Game #133 Preview – Dash at Wilmington

Game #133 – Road Game #63
Winston-Salem Dash (40-22, 70-62) at Wilmington Blue Rocks (22-40, 60-72)
Wednesday, September 2 – 6:35 p.m.
Daniel S. Frawley Stadium (Wilmington, Del.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash lowered their division magic number to three thanks to Tuesday’s 7-3 win over Wilmington and Myrtle Beach’s 4-3 loss at Potomac. Winston-Salem can creep closer to a Southern Division second-half crown with another win Wednesday night.

Omar Narvaez matched a career-high with four hits in Tuesday's win (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Omar Narvaez matched a career-high with four hits in Tuesday’s win (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Eddy Alvarez – SS
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Omar Narvaez – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Michael Danner – DH
Spencer Adams – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Shortly after the Dash-Blue Rocks game was over, a four-run ninth-inning rally from Potomac stunned second-place Myrtle Beach, which dropped the number to three. Winston-Salem leads Myrtle Beach by four games for the top spot in the second-half standings. If the Dash can earn the division crown, BB&T Ballpark would host Game 1 of the Southern Division Championship Series a week from Wednesday (September 9) at 6:30 p.m.
  • The Dash recorded their highest single-game hit total in almost a month (16, August 9 vs. Salem). Before Tuesday’s 14-hit explosion, the Dash had only averaged 6.9 hits per game at Frawley Stadium this year, and Winston-Salem had not surpassed eight in any one matchup.
  • Omar Narvaez led the charge with four knocks, matching a career-high and a season-best by a Dash hitter. The owner of the CL’s ninth-best average (.274), Narvaez was 2-for-27 (.074) in his previous eight games before Tuesday’s 4-for-5 showing.
  • For the fourth time in the Dash era (2009-present), Winston-Salem has won 40 or more games in one half. This immediately follows the worst half in Dash history, the 30-40 start to the season. Winston is the first Carolina League team since 2008 to bounce back from 40 or more losses in the first half to win 40 or more in half two.
  • Winston-Salem sends righty Spencer Adams, the White Sox fourth-best prospect according to MLB.com, to the bump Wednesday. Adams, who will make his first High-A road start, has whiffed four in each of his first three outings with the Dash. In his last start, the 19-year-old stranded seven Keys over six innings en route to a win.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Wednesday’s game will be broadcast online at wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:20 p.m., with the first pitch at 6:35 p.m.

– Brian

Game #132 Preview – Dash at Wilmington

Game #132 – Road Game #62
Winston-Salem Dash (39-22, 69-62) at Wilmington Blue Rocks (22-39, 60-71)
Tuesday, September 1 – 6:35 p.m.
Daniel S. Frawley Stadium (Wilmington, Del.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash complete the regular season with a week-long road trip to Wilmington and Frederick. Winston-Salem has a magic number of five to clinch the Southern Division’s second-half title.

