Salem 8, Winston-Salem 4
W: Bryan Mata (6-2)
L: Blake Battenfield (1-1)
S: Kevin McAvoy (1)
SALEM, Va. (July 10, 2018) – Behind two home runs apiece from Bobby Dalbec and Trenton Kemp, Winston-Salem fell to the Salem Red Sox 8-4 on Tuesday night at Haley Toyota Field.
After the Red Sox (11-8, 43-44) took an early lead in the first on an RBI single from Brett Netzer, Dalbec crushed his first bomb of the night in the third, a three-run shot over the wall in left-center against Dash starter Blake Battenfield (1-1) to make it a 4-0 contest.
Before the final three home runs of the night occurred, Winston-Salem (13-6, 54-35) cut the deficit to one in the fourth against Red Sox starter Bryan Mata (6-2), who ended up earning the win. Luis Gonzalez started the frame with a single to left, and, after a passed ball and a popout, Blake Rutherford stroked an RBI single to right.
Following a walk to Mitch Roman, Gavin Sheets came through with an RBI single to left to bring the Dash within two. Sheets, who finished the night 1-for-2, has registered a hit in 22 out of his last 23 contests. Yeyson Yrizarri plated the final run of the inning on an RBI fielder’s choice to make it a 4-3 game.
However, with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, Battenfield served up the first homer of the night to Trenton Kemp, a solo shot to left-center to push the Salem lead back up to two.
Rutherford, who finished 2-for-4 on Tuesday, drove in the Dash’s final run of the evening in the top of the fifth via an RBI single, registering his fourth consecutive multi-hit game in the process. But, Dalbec proceeded to crush a two-run shot to left against Battenfield in the bottom of the fifth.
Dalbec now leads the Carolina League with 21 homers and 75 RBIs. Meanwhile, Battenfield ultimately allowed a career-high seven runs in five innings of work.
In the sixth, Trenton Kemp blasted his second solo homer of the night to left-center against Kyle Kubat, who tossed two innings in the loss.
Tyler Johnson followed Kubat by tossing a scoreless eighth inning, recording his fourth consecutive scoreless outing. On the other end, Kevin McAvoy earned a four-inning save for Salem, yielding just one hit while striking out three.
Winston-Salem continues its four-game set against the Red Sox on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Lincoln Henzman (0-1, 7.20 ERA), who is rated the 25th-best prospect in the White Sox system per MLB Pipeline, will make his first High-A start against Salem right-hander Jake Thompson (4-7, 4.62 ERA). Pregame coverage begins at 6:50 p.m., and fans can catch all of the action at wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio App. Salem’s coverage will be broadcasted on MiLB.tv.
The Dash return to BB&T Ballpark on Friday to begin a four-game series against the Buies Creek Astros. Promotions for the homestand include a Fireworks Friday, presented by Dewey’s, and a Lowes Foods Family Sunday, and kids can run the bases after the Friday, Saturday and Sunday games powered by New Balance Winston-Salem. Also on Friday, there will be a boat display brought to you by Mann Marine. For tickets and more information, call the Dash at (336) 714-2287 or visit wsdash.com.