Game #45 Preview – Dash at Salem

Game #45 – Road Game #28
Winston-Salem Dash (18-26) at Salem Red Sox (22-22)
Monday, May 25 – 1:05 p.m.
LewisGale Field (Salem, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem was shut out for the fourth time in 10 games with a 4-0 defeat Sunday at Salem. The Dash vie to split the four-game set with Monday’s 1:05 p.m. contest.

The Dash call on Jace Fry Monday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

The Dash call on Jace Fry Monday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Keenyn Walker – RF
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Suiter – LF
Ethan Wilson – 2B
T.J. Williams – DH
Jace Fry – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • The Dash have struggled during this week-long road swing to Delaware and Virginia, but their pitching staff has shined for the most part. In these six games, Winston-Salem boasts a team earned run average of 1.86 (11 earned runs in 53.2 innings). In particular, the bullpen has dominated to the tune of a 0.86 ERA (two earned runs in 21.0 innings). These stellar pitching performances have propelled Winston to an overall team ERA of 3.14, which is second to Wilmington (2.67) in the Carolina League.
  • On the flip side, the Dash’s offense has not enjoyed much success in recent games. While the pitching staff recorded back-to-back shutouts on Thursday and Friday, Winston-Salem’s bats have endured four shutout defeats in the last 10 games. During this span, the Dash have only mustered 25 total runs (2.5/game), with a whopping 12 of them coming in one game (12-1 win vs. Salem on May 17). Thus, the Dash have dropped to the basement of the eight-team Carolina League in team batting average (.238).
  • Monday starter Jace Fry knows all too well about both of these trends. Fry’s 3.35 ERA is 15th in the CL, but the Dash have only 15 runs in his first eight starts (1.9/game). Thus, Fry is 1-6, and Winston is 1-7 when he is on the bump.
  • Winston and Salem will conclude yet another series against one another on Monday. Following a league-wide off day on Tuesday and a three-game set with Lynchburg from Wednesday to Friday, the Red Sox will invade BB&T Ballpark for a four-game series. By the end of that set, the Dash and Sox will have played 14 out of 20 games against each other. The Dash will also finish the first half with four home games against Salem, while the two division rivals will only square off seven times after the All-Star break.
  • Even though neither men swiped a base on Sunday, Dash outfielders Keenyn Walker and Adam Engel stand first and second, respectively, in the CL in stolen bases. Walker leads the way with 23 stolen bases, which are good for a share of fourth place in all of Minor League Baseball. Engel has not ripped off a stolen base since last Friday, but his 20 are tied for ninth-most in the Minors. Fellow White Sox farmhand Jacob May has also swiped 23 bases, giving the White Sox three farmhands in the top 10. No other club has multiple players within that grouping.
  • The Dash have played every team in the CL, save the Lynchburg Hillcats. This will change on Wednesday when the Dash welcome in the new High-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. The ‘Cats were with the Atlanta Braves before the affiliation shuffle during the offseason. Since a league-worst 10-21 (.323) start, Lynchburg has rattled off wins in nine of its last 13 games to pull within 5.5 games in the Northern Division race. The Hillcats lead the CL in runs per game (4.5), but they are last in earned run average (4.50).
  • In his first High-A game, Ryan Plourde recorded a multi-hit game. Plourde was hitting .350 (7-for-20) with three RBIs and five runs scored with Low-A Kannapolis before a promotion to the Dash earlier this road trip.
  • The Dash have plated three or fewer runs in 24 of 44 games.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Monday’s game will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 12:50 p.m., with the first pitch at 1:05 p.m.

– Scott

Game #44 Preview – Dash at Salem

Game #44 – Road Game #27
Winston-Salem Dash (18-25) at Salem Red Sox (21-22)
Sunday, May 24 – 4:05 p.m.
LewisGale Field (Salem, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem led 3-1 going to the seventh, but three late errors Saturday allowed the Salem Red Sox to comeback and walk-off with a 4-3 victory. Sunday will be the third contest of a four-game set.