Jordan Guerrero has returned from the disabled list and will start Tuesday's opener (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Jordan Guerrero has returned from the disabled list and will start Tuesday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Eddy Alvarez – SS
Keon Barnum – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Nick Basto – 3B
Nolan Earley – RF
Michael Danner – LF
Cleuluis Rondon – 2B
T.J. Williams – DH
Jordan Guerrero – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Even though the Dash dropped Sunday’s regular season finale, they still finished 39-31 at BB&T Ballpark this year. In the six-year existence of the downtown facility, Winston-Salem has won 39 or more games in a season four times. The Dash boast an all-time record of 244-176 (.581) at BB&T Ballpark, which is the best in the Carolina League since 2010. Winston-Salem had won seven consecutive home games, tied for the third-longest run in the BB&T Ballpark era, prior to Sunday’s one-run defeat.
  • Winston-Salem punched its postseason ticket on Saturday, but the Dash still have a potential division title riding on this season-ending road trip. Winston leads Myrtle Beach by three games for the top spot in the second-half standings. Thus, the Dash have a magic number of five to clinch the division crown. If Winston-Salem can accomplish this, BB&T Ballpark would host Game 1 of the Southern Division Championship Series on September 9.
  • For the first time since 2012, the Dash have qualified for the Carolina League Playoffs. Since becoming a charter member of the CL in 1945, Winston-Salem has reached the postseason 27 times. The franchise owns an even record in the playoffs (57-57), and it boasts more Mills Cups (11) than any other team in league history.
  • Before Sunday, Yency Almonte had not whiffed more than seven in a professional outing. In his sixth High-A outing, Almonte punched out 12 of the 18 Keys he retired. As a result, he fell one strikeout shy of the Dash-era record of 13, owned by J.B. Wendelken (July 30, 2014, vs. Frederick). Wendelken pitched one more inning (7) on his 13-strikeout day than Almonte did Sunday. In all, Dash hurlers struck out a season-high 15 Keys.
  • The Dash are one win away from hitting 40 for the second half. If they accomplish this feat, the Dash would become the first Carolina League unit to follow up a 40-loss first half with a 40-win second half since 2008, when Winston-Salem (then the Warthogs) pulled it off (29-40 to 42-28). Winston also turned the trick in 2004 (29-41 to 45-25). The last CL unit not in the Triad to go from 40 losses to 40 wins was the Prince William Cannons (now Potomac) in 1998.
  • Jordan Guerrero has been activated from the disabled list and will start Tuesday night. Guerrero is 4-1 with a 1.54 ERA (7 ER in 41.0 IP) over his last six starts.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tuesday’s game will be broadcast online at wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:20 p.m., with the first pitch at 6:35 p.m.

– Brian

Game #131 Preview – Dash vs. Frederick

Game #131 – Home Game #70
Winston-Salem Dash (39-21, 69-61) vs. Frederick Keys (29-33, 61-71)
Sunday, August 30 – 2 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Adam Engel slammed a leadoff homer and Brandon Brennan and Brian Clark combined to shut out Frederick Saturday in Winston-Salem’s 4-0 playoff-clinching victory. The Dash vie for their seventh sweep of the second half on Sunday.

Adam Engel's leadoff home run Saturday set the tone for the Dash's playoff-clinching victory. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Adam Engel’s leadoff home run Saturday set the tone for the Dash’s playoff-clinching victory. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Eddy Alvarez – SS
Jake Peter – DH
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Brett Austin – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Michael Danner – LF
Cleuluis Rondon – 2B
T.J. Williams – 1B
Yency Almonte – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • For the first time since 2012, the Dash have qualified for the Carolina League Playoffs. Since becoming a charter member of the CL in 1945, Winston-Salem has now reached the postseason 27 times. The franchise owns an even record in the playoffs (57-57), and it boasts more Mills Cups (11) than any other team in league history. The Dash will square off with Myrtle Beach in the best-of-three Southern Division Championship Series, which will begin September 9.
  • The only order of business left to be decided is where Game 1 of the SDCS will take place. For that game to take place at BB&T Ballpark, Winston-Salem must win the Southern Division’s second-half title. The Dash lead future playoff foe Myrtle Beach by 3.5 games, which means the division magic number is five. However, if the Pelicans rally to claim their fourth straight division title, all three potential SDCS games would take place in Myrtle Beach.
  • Since BB&T Ballpark opened in 2010, the Dash boast a 244-175 (.582) home record, which is the best in the Carolina League during this span. However, Saturday night marked the first time that Winston-Salem has locked up a playoff spot at BB&T Ballpark. In all, the Dash have rattled off seven straight home wins since August 20, which is tied for the third-longest in the BB&T Ballpark era (best: nine, August 2-25, 2012).
  • The Dash are one win away from hitting 40 for the second half. If they accomplish this feat, the Dash would become the first Carolina League unit to follow up a 40-loss first half with a 40-win second half since 2008, when Winston-Salem (then the Warthogs) pulled it off (29-40 to 42-28). Winston also turned the trick in 2004 (29-41 to 45-25). The last CL unit not in the Triad to go from 40 losses to 40 wins was the Prince William Cannons (now Potomac) in 1998.
  • With a win Sunday, the Dash would clinch their seventh sweep since the All-Star break, which would be the most in a single half in the Dash era (2009-present).
  • Winston has now won 39 or more home games in four of its six seasons at BB&T Ballpark.
  • The Dash finish the regular slate with a seven-game road trip (3 at WIL, 4 at FRE).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Sunday’s game will be available on WMYV-TV (My 48) in the Winston-Salem area. A full channel guide is available here. on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 1:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 2 p.m.

