Dash vs. Hudson Valley: Game #66 Preview
Winston-Salem Dash (33–32) vs. Hudson Valley Renegades (33–32)
Thursday, June 23–7 p.m.
Truist Stadium (Winston-Salem, N.C.)
Game 65 Recap
Winston-Salem mounted a comeback in the ninth inning but ultimately fell short in a 4–3 loss to the Hudson Valley Renegades.
Hudson Valley got on the board first in game two.
Renegades starter Matt Sauer held the Warthogs largely silent through four innings, allowing just two base hits and issuing one walk.
In the fifth inning, Cooper Bowman reached first on an error, before Everson Pereira tripled to push Hudson Valley’s lead to 3–0. Later in the frame, Tyler Hardman pushed Pereira across with a sacrifice fly to right-center.
Hudson Valley pitching continued to baffle the Warthog lineup. Winston-Salem held scoreless through the eighth inning but kept the game at 4–0 as well.
The bottom of the ninth began with both Oscar Colas and Bryan Ramos drawing walks. Then, Luis Mieses dropped a double down the left-field line to score both Colas and Ramos, with Mieses advancing to third base on the throw to the plate. Tyler Osik then drove in Mieses with a sacrifice fly, and the ‘Hogs cut the deficit to 4–3. However, Ben Norman went down on strikes to end the game and Hudson Valley won 4–3. Sauer got the official win, and Schoenle took the loss.
RECORD DEJA VU
Entering game three on Thursday between the Dash and the Renegades, both teams share the same record of 33–32. Hudson Valley sits in third in the South Atlantic League North Division, 10 games behind first place while Winston-Salem is in fourth place in the South Division, just 7.5 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 46, respectively. Meanwhile, from the batter’s box, he’s got on base as he’s tied for sixth in batting average in the league with a .303 average.
WINSTON TOWER POWER
Luis Mieses and Bryan Ramos have been two of the most effective hitters in the South Atlantic League when playing at home. Mieses is tied for the league lead in RBIs with 29 while Ramos is tied for fourth with 27. Ramos has also hit the ball out of Truist Stadium six times this year, tied for the eighth-best mark in the league.
MENA TAKES THE MOUND
Cristian Mena makes his return to Truist Stadium on Thursday after spending all of the 2021 season with the team. So far this year with Kannapolis, Mena has been dealing. He recorded a 2.68 ERA over 53.2 innings recording 66 strikeouts while allowing just 17 runs and 45 hits.
First pitch is slated for 7:00 p.m.