James Dykstra comes off the DL Sunday to make his first start since May 8. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

James Dykstra comes off the DL Sunday to make his first start since May 8. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Keenyn Walker – RF
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Suiter – LF
Ethan Wilson – 2B
Ryan Plourde – C
T.J. Williams – DH
James Dykstra – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Before the seventh inning on Saturday, the Dash’s defense had not committed an error for 60 consecutive innings. Winston-Salem’s most recent error had been a fielding error from Adam Engel in its 4-0 loss to Salem last Saturday, May 16. This was the Dash’s longest errorless streak of the campaign. Before this defensive surge, Winston-Salem had made at least one miscue in 25 of its first 38 games. The Dash have committed the second-most errors in the Carolina League in 2015 (45).
  • Salem’s late rally squashed Matt Heidenreich’s chance to become the second Minor League hurler to reach seven victories. He left after six strong frames of work, during which he scattered six hits and permitted just a second-inning tally. Still, Heidenreich leads the circuit with six wins. Only Myrtle Beach’s Duane Underwood, Jr., has five, and five men have four. Within the Carolina League, Heidenreich is tied for third in innings pitched (49.2) and sixth in earned run average (1.99). Saturday marked the first time the Dash lost when Heidenreich toed the rubber.
  • Heidenreich recorded the Dash’s third quality start on this road trip, which has spanned five games. The pitching staff has combined to boast a 1.77 ERA in these contests. The Dash had logged 20 consecutive scoreless innings before Salem’s second-inning run on Saturday night.
  • For the first time since May 8, right-hander James Dykstra will take to the mound for the Dash on Sunday. Dykstra missed two weeks of action due to a back injury. Dykstra was one of the best pitchers in Minor League Baseball in April. He posted a 0.78 ERA and a 0.52 WHIP, which were 14th and second in the Minors, respectively. Dykstra twirled the first no-hitter by a Winston-Salem pitcher since June of 2009 in a doubleheader opener at Potomac on April 15. Winston is 5-1 in games started by Dykstra. To make room for Dykstra’s activation from the disabled list, the White Sox announced that RHP Euclides Leyer was sent to the disabled list.
  • Even though neither men swiped a base on Saturday, Dash outfielders Keenyn Walker and Adam Engel stand first and second, respectively, in the CL in stolen bases. Walker leads the way with 23 stolen bases, which are good for a share of third place in all of Minor League Baseball. Engel has not ripped off a stolen base since last Friday, but his 20 are ninth-most in the Minors. Fellow White Sox farmhand Jacob May has also swiped 23 bases, giving the White Sox three farmhands in the top 10. No other club has multiple players within that grouping.
  • Winston and Salem are continuing their busy stretch against one another. The two clubs are in the midst of eight games against one another over the span of 12 days after squaring off six straight times from May 12-17. Thus, by June 2, the Dash and Sox will have played 14 of their previous 20 games against one another. Salem took four of six from the Dash a week ago, with Winston-Salem bookending the stretch with wins.
  • The Dash are second in the Carolina League with a team ERA at 3.16. Only Wilmington (2.69) has a better mark.
  • However, the Dash’s team average of .239 falls at the bottom of the eight-team circuit.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Sunday’s game will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 3:50 p.m., with the first pitch at 5:05 p.m.

– Scott

Game #43 Preview – Dash at Salem

Game #43 – Road Game #26
Winston-Salem Dash (18-24) at Salem Red Sox (20-22)
Saturday, May 23 – 6:05 p.m.
LewisGale Field (Salem, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Jake Cose pitched 6.2 scoreless frames and the Dash recorded their second straight shutout in a 4-0 triumph over Salem. Winston looks to extend their winning streak to three Saturday.

