Winston-Salem tied the game in the ninth inning but ultimately fell to Greensboro 5–4 in 10 innings.

Once again, this game began with excellent pitching from both sides. The Dash handed the ball, against for the Grasshoppers.

drew a leadoff walk, then singled to put runners on the corners. got hit by a Dalquist pitch, loading the bases. Later, with one out, lifted a fly ball into right field, deep enough for Glenn to score from third base with the first run of the game.

Then in the fifth, Greensboro got a leadoff single from Siani. He broke for second base, but an errant throw to the bag let Siani advance to third base. Macias then picked up his second RBI of the game on a sharply hit single into center field to plate Siani, and the ‘Hoppers led 2–0.

In the bottom of the frame, Winston-Salem’s and both walked, then advanced a base each on a sacrifice fly. After that, got a free pass to load the bases for .** He did not see a pitch to hit, drawing a bases-loaded walk to force Matthews home and cut the deficit to 2–1.

Greensboro was able to keep the Dash down by a run going into the ninth inning before they extended that advantage.

slapped a leadoff single, then singled as well with Head going first to third. then sent Jackson Glenn down on strikes, his fifth of the night to set a new career-high. Bradford worked 3.2 innings in relief in this one, allowing just one earned run to go along with those five punchouts. But after the Glenn strikeout, Acuna dropped down a perfect sacrifice bunt to score Head. The next hitter Sammy Siani picked up an RBI on an infield single, and the Grasshoppers took a 4–1 lead into the bottom of the ninth.

Winston-Salem had to face in the ninth; he retired the first batter of the inning before Colas reached first on an error. Bryan Ramos was then walked for the second time, but a pop-out put the game in the hands of . He had entered in the sixth inning to replace , who had pinch-ran for the starting catcher .** Gonzalez battled DeVito to a 2–2 count, and then sent a towering drive in the air to left field. It just cleared the wall for a game-tying, three-run home run with the Dash down to their last strike.

On to extra innings, where was Greensboro’s ghost runner on second base. A leadoff single by Macias put runners on the corners, and then a wild pitch from allowed Lopez to score and put the Grasshoppers ahead 5–4.

S pinch-ran for as the ghost runner for the Dash in the bottom of the frame, but sent Winston-Salem down in order to preserve a 5–4 Greensboro victory. Miliano got the save in ’s winning effort, while Patel got the loss for the Dash.

is set to make his first career start for the Dash in game four, opposing

The Dash and Greensboro will engage in the second Battle of I-40 this year when the Grasshoppers visit Winston-Salem for the second time this year. In the previous meeting between the two teams, the Dash had control of the series three games to one heading into game five, but Greensboro stole the last two games to split the series.

In all of the first three games of this week’s series, the difference between the two I-40 foes has been one run. Winston-Salem won games one and two by one run while Greensboro took last night’s game by one run. In the previous series between the rivals, three of the six games were decided by one run, all wins by the Dash. The latter one-run game was a 10-inning walk-off in which the Dash scored a run in both the ninth and tenth innings to take the win and nab their third win of the series.

With the game on the line and the Dash down by three runs, Ivan Gonzalez stared the two-strike count he was facing in the eyes and launched a ball over the left-field wall to tie the game.

In games one, two, and three of the series, the Dash starters have been outsmarting the Greensboro batters. In game one, Luis Moncada went four innings, allowing only three hits and one earned run while striking out three batters. In game 2, Matthew Thompson went six innings, shutting down the Grasshoppers’ offense allowing only two hits and no runs, striking out a career-high eight batters. Finally, Andrew Dalquist allowed just a single run and hit in his three-inning outing last night, striking out two.

Garrett Schoenle makes his first-ever start for the Dash tonight and his second appearance with the team. In his previous outing, he went three and a third innings against Greenville, not allowing a single hit or run, striking out three, and walking a single batter.

First pitch is slated for 7:00 p.m.



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