Skoug homers in Wednesday's 3-2 loss at Fayetteville

Dash backstop has increased his slugging percentage to .500 at High-A level

Evan Skoug has now homered in back-to-back starts. (Scott Kinser)

By Winston-Salem Dash | July 10, 2019 10:26 PM

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (July 10, 2019) - Despite a clutch homer from Evan Skoug in Wednesday's series opener at Segra Stadium, the Dash fell 3-2 against the Fayetteville Woodpeckers.

With the Dash (9-12, 47-38) down 2-0 in the eighth inning, JJ Muno led off the frame with a walk against Austin Hansen (2-1). Following a groundout by Tate Blackman, Skoug crushed a 1-1 pitch over the wall in right-center to knot the contest at two. A former seventh-round pick out of TCU, Skoug has now hit a homer in back-to-back starts, and he has increased his slugging percentage to .500 at the High-A level.

However, Fayetteville (10-10, 41-48) retook the lead for good in the bottom of the eighth against Jose Nin (3-3). Jake Adams reached on a one-out single, and, after Enmanuel Valdez flied out to left, Miguelangel Sierra stepped to the plate. With Sierra up, Adams stole second, and he moved to third on a throwing error by Skoug. On a 3-2 pitch, Sierra grounded a go-ahead single through the right side to put the Woodpeckers ahead 3-2.

Winston-Salem put runners at the corners with two outs in the ninth, but Hansen struck out Muno looking to end the game. Wednesday marked the first loss in Dash history at Segra Stadium.

Making his seventh High-A start, Kade McClure allowed two runs in 4.2 innings of work, with his lone blemish coming via a two-run shot by Scott Manea in the second. 

The Dash continue their three-game set against the Woodpeckers on Thursday at Segra Stadium. Winston-Salem sends left-hander Konnor Pilkington (1-5, 5.40 ERA) to the hill against Fayetteville right-hander Cody Deason (first High-A start). First pitch is set for 7 p.m., and fans can catch all of the action on The Sports Hub Triad (101.5 FM and 600 AM), MiLB.tv and the TuneIn Radio App. 

Following a six-game road trip to Fayetteville and Down East, the Dash return to BB&T Ballpark for a six-game homestand against the Wilmington Blue Rocks and Down East Wood Ducks from July 17-22.

The homestand gets started with a Winston Wednesday and a Wing Wednesday, with $10 presale tickets, Warthogs jerseys and 50 cent wings. Following Wednesday's contest, there will be a Lowes Foods Thirsty Thursday and Pups in the Park Night presented by Handy & Handy Orthodontics. The series finale with Wilmington will be a Fireworks Friday and a Hometown Heroes USA Night with discounted tickets available for veterans and first responders. Kids Run the Bases, presented by New Balance Winston-Salem, will take place following Friday's game. 

The three-game set with Down East kicks off with a Chick-fil-A Four Pack Night and live music on Saturday. Sunday's contest will be a Lowes Foods Family Sunday. Kids Run the Bases, presented by New Balance Winston-Salem, will follow Saturday's game and Sunday's game. The series with Down East concludes with a Free Food Monday with free hot dogs and fries available until 8:30 p.m. and corn dogs while supplies last. For tickets and more information call the Dash at (336) 714-2287 or visit wsdash.com.

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

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