Luis Robert: 0-for-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K
Luis Gonzalez: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K
Nick Madrigal: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 0 K
Blake Rutherford: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K
Gavin Sheets: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K
Ti’Quan Forbes: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 0 BB, 1 K **MVP**
Laz Rivera: 1-for-3, 0 BB, 1 K
Nate Jones: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
The Dash got an MLB reinforcement for their series against the Buies Creek Astros, as Nate Jones got the start in the first playoff game for the Dash and did well in his lone inning.
Nate Jones came in and did this thing.— Winston-Salem Dash (@WSDashBaseball) September 5, 2018
1.0IP, 0H, 1K; 8 pitches
We're scoreless through one at Jim Perry Stadium against Buies Creek. pic.twitter.com/cH67LCzLeK
Luis Martinez would take over for Jones, and he saw the Dash take a 2-0 lead with two outs in the third inning, when Blake Rutherford singled to left field to score Luis Robert and Luis Gonzalez. Martinez would continue his early dominance, but Dash Twitter got a little ahead of itself.
Luis Martinez is throwing at Buies Creek!— Winston-Salem Dash (@WSDashBaseball) September 5, 2018
His line so far: 3.0 IP, 1H, 0 R, 5K
We lead 2-0 through four innings in Game 1 of the Southern Division Championship Series. pic.twitter.com/l9iE4PQzKm
Martinez would lose the lead in the fifth inning, as he allowed three runs. He was eventually pulled in the fifth, as he could not get batters out. However, John Eshleman of 2080 Baseball sees a future for him.
The Dash would come back to tie the game in the seventh inning, as Robert scored Zach Remillard with a sacrifice fly. However, the lead was short-lived, as Danny Dopico walked home an Astro; Buies Creek would keep the lead the rest of the game.
Some hope surfaced in the top of the ninth inning. Ti’Quan Forbes, who slashed .273/.313/.391 on the year for a 99 wRC+, hit a solo home run to bring the game to 5-4. But that was all the Dash could get.
The Dash will play game two tomorrow and Lincoln Henzman will get the start. Henzman has not allowed a run in his last three outings, spanning 10 innings. He went four innings last time out as the Dash stretched out his innings limit, and it should still be in place if Henzman looks good early.