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Myrtle Beach Pelicans' bats fall flat in series-opening loss to Salem Red Sox

The bats went flat, the pitching staff had one bad inning and the Pelicans dropped a 2-0 game to Salem in the series opener Saturday at BB&T Coastal Field.

Myrtle Beach tallied just three hits, moved only one batter past second base - Travis Jones in the fifth - and went in order in seven of their nine innings.

The lack of production spoiled what was an altogether solid pitching outing from Julio Teheran, Angelo Paulino and Tommy Palica. The Birds went in order in the second, third, fourth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth innings, all after falling behind 2-0.

Some of that had to do with Salem pitcher Mark Holliman. The former Cubs third-round pick found himself with the independent Northern League's Winnepeg Goldeyes. However, he tore through the Northern League (4-1, 2.02) and was signed by the Red Sox and made his first start for Salem on Saturday.

He finished looking as crisp as he did in the independent circuit, throwing five innings of shutout ball.

"He wasn't overpowering, he just worked in and out, up and down," manager Rocket Wheeler said. "He kind of schooled us a little bit. But hey, you have those nights."

The Red Sox relievers then did the rest, holding the Pelicans hitless in the last four innings.

Teheran ran into his only real trouble of the night in the first, when he allowed both Salem runs. While he struck out two in the frame, he also gave up back-to-back walks and a pair of singles.

He settled down from there, facing just one batter over the minimum from the second through the fifth - after which he was pulled - but the early damage was enough.

With more than a handful of scouts on hand to watch Teheran, he allowed two runs, struck out six, walked four and gave up two hits.

Paulino pitched the sixth and seventh, giving up just one hit. Palica, who rejoined the team on Thursday after being recalled from Double-A Mississippi, did his job in the eighth and ninth.

"A lot of it is just making the adjustments that weren't making me successful up in Mississippi, and just kind of working on staying aggressive and attacking the strike zone," said Palica, who spent approximately half of 2009 in Myrtle Beach. "That's basically the biggest thing for me that I was struggling with out there."

Moves

Right-handed pitcher Zeke Spruill was recalled from the Gulf Coast Braves on Saturday. Spruill threw two games in April for the Pelicans before being placed on the disabled list on April 20.

He was activated last week and immediately assigned to the Rookie League affiliate. There, he threw three innings.

SalemAB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Hissey CF

4

0

0

0

0

1

.249

Padron 1B

4

1

2

0

0

0

.311

Tejeda 2B

2

1

0

0

2

0

.328

Lavarnway DH

3

0

0

0

1

2

.298

Middlebrooks 3B

4

0

0

0

0

3

.278

Federowicz C

3

0

1

2

1

0

.254

Hassan RF

3

0

1

0

0

1

.240

Hedman LF

3

0

0

0

0

1

.236

Dent SS

3

0

0

0

0

1

.223

Totals29

2

4

2

4

9

M. BeachAB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Miles LF

4

0

0

0

0

1

.248

Jones, My SS

4

0

0

0

0

0

.345

Harrilchak, C CF

3

0

1

0

0

2

.225

Jones, Mi 1B

3

0

0

0

0

0

.241

Jones, T 2B

3

0

1

0

0

1

.236

Nelson 3B

3

0

1

0

0

1

.278

Sumoza RF

2

0

0

0

1

0

.238

Sime DH

3

0

0

0

0

2

.257

Kennelly, M C

3

0

0

0

0

1

.202

Totals28

0

2

0

1

8

Salem

200

000

000

--

2

4

0

M. Beach

000

000

000

--

0

3

0

2B-- Harrilchak, C (4, Holliman). LOB--Salem 4, Myrtle Beach 2. . CS -- Sumoza (3, 2nd base by Holliman/Federowicz).

Salem

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Holliman (W, 1-0)

5

3

0

0

1

4

000

Lee (H, 4)

3

0

0

0

0

3

4.41

Cabral (S, 2)

1

0

0

0

0

1

4.32

M. Beach

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Teheran (L, 3-3)

5

2

2

2

4

6

2.92

Paulino

2

1

0

0

0

1

2.44

Palica

2

1

0

0

0

2

000

WP-- Teheran 2. Umpires--Home, Chris Graham; First, Jay Pierce. T--2:29. A--2,595.

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