Jake Cose won Friday for the first time since August 25, 2013. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Jake Cose won Friday for the first time since August 25, 2013. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Keenyn Walker – RF
Nolan Earley – LF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
T.J. Williams – DH
Matt Heidenreich – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Dating back to Wednesday’s eighth inning, the Dash have recorded 19 consecutive scoreless innings, marking the longest such streak of the 2015 season. Winston-Salem now stands atop the CL with five shutout wins in 2015. This marks the first time since August 26 and August 28 of 2013 that the Dash have posted back-to-back shutouts. Winston had not amassed two straight road shutouts since July 13-14, 2012, both at Myrtle Beach.
  • Winston has received two dynamite starts in a row. Robinson Leyer befuddled Wilmington over six innings on Thursday, and Cose followed suit on Friday with his longest outing since returning from a 613-day absence following a significant back injury. Dash starters have come up with 15 quality starts in their first 42 games, which works out to 36 percent. The Dash are 11-4 (.733) when getting a quality start, compared to a 7-20 (.259) mark when that does not take place.
  • The Dash’s best starting pitcher through the season’s first 42 games will attempt to continue this surge. Matt Heidenreich boasts a 2.06 ERA, which is sixth-lowest in the CL. He became the fourth member of the six-win club thanks to his last outing on Sunday, and he is now one of 10 Minor Leaguers with six wins. Only Jacob Faria (Charlotte; High-A, Tampa Bay) has reached seven personal victories thus far this year.
  • Winston and Salem are continuing their busy stretch against one another. Beginning with Friday’s opener, the Dash will play eight of their next 11 games against the Red Sox after squaring off with their division rival six straight times from May 12-17. Thus, by June 2, the Dash and Sox will have played 14 of their previous 20 games against one another. Salem took four of six from the Dash a week ago, with Winston-Salem bookending the stretch with wins.
  • For the first time in a week, Dash outfielder Keenyn Walker swiped a base in Friday’s win at Salem. Walker leads the Carolina League with 23 stolen bases, three more than teammate Adam Engel for the league’s top spot. Engel has not ripped off a stolen base since last Friday. Walker is tied for third in the Minors in this category, with fellow White Sox farmhand Jacob May also at 23. May currently plays in Double-A Birmingham after spending all of 2014 in the Triad. Engel is alone in ninth place in MiLB.
  • Thanks to a second straight shutout, the Dash have jumped into second place in the Carolina League with a 3.20 earned run average, Only Wilmington (2.76) has a better mark than the Dash, though sixth-place Salem is only 0.24 away from Winston-Salem. On the flip side, Winston has dropped to last place on the eight-team circuit in batting average at .238.
  • Saturday marks Heidenreich’s third straight start against Salem. He is 1-0 with a 3.86 earned run average (six earned runs in 14 innings). Before this season, Heidenreich was 3-0 in three outings against the Sox, during which he had given up just one run in 21.2 frames.
  • The Dash have scored three or fewer runs in 22 of their first 42 games, which calculates to 52 percent. In those games, the Dash are just 4-18.
  • Brad Goldberg has given up just one earned run in his last eight appearances spanning 11.0 innings.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 5:50 p.m., with the first pitch at 6:05 p.m.

– Scott

Game #42 Preview – Dash at Salem

Game #42 – Road Game #25
Winston-Salem Dash (17-24) at Salem Red Sox (20-21)
Friday, May 22 – 7:05 p.m.
LewisGale Field (Salem, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Robinson Leyer pitched six shutout innings to lead Winston-Salem to a 2-0 defeat of Wilmington Thursday. The Dash begin a four-game set at Salem Friday to close out their week-long roadtrip.

Robinson Leyer earned his first win of the season Thursday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Robinson Leyer earned his first win of the season Thursday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Keenyn Walker – RF
Nolan Earley – LF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
T.J. Williams – DH
Jake Cose – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Robinson Leyer and Euclides Leyer worked in the same game for the first time in the Minor Leagues. A year ago, Euclides was in the Dash’s bullpen until a late-season injury, while Robinson spent all of 2014 in the rotation with Low-A Kannapolis. When the Reds nabbed Euclides in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft, it seemed unlikely that the two would ever pitch in the same game for the same team. However, the Reds released Euclides at the end of Spring Training, and he rejoined the Dash on May 11.
  • Even though the Dash snagged a win on Thursday, the club still struggled in the strikeout column. Winston-Salem racked up 13 whiffs against three Wilmington hurlers, including 10 by starter Alec Mills during his five-inning outing. During the season’s first 20 games, Winston-Salem had only gone down on strikes a total of 124 times, or 6.2 strikeouts per game. In its last 21 contests, Winston-Salem has recorded 194 strikeouts, which are good for 9.2 per game.
  • The White Sox announced Thursday that Ryan Plourde has been promoted to Winston-Salem from Low-A Kannapolis. Plourde joins the Dash after Sean O’Connell left Wednesday’s game with an injury and had to be placed on the disabled list. This marks the first time since 2012 that Winston has had four different catchers on its roster at some point during the campaign.
  • Winston and Salem resume their busy stretch against one another with the first of four on Friday in the Roanoke Valley. The Dash will play eight of their next 11 games against the Red Sox after squaring off with their division rival six consecutive times from May 12-17. Thus, by June 2, the Dash and Sox will have played 14 of their previous 20 games against one another. Salem took four of six from the Dash a week ago, with Winston-Salem bookending the stretch with victories. The Red Sox are coming off a sweep at the hands of Lynchburg this week, which marks the first time this season that Salem has been on the wrong side of the broom.
  • Both Keenyn Walker and Adam Engel stole a base last Friday, but the two speedy outfielders have not recorded a swipe since. Walker (22) and Engel (20) still pace the Carolina League in stolen bases, though Lynchburg’s Bradley Zimmer is knocking on the doorstep with 19. The Dash remain atop the CL in stolen bases as a club with 57, nine more than Salem for the top spot. Walker remains tied for fourth in the Minor Leagues, while Engel is alone in ninth place.
  • The Dash have scored three or fewer runs in 22 of their first 41 games, which calculates to 54 percent. In those games, the Dash are just 4-18, with half of their wins coming in Delaware. Winston-Salem’s two victories against the Blue Rocks have come via 2-0 decisions (May 2 and May 21). Winston is fourth in runs per game (4.1) and seventh in average (.239) on the circuit.
  • Thursday marked the fifth win for the Dash when someone not named James Dykstra or Matt Heidenreich started the game. Winston is 12-1 when a member of that duo starts and 5-23 when anyone else takes to the hill.
  • After permitting 12 runs in his first two efforts against Salem, Jake Cose boasts a 1.35 ERA (3ER/20IP) in his last three starts versus the Red Sox.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Friday’s game will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and 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 #41 Preview – Dash at Wilmington

