WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Steele Walker had four hits and drove in four runs between the two games as the Winston-Salem Dash swept a doubleheader from the Salem Red Sox by scores of 9-3 and 7-2 at BB&T Ballpark on Tuesday evening.
In the opener, which was a makeup for Monday’s rainout, the Dash jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a home run by Carlos Perez in the second inning. An inning later, Walker singled home a run, and two more runs scored on a throwing error by Sox shortstop Ryan Fitzgerald to make it 5-0. Walker and J.J. Muno each drove in another run in the fourth. Two more runs scored on a throwing error to make it 9-0 after four innings. Victor Acosta helped Salem avoid the shutout with a three-run homer in the top of the fifth, but the Sox came no closer.
Walker and Mitch Roman helped Winston-Salem get off on the right foot in the nightcap with RBI base hits to stake the Dash to a 2-0 lead after an inning. Jagger Rusconi got a run back for Salem in the second with an RBI single , but the Dash got the run back in the third and plated three more runs in the fourth on an RBI ground out from Travis Moniot, a bases-loaded walk from J.J. Muno and a run-scoring single from Roman to take a 6-1 lead. Charlie Madden plated the second Sox run in the fifth on a wild pitch to make it 6-2, but Evan Skoug ended any hope of a Salem comeback with a solo homer in the bottom of the sixth .
Jorgan Cavanerio earned the win in the opener with six solid innings, while Salem’s Jhonathan Diaz, who hasn’t won since April 28th, took the loss and fell to 2-6 on the season. Codi Heuer picked up the victory in the nightcap while Hunter Smith was saddled with the loss.
ON DECK: The Red Sox close out their seven-game road trip with a 7 p.m. start against the Dash. Starters have yet to be announced.
Salem Red Sox place three on all-star team
The Carolina League announced the rosters of its 2019 all-star teams on Tuesday, and the Salem Red Sox will be represented by three players.
Leading the list is pitcher Kutter Crawford, the right-hander who has a 3.14 ERA over 13 starts and 63 innings. He has won four games during that stretch, with 73 strikeouts.
Also named to the team were first baseman Pedro Castellanos and shortstop Ryan Fitzgerald.
Fitzgerald is hitting .315 for the Red Sox, with a team-best 39 RBIs. He has 19 extra-base hits.
Castellanos is hitting .279 with 37 RBIs, while sporting a .980 fielding average.
The league will also recognize former Sox outfield Jarren Duran, who was recently called up to Double-A Portland. Before leaving Salem, Duran was leading the Carolina League in batting average (.387), on-base percentage (.456), slugging percentage (.543), hits (77) and runs (99). He was second in stolen bases (18).
The all-star game will be played Tuesday, June, 18, at the Frederick Keys’ home — Nymeo Field.