The Winston-Salem Dash entered tonight’s contest looking to pick up win number 80 on the season as they faced the Salem Red Sox. They also had the opportunity to spoil any postseason hopes the Salem Red Sox had as they would be eliminated with a loss. After being down by four runs at one point, the Dash would battle back to hand the Red Sox a 9-8 loss in ten innings.
After Alec Hansen worked quickly and efficiently through an eight pitch first inning where he faced the minimum, it seemed like he could be on pace for a good start. However, things would take a turn for the worse after the first and Hansen would soon see his night come to a close.
He walked the first two batters he faced in the second inning. After a sacrifice bunt, the Salem Red Sox took a 2-1 lead on a two-run single. In the third inning, Hansen would go on to walk the bases loaded and walk in a run, giving the Red Sox a 3-1 lead. That would be the end of Hansen’s night in what was another frustrating performance for the right-hander.
Final Line: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 7 BB, 2 K. 74 pitches, 34 strikes.
The most frustrating part about Alec Hansen‘s start tonight was that the Salem Red Sox did not make any hard contact against him. Unfortunately, they didn’t get many pitches to hit and Hansen’s command haunted him once again.
When thinking about what to do next with Alec Hansen, part of me feels like a trip to the Arizona Fall League might not be a bad idea since he missed a lot of time this season with a forearm injury. However, another part of me feels like it might not be a bad idea to have him shutdown for the rest of the season to take some time off before preparing for next season.
The Dash jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first courtesy of a Yermin Mercedes RBI single. However, that lead would vanish as the Salem Red Sox rallied to make it a 5-1 ballgame. Even though the Dash were down throughout most of this game, they would not give up.
The Dash’s offense exploded for five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, giving themselves a 6-5 lead. The rally started with two-outs and Nick Madrigal reaching on a single. He would go around to score after a Blake Rutherford double and an error. Gavin Sheets would drive in two more runs with a double and Laz Rivera would clean up the bases with a two-run home run to make it a 6-5 game.
Salem would answer the Dash’s rally by adding another run in top of the seventh. However, Laz Rivera would prove to be a clutch hitter again with an RBI single to give the Dash a 7-6 lead in the bottom half of the frame. Rivera was a big factor in the Dash’s win tonight, helping give his team the lead on two different occasions.
The Red Sox would tag Tyler Johnson for a run in the top of the ninth to tie the game, giving him his first blown save of the season. Salem would add one more run in the top half of the tenth.
The Winston-Salem Dash would have an answer once again in the bottom of the tenth. Luis Robert had an RBI single to tie the game at 8-8 and would advance to third on a Luis Gonzalez single. Luis Robert would then score on a walk-off balk, giving the Dash a 9-8 win.
The Winston-Salem Dash and Salem Red Sox will be back in action tomorrow night. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 CT.
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