Buch, Semien help Dash rout Nats

Winston-Salem righty combines on two-hit shutout in first win

( Kevin Hartley/Winst-Salem Dash)

By Danny Wild / MLB.com | April 25, 2012 2:35 PM ET

Ryan Buch combined with four relievers on a two-hitter and Marcus Semien hit a grand slam as Class A Advanced Winston-Salem crushed Potomac, 14-0, on Wednesday afternoon.

Buch held the Nationals to one hit over five innings -- a one-out single in the fifth by Sean Nicol broke up the no-hitter -- striking out six for his first win. He walked one before handing the ball off to the Winston-Salem bullpen; Chris Bassitt, Justin Collop, J.R. Ballinger and Taylor Thompson each threw a scoreless inning to preserve Buch's victory.

Ballinger allowed the game's only other hit when Zach Walters hit a leadoff single in the eighth but was stranded at third.

Potomac did have its share of baserunners, though, as Winston-Salem pitchers walked three and hit four, including three hit batters by Buch.

Buch, an eighth-round pick from 2009, had allowed at least four runs in each of his first three starts before shutting down the Nationals affiliate Wednesday.

Despite the Dash's season-high 14 runs on 13 hits, the game actually remained pretty close for the first five innings as Buch protected a 2-0 lead. Winston-Salem teed off with six runs in the sixth when Miguel Gonzalez hit a two-run single to chase Matthew Grace and Semien followed with a grand slam off Miguel Gonzalez, his first homer of the year.

Winston-Salem scored in the eighth inning for the first time all season when No. 3 White Sox prospect Trayce Thompson hit a solo homer to left, his third, and Gonzalez hit a bases-loaded double, giving him five RBIs on the day.

Danny Wild is an editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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