40 hours of Minor League Baseball
Throughout the course of a 140-game season, teams are bound to go through plenty of ups and downs. With the season only 21 days old, the Dash have experienced many successes and failures. For instance:
- A road sweep after getting swept on the road.
- Being on both sides of a 15-run offensive showing.
- A 1-4 double play on a ground ball.
- A snow shower and a tornado watch.
- Giving up the cycle.
- Giving up just one hit in a game.
However, the last few days have truly encapsulated what it means to be a player in the minors. Here is a brief look back:
Thursday at 6:59 p.m.: Terance Marin throws the first pitch of the Dash’s homestand finale against the Lynchburg Hillcats.
Thursday at 8:31 p.m.: Winston-Salem takes a 4-1 lead into the fifth inning.
Thursday at 8:51 p.m.: The top of the fifth frame finally ends, but not before the Hillcats take a 6-4 lead. Winston would not take another lead in the contest.
Thursday at 10:36 p.m.: Lynchburg’s Matt Lipka singles in the ninth to complete the first cycle in BB&T Ballpark’s history.
Thursday at 10:53 p.m.: The Dash finish the homestand 4-4 by falling to the Hillcats 15-8 in the longest game (3:54) of the season thus far.
Friday at 12:17 a.m.: After packing up the bus, the Dash depart for an overnight trip to Wilmington, Del., in advance of a seven-day road swing.
Friday at 7:23 a.m.: More than seven hours later, the bus pulls into the team hotel in the First State. Many of the players grab a quick breakfast before heading to their rooms.
Friday at 4:15 p.m.: The team climbs onto the bus once again, with Frawley Stadium the destination for the opener of this three-game series with the Blue Rocks.
Friday at 7:07 p.m.: Less than 12 hours after arriving in Wilmington, the Dash begin their game with the Blue Crew.
Friday at 9:26 p.m.: Courtney Hawkins’ sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning knots the score at 4-4.
Friday at 9:47 p.m.: A few minutes after Jason Van Skike stranded the possible winning run at third base in the bottom of the ninth, a pair of Wilmington errors give Winston-Salem a 5-4 lead in the top of the 10th.
Friday at 10:02 p.m.: Max Peterson retires Geulin Beltre with the bases loaded to preserve the Dash’s 11th win of the season.
Friday at 11:07 p.m.: The Dash return to the hotel after improving to 11-2 in their last 13 games at Frawley Stadium.
Saturday at 9:15 a.m.: Dash pitchers took off on the bus to the gym for another workout, with the position players following about an hour later.
What a day. What a win. Who knows what tonight will bring. Join me at 5:50 for the Pregame Dash here. Talk to you then.