The Salem Red Sox will be returning from a two-week road trip this weekend and begin a two week homestand on Tuesday of next week.
The Sox are road warriors with the Salem Fair in town, playing six games in Fredricksburg last week and six in Salisbury, MD against Delmarva this week, beginning Tuesday. The Sox go into the series with Delmarva six games behind the Shorebirds, a farm team of the Baltimore Orioles.
Salem took four of six games in Fredricksburg last week but actually lost ground to Delmarva, who won five of six from Lynchburg. The Hillcats were tied with Salem heading into that series but that dropped Lynchburg nine games behind Delmarva and three behind second place Salem.
The Sox have won six of their last eight games through Sunday, but all that did was drop them a game farther behind Delmarva. The Shorebirds have won nine of their last 10 and come into the week at 35-17, the best record in the Low-A East North Division and the second best among the 12 Low-A East teams.
Salem has a chance to make up some ground this week with six games at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, hoping to cool off the red shot Shorebirds. The Sox then return home next Tuesday with six against the Fayetteville Woodpeckers, a farm team of the Houston Astros. Fayetteville, a member of the Low-A East Central Division, comes into the week at 22-31.