Dunning spins one-hit shutout in twin bill opener

Right-hander caps 2017 season with gem on Sunday

Dane Dunning lowered his season-long ERA to 2.94 with Sunday's gem at Salem. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

By Winston-Salem Dash | September 3, 2017 3:36 PM ET

SALEM, Va. (Sept. 3, 2017) - Right-hander Dane Dunning concluded his tremendous 2017 season with arguably his best performance, a one-hit shutout in Winston-Salem's 2-0 victory over Salem in Sunday's doubleheader opener at Haley Toyota Field.

Dunning (6-8) struck out nine over seven dominant innings, and he retired the final 13 he faced. Salem's lone base runner came via an infield single from Nick Lovullo with two down in the third. The 3-4-5 hitters for the Red Sox (33-35, 73-64) went a combined 0-for-8 with six strikeouts.

Over his last two starts, Dunning has logged 19 strikeouts, pushing his season-long total to 168 between Winston-Salem and Low-A Kannapolis. As of the time of this release, Dunning owned a share of 11th place in all of Minor League Baseball in strikeouts. Former Dash right-hander Alec Hansen, now with Double-A Birmingham, leads the Minors with 191.

A part of the Adam Eaton trade with Washington last December, Dunning recorded his third complete game as a professional, with the most recent coming in his final start of the first half at Buies Creek. In that outing on June 17, Dunning also logged a seven-inning shutout in the opener of a doubleheader. Between the Dash and Intimidators, Dunning finishes the season with an 8-8 record and a 2.94 earned run average.

Thanks to Dunning's gem, the Dash (30-38, 54-84) snapped a five-game losing streak and eliminated Salem from playoff contention. The Frederick Keys officially clinched their first playoff berth since 2011 with the Dash's victory over the Red Sox.

Winston-Salem seized the lead for good in the fourth on a throwing error from Salem catcher Austin Rei. One inning later, the Dash added some insurance through a pair of recently-acquired players. Ti'Quan Forbes, whom the White Sox received from Texas earlier this week via the Miguel Gonzalez trade, led off with a double. Following back-to-back strikeouts, Bryant Flete, a part of the Jose Quintana trade in July, worked some two-out magic with an RBI single to right. 

Red Sox starter Mike Shawaryn (5-5) spun a quality start, going six innings and giving up those two runs on just four hits. Matthew Gorst added a scoreless seventh inning out of the Salem bullpen.

These two teams will conclude their doubleheader at approximately 3:20 p.m. from the Roanoke Valley. Winston-Salem will send Ian Clarkin (0-0, 2.25 ERA) to the mound for his third start in the White Sox organization. Salem will counter with fellow left-hander Logan Boyd (3-1, 2.47 ERA). Coverage of Sunday's finale is available on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio App.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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