Bullpen shines in Winston-Salem's road victory

Thompson, Kubat, Charleston stifle Pelicans on Friday

Zach Thompson earned his first win as a reliever on Friday at Myrtle Beach. (Jody Stewart/Winston-Salem Dash)

By Winston-Salem Dash | July 14, 2017 10:14 PM ET

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (July 14, 2017) - A Jameson Fisher hit by pitch with the bases loaded plated the go-ahead run, and a sparkling performance from the Dash bullpen allowed Winston-Salem to sneak past the Myrtle Beach Pelicans 4-3 on Friday night at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

With the game tied at three in the seventh, the Dash (11-11, 35-57) loaded the bases with two down against Pelicans reliever Tommy Thorpe (3-3). On the first pitch, Thorpe clocked Fisher on the back, scoring Luis Basabe to give Winston-Salem the lead.

From there, the bullpen took over to propel the Dash to their second straight one-run win at Myrtle Beach. Zach Thompson (2-7) tossed two scoreless innings to pick up his first professional win as a reliever, allowing one hit in the effort.

Kyle Kubat followed by striking out two in a perfect eighth, and Jack Charleston locked down his eighth High-A save in 10 opportunities with a flawless ninth. Over the first three games of this road trip, Dash relievers have allowed two hits and no runs over a combined 10 innings of work.

For the third straight game, the Pelicans (8-13, 51-40) dented the scoreboard in the first inning. With runners on first and second and two outs in the opening frame, Tyler Alamo lined an RBI single to right against Dash starter Dane Dunning, giving Myrtle Beach a 1-0 edge. In the second, Vimael Machin smacked a solo homer in his first High-A at-bat to put the Birds up two.

However, Basabe helped Winston-Salem answer back in the third against Pelicans starter Thomas Hatch. After doubling with one out, Basabe stole his team-leading 15th base to put himself in prime scoring position for Bryant Flete. On a 3-2 pitch, Flete bounced a run-scoring groundout to shortstop Zack Short to cut the deficit in half.

Trailing by one entering the fourth, the Dash took the lead thanks to newcomer Matt Rose, who joined Winston-Salem on Thursday with Eloy Jimenez and Flete in a deal that sent big leaguer Jose Quintana to the Cubs. Following back-to-back walks to Jimenez and Fisher, Rose smacked a two-run double down the left field line to give Winston-Salem a 3-2 advantage.

Myrtle Beach knotted the contest in the bottom of the frame when Trent Giambrone was hit by a pitch from Dunning, but the Dash righty was able to induce a groundout from Eddy Martinez to keep it a 3-3 game.

Dunning ultimately tossed five innings, allowing eight hits and three runs (two earned) while striking out four. The former Florida Gator boasts a 2.25 ERA (nine earned runs in 36.0 innings) over his last six starts.

The Dash wrap up their four-game set against the Pelicans at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday at TicketReturn.com Field. Left-hander Bernardo Flores (0-2, 6.60 ERA), who is the 21st-best prospect in the White Sox system per MLB Pipeline, gets the nod for Winston-Salem in the series finale. Pregame coverage starts at 6:50 p.m., and fans can catch all of the action on wsdash.com/broadcast, MiLB.tv and the TuneIn Radio App.

#YourHomeTeam returns to BB&T Ballpark on Thursday for a four-game series with the Salem Red Sox. Promotions for the four-game homestand include a Lowes Foods Thirsty Thursday and Family Sunday, two incredible postgame fireworks displays on Friday and Saturday, Star Wars Night and much more. For tickets and 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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