Game #41 – Road Game #24
Winston-Salem Dash (16-24) at Wilmington Blue Rocks (21-17)
Thursday, May 21 – 6:35 p.m.
Frawley Stadium (Wilmington, Del.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash bats were quiet in a 6-0 defeat Wednesday to the Blue Rocks. Winston-Salem looks to bounce back and avoid a sweep by the Blue Rocks Thursday.

Robinson Leyer gets the start for Winston-Salem Thursday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Robinson Leyer gets the start for Winston-Salem Thursday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Keenyn Walker – RF
Nolan Earley – LF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
T.J. Williams – DH
Robinson Leyer – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • On Sunday afternoon, the Dash amassed 12 runs and went yard four times, the club’s highest single-game total in more than three years. However, the Dash have only mustered one run on 14 hits in 21 offensive innings in their last two games. In the eight-team Carolina League, Winston-Salem is seventh in average (.239), but the Dash are tied for third in runs per game (4.1), narrowly behind first-place Lynchburg (4.3).
  • During the season’s first 20 games, Winston-Salem had only gone down on strikes a total of 124 times, or 6.2 strikeouts per game. Only once did the Dash delve into double figures in a single game during this stretch. In its last 20 contests, Winston-Salem has recorded 181 offensive strikeouts, which are good for 9.1 per game. As a result, the Dash are now second to Lynchburg (326) in team strikeouts with 305.
  • Despite Wednesday’s rough day at the yard, the Dash boast a 3.37 earned run average, which would be the best mark in the Dash era. Since the nickname change in 2009, Winston-Salem’s lowest team ERA came in 2012, when the squad boasted a 3.74 mark. Every other season, the Dash have been between 3.91 and 4.30. The Carolina League has been a pitching-strong circuit thus far, though. Winston’s 3.37 mark is only sixth-best in the CL, though it is just 0.55 runs away from first-place Wilmington and 0.19 from third-place Potomac.
  • Wilmington’s Frawley Stadium is notorious for being a difficult place to hit, and this notion has been especially true during the Dash’s first six visits. These six contests have featured only 30 total runs, with Wilmington claiming four of the first five meetings and outscoring the Dash 22-8. Winston-Salem is hitting an even .199 (40-for-201) in these five contests, and the Dash are 2-for-44 (.045) with men in scoring position. In all other games, the Dash are hitting .274 in these run-scoring situations.
  • For a third straight game, neither Keenyn Walker nor Adam Engel stole a base in the Wednesday matinee in Wilmington. Still, the speedy duo enjoys the top two spots in the stolen base category within the CL. Walker paces the circuit with 22 stolen bases, while Engel is next with 20. Walker is tied for fourth place in the Minors in swipes, while Engel is alone in eighth place. Fellow White Sox prospect Jacob May is deadlocked with Walker at 22. Charleston’s Jorge Mateo paces the Minors with 29. The outfield duo has accounted for 74 percent of Winston’s CL-leading 57 stolen bases.
  • Thursday starter Robinson Leyer submitted his best start with Winston-Salem in his last effort on Friday against Salem. He took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, and he gave up just one hit over a season-high six frames. Leyer lowered his 2015 earned run average more than a full run (5.86 to 4.81). Still, the Dash wasted a late lead and dropped to 1-6 when Leyer starts. In fact, Winston is 12-1 when James Dykstra or Matt Heidenreich start and 4-23 in all other games.
  • Following this series finale in Wilmington, the Dash invade Salem for four games starting on Friday.
  • The Dash will not play in Delaware again until September 1-3, which kicks off the club’s final road trip.
  • Winston has failed to post more than three runs in 21 of its first 40 games.

