Dash vs. Wilmington: Game #76 Preview

Winston-Salem Dash (39–36) vs. Wilmington Blue Rocks (39–34)

Monday, July 4 - 6:30 p.m.

Truist Stadium (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

Game 74 and 75 Recap

The Dash and the Ironbirds split a doubleheader in the series finale, leading to a series split as well.

Game one on Sunday was a resumption from Saturday night. Aberdeen got out in front early, when doubled in the first inning. drew a two-out walk, then blasted a three-run home run to put the Ironbirds up 3–0.

Winston-Salem bounced right back in the top of the second. worked a leadoff walk, then right behind him crushed a two-run home run, his first with the Dash to cut the deficit to 3–2. Later in the inning, with two outs, jumped on the first pitch and tripled into left field. then singled with two strikes to plate Ellis, and tie the game at 3–3.

Aberdeen pulled ahead again in the bottom of the frame, on a solo blast to left field.

The game was suspended going into the top of the third and resumed Sunday. After both teams retook the field in the top of the fourth, Duke Ellis lined a two-out single to right field. He then stole second base and scored on a Tyler Osik single to tie the game up once again. The inning continued with a walk to which pushed Osik to second base. then worked the count full, before he singled into left field to score Osik, and give the Dash a 5–4 lead.

In the top of the fifth, Ben Norman went yard once again, which pushed the Winston-Salem lead to 6–4.

C got on base via a walk to start the home half for Aberdeen but was caught trying to steal second base. However, also reached on a walk, then TT Bowens doubled to put runners on second and third. A walk to Fontana loaded the bases, then drew a walk as well to force Rhodes home, making it a 6–5 Dash advantage.

Colas drew a leadoff walk to open the sixth inning, then a Ramos single put runners on the corners with no outs. Then, drove Colas home with an RBI fielder’s choice to shortstop.

With Aberdeen down 7–5, Billy Cook opened up the 7th inning with a full-count walk. After two quick outs, Shayne Fontana hit his second home run of the game, a two-run bomb to tie the game at 7.

Neither team scored in the eighth or ninth, sending the game into extra innings. Colas was the ghost runner for the Dash, and he was quickly moved to third base on a groundout by Bryan Ramos. Adam Hackenberg then grounded the first pitch he saw into the dirt, but a great defensive play saw Oscar Colas get cut down at home, although Hackenberg did reach first base. Harvin Mendoza then got plunked to put runners on first and second base. Next up, Ben Norman delivered once again with an RBI single to right field, giving the Dash an 8–7 edge.

S was tabbed to handle the bottom of the 10th inning. He did hit a batter, but otherwise got the job done to preserve a win for the Dash in game one of the afternoon. That earned Arias his first save of the season, with getting the win and taking the loss.

In the second game, which was scheduled to be just seven innings, Collin Burnes smacked a leadoff double in the first before launched a two-run home run to give Aberdeen the early lead.

Aberdeen got another run in the second inning when a series of defensive miscues allowed to score.

In the fourth, Burns reached base on a one-out single, then Hernaiz laid down a bunt single. An errant throw allowed Burns to take third base. Then, Billy Cook sat on the first pitch and cranked a three-run home run out to right field, as Aberdeen took a 6–0 lead.

Winston-Salem managed just two base hits in the second game, as the Ironbirds won 6–0 in seven innings.

W was the winner for the Ironbirds, while got the loss.

WINSTON-SALEM WINNERS

Nine games into the second half, the Dash are in sole possession of first place in the South Atlantic League South Division with a 6–3 record. The Asheville Tourists are just a half of a game behind them with a 5–3 record.

MONTGOMERY MAKING IT ON-BASE

Colson Montgomery has carried over his hot streak from Kannapolis to Winston-Salem. Through eight games he has a .367 average and .457 on-base percentage, including two home runs and 5 RBIs. In all of those games, he’s reached base safely, increasing his on-base streak to 40 games.

DUKE DIGGIN’

Duke Ellis has consistently shown off his speed and contact this year. On the basepaths, Ellis has been a terror, as he’s second place in the South Atlantic League in stolen bases with 32, trailing first place by just one SB, and is in third place in runs in the league with 52. Meanwhile, from the batter’s box, he’s got on base reliably as he’s fifth place in batting average in the league with a .310 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 30 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 eleventh-best mark in the league.

HOME COOKING

In their last 18 games at home, the Dash have been dominant, going 13–5. 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. The Dash split the series with Hudson Valley through four games but took the latter two to win the series four games to two.

First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m.

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