Keys steal rubber tilt from Dash on late homer

Yelmison Peralta coughs up late-inning blast, takes the loss

Landon Lassiter went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in his return to Winston-Salem. (Jody Stewart/Winston-Salem Dash)

By Winston-Salem Dash | April 19, 2017 10:07 PM ET

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (April 19, 2017) - Despite a series-high seven hits for Winston-Salem, a late two-run homer by Randolph Gassaway allowed the Keys to sneak past the Dash 5-4 in Wednesday's rubber match at BB&T Ballpark.

In defeat, the Lexington, N.C., native Landon Lassiter had a solid return to Winston-Salem. Re-signed by the White Sox on Sunday, the North Davidson High School alumnus went 1-for-4 with a go-ahead RBI double in the seventh against Keys reliever Mitch Horacek (2-0) to break a 3-3 tie. 

However, Frederick (6-7) provided the final lead change of the game in the eighth against Dash reliever Yelmison Peralta (0-1). After Ryan Mountcastle drew a one-out walk, Gassaway drilled the aforementioned two-run blast just beyond the left field wall.

The Dash (4-10) drew back-to-back walks with two outs in the ninth, but Luis Gonzalez locked down his second save of the season by forcing Johan Cruz to ground into a fielder's choice.

In the homestand finale, Aaron Schnurbusch had Winston-Salem's lone multi-hit game. The former Pitt Panther went 2-for-4 with his second triple of the year.

Winston-Salem took the first lead of the game in the second inning against Frederick starter Brian Gonzalez. After Toby Thomas walked and stole second with two outs, Schnurbusch blooped an RBI single into right-center to give the Dash an early 1-0 edge.

Dash starter Max Beatty did not allow a hit through the first three against Frederick, but he ran into trouble in the fourth. With runners at the corners and one out, Jomar Reyes stroked an opposite field, two-run double to right to put the Keys ahead 2-1.

Frederick coughed up the advantage in the next half inning. Gonzalez retired the first two batters before yielding a triple to Thomas. With Schnurbusch up, Keys catcher Stuart Levy tried to pick off Thomas at third after a first pitch ball, but Levy threw wide to allow Thomas to score on the throwing error.

Winston-Salem would break the tie in the sixth. Zack Collins drew a one-out walk, and, two batters later, Louis Silverio delivered an RBI double to make it a 3-2 game.

The Keys quickly deadlocked the score in the seventh. After Alex Murphy doubled with one out, Levy followed with an RBI double to chase Beatty from the contest. The righty ultimately went 6.1 innings, allowing five hits and three runs while striking out six batters.

Andre Wheeler struck out the only two batters he faced, both of which came in the seventh. Drew Hasler tossed a scoreless ninth, lowering his career ERA at BB&T Ballpark to 0.46 (1 ER in 19.2 IP).

The Dash will travel to Frawley Stadium for a four-game set against the Blue Rocks that starts on Thursday night. Winston-Salem will send right-hander Aron McRee (0-1, 11.81 ERA) to the hill against Wilmington righty A.J. Puckett (1-1, 2.70 ERA). The contest begins at 6:35 p.m., with all the action available on 600 AM WSJS, 101.3 FM and the TuneIn Radio App.

#YourHomeTeam will return 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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