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 6:20 p.m., with the first pitch at 6:35 p.m.

– Scott

Game #40 Preview – Dash at Wilmington

Game #40 – Road Game #23
Winston-Salem Dash (16-23) at Wilmington Blue Rocks (20-17)
Wednesday, May 20 – 10:35 a.m.
Frawley Stadium (Wilmington, Del.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash came back to tie the game at one in the eighth before falling 2-1 in extra innings Tuesday to open their three-game series at Wilmington. Winston-Salem and the Blue Rocks tangle in a morning contest Wednesday.

Jose Brito worked three scoreless innings Tuesday out of the bullpen. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Jose Brito worked three scoreless innings Tuesday out of the bullpen. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Keenyn Walker – RF
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Nolan Earley – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Ethan Wilson – 2B
Michael Suiter – LF
Sean O’Connell – C
Jace Fry – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Winston-Salem’s bullpen trio of Jose BritoDevon Davis and Zach Isler were fantastic on Tuesday night. They combined to punch out six and scatter seven hits over those 8.2 innings behind starter Andre Wheeler, who began 2015 as a reliever. Wheeler worked three frames and permitted just one run on one hit. Brito recorded his longest scoreless outing of the season (3.0 IP) before Davis whiffed four in three dominant innings in his High-A debut. Isler worked around some damage in the 10th and 11th before giving up the winning run with two down in the 12th.
  • The Dash boast a 3.29 earned run average, which would be the best mark in the Dash era. Since the nickname change in 2009, Winston-Salem’s lowest team ERA came in 2012, when the squad boasted a 3.74 mark. Every other season, the Dash have been between 3.91 and 4.30. The Carolina League has been a pitching-strong circuit thus far, though. Winston’s 3.29 mark is only fifth-best in the CL, though it is just 0.39 runs away from first-place Wilmington and 0.10 from third-place Potomac.
  • Wednesday starter Jace Fry has been one of the Dash’s best pitchers in 2015. His 2.72 ERA is 11th-best in the CL, though Winston-Salem is 1-6 when he works. The Dash have scored just 15 runs in those seven games (2.1 per game).
  • Wilmington’s Frawley Stadium is notorious for being a difficult place to hit, and this notion has been especially true during the Dash’s first five visits. These five contests have featured only 24 total runs, with Wilmington claiming four of the first five meetings and outscoring the Dash 16-8. Winston-Salem is hitting an even .200 (34-for-170) in these five contests, and the Dash are 2-for-40 (.050) with men in scoring position. In all other games, the Dash are hitting .274 in run-scoring situations.
  • Neither Keenyn Walker nor Adam Engel stole a base in Tuesday’s opener at Wilmington. Still, the speedy duo still enjoys its stranglehold on the stolen base lead within the Carolina League. Walker paces the circuit with 22 stolen bases, while Engel is next with 20. Walker is tied for third place in the Minors in swipes, while Engel is alone in eighth place. Charleston’s Jorge Mateo paces the Minors with 29. The outfield duo has accounted for 74 percent of Winston’s CL-leading 57 stolen bases. Salem is the closest competitor to the Dash with 47 swipes.
  • Engel paces the Carolina League in both hits (44) and runs (29), while his .286 average is good for 11th place, and he owns a share of fourth in total bases (66). For just the 12th time in 39 games, Engel went hitless on Tuesday. He is the only Carolina Leaguer who has played in every inning that his club has logged in 2015.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Wednesday’s game will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 10:20 a.m., with the first pitch at 10:35 a.m.

– Scott

Game #39 Preview – Dash at Wilmington

Game #39 – Road Game #22
Winston-Salem Dash (16-22) at Wilmington Blue Rocks (19-17)
Tuesday, May 19 – 6:35 p.m.
Frawley Stadium (Wilmington, Del.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

After trouncing Salem 12-1 Sunday to salvage their three-game set, the Dash enjoyed a scheduled off-day Monday. Winston-Salem starts a seven-game roadtrip Tuesday by beginning a three-game series with the Wilmington Blue Rocks.

