Don Freeman scored the winning run on Orlando Lind's wild pitch in the top of the 11th inning as Salem defeated the Prince William Pirates, 6-5, in Carolina League action last night at Prince William County Stadium in Woodbridge.
Freeman opened the 11th with a walk, stole second and went to third on Jerry Browne's grounder back to the pitcher. Facing Kevin Bootay, Lind bounced a pitch in the dirt that got by catcher Burk Goldthorn.
The Pirates, losers of four straight, got only a walk in the bottom of the inning as Rick Coatney won in relief.
Trailing, 5-3, in the eighth, the Pirates tied on Goldthorn's two-run bloop single into right field. After Lance Belen grounded out to open the inning, Dimas Gutierrez singled and Van Evans walked. Frank Klopp advanced the runners with a grounder before Goldthorn singled.
The Pirates had a chance to win in the ninth when Brian Jones hit a two-out double and J.B. Moore walked. Belen flied out.
Goldthorn gave the Pirates their first run with a home run over the right field wall in the third. Prince William scored twice in the sixth on Klopp's RBI triple and Salem catcher Benny Cadania's passed ball that scored Klopp.
Salem scored its first two runs in the second inning without a hit off John Smiley. Two walks, a muffed throw at shortstop on Smiley's attempt to start a double play and a hit batsman were the keys.
The Redbirds added three runs in the third, one crossing on Brian Jones' drop of a fly in right field and two coming in on Dan Simpson's triple.