SALEM, VA (Sunday, September 3, 2017) - The Salem Red Sox couldn't make anything of a terrific start by Mike Shawaryn Sunday afternoon, as their Mills Cup hopes came to an end in a 2-0 loss to the Winston-Salem Dash at Haley Toyota Field at Salem Memorial Ballpark.
The Sox (33-35, 72-64) fell out of the running for the Mills Cup playoffs with the loss, and lost for the fifth time in their last six games. Winston-Salem (30-38, 54-84) earned their 30th win of the second half behind a stellar effort from Dane Dunning (W, 6-8), who allowed just one hit in seven shutout frames while whiffing seven.
Winston-Salem took the lead in the top of the fourth against Salem starter Mike Shawaryn (L, 5-5), who issued a one-out walk to Jameson Fisher. Seby Zavala singled, sending Fisher to third base. With runners at the corners, Zavala took off for second, and Austin Rei's throw was wild. The error allowed Fisher to speed home and Zavala to reach third, and the Dash moved into a 1-0 lead.
The Dash extended their advantage in the top of the fifth. Ti'Quan Forbes led off with a bloop up the right field line for a double, putting a runner in scoring position. Shawaryn recovered to fan the next two hitters, but Bryant Flete lined a single to right to score Forbes and run the lead to 2-0.
Shawaryn was strong in the loss, allowing two runs (one earned) on just four hits and a walk while fanning nine in six innings. He finishes the year with 169 strikeouts in 134.2 innings, averaging 11.29 strikeouts per nine innings. Matthew Gorst pitched a perfect inning of relief with two strikeouts to finish the pitching for Salem.
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