MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Devlin Granberg's fifth-inning run-scoring sacrifice fly was all the Salem Red Sox needed as Thad Ward and three relievers combined for a three-hit shutout in their 1-0 victory over the Myrtle Beach Pelicans at Ticketreturn.Com Field on Friday evening.

Ward earned the victory for the second consecutive start as he nearly equaled his August 10th performance when  he allowed one hit and four walks with eight strikeouts in five innings.  Friday night he only allowed one hit, a second-inning single by Delvin Zinn, walked three and struck out seven to run his record to 3-2 on the season.

Granberg, who was called up 10 days ago from low-A Greenville, knocked in Keith Curcio, after he led off the fifth inning with a single off Pelican starter Ryan Kellogg and advanced to third on a single from Victor Acosta.

From that point on, Salem relievers Logan Browning, Anyelo Gomez and Andrew Schwaab slammed the door on the Myrtle Beach offense, allowing only a sixth-inning double to Grant Fennell, who was later picked off second by Browning, and a seventh-inning single from Zac Taylor.

Schwaab pitched a perfect ninth to claim his 11th save of the season.

Kellogg was saddled with the hard-luck loss for the Pelicans to fall to 2-8, allowing only the lone run on four hits and a walk in five innings.  With the win, Salem maintained a three-game lead over the Wilmington Blue Rocks, who have won four games in a row, and a 3 1/2-game lead over the Potomac Nationals.

ON DECK: Game 2of the three-game set with Pelicans takes place Saturday  at 6:05 p.m. at Field.  Daniel Gonzalez (5-8, 4.18)starts for Salem against a Myrtle Beach starter that has yet to be named.

August 16, 2019

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Game Story:
Myrtle Beach
Salem Red Sox
Garrett Benge3B300000011.248
Ryan FitzgeraldSS400000000.276
Pedro Castellanos1B400000001.276
Keith CurcioCF413100000.306
Victor AcostaRF301000011.291
Devlin GranbergDH300000101.200
Jagger RusconiLF402000002.195
Nick SciortinoC100000010.163
    a- Elih MarreroPH-C100000000.120
Tanner Nishioka2B300000001.224
a-Grounded into a forceout for Sciortino in the 7th.

2B: Curcio (19, Roberts).
TB: Acosta; Curcio 4; Rusconi 2.
RBI: Granberg (4).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Marrero; Rusconi; Nishioka.
SF: Granberg.
GIDP: Sciortino.
Team RISP: 0-for-5.
Team LOB: 6.

SB: Curcio (7, 2nd base off Rodriguez, M/Gonzalez).
CS: Acosta (5, 2nd base by Kellogg/Gonzalez).

E: Fitzgerald (19, throw); Nishioka (14, fielding).
Outfield assists: Rusconi (Taylor at 2nd base).
Pickoffs: Browning (Fennell at 2nd base).

Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Carlos SepulvedaDH300000011.248
Grant FennellLF401100002.246
Luke Reynolds1B300000012.206
Cam Balego3B300000011.257
Delvin Zinn2B401000001.229
Aramis AdemanSS400000001.223
Zac TaylorCF301000002.174
Eric GonzalezC300000000.143
Jose GutierrezRF200000010.177

2B: Fennell (16, Browning).
TB: Fennell 2; Taylor; Zinn.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gonzalez 2; Reynolds.
Team RISP: 1-for-5.
Team LOB: 6.

SB: Zinn (9, 2nd base off Ward/Sciortino); Sepulveda (12, 2nd base off Ward/Sciortino).
CS: Ademan (9, 2nd base by Ward/Sciortino).
PO: Fennell (2nd base by Browning).

DP: (Balego-Zinn-Reynolds).

Salem Red Sox
Thad Ward (W, 3-2)5.01003702.05
Logan Browning (H, 2)1.01001000.00
Anyelo Gomez (H, 4)2.01000201.93
Andrew Schwaab (S, 11)1.00000102.38
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Ryan Kellogg (L, 2-8)5.04111104.54
Ethan Roberts1.01000002.41
Ryan Lawlor2.00002302.63
Manuel Rodriguez1.01000303.73

Roberts pitched to 1 batter in the 7th.

WP: Lawlor.

Balk: Ward; Rodriguez, M.

Pitches-strikes: Ward 83-52; Browning 16-6; Gomez, A 29-23; Schwaab 9-7; Kellogg 59-43; Roberts 11-7; Lawlor 35-17; Rodriguez, M 22-14.

Groundouts-flyouts: Ward 6-1; Browning 1-1; Gomez, A 3-1; Schwaab 2-0; Kellogg 8-4; Roberts 1-0; Lawlor 2-0; Rodriguez, M 0-0.

Batters faced: Ward 19; Browning 4; Gomez, A 7; Schwaab 3; Kellogg 18; Roberts 4; Lawlor 8; Rodriguez, M 4.

Inherited runners-scored: Lawlor 1-0.

Umpires: HP: Mark Bass. 1B: Ben Rosen.

Weather: 84 degrees, Clear.

Wind: 7 mph, In From CF.

First pitch: 7:09 PM.

T: 2:52 (:52 delay).

Att: 3,220.

Venue: Field.

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