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FRIGHT NIGHT: Salem’s pitchers had an evening to forget on Saturday.

Evan Skoug hit a grand slam as Winston-Salem batted around in the top of the eighth inning, blowing open the game and cruising to a 17-3 victory over the Salem Red Sox on Saturday in front of an announced crowd of 4,246 at Haley Toyota Field.

The Sox (18-29) fell back to 11 games under .500, matching their low position of the season.

HIT PARADE: The Dash (25-23) exploded for 18 hits against four Salem pitchers, scoring multiple runs in five separate innings.

The biggest damage came in the eighth, when Winston-Salem plated six on four walks and two hits, capped by Skoug’s slam.

WELCOME ABOARD: Edgar Corcino’s introduction to the Carolina League was a pleasant one.

Signed by Boston on Thursday from the Gary SouthShore RailCats of the independent American Association, Corcino was assigned to Salem on Saturday and slotted fifth in the Red Sox lineup for his Carolina League debut.

He worked a 1-0 count in the bottom of the second inning and then lined one over the wall in left field. It was just the fourth home run hit by a Salem player at home all season.

ANOTHER SHOT IN AFFILIATED BALL: Corcino, who will celebrate his 27th birthday on June 7, is in his 11th professional season. The Dominican outfielder played four years in the Tigers organization before being released in late March of 2013.

The Twins took a flier on him two years later after he’d played in the American Association and Frontier League. Corcino reached Triple-A in Minnesota’s system in 2017 before stalling, then became a free agent again in November of 2018.

Corcino had played just five games for Gary before inking with Boston.

SHORT NIGHT: Sox starter Dylan Thompson is another product of the independent leagues, but he didn’t have nearly as profitable a night as Corcino.

The Dash touched out Thompson (0-3) for five runs on 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings. The right-hander saw his ERA swell to 6.34.

HEAVE-HO: Salem manager Corey Wimberly was ejected after the final out of the top of the fifth inning.

With runners on first and third and one out, JJ Muno lofted a fly ball to Corcino in left. The Sox nabbed Jordan George trying to advance to second, but not before Jameson Fisher scored.

Salem appealed that Fisher had left third base too early. When Fisher was ruled safe, Wimberly came out to argue, putting his hands behind his back and screaming in the face of home plate umpire Reed Basner.

LOOSE ENDS: Sox center fielder Jarren Duran went 0 for 3 with a walk, ending his hitting streak at 16 games. … Tyler Frost and Fisher each had four hits for the Dash. … Muno drove in five runs for Winston-Salem.

ON DECK: The Sox and Dash play the third game of their four-game series at 2:05 p.m. Sunday, with Salem RHP Daniel Gonzalez slated to face Winston-Salem RHP Jorgan Cavanerio.

Aaron McFarling joined The Roanoke Times in 2000 and has been writing sports columns since 2004.

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