– Scott

Postgame audio – Saturday’s clinch

Playoff Social MediaThe Dash have clinched a playoff spot thanks to their 4-0 win over Frederick on Saturday night. Winston-Salem will meet Myrtle Beach in the Southern Division Championship Series, which will take place September 9-11.

Here is some postgame audio from manager Tim Esmay and outfielder Adam Engel, along with the final play-by-play call on the Dash Baseball Network:

– Brian

Game #130 Preview – Dash vs. Frederick

Game #130 – Home Game #69
Winston-Salem Dash (38-21, 68-61) vs. Frederick Keys (29-32, 61-70)
Saturday, August 29 – 6:30 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Carson Fulmer and Jake Cose each fired three scoreless frames Friday to propel the Dash to a 6-3 victory. With a win and a Carolina loss on Saturday, Winston-Salem can punch its first playoff ticket since 2012.

Carson Fulmer has allowed just one run in his last 12 innings. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Carson Fulmer has allowed just one run in his last 12 innings. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

  • With nine games remaining on the schedule, the Dash own a magic number of two to clinch a postseason spot for the first time since 2012. As a result, Winston-Salem can clinch a playoff spot on Saturday with a win over Frederick and a Carolina loss at home against Lynchburg. The Mudcats have lost back-to-back games to the Hillcats and are now seven games behind the Dash for the final Southern Division playoff spot.
  • Since BB&T Ballpark opened in 2010, the Dash boast a 243-175 (.581) home record, which is the best in the Carolina League during this span. However, the Dash have never guaranteed themselves a playoff spot at BB&T Ballpark. In 2010, Winston officially clinched a postseason berth while riding the bus back to the Triad after a series at Wilmington. Two years later, the Dash clinched the division on the second-to-last day of the first half with a win at Wilmington.
  • The Dash also have a division title on their radar, and their magic number is down to six. Winston-Salem increased its lead on Myrtle Beach in the race for first place to 3.5 games thanks to the Dash’s win and the Pelicans’ 3-2 loss at home to Wilmington. If the Dash clinch the division crown, Winston-Salem would host Game 1 of next month’s Southern Division Championship Series. If the Pelicans rally to claim their fourth straight division title, all three potential SDCS games would be at Myrtle Beach.
  • Right-hander Matt Heidenreich, who pitched for the Dash for most of the 2015 season, has won the Carolina League’s Pitcher of the Year award, the CL office announced Saturday. Heidenreich becomes the first Winston-Salem hurler to earn the circuit’s top pitching honor since 1986. Heidenreich still leads the Carolina League with 12 victories. The Coronado, Calif., native also places in the top five on the circuit in earned run average (2.76, 3rd), WHIP (1.16, 4th) and opponent batting average (.254, 5th).
  • The Carolina League released its Year-End All-Star roster on Saturday, and a league-leading five Winston-Salem players made the team: right-hander Matt Heidenreich, outfielder Adam Engel, catcher Omar Narvaez and infielders Jake Peter and Trey Michalczewski.
  • The Dash are two wins away from hitting 40 for the second half. If they accomplish this feat, the Dash would become the first Carolina League unit to follow up a 40-loss first half with a 40-win second half since 2008, when Winston-Salem (then the Warthogs) pulled it off (29-40 to 42-28). Winston also turned the trick in 2004 (29-41 to 45-25). The last CL unit not in the Triad to go from 40 losses to 40 wins was the Prince William Cannons (now Potomac) in 1998.
  • During his six-game hitting streak, Michael Danner is hitting .474 (9-for-19).
  • On Friday, the Dash moved to 29-13 (.690) in second-half games decided by three runs or less. This includes a 15-2 (.882) mark in one-run tilts.
  • Engel (62) and Eddy Alvarez (51) are third and tied for sixth, respectively, in MiLB in steals.

