WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (May 17, 2017) - Telvin Nash became the first Dash hitter to post a multi-homer game in 2017, but Lynchburg used a five-run second to jump out to an early lead that it would never relinquish, defeating Winston-Salem 9-5 on Wednesday afternoon at BB&T Ballpark.
After Dash starter Zach Thompson (1-5) tossed a perfect first, the Hillcats (19-18) notched their big inning in the next offensive frame.
With one out, Andrew Calica dribbled a single into right field that just evaded the outstretched glove of second baseman Toby Thomas. Yonathan Mendoza, who collected a pair of RBIs in last night's contest, worked a walk before Jodd Carter singled in Calica with a base knock to left.
After Willi Castro was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Sam Haggerty promptly emptied the bags with a three-run triple off the center field wall before later scoring on a wild pitch.
Nash quickly responded for Winston-Salem (13-27) in the bottom of the frame, depositing a 2-0 pitch from Brock Hartson (2-1) well beyond the center field fence to tighten the score to 5-1.
The Dash first baseman posted his second blast of the afternoon in the sixth, a towering shot to the top of the Nature Select Knoll in left field, to close the deficit to 6-2. The former Astros farmhand has clubbed 15 homers in 52 career games with Winston-Salem and now owns 117 blasts as a Minor Leaguer.
Carter added a long ball of his own against Dash reliever Kelvis Valerio in the fourth with an opposite-field blast to right-center.
Winston-Salem continued to fight back in the seventh, as Jake Fincher kicked off the inning with a double down the left field line. Two batters later, Johan Cruz drove him in with an RBI groundout to the shortstop to cut the deficit to 6-3.
Lynchburg tallied three insurance runs in its half of the eighth on a two-run double by Castro and an RBI single from Haggerty to go up 9-3.
The Dash chipped away in the home half of the inning, as Brady Conlan and Fincher provided an RBI single and double, respectively, to close the gap to 9-5, but Thomas stranded both of them on the basepaths as he flew out to center to end the frame.
The Dash and Hillcats conclude their series on Thursday night at BB&T Ballpark. Right-hander Brannon Easterling (2-2, 3.11 ERA) will take the rubber for Winston-Salem against Lynchburg righty Shao-Ching Chiang (5-1, 1.74 ERA). Pregame coverage begins at 6:45 p.m., with first pitch set for 7 p.m. All the action is available on 600 AM WSJS, 101.3 FM, wsdash.com/broadcast, MiLB.tv and the TuneIn Radio App.
The finale of the four-game series against the Hillcats marks another Lowes Foods Thirsty Thursday, where fans can purchase select beers for $1 through the seventh inning. Discounts on Pepsi products are also available. For tickets and more information, contact the Dash at (336) 714-2287 or visit wsdash.com.
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