Dash vs. Greensboro: Game #56 Preview
Winston-Salem Dash (29–26) vs. Greensboro Grasshoppers (23–31)
Saturday, June 11–6 p.m.
Truist Stadium (Winston-Salem, N.C.)
Game 55 Recap
The Dash pulled ahead late against Greensboro to nab a 4–2 win.
The Dash got off to a hot start, right away in the bottom of the first inning.
Moises Castillo picked up a one-out single and was still on first when Bryan Ramos dug in to face Nick Garcia with two outs. After falling behind in the count 0–2, Ramos turned on a pitch and torched it over the berm in left field for a two-run home run, his team-leading ninth of the season.
Garrett Schoenle got the start for Winston-Salem after scheduled starter Jordan Mikel was sent to the injured list, and he held Greensboro quiet through the first three innings. Schoenle sent Greensboro down in order in both the first and second innings and gave up just a single in the third inning.
In the top of the fourth, Jackson Glenn blasted a leadoff solo home run to cut the deficit to 2–1. Then in the fifth, the ‘Hoppers kept the pressure coming. Ernny Ordonez singled and moved to second on a wild pitch. Eli Wilson walked, then Francisco Acuna singled to load the bases. After a mound visit, Yoyner Fajardo lifted a sacrifice fly into left field to score Ordonez and tie the game at 2–2.
The game held at 2–2 until the bottom of the seventh, which began with a Terrell Tatum bloop double down the left-field line. Duke Ellis doubled as well, but a good defensive play forced Tatum to stay put at third. Moises Castillo then broke the deadlock with a sacrifice fly to left field, with Tatum dashing home. Later in the inning, with two outs, Luis Mieses added another run with a line-drive single down the right-field line to put Winston-Salem up 4–2.
After Jesus Valles fired a 1–2–3 eighth inning, Ty Madrigal was tasked with handling the ninth. After a one-out walk to Hudson Head**,* Madrigal got *Ernny Ordonez* to bounce into a game-ending 4–6–3 double play. That gave Madrigal his second save of the year, Valles got the win, and *Logan Hoffman** suffered the loss.
BATTLE OF I-40
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 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.
WINSTON-SALEM WINNING LATE
In three of the four games this series, the Dash have been resurgent in the last third of games. In game two, the Dash scored four runs in the eighth and ninth inning to take a walk-off win against Greensboro. In game three, the Dash would lose but it wouldn’t be without a fight. In the ninth inning, facing a 4–1 deficit, Ivan Gonzalez launched a three-run home run to tie the game up and send it to extras. Then last night, the Dash scored two runs in the seventh inning to take a 4–2 lead, one they would hold onto the rest of the night.
In the first four games 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 two, Matthew Thompson went six innings, shutting down the Grasshoppers’ offense allowing only two hits and no runs, striking out a career-high eight batters. In game three, Andrew Dalquist allowed just a single run and hit in his three-inning outing last night, striking out two. Last night in his first-ever start for the Dash, Garrett Schoenle went four innings allowing just a single run along with two hits.
First pitch is slated for 6:00 p.m.