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Boss lifts Mudcats to series win over Dash

Posted August 24

— Torsten Boss launched a two-out, three-run homer in the top of the ninth as the Carolina Mudcats stunned the Winston-Salem Dash 7-5 on Sunday afternoon at BB&T Ballpark. The Mudcats (30-31, 59-69) won their fourth straight over the Dash (28-34, 58-73) and third series in four trips to Winston-Salem.

Jacob Lee (3-0) was the beneficiary of Boss’ blast after pitching two innings in relief. He allowed a go-ahead run in the eighth and yielded two hits with a walk and two strikeouts for the day. Josh Martin pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save. Zach Isler (1-7) shouldered the loss after surrendering the game-winner in his only inning of work.

Ryan Merritt left with a no decision after six innings in his final road start of regular season. Carolina’s ace allowed four runs on eight hits across six innings of work. He whiffed two without issuing a walk.

The Mudcats gave Merritt the early advantage when James Roberts belted a solo shot out to left in the third inning. It was his third round-tripper of the year. Later in the frame, Yhoxian Medina reached on a hit-by-pitch and moved to second on a wild pitch. A single by Alex Monsalve brought the shortstop around for a 2-0 lead.

C.J. Beatty pushed the Dash ahead in the third inning when he muscled a two-out, 1-2 pitch over the railing in front of the right field bleachers for a three-run shot.

The 3-2 advantage was short-lived, however, as reliever Brad Goldberg allowed three consecutive walks to open the fifth inning. The Mudcats capitalized and scored twice on sac-flies by Joe Sever and Monsalve to reclaim a 4-3 lead.

The Dash squared the game 4-4 in the sixth against Merritt. Trey Michalczewski singled to begin the frame and moved to second when Joe Sever missed the pickoff throw from Merritt. Michael Marjama stroked a double into left-center to plate Michalczewski for the tie.

Nick Basto put Winston-Salem on top for the second time in the last of the eighth when he lined a single to right-center that brought around Keon Barnum from second.

Medina, who reached three times prior to the ninth, made it safely to first on the outset of the final inning when Michalczewski missed a grounder to third. Diaz moved the potential tying run to second on a sacrifice bunt and Sever bounced an infield hit to third to put two on.

With two out, Boss hammered a hanger that landed to the far right end of the outfield bleachers for the deciding shot. It was his fifth of the year and second of the series.

The Mudcats look for a series sweep against the Dash on Monday night. First pitch against Winston-Salem at BB&T Ballpark is set for 7 p.m. Carolina returns home for the final seven games of the year with four against the Lynchburg Hillcats and three with the Dash. Fans can purchase tickets or find more information by calling (919) 269-2287 or by visiting carolinamudcats.com.

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