By Blue Rocks PR 1:50am, August 16, 2014Cody Stubbs' two-RBI double capped off a three-run eighth for the Wilmington Blue Rocks as they returned to the win column with a 5-3 victory over the Winston-Salem Dash.
Daniel Rockett led off the eighth inning for the Blue Rocks with a double and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt from Ramon Torres. Raul Mondesi and Bubba Starling then walked, loading the bases for Zane Evans. Evans drove home Rockett with an RBI single to tie the game at three. However, Mondesi also tried to score and he was gunned down at the plate on a perfect relay throw from right fielder Keenyn Walker. Stubbs then doubled home both Starling and Evans to put the Rocks ahead for good.
Omar Narvaez's sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth inning broke a 2-2 tie to give the Dash a short-lived lead. Michael Marjama singled with one out in the frame to jump-start the Winston-Salem offense. Trey Michalczewski followed with a walk. A rare error for Bubba Starling on a deep fly ball to center by Nick Basto loaded the bases ahead of Narvaez's sacrifice fly.
Winston-Salem evened the score at two by plating a pair in the sixth inning. Cleuluis Rondon got the scoring chance started by poking a double down the left-field line and into the corner. Courtney Hawkins drove him home with an RBI single to left, drawing the Dash to within 2-1. Hawkins advanced to second on a groundout by Michael Marjama and scored when Trey Michalczewski ripped a single to right, just inside the first-base bag.
The Blue Rocks took an early 2-0 lead during a two-run fourth inning. Dash starter Tyler Danish had a no-hitter entering the frame, but Raul Mondesi broke it up with a one-out solo homer. It was Mondesi's seventh long ball of the campaign and his fifth homer in his last seven games. Starling followed Mondesi's homer with a walk and he scored from first on an RBI double from Stubbs.
Zeb Sneed (4-2, 2.44) picked up the victory for the Blue Rocks with 1.2 solid innings of relief. He allowed just one unearned run on two hits and one walk. Raul Fernandez (1-3, 4.09) suffered the defeat for the Dash after yielding three runs on three hits and two walks in his frame of work out of the 'pen. Daniel Stumpf earned his second save by pitching a scoreless ninth for Wilmington.
The Rocks return to action on Saturday night at Frawley Stadium for the second of three games against the Winston-Salem Dash. Southpaw Jonathan Dziedzic (5-7, 2.58) will make his 22nd start of the year for Wilmington. Winston-Salem will hand the ball to righty J.B. Wendelken (6-9, 4.70).
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