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Game #27 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #27 – Home Game #13
Winston-Salem Dash (10-16) vs. Myrtle Beach (13-11)
Wednesday, May 4 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Despite a home run and two RBIs from Hunter Jones, the Dash dropped the middle match of their series with Myrtle Beach 5-2 on Tuesday at BB&T Ballpark. Winston-Salem will try to avoid their second sweep at home this season on Wednesday.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Hunter Jones drove in both runs in the Dash’s 5-2 loss on Tuesday night (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Hunter Jones – CF
Toby Thomas – 2B
Nick Basto – DH
Marcus Davis – 1B
Brett Austin – C
Mason Robbins – LF
Louis Silverio – RF
Danny Mendick – SS
Grant Massey – 3B
Brandon Brennan – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Wednesday marks the 1,000th regular season game for Winston-Salem as the “Dash.” The franchise assumed this nickname prior to the 2009 season and has posted a 527-471-1 (.528) since changing from Warthogs. During these eight seasons, Winston-Salem has reached the Carolina League postseason four times and the Mills Cup Finals twice, while 33 Dash alumni have reached the Major Leagues. Plus, the team has hosted an exhibition game with the Chicago White Sox (2011) and the California-Carolina League All-Star Game (2012). To commemorate this exciting accomplishment, Dash mascot Bolt will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
  • BB&T Ballpark has been open since the 2010 season, the second year of the Dash era, and Winston-Salem has only suffered five home sweeps inside the downtown facility. The Birds can clinch a sixth on Wednesday. During this span, the Dash have swept 23 home series.
  • Brandon Brennan, who rejoined Winston-Salem from Double-A Birmingham on Tuesday, will make his first start with the club since losing the deciding Game 3 of last year’s Southern Division Championship Series to the Pelicans. A part of the White Sox 40-man roster, Brennan went 1-3 with a 14.11 ERA in four starts with the Barons.
  • After hitting safely in every game during April, Dash first baseman Nick Basto is just 1-for-11 in the first three games of May, though his one hit was a game-tying home run in Monday’s seventh frame. Basto was the first Minor Leaguer to reach 40 hits, but his is now in second place in the Minors in this category. Stockton’s James Harris registered a three-hit game to jump Basto, 41 to 40. Due to his 0-for-4 showing on Tuesday, Basto’s average (.396) dipped below the .400 mark for the first time since April 21.
  • Despite this short funk, Basto still stands sixth in all of Minor League Baseball in batting average, along with his aforementioned spot in second in the hits category. Within the Carolina League, Basto leads the way in average by .025, hits by four and total bases by two. Salem’s Andrew Benintendi is second to Basto in all three lists. Basto also stands second in on-base percentage (.446), third in slugging percentage (.634), tied for third in extra-base hits (13), fourth in at-bats (101) and tied for seventh in RBIs (18).
  • Since the start of the 2015 season, the Dash and Pelicans have played 37 times (regular season and playoffs), with the Birds owning a slight 20-17 lead. Each of the last 12 games have been decided by three runs or less, including six by a single tally. These two clubs will meet seven more times in the first half, with Wednesday being the last such duel in the Triad.
  • Following this series finale, Winston-Salem will welcome the Salem Red Sox, who dealt the Dash their fifth and most recent home sweep in BB&T Ballpark history from April 14-17. It was the second sweep of four games for an opponent in the facility’s history.
  • Infielders Marcus Davis and Gerson Montilla are both tied for fifth in the CL in hits (29).
  • The Dash are 1-5 in day games (starting at 4 p.m. or earlier) thus far this season.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Wednesday’s game will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio App. The Pregame Dash will begin at 10:45 a.m., with the first pitch at 11 a.m.

-Joe

Game #26 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #26 – Home Game #12
Winston-Salem Dash (10-15) vs. Myrtle Beach (12-11)
Tuesday, May 3 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem and Myrtle Beach squared off in yet another nailbiting contest, with the Pelicans nipping the Dash 3-2 in 11 innings on Monday at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash look to rebound in the middle game of a three-game set against Myrtle Beach on Tuesday night.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Blair Walters was promoted to Double-A Birmingham after Monday’s start against (Brian Westerholt/Four Seam Images).

