WILMINGTON, Del. (April 28, 2018) – Luis Basabe launched his fourth home run of the season, but the Dash fell 3-1 to Wilmington on Saturday night at Frawley Stadium.
Basabe’s blast came in the top of the first. He took the first pitch he saw from Blue Rocks starter Jace Vines (1-4) and deposited it over the right-field fence to give Winston-Salem (12-11) an early 1-0 lead.
Tanner Banks (0-1), who was making his first start of the season, was sharp through his five frames, but he allowed runs in the third and fifth innings. In the third, Wilmington (10-12) tied the game when Emmanuel Rivera hit a bloop triple down the right field line to bring around Khalil Lee.
In the fifth, Banks gave up two runs on three hits – including an RBI single from Rudy Martin – and the Blue Rocks took a 3-1 lead. The Dash southpaw finished the night allowing three runs on five hits, striking out six and walking three across his five innings of work.
Vines excited the game in the sixth, and the Blue Rocks bullpen kept the Dash offense at bay. Winston-Salem recorded just one hit against the Wilmington relief corps, who combined to retire the 10 of the final 12 batters they faced across 3.1 scoreless innings.
But, the Dash made things interesting in the ninth. After Bryan Brickhouse got two quick outs to start the inning, Gavin Sheets and Yeyson Yrizarri worked back-to-back two-out walks to bring Ti’Quan Forbes to the plate representing the go-ahead run. But Forbes, who entered the game with a six-game hitting streak, flied out to end the game.
In the loss, Mitch Roman tallied one of Winston-Salem’s five hits on the night to extend his on-base streak to 11 games.
Winston-Salem finishes its series against Wilmington on Sunday. Southpaw Bernardo Flores (1-1, 4.30 ERA) toes the rubber for the Dash against Blue Rocks right-hander Ofreidy Gomez (0-2, 4.97 ERA). First pitch is set for 1:35 p.m., and fans can catch all of the action on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio App.
Winston-Salem will return home to BB&T Ballpark on Tuesday to begin a six-game homestand, which will feature a pair of three-game sets against the Lynchburg Hillcats and the Buies Creek Astros. The promotions for the Dash’s upcoming homestand include our first Free Food Tuesday on May 1, where fans can enjoy free hot dogs, hamburgers and cheeseburgers through the seventh inning for the price of admission, a Pure Barre class on the field on May 3, and a Star Wars Night on May 4.
Meanwhile, the Dash will wear “Winston-Salem Rayados” jerseys on May 6, as part of the team’s participation in Minor League Baseball’s “Copa de la Diversión,” or “Fun Cup,” initiative, a season-long event series specifically designed to embrace the culture and values that resonate most with participating teams’ local Hispanic/Latino communities. For more information, call the Dash at (336) 714-2287 or visit wsdash.com.