Warthogs vs. Hudson Valley: Game #65 Preview
Winston-Salem Warthogs (33–31) vs. Hudson Valley Renegades (32–32)
Wednesday, June 22–7 p.m.
Truist Stadium (Winston-Salem, N.C.)
Game 64 Recap
Winston-Salem secured a series-opening victory over the Hudson Valley Renegades 7–3.
Hudson Valley got on the board first in the series opener. In the very top of the first inning, Trey Sweeney cracked a solo home run into the first row of seats in right field.
The Dash had an answer in the bottom half of the frame, in the form of Oscar Colas. He took an 0–2 pitch deep to right field as well, nearly clearing the Foothills Flight Deck and tying the game at one apiece.
In the top of the second, James Nelson opened the inning with a single, and Carlos Narvaez singled as well with Nelson advancing to third base. That set the table for Aldenis Sanchez, he grounded into a fielder’s choice to score Nelson and give Hudson Valley a 2–1 edge.
After a scoreless bottom of the second, the Dash got the bats going in the third.
Duke Ellis led off with a triple off the wall in right-center field, then scored on a Moises Castillo single to knot the game up at 2–2. Colas kept the line moving with another single to push Castillo to third before Bryan Ramos singled to score Castillo. The throw-in went to third base trying to cut down Colas, but he was safe and Ramos advanced to second base. With the Dash ahead 3–2 now, Luis Mieses dug in with a pair of runners in scoring position. He drew the count to 1–1, then dropped in a well-placed double down the left-field line to score both runners and push the Winston-Salem lead to 5–2.
Duke Ellis extended the advantage in the fourth inning, with a leadoff home run onto the left-field hill.
In the top of the fifth, Aaron Palensky cut the deficit to 6–3 with a towering solo home run to left field as well.
Dash starter Andrew Dalquist remained in the game to start the sixth inning but was lifted after giving up a pair of base hits. All told, Dalquist worked 5.1 innings, surrendering just three earned runs, and racking up a season-high seven punchouts. Karan Patel relieved him and struck out two Renegades to preserve the 6–3 lead.
Winston-Salem added some insurance in the home half of the sixth.
Brandon Bossard reached on a hit-by-pitch, then Castillo walked. Colas worked the count full and swung through strike three, but Hudson Valley catcher Carlos Narvaez could not corral the pitch and Colas reached first to load the bases. Ramos then rolled one over for a groundball to short, but an errant throw to first allowed Bossard to score from third, and Winston-Salem led 7–3.
Patel fired scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth, before turning the ball over to Vince Vannelle for the ninth inning. He allowed a walk and a single, but no runs scored, and the Dash took the series opener 7–3. Dalquist got the win, and Blane Abeyta took the loss.
In their last 13 games at home, the Dash have been dominant, going 10–3. 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.
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 tied for fifth in batting average in the league with a .308 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. The duo is tied for third in the league in RBIs in home games with 27. Ramos has hit the ball out of Truist Stadium six times so far this year, tied for the eighth-best mark in the league.
“HE GETS ON BASE!”
Winston-Salem is one of only three 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 .321 average while Castillo is just outside of the top 10, sitting in twelfth.
Garrett Schoenle will get the start today for Winston-Salem. In his last outing, the lefty was dominant, pitching five innings against Bowling Green and only allowing two hits and striking out four, bringing his ERA with the Dash down to a 0.63.
First pitch is slated for 7:00 p.m.