Lynchburg shut out by Dash
Rain cut the game short heading in to the bottom of the seventh inning Monday night in Winston-Salem. Lynchburg threatened multiple times, stranding eight through seven innings, including having a runner thrown out at home, but fell 2-0 to the Dash.
Winston-Salem took the early lead in the bottom of the first inning. Tyler Saladino reached on an error by third baseman Joe Leonard. After Jared Mitchell drew a walk, Jose Martinez attempted a sacrifice bunt. Hillcats’ starter Dimasther Delgado was able to field the bunt and get the lead out at third. With Ian Gac standing in, Mitchell and Martinez challenged Hillcats’ catcher Christian Bethancourt with a double steal. Bethancourt went to second and caught Martinez, while Mitchell advanced to third. Gac then singled to left, driving in Mitchell. The Dash led 1-0 after the first.
The first two batters reached on singled in the bottom of the second for the Dash, but a double play once again left a runner at third with two outs. Daniel Wagner came up with the two out knock, singling in Mike Blanke, putting the Dash up 2-0.
RHP Andre Rienzo held the Hillcats scoreless through seven frames, but he saw his share of close calls.
Phil Gosselin singled with two outs in the first inning. An errant pickoff attempt at first went into the bullpen down the right field line and Gosselin advanced to third base. Joey Terdoslavich would walk to put runners at first and third for Joe Leonard. Leonard struck out swinging to end the threat.
Keenan Wiley reached first on a fielder’s choice in the second inning. He stole second base and advanced to third on yet another throwing error for the Dash, as the throw down from Blanke went into center field. Wiley went stranded as L.V. Ware struck out to end the inning.
The Hillcats would be thwarted again in the third. Gosselin doubled with two outs. Terdoslavich then singled to right field. Jose Martinez fielded the single and fired a one hop throw to home plate, where Blanke applied to tag to a sliding Gosselin for the third out of the frame.
Rain interrupted the game in the middle of the seventh inning. The game was in a delay for nearly an hour before it was officially called, and the Dash winning the rain-shortened affair 2-0.
Rienzo (2-3) records a seven inning complete game shutout, allowing just six hits and two walks, while striking out six on his way to the win. Delgado (4-5) took the loss, surrendering two runs through five innings.
The Hillcats fell to 1-4 with the loss, while the Dash improve to 4-1.