WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Winston-Salem Dash had one bad inning Sunday evening at BB&T Ballpark and it cost them, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.
The Carolina Mudcats scored four runs in the second inning as it held on to defeat the Winston-Salem Dash 5-4 in a Carolina League game.
The Dash took a 1-0 lead in the first off Mudcats’ starter Cole Sulser (3-7). Jacob May, who went 2 for 5 with two runs scored and two RBIs for the Dash, led off with a double. Joey DeMichele followed with a single, and center fielder Logan Vick threw home but May beat the throw to give the Dash a 1-0 lead.
It didn’t take long for the Mudcats to rally behind Dash starter Tony Bucciferro (6-6). Jeremy Diaz led off with a single and Jeremy Lucas followed with a home run just over the wall in left to give the Mudcats a 2-1 lead.
“Lucas hitting the home run in the second kind of got us going,” Manager Scooter Tucker of the Mudcats said.
Still in the second and with one out, Jerrud Sabourin singled. James Roberts hit an infield single to Zach Voight at shortstop, who threw the ball away, allowing Sabourin to move to third. Ryan Battaglia followed with a walk to load the bases. Vick struck out, but Yhoxian Median grounded to DeMichele at second. Medina reached on an infield single, but DeMichele threw it away at first, allowing Sabourin and Roberts to score to push it to 4-1.
Manager Tommy Thompson of the Dash said his team had opportunities.
“We threw a couple balls away,” Thompson said. “I thought Tony Bucciferro pitched a great game. He battled through some errors, some mistakes. He didn’t have his best stuff, but he competed and kept us in the game for seven innings.”
Winston-Salem rallied off Sulser in the third. Keenyn Walker led off with a walk, and with May batting, stole second. May doubled to left to knock in Walker to trim it to 4-2. May stole third with DeMichele batting, and DeMichele walked. Courtney Hawkins hit a sacrifice fly to center, allowing May to score to make it 4-3.
Carolina added a run in the sixth off Bucciferro. With two outs, Sabourin hit a ball off the wall in right. Walker threw it to second, and it looked as if Sabourin was tagged out at second. But plate umpire Adam Beck ruled he was safe.
Thompson came out to argue, but to no avail. Roberts followed with a single to knock in Sabourin to make it 5-3.
“I think they thought they tagged him out before he got to the bag,” Tucker said. “They disputed that, I didn’t. I’m sure that’s what (Thompson) thought, that he tagged him before he got to the bag. I thought it was really close, but I didn’t think he was out.”
Bucciferro was relieved by Jose Bautista to start the eighth inning. Bucciferro gave up five runs, four earned, on eight hits, five strikeouts and a walk.
Sulser pitched six innings before being relieved by Benny Suarez to start the seventh. Sulser gave up three runs on three hits. He also had six strikeout and three walks.
Winston-Salem was able to score in the seventh off Suarez. Voight led off with a walk, and with one out, Walker doubled, allowing Voight to move to third. Voight scored after May grounded to second to trim it to 5-4.
“We had some chances early, we had some chances late. We just didn’t come through tonight,” Thompson said.
The Dash will have to try to avoid being swept by the Mudcats tonight. Right-hander Terance Marin (1-0, 4.09 ERA) will pitch for the Dash against right-hander Adam Plutko (1-2, 3.94).
“I think we have a lot of young guys coming together,” Thompson said. “They’re learning how to play. They’re getting some experience. As challenging as the league was early, it’s still challenging, but some players are making nice adjustments.”
Note: Shortstop Tim Anderson hurt his hand Friday night at Lynchburg and has missed the last two games. Anderson, who was a Carolina League All-Star and is currently batting .297, will be further examined today.
“He might be in there tomorrow,” Thompson said. “I don’t know. I’m not a doctor, but we’ll see what the doctor says. He’s got some X-rays and an MRI, and we’ll see what happens. He could be starting tomorrow night at shortstop. We’ll just wait and see.”