Much more on Buckner’s big day

(Photo via Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash)

(Photo via Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash)

Winston-Salem cruised past Carolina 15-6, and Grant Buckner was the star of the show. He went 3-for-4 with two homers and seven RBIs in the Dash’s sweep-clinching win over the Mudcats.

He clubbed a two-run blast in the second and a grand slam in the sixth. His other RBI came on a third-inning single.

Below, you will find the audio highlights from Buckner’s two home runs along with some notes on his and the Dash’s splendid Sunday at BB&T Ballpark.

  • Buckner became the first player in the Dash era (2009-present) to drive in seven runs in a single game. The previous record was six, a mark that six players have reached. Mark Tracy’s six-RBI effort against Salem on May 3 was the most recent instance.
  • The Elkview, W.Va., native also recorded the first multi-homer game of his minor league career. It was the 31st two-homer game in Dash history and the third by Winston-Salem this season.
  • Entering Sunday’s action, Buckner had two home runs in 51 games this season. He also raised his RBI total from 24 to 31 with the offensive explosion.
  • Buckner’s two long balls traveled an estimated total of 785 feet, including a 410-foot bomb on his grand slam.
  • Speaking of that grand slam, it was Winston’s second this season. Seven weeks ago, Jeremy Farrell hit a grand slam in the Dash’s 15-2 thumping of the Mudcats. The Dash and the Potomac Nationals are the only two teams in the Carolina League with a pair of four-run homers this season.
  • Winston-Salem’s 15-run output was tied for the fourth-largest single-game run total in the Dash era. The Dash scored a record 17 runs in game one of Tuesday’s doubleheader sweep of Frederick, while the franchise has posted a pair of 16-run efforts since 2009.
  • The Dash finished up their fifth sweep of the campaign Sunday, with two of them at BB&T Ballpark. Winston-Salem has swept 14 sets since the start of the 2012 season.
  • Since BB&T Ballpark opened prior to the 2010 season, Winston-Salem is 32-6 (.846) against Cleveland’s Carolina League affiliate. The Tribe’s High-A club has not won a series in the Triad since the Kinston Indians took three of four from the Winston-Salem Warthogs from August 28-31, 2007.

The Dash have won 11 of 16 and hit the road for a five-game, four-day series at Salem beginning tomorrow with a twin bill at 5:30 p.m. Talk to you then.

– Brian

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