Game #139 Preview – Dash at Carolina

Game #139 – Road Game #70
Winston-Salem Dash (30-39, 60-78) at Carolina Mudcats (33-35, 62-73)
Monday, September 1 – 12 p.m.
Five County Stadium (Zebulon, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash suffered another heartbreaking loss on Sunday, falling 3-2 in walk-off fashion at Carolina. Winston-Salem wraps up the season this afternoon against the Mudcats.

Keon Barnum sports a .291 batting average since the All-Star Break. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Keon Barnum sports a .291 batting average since the All-Star Break. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Omar Narvaez – C
Nick Basto – RF
Michael Marjama – DH
Zach Voight – SS
J.B. Wendelken – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• Sunday marked the 25th time the Dash lost in an opponent’s last at-bat this season. Six of those setbacks have been walk-offs.

• For just the third time in the Dash era (since 2009), Winston-Salem failed to record double-digit victories in a month. The club went 9-19 in August, with 10 of those defeats coming in the opponents’ last at-bat.

• Winston-Salem will finish 2014 with the worst record in the Carolina League for the first time since 2002. The Warthogs went 50-90 that season.

• Right-hander Tyler Danish allowed one run and four hits in six innings during his final start of the year on Sunday. The 19-year-old finished the season with a 2.08 ERA in 25 starts with Low-A Kannapolis and Winston-Salem, the seventh-best mark in full-season Minor League Baseball.

• First baseman Keon Barnum went 3-for-4 with three singles and an RBI. The 21-year-old has at least one hit in eight of his last nine games and is batting .291 in 66 games since the All-Star Break.

• The Dash have lost 13 of 19 meetings with Carolina this season, including a 3-6 mark at Five County Stadium. Winston-Salem went 9-11 against the Mudcats in 2013.

• Right-hander J.B. Wendelken will wrap up the season on the mound today. The 21-year-old pitched on Opening Day for the Dash against Wilmington on April 3. This season, the Georgia native is 6-10 with a 5.37 ERA in 26 starts.

• Wendelken is in his first season as a starter at the professional level, but the right-hander ranks fifth in the Carolina League with 140.2 innings pitched. Carolina’s Ryan Merritt leads the circuit with 160.1 innings.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Today’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 11:45 a.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 12.

- Dave

Game #138 Preview – Dash at Carolina

Game #138 – Road Game #69
Winston-Salem Dash (30-38, 60-77) at Carolina Mudcats (32-35, 61-73)
Sunday, August 31 – 6 p.m.
Five County Stadium (Zebulon, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash won a 1-0 thriller over Carolina in the series opener on Saturday night. Courtney Hawkins’ RBI single in the eighth inning plated the lone run of the contest.

Tyler Danish has the seventh-best ERA in full-season Minor League Baseball. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Tyler Danish has the seventh-best ERA in full-season Minor League Baseball. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Michael Marjama – C
C.J. Beatty – RF
Zach Voight – 2B
Keenyn Walker – CF
Tyler Danish – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• The Dash played the role of spoiler on Saturday. Carolina’s loss, coupled with Salem’s doubleheader sweep of Wilmington, clinched the final Southern Division playoff spot for the Red Sox. Salem will open the postseason on Wednesday against Myrtle Beach.

• Right-hander Brandon Brennan tossed five and two-third scoreless innings in his longest outing with the Dash on Saturday. The California native scattered six hits and tied a season-high with six strikeouts.

Brad Goldberg and Zach Isler combined to throw three and one-third scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Goldberg earned his fourth win and Isler recorded his third save of the season. It was Winston-Salem’s sixth shutout victory in 2014.

• Outfielder Courtney Hawkins raised his season RBI total to 84 on Saturday, which leads the Carolina League. His closest challenger, Preston Beck of Myrtle Beach, has 76 RBIs.

• Outfielder Keenyn Walker went 2-for-3 with two singles and scored the lone run in Saturday’s contest. During his last eight games, the Utah native is batting an even .300 (9-for-30).

• The Dash snapped a five-game losing streak against Carolina on Saturday. The Mudcats still have the upper-hand in the season series, however, having won 12 of 18 meetings.

• Right-hander Tyler Danish will make his final start of the season tonight. During his most recent outing at Myrtle Beach on Tuesday, the 19-year-old allowed two runs and four hits over four innings. He struck out five and finished with a no-decision in the 7-2 setback against the Pelicans.

