Game #80 Preview – Dash vs. Frederick

Game #80 – Home Game #39
Winston-Salem Dash (5-3, 35-43) vs. Frederick Keys (3-6, 35-44)
Saturday, July 4 – 6:30 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash return home for their Fourth of July extravaganza on Saturday. BB&T Ballpark has welcomed a record crowd on Independence Day in each of the last three years.

Jake Peter has hit safely in 11 straight games and 31 of his last 33 (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Jake Peter has hit safely in 11 straight games and 31 of his last 33 (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Toby Thomas – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Suiter – LF
Matt Heidenreich – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • The Fourth of July has been special for the franchise. Over the last three years, Winston-Salem has set a new BB&T Ballpark attendance record on Independence Day. However, the Dash have dropped all three of those games in front of 7,285 (2012), 7,576 (2013) and 8,184 (2014) fans.
  • The attendance figure from July 4, 2014, remains the highest single-game mark in BB&T Ballpark’s six years. The Dash have not won on Independence Day since 2010 (6-4 at Lynchburg), while Winston’s last home win on the holiday was 2007 (13-2 vs. Frederick). The Dash are 0-4 at BB&T Ballpark on July 4.
  • With a capacity crowd expected, Winston-Salem will turn to All-Star righty Matt Heidenreich, who is hoping to become the third High-A pitcher to reach nine victories this season. Heidenreich paces the Carolina League with his eight wins, two more than any other hurler on the circuit. His 2.68 earned run average is sixth-best among CL qualifiers. Winston-Salem is 10-3 when the Coronado, Calif., native takes to the mound.
  • Heidenreich will attempt to continue the Dash’s strong pitching. The Dash posted a 1.44 earned run average during their series at Carolina from Wednesday to Friday. All three starters recorded quality starts. Winston’s 3.53 team ERA would be the best in the Dash era (2009-present).
  • Dash infielder Jake Peter has continued to swing a hot bat for more than a month. Peter has hit safely in 31 of his last 33 games dating back to May 27. During this span, Peter is hitting .328 (41-for-125) with three homers and 20 RBIs. This trend began with a six-game hitting streak from May 27 to June 1. Following a hitless effort on June 2 (which was suspended to June 20), Peter hit safely in 14 straight games.
  • Peter’s 14-game hit streak ended with an 0-for-3 effort on June 18, the only game all month he failed to reach base. Since then, the Mason City, Iowa, native has hit safely in 11 straight games. Not only is this the longest active streak in the Carolina League, but Peter now possesses the second-longest run by a Dash hitter in 2015, trailing only his aforementioned 14-gamer last month. During his current surge, Peter is 15-for-45 (.333) with four RBIs and five runs. Overall, Peter is tied for second in hits (81) and even for 10th in batting average (.290) in the CL.
  • Due to a new, imbalanced schedule format in the CL, this marks Frederick’s first trip to BB&T Ballpark in 2015. It is the latest that a team has made its first trip to BB&T Ballpark. The two teams squared off seven times in Maryland in the first half, with Frederick amassing five wins.
  • However, the Dash have outscored the Keys 51-35, with their two victories coming by scores of 13-0 (April 9) and 14-2 (May 7). In the latter of those two contests, Winston set a Dash-era record with nine runs in the seventh inning.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Saturday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:15 p.m., with the first pitch at approximately 6:40 p.m.

– Scott

Game #79 Preview – Dash at Carolina

Game #79 – Road Game #41
Winston-Salem Dash (4-3, 34-43) at Carolina Mudcats (4-4, 38-39)
Friday, July 3 – 7 p.m.
Five County Stadium (Zebulon, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash look to avoid a sweep Friday after their 3-1 defeat at first-place Carolina on Thursday evening.

