April 23, 2008 - Carolina League (CarL) - Winston-Salem Dash
WINSTON-SALEM, NC - Michael Dubee sparkled on the mound as the Warthogs held on for a 7-5 win over Potomac in the series finale on Wednesday afternoon at Ernie Shore Field. Dubee (2-0) silenced the Potomac offense, as he limited the Nationals to just two hits in six shutout innings to earn the win. The Warthogs took two of three from Potomac and five of seven over their seven-game home stand. Combined with the Salem loss to Kinston earlier in the day, the Warthogs regained first place in the Southern Division of the Carolina League.
The Warthogs jumped in front early as Javier Colina, who extended his hitting streak to a Carolina League best 14 games, doubled with one out in the first inning. After Salvador Sanchez struck out, Brandon Allen crushed a two-run home run off Potomac starting pitcher Ross Detwiler to give the Warthogs a 2-0 lead. It was Allen\'s third home run in the last four games.
Winston-Salem extended its lead to 3-0 courtesy of an unearned run in the fourth inning. Lee Cruz reached on an error when his grounder rolled under the glove of third basemen Leonard Davis. Later in the inning, Anderson Gomez doubled with two outs to advance Cruz to third base. Next, C.J. Lang grounded hard to third base, but Davis made a fantastic diving stab and throw to first from his backside. The ball beat Lang to the bag at first but Chris Marrero could not glove it cleanly allowing Cruz to score.
Three more runs in the fifth inning on an RBI single by Sanchez and back-to-back RBI hits by Cruz and Retherford provided Winston-Salem with much needed insurance runs and a 6-0 lead..
Potomac struck for a pair of runs in the seventh inning against the Warthogs bullpen as Israel Chirino surrendered two runs and loaded the bases before Matt Davis took over and ended the threat. The Nationals continued the rally in the eighth inning when Leonard Davis lifted a two-run home run over the left field wall to cut the Warthogs lead to 6-4.
C.J. Retherford gave the Warthogs some breathing room in the eighth inning with a solo home run off Jack Spradlin. It was Retherford\'s first home run of the season. The Nationals added a run in the ninth to finalize the scoring as Ryan Rote recorded the final three outs to collect his second save of the year.
Detwiler, who was selected in the first round (6th overall) by Washington in 2007, did not make it out of the first inning. The southpaw allowed two runs on three hits with a walk, while recording just two outs to take the loss.
The Warthogs will enjoy a day off on Thursday for beginning a six-game road trip with a pair of three-game series against Wilmington and Potomac. The Blue Rocks will host Winston-Salem over the weekend with a three-game set beginning on Friday, April 25 with a 7 PM first pitch.