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MCCLURE, MADRIGAL HELP DASH TO 3-2 WIN OVER WOODPECKERS

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Winston-Salem 3, Fayetteville 2

W: Codi Heuer (3-1)
L: Jacob Billingsley (0-2)
S: Will Kincanon (1)

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (June 2, 2019) – Thanks to a quality start from Kade McClure and a two-RBI performance from Nick Madrigal the Dash claimed a 3-2 victory over the Fayetteville Woodpeckers on Sunday night at Segra Stadium.

In his debut with Winston-Salem (31-24) McClure stymied the Woodpeckers (25-31) bats. The right-hander allowed just five hits across six innings while striking out five and walking two. Meanwhile, on the offensive side, Madrigal knocked in two runs thanks to an RBI-groundout in the sixth and a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

The Woodpeckers got on the board first. With one out in the bottom of the first, Enmanuel Valdez grounded a single through the right side. After a Colton Shaver flyout, Scott Schreiber flared a single into right field to score Valdez and make it 1-0.

Winston-Salem finally responded against Fayetteville starter Shawn Dubin in the top of the sixth. With one out, Tyler Frost hit a high fly ball into center field and was robbed of a home run by Woodpeckers center fielder Jacob Meyers. But, the ball dropped out of Meyers glove, allowing Frost to reach third with a triple. Madrigal then grounded out to the right side to score Frost and tie the ballgame.

The Dash took their first lead in the top of the eighth against Fayetteville reliever Jacob Billingsley (0-2). JJ Muno led off the frame by drawing a walk. Following Muno’s walk, Yeyson Yrizarri popped up a bunt in front of home plate, but it deflected off of Woodpeckers third baseman Colton Shaver. The error allowed Yrizarri to reach first and Muno to reach third. After a Frost strikeout, Madrigal hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Muno.

Already leading 2-1, Winston-Salem added an insurance run in the top of the ninth. Jameson Fisher drew his second walk of the night to lead off the inning. Zach Remillard then struckout, but with Craig Dedelow at the plate Fisher reached second on a wild pitch by Fayetteville reliever Tommy DeJuneas. After Dedelow grounded out, Carlos Perez lined a single into left field to score Fisher and make it 3-1.

In relief of McClure, Codi Heuer (3-1) pitched two perfect innings with two strikeouts in the seventh and eighth.
Fayetteville threatened to steal the game in the bottom of the ninth. With runners at first and second and two outs, Miguelangel Sierra hit a line drive single to left field to score Jacob Meyers and make it 3-2. Following Sierra’s single, Dash reliever Will Kincanon walked Bryan De La Cruz to load the bases. But, Kincanon induced a fielder’s choice groundout from Valdez to end the ballgame.

Following the three-game road trip and an off day, the Dash return to BB&T Ballpark for a seven-game homestand that runs from June 6-12. The homestand includes four games against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans and three games against the Salem Red Sox.

Promotions in the four-game set with Myrtle Beach include a Lowes Foods Thirsty Thursday and a Pups in the Park Night presented by Handy and Handy Orthodontics, a Star Wars Night on June 7, a Live Music Saturday and a Lowes Foods Family Sunday. Kids Run the Bases, powered by New Balance Winston-Salem, will take place following Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s games.

The homestand continues against Salem with a Free Food Monday, Taco Tuesday and a Winston Wednesday. For tickets and more information, call the Dash at (336) 714-2287 or visit wsdash.com.

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