Brian Clark allowed just two runs on six hits Thursday in a career-high six innings. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Brian Clark allowed just two runs on six hits Thursday in a career-high six innings. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – SS
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Jeremy Dowdy – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Toby Thomas – LF
T.J. Williams – DH
Ethan Wilson – 2B
Robinson Leyer – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • For the second time this season, Winston-Salem was hitless into the seventh inning. Myrtle Beach righty Duane Underwood, Jr., accomplished the feat in a seven-inning doubleheader opener on April 18. Still, Winston-Salem has not been on the wrong end of a no-no since July 3, 2003, when Frederick’s John Maine spun a seven-inning gem against the Warthogs. During this span, all CL clubs have been no-hit at least once, except Lynchburg (last in 2000). The franchise has not endured a nine-inning no-no since April 15, 1995, against Wilmington.
  • The Dash matched a season-low with two hits in Thursday’s loss. This marks the fifth time that Winston-Salem has amassed two hits in a game this season, the most in one year during the Dash era (2009-present). Before this season, Winston had only collected two or fewer hits just 10 times (two hits in nine games; one hit in one game). The Dash are hitting a league-worst .241 as a team, .009 behind seventh-place Potomac.
  • Before Thursday’s loss, the Dash had entered four consecutive games with at least a share of first place. The club had not strung a longer streak together since April 17-21, 2013. With a win, the Dash would regain first place, while also avoiding their third sweep of 2015.
  • Dash infielder Jake Peter has continued to swing a hot bat for more than a month. Peter has hit safely in 30 of his last 32 games dating back to May 27. During this span, Peter is hitting .322 (39-for-121) with three homers and 20 RBIs. This trend began with a six-game hitting streak from May 27 to June 1. Following a hitless effort on June 2 (which was suspended to June 20), Peter hit safely in 14 straight games.
  • Peter’s 14-game hit streak ended with an 0-for-3 effort on June 18, the only game all month he failed to reach base. Since then, the Mason City, Iowa, native has hit safely in 10 straight games. Not only is this the longest active streak in the Carolina League, but Peter has matched former Dash slugger Chris Jacobs for the second-longest hit streak on the club this season. During this run, Peter is hitting .317 (13-for-41) with four RBIs and four runs scored. Thanks to all of his great work offensively, Peter is tied for second in hits (79) and 13th in average (.286) in the CL.
  • Following Friday’s finale in Zebulon, the Dash head back to BB&T Ballpark for a Fourth of July extravaganza. A year ago on July 4, the Dash played in front of a BB&T Ballpark-record 8,184 fans. On that night, Winston-Salem lost 5-0 to Wilmington, who recorded a two-hit shutout. Another capacity crowd is expected on Saturday.
  • Dash third baseman Trey Michalczewski has driven home a run in each of the last two games after going without an RBI in the previous five contests. Michalczewski is even with Myrtle Beach’s Jacob Rogers for second place in the Carolina League in RBIs (44). Both men trail Lynchburg’s Nellie Rodriguez by 13 for the top spot.
  • Despite going hitless on Thursday, Dash catcher Omar Narvaez remained seventh on the circuit with a .291 batting average. Since June 1, Narvaez has boasted a batting average no worse than .282.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Friday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 7 p.m.

– Scott

Game #78 Preview – Dash at Carolina

Game #78 – Road Game #40
Winston-Salem Dash (4-2, 34-42) at Carolina Mudcats (3-4, 37-39)
Thursday, July 2 – 7 p.m.
Five County Stadium (Zebulon, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem dropped the opening game of its three-game set 4-2 Wednesday at Carolina. The Dash look to bounce back from their first road defeat Thursday.

