Eighth-Inning Unearned Run Sinks Winston-Salem
LYNCHBURG, Va. (Aug. 12, 2013) - An unearned run in the bottom of the eighth proved to be the difference in Lynchburg's 3-2 victory over Winston-Salem on Monday night at City Stadium.
The Dash (22-27, 60-59) turned to the bullpen in the eighth frame of a tie game, and Joseph Dvorsky (1-2) struck out the first two men he faced. David Rohm followed with a five-pitch walk and a swipe of second base to give the Hillcats a scoring chance.
Josh Elander bounced a grounder to short, but Joey DeMichele's throw skipped past Jeremy Farrell, and Rohm scored the go-ahead run from second base on Winston's 12th error over its last five games.
For the second straight night, the Dash pushed a runner into scoring position in the top of the ninth in a one-run contest, but Winston-Salem could not deadlock the score. As a result, the Dash fell to 20-32 in games decided by one or two runs this season.
With the win, Lynchburg (20-26, 56-59) improved to 13-6 against the Dash, who own a record of 31-15 against the other three Northern Division foes. The Hillcats have a chance to hand Winston-Salem just its second sweep over its last 93 series in the finale Tuesday.
Both clubs struck in the first inning. Chris Curley collected his Carolina League-leading 84th RBI thanks to a sacrifice fly. Micah Johnson scored his minor league-best 99th run on the play. Lynchburg responded with an unearned run due to a pair of Dash errors in the home half of the frame.
Again, the Dash and Hillcats traded runs in the seventh. DeMichele pushed Winston-Salem ahead with a run-scoring double in the top half, while Daniel Castro turned in an RBI double of his own in the last of the inning to knot the score.
Winston-Salem starter Myles Jaye turned in his 11th quality start in 17 High-A outings. He worked through seven innings for the fourth time with the Dash, and he surrendered only one earned run on eight hits.
Last year's combatants in the Mills Cup Championship Series, Winston-Salem and Lynchburg meet for the final time in the regular season Tuesday night at 7:05. The Dash send Braulio Ortiz (0-1, 7.43 ERA) to the hill, while the Hillcats will counter with fellow righty A.J. Holland (4-8, 4.79 ERA). Pregame coverage begins at 6:50 on wsdash.com/broadcast.
The Dash return to BB&T Ballpark on Wednesday night for a quick three-game homestand, which features All-You-Can-Eat Night on Thursday and a postgame fireworks show on Friday. All three games begin at 7 p.m., and fans can purchase tickets by calling (336) 714-2287 or visiting wsdash.com.
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