WINSTON-SALEM, NC - After splitting the first two games at BB&T Ballpark this weekend, the Dash left no doubt as to who the series winner would be, pounding the Carolina Mudcats 15-2 in front of 3,498 fans Sunday afternoon.
The Dash (5-4) began their offensive barrage right away, scoring at least one run in each of the first five innings. The big offensive explosion came in the third inning, as the Dash put a season-high seven on the board.
After Mark Haddow drove in a pair with a bases-loaded single, Winston-Salem reloaded the bases for Jeremy Farrell. Farrell launched a grand slam to left field, his second long ball of the campaign and the first grand slam by a Dash hitter this year. The seventh and final run of the frame came when Chris Curley doubled in David Herbek, ending the day for Carolina starter Will Roberts (0-2).
One inning later, the Dash offense was at it again, scoring a pair with Grant Buckner and Martin Medina notching an RBI. In the fifth inning, it was the White Sox top prospect Courtney Hawkins getting in on the act, blasting a three-run homer to left, his team-leading fourth of the season.
Winston-Salem's fifteenth and final run of the game came courtesy of Smith, hammering a solo home run to straight-away center field. Smith finished the game with four hits, the highest by a Dash swinger in a single game this season.
Overshadowed by the offense's explosion was Dash starter Terance Marin (1-0), who was excellent in the first victorious start of his minor league career. Marin held the Mudcats (5-4) to just one run in his six and two-thirds innings of work, the longest a Dash starter has lasted so far in 2013.
With the win, the Dash have now won 16 straight series against the Cleveland Indians' Carolina League affiliate at BB&T Ballpark. The win also brings Winston-Salem into a first place tie with Carolina in the Southern Division. Winston-Salem also plated 15 runs, which is one shy of the club record in the Dash era (2009-present).
The Dash will head to Myrtle Beach Monday for their first series of the season against the Pelicans. Winston-Salem will send Justin Collop (1-0, 0.00 ERA) to the hill against fellow righty Nick Martinez (0-1, 5.68 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m., and pregame coverage on wsdash.com begins at 6:50 p.m.
The Dash's next homestand starts Thursday when they begin a four-game set against the Wilmington Blue Rocks at 7:00. Thursday night is All-You-Can-Eat Night at BB&T Ballpark with fans able to enjoy all the hot dogs, hamburgers and cheeseburgers they can handle through the seventh inning. For tickets to that game or any other 2013 Dash home game, call (336) 714-2287 or visit wsdash.com.
Greensboro, NC - The Greensboro Grasshoppers just missed out on sweeping the Lakewood BlueClaws on Sunday. The team lost 8-3 in the final game of the 4-game series.