Brad Goldberg faced the minimum in two innings of work Wednesday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Brad Goldberg faced the minimum in two innings of work Wednesday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Nolan Earley – RF
T.J. Williams – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Suiter – LF
Brian Clark – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Despite back-to-back losses, Winston-Salem is above .500 at the six-game mark of a half for just the third time in the 14 halves during the Dash era (2009-present). In 2011, Winston started the first half 4-2 and bested that by a game in half two. This Dash club became the first one to win four straight to begin a half. Winston’s strong start comes on the heels of its 30-40 record in half one, the worst single-half mark for the club since the nickname change.
  • For the first time in 19 days, the Dash endured a road loss. The squad did only finish four road games during that span, though. Winston-Salem played 10 home games, enjoyed a three-day All-Star break and saw a road tilt suspended on Saturday in Lynchburg. This represents the longest winning streak in games away from BB&T Ballpark since a five-gamer in August of 2013. Winston-Salem could still push the road win streak to five when the aforementioned suspended game is completed on July 19.
  • Thursday starter Brian Clark was stellar in June, during which the former Kent State star was 2-1 with a 1.89 ERA in seven outings (three starts). In 19.0 innings last month, Clark whiffed 22. In his most recent start on June 21, Clark blanked Salem over five innings (1 H, 6 K).
  • Dash infielder Jake Peter has been on a tear for more than a month. Peter has hit safely in 29 of his last 31 games dating back to May 27. During this span, Peter is hitting .316 (37-for-117) with three homers and 20 RBIs. This trend began with a six-game hitting streak from May 27 to June 1. Following a hitless effort on June 2 (which was suspended to June 20), Peter hit safely in 14 straight games. He is currently riding a nine-game surge, which is tied for the third-longest hit streak by a Dash player this season.
  • During this hitting streak, which is tied for the longest active run in the Carolina League (Myrtle Beach’s Daniel Lockhart), Peter is hitting .297 (11-for-37) with four RBIs and four runs scored. Also, outfielder Michael Suiter has matched a season-best with a hit in six consecutive games. Suiter boasts a .368 average (7-for-19) with three RBIs and three runs.
  • Despite these hitting streaks, the Dash are last in the eight-team Carolina League in team batting average (.243). This mark is seven percentage points behind Carolina, the seventh-place club in this category. Wednesday proved to be the 40th time that the Dash scored three runs or less in a game. Winston-Salem sits at 9-31 (.225) in those 40 contests and 25-11 (.694) when plating four or more runs.
  • Trey Michalczewski snapped a five-game RBI drought with the run-scoring fielder’s choice Wednesday night. Michalczewski is third in the Carolina League with 43 RBIs.
  • In each of these two teams’ first two sets, Carolina seized the series opener before Winston-Salem rallied for back-to-back wins.
  • Since the Mudcats joined the CL in 2012, the Dash have squared off with Carolina 67 times. Winston owns a slight 34-33 (.507) advantage. Clark has not given up a hit and has punched out five in two relief appearances spanning four innings against the Mudcats.
  • Clark has not given up a hit and has punched out five in two relief appearances spanning four innings against the Mudcats.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Thursday’s game will be broadcast live on 600 AM-WSJS and wsjs.com, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 7 p.m.

– Scott

Game #77 Preview – Dash at Carolina

Game #77 – Road Game #39
Winston-Salem Dash (4-1, 34-41) at Carolina Mudcats (3-3, 37-38)
Wednesday, July 1 – 7 p.m.
Five County Stadium (Zebulon, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Myrtle Beach rallied by the Dash Tuesday to salvage their three-game series. Winston-Salem begins a three-game set Wednesday in Carolina against the Mudcats.

Toby Thomas launched a two-run homer Tuesday against Myrtle Beach. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Toby Thomas launched a two-run homer Tuesday against Myrtle Beach. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Toby Thomas – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Suiter – LF
Brandon Brennan – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Tuesday’s loss did snap a season high-tying five-game win streak, but Winston-Salem is still 4-1 in the second half. Winston has matched its best five-game start to a half in the Dash era (2009-present). The only other Dash squad to win four of its first five in a half was the 2011 unit, and that team accomplished the feat in both halves. All of this is subject to the suspended game from Saturday in Lynchburg. Even though it will be finished next month, all results will revert to the game’s original start date.
  • The Dash missed out on their first series sweep of the campaign on Tuesday. Winston-Salem has now played for a sweep three times in 2015, but the club is still searching for its first brooming since August 1-3, 2014, against Lynchburg at BB&T Ballpark. Even though the Dash are 4-1 in the second half, their run margin since the All-Star break is only +2 (26-24).
  • For just the third time all season, Winston-Salem cranked multiple homers in one game. Michael Suiter launched a solo shot in the third before Toby Thomas clubbed a two-run long ball two frames later. The Dash went deep four times on May 17 against Salem, and the club hit three on May 5 in Frederick. Over the last five years, Winston has finished first in the CL in homers four times. However, Winston is last in 2015 (26).
  • The Dash are back in Zebulon after visiting Five County Stadium from June 12-14. Starting with that series, four of the Dash’s next seven road series are against the Mudcats. Winston-Salem has rallied from a series-opening loss to take both sets with Carolina. Even though the Dash enjoy a 4-2 lead in the season series, the Muddies have a better average (.237 to .232) and ERA (3.81 to 4.08) in those six contests.
  • Thanks to his aforementioned home run, Suiter has now hit safely in five straight games, one shy of his longest with Winston-Salem. Suiter had only come up with four total hits in his previous 12 games before this surge. Fellow outfielder Adam Engel is mired in a 2-for-32 funk over his last eight games. Catcher Omar Narvaez had hit safely in five straight games before an 0-for-4 effort on Tuesday. Narvaez, who was 8-for-17 in his previous five contests, has posted five streaks of at least five games.
  • Dash infielder Jake Peter has been on a tear in the last month. Peter has hit safely in 28 of his last 30 games dating back to May 27. During this span, Peter is hitting .319 (36-for-113) with three homers and 20 RBIs. This trend began with a six-game hitting streak from May 27 to June 1. Following a hitless effort on June 2 (which was suspended to June 20), Peter hit safely in 14 straight games. He is currently riding an eight-game surge (10-for-33, 4 RBIs, 4 runs).
  • By allowing an inherited runner to score in the sixth inning, Euclides Leyer became the first Dash pitcher to blow a save since June 7. Winston-Salem had successfully converted eight saves in a row before Tuesday night.
  • As it stands now, the Dash recorded just their second winning month over the last two seasons. The suspended game from Saturday, which will be completed on Sunday, July 19, will determine if the Dash go 14-12 or 13-13 in June.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Wednesday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 7 p.m.