Trey Michalczewski earned the Carolina League Player of the Week. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Trey Michalczewski was named the Carolina League Player of the Week for May 11-17. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Keenyn Walker – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Nolan Earley – LF
T.J. Williams – DH
Andre Wheeler – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • In Saturday’s loss to Salem, Winston-Salem recorded just two hits, matching a Dash-era record for fewest knocks in a nine-inning game. Less than 24 hours later, the Dash posted their fifth double-digit offensive output and fell one hit shy of their high-water mark for 2015 (16, May 7 at Frederick). Adam Engel’s day was so strong that he almost made history. Engel only needed a double to record the first cycle by a Winston-Salem hitter since Brandon Allen accomplished the feat on May 14, 2008, against Lynchburg.
  • Before Sunday’s offensive onslaught, the Dash had amassed just 12 home runs in their first 37 games. In that 11-run victory, four men–Chris Jacobs (1st, 2-run), Adam Engel (2nd, 3-run), Ethan Wilson (4th, 2-run) and Trey Michalczewski (4th, 3-run)–went yard. This marked the highest single-game home run output for the squad since April 30, 2012, when Winston-Salem ripped off five bombs in a blowout win at Potomac.
  • Salem had a chance to become the first CL club with multiple sweeps over the Dash at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash have only endured four home sweeps since the facility opened its doors in 2010. Winston won at least one game in each of its first 81 series inside BB&T Ballpark before Salem notched a three-game sweep from August 14-16, 2013. Frederick, Carolina and Myrtle Beach have the other three broomings.
  • Matt Heidenreich became the fourth Minor League hurler to record his sixth personal win after matching a season high with seven innings of work. The Coronado, Calif., native was also the fourth man to collect win number five within the Minors. In the Carolina League, Heidenreich is second in innings pitched (43.2) and seventh in earned run average (2.06) on the circuit. No other CL hurler has won more than four times. The Dash are 7-0 in games he starts, and they are just 9-22 (.290) in all other contests.
  • Thanks to the lopsided result, neither Keenyn Walker nor Adam Engel notched a stolen base on Sunday. Still, the speedy duo maintained its stranglehold on the stolen base lead within the Carolina League. Walker paces the circuit with 22 stolen bases, while Engel is next with 20. Walker is tied for third place in the Minors in swipes, while Engel is alone in eighth place. Charleston’s Jorge Mateo paces the Minors with 27. The outfield duo has accounted for 74 percent of Winston’s CL-leading 57 stolen bases.
  • The Dash have traveled to Wilmington for the second time this month for a three-game series that kicks off a week-long road trip. The Blue Rocks took three of four from Winston-Salem during the first four days of May. The set only featured 21 total runs, with the Dash coming up with just seven. Winston-Salem banged out just 26 hits (.198 average) in the four contests.
  • Dash infielder Trey Michalczewski was named the CL’s Player of the Week for May 11-17. He hit .400 with two homers and five RBIs during the week. It marks his second weekly honor in the Minor Leagues.
  • Ethan Wilson tattooed his first home run and logged his first multi-RBI game in Sunday’s win. He missed all of 2011-14 due to a kidney disorder.
  • Andre Wheeler will make his fourth start of 2015. He has given up nine runs (four earned) in his first three (8.0 IP).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

– Scott

Game #38 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

Game #38 – Home Game #17
Winston-Salem Dash (15-22) vs. Salem Red Sox (20-17)
Sunday, May 17 – 2 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Jake Cose tossed the third consecutive quality start for a Winston-Salem pitcher Saturday but the Dash were blanked 4-0 by the Salem Red Sox. Winston attempts to salvage their three-game set with the Red Sox Sunday.

