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Delgado gets run support as Myrtle Beach Pelicans rout Salem Red Sox

By looking at his 3-6 win-loss record, one would think Myrtle Beach pitcher Randall Delgado is struggling this season.

But when you see the rest of the numbers, it's obvious why he is viewed as the second-best right-handed starting pitching prospect in the Atlanta Braves organization.

Delgado gave up just four hits in six shutout innings while striking out five and walking one, and designated hitter Cory Harrilchak went 4-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs and flirted with hitting for the cycle on Tuesday night at BB&T Coastal Field as the Pelicans topped the Salem Red Sox 7-1, giving Delgado his first win since May 19.

"Delgado threw like Delgado needs to throw," Pelicans manager Rocket Wheeler said. "He just challenged them with his fastballs and went right after them."

Delgado, a Carolina League All-Star pick from Panama, leads the league in games started (18), innings pitched (105.1), fewest baserunners per nine innings and opposing batting average (.215) and is second in strikeouts (108).

Even after giving up a combined nine runs in his last two outings, he entered Tuesday's game with a 2.99 ERA, the second lowest in the Carolina League.

The win was Delgado's first of the season over Salem (47-36 overall, 5-8 second half) despite an impressive 2.38 ERA in his first two games against the Red Sox that included 14 strikeouts versus just five walks in 111/3 innings.

The one number that has haunted Delgado this season is run support. Myrtle Beach (31-52, 5-8) had scored an average of 2.1 runs per game in his first 17 starts but, with the help of Harrilchak and Travis Jones, the output was better than usual on Tuesday as the team improved to 9-9 in games Delgado has started. Myrtle Beach scored just two runs in each of Delgado's previous losses to Salem.

The Pelicans got on the board in the second inning when Travis Jones walked and came home on Samuel Sime's RBI single.

Jones then drove a 3-0 pitch into the Thirst Inning Deck in left field for his sixth homer of the season to put the Pelicans up by a pair.

Harrilchak already had a single and a double before he tripled in the sixth. Mike Jones walked after the triple, and Harrilchak scored on a deep sacrifice fly from Travis Jones to put Myrtle Beach up 3-0.

"I've been seeing [the ball] pretty well this whole series, so I just continued my approach and tried to put the barrel on the ball," Harrilchak said. "I found holes tonight."

In the seventh, Sime walked and went to second on L.V. Ware's bunt, then Cole Miles moved them both forward on his bunt, and Miles was safe on the errant throw, bringing up Mycal Jones with the bases loaded and no outs. But Mycal Jones flied out, bringing up Harrilchak, who drove another triple into center field to scores Sime, Ware and Miles. Myrtle Beach tacked on another run when Mike Jones' high fly ball to left was dropped by Salem's Alex Hassan, allowing Harrilchak to score.

Harrilchak said he knew he had a chance to hit for the cycle as he went to the plate for his fourth at-bat, and he took a "pretty aggressive hack" as a fastball low and away.

"I was trying to hit it a little too far and I missed it completely. After that, I just shortened up and just tried to put it hard in play," Harrilchak said.

Salem finally scored in the eighth when Oscar Tejada's RBI single plated Jon Hee.

Stolmy Pimental, who threw six no-hit innings against the Pelicans on May 15, took the loss for Salem. He went 52/3 innings, giving up three earned runs with three walks and one strikeout as he fell to 5-6.

Brett Oberholtzer earned his second save, throwing three solid innings while allowing four hits and a run with four strikeouts and no walks.

"[Oberholzter] came in a got the save and could have easily shut them out. We needed that against this team," Wheeler said. "He came in and mixed up his pitches, fastball, curveball and changeup and did a very good job."

The win allowed Myrtle Beach to avoid the series sweep and quieted a Red Sox offense that had put up 22 runs in the three previous wins.

The Pelicans begin a six-game road trip tonight, starting with a Game 1 of a three-game set at Winston-Salem a 7 before moving on to Wilmington on Saturday.

SalemAB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Dening RF

4

0

2

0

0

0

.282

Hissey CF

4

0

1

0

0

1

.252

Tejeda 2B

4

0

1

1

0

1

.323

Lavarnway DH

4

0

0

0

0

0

.294

Padron 1B

4

0

1

0

0

1

.304

Federowicz C

3

0

0

0

1

3

.256

Hassan LF

4

0

1

0

0

3

.236

Dent SS

4

0

0

0

0

0

.223

Hee 3B

3

1

2

0

0

0

.260

Totals34

1

8

1

1

9

M. BeachAB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Jones, My SS

3

0

0

0

1

1

0.333

Harrilchak, C DH

4

2

4

3

0

0

0.284

Sumoza RF

4

0

0

0

0

1

0.245

Jones, Mi 1B

3

0

0

0

1

0

0.23

Jones, T 2B

2

2

1

2

1

0

0.237

Kennelly, M C

4

0

1

0

0

0

0.201

Sime 3B

3

1

1

1

1

1

0.249

Ware CF

3

1

0

0

0

1

0.227

Miles LF

3

1

0

0

0

0

0.256

Totals29

7

7

6

4

4

Salem

000

000

010

--

1

7

2

M. Beach

010

101

400

--

7

7

0

E --Padron (6, throw), Hassan (2, fielding),. LOB--Salem 7, Myrtle Beach 5. 2B -- Harrilchak, C 2 (6, Pimentel, S, Hammes). HR--Jones, T (6, 4th inning off Pimentel, S, 0 on, 1 out).

Salem

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Pimentel, S (L, 5-7)

5.2

5

3

3

3

1

4.61

Hammes

1.1

1

4

2

1

1

6.75

Fox

1

1

0

0

0

2

000

M. Beach

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Delgado, Ra (W, 3-6)

6

4

0

0

1

5

2.82

Oberholtzer (S, 2)

3

4

1

1

0

4

4.47

WP--Hammes. Umpires--Home, Jay Pierce; First, Chris Graham. T--2:25. A--4,507.

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