– Scott

Game #76 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #76 – Home Game #38
Winston-Salem Dash (4-0, 34-40) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (0-5, 41-33)
Tuesday, June 30 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

An eighth-inning single by Nolan Earley broke a 1-1 tie Monday and vaulted the Dash to a 2-1 victory. Winston-Salem bids for its first sweep of the season Tuesday.

Nolan Earley's RBI single brought home the go-ahead run Monday in the eighth inning. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Nolan Earley’s RBI single brought home the go-ahead run Monday in the eighth inning. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Toby Thomas – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Suiter – LF
Jordan Guerrero – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Winston-Salem is off to its best start in a half in at least a decade. Game-by-game results are only available since 2005, and no other Winston squad during that span has started the first or second half with four straight wins. In fact, this four-game surge is twice as long as any half-starting winning streak in the Dash era (2009-present). The previous high-water mark was 2-0, which the club accomplished in the second half of 2011 and 2014. All of this is subject to the suspended game from Saturday in Lynchburg. Even though it will be finished next month, all results will revert to the game’s original start date.
  • The Dash are on the precipice of their first series sweep of 2015. This marks just the third time all year that the Dash have played for a sweep, with the other two instances coming against Potomac in April. Winston-Salem has not used a broom since taking all three from Lynchburg at BB&T Ballpark August 1-3, 2014. The Dash have not swept Myrtle since August 24-26, 2013.
  • Winston has tied a season-high with five wins in a row. The Dash have won these five games by a combined six runs (22-16). The other five-game run in 2015 was from April 24-29. The Dash have not rattled off more than five straight since a 10-game run from August 19-29, 2013.
  • A key to Winston-Salem’s success during their five-game win streak has been the stellar work of its starting rotation. In these five wins, Dash starters boast a 2.40 earned run average (8 ER in 30.0 IP), and they have whiffed 27 (8.0 per nine innings). Winston-Salem’s 3.56 team ERA is only fifth-best in the eight-team Carolina League, but it would be the best in the Dash era if the season ended today.
  • Southpaw starter Jordan Guerrero will return to the hill for the first time since the second half opener at Lynchburg on Thursday. Against the Hillcats, Guerrero tossed a career-best eight and a third frames. He became the first Dash starter to pitch into the ninth since July 20, 2014, when Tony Bucciferro posted a one-hit shutout at Frederick. In his first three High-A outings, Guerrero had only worked 14.2 innings.
  • Dash infielder Jake Peter has been on a tear in the last month. Peter has hit safely in 27 of his last 29 games dating back to May 27. During this span, Peter is hitting .317 (35-for-109) with three homers and 19 RBIs. This trend began with a six-game hitting streak from May 27 to June 1. Following a hitless effort on June 2 (which was suspended to June 20), Peter hit safely in 14 straight games. He is currently riding a seven-game surge (9-for-29, 3 RBIs, 4 runs). On Monday, Peter posted his team high-tying 19th multi-hit game with a double and a single.
  • Before Monday’s victory, the Dash had logged a save in each of their previous six wins. Winston-Salem has not blown a save since June 7. They are 8-for-8 in save chances during this three-week span.
  • Catcher Jeremy Dowdy tied a career-high with three hits on Monday. In his first 13 games with the Dash, Dowdy was just 6-for-39 (.154).
  • Following this contest, the Dash invade Zebulon for a three-game series with Carolina before returning home for July 4.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tuesday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 7 p.m.