• Danish has the seventh-best ERA in Minor League Baseball among full-season qualifiers. The Florida native sports a combined 2.13 ERA in 24 starts this season, seven with Low-A Kannapolis and 17 with the Dash. Since his promotion to Winston-Salem in mid-May, Danish is 5-3 with a 2.73 ERA.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 5:45 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 6.

- Dave

Game #137 Preview – Dash at Carolina

Game #137 – Road Game #68
Winston-Salem Dash (29-38, 59-77) at Carolina Mudcats (32-34, 61-72)
Saturday, August 30 – 6 p.m.
Five County Stadium (Zebulon, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash were eliminated from postseason contention with an 8-2 loss at Myrtle Beach on Friday night. Winston-Salem begins its final series of the year at Carolina this evening.

Courtney Hawkins delivered his Carolina League-leading 83rd RBI on Friday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Courtney Hawkins drove in his league-leading 83rd RBI on Friday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Nick Basto – RF
Jake Peter – 2B
Omar Narvaez – C
Keenyn Walker – CF
Brandon Brennan – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• The Dash could play spoilers this weekend against Carolina. The Mudcats are one game behind Salem for the final Southern Division playoff spot. The Red Sox play a doubleheader against Northern Division postseason contender Wilmington this evening.

Zach Voight went 2-for-2 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored on Friday. The Texas native has now driven in a run in his last three games played.

• Outfielder Courtney Hawkins went 1-for-4 with a single and an RBI. The 20-year-old has at least one hit in 10 of his last 11 games and leads the Carolina League in RBIs with 83.

• Right-hander Nick Blount struggled in his first career start against Myrtle Beach, allowing five runs, five hits, a walk and a hit batter in one inning. As a result, the Georgia native’s ERA ballooned from 2.25 to 7.00 in four appearances (two starts) with the Dash.

• Former Winston-Salem pitcher Chris Bassitt has been promoted to the White Sox and will start the second game of a doubleheader against Detroit at 7:10 tonight. The 25-year-old becomes the 23rd Dash alumni to reach the Major Leagues. Read more about him here.

• The Dash have lost 12 of 17 games against Carolina this year, including seven of the last eight matchups. The Mudcats managed the first-ever four-game sweep of the Dash at BB&T Ballpark from August 22-25.

• Right-hander Brandon Brennan will make his final start of 2014 tonight. During his most recent outing against Carolina on Monday, the California native surrendered two runs and six hits in four and two-third innings. He finished with a no-decision in the 6-5 setback against the Mudcats in 12 innings.

• In five starts with the Dash, Brennan is 2-0 with a 3.60 ERA in 25 innings of work. The 23-year-old has not pitched beyond the sixth inning in any of his outings with Winston-Salem.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 5:45 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 6.

- Dave

Game #136 Preview – Dash at Myrtle Beach

Game #136 – Road Game #67
Winston-Salem Dash (29-37, 59-76) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (35-31, 79-55)
Friday, August 29 – 7:05 p.m.
TicketReturn.com Field (Myrtle Beach, SC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 4-1 win in 11 innings at Myrtle Beach on Thursday night. Winston-Salem will try to earn a split in the four-game series against the Pelicans.

Michael Marjama is batting .378 during his last nine games. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Michael Marjama is batting .378 during his last nine games. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Keenyn Walker – CF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – DH
Omar Narvaez – C
Jake Peter – 2B
C.J. Beatty – RF
Zach Voight – 3B
Nick Blount – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• The Dash are at the brink of postseason elimination. With four regular season contests remaining, Winston-Salem stands four-and-a-half games behind Salem for the final Southern Division playoff spot. One Dash loss, Red Sox win or Carolina Mudcats win would end their postseason hopes.

• Catcher Michael Marjama went 2-for-5 with two singles and scored the go-ahead run in the 11th inning on Thursday. During his last nine games, the California native is batting .378 (14-for-37) with six runs scored.

• Outfielder Nick Basto’s bunt single in the eighth inning extended his hitting streak to six games. It’s the fourth time this season that the 20-year-old has recorded a hitting streak of at least six games.

