Before we get to the game, a former Dash pitcher earned himself a hefty prospect prize. Dylan Cease is your MLB Pipeline Pitcher of the Year.
Cease had 13 starts in Winston-Salem as he helped the Dash win the first-half division before his promotion to Birmingham. The award is great recognition of how dominant the Chicago White Sox rotation should be in a couple of years. Meanwhile though, the Dash had a playoff game today.
Lincoln Henzman, our Game MVP, went five innings. That represents a new season-high as a member of the Dash, allowing just a single run in his dominant start.
Nick Madrigal kicked off scoring by driving in Luis Gonzalez in the fourth inning on a ground out, not that exciting. However, what was exciting, is that former White Sox fan draftee favorite, Seth Beer, drove in the run in the bottom of the fourth that tied the game at one.
The first run of Game 2 belongs to us!— Winston-Salem Dash (@WSDashBaseball) September 6, 2018
+ @Luis5Gonzalez: leadoff triple, run scored
+ @NickMadrigal_3: RBI groundout
We lead 1-0 heading into the bottom of the 4th at Buies Creek. pic.twitter.com/uA6hQ1zvC3
However, when Henzman was lifted for the sixth inning, Hunter Schryver allowed a two-run homer to Corey Julks to give the Astros the lead. Schryver would just last the rest of the inning before getting pulled as well.
Unfortunately, the Dash did not add any more offense, collecting only four hits and striking out 12 times — not really a recipe for success. The Dash return home on the brink of elimination.
Alec Hansen is the probable starter tomorrow. It seems like a long shot, but a start without five-plus walks would be a nice help to extend the Dash’s season, as it is now 2-0 Astros in the five-game series.