FALLING DOWN: The Salem Red Sox got a well-pitched game from their starter and an early lead, but their night unraveled with one big inning in a 6-2 loss to the Winston-Salem Dash on Friday in front of an announced crowd of 3,771 at Haley Toyota Field.
The Sox (31-45 overall, 6-3 second half) had their three-game winning streak snapped, losing for just the third time in their past 13 games.
A FRAME TO FORGET: The Sox saw things get away from them in the top of the eighth.
With Salem leading 2-1 entering the inning, pitcher Dylan Thompson allowed a leadoff single to Steele Walker. Jameson Fisher then hit a fly ball toward left-center that should have been caught, but instead fell between outfielders, with center fielder Marcus Wilson getting charged with an error.
Carlos Perez tied the game with a sacrifice fly before Craig Dedelow gave the Dash the lead with an RBI single.
More base runners ensued, with Mitch Roman capping the five-run uprising with a two-run single with two outs.
WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN: Salem starter Thad Ward gave the Sox every opportunity to win this game, tossing six innings of one-run ball.
Ward allowed just five hits and two walks while striking out seven, lowering his ERA to 1.74 through two Carolina League starts. He departed with a 2-1 lead.
A fifth-round pick in the 2018 draft out of the University of Central Florida, Ward began the season at low-A Greenville. He went 5-2 with a 1.99 ERA there, earning a trip to the South Atlantic League All-Star Game before being promoted to Salem on June 20.
LAUNCH-ANGLE ENVY: Sox batters struck out only three times Friday, but line drives and fly balls were hard to come by.
Of the 27 outs they recorded, 17 came via ground ball , including two double plays.
SHARP WAHOO: Former University of Virginia pitcher Bennett Sousa, who was drafted by the White Sox in the 10th round last summer, closed the game with two scoreless innings for Winston-Salem.
Sousa began the year with Kannapolis, going 2-3 with a 2.51 ERA in 21 outings in the South Atlantic League. After his fourth outing with Winston-Salem on Friday night, he holds a 1.59 ERA in the Carolina League.
LOOSE ENDS: The Sox took the lead on a Nick Lovullo RBI groundout in the second inning . Marcus Wilson extended the Salem advantage to 2-0 with a run-scoring single in the fourth . Roman, Perez and Walker each notched two hits for the Dash, who produced 10 overall . Winston-Salem starter Jorgan Cavanerio (4-0) earned the victory after tossing seven innings of five-hit ball, and Thompson was charged with four earned runs in 1 1/3 innings, seeing his ERA swell to 7.16.
ON DECK: The Sox and Dash play the third game of their four-game set at 6:05 p.m. Saturday, with Salem LHP Enmanuel De Jesus (4-6, 3.99) slated to face Winston-Salem RHP Jonathan Stiever (1-0, 1.29).