• First baseman Keon Barnum tallied a double and an RBI in Thursday’s contest. The 21-year-old is now on a six-game hitting streak and has amassed at least one hit in 12 of his last 13 games.

• Right-hander Raul Fernandez tossed three scoreless innings out of the bullpen to earn the win on Thursday. The 24-year-old hasn’t allowed a run in any of his last four outings, spanning nine innings.

• The Dash won for the 11th time in their last at-bat this season and improved to 4-6 in extra-inning games. That includes a 3-2 mark away from BB&T Ballpark.

• Tonight marks the final meeting of the season between the Dash and Pelicans. Myrtle Beach captured 12 of the first 19 matchups and went 7-2 against Winston-Salem at home.

• Right-hander Nick Blount will toe the rubber for the Dash tonight. During his first High-A start against Carolina last Sunday, the Georgia native allowed two runs and five hits in four innings, finishing with a no-decision in the 7-5 setback against the Mudcats. In three appearances with the Dash, the 23-year-old has a 2.25 ERA in eight innings.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 6:50 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05.

- Dave

Game #135 Preview – Dash at Myrtle Beach

Game #135 – Road Game #66
Winston-Salem Dash (28-37, 58-76) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (35-30, 79-54)
Thursday, August 28 – 7:05 p.m.
TicketReturn.com Field (Myrtle Beach, SC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash suffered their seventh straight setback, losing 16-5 at Myrtle Beach on Wednesday night. Winston-Salem has dropped their last three games at TicketReturn.com Field and seven of eight on the Pelicans’ home turf this year.

Nick Basto is currently on a five-game hitting streak. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Nick Basto is currently on a five-game hitting streak. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – DH
Keenyn Walker – CF
Nick Basto – LF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Michael Marjama – C
Jake Peter – 2B
C.J. Beatty – RF
Zach Voight – SS
James Dykstra – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• The Dash are at the brink of postseason elimination. With five regular season contests remaining, Winston-Salem stands five-and-a-half games behind Salem for the final Southern Division playoff spot. One Dash loss, Red Sox win or Carolina Mudcats win would end their postseason hopes.

• Wednesday matched the single-game record for runs allowed in a game during the Dash era (since 2009). Winston-Salem also gave up 16 runs in a six-run loss to Salem on August 31, 2011.

• Outfielder Nick Basto went 1-for-3 with a single and two runs scored on Wednesday. The 20-year-old is now riding a five-game hitting streak.

• Outfielder Keenyn Walker registered a single and an RBI in Wednesday’s contest. The Utah native has hits in four of his last five games, during which he is batting .333 (6-for-18).

• The Dash are 7-17 this month and as a result, have fallen into the Southern Division basement. Nine of those 17 losses have come during the opponent’s last at-bat. Winston-Salem is also 1-10 on the road in August.

• Outfielders Jason Coats and Courtney Hawkins were named to the Carolina League Year-End All-Star team today. You can read more about their 2014 accomplishments here.

• The Dash made a roster move prior to Tuesday’s contest, adding right-hander Brandon Hardin from Double-A Birmingham. It will be the Illinois native’s third stint with Winston-Salem this season. To make room for Hardin on the roster, righty Dave Putman was placed on the disabled list.

• Right-hander James Dykstra will take the mound for the Dash tonight. During his most recent outing against Carolina last Saturday, the California native allowed five runs (four earned) in five and two-third innings, suffering the loss in the 7-4 setback against the Mudcats. Overall, the 23-year-old is 3-3 with a 5.10 ERA in eight starts at the High-A level.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game will be broadcast live on 600 AM-WSJS in the Winston-Salem area, as is the case with every Thursday game throughout the season. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:50 p.m., with the first pitch at 7:05.

- Dave

Game #134 Preview – Dash at Myrtle Beach

Game #134 – Road Game #65
Winston-Salem Dash (28-36, 58-75) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (34-30, 78-54)
Wednesday, August 27 – 7:05 p.m.
TicketReturn.com Field (Myrtle Beach, SC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash were dealt their sixth consecutive loss on Tuesday, falling 7-2 at Myrtle Beach. Winston-Salem had a 2-1 lead when the Pelicans exploded for five runs in the sixth inning.