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 #129 Preview – Dash vs. Frederick

Game #129 – Home Game #68
Winston-Salem Dash (37-21, 67-61) vs. Frederick Keys (29-31, 61-69)
Friday, August 28 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Spencer Adams twirled six innings of two-run ball, and Trey Michalczewski and Michael Danner each contributed two-run doubles to lead the Dash to a 5-4 series-opening victory on Thursday over Frederick. Winston-Salem heads into action Friday with a magic number of four to earn their first playoff berth since 2012.

Trey Michalczewski slammed a two-run double in Thursday's 5-4 win. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Trey Michalczewski slammed a two-run double in Thursday’s 5-4 win. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Brett Austin – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Danner – DH
Carson Fulmer – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • With 10 games remaining on the schedule, the Dash own a magic number of four to clinch a postseason spot for the first time since 2012. Any combination of Dash victories or Carolina losses that equals four would punch Winston-Salem’s ticket to the postseason. The Mudcats, who are six games back of Winston-Salem in the second-half standings, dropped an 8-2 home tilt to Lynchburg, who scored seven in the ninth.
  • The Dash also have a division title on their radar, and their magic number is down to eight. Winston-Salem increased its lead on Myrtle Beach in the race for first place to 2.5 games thanks to the Dash’s win and the Pelicans’ 3-2 loss at home to Wilmington. If the Dash clinch the division crown, Winston-Salem would host Game 1 of next month’s Southern Division Championship Series. If the Pelicans rally to claim their fourth straight division title, all three potential SDCS games would be at Myrtle Beach.
  • The Dash are three wins away from hitting 40 for the second half. If they accomplish this feat, the Dash would become the first Carolina League unit to follow up a 40-loss first half with a 40-win second half since 2008, when Winston-Salem (then the Warthogs) pulled it off (29-40 to 42-28).
  • With the Dash closing in on a postseason berth, righty Carson Fulmer, the White Sox first-round pick in June’s MLB Draft, will take to the hill for his seventh High-A and eighth professional start. Fulmer has worked exactly three innings in each of his last four outings, and the former Vanderbilt star has permitted just two runs on four hits combined in those outings. When Fulmer takes to the hill, Winston-Salem boasts a 6-0 record.
  • Thanks to Thursday’s 5-4 win, Winston-Salem moved to a remarkable 15-2 in one-run games during the second half. Overall, the club’s mark in one-run contests is 22-13 (.629), which is the third-best mark in High-A. Only Palm Beach (27-13, .675) and Daytona (27-14, .659) of the Florida State League have a better such record. Since the All-Star break, Winston-Salem is 29-13 (.690) in games decided by three runs or less.
  • With his two-inning save on Thursday, Brad Goldberg assumed the team lead in saves with nine, one more than now-Birmingham righty Peter Tago. Michalczewski became the third Carolina Leaguer to 70 RBIs. He is tied with Lynchburg’s Clint Frazier for the most RBIs among active CL hitters. Adam Engel ripped off his 60th stolen base, which places him third in all of Minor League Baseball.
  • Infielder Eddy Alvarez, who is tied for fifth in the Minors with 51 stolen bases, will miss his third straight game with a shoulder injury suffered Monday at Myrtle Beach.
  • During his five-game hitting streak, Michael Danner boasts a .533 average (8-for-15) with four RBIs, including two on Thursday night.
  • Winston-Salem improved to 6-8 against the Keys this season. That mark still represents Winston’s worst against a team in the CL in 2015. In fact, only the Keys and Nationals have a winning record against the Dash this year. The Dash finished 6-7 against the P-Nats.

