Unearned Run Pushes Potomac to Win in 10thJune 21, 2012 - Carolina League (CarL) Winston-Salem Dash
With the bases loaded and one down, Potomac's Stephen King tapped one to the right of the mound. Winston-Salem reliever Chris Bassitt (1-2) fielded it and threw to the plate to try to get the force out. However, his throw was wide, and catcher Mike Blanke could not tag the plate according to home plate umpire Robert Moreno. Despite an argument from Dash skipper Tommy Thompson, the call stood, and Winston dropped to 1-2 in extra-inning affairs this season.
The Dash (0-1, 44-26-1), who scored more runs than any other Carolina League team during the season's first half, continued their offensive surge with a three-run first inning to kick off half number two. Marcus Semien, who was activated off the disabled list prior to the game, led off the frame with a solo homer. Trayce Thompson and Cyle Hankerd each added an RBI single.
Winston-Salem continued its scoring in the fourth when Hankerd was plunked to lead off the inning. After he stole second, Michael Earley doubled down the left-field line to drive home Hankerd and push the Dash's lead to 4-0.
However, the Dash could not dent the scoreboard again. From the fifth inning on, Winston mustered only three base runners, and Neil Holland (4-1) retired all seven he faced to earn the victory for Potomac.
Dash starter Steve McCray rolled through his first five innings, allowing just three base runners. In the sixth, McCray surrendered three straight hits and left with a run already in and two men aboard. However, Steven Upchurch stranded both runners to preserve Winston-Salem's three-run lead.
The Nationals (1-0, 32-39) knotted the score in the seventh thanks to a trio of unearned tallies. With the bases loaded and down two, Blake Kelso plugged the left-center gap with a three-run triple, which proved to be the hit that sent the game to extra innings.
Winston-Salem and Potomac continue this three-game series Friday night at 7:05. The Dash send Jon Bachanov (5-1, 3.71 ERA) to the mound against fellow right-hander Trevor Holder (3-2, 3.83 ERA). Pre-game coverage begins at 6:50 on wsdash.com.
The Dash return to BB&T Ballpark for a week-long homestand Sunday afternoon at 5:00. Winston-Salem entertains Salem for a four-game series and Frederick for three games. For more information or to purchase your tickets, call the Dash at (336) 714-2287.
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