Salsa vs. Greenville: Game #51 Preview
Winston-Salem Salsa (26–24) vs. Greenville Ranas de Rio (18–32)
Sunday, June 5–1 p.m.
Truist Stadium (Winston-Salem, N.C.)
Game 50 Recap
Winston-Salem grabbed their 10th win in a row over the Greenville Drive, winning by a final score of 4–3.
Neither side could get a run across in the first two innings until Greenville finally opened up the scorebook in the top of the third.
Tyler McDonough worked a walk, then Ceddanne Rafaela picked up an infield single, with an errant throw allowing McDonough to take third base as well. With runners on the corners, Matthew Lugo lined out to the shortstop Moises Castillo**.** However, Castillo tried to double Rafaela off of first base and his throw was wild, allowing McDonough to jog home from third.
In the bottom of the third inning, Winston-Salem tied the game at 1–1 when Alsander Womack blasted a solo home run to lead off the inning.
Womack was due up to open the fifth for Winston-Salem. He worked the count to 1–1, before launching his second solo home run of the game to put the Dash up 2–1.
Jordan Mikel was the Dash starter in this one, and he was extremely sharp. Mikel worked five-inning, allowing just one unearned run, three base hits, and six strikeouts
Greenville was able to put some offense together in the sixth inning, beginning with a one-out Nick Northcut single. A wild pitch allowed Northcut to advance to second base, then he moved to third on a fielder’s choice ground out. Joe Davis then drove Northcut in on an infield single that deflected off first base, and the Drive tied the game at 2–2.
Then in the seventh, Greenville’s Nick Decker walked to lead off the frame. A bloop single from Rafaela put two men aboard, then Matt Lugo smoked a double to left field to plate Decker and give the Drive a 3–2 edge.
Of course, Winston-Salem did not back down. In the bottom of the seventh, Womack smacked a double and advanced to third base on a throwing error by the catcher.
Jaxx Groshans**.* With the infield pulled in now, *Terrell Tatum* ripped a 2–1 offering back up the middle to score Womack and tie the game at 3. The inning continued with a Moises Castillo single, although Tatum was gunned down trying to advance to third base. *Oscar Colas** then laced a triple off the center-field wall, driving in Castillo as the go-ahead run.
With the Dash up a run, Trey Jeans surrendered a leadoff double to Gilberto Jimenez but sent the next three hitters down on strikeouts. The lefthander worked 1.2 innings in relief, striking out four batters and allowing just one hit.
Karan Patel got the call to handle the ninth inning, and he ran into some trouble. He walked McDonough on four pitches, bringing up Rafaela. In a 2–2 count, Rafaela struck out while McDonough attempted to steal second base. However, the home plate umpire ruled that Rafaela interfered with Adam Hackenberg on his throw down, and McDonough was called out for a strike-em-out, throw-em-out double play. Matt Lugo tripled after that and Greenville had the tying run 90 feet away, but Patel got Alex Binelas to strike out and end the game. Patel got the save, with Jeans earning the win, and Robert Kwiatkowski took the loss.
DRIVE DAZED AGAINST DASH
Since winning their first meeting of the year, the Drive have had no answer for the Dash, losing ten straight against Winston-Salem. They’ve come within one run of beating Winston-Salem four times, with three of them being in the current series.
With the 4–3 win yesterday, the Dash have put together a five-game winning streak. The streak is tied for the longest by Winston-Salem this season since winning the last five games of the series against Greenville from April 20–24.
DASH DELIGHT AT HOME
With the two wins to close the series against Asheville and the five wins to open the series against Greenville, Winston-Salem has put together a seven-game winning streak at home, their longest of the season thus far.
Through the first five games of the series against Greenville, the Dash have hit seven home runs, five of which have been from Bryan Ramos and Alsander Womack who have both had multi-HR games.
First pitch is slated for 1:00 p.m.