FredNats shut out in Salem
The Red Sox held Fredericksburg to just two base hits in a 5-0 Salem victory.
Jonathon Thomas opened the ballgame with a leadoff single in the top of the first, but he was stranded at third base.
For Salem, they worked the bases loaded against Mikey Tepper in the second inning with a walk, a single, and a hit-by-pitch. Yorberto Mejicano was then plunked to force in the first run of the evening. Claudio Simon followed Mejicano and rolled over into a double play, but Natanael Yuten scored to make it 2-0 Salem.
Noah Dean began the third for the Red Sox, and retired the FredNats in order. From there, Dean did walk three men in the fourth but escaped any damage. The southpaw retired nine straight Nationals at one point, en route to 4.2 innings of shutout ball.
In the home half of the sixth, Salem extended their lead. Johanfran Garcia walked with one out, then stole second base as Luis Ravelo struck out. Natanael Yuten then singled down the right field line to plate Garcia to make it 3-0 Sox. Marvin Alcantara kept the frame alive with a single to put runners on the corners, and Yorberto Mejicano brought both men home with a double to make it 5-0 Red Sox.
Michael Valera retired Fredericksburg in order in the eighth inning, but did allow a single and a walk to begin the top of the ninth. But the right-hander induced a 4-6-3 double play, then got Roismar Quintana to strike out and end the ballgame. Noah Dean earned his second win of the season, while Mikey Tepper suffered the loss. In the series finale, Luke Young goes up against Jedixson Paez.