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 #128 Preview – Dash vs. Frederick

Game #128 – Home Game #67
Winston-Salem Dash (36-21, 66-61) vs. Frederick Keys (29-30, 61-68)
Thursday, August 27 – 7 p.m.
Debbie D. Harllee Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

After Wednesday’s series finale between Winston-Salem and Myrtle Beach was cancelled, the Dash begin their final homestand of the regular season on Thursday against Frederick.

Keon Barnum's 64 RBIs rank in a tie for the fourth-most in the Carolina League. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Keon Barnum’s 64 RBIs rank in a tie for the fourth-most in the Carolina League. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Brett Austin – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Danner – DH
Spencer Adams – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Even though the Dash did not play Wednesday, they still saw their magic number decrease from eight to six. The cancellation prompted a dip because it was the Dash’s second and both Winston-Salem and Carolina, the other team still in contention for the final Southern Division playoff spot, have clinched winning records in the second half. Also, the Mudcats dropped a 5-0 decision at home to Wilmington. Thus, any combination of Dash wins or Mudcats losses that equals six would give Winston its first playoff berth since 2012 and its fourth in the Dash era.
  • Not only do the Dash possess a five-game advantage on Carolina, but they also enjoy a 1.5-game lead on Myrtle Beach for the top spot in the Southern Division’s second-half standings. If the Dash clinch their first division crown since a second-half title in 2012, Winston-Salem would host Game 1 of next month’s Southern Division Championship Series. If the Pelicans rally to claim their fourth straight division title, all three potential SDCS games would be in Myrtle.
  • The Dash have 11 regular season games left, and eight of them come against Frederick, who faces an elimination number of seven in the Northern Division race. No team has had more success against Winston in 2015 than the Keys, who have claimed eight of the first 13 meetings. This marks just the second set at BB&T Ballpark. In early July, the Dash claimed a walk-off win in the opener before losing the final two contests.
  • While as many as four playoff home games are possible, the Dash do conclude their home portion of the 2015 regular season with this four-game set. It has been another successful year on the field and at the box office. Winston-Salem has already clinched its fifth winning home mark in six tries at BB&T Ballpark. Since the downtown facility opened in 2010, the Dash own a 241-175 (.579) home record, which is the best in the CL during that span. The Dash are also averaging 4,347 fans per game, which is the second-highest average in all of High-A baseball.
  • The Dash have wrapped up their intradivision games for 2015, and the club owns the second-best divisional record in the CL (39-32), behind only Myrtle Beach (40-29). On the flip side, the Dash are 27-29 against the Northern Division. Over the previous two seasons, the Dash were 51-69 (.425) within Southern Division play.
  • At the All-Star break, Winston-Salem was a league-worst 30-40. However, the Dash enter Thursday’s action with a 66-61 overall mark, second-best on the circuit. A big key has been Winston-Salem’s work in games decided by three runs or less. This half, the Dash are 28-13 (.683) in such games, compared to 18-25 (.419) in the first half. Since the break, Winston is a league-best 14-2 in one-run contests (7-11 in the first half). The Dash’s bullpen has converted 28 of its last 30 save chances, with Tuesday’s blown save representing the team’s first since June 30.
  • This marks the second time in the Dash era (2009-present) that Winston-Salem has had two games canceled. The inaugural Dash club in 2009 lost a pair of games in June. Winston has not has more than two games canceled in a single season since 1995.
  • Dash speedsters Adam Engel (59) and Eddy Alvarez (51) are tied for third and tied for fifth, respectively, in stolen bases in all of Minor League Baseball.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Thursday’s game will be available 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 #128 Preview – Dash at Myrtle Beach

