Tuesday Game Notes- Rhyme Time Edition
June 26, 2012 7:00 PM Salem Red Sox (42-32-1, 1-4) vs Winston-Salem Dash (46-28-1, 2-3) Game #76
BB&T Ballpark Winston-Salem, NC Road Game #41
Probable Starters: RHP Charle Rosario (2-1, 0.73) vs RHP Steve McCray (2-0, 2.77)
Heroes and Zeroes: Spectators have basically seen the same exact game unfold each of the past two nights, with Salem providing the beatdown the first night and receiving it the next. Brandon Workman’s seven-inning, two-hit masterpiece on Sunday in Salem’s 7-0 victory was followed by Matt Heidenreich’s complete game, four-hitter on Monday, with the opposite offense unable to achieve much of anything against each righthanded artist. The Sox outhit the Dash 12-2 on Sunday before the Dash outhit the Sox 14-4 on Monday. Winston never moved a baseruner past first on Sunday, and then Salem could not get a runner to second on Monday. In addition, the Dash sent just 28 men to the plate in game one, while the Sox sent 29 to the dish in their night of offensive futility.
Eight’s Not Great: One day after experiencing victory for the first time in in eight days, Monday’s margin of defeat was Salem’s largest of the season. Before last night not, the Red Sox had lost by six runs on three separate occasions, but had never been beaten by more than a half-dozen runs in a single game. Salem’s largest wins of the season of come by 11 runs, a feat that the Sox have performed twice, winning 13-2 in Frederick on May 25 and beating down Myrtle Beach 12-1 on June 3 in Salem. Perhaps the Red Sox’ greatest achievement of the first half was that the Sox went from May 2 to June 8 without ever losing a game by more than three runs. The Sox lost by four to Wilmington on May 1 and by five to Potomac on June 9, but in between went 24-15 and never experienced a blowout setback.
Never Slander Xander: Salem’s 19-year-old shortstop mustered just two homers in April and two more in May. In June, however, Xander Bogaerts has launched seven round-trippers, including his tenth of the season on Saturday night in Lynchburg and his 11th of the year last night in Winston. In the month of June, Bogaerts is batting .358 (29-for-81) with seven homers and 22 RBI. His superb June has put him on the Carolina League leaderboard in numerous statistical categories. Bogaerts is currently 9th in the league in hitting and fourth in total bases for the season. Along with Matt Barnes, Bogaerts will journey to Kansas City on July 8 to represent the Boston Red Sox in the Future’s Game.
Shaw’s Flaws: He does not have many shortcomings, and Red Sox first-baseman Travis Shaw is poised to make a run at the Carolina League Triple Crown. Currently, he is second among active players in batting average with a .328 clip, he’s tied for fourth with 12 homers, and he’s third in the league with 54 RBI. Shaw is also leading the league in slugging percentage, he’s second in extra-base hits and total bases, while he’s fourth in walks and runs scored.
Dash Bash: Winston possesses the league’s top ranked offense, residing at the top of the circuit in batting average (.280), runs scored (418) and homers (74). The league averages are .255, 318.9 runs, and 49.4 homers. Winston’s also second in the league in doubles and third in walks, but both of those categories are paced by Salem, who owns 159 doubles and 269 walks in 75 games.