– Scott

Game #75 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #75 – Home Game #37
Winston-Salem Dash (3-0, 33-40) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (0-4, 41-32)
Monday, June 29 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash came back from an eighth-inning deficit Sunday to knock off Myrtle Beach 3-2. Winston-Salem is now 3-0 to begin the second half for the first time since 2006.

Peter Tago earned his team-best fifth save in Sunday's win. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Peter Tago earned his team-best fifth save in Sunday’s win. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Jeremy Dowdy – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Toby Thomas – LF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
T.J. Williams – DH
James Dykstra – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Winston-Salem is enjoying its best start to a half during the Dash era (2009-present). This marks the first time since 2006 that Winston-Salem has strung together three straight wins to begin a half. Since then, the only other two instances when Winston was 2-0 were the second half in 2011 and 2014 with two consecutive wins. The franchise has not kicked off a half with a 4-0 record in at least a decade.
  • Thanks to Sunday’s come-from-behind triumph, the Dash recorded their fifth last at-bat win. All five have come against Southern Division foes; however, this was the first against Myrtle Beach, whom Winston-Salem has played 16 times so far this year. Winston-Salem also pulled out its third victory of the season when trailing at any point after the seventh inning.
  • Dash infielder Jake Peter has been on a tear in the last month. Peter has hit safely in 26 of his last 28 games dating back to May 27. During this span, Peter is hitting .317 (33-for-105) with three homers and 19 RBIs. This trend began with a six-game hitting streak from May 27 to June 1. Following a hitless effort on June 2 (which was suspended to June 20), Peter hit safely in 14 straight games. He is currently riding a six-game surge (7-for-25, 3 RBIs, 3 runs).
  • Winston-Salem is enjoying a four-game winning streak, one shy of its highest of the campaign (April 24-29). One of the biggest keys to the club’s recent success has been its ability to buckle down when its opposition has a scoring opportunity. In these four contests, opposing hitters are a combined 8-for-36 (.222) with men in scoring position, and they have stranded 29 runners. In particular, Myrtle Beach struggled in these situations on Sunday. The Dash’s quartet of hurlers did not give up a base hit in 11 at-bats with runners in scoring position. Myrtle Beach is 5-for-41 (.122) in these “clutch” spots in half two.
  • One night after Matt Heidenreich returned from an 11-day absence to post a quality start, fellow All-Star James Dykstra will pitch in a Dash game for the first time in the exact same span. Dykstra did work an inning in this past Tuesday’s All-Star Game, but his most recent start was on June 17. On that day, Dykstra only allowed one hit in the first five frames before Myrtle scored three runs over his final two innings.
  • Including Sunday’s one-run victory, the Dash have logged a save in each of their last six wins. In fact, the Dash have not blown a save since June 7. During this stretch, Winston-Salem is a perfect 8-for-8 in save chances after beginning the season 8-for-15 (53 percent). Michael Ynoa and Peter Tago have logged three saves apiece during this streak of six “saved” wins in a row. They have alternated the closer role, with Tago collecting the save on Sunday.
  • The Dash had dropped five of their last six home games before Sunday’s win.
  • Winston-Salem catcher Omar Narvaez has hit safely in five straight games. This marks Narvaez’s fifth hit streak of five of more games this season. During this run, Narvaez is 8-for-17 (.471).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Monday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 7 p.m.

– Scott

Game #74 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #74 – Home Game #36
Winston-Salem Dash (2-0, 32-40) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (0-3, 41-31)
Sunday, June 28 – 5 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem’s Saturday contest in Lynchburg was suspended due to rain with the Hillcats up 3-1 in the top of the second. Thus, the Dash will start a three-game series Sunday against Myrtle Beach.

