 2-for-2 with two RBI, including his first professional home run. Taylor Grover earned the win in the second game by firing two scoreless frames of relief. Manuel Margot was a combined 2-for-6 in the twin-bill with his first home run of the year coming in the first game. Wendell Rijo was 3-for-3 in the opener, finishing a home run shy of the cycle.

LET’S PLAY TWO: The Red Sox earned the split of their first doubleheader of the season Tuesday night in Myrtle Beach thanks to a 3-1 victory in game two. In 2014, Salem was a combined 10-4 in doubleheader contests including two splits. It was the Red Sox first doubleheader against the Pelicans since July 11, 2013 and their first doubleheader in Myrtle Beach since August 11, 2009.

TWO BY TWO: Every game this season for the Red Sox has been decided by exactly two runs. Last season, Salem was involved in 25 games decided by exactly two runs, posting a 12-13 record in such contests. The sixth two-run game, however, did not come until May 9. The Red Sox have scored runs in their last at-bat in three straight games to create the two-run margin.

WHAT A DAY: Forrestt Allday was involved in every facet of the game during Tuesday’s nightcap. The 24-year old from Friendswood, Texas crushed his first career home run over the top of the left field pole to tie the game at one, threw a runner out at third base on a potential sacrifice fly, and drove home the eventual game-winning run with a sac fly in the seventh inning. The home run for Allday came in his 93rd game and 327th at-bat as a Red Sox farmhand. An eighth-round selection by Boston back in 2013, Allday had not homered since his college days at the University of Central Arkansas in 2013 when he hit three for the Bears in 64 games.

OPENING DAY NO-NO: Thursday night, Jake Dahlstrand and Joe Gunkel combined to throw the 11th no-hitter in Salem franchise history. The rain-shortened outing that was called final after 6.1 innings was the first no-hitter since Henry Owens, Matty Ott and Matt Price collaborated to no-hit the Frederick Keys on July 17, 2013 in a 6-0 Red Sox victory. It was the second shortest no-hitter in Salem history. On June 29, 1972, John Morlan and Dewayne Mason held the Kinston Eagles hitless in a 2-1 Salem Pirates victory that was called final after just five innings. Gunkel is the second pitcher in team history to throw just 0.1 innings of a combined no-hitter. Ryan Oulette did it for the Salem Avalanche on August 5, 2008. It was the third Opening Day no-hitter involving the Salem franchise as the 1992 Buccaneers and 1995 Avalanche were on the wrong side of no-hitters by the Peninsula Pilots and Prince William Cannons, respectively

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Salem Sox Gameday: Series Finale in Myrtle Beach

GAME #7 – Salem Red Sox (2-4) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (3-3)

7:05 PM, TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark, Myrtle Beach, SC

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

LAST NIGHT – Myrtle Beach 5, Salem 3 | WP: Jen-Ho Tseng (1-0), LP Daniel McGrath (0-1), SV Tayler Scott (1) | Infographic | Box Score

(Game #2) Salem 3, Myrtle Beach 1 | WP Taylor Grover (1-0), LP Gerardo Conception (0-1) | Recap | Infographic | Box Score

STARTING PITCHERS –  RHP Jake Dahlstrand (1-0, 0.00) vs RHP Duane Underwood Jr. (1-0,0.00)

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Tonight is the final game of the season-opening seven-game road trip. Tomorrow, the Sox open up a seven-game homestand with the first of a four-game set against the Carolina Mudcats beginning at 7:05 p.m. But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s focus on the series finale with the Pelicans.

GAME NOTES –

SERIES AT A GLANCE: The Salem Red Sox continue their season-opening seven-game road trip with a three-game series against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. The Sox took 11 of 19 games from the Pelicans in the regular season last year, but fell when it counted most two games to one in the South Division Championships Series. Salem is 2-4 for the third time in the last four years, also reaching that mark in 2012 and 2013. The Red Sox have not started 2-5 since that 2012 campaign when they finished 68-69-1.

LAST TIME OUT: Salem split a doubleheader on Tuesday night at Myrtle Beach, falling 5-3 in the opener before swiping the nightcap 3-1. Forrestt Allday led the charge in the second game by going 2-for-2 with two RBI, including his first professional home run. Taylor Grover earned the win in the second game by firing two scoreless frames of relief. Manuel Margot was a combined 2-for-6 in the twin-bill with his first home run of the year coming in the first game. Wendell Rijo was 3-for-3 in the opener, finishing a home run shy of the cycle.

LET’S PLAY TWO: The Red Sox earned the split of their first doubleheader of the season Tuesday night in Myrtle Beach thanks to a 3-1 victory in game two. In 2014, Salem was a combined 10-4 in doubleheader contests including two splits. It was the Red Sox first doubleheader against the Pelicans since July 11, 2013 and their first doubleheader in Myrtle Beach since August 11, 2009.

TWO BY TWO: Every game this season for the Red Sox has been decided by exactly two runs. Last season, Salem was involved in 25 games decided by exactly two runs, posting a 12-13 record in such contests. The sixth two-run game, however, did not come until May 9. The Red Sox have scored runs in their last at-bat in three straight games to create the two-run margin.

WHAT A DAY: Forrestt Allday was involved in every facet of the game during Tuesday’s nightcap. The 24-year old from Friendswood, Texas crushed his first career home run over the top of the left field pole to tie the game at one, threw a runner out at third base on a potential sacrifice fly, and drove home the eventual game-winning run with a sac fly in the seventh inning. The home run for Allday came in his 93rd game and 327th at-bat as a Red Sox farmhand. An eighth-round selection by Boston back in 2013, Allday had not homered since his college days at the University of Central Arkansas in 2013 when he hit three for the Bears in 64 games.

OPENING DAY NO-NO: Thursday night, Jake Dahlstrand and Joe Gunkel combined to throw the 11th no-hitter in Salem franchise history. The rain-shortened outing that was called final after 6.1 innings was the first no-hitter since Henry Owens, Matty Ott and Matt Price collaborated to no-hit the Frederick Keys on July 17, 2013 in a 6-0 Red Sox victory. It was the second shortest no-hitter in Salem history. On June 29, 1972, John Morlan and Dewayne Mason held the Kinston Eagles hitless in a 2-1 Salem Pirates victory that was called final after just five innings. Gunkel is the second pitcher in team history to throw just 0.1 innings of a combined no-hitter. Ryan Oulette did it for the Salem Avalanche on August 5, 2008. It was the third Opening Day no-hitter involving the Salem franchise as the 1992 Buccaneers and 1995 Avalanche were on the wrong side of no-hitters by the Peninsula Pilots and Prince William Cannons, respectively.

SOLID RELIEF: Taylor Grover was strong out of the bullpen last night in his second appearance of the season, allowing just one hit in 2.0 innings pitched. Grover used just 31 pitches in his outing while walking a pair. It was his seventh career appearance with Salem. After an August call-up from Low-A Greenville in 2014, Grover posted a 1.46 ERA and .167 batting average against with the Red Sox. He did not allow a run in four of those appearances and now has held opponents scoreless in six of his seven career High-A outings. Overall, Grover, Jorge Marban and Austin Maddox have combined to post 6.1 consecutive scoreless innings out of the pen over the last three games.

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