JoS Senior A-Ball Correspondent SoSock filed this report:
6.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HBPCool fact: 1918 Red Sox World Series hero George Whiteman managed the Winston-Salem Twins in the 1929 Piedmont League.
He got the Win, final score 7-2. Threw 89 pitches total, although our paper doesn't separate strikes [Globe says 61]. The one run came in the 1st. [SoSock was unsure if the run was unearned; the short Globe report says it was, but the paper links to the box score, which has it as an earned run.]
His stuff was good. He threw in the 88-92 mph range with the fastball all night. But the offspeed was what he was obviously concentrating on, and it was breaking wickedly as the game went on. All of the Ks came after the 1st two innings. Two of the three hits were in the 1st and 2nd innings. Typical Dice. In his last inning he struck one out, gave up his 3rd hit, then struck out the last guy he faced before leaving to as big an ovation as the paltry 3,000 people there could muster.
Unofficial stuff - It was extremely cool seeing him up close like that. We were right up against the dugout, and they're not huge dugouts. So every time he came in after an inning he was passing about eight feet in front of us. He nodded to the cheering crowd every time, but was all business. As he left after 6.2, he took the ball with him and threw it into the crowd. He stuck around for the rest of that inning and the top of the next before walking down the 3rd baseline between the top and bottom half.
He stopped to chat with a couple of the Salem pitchers who were warming up "in the pen". The pen at Ernie Shore is just two mounds in foul territory between the baseline and the seats. There has to be a "guard" protecting the catchers' backs just like in our LL games. Then he disappeared around the clubhouse, following the little footpath beside and behind it to the maintenance area behind, where I'm sure there was a comfortable ride waiting beside the big bus.
Much like when I saw him in Baltimore a couple of years ago, there was more Red Sox paraphernalia than there was Dash [Winston-Salem Dash, the home team]. Of course, even the home town fans here don't often buy the stuff. I myself have a ton of the old Warthogs stuff [the team's name from 1995 to 2008], but have yet to warm up to the new name and haven't bought a thing. Regardless, the cheers were decidedly in favor of the visitors. All in all - a memorable experience!