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Salem extends rule over Pelicans

Monday night, the Pelicans just couldn't get out of their own way for one inning.

It equated to Salem's continued dominance of Myrtle Beach.

In this case, the Pelicans' second inning jump-started a 10-6 Red Sox win, their 12th in 13 games against Myrtle Beach this year.

Starting pitcher Paul Clemens had already allowed two runs in the second, but what happened on a wild pitch to Mitch Dening may go down as one of the odder exchanges of the season. Clemens skipped a pitch into catcher Chris Anderson.

The ball ricocheted off Anderson and into the protective net to the right side of the back stop. It immediately allowed Kinston's Will Middlebrooks and Tim Federowicz to advance to third and second base, respectively. Anderson, however, had trouble locating the ball, and Middlebrooks made his way toward home.

Anderson finally placed the ball, picked it up and whipped it back to Clemens, who was covering home. Middlebrooks not only beat the throw, he knocked it away from Clemens. That, in turn, allowed Federowicz to score and push the Red Sox advantage to 4-0.

All of that followed Clemens and Osman Marval - a catcher by trade playing first base Monday - not communicating on what should have been an easy out turned extra opportunity for Salem a couple batters earlier.

Oddly enough, though, the inning ended as Marval bare-handed a hard-hit ball and touched first for the final out. There was other defensive gems in the game, too, including Cory Harrilchak's diving grab in center.

Just not when the Birds could have used it.

It prevented Cole Miles' continued turnaround in the second half from leading to a victory. The speedy outfielder batted just .247 in the first half of the season. He was moved from leadoff to the ninth spot in the batting order.

In 12 second-half games, Miles has been on fire. He's hitting .324 (12-for-27).

Those numbers included Monday, when he was 2-for-2, reached on a pair of walks, stole a base and scored an eye-popping four runs.

"I've been trying to focus on some mechanical things I can change," Miles said. "I was just getting a little out of element, trying to do too many things. [Now] I'm trying to get back to hitting low line drives, focusing on getting on base, rather than forcing base hits."

Pelicans brief

Infielder Dan Nelson has been promoted, at least for the time being, to Double-A Mississippi. Nelson, the current leader in doubles, home runs and RBI for the Pelicans, was called up after two Mississippi players were injured in Sunday's game.

Nelson was hitting .278 through Sunday's game. The Braves did not immediately replace his spot in the roster, and Samuel Sime started at third base Monday against Salem.

SalemAB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Dening RF

5

0

1

1

0

1

.279

Hissey CF

4

0

1

0

1

1

.252

Tejeda 2B

5

1

1

0

0

0

.324

Lavarnway C

3

2

0

0

2

0

.298

Padron 1B

4

2

1

0

1

1

.306

Middlebrooks 3B

5

3

3

5

0

1

.287

Federowicz DH

3

2

2

0

1

0

.259

Hedman LF

3

0

0

1

0

1

.232

Hee SS

4

0

1

0

0

0

.252

Totals36

10

10

7

5

5

M. BeachAB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Jones, My SS

4

1

2

0

1

0

0.344

Harrilchak, C CF

2

0

1

3

2

0

0.247

Jones, T 2B

5

0

1

1

0

2

0.234

Jones, Mi DH

4

0

0

1

0

4

0.235

Sumoza RF

5

0

3

0

0

0

0.252

Sime 3B

4

0

0

0

0

1

0.248

Anderson, C C

3

0

0

0

1

1

0.154

Marval 1B

4

1

0

0

0

0

0.182

Miles LF

2

4

2

0

2

0

0.259

Totals34

6

9

5

6

8

Salem

040

200

400

--

10

10

0

M. Beach

001

010

202

--

6

9

2

E --Clemens (1, missed catch), Sime (14, throw). LOB--Salem 5, Myrtle Beach 8. HR--Middlebrooks (5, 7th inning off Palica, 3 on, 1 out). 2B--Tejeda (22, Francis, D). SB-Dening (6, 2nd base off Clemens/Anderson, C), Miles (25, 2nd base off Gonzalez, Mi/Lavarnway), Jones, T (3, 2nd base off Gonzalez, Mi/Lavarnway).

Salem

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Gonzlz, Mi W, 2-1

5

5

2

2

2

3

4.67

Fernandes

2

1

2

2

3

2

1.93

Latimer

2

3

2

2

1

3

3.55

M. Beach

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Clemens L, 0-2

3.2

6

6

4

3

3

5.14

Francis, D

2.2

2

3

3

2

1

4.19

Palica

2.2

2

1

1

0

1

1.93

WP--Latimer, Clemens 2. Umpires--Home, Chris Graham; First, Jay Pierce. T--3:07. A--3,619.

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