Matt Heidenreich starts for the Dash Sunday against Myrtle Beach. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Matt Heidenreich starts for the Dash Sunday against Myrtle Beach. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Toby Thomas – LF
T.J. Williams – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Suiter – RF
Matt Heidenreich – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • For the third time in the Dash era (2009-present), Winston-Salem has started a half with back-to-back victories. The Dash also began the second half in 2011 and 2014 with two consecutive wins. In both of those seasons, the third contest of the half did not go well. Frederick cruised to a 6-1 triumph in 2011, while Salem blasted Winston 13-4 a year ago. The franchise has not posted a 3-0 beginning to a half since 2006.
  • The Dash play Myrtle Beach more than any other Carolina League foe. The Pelicans, who claimed the first-half Southern Division title, won nine of the first 15 meetings in the season series. A big key to the Birds’ success against the Dash stemmed from an 8-3 mark at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash claimed three of four in their lone trip to the Grand Strand in half one (April 23-26). Sunday marks the first of 12 clashes in the second half, with each team hosting six. The Pelicans have hit .280 against Winston pitching, while the Dash own a .236 mark versus Myrtle.
  • Winston-Salem catcher Omar Narvaez has been on a tear in his last four games. Narvaez is 7-for-13 (.538) with five runs scored during this span. Narvaez’s .304 overall batting average is sixth among Carolina League qualifiers.
  • Sunday starter Matt Heidenreich has not pitched for Winston-Salem since June 16, a span of 11 days between outings. The White Sox allowed him to skip his scheduled turn in the rotation last Sunday in order to pitch in Tuesday’s All-Star Game, when he logged the final out for the Carolina League in its loss to the California League. Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., the site of this year’s All-Star Game, is about 120 miles from Heidenreich’s hometown of Coronado.
  • Heidenreich paces the Carolina League with eight wins. No other pitcher on the eight-team circuit has more than six personal victories. With a win Sunday, Heidenreich would become the ninth pitcher in all of Minor League Baseball to reach the nine-win mark. Within High-A, only Charlotte’s Jacob Faria (10) and Modesto’s Harrison Musgrave (9) have more victories. Heidenreich is seventh in the Carolina League with a 2.95 earned run average.
  • The Dash have logged a save in each of their last five wins. In fact, the Dash have not blown a save since June 7. During this stretch, Winston-Salem is a perfect 7-for-7 in save opportunities after beginning the season 8-for-15 (53 percent). Still, Winston-Salem is in the basement of the eight-team Carolina League with 15 saves. The next-closest club is Frederick (17), while Myrtle Beach paces the circuit (25).
  • The Dash have dropped five of their last six home games dating back to June 16. On the flip side, the club is riding a four-game road winning streak, its longest in 366 days (June 24-27, 2014)
  • Myrtle Beach suffered its first sweep of the season in its first series of the second half. Due to a delay of more than two hours, the Pelicans did not finish their finale at Carolina on Saturday night until after 11.
  • The Dash scored five runs by the end of the second inning in each of its two victories in Lynchburg this weekend.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Television coverage of Sunday’s contest will be available on My48 at 5 p.m. For a channel guide, please visit the Dash Broadcast Corner. The game will also be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 4:45 p.m., with the first pitch set for 5 p.m.

– Scott

Game #73 Preview – Dash at Lynchburg

Game #73 – Road Game #38
Winston-Salem Dash (2-0, 32-40) at Lynchburg Hillcats (0-2, 33-39)
Saturday, June 27 – 6:30 p.m.
Calvin Falwell Field (Lynchburg, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem scored five in the second and held on from there Friday in a 6-4 victory. The Dash are looking for their first sweep of the 2015 campaign.

