Written By Winston-Salem Dash
WINSTON-SALEM, NC - The Winston-Salem Dash's offensive struggles continued in their 4-1 loss to the Lynchburg Hillcats in front of 5,242 Wednesday afternoon at BB&T Ballpark.
The Hillcats (9-9) took the lead in the very first inning, but it was their pitching staff that stole the show.
Starter Jarrett Miller (1-0) was dominant in his first start of the year, blanking the Dash (10-9) over his five innings of work.
In those five innings, Miller gave up just two Brent Tanner doubles and a walk to David Herbek while striking out seven Winston batters.
After Miller left, the Lynchburg bullpen continued to shut down the Dash's bats as Winston-Salem managed just two hits over the final four frames. The lone run of the game for the Dash came in the bottom of the seventh inning when Courtney Hawkins drove his sixth home run of the season to left field. The Dash put two on with one out later in the frame but were unable to cash in during their final serious chance of the day.
On the other side, Dash starter Chris Beck (2-2) struggled out of the gate, surrendering a pair of runs, one of which was earned, in the first frame. It was Beck's first earned run of the season. He entered with 18 and two-thirds innings on his 2013 resume.
Beck then settled in, rebounding to toss six innings and post his third straight quality start. He did not give up another run until Robby Hefflinger homered in the sixth inning to make it 3-0.
Hefflinger would wrap up the afternoon's scoring in the eighth inning, hitting his second home run of the day. With his two-homer effort, Hefflinger now leads the Carolina League with seven, one better than Hawkins.
The Dash and Hillcats wrap up their four-game set Thursday night at BB&T Ballpark with first pitch set for 7. Righty Terance Marin (2-0, 2.65 ERA) will toe the rubber for Winston-Salem, while Lynchburg will send out right-hander Mark Pope (0-1, 11.81 ERA).