Game #128 – Road Game #62
Winston-Salem Dash (36-21, 66-61) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (35-23, 76-51)
Wednesday, August 26 – 7:05 p.m.
TicketReturn.Com Field (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

James Dykstra twirled six dominant innings, but the Dash bullpen couldn’t hold a 2-0 lead as Myrtle Beach topped Winston-Salem 4-2 on Tuesday to even the series. Winston-Salem’s lead on Myrtle Beach for the Southern Division crown is 1.5 games heading into Wednesday’s rubber match.

Spencer Adams, the No. 4 prospect in the White Sox system, makes the start Wednesday for the Dash. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Spencer Adams, the No. 4 prospect in the White Sox system, makes the start Wednesday for the Dash. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Brett Austin – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Danner – DH
Spencer Adams – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Winston-Salem’s playoff magic number is eight. Any combination of Dash victories or Mudcats losses that equals eight would give Winston-Salem its first playoff berth since 2012 and its fourth in the seven-season Dash era. Carolina gained a game on Winston-Salem thanks to a 7-4 victory over floundering Wilmington. Thus, the Mudcats are 4.5 games behind the Dash. Both clubs have 12 contests left on the schedule.
  • Not only does Wednesday serve as the rubber match of this three-game series, but it is the deciding game in the season set. The road team is a combined 18-8 in the 2015 series, with the Pelicans snapping Winston’s seven-game win streak on the Grand Strand on Tuesday. That run was the longest at one road site in the Dash era (2009-present). At home this year, Myrtle Beach is 2-7 against Winston-Salem and 36-19 (.655) against all other Carolina League foes.
  • The Dash are fighting with the Mudcats for the final Southern Division playoff spot, but they are also vying for their first division title since the second half of 2012. If the Dash can hold off Myrtle Beach, the first-half champions, Winston-Salem would host Game 1 of next month’s Southern Division Championship Series. If the Pelicans win another division title, all three potential SDCS tilts would be in South Carolina.
  • When Jefferson Olacio permitted the Pelicans’ four-run seventh, he also logged the Dash’s first blown save since June 30 (vs. Myrtle Beach). Winston-Salem had successfully converted 19 straight save chances before Tuesday night. Still, the Dash have cashed in on 28 of their last 30 saves since starting the year 8-for-15. In the CL, only Carolina (39-for-46, 85 percent) has a better conversion percentage than Winston-Salem (36-for-45, 80 percent).
  • Wednesday’s contest marks the Dash’s final regular season meeting with a Southern Division foe. The Dash boast the second-best divisional record in the CL (39-32), behind only Myrtle Beach (40-29). Over the previous two seasons, the Dash were a combined 51-69 (.425) within Southern Division play. The Dash finish the season with eight games against Frederick and three against Wilmington. Winston-Salem is 5-8 against the Keys and 8-6 versus the Blue Rocks.
  • At the All-Star break, Winston-Salem was a league-worst 30-40. However, the Dash enter Wednesday’s action with a 66-61 overall mark, which is tied with Carolina for the second-best on the circuit. A big key has been Winston-Salem’s work in games decided by three runs or less. This half, the Dash are 28-13 (.683) in such games, compared to 18-25 (.419) in the first half. Since the break, Winston is a league-best 14-2 in one-run contests (7-11 in the first half).
  • The Dash fell one win shy of their longest streak of the season. Winston-Salem won six in a row from July 26-31.
  • Nick Basto’s six-game RBI streak, which tied a career-high, came to an end on Tuesday.
  • Adam Engel leads the league and is fourth in the Minors with 58 stolen bases, while Eddy Alvarez owns a share of fifth with 51 (nine in 29 games with Winston-Salem. Alvarez is day-to-day with a shoulder injury that he suffered in the seventh inning on Monday.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Wednesday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:50 p.m., with the first pitch at 7:05 p.m.

