July 16, 2009 - Carolina League (CarL) - Winston-Salem Dash
Salem, VA - Yamaico Navarro hit a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the tenth inning to lift the Red Sox over Winston-Salem 5-1 in ten innings in the series finale on Thursday night at Lewis-Gale Field. The blast broke a 1-1 tie and capped off a frustrating night of wasted scoring chances for the Dash, who had a runner on third with less than two outs in sixth, eighth and ninth innings, but failed to score each time.
The finish also overshadowed a terrific outing from starting pitcher Justin Edwards, who tossed a season-high eight innings and held the Red Sox to one run on six hits, but did not figure in the decision. The southpaw also struck out a season-high four and did not allow a walk.
The game began as a pitcher\'s duel with Edwards and Salem\'s Stephen Fife matching each other with scoreless frames. Fife, who was making his Carolina League debut, allowed a pair of infield singles to start the game, but then retired 14 of the next 15 batters as the game remained scoreless until the sixth inning.
The Dash took a brief lead when second baseman Dale Mollenhauer led off the sixth with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by shortstop Greg Paiml. First baseman Jimmy Gallagher followed with an RBI single to put Winston-Salem in front 1-0. The Dash threatened later in the inning after third baseman Brent Morel singled and a wild pitch put runners on second and third with one out. But an awkward double-play thwarted the rally. With Seth Loman at the plate, Fife delivered an inside fastball that deflected off the knob of the bat and rolled towards third. Gallagher broke for the plate, but was tagged out as he slid home. Loman, who argued that he was hit by the pitch, was also tagged out to end the inning.
Salem answered back in the bottom of the sixth as Che-Hsuan Lin, who finished with four hits, singled to start the frame and was bunted to second. One out later, Navarro lined an RBI double down the left field line to knot the score at one.
The Dash wasted another scoring opportunity in the eighth with the game tied 1-1 when Mollenhauer doubled off Salem reliever Dave McKae to lead off. He advanced to third with no outs on a wild pitch. But McKae struck out Paiml and after an intentional walk to Gallagher, he got Morel to hit into a double-play to erase another Winston-Salem scoring chance.
Again, the Dash put runners on second and third with one out in the ninth inning against Robert Coello. But Logan Johnson struck out and Joe Persichina popped out as Winston-Salem finished 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position.
The Red Sox rally in the tenth began when Dash reliever Hector Santiago handed Luis Segovia a leadoff walk. After a sacrifice bunt by Kris Negron advanced the runner to second, Lin and Daniel Nava singled to load the bases with one out. Santiago induced an infield pop out from Luis Exposito for the second out before Navarro launched the game-winning slam.
Coello (4-2) worked two scoreless innings and allowed one hit to collect the win and help Salem claim two wins in this three-game series. Santiago (2-4) allowed four runs in 1.2 innings to suffer the loss.
The Dash will enjoy an off day on Friday before they continue their nine-game road swing with the first of three against Myrtle Beach on Saturday night at BB&T Coastal Field. Winston-Salem will send RHP Gregory Infante (0-0, 4.50) to the mound in the opener, while Myrtle Beach is expected to start LHP Cole Rohrbough (4-6, 5.97). The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
The Dash has introduced a new three-game champion plan. This is the only way to get the best seats for the playoffs before they go on sale to the general public. The three-game champion plan includes our three remaining fireworks games on July 24th, August 7th and September 3rd. Each plan comes with a FREE souvenir Dash hat. Purchase your three-game plan by July 17th and receive a FREE playoff ticket to the first playoff game in Dash history on September 9th. Single-game tickets can be purchased online at www.wsdash.com or by calling the Dash office at (336) 714-2287.