J.B. Wendelken is fourth in the Carolina League in innings pitched. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

J.B. Wendelken is fourth in the Carolina League in innings pitched. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Nick Basto – RF
Omar Narvaez – C
Jake Peter – 2B
Keenyn Walker – DH
J.B. Wendelken – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• The Dash are nearing the brink of postseason elimination. With six regular season contests remaining, Winston-Salem stands five games behind Salem for the final Southern Division playoff spot.

• Catcher Michael Marjama went 2-for-4 with two singles and a run on Tuesday. During his last eight games, the California native is batting .375 (12-for-32) with five runs scored.

• Outfielder Keenyn Walker tallied two hits and an RBI in Tuesday’s contest. The Utah native has hits in three of his last four games, during which he is batting .313 (5-for-16).

• Outfielder Adam Engel extended his hitting streak to five games with a first-inning single. The 22-year-old has at least one hit in 12 of his 16 games at the High-A level.

• The Dash have fallen into the Southern Division basement due to a tough-luck August. In 16 losses this month, nine have occurred in the opponent’s last at-bat.

• The Dash made a roster move prior to Tuesday’s contest, adding right-hander Tyler Barnette from Triple-A Charlotte. The Hickory native and UNC-Charlotte product made three appearances for the Knights after 25 outings (11 starts) with Low-A Kannapolis. To make room for Barnette, left-hander Ben Brewster was placed on the disabled list.

• Winston-Salem has only won one of the first seven matchups with Myrtle Beach at TicketReturn.com Field. The Dash have only mustered 13 runs in those seven contests. Overall this season, Winston-Salem is 6-11 against the Pelicans.

• Right-hander J.B. Wendelken will try to get the Dash back on track tonight. During his most recent outing against Carolina last Friday, the 21-year-old gave up seven runs (six earned) in five and one-third innings. He finished with a no-decision in the 8-7 setback against the Mudcats.

• In his first year as a starter, Wendelken ranks fourth in the Carolina League with 137.2 innings pitched. The Georgia native is 16.2 innings behind circuit leader Ryan Merritt of Carolina. Wendelken is 6-9 with a 5.03 ERA in 25 starts with the Dash this season.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 6:50 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05.

- Dave

Game #133 Preview – Dash at Myrtle Beach

Game #133 – Road Game #64
Winston-Salem Dash (28-35, 58-74) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (33-30, 77-54)
Tuesday, August 26 – 7:05 p.m.
TicketReturn.com Field (Myrtle Beach, SC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash dropped their fifth straight game on Monday, falling 6-5 against Carolina in 12 innings. Winston-Salem wraps up the regular season slate with a seven-game road trip, beginning tonight in Myrtle Beach.

Tyler Danish tossed six scoreless innings against Myrtle Beach on July 7. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Tyler Danish tossed six scoreless innings against Myrtle Beach on July 7. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Nick Basto – RF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Jake Peter – 2B
Michael Marjama – C
Keenyn Walker – DH
Tyler Danish – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• The Dash are now in dire straits for potential postseason action. With seven regular season contests remaining, Winston-Salem stands five games behind Salem for the final Southern Division playoff spot.

• Monday marked only the third time that the Dash have been swept at BB&T Ballpark since the downtown facility opened in 2010. Salem captured all three games against Winston-Salem from August 14-16, 2013, while Frederick swept a rain-altered three-game series from April 16-17 of this season.

• Monday was also the first time the Winston-Salem franchise was swept in a four-game series at home since August 25-28, 2006. The Warthogs lost all four games against Salem at Ernie Shore Field.

• Winston-Salem finished 2014 with a losing record at home for the first time since 2007, when the Warthogs went 32-37 at Ernie Shore Field. The Dash posted a 34-35 record at BB&T Ballpark this season.

• Catcher Omar Narvaez went 3-for-5 with two singles, a double, an RBI and a run scored on Monday. The 22-year-old has at least one hit in five of his last six games, during which he is batting .409 (9-for-22).

• Second baseman Jake Peter collected two singles and an RBI in Monday’s game. The 21-year-old has recorded three straight multi-hit efforts and is batting .444 (12-for-27) during his last six games.

• The Dash made a roster move prior to Tuesday’s contest, activating left-hander Ben Brewster from the disabled list. The Maryland native has made three appearances with Winston-Salem, posting a 1.80 ERA in five innings.

