Silverio, Dash explode offensively

White Sox prospect matches career high with six RBIs

By David Heck / Special to | June 23, 2012 7:52 PM ET

Juan Silverio saw everyone else was hitting on Saturday night, so he decided to get in on the fun himself.

The White Sox's No. 17 prospect tied a career best with six RBIs as the Class A Advanced Winston-Salem Dash put up season highs in hits and runs in their 16-6 romp over the Potomac Nationals.

The Dash, who had dropped back-to-back games to Potomac, scored in each of the first eight innings before P-Nats closer Rob Wort set them down in order in the ninth. The last time the team scored 16 runs was in a win over Salem on May 8, 2010.

"We had a little closed-door meeting last night after the game," manager Tommy Thompson said. "I told them we need to come out and compete a little better. I don't think that was the main reason [we hit well], I just think we had a good night seeing the ball and hitting the ball. A lot of balls hit chalk, a lot of seeing-eye balls, but we also hit some extremely well. Everybody top to bottom had a really good night."

Even with the entire lineup contributing, Silverio stood out with a game-high seven total bases -- he homered, doubled and singled. His other six-RBI game came on June 3, 2009, when he played in the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League.

"It's funny, because I saw a lot of guys hitting, so I wanted to do the same things," Silverio said through a translator.

"He did a lot of good things," Thompson said. "Situational hits, two-strike hits, hit ahead in the count. He just put together a really nice night."

Silverio's biggest hit came in third, when he stepped to the plate with one out and the bases loaded. The 21-year-old third baseman came through with a three-run double to cap a four-run frame.

"It was 1-2, I was just trying to make contact," said Silverio, who plated a run with a groundout in his first at-bat. "I knew for sure it was a double."

Silverio added an RBI single in the sixth and a solo homer in the eighth. Through 32 games this year, he's hitting .290 with three homers and 26 RBIs.

Brady Shoemaker contributed a pair of two RBIs for the Dash, while everyone else in the lineup plated one run. All but Dan Black crossed the plate at least once.

Seven players enjoyed multi-hit performances, with four collecting three knocks, as Winston-Salem totaled 20 hits. Thompson said he realized the club had scored in each of the first eight innings but made the mistake of mentioning it in the dugout.

"I knew we had a chance to score every inning because I jinxed them in the dugout and said, 'I can't believe we scored a run in every inning,'" he said. "Now they're all on my [case]."

After such a strong offensive showing, what does a manager tell his players to keep them motivated?

"I try to stay away from them," Thompson said. "I think a good coach needs to hide from the players when they're doing good things, let them keep having fun and do what they're doing. ... If they keep doing this, I'll keep hiding.

"This team's hit all year and they've hit extremely well. They've done a great job competing for all 27 outs. I expect them to come out, be aggressive and score runs tomorrow because they've done it very consistently."

David Heck is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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