Euclides Leyer picked up the win Friday in relief of his brother Robinson. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Euclides Leyer picked up the win Friday in relief of his brother Robinson. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Toby Thomas – LF
T.J. Williams – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Suiter – RF
Brandon Brennan – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • For the third time in the Dash era (2009-present), Winston-Salem has started a half with back-to-back victories. The Dash also began the second half in 2011 and 2014 with two consecutive wins. In both of those seasons, the third contest of the half did not go well. Frederick cruised to a 6-1 triumph in 2011, while Salem blasted Winston 13-4 a year ago. The franchise has not posted a 3-0 beginning to a half since 2006, when the team was known as the Warthogs.
  • For the first time in exactly a year, the Dash are riding a four-game road winning streak. From June 24-27, 2014, Winston-Salem won four straight away from BB&T Ballpark, the club’s longest such streak of the entire campaign. The Dash have not won more than four consecutive road contests since a five-game streak from August 19-23, 2013. The longest such surge in the Dash era is six (April 18-May 1, 2012).
  • Lynchburg did not put a ton of balls in play on Friday night. Winston-Salem’s pitching quartet amassed 12 strikeouts, one shy of the team’s season-high. The Dash also fell one free pass away from the worst showing of the season. Fortunately for the Dash, only one of those eight walks directly turned into a run.
  • Lynchburg City Stadium has been a house of horrors for the Dash in recent years. However, Winston-Salem has claimed two straight victories in the Hill City for just the second time in the last four seasons. The other instance was also in the first series of the second half. The Dash rallied for a series win from June 21-23, 2013, with wins in each of the final two games. Even with this mini-surge, Winston is just 11-27 (.289) at Lynchburg since the start of the 2012 season. This includes two losses in the 2012 Mills Cup Finals. In the previous two seasons (2010 and 2011), the Dash were 13-7 (.650) in Lynchburg.
  • Winston-Salem outfielder Michael Suiter ended a 6-for-46 funk with a two-run double in Friday’s second inning. It also guaranteed Suiter his first multi-RBI game at the High-A level. Suiter had only collected three RBIs in his first 28 games with the club. The Hawaii native has hit safely in three consecutive games for the first time since a season-high six-game run from May 31-June 6.
  • The Dash have logged a save in each of their last five wins. In fact, the Dash have not blown a save since June 7. During this stretch, Winston-Salem is a perfect 7-for-7 in save opportunities after beginning the season 8-for-15 (53 percent). Still, Winston-Salem is in the basement of the eight-team Carolina League with 15 saves. The next-closest club is Frederick (17), while Myrtle Beach paces the circuit (25).
  • For just the fifth time all season, Winston-Salem won a game on Friday despite posting fewer hits than its opposition.
  • Former Dash hurler Erik Johnson, who starred with Winston in 2012, has only given up two runs in his last 32 innings with Triple-A Charlotte.
  • Catcher Omar Narvaez is 7-for-13 (.538) with five runs scored in his last four games. The Midseason All-Star is one of five qualified hitters in the CL with a batting average north of the .300 mark (.304).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Saturday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:15 p.m., with the first pitch at 6:30 p.m.

– Scott

Game #72 Preview – Dash at Lynchburg

Game #72 – Road Game #37
Winston-Salem Dash (1-0, 31-40) at Lynchburg Hillcats (0-1, 33-38)
Friday, June 26 – 6:30 p.m.
Calvin Falwell Field (Lynchburg, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Jordan Guerrero pitched into the ninth inning and the Dash led wire-to-wire Thursday to knock off the Hillcats 5-4. Winston-Salem has now won three straight road contests.

Robinson Leyer starts Friday for the Dash in Lynchburg. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Robinson Leyer starts Friday for the Dash in Lynchburg. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Nolan Earley – RF
T.J. Williams – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Suiter – LF
Robinson Leyer – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Not only did Guerrero post a new career-high in innings, but he also became the first Winston-Salem starter to pitch more than eight innings since July 20, 2014, when Tony Bucciferro took a no-hitter into the ninth at Frederick before settling for a complete game shutout. Guerrero fell two outs short of becoming the seventh Winston pitcher in the Dash era (2009-present) to toss nine innings in a single game.
  • For just the second time this season, the Dash have rattled off three consecutive road victories. The other such surge took place from April 24-26, when the Dash rallied for a four-game series win at Myrtle Beach. This most recent mini-streak has immediately followed an eight-game road skid, the longest for the franchise since 2006. That funk included a four-game sweep at the hands of the Hillcats from June 5-7. The Dash are 14-22 on the road, which is the second-worst mark in the Carolina League.
  • Several Dash players find themselves at or near the top of some categories in the Carolina League. Adam Engel is tied for first in stolen bases (28) and third in runs scored (44). Trey Michalczewski shares second in RBIs (42). Omar Narvaez is fifth in batting average (.303). On the pitching side, Matt Heidenreich is first in wins (8) and sixth in earned run average (2.77).
  • For a third straight half, Winston-Salem earned a win in the opener. The Dash blasted Salem 12-4 to begin last year’s second half before obliterating Frederick to kick off this season. Before this recent uptick, the Dash had dropped five half lid-lifters in a row. Since the nickname change in 2009, Winston-Salem is 6-8 to begin the half.
  • Dash utility man Toby Thomas logged another strong showing on Thursday. Thomas went 2-for-4 with an RBI, his sixth at the High-A level. Thomas has hit safely in 11 of his first 14 games within the Carolina League. Of his 15 base hits, nine of them have gone for extra bases (seven doubles, one triple and one home run). Plus, the Alabama native has produced well despite playing in both the infield and outfield and hitting anywhere from sixth to ninth in the lineup.
  • Former Dash infielder Carlos Sanchez carried the White Sox past Detroit on Thursday with a three-run triple in the 10th inning of an 8-7 win on Thursday.
  • Winston-Salem improved to 24-10 (.706) when scoring more than three runs.
  • Friday starter Robinson Leyer posted a quality start in his only appearance against Lynchburg on May 27 (6.0 IP, 3 R, 5 H), which did result in a loss for both the Dash and Leyer.
  • Despite the series-opening win on Thursday night, the Dash are just 10-25 (.286) in Lynchburg since the start of the 2012 season. This does not include a pair of losses in the Mills Cup Finals in 2012.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Friday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:15 p.m., with the first pitch at 6:30 p.m.