– Scott

Game #127 Preview – Dash at Myrtle Beach

Game #127 – Road Game #61
Winston-Salem Dash (36-20, 66-60) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (34-23, 75-51)
Tuesday, August 24 – 7:05 p.m.
TicketReturn.com Field (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Behind Yency Almonte’s eight sterling innings, the Dash knocked off the Pelicans 5-1 in Monday’s series opener. Winston-Salem holds a 2.5-game lead over Myrtle Beach for the Southern Division’s second half crown heading into action on Tuesday.

Nick Basto's bat has been back of late, as he smashed a home run on Monday in Myrtle Beach. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Nick Basto’s bat has been back of late, as he has knocked in a run in six straight games. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Omar Narvaez – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Danner – DH
James Dykstra – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Winston-Salem’s playoff magic number is eight. Any combination of Dash victories or Mudcats losses that equals eight would give Winston-Salem its first playoff berth since 2012 and its fourth in the seven-season Dash era. With a 7-0 triumph at Wilmington on Monday, the Mudcats remained 5.5 games behind the Dash with 13 to go in the second-half standings.
  • The Dash are not only playing for a postseason ticket, but they are on top of the second-half Southern Division standings. Winston enjoys a 2.5-game lead on Myrtle Beach. If the Dash can hold off the Pelicans for their first division crown since the second-half title in 2012, the club would earn a home game (Game 1) in next month’s Southern Division Championship Series. If the Birds rally for another division crown, all three SDCS games would take place in Myrtle Beach.
  • Myrtle Beach’s 37-26 home record is second to Carolina (40-25) for the best in the CL. However, the Dash have won seven in a row on the Grand Strand after dropping their first contest there this season. This streak represents the longest win streak for Winston-Salem at one road site during the Dash era (2009-present), breaking the six-game run the Dash posted at Lynchburg in 2010. The Dash’s best road mark versus one club in a season is 8-2 (Lynchburg in 2010, Wilmington in 2012).
  • Dash outfielder Nick Basto launched his third home run in five games during Monday’s series-opening win at Myrtle Beach. He is also riding a six-game RBI streak, which matches a career-best for the Davie, Fla., native. Basto also strung together six consecutive games with at least one RBI from June 25 to July 2 of 2014 while with the AZL White Sox.
  • In these six games, Basto boasts a .400 average (8-for-20) with the three aforementioned home runs and nine RBIs. In his previous 66 games with Winston-Salem, Basto was a .181 hitter with three homers and 18 RBIs.
  • The Dash have recorded a five-game winning streak, one shy of their 2015 high (July 26-31). Monday marked the first time during this run that the Dash did not trail at any point in the contest. Winston-Salem’s opponents have hit .119 (5-for-42) with men in scoring position. In the most recent four games of this surge, they have just one hit in 30 such at-bats (.033).
  • Here are a few of the reasons Winston-Salem has climbed from the league’s worst overall record at the All-Star Break (30-40) to the second-best overall mark entering Tuesday (66-60). Winston-Salem is 28-12 (.700) in games decided by three runs or less this half. During this span, the Dash are a league-best 14-2 in one-run contests. Winston-Salem’s bullpen has successfully converted 19 straight save chances, with its last blown save coming on June 30. The Dash have matched a single-half record with six sweeps in their first 18 series of half two.
  • Outfielder Adam Engel logged his second two-steal game in a row on Monday. Engel’s 58 stolen bases lead all other Carolina Leaguers by at least 26. He is fourth in all of Minor League Baseball in this category.
  • Eddy Alvarez, who left Monday’s game with a shoulder injury, is tied for fifth with 51 swipes. Alvarez is listed as day-to-day.
  • Right-hander James Dykstra will start for the first time since August 1. In his last outing, he blanked the Pelicans over 4.2 innings on Thursday in a winning effort.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tuesday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:50 p.m., with the first pitch at 7:05 p.m.

