Winston-Salem 6, Salem 5
W: Drew Hasler (4-2)
L: Jake Thompson (4-10)
S: Connor Walsh (2)
SALEM, Va. (July 27, 2018) – Thanks to a four-run first inning and a perfect outing from Lincoln Henzman, the Dash sneaked past the Red Sox 6-5 on Friday night at Haley Toyota Field.
Winston-Salem (22-13, 63-42) quickly jumped on Red Sox starter Jake Thompson (4-10) in the series opener. Luis Gonzalez began the contest with a double down the right-field line, and, after Laz Rivera was hit by a pitch, Blake Rutherford extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single up the middle to load the bases.
Then, with Yermin Mercedes at the plate, Thompson fired a wild pitch that allowed Gonzalez to score from third. Mercedes would reach after getting hit by a pitch that clipped his jersey top, but Thompson struck out Gavin Sheets and Ti’Quan Forbes to create a bases-loaded, two-out situation. However, JJ Muno followed with a two-run single to left-center, and Yeyson Yrizarri capped off the inning with an RBI single to right.
Meanwhile, Henzman was dominant in his fourth start in a Dash uniform, retiring all nine batters he faced. A fourth-round pick by the White Sox in 2017 out of the University of Louisville, Henzman struck out three of the first four hitters in the Red Sox (16-19, 48-55) lineup.
Gonzalez brought home another run in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly to make it a 5-0 Winston-Salem lead before the Red Sox scored for the first time. Relieving Henzman, Drew Hasler (4-2), who ultimately picked up the win, tossed two scoreless innings before running into the trouble in the sixth inning. With two on and two out, Bobby Dalbec crushed his league-leading 25th homer to left-center, a three-run shot that cut the deficit to two.
But, Gonzalez responded in the top of the seventh against Joan Martinez by smashing a solo homer to right to make it a 6-3 contest. The former third-round pick out of the University of New Mexico has now posted three consecutive multi-hit games.
The Red Sox did not go out without a fight, though, plating two runs in the seventh to slash the lead to one. Connor Walsh registered a scoreless eighth, but he put runners at the corners with two outs in the final frame.
With C.J. Chatham at the plate, Walsh fired a 2-2 pitch into the dirt that was blocked by Dash catcher Yermin Mercedes. On the play, Tyler Hill broke toward second and Mercedes fired a bullet down to Forbes, who applied the tag on Hill to end the ballgame and seal a save for Walsh.
Winston-Salem continues its three-game set against the Red Sox on Saturday at 6:05 p.m. Left-hander John Parke (3-1, 3.16 ERA) takes the mound for the Dash against Salem righty Tanner Houck (5-11, 4.50 ERA). Pregame coverage begins at 5:50 p.m., and fans can catch all the action on wsdash.com/broadcast, MiLB.tv and the TuneIn Radio App.
The Dash return to BB&T Ballpark on Tuesday for a three-game series against the Carolina Mudcats. Promotions for the homestand include a Free Food Tuesday, with free hot dogs and hamburgers available through the seventh inning, Pups in the Park on Wednesday presented by North Davidson Animal Hospital and Camel City Goods, and a Lowes Foods Thirsty Thursday. For tickets and more information, call the Dash at (336) 714-2287 or visit wsdash.com.