– Scott

Game #71 Preview – Dash at Lynchburg

Game #71 – Road Game #36
Winston-Salem Dash (0-0, 30-40) at Lynchburg Hillcats (0-0, 33-37)
Thursday, June 25 – 6:30 p.m.
Calvin Falwell Field (Lynchburg, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The second half of the season begins Thursday, when the Dash start a three-game series at Lynchburg. Winston-Salem will compete with Salem and Carolina for the right to battle Myrtle Beach in the Southern Division Championship Series in September.

Trey Michalczewski begins the second half of the season in a tie for second in the Carolina League in RBIs. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Trey Michalczewski begins the second half of the season in a tie for second in the Carolina League in RBIs. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Toby Thomas – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Suiter – LF
Jordan Guerrero – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • During the season’s first 70 games, Winston-Salem recorded the worst single-half record during the Dash era (2009-present). In fact, Winston-Salem three most recent halves have been the franchise’s three worst since the nickname change. A year ago, the Dash were 30-39 and 31-39 in the first and second half, respectively. Since 2009, the Dash are still 40 games over .500 (472-432-1). Only Potomac owns a better record in the CL during this span.
  • This three-game set marks the Dash’s second and final trip to Lynchburg in the regular season. The Hillcats claimed all four games of a weather-condensed four-game series from June 5-7. It marked the franchise’s first four-game road sweep since June 2-5, 2008, the final season of the Warthogs. In the series finale, Lynchburg overcame a 7-0 Winston-Salem advantage, the biggest lead the club had ever surrendered in a loss since the Dash era began six years ago.
  • Several Dash players found themselves at or near the top of some categories in the Carolina League. Adam Engel is tied for first in stolen bases (28) and tied for second in runs (44). Trey Michalczewski shares second in RBIs (42). Omar Narvaez is sixth in batting average (.299). On the pitching side, Matt Heidenreich is sixth with a 2.95 earned run average, while his eight wins are two better than any other CL hurler.
  • The California League cruised to a 9-2 victory in the 19th California-Carolina League All-Star Game on Tuesday in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Omar Narvaez went 1-for-2 with a run scored, while both James Dykstra (1.0 IP, 2 ER) and Matt Heidenreich (0.1 IP, 0 R) appeared on the mound. With the victory, the men from the West Coast snagged a 9-8-2 edge in the all-time series. The 2016 Midsummer Classic will take place in Lake Elsinore, Calif., in a celebration of the California League’s 75th anniversary.
  • The Dash only had two roster moves in advance of the season’s second half. Euclides Leyer has rejoined the club from Low-A Kannapolis, while fellow righty Yency Almonte was assigned to the Intimidators from Winston-Salem.
  • On Sunday, the Dash improved to 10-0 at home when scoring six-plus runs.
  • Jordan Guerrero will make his fourth High-A start in the stadium where he made his first (5.0 IP, 4 R on June 7).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Thursday’s game will be broadcast live on 600 AM-WSJS and wsjs.com, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:15 p.m., with the first pitch at 6:30 p.m.

– Scott

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