Dash vs. Wilmington: Game #81 Preview
Winston-Salem Dash (41–39) vs. Wilmington Blue Rocks (42–36)
Sunday, July 10–1:00 p.m.
Truist Stadium (Winston-Salem, N.C.)
Game 80 Recap
Winston-Salem shut out the Wilmington Blue Rocks 5–0, with a Bryan Ramos grand slam providing the bulk of the offense.
In game five, Winston-Salem got on the board first. Alsander Womack drew a two-out walk in the bottom of the second inning. He then stole second base, but the throw carried into centerfield, and Womack popped up and advanced to third. Next, Ben Norman tapped a slow-rolling grounder to first base. Drew Mendoza flipped it underhand to the pitcher Rodney Theophile, but it dropped out of Theophile’s glove, and Womack crossed home to give the Dash a 1–0 lead.
Wilmington did not score in the top of the third, and then Terrell Tatum worked a leadoff walk. Tatum swiped second base before Colson Montgomery drew a walk as well. Oscar Colas was walked on five pitches after that, to load the bases. Bryan Ramos got ahead in the count 2–0, then detonated on the next pitch, sending it into the Appalachian Mountain Brewpen for a grand slam. That was the 14th blast of the year for Ramos, who leads the team.
Garrett Schoenle came back out for a fourth inning with a 5–0 lead and retired Wilmington in order. That would be the final frame for the southpaw, he scattered three hits across four innings, with just one walk and a season-high six strikeouts.
Another left-hander, Luis Moncada**,** relieved Schoenle to begin the fifth. Moncada spun two more scoreless frames to hold the game at 5–0 while allowing just one hit.
In the seventh inning, Alex Mateo picked up where Moncada left off. Mateo was just promoted to Winston-Salem prior to the game and fired a pair of scoreless innings himself. The righty allowed two base hits, and also struck out a pair.
Skyler Arias took the bump in the ninth inning for the Dash, and he did not falter in a perfect appearance, to lock down a 5–0 Dash win. Moncada was the winning pitcher for Winston-Salem, and Theophile took the loss on his record.
MONTGOMERY MAKING IT ON-BASE
Colson Montgomery has carried over his hot streak from Kannapolis to Winston-Salem. Through 12 games he has a .341 average and .462 on-base percentage, including two home runs and seven RBIs. In all of those games, he’s reached base safely, increasing his on-base streak to 44 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 first place in the South Atlantic League in stolen bases with 34 and is second place in runs in the league with 56. Meanwhile, from the batter’s box, he’s got on base reliably as he’s in seventh place in batting average in the league with a .300 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 and Ramos are tied for the league lead in RBIs with 31. Ramos has also hit the ball out of Truist Stadium seven times this year, tied for the ninth-best mark in the league.
In their last 23 games at home, the Dash have been dominant, going 15–8. 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. The Dash have taken two out of five games against Wilmington this week to give them a 65.2% winning percentage through the last 23 games.
First pitch is slated for 1:00 p.m.