Brian Clark worked a scoreless seventh inning Saturday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Brian Clark worked a scoreless seventh inning Saturday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Keenyn Walker – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Nolan Earley – LF
Ethan Wilson – DH
Matt Heidenreich – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Salem enters Sunday’s game with a chance to sweep the Dash. If the Red Sox complete the brooming, they would become the first team to collect two sweeps of the Dash at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash have only endured four home sweeps since the downtown facility opened its doors in 2010. Winston won at least one game in each of its first 81 series inside BB&T Ballpark before Salem notched a three-game sweep from August 14-16, 2013. Both Frederick and Carolina accomplished the feat a season ago, while Myrtle Beach took all three of a rain-shortened set from April 17-18 of this year.
  • Winston-Salem’s two-hit showing matched a Dash-era record for fewest hits in a nine-inning contest. Only once since the nickname change in 2009 has Winston-Salem failed to record multiple hits in a contest. Potomac permitted just one hit against the Dash in a seven-inning contest on May 12, 2013, at Pfitzner Stadium. This was the regularly-scheduled game that was played after the conclusion of a suspended affair.
  • Winston-Salem is a season-worst 8.5 games back of first-place Myrtle Beach. When the month of May began, the Dash were just a half-game away from the Pelicans, but the squad has lost 12 of its first 17 this month. A critical reason for this is the Dash’s struggles against divisional foes at home. Winston is just 4-9 against the Southern Division at BB&T Ballpark.
  • Neither Keenyn Walker nor Adam Engel reached base on Saturday night, but the duo maintained their stranglehold on the stolen base lead within the Carolina League. Walker paces the circuit with 22 stolen bases, while Engel is next with 20. Walker is tied for third place in the Minors in swipes, while Engel shares sixth place in the category. Charleston’s Jorge Mateo paces the Minors with 27. The outfield duo has accounted for 74 percent of the Dash’s 57 stolen bases, which are good for sixth-most among the 120 full-season Minor League Baseball teams.
  • Both Engel and Walker also represent the top two scorers on the circuit. Engel has touched home a league-best 26 times, while Walker is tied for second with Frederick’s Brenden Webb and Lynchburg’s Bradley Zimmer at 24. Engel’s 40 hits are one shy of the league’s best mark. Both Dosch and Wilmington’s Frank Schwindel have collected 41 hits thus far this season.
  • Sunday starter Matt Heidenreich can become the Minor Leagues’ fourth member of the six-win club. Heidenreich won each of his first five starts before recording a no decision on Tuesday at Salem. The Coronado, Calif., native’s 2.21 earned run average is eighth-lowest on the circuit, and he boasts a 3-0 record and a 1.88 ERA in his four career starts against Salem. Against the Red Sox five days ago, Heidenreich became the first Dash hurler to pitch into the eighth, but he did allow a season-high five runs.
  • Following Sunday’s game, the Dash will enjoy their second scheduled off day of 2015 before embarking on a week-long road trip. Winston will play three at Wilmington and four at Salem before returning to BB&T Ballpark for a seven-game homestand.
  • The Dash have recorded three straight quality starts, though they have lost the game each time. Winston had won eight of its first nine when receiving a quality start.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Television coverage of Sunday’s contest will be available on My48 at 2 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 1:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 2 p.m.

– Scott

Game #37 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

Game #37 – Home Game #16
Winston-Salem Dash (15-21) vs. Salem Red Sox (19-17)
Saturday, May 16 – 6:30 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem got a great start from Robinson Leyer, who yielded only one hit in 6.0 innings, but the Red Sox rallied to send the game into extra innings before winning 6-3 in 11 frames. The Dash will try to bounce back Saturday from their third loss in a row.

Robinson Leyer didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning Friday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Robinson Leyer didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning Friday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Chris Jacobs – DH
Nick Basto – LF
Keenyn Walker – RF
Jeremy Dowdy – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
T.J. Williams – 1B
Jake Cose – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Friday starter Robinson Leyer submitted his best outing of the season. He puzzled Salem through a season-high six stellar innings, during which he whiffed four. Salem’s lone hit against Leyer came in the fifth when Aneury Tavarez led off with a double. This marks the second consecutive quality start that the Dash have wasted. In Thursday’s rubber match at Salem, Jace Fry worked seven innings and gave up just one run. Before these two outings, the Dash were 8-1 when receiving a quality start.
  • For just the second time in 17 games, Winston-Salem native Chris Jacobs failed to collect a base hit on Friday night. Still, Jacobs is sixth in the Carolina League with a .297 batting average. In his last 17 games, Jacobs is hitting .393 (24-for-61) with 13 RBIs. In his first 16 games, Jacobs was a .180 hitter with three RBIs.
  • Dash catcher Omar Narvaez had hit safely in nine consecutive games until his 0-for-4 effort on Friday. During this run, Narvaez had only recorded a multi-hit game once. He was a .286 hitter (10-for-35) with three RBIs and three runs scored. He fell one game shy of matching the longest hit streak by a Carolina Leaguer in 2015. The aforementioned Jacobs posted a 10-game run from April 29-May 9.
  • For the 13th time this season, Winston-Salem speedsters Keenyn Walker and Adam Engel swiped a base in the same game. Walker leads the CL with 22 stolen bases, while Engel is next with 20. Walker is alone in third place in the Minors in swipes, while Engel shares fifth place in the category. Charleston’s Jorge Mateo paces the Minors with 27. The outfield duo has accounted for 74 percent of the Dash’s 57 stolen bases, which are good for the top spot in the CL and fourth place in the Minors. Asheville (Low-A, Colorado) leads the Minor Leagues with 77.
  • Both Engel and Walker also represent the top two scorers on the circuit. Engel has touched home a league-best 26 times, while Walker is tied for second with Frederick’s Brenden Webb at 24. Engel also enjoys a share of the CL’s top spot with another Key–infielder Drew Dosch–in hits (40), while he is fifth in total bases (57).
  • The Chicago White Sox announced Friday that first baseman Keon Barnum has been placed on the disabled list due to an oblique injury. Barnum is tied for the team lead with two home runs, and his 17 RBIs are third-most on the club. In a corresponding move, Winston-Salem has added fellow infielder T.J. Williams. He was hitting .273 with nine RBIs and 13 runs scored in 25 games with Low-A Kannapolis this season. Williams made his High-A debut as the Dash’s first baseman and nine-hole hitter on Friday.
  • By June 2, the Dash will have played Salem 14 times in 22 days, including seven in the Triad (May 15-17; May 30-June 2).
  • Saturday marks Jake Cose’s third start of the season. He had not made a Minor League appearance in 613 days prior to this three-outing stretch.
  • The Dash were just 2-for-15 with men in scoring position during Friday’s loss.
  • Winston-Salem committed a season-worst five errors, two more than its previous low-water mark defensively.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

