Game #66 Preview – Winston-Salem v. Lynchburg

With five days remaining in the first half, the Dash are one game behind Myrtle Beach in the Southern Division standings. Thus, we will have a game preview available for every game until either the Dash or the Pelicans claim the first-half crown.

Game #66 – Home Game #36
Winston-Salem Dash vs. Lynchburg Hillcats
Wednesday, June 12 – 7 p.m.
Current Position: 2nd (1.0 GB)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem plays its final home game of the first half tonight at 7 against the Lynchburg Hillcats. One night after spoiling a five-run lead, the Dash rebounded with a 7-2 win over the ‘Cats on Tuesday at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash kept pace with first-place Myrtle Beach, who edged Frederick 5-4 for its fifth consecutive win.

Chris Beck will try to continue his personal four-game win streak tonight (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Chris Beck will try to continue his personal four-game win streak tonight (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING PITCHERS:

Winston-Salem – RHP Chris Beck (6-6, 2.79 ERA): Beck makes his final start of the first half on Wednesday before representing the Dash in the 2013 California-Carolina League All-Star Game. The righty is only five days removed from his first career complete game and the second nine-inning complete game shutout in the Dash era (2009-present). Beck is sixth in the league in earned run average, and he can tie Lynchburg’s Navery Moore for the league lead in wins tonight. Against Lynchburg this season, Beck has allowed five earned runs in 12.1 innings over two starts, both of which have been losses.

Lynchburg – RHP Greg Ross (2-3, 4.26 ERA): Ross began the campaign as a reliever with Low-A Rome, where he allowed just three earned runs in 19.1 innings (1.40 ERA). He climbed to the High-A level for the first time in early May to join Lynchburg’s rotation. His last two starts have both resulted in losses, during which he has allowed 11 runs in just nine innings of action. He has never pitched against the Dash in his minor league career.

DASH DOTS:

  • Winston-Salem is 7-1 in its last eight home games dating back to May 31. In those eight games, the Dash are averaging 7.8 runs per game. Only Potomac (22) owns more home victories than Winston-Salem (21) thus far this season.
  • With a 1-for-4 effort on Tuesday, Joey DeMichele extended his hitting streak to 11 games. During this run, he is hitting .370 (17-for-46) with three RBIs and seven runs scored. Dating back to May 26, he has hit safely in 17 of 19 games and raised his overall batting average 61 points to .248.
  • DeMichele is the fourth Winston-Salem hitter to put together a hitting streak of 10 or more games, a claim that no other CL club can make. His run is tied with Mark Haddow (April 6-18) and Rangel Ravelo (May 3-28) for the longest hitting streak by a Dash hitter in 2013.
  • The Dash dropped to a league-worst 1-8 on Monday with their series-opening loss two days ago, while Winston improved to 8-2 on Tuesday last night. For what it’s worth, the Dash are 4-4 on Wednesday thus far in 2013.
  • Winston-Salem is 1-3 in rubber matches thus far this season. In their three such losses, the Dash have been outscored 27-12.
  • With a win tonight, Winston would climb six games above the .500 mark for the first time this season.

BIRD’S-EYE VIEW:

The Pelicans aim for a series sweep of the Frederick Keys tonight at 7:05. This is a near must-win for Frederick, who is four games behind Potomac in the Northern Division with six games left. Luke Jackson (5-4, 2.44 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Birds against fellow righty Zach Petersime (2-5, 6.99 ERA).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Join Rob Low and I for all the play-by-play coverage beginning at 6:45 with the Pregame Dash. Fans can listen live here or watch on MiLB.tv. You’ll hear from Chris Bassitt, the newest Carolina League All-Star, during the show.

- Brian

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