• Winston-Salem has struggled against Myrtle Beach this season, having won only six of 16 matchups. The Dash are 1-5 at TicketReturn.com Field.

• Right-hander Tyler Danish will try to snap the Dash skid tonight. During his most recent outing against Salem last Thursday, the 19-year-old allowed two runs in six and two-third innings, suffering the tough-luck loss in a 2-1 setback against the Red Sox.

• During a combined 23 starts with Low-A Kannapolis and Winston-Salem this season, Danish has posted a 2.03 ERA, which is sixth-lowest among full-season Minor League qualifiers. The Florida native sports a 5-3 record and 2.64 ERA while with the Dash.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 6:50 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05.

- Dave

Game #132 Preview – Dash vs. Carolina

Game #132 – Home Game #69
Winston-Salem Dash (28-34, 58-73) vs. Carolina Mudcats (30-31, 59-69)
Monday, August 25 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash suffered a crushing defeat against Carolina on Sunday afternoon, falling 7-5. Torsten Boss’ three-run homer with two outs in the top of the ninth inning sent Winston-Salem to its fourth straight loss.

C.J. Beatty hit his first Minor League homer since 2010 on Sunday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

C.J. Beatty hit his first Minor League homer since 2010 on Sunday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Omar Narvaez – C
Nick Basto – LF
C.J. Beatty – RF
Michael Marjama – DH
Zach Voight – SS
Brandon Brennan – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• With Sunday’s loss, the Dash are now four games behind Salem for the final Southern Division playoff spot with eight regular season contests remaining. Carolina trails the Red Sox by a game-and-a-half.

• Outfielder C.J. Beatty slugged a three-run homer in the fourth inning on Sunday. It was the first Minor league dinger for the Winston-Salem native since August 29, 2010, when he was a member of the Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A, St. Louis).

Nick Basto went 2-for-4 with two singles and an RBI in Sunday’s contest. The 20-year-old now has 20 multi-hit games with the Dash this season.

• Catcher Michael Marjama collected a single, double, RBI and run scored on Sunday. The California native has hits in five of his last six games, during which he is batting .435 (10-for-23).

• In 104 previous series at BB&T Ballpark, the Dash have only been swept twice since the downtown facility opened in 2010. Salem captured all three games against Winston-Salem from August 14-16, 2013, while Frederick swept a rain-altered three-game series from April 16-17 of this season.

• Winston-Salem enters the final home game of 2014 in danger of posting its first losing record at BB&T Ballpark, which opened in 2010. The franchise has not recorded a losing home record since the Warthogs were 32-37 at Ernie Shore Field in 2007.

• The Dash close out the regular season with seven road games: four at Myrtle Beach before finishing up with three at Carolina.

• Since the Mudcats joined the Carolina League in 2012, the Dash are 17-13 against their in-state rivals at BB&T Ballpark. Carolina has had the upper-hand since last July, however, having won nine of the last 13 meetings in the Triad.

• Right-hander Brandon Brennan will try to pitch the Dash out of their skid tonight. During his most recent outing against Salem last Wednesday, the California native allowed four runs (three earned) in five and one-third innings, earning the win in the 9-4 victory over the Red Sox.

• Since his promotion to Winston-Salem on July 31, Brennan has posted a 2-0 record and 3.54 ERA in four starts. Tonight marks his first outing against the Mudcats.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Today’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 7. Every Dash home game can be viewed on MiLB.tv.

- Dave

Game #131 Preview – Dash vs. Carolina

Game #131 – Home Game #68
Winston-Salem Dash (28-33, 58-72) vs. Carolina Mudcats (29-31, 58-69)
Sunday, August 24 – 2 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash suffered their third straight loss, falling 7-4 against Carolina on Saturday night. Winston-Salem has dropped seven of nine meetings with the Mudcats during the second half of the season.

Cleuluis Rondon is batting .340 during his last 11 games. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Cleuluis Rondon is batting .340 with nine RBIs during his last 11 games. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Keon Barnum – 1B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Michael Marjama – C
Nick Basto – LF
C.J. Beatty – RF
Zach Voight – 2B
Keenyn Walker – DH
Nick Blount – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• With Saturday’s loss, the Dash are now three-and-a-half games behind Salem for the final Southern Division playoff spot with nine regular season contests remaining. Carolina trails the Red Sox by two games.