– Scott

Game #36 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

Game #36 – Home Game #15
Winston-Salem Dash (15-20) vs. Salem Red Sox (18-17)
Friday, May 15 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Jace Fry allowed only one run in 7.0 innings, but the Dash were shut out in the rubber match of a three-game set on Thursday. The two clubs pack up and begin a three-game set Friday in Winston-Salem.

Jace Fry dazzled Thursday at Salem but suffered the loss. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Jace Fry dazzled Thursday at Salem but suffered the loss. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Chris Jacobs – DH
Nick Basto – LF
Omar Narvaez – C
Keenyn Walker – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
T.J. Williams – 1B
Robinson Leyer – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Despite mustering just two runs in the final two contests of their series at Salem, the Dash still pace the Carolina League in runs per game at 4.3, though three teams are within a tenth of a run (Myrtle Beach, Lynchburg and Frederick). Before this two-game drought, Winston-Salem had amassed 66 runs in its previous nine games, good for 7.3 per night.
  • The Dash boast two of the top 12 hitters in the league. Winston-Salem native Chris Jacobs is fourth with a .306 batting average, and has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games, during which he is hitting .414 (24-for-58) with 13 RBIs. In his first 16 games, Jacobs was a .180 hitter with three RBIs. Despite an 0-for-4 effort Thursday, Adam Engel boasts a .287 average, 12th-best on the circuit. Engel has played every inning of the Dash’s season. The Loveland, Ohio, native paces the CL in runs (25), and he is tied for first with Frederick’s Drew Dosch in hits (39).
  • Dash catcher Omar Narvaez has hit safely in nine consecutive games dating back to May 4. During this run, Narvaez has only recorded a multi-hit game once. He is hitting .286 (10-for-35) with three RBIs and three runs scored. With a knock in his next game, Narvaez would match teammate Chris Jacobs for the longest hitting streak in the CL this season. Jacobs recorded his 10-game surge from April 29-May 9.
  • Keenyn Walker added to his Carolina League-leading stolen base total by snagging second in the second inning on Thursday. Walker’s 21 swipes are two better than teammate Adam Engel for the league’s top spot. Walker is tied for third in the Minors, while Engel shares sixth place. Winston-Salem’s 55 swipes pace the CL by 13 over second-place Salem. Among the 120 teams in full-season Minor League Baseball, Winston-Salem is tied for fourth place as a club, 21 behind first-place Asheville (Low-A, Colorado).
  • Dash fans have been flocking to BB&T Ballpark thus far this season. Through 12 openings, the Dash lead all 30 Class A-Advanced teams with 4,827 fans per game, which represents a 21-percent increase from a year ago at this juncture of the home slate. The attendance has eclipsed the 5,000 mark in half of those 12 contests. If the season ended today, the Dash would boast their best per-game average for a season in the BB&T Ballpark era (2010-present).
  • The Chicago White Sox have announced that first baseman Keon Barnum has been placed on the disabled list due to an oblique injury. Barnum is tied for the team lead with two home runs, and his 17 RBIs are third-most on the club. In a corresponding move, Winston-Salem has added fellow infielder T.J. Williams. He was hitting .273 with nine RBIs and 13 runs scored in 25 games with Low-A Kannapolis this season.
  • By June 2, the Dash will have played Salem 14 times in 22 days, including seven in the Triad (May 15-17; May 30-June 2).
  • Southpaw Jace Fry has only received 15 runs of support in his seven starts (2.1/game). Fry collected his team high-tying third quality start on Thursday. The Dash are 1-2 when he records a quality start and 7-0 when any other pitcher accomplishes the feat.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

– Scott

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