ZEBULON — Pinch-runner Wes Rogers scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth as the Carolina Mudcats topped the Winston-Salem Dash 1-0 on Thursday evening in a Carolina League game before 2,544 at Five County Stadium.

The game included 16 strikeouts, seven by Dash pitchers and nine for the Mudcats.

Rogers scored on a single by third baseman Eddie Silva. It was Silva’s 26th RBI of the season.

The Mudcats started lefty Aaron Ashby and he responded by pitching seven innings with eight strikeouts, including three in the top of the first. Rodrigo Benoit (6-0) picked up the win, pitching the final inning. His ERA fell to 1.52.

Right-hander Kade McClure started the game for Winston-Salem. He pitched six innings and struck out four.

Zach Lewis and Vince Arobio came on in relief and both recorded a strikeout. Jose Nin (2-2) took the loss, his ERA climbing to 5.48.

The Dash struggled offensively. Yeyson Yrizarri’s third-inning double was his 10th of the season. Zach Remillard had the only other Dash hit.

The Dash (36-25) returns to Five County Stadium tonight at 7 p.m. to face the Mudcats. It will be the second of a four-game series.

Thursday’s loss ended the Dash’s seven-game win streak, and they are in second place behind Delaware in the Carolina League’s Southern Division, nine games back.

Mudcats 1, Dash 0

Winston-Salem 000 000 000 — 0 2 0

Carolina 000 000 001 — 1 6 0

Dash AB R H BI W K AVG

Frost RF 3 0 0 0 1 1 .231

Roman 2B 4 0 0 0 0 1 .467

Walker CF 3 0 0 0 1 1 .221

Fisher 1B 4 0 0 0 0 1 .268

Remillard SS 4 0 1 0 0 2 .304

Dedelow LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 .250

Perez C 3 0 0 0 0 0 .266

Muno DH 2 0 0 0 1 2 .306

Yrizarri 3B 3 0 1 0 0 1 .221

Totals 29 0 2 0 3 9 .257

2B: Yrizarri (10, Ashby). TB: Remillard; Yrizarri 2. LOB: 5. Pickoffs: Perez, C (Garcia, J at 1st base).

Mudcats AB R H BI W K AVG

Andrews CF 4 0 1 0 0 0 .222

Aguilar 1B 2 0 0 0 2 1 .269

Lutz RF 3 0 0 0 1 0 .250

Feliciano C 4 0 0 0 0 2 .281

Henry DH 4 0 1 0 0 0 .235

Wes Rogers DH 0 1 0 0 0 0 .233

Henry LF 2 0 1 0 1 0 .257

Silva 3B 4 0 3 1 0 1 .237

Garcia 2B 3 0 0 0 0 2 .105

Hairston SS 3 0 0 0 0 1 .187

Totals 29 1 6 1 4 7 .236

TB: Andrews; Henry, P; Henry, R; Silva 3. RBI: Silva (26). LOB: 8. PO: Garcia, J (1st base by Perez, C). PB: Feliciano, M (3).

Dash IP H R ER W K ERA

McClure 6 2 0 0 4 4 0.75

Lewis 1 1 0 0 0 1 6.00

Arobio 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.00

Nin (L, 2-2) 1/3 3 1 1 0 1 5.48

Mudcats IP H R ER W K ERA

Ashby 7 1 0 0 0 8 0.00

Beckman 1 1 0 0 1 0 2.93

Benoit (W, 6-0) 1 0 0 0 2 1 1.52

HBP: Henry, R (by Lewis).

T: 2:48 (:15 delay). Att: 2,544.

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