Twin Bill Preview – Winston-Salem v. Myrtle Beach

Games #86 & 87 – Home Games #43 & 44
Winston-Salem Dash (8-7, 46-39) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (8-5, 48-34)
Sunday, July 7 – 1 p.m. (doubleheader)
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)


After last night’s postponement, the Dash and Pelicans will play a pair today at BB&T Ballpark. Thanks to Salem’s loss to Carolina last night, the Dash, who are 5-2 in doubleheader games this season, are in sole possession of second place in the Southern Division’s second-half standings. With a sweep today, the Dash would jump into first place.

Rangel Ravelo is hitting third for the first time in his High-A Career (Laura Marshall/W-S Dash).

Rangel Ravelo is hitting third for the first time in his High-A career (Laura Marshall/W-S Dash).

GAME 1 STARTING LINEUP: (Same as Saturday’s scheduled order)

Micah Johnson – 2B
Joey DeMichele – SS
Rangel Ravelo – 1B
Kevan Smith – C
Courtney Hawkins – CF
Jeremy Farrell – 3B
Grant Buckner – RF
Joe De Pinto – LF
Adam Heisler – DH
Jake Cose – RHP


  • The White Sox announced that Winston-Salem outfielder Josh Richmond, who had multiple blisters on his left foot, has been activated off the disabled list. Richmond, who spent exactly one week on the shelf, is hitting hitting .214 with three homers and seven RBIs in 16 games with Winston-Salem. He will take on his former club, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, in Sunday’s doubleheader.
  • Jason Van Skike is scheduled to start game two of Sunday’s double dip. The right-hander is 1-1 with a 2.76 earned run average in his five starts, four of which have come in the finale of a doubleheader.
  • The Dash avoided their first four-game losing streak since August 15-20, 2011, with Friday’s three-run victory. Over this span, the Dash have suffered only six skids of three games, including three thus far in 2013. Over this 239-game run without a four-game losing streak, Winston-Salem has strung together 12 runs of four or more victories in a row.
  • On Friday night, Winston-Salem starter Chris Beck continued his streak of starts with a decision to begin the season. Beck is one of two minor league pitchers who has started at least 16 games and not collected a no decision.
  • Right-hander Andrew Werner of the Sacramento River Cats (Triple-A, Oakland) suffered a loss Friday to drop to 7-11 in 18 starts. In 13 of Beck’s 16 outings, including his winning effort last night, the team that has scored first in the game has not trailed at any point in the contest.
  • Dash first baseman Rangel Ravelo drove in two more runs Friday when he improved to 6-for-6 with the bases loaded by doubling home a pair of runs in the sixth frame. Despite only playing in 47 games with Winston, Ravelo is tied for 13th in the CL with 41 RBIs.
  • Since May 18, when Ravelo was activated off the disabled list, he has driven home 40 runs, which is tied for sixth in the minors over that span. Among players who have played 55 games or less in Advanced Class-A, Ravelo leads the way with his 41 RBIs.
  • Infielder Micah Johnson stole third base in the first inning Friday for his first career High-A swipe. Here in 2013, Johnson now has 62 stolen bases, which is the most in the minors. Lake Elsinore’s Travis Jankowski is second with 52 swipes, while Louisville’s Billy Hamilton, who set the all-time minor league single-season mark with 155 swipes in 2012, is third with 49.
  • Winston and Myrtle have waited for two hours and 42 minutes worth of rain delays during the first half of this four-game series. In their previous 84 games this year, the Dash had only been involved in six rain delays that collectively lasted three hours and 19 minutes.


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– Brian

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