– Scott

Game #126 Preview – Dash at Myrtle Beach

Game #126 – Road Game #60
Winston-Salem Dash (35-20, 65-60) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (34-22, 75-50)
Monday, August 24 – 7:05 p.m.
TicketReturn.com Field (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Brian Clark came out of the bullpen to fire six innings of one-run ball and the Dash completed a three-game sweep of Carolina on Sunday with a 3-1 victory. The victory extended Winston-Salem’s lead to 5.5 games over Carolina for the final Southern Division playoff spot. The Dash enter this three-game series at Myrtle Beach with a 1.5 game lead on the Pelicans for the second half Southern Division title.

Brian Clark earned the win in relief in Sunday's win over Carolina. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Brian Clark earned the win in relief in Sunday’s victory over Carolina. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Eddy Alvarez – SS
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Omar Narvaez – C
Nolan Earley – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – RF
Yency Almonte – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Thanks to this weekend’s sweep of Carolina, Winston-Salem’s playoff magic number is nine. Any combination of Dash victories or Mudcats losses that equals nine would give Winston-Salem its first playoff appearance since 2012 and its fourth in the seven-year Dash era. The Mudcats open a three-game home series with playoff-bound Wilmington on Monday night.
  • The Dash are not only playing for a postseason spot, but they are on top of the second-half Southern Division standings. Winston-Salem enjoys a 1.5-game lead on Myrtle Beach, the Dash’s opponent over the next three days. If the Dash can hold off the Pelicans, the club would earn a home game (Game 1) in next month’s Southern Division Championship Series. If the Birds rally for another division crown, all three SDCS games would take place in Myrtle Beach.
  • The Dash and Pelicans have split the first 24 contests of their season series, which culminates with this three-game set. However, Winston-Salem has claimed six of the first seven duels inside TicketReturn.Com Field, the club’s best such stretch at Myrtle Beach in the Dash era. Myrtle (3.04) and Winston (3.25) boast the top two ERAs in the Carolina League, while the Pelicans (4.3, 2nd) also own a slight advantage in runs per game on the Dash (3.9, 4th).
  • Winston-Salem did not sweep a series during the first half, but the club has won every game in six of its first 18 sets in the second half. The Dash have swept every CL club except for Frederick and Potomac during this stretch. As a result, Winston-Salem has matched a single-half high for sweeps in the Dash era (2009-present). The Dash also amassed six broomings in the first half of the 2010 and 2012 seasons. Both of those clubs went to the Mills Cup Finals.
  • The Dash are last in the CL in average (.242), and they have scored three runs or less in 67 of their 125 games (54 percent). As a result, they have needed to eek out some close games, which they have done frequently since the All-Star break. Winston-Salem is 28-12 (.700) in games decided by three runs or less this half. During this span, the Dash are a league-best 14-2 in one-run contests. In the first half, the Dash were just 18-25 (.419) in games decided by three runs or less and 7-11 in one-run tilts.
  • Right-hander Matt Cooper extended a team and an individual streak with his scoreless ninth inning Sunday. Winston-Salem has converted 19 consecutive save opportunities. The club’s last blown save was June 30 against Myrtle Beach, which followed a streak of nine successes in a row. The Dash are 36-for-44 (82 percent) in save chances. Also, Cooper has not given up a run in his last 21 innings, six of which have come since his promotion from Low-A Kannapolis.
  • Winston-Salem limited Carolina to an .040 (1-for-25) average with runners in scoring position during its three-game sweep.
  • Adam Engel’s sixth-inning triple on Sunday was the Dash’s first three-bagger since July 31 (17 games between triples).
  • Nick Basto’s bat is back over the last seven games, during which he is hitting .409 (9-for-22) with two homers and eight RBIs. Basto has driven in a run in his last five games.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Monday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:50 p.m., with the first pitch at 7:05 p.m.

– Scott

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