Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 7:30pm
Salem rallies in 7th to edge Rocks in game 1
Updated Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 11:42pm
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Salem's Xander Bogaerts' snuck a 2-out, 7th inning grounder into right field for a 2-run single, propelling the Red Sox to a 3-2, seven-inning victory over Wilmington in game 1 of a doubleheader Wednesday.
The deciding frame began with a 1-out walk by Blue Rocks' reliever Chase Boruff to Jackie Bradley, following a misplayed sacrifice bunt by 3rd baseman Cheslor Cuthbert for Wilmington's 4th error of the game, Bogaerts' game winning shot came off of Rocks' closer Nick Rogers.
Boruff dropped to 1-3 with the decision, while Rogers earned his first blown save in 9 chances.
The teams traded runs in the 4th inning, with Christian Vasquez's 2nd home run of the season giving Salem the lead, only to be counted by a 2-out single off the bat of Cheslor Cuthbert in the bottom of the inning. The run snapped a 27-inning scoreless streak for Wilmington's offense.
Wilmington took the lead an inning later with 2-outs when Merrifield hit a grounder to shortstop, narrowly beating Xander Bogaerts' throw. While that was going on Alex McClure went from second to home, closely beating the toss to the plate for the go-ahead run.
Carolina League All-Star Yordano Ventura struck out 8 Red Sox in five innings of work. Vasquez's homer was the only run amongst four hits allowed.
Jeremy Kerht also earned a no decision for Salem by tossing 6 innings of 5-hit, 2-run baseball, despite not allowing a hit until there were 2 outs in the 4th.
Charlie Rosario (1-0) picked up the victory by pitching 2 perfect innings of relief with four strikeouts.
The loss gives the Blue Rocks a 7-game losing streak for the first time since May 2010.
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