Wilmington, Del. (April 11, 2014) - The Wilmington Blue Rocks held the Dash to just five hits en route to a 5-0 victory in the first of a four-game series on Friday night at Frawley Stadium.
After scoring a combined 30 runs in its last four games, Winston-Salem (3-5) failed to plate a run for the first time this season. The Dash did not get a runner to third base, while only two men reached second.
Wilmington (3-5) did not muster much offensively, with the exception of a four-run fourth inning. Hunter Dozier began the inning with a walk, just the seventh issued by Dash starter Tony Bucciferro (0-1) in his 24-outing minor league career. Johermyn Chavez and Cody Stubbs followed with consecutive singles to load the bases for Daniel Rockett.
Hitless in his first 11 at-bats this season, Rockett cleared the bases with a sharp triple down the left field line. Rockett, who was supposed to hit ninth but moved up three slots due to a late scratch of shortstop Raul A. Mondesi, scored on a Cam Gallagher sacrifice fly to punctuate the game-changing inning.
Outside of that inning, Bucciferro pitched effectively in his second career High-A start. In his other five innings of work, the Michigan State product allowed just one hit and faced three more than the minimum.
However, Wilmington starter Jonathan Dziedzic (2-0) pitched well in all of his six innings, and the lefty became the first Carolina League hurler to earn his second victory. Dziedzic scattered four hits and struck out seven. Glenn Sparkman followed with three dominant innings for the Blue Rocks' second save as a club.
Bryan Blough surrendered the only other run of the game, which came around thanks to Hunter Dozier's RBI single. Evan Crawford, acquired by the White Sox in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft this offseason, made his debut with the organization by tossing an inning and a third of scoreless relief behind Blough.
Winston-Salem and Wilmington continue this wraparound series Saturday night at 7:05 from Frawley Stadium. Braulio Ortiz (0-0, 0.00 ERA) makes his second start of the young season against fellow right-hander Christian Binford (0-0, 0.00 ERA). Pregame coverage begins at 6:50 on wsdash.com/broadcast.
All-You-Can-Eat Night kicks off the Dash's next homestand on Tuesday at 7 p.m. All fans can enjoy all-you-can-eat hot dogs, hamburgers and cheeseburgers through the seventh inning. Normal ticket prices apply, so visit wsdash.com for your tickets.
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