Winston-Salem Dash Game Notes (September 19)
The Dash take on Asheville for the final game in a six-game set today. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 p.m..
WINSTON-SALEM DASH (43-75) vs. Asheville Tourists (53-62)
RHP Jesus Valles (0-1, 5.68 ERA) vs. RHP Misael Tamarez (2-1, 3.52 ERA)
2:00 p.m. - Truist Stadium (Winston-Salem, NC)
DASH WIN SEESAW AFFAIR IN GAME 5
The Winston-Salem Dash edged the Asheville Tourists 10-9 Saturday, shaking off a rain delay to take the penultimate game of the season.
The game was initially delayed over an hour due to rain, forcing a late start to first pitch. The scoring began in the second inning, with the Dash notching a run on a Brandon Bossard sacrifice fly, plating another in the third courtesy of a Lazaro Leal RBI single.
Both offenses exploded in the fourth inning, with the Tourists grabbing six runs to take a 6-2 lead. Undeterred, the Dash fired back with five runs of their own, leveraging a Luis Mieses three-RBI double and two bases loaded walks to snatch the lead once more.
The scoring resumed in the sixth when the Tourists tied the game on a sacrifice fly, knotting the game at seven. In the home seventh, Winston-Salem plated three runs with RBIs from Terrell Tatum and Jeremiah Burks, giving the Dash a 10-7 lead. Asheville refused to go quietly, scoring a pair in the seventh before Ryan Williamson and McKinley Moore recorded the final outs and preserved a 10-9 win.
TAMAREZ TOES THE RUBBER FOR ASHEVILLE
After receiving a promotion from Low-A Fayetteville on August 10, righty Misael Tamarez brought his fastball and changeup combo to High-A Asheville. Graded as near-plus pitches by Fangraphs, the fastball and change are the bread-and-butter pitches for the right-hander, harnessing his command to try and baffle hitters. A native of San Padro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, Tamarez has fanned 37 batters in 30.2 innings with Asheville this season, racking up another 64 punchouts in 43 innings with Low-A Fayetteville.
The second-youngest player on the Tourists, Tamarez has been a welcome addition to the Asheville rotation, walking just seven batters in his 30.2 innings, shaping and sharpening his command with his second team of 2021.
ONE MAN WOLFPACK
Prior to Thursday's game, the Chicago White Sox assigned Terrell Tatum to Winston-Salem from the ACL White Sox. Tatum, a 16th-round pick from NC State in this year's MLB Draft, was a First Team All-ACC honoree this year with the Wolfpack after slashing .317/.423/.543, helping lead NC State to the College World Series. With the ACL White Sox, Tatum amassed an OBP of .441 while blasting eight doubles in the the Grand Canyon State.
A LOOK AHEAD...WAY AHEAD
With the 2021 season winding down, the Winston-Salem Dash announced their schedule for the 2022 season. While the six-game sets are back for another season, the Dash will open the 2022 campaign with a three-game series against the Hickory Crawdads on April 8. After the Crawdads visit Truist Stadium, the Dash renew their intrastate rivalry with the Greensboro Grasshoppers in the Camel City, marking the first of four series between the now-familiar foes.
The final four series of the year will all be held in the state of North Carolina, with road trips to Hickory and Greensboro on the docket as well as home series against the Asheville Tourists and Brooklyn Cyclones. Winston-Salem will play the Cyclones (Mets) and Aberdeen IronBirds (Orioles) for the first time in franchise history in 2022.
A PREVIEW OF TOMORROW
The playoff picture is set, with the Greensboro Grasshoppers and Bowling Green Hot Rods duking it out for the High-A East championship.
Both the Asheville Tourists and Winston-Salem Dash set their sights on their big league clubs (Houston Astros, Chicago White Sox) and hope for an impressive and long postseason from both sides.
Winston-Salem opens their 2022 season with the Hickory Crawdads at Truist Stadium on April 8. The Dash and Tourists will do battle 24 times in 2022, with the first series slated for April 26-May 1.
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