Monday Sept. 13, 2010
Posted: 8:40 p.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski
Winston-Salems pitching staff was remarkably efficient in registering a sweep of Kinston in the opening round of the Carolina League playoffs while Potomac was the best hitting team of the four, easily pummeling Frederick.
So as the Mills Cups championship series got underway Monday night at BB&T Park, one of the main storylines was whether the Dash pitching would be able to hold down Nationals hitters. Suffice to say, the 4-0 finals core in favor of Winston-Salem ended answered that question with a resounding yes.
Stephen Sauer, who did not pitch in the opening round, tossed eight shutout innings. He scattered five hits and struck out six without walking a batter. Sauer took a perfect game into the sixth inning before Jose Lozada broke that up with a leadoff single. He didnt allow a ball out of the infield, inducing nine groundouts through those five no-hit innings.
Tyson Corley fanned two in a perfect ninth to close things out.
Ozzie Lewis solo homer in the fourth provided Sauer will all the offense he would need. The Dash scored on a Jason Bour fielders choice and an Andrew Garcia RBI single in the sixth before Seth Lomans run-scoring single closed out the scoring in the seventh.
Kenny Williams finished with three hits while Loman, Lewis, Garcia and Jose Martinez had two hits apiece.
The Cubs named Smokies outfielder Brandon Guyer and pitcher Chris Archer as their organizational Player and Pitcher of The Year, respectively, on Monday. Guyer led the Southern League in slugging percentage .588 and OPS .986 while finishing second in hitting .344 and third in doubles 39.
Archer split the season between Daytona of the Florida State League and Tennessee and combined to go 15-3 with a 2.34 ERA. He was 8-2 with a 1.80 ERA for the Smokies, starting his Double-A career by throwing 31 13 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run.
The pair will lead the Smokies into Tuesdays opening game of the Southern League championship series against Jacksonville.
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