WILMINGTON, Del. (Sept. 1, 2013) - Three Wilmington pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout in the Blue Rocks' 1-0 victory over the Dash on Sunday afternoon from Frawley Stadium.
Winston-Salem (32-37, 70-69) must win in its season finale Monday to post the franchise's fourth winning season in its five-year Dash era. The Dash, who have lost three in a row since their record-tying 10-game winning streak, have also lost consecutive games to the Blue Rocks after claiming 14 of the first 17 matchups in 2013.
The Dash could not solve Wilmington (30-39, 63-76) pitching throughout the afternoon. Starter Leonel Santiago (4-3) took a no-hitter into the fifth inning and surrendered just two knocks over six strong frames. Santiago only faced three more than the minimum in his third straight quality start.
Out of the bullpen, Daniel Hernandez worked around a pair of jams over two scoreless innings. He struck out five and stranded three base runners, two of whom were in scoring position when the inning ended. Andrew Edwards, a 2013 Royals draftee, finished off the Dash with an easy ninth for his first High-A save, sending Winston to just its sixth shutout loss.
Winston-Salem starter Bryan Blough (11-11) also posted a stellar outing in the final start of his breakout 2013 campaign. Blough gave up just one run, an unearned tally in the third, on five hits in seven innings. In four outings against the Blue Rocks this season, the Newnan, Ga., native boasts a 1.00 earned run average (three earned runs in 27 frames).
With his seven-frame effort, Blough jumped to second in Minor League Baseball in innings pitched with 172.2. He trails only Matt Shoemaker of the Salt Lake City Bees (Triple-A, LA Angels), who has logged 184.1 frames this far this season.
The lone run of the game came in the third, and it was an unearned tally. Yowill Espinal reached on a leadoff single and advanced to second on a Josh Richmond error. Three batters later, Yem Prades delivered a two-out single to plate Espinal.
On the flip side, Winston-Salem did not get a runner to third base, and the Dash stranded seven runners.
Winston-Salem concludes the season in Wilmington on Labor Day Monday at 1:35 p.m. The Dash's starter has yet to be announced, while the Blue Rocks turn to right-hander Angel Baez (3-1, 3.94 ERA). The Pregame Dash begins at 1:20 p.m. on wsdash.com/broadcast.