Blue Rocks nip Dash in Thursday's series opener

Silverio posts multi-hit game; McRee spins six strong innings

Luis Basabe has hit safely in five straight after his first-inning single on Thursday. (Jody Stewart/Winston-Salem Dash)

By Winston-Salem Dash | April 20, 2017 9:04 PM ET

WILMINGTON, Del. (April 20, 2017) - Dash starter Aron McRee threw six strong innings, and Luis Basabe extended his hitting streak to five games, but the Blue Rocks blanked Winston-Salem 1-0 in Thursday's series opener at Frawley Stadium.

Basabe, who is rated by Baseball America as the eighth-best prospect in the White Sox system, went 1-for-3 with a leadoff single in the first inning. The 20-year-old is now 6-for-18 (.333) during his streak, which is one shy of the longest by a Dash hitter in 2017.

On the mound, Winston-Salem (4-11) received an impressive outing from McRee (0-2), who allowed just two hits and one unearned run in his third start of the year. The righty also struck out a season-high six batters while yielding one walk.

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Taking over for McRee at the start of the seventh, Ian Hamilton once again shined out of the bullpen for the Dash. The 21-year-old tossed two shutout innings, punching out two Blue Rocks (6-8) and allowing two hits. The former Washington State Cougar has not allowed an earned run in his first nine innings at the High-A level.

However, Winston-Salem struggled offensively, mustering just six hits on the night. Wilmington starter A.J. Puckett (2-1) dominated the Dash, tossing seven shutout frames and yielding three hits while striking out a career-high eight batters. Jacob Bodner relieved Puckett and hurled two scoreless innings to pick up his first save of the 2017 campaign.

The only multi-hit effort for Winston-Salem came from Louis Silverio, who went 2-for-4 with two singles.

The lone run of the contest came in the first inning. Blue Rocks leadoff man Nicky Lopez started off the frame with a single to center. With D.J. Burt batting, a throwing error by McRee on a pickoff attempt allowed Lopez to go to second. Burt moved Lopez to third on a groundout, and Elier Hernandez followed with an RBI single to put Wilmington ahead 1-0.

The Dash continue their four-game set at Frawley Stadium against the Blue Rocks on Friday night. Winston-Salem will send ace left-hander Tanner Banks (2-0, 1.35 ERA) to the hill against Wilmington southpaw Cristian Castillo (0-0, 2.70 ERA). The contest will begin at 7:05 p.m., with all the action available on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio App.

Following this short road trip, #YourHomeTeam returns to BB&T Ballpark for a three-game homestand from April 25-27 against the Buies Creek Astros. Highlights include our second Two for $22 deal, College Night and another Lowes Foods Thirsty Thursday, where fans can enjoy beers for just $1 through the seventh inning. For more information, call the Dash at (336) 714-2287 or visit wsdash.com.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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