Dash vs. Greensboro: Game #57 Preview
Winston-Salem Dash (30–26) vs. Greensboro Grasshoppers (23–32)
Sunday, June 11–1 p.m.
Truist Stadium (Winston-Salem, N.C.)
Game 56 Recap
The Dash secured a series victory by taking down Greensboro 7–3.
Greensboro got a run across in the top of the first inning when Dariel Lopez blasted a solo home run into the Appalachian Mountain Brew-Pen. The ‘Hoppers got another run in the second, on a Jackson Glenn solo blast over the short wall in right field.
Another run came across in the third for Greensboro.
Sammy Siani punched a single into right field to lead things off, then Lopez picked up a single as well with Siani moving first to third. The very next batter Abrahan Gutierrez drove a ball down the right-field line, which was deep enough to plate Siani on a sacrifice fly.
From there, Dash starter Chase Solesky settled down nicely. He retired the Grasshoppers in order in both the fourth and fifth inning, keeping the Dash well within striking distance in a 3–0 ballgame.
In the fifth, Duke Ellis picked up a one-out single, followed by a Terrell Tatum walk. Oscar Colas dug in next, and he got a 1–0 pitch to hit and blasted it out to right for a game-tying, three-run home run.
Solesky put up another zero in the top of the sixth, then Tyler Osik led off the home half with a walk. He was erased on a fielder’s choice groundout by Alsander Womack, but Womack was safe at first base. The Dash second baseman then stole second, and took third base on one wild pitch, before scoring from third on another wild pitch to give Winston-Salem their first lead of the game at 4–3. The inning rolled on with a Jason Matthews walk, followed by a Duke Ellis double. Then, Terrell Tatum drove the two of them in with his laser double into the right-centerfield gap, which put the Dash ahead 6–3.
Winston-Salem called upon Trey Jeans in the seventh inning, and he struck a pair of ‘Hoppers in a 1–2–3 frame.
Luis Mieses opened the bottom of the seventh with a single. He was then pushed to second on a fielder’s choice, and then on to third by a Tyler Osik single. With runners on the corners now, Alsander Womack singled through the right side of the infield to plate Mieses and put Winston-Salem up 7–3.
Jeans racked up two more strikeouts in the eighth to tie his season-high with four before Vince Vannelle relieved him and picked up the final out of the inning.
In the top of the ninth, Vannelle gave up a leadoff double to Jacob Gonzalez. But the right-hander sent the next two batters down on strikes and induced a pop-out to lock down a 7–3 Dash win. Solesky picked up the official win, and Michell Milliano took 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 four of the five 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 in game four, 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 five games of the series, the Dash starters have been outstanding, 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. In his first-ever start for the Dash in game four, Garrett Schoenle went four innings allowing just a single run along with two hits. Last night, Chase Solesky continued the trend, going six innings allowing three runs to come through while striking out two and walking just one batter.
MONCADA TAKES THE MOUND
Luis Moncada will make his second start of the series in Sunday’s matinee. In game one of the series, he went four innings, allowing just one earned run and striking out three batters, giving him a 2.25 ERA across the month of June.
First pitch is slated for 1:00 p.m.