Dash blast P-Nats, 16-6
The Winston-Salem Dash pounded out a season-high 16 runs and 20 hits as they outslugged the Potomac Nationals by the final score of 16-6. Winston-Salem scored at least one run in the first eight innings of the game.
In addition to hitting four home runs, every player on the Dash had a hit by the fifth inning and four players finished the game three hits. Juan Silverio paced Winston-Salem going 3-for-5 with six runs batted in.
Mark DeRosa and Carlos Maldonado both appeared for Potomac once again on rehab assignment. DeRosa was 0-for-4 with a walk playing all nine innings in left field. Maldonado started behind the plate and was 0-for-3 with a walk. He was replaced in the top of the eighth.
For the third consecutive game, the Dash scored against the P-Nats in the first inning. Marcus Semien led off the inning with a single up the middle and advanced to second on a single by Carlos Sanchez. Black brought home Semien with an RBI single to give Winston-Salem a 1-0 lead.
Winston-Salem added to their advantage with two more runs in the second inning. Mike Blanke led off with a double down the left field line and was moved over to third on a sacrifice bunt by Michael Earley. Silverio picked up an RBI with a groundout to make it 2-0. Semien followed by launching a solo home run to left center field to up the lead to 3-0. Semien has hit five of his seven home runs this season against the Nationals.
Potomac got a run back off Jake Petricka in the second inning courtesy of an RBI double by Stephen King to cut the deficit to 3-1. The RBI was King’s first with the P-Nats in 2012.
The Dash tacked on four more runs on five consecutive hits in the top of the third. After singles by Trayce Thompson and Cyle Hankerd, Blanke hit an RBI single for the third straight hit of the inning. Silverio cracked the big hit of the inning lining a three-run double down the left field line to put the Dash up 7-1.
The P-Nats brought it within 7-3 in the bottom of the third on a fielding error by Petricka that allowed Blake Kelso and Adrian Sanchez to come in and score.
Three more runs were scored by the Dash in the fourth inning. Brady Shoemaker scored on a wild pitch by Matt Grace after leading off with a walk. Later in the frame Hankerd doubled home Thompson and eventually scored on an RBI groundout by Earley to extend the lead to 10-3.
Shoemaker became the last Dash batter to pick up a hit in the fifth inning as he connected with a two-run home run to left field that made it 12-3 Winston-Salem.
Jason Martinson added a run to the P-Nats total in the bottom of the fifth as he drove home David Freitas with an RBI double to bring the score to 12-4.
Silverio notched his fifth RBI of the night in the sixth inning as he singled in Hankerd. A sacrifice fly by Carlos Sanchez later in the inning put the Dash up ten runs at 14-4.
Potomac added a run in the bottom of the sixth inning as Randolph Oduber scored on an RBI groundout by Kelso to make it 14-5.
A pair of home runs by the Dash in the seventh and eighth innings pushed the lead to 16-5. Thompson hit his 13th home run of the season in the seventh inning while Silverio launched his third of the season in the eighth.
The top of the ninth was the only half inning that the Dash did not score a run. Carolina League All-Star Rob Wort came on and struck out the side.
Martinson hit his first home run in a Nationals uniform in the bottom of the ninth that brought the contest to its final score of 16-6.
Steven Upchurch (1-0) picked up his first win of the season for the Dash out of the bullpen. He pitched two scoreless innings striking out four batters.
Grace (4-7) suffered his third loss of the season against the Dash. He lasted three and one-third innings allowing a season-high in hits with twelve and runs with ten.