• Shortstop Cleuluis Rondon went 2-for-4 with a single, double and two RBIs on Saturday. Since August 12, the 20-year-old is batting .340 (16-for-47) with nine RBIs and seven runs scored over 11 games.

• Second baseman Jake Peter collected two more singles on Saturday. The 21-year-old has hits in four of his last five games, all of them multi-hit efforts.

• Outfielder Adam Engel went 1-for-3 with a single, walk, sacrifice fly, RBI and two runs scored. The Ohio native has hits in six of his last seven games.

• Left-hander Sean Hagan pitched two and one-third scoreless innings out of the bullpen on Saturday. In 33 appearances this season, the New York native sports a 3.35 ERA in 51 innings.

• The Dash own a winning record in day games this season. Winston-Salem is 12-11 this year in afternoon contests, including a 7-6 mark at BB&T Ballpark.

• Since the Mudcats joined the Carolina League in 2012, the Dash are 17-11 against their in-state rivals at BB&T Ballpark. Carolina has had the upper-hand since last July, however, having won eight of the last 12 meetings in the Triad.

• Right-hander Nick Blount will make his first High-A start this afternoon. The 23-year-old has made two relief appearances for the Dash, tossing four scoreless innings while striking out five. He also made two appearances in the Arizona League prior to his August 15 promotion to Winston-Salem.

• Carolina will send left-hander Ryan Merritt to the bump today. The Texas native and Pitcher of the Year candidate has a 13-3 record and 2.49 ERA this season. The southpaw also leads the Carolina League with 148.1 innings pitched.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Today’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 1:45 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 2. Every Dash home game can be viewed on MiLB.tv.

- Dave

Game #130 Preview – Dash vs. Carolina

Game #130 – Home Game #67
Winston-Salem Dash (28-32, 58-71) vs. Carolina Mudcats (28-31, 57-69)
Saturday, August 23 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash battled back from an early four-run deficit, but ultimately fell 8-7 against Carolina in the series opener on Friday night. The loss allowed the Mudcats to leapfrog Winston-Salem in the Southern Division standings.

James Dykstra pitched eight strong innings at Wilmington last Sunday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

James Dykstra pitched eight strong innings at Wilmington last Sunday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Keon Barnum – 1B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Omar Narvaez – C
Jake Peter – 2B
Nick Basto – DH
C.J. Beatty – RF
Keenyn Walker – LF
James Dykstra – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• With Thursday’s loss, the Dash are now three games behind Salem for the final Southern Division playoff spot with 10 regular season contests remaining. Carolina trails the Red Sox by two-and-a-half games.

• Third baseman Trey Michalczewski went 3-for-4 with two singles, a double, three RBIs and a walk on Friday. The 19-year-old has recorded hits in six of his 10 games with the Dash.

• Outfielder C.J. Beatty registered three hits and two runs scored in Friday’s contest. During his last three games, the Winston-Salem native is batting .417 (5-for-12) with two RBIs and two runs scored.

• Second baseman Jake Peter went 2-for-5 with two singles and an RBI. Since his promotion to Winston-Salem from short-season Great Falls on August 5, the 21-year-old has five multi-hit games, with three coming in the last four contests.

• Dash relievers had combined to log 14.1 consecutive scoreless innings since last Saturday at Wilmington before Carolina plated the go-ahead run against right-hander Adam Lopez in the ninth inning on Friday.

• Since the Mudcats joined the Carolina League in 2012, the Dash are 17-10 against their in-state rivals at BB&T Ballpark. Carolina has had the upper-hand since last July, however, having won seven of the last 11 meetings in the Triad.

• Right-hander James Dykstra will try to get the Dash back on track tonight. During his most recent outing at Wilmington last Sunday, the California native surrendered one run and six hits in eight strong innings, earning the win in the 4-1 triumph over the Blue Rocks.

• Since his promotion to Winston-Salem from Low-A Kannapolis on July 15, Dykstra is 3-2 with a 4.93 ERA in seven starts. The 23-year-old has 35 strikeouts and three walks in 42 innings pitched.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game will be telecast live in the Winston-Salem area on My 48, beginning at 7 p.m. The contest is also available live on wsdash.com/broadcast, with the Pregame Dash starting at 6:45 p.m.

- Dave

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