Hunter Jones – CF
Toby Thomas – 2B
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Nick Basto – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Mason Robbins – LF
Louie Lechich – RF
Danny Mendick – SS
Sean O’Connell – C
Spencer Adams – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Since the start of the 2015 season, the Dash and Pelicans have played 36 times (regular season and playoffs), with the latter of the two owning a slight 19-17 lead. Each of the last 11 games have been decided by three runs or less, including six by a single tally. These two clubs will meet eight more times in the first half, including six in South Carolina later this month.
  • The Dash have won three straight road series for the first time since June 13-30, 2013, but they are in the basement of the Southern Division due to a rare funk at BB&T Ballpark. Winston-Salem has dropped nine of its first 11 home games, the club’s worst single-season 11-game stretch since the downtown facility opened in 2010. Winston-Salem is 1-7 against divisional foes Myrtle Beach and Salem at home in 2016.
  • Wednesday marks the 1000th regular season game for Winston-Salem as the “Dash.” The franchise assumed this nickname prior to the 2009 season and has posted a 527-470-1 (.529) since changing from Warthogs. During these eight seasons, Winston-Salem has reached the Carolina League postseason four times and the Mills Cup Finals twice. Plus, the team has hosted an exhibition game with the Chicago White Sox (2011) and the California-Carolina League All-Star Game (2012).
  • First baseman Nick Basto continued his surge with a game-tying home run during Monday’s seventh inning. With that blast, Basto became the first Minor Leaguer to reach 40 hits this season. Basto enjoys a two-hit advantage on Stockton’s James Harris for the top spot. No other Minor Leaguer has more than 35 knocks. Basto’s .412 average trails only Fort Wayne’s Austin Allen (.456) among qualifiers. Basto is one of three Minor Leaguers with an overall batting average over .400.
  • Thanks to his outstanding efforts in 2016, Basto has announced that he is back as a White Sox prospect. Last season, the former fifth-round pick did not collect his 40th High-A hit until his 63rd game with Winston-Salem (August 13 at Potomac). Currently, Basto is atop the CL in average by .052, on-base percentage by .013, hits by eight and total bases by five.
  • Winston-Salem ace Spencer Adams will make his sixth start of 2016 on Tuesday night. He is tied for second in the Carolina League with three personal victories. The Dash are 4-1 when he takes the mound and 6-14 when he does not pitch. Adams entered this season as the third-best prospect in the White Sox system, per both Baseball America and MLB Pipeline.
  • Right-hander Jacob Morris matched a season-high for a Dash reliever by working three frames on Monday…Morris has not given up a run in his first 9.2 innings at the High-A level.
  • After sitting one point shy of .300 for his overall average on Thursday, Toby Thomas has gone just 1-for-10 in the last three games, slimming his average to .276.
  • The White Sox announced Tuesday that southpaw Blair Walters has earned his first career promotion to Double-A. Righty Brandon Brennan has been assigned to the Dash.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

