Three Prince William pitchers held Salem to five hits and the Pirates used some timely hitting to beat the Redbirds, 4-2, in a Carolina League game last night at Woodbridge's Prince William County Stadium.
It was the Pirates' first victory over Salem this season. Kevin Gordon (7-5) got the victory and Ben Morrow went two innings for his third save.
The Pirates scored in the first. Don Carter walked on four pitches and went to third on Brian Jones' hit-and-run single to left. Barry Bonds scored Carter by grounding to second into a double play.
The Pirates made it 3-0 in the second. With one out, Dimas Gutierrez, Frank Klopp and Reggie Hammonds singled to load the bases. Reggie Barringer then laid down a superb suicide bunt that scored Gutierrez as Salem pitcher Tim Hallgren got the out at first base. Carter followed with a bunt to score Klopp.
Salem broke up Gordon's shutout in the fifth as Jerry Browne singled, stole second and went to third when catcher Goldthorn's throw went into center field. Ronnie King's single scored Browne.
Salem cut it to 3-2 in the sixth. Mike Stanley singled and went to third on Marty Blair's double. Barry Jones relieved Gordon, but his second pitch bounced past Goldthorn, allowing Stanley to score.
Prince William scored in the bottom of the inning. Lance Belen walked and Goldthorn got an infield single. After Belen was thrown out stealing, Gutierrez walked and Hammonds singled to score Goldthorn.