SETTLE FOR THE SPLIT: The Salem Red Sox led 2-0 through seven innings but surrendered the lead in the eighth as they fell 3-2 to the Winston-Salem Dash on Sunday afternoon at Haley Toyota Field. Winston-Salem salvaged a split of the four-game series in front of an announced crowd of 1,313.
HOPES DASHED IN THE EIGHTH: Winston-Salem had not cracked the scoreboard through seven innings but broke through with three runs in the eighth to take the lead.
Tyler Frost smacked a one-out single, stole second then came around to score when Zach Remillard doubled to right. That was enough to chase Hunter Smith in favor of Joan Martinez who would be unable to stop the bleeding.
Steele Walker hit a ground ball single through the hole to left, scoring Remillard, and later came around on a Craig Dedelow single later in the inning.
DRIED UP WELL: The Red Sox plated three runs on four hits in the second inning to take a 2-0 lead, but the offense provided little spark from that point on. Salem managed only three hits and four base runners in the final seven innings.
After the Dash took the lead in the top of the eighth, the Sox went 0-for-6 and did not have a runner reach base in their final two turns at the plate.
ALL FOR NAUGHT: Salem starter Daniel Gonzalez turned in an impressive outing featuring six shutout innings with six hits against, one walk and six strikeouts. He cruised through five and escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the sixth, eventually leaving one batter into the seventh with his team leading, 2-0.
Gonzalez ultimately did not factor in the decision thanks to Winston-Salem’s three-run eighth inning.
ODDS AND ENDS: Infielder Michael Osinski was activated from the injured list prior to Sunday’s game and was in the lineup for only his fourth appearance of the season. He was placed on the IL on April 13. … Gonzalez allowed eight earned runs over 5.1 innings in his only previous start against the Dash, the most runs against him in a start this season. Sunday was the third time this season he tossed at least six shutout innings. … After splitting the four-game set with the Dash, Salem is now 2-0-1 in series in the second half.
ON DECK: The Red Sox will hit the road for Fayetteville and a three-game series against the Woodpeckers beginning Monday at 7 p.m.
LHP Jhonathan Diaz (3-6, 6.13 ERA) is scheduled to pitch for Salem while Fayetteville has not yet provided its scheduled starter.
The Sox will return following the three-game set to take on the Down East Wood Ducks on Thursday at 3:05 p.m.