-Joe

Game #25 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #25 – Home Game #11
Winston-Salem Dash (10-14) vs. Myrtle Beach (11-11)
Monday, May 2 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Four Frederick pitchers combined to limit the Dash to five hits in a 5-2 Keys victory on Sunday afternoon from NYMEO Field. The Dash kick off a seven-game homestand tonight at BB&T Ballpark against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Gerson Montilla is hitting .370 with 11 RBIs in his last 12 games (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Hunter Jones – CF
Toby Thomas – 2B
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Nick Basto – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Mason Robbins – LF
Brett Austin – C
Louie Lechich – RF
Grant Massey – SS
Blair Walters – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Even though they missed out on their first sweep of 2016, the Dash continued their great work away from home this season. Winston-Salem boasts an 8-6 road record and has rattled off three consecutive road series triumphs for the first time since June 13-30, 2013. Since April 12, the club is 7-2 away from home, which matches Winston-Salem’s best nine-game road run in the Dash era (2009-present).
  • The Dash have shined on the road, but they are in the basement of the Southern Division due to a rare funk at BB&T Ballpark. Winston-Salem has dropped eight of its first 10 home games, the franchise’s worst single-season 10-game stretch since this downtown facility opened in 2010. This week-long homestand features the same two opponents who sent the Dash to a 1-6 start at home from April 14-20. Salem handed Winston-Salem just its second four-game sweep at BB&T Ballpark before Myrtle Beach took two of three, with the Dash’s lone win a walk-off.
  • Several Dash hitters have shined as of late. Gerson Montilla is hitting .370 (17-for-46) with 11 RBIs and 12 runs in his last 12 games. Mason Robbins is 12-for-29 (.414) in his last six. Marcus Davis has two straight multi-hit tilts and is second on the team in that category (9).
  • The Dash’s hottest hitter all season long has been first baseman Nick Basto. Despite an 0-for-4 showing Sunday in Frederick, Basto still paces the Minor Leagues with 39 hits, one more than Stockton’s James Harris for the top spot. No other Minor Leaguer has more than 34 knocks. Basto’s .415 average trails only Fort Wayne’s Austin Allen (.462) among qualifiers. Only six Minor League hitters boast batting averages above the .400 mark.
  • The former fifth-round pick did see his nine-game hitting streak, the longest from a Dash hitter in 2016, come to an end Sunday. During this surge, Basto hit a ridiculous .538 (21-for-39) with three homers and eight RBIs. Overall in the Carolina League, Basto leads the way in batting average by .055, on-base percentage by .012, hits by seven and total bases by one.
  • Winston-Salem and Myrtle Beach renew what has been a remarkably even rivalry over the next three days. Since the start of the 2015 season, the Dash and Pelicans have played 35 times (regular season and playoffs), with the latter of the two owning a slight 18-17 lead. Each of the last 10 games have been decided by three runs or less, including five by a single tally. These two clubs will meet nine more times before the All-Star break, with this series being the final such clash in the Triad.
  • Jordan Stephens logged the shortest start by a Dash hurler thus far this season, though he only gave up two earned runs.
  • Dash alumnus Chris Sale became the first to six wins in Major League Baseball with a victory at Baltimore on Sunday. He is the first Sox pitcher to post a win in his first six outings since Jon Garland in 2005.
  • Myrtle Beach’s Sunday finale at home against Salem was postponed due to rain. The Birds also had a finale at Potomac washed out Thursday.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Monday’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.

-Joe

Game #24 Preview – Dash at Frederick

Game #24 – Away Game #14
Winston-Salem Dash (10-13) at Frederick Keys (7-16)
Sunday, May 1 – 2 p.m.
Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium (Frederick, MD)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Trailing 7-2 through seven innings, Winston-Salem sent 11 men to the plate and scored seven times in the eighth en route to a shocking 9-8 victory in Frederick on Saturday afternoon at NYMEO Field. The Dash go for their first sweep of the year and a season-high fourth straight win.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Marcus Davis capped a seven-run eighth with a 2-run double in Winston-Salem’s 9-7 win on Saturday at Frederick (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Hunter Jones – CF
Toby Thomas – 2B
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Nick Basto – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Mason Robbins – LF
Brett Austin – C
Louie Lechich – RF
Danny Mendick – SS
Jordan Stephens – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • The Dash’s seven-run frame was one shy of the club’s best single-inning performance of the year (eight in the 13th at Lynchburg on April 7) and two shy of the Dash-era record (nine in the 7th at Frederick on May 7, 2015). Mason Robbins’ two-run double and Grant Massey’s two-run single set up Montilla and Davis’ heroics. Thanks to this eighth-inning surge, the Dash mustered their biggest come-from-behind win since erasing a six-run hole to stun Salem 9-8 on June 1, 2015.
  • Winston-Salem continues its strong play away from BB&T Ballpark. The Dash boast an 8-5 road record, including wins in seven of their last eight. This matches the franchise’s best eight-game road stretch since the nickname change in 2009. The other two instances of a 7-1 surge on the road came during the first half of Winston-Salem’s 81-win season of 2010. Since 2012, the Dash possess a 30-16 (.652) record in Frederick.
  • The Dash’s offense is second in the league in batting average, and several key cogs delivered in Saturday’s win. Davis snapped an 0-for-8 funk with the game-winning double. With two more hits, Montilla is hitting .386 (17-for-44) in his last 11 games. Robbins is 11-for-25 (.440) over the last six contests, including 3-for-5 on Saturday.
  • With another three-hit showing, already his seventh in 2016, Nick Basto jumped back atop the hits leaderboard in Minor League Baseball with 39. He enjoys a single-hit advantage over Stockton’s James Harris for the top spot, while no other Minor Leaguer has more than 33 knocks. Basto’s .433 average trails only Fort Wayne’s Austin Allen (.460) among qualifiers, while his 1.147 OPS is fifth-best in the Minors.
  • The former fifth-round pick is riding a nine-game hitting streak, the longest from a Dash hitter in 2016 and the fourth-longest active run in the Carolina League. During this surge, Basto is hitting .538 (21-for-39) with three homers and eight RBIs. Overall on the circuit, Basto leads the way in average by .073, on-base percentage by .030, hits by seven and total bases by one. Basto did see his three-game home run streak, the first of its kind by a Winston hitter since July of 2012 (Trayce Thompson), come to an end.
  • Following this series finale, the final game for the Dash in Frederick in the first half, the club returns to BB&T Ballpark for three against Myrtle Beach and four against Salem. Against those two teams on their first homestand, the Dash went 1-6, tied for their worst multi-set homestand in BB&T Ballpark history.
  • Hunter Jones leads the CL in games (23) and at-bats (95).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Sunday’s game will 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.

