The Winston-Salem Salsa pulled out a narrow 2–1 win over the Hudson Valley Renegades.

The first game of the second half of the season unfolded as a bona fide pitcher’s duel.

took the ball for Winston-Salem and worked a scoreless first frame. For Hudson Valley, returned the favor in the bottom of the first.

In the top of the second inning though, crushed the first pitch he saw out towards the walkway in left field, for a solo home run.

Solesky held the deficit at just 1–0 into the bottom of the fourth, when the Salsa clawed back.

, the White Sox top overall prospect, delivered a leadoff home run to tie the game at 1–1. That also extended his on-base streak to 33 consecutive games.

Both starters continued to dominate through the sixth inning. Way was lifted with two outs in the sixth but turned in a very solid line of 5.2 innings, 1 earned run, and five punchouts. Solesky, on the other hand, worked six full frames, with just the one run to his line and five strikeouts as well.

relieved Solesky and worked a 1–2–3 top of the seventh with a pair of swinging strikeouts. Then in the home half, smoked a one-out double into the right-center field gap. then pushed Mieses to third with a fielder’s choice groundout. Up next was , he chopped a grounder to shortstop, but the throw to first was wide of the bag, and Mieses scored on the defensive miscue.

Arias worked a scoreless eighth inning, before turning the ball over to for the ninth. Vannelle allowed a single but ultimately struck out three Renegades to preserve a 2–1 Winston-Salem win. He got the save, with Solesky earning the win, and took the loss.

Friday night, Colson Montgomery made his Winston-Salem Dash debut, and he made the most of it. After lining out in his first at-bat, Montgomery launched a solo home run to right field to start off the bottom of the fourth for Winston-Salem and tie the game at one. He would finish his debut by going 2-for-4, helping guide the team to a 2–1 win. With the home run, Montgomery extended his on-base streak to 33 games.

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 runs with 46 and tied for second in stolen bases with 26. Meanwhile, from the batter’s box, he’s got on base reliably as he’s tenth place in batting average in the league with a .297 average.

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 ninth-best mark in the league.

In their last 16 games at home, the Dash have been dominant, going 11–5. Winston-Salem took five out of the six games against Greenville before narrowly winning their series, four games to two, against their I-40 rivals, the Greensboro Grasshoppers. So far through four games against Hudson Valley, the Dash have split the series. With two more games to be played against the Renegades, they can improve that home record to as good as 13–5.

Matthew Thompson will take the mound for the Dash on Saturday. In his last two outings at home, Thompson has been near perfect. In 11.2 innings, he’s allowed just three hits while striking out 10 batters, walking just four.

First pitch is slated for 6:00 p.m.



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