Dash vs. Hudson Valley: Game #64 Preview
Winston-Salem Dash (32–31) vs. Hudson Valley Renegades (32–31)
Tuesday, June 21–7 p.m.
Truist Stadium (Winston-Salem, N.C.)
Game 63 Recap
Bowling Green got the best of the Dash in a 7–5 win, getting the series victory in a home run-laden game with 7 of the 12 runs coming off of home runs.
In the bottom of the first, the second batter of the game, Osleivis Basabe, hit a solo home run into left-center field to put the Hot Rods on the board first. Two innings later, Kyle Manzardo would drive in Basabe on a home run of his own, bringing their lead to 3–0.
In the top of the fourth, Duke Ellis would single to open the inning but got thrown out trying to steal second. However, this didn’t stop Winston-Salem as the next three batters reached base, making the bases juiced for Adam Hackenberg. Hackenberg would hit a sacrifice fly into right field, scoring a run and bringing the Dash within two.
In the fifth, Bowling Green added another run to their total with two outs. Manzardo walked and then took second on a wild pitch. A line drive into center field by Tanner Murray would be more than enough to score Manzardo and bring the Hot Rods lead back up to three. The rejuvenated lead wouldn’t hold for long as in the top of the sixth, Bryan Ramos hit a three-run home run after the first two batters of the inning managed to get on base. Unfortunately for Winston-Salem, Bowling Green answered right back in the bottom of the frame. With Heriberto Hernandez drawing a walk with one out and a two-out error that allowed Johan Lopez to reach first, Dru Baker hit a double to score both Hernandez and Lopez. In the bottom of the eighth, they added some insurance to their lead with a two-out solo home run by Lopez, giving them a three-run once again.
Winston-Salem wouldn’t go without a fight though. With two outs, Brandon Bossard reached on a single. Tyler Osik scored Bossard, putting the Dash within two runs. However, Bowling Green closer Joe LaSorsa got Luis Mieses to strike out, sealing the win and series victory for the Hot Rods.
RECORD DEJA VU
Entering the series between the Dash and the Renegades, both teams share the same record of 32–31. Hudson Valley sits in third in the South Atlantic League North Division, 11 games behind first-place while Winston-Salem is in fourth place in the South Division, just 6.5 games behind first.
Duke Ellis has been consistent all year in showing off his contact and speed. On the basepaths, Ellis has been a terror, as he’s third place in the South Atlantic League in both stolen bases and runs with 25 and 44, respectively. Meanwhile, from the batter’s box, he’s got on base as he’s seventh in batting average in the league with a .306 average.
Over the last 15 days, Matthew Thompson has been one of the most consistent and dominant pitchers in the South Atlantic League. Thompson leads the league in innings pitched with 15.1 as well as being tied for second in strikeouts, whiffing 22 batters.
“HE GETS ON BASE!”
Winston-Salem is one of only two teams in the South Atlantic League with two players (Moises Castillo and Tyler Osik) with on-base percentages over .400. Osik sits at fourth place in batting average in the league with a .327 average while Castillo is just outside of the top 10, sitting in eleventh.
Andrew Dalquist takes the mound today for the Dash. In his last outing at Truist Stadium, the right-hander from California went three innings, giving up just a run and one hit while striking out two Greensboro batters.
First pitch is slated for 7:00 p.m.