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Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Tidy roll: One night after a sloppy extra-innings loss, the Salem Red Sox dominated in all phases Tuesday, defeating the Wilmington Blue Rocks 8-1 in front of 1,492 at Salem Memorial Ballpark.
Breaking through: Sox lefty Henry Owens had pitched well enough to win each of his first three outings this season, but he didn’t notch his first Carolina League victory until Tuesday – and he did it in impressive fashion.
Relying heavily on a two-seam fastball with sharp lateral movement, Owens allowed just three hits over six scoreless innings. He struck out six and walked one.
“I feel good,” said Owens, 20, who led Greenville in whiffs last season. “Last year, I probably came into pro ball a little anxious. The fourth inning I’d have a blowup inning, walk a couple guys, give up a double. So it’s good to just get my feet wet last year and really come into myself.”
Bat backing: The Sox offense struck early for the second straight night, putting up eight runs over the first two innings. Keury De La Cruz capped a six-run second with a grand slam.
“When we put up an 8-spot, you’ve got the other team in the dugout looking up at the scoreboard and it kind of wilted them,” Owens said. “I just keep putting the pressure on, and then once you get to the fourth they’re kind of thinking, ‘Oh, this game’s over.’ ”
Unlike Monday, when Wilmington rallied from five runs down, Salem (8-9) did close this one out. Noe Ramirez and Nate Striz combined to toss the final three innings.
Fortuitous call: Garin Cecchini thought he had drawn a walk in the bottom of the first inning, but the umpire ruled that the 3-1 pitch caught the inner half.
On the next pitch, Cecchini blasted his second homer of the year. A thank-you note to the man in blue, perhaps?
“That didn’t go through my head, but all my teammates when I came in, that’s exactly what they were saying,” said Cecchini, who went 2 for 4 to raise his average to .328. “I’m glad he called it a strike.”
Welcome to Salem: Sox shortstop Deven Marrero was placed on the DL with a strained hamstring. He was replaced on the roster by Vanderbilt alum Bryan Johns, who ripped an RBI double off the wall in his first at-bat.
On deck: RHP Kyle Stroup (1-1, 3.77) goes for the Sox at 7:05 tonight against Wilmington RHP Kyle Zimmer (0-1, 3.86).
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