-Joe

Game #23 Preview – Dash at Frederick

Game #23 – Away Game #13
Winston-Salem Dash (9-13) at Frederick Keys (7-15)
Saturday, April 30 – 2 p.m.
Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium (Frederick, MD)

GAME BACKGROUND:

One of Minor League Baseball’s most prolific hitters delivered the game-winning knock Friday night. Nick Basto’s leadoff homer in the ninth thrust the Dash past the Frederick Keys 3-2 in the first of three at NYMEO Field. The Dash look for their third straight win on Saturday, which would match their longest winning streak of the season.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Thad Lowry searches for his first win of the season on Saturday against Frederick (Jody Stewart / W-S Dash).

Hunter Jones – CF
Danny Mendick – 2B
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Nick Basto – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Brett Austin – C
Louis Silverio – RF
Mason Robbins – LF
Grant Massey – SS
Thad Lowry – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  •  Basto’s ninth-inning home run gives him 36 hits for the season. He is tied with Stockton’s James Harris for the Minor League lead in hits, though Basto would have been alone at 37 if not for a scoring change after the game turned a sixth-inning single into an error on Frederick shortstop Anthony Caronia. Basto’s .424 average trails only Fort Wayne’s Austin Allen (.460) among qualifiers. Thanks to his homer, Basto’s OPS jumped to 1.167, which is second to Tacoma’s Mike Zunino (1.220) in the Minors.
  • The former fifth-round pick is riding an eight-game hitting streak, tied for the longest by a Winston-Salem hitter this season. During this run, Basto is hitting .529 (18-for-34).  Also, Basto has gone deep in three consecutive games for the first time in his professional career. He is the first Dash slugger to accomplish this feat since Trayce Thompson did it from July 24-26, 2012.
  • Thanks to all of this great work, Basto’s name is splattered throughout the CL’s leaderboard. Basto enjoys a lead of .068 in batting average, six in hits and .010 in on-base percentage atop the CL. He also stands tied for first in total bases (58), second in slugging percentage (.682) and fourth in extra-base hits (12).
  • Dash right-hander Matt Cooper bested a career-high he set six days prior with a seven-inning gem on Friday in Frederick. During this outing, Cooper struck out eight, including three in a 10-pitch sixth inning, to push his 2016 total to 35. He is second in all of Minor League Baseball in whiffs, trailing only Atlanta prospect Lucas Sims. Sims has struck out 42 between Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett. Cooper, who has logged 17 strikeouts in his last two outings, is the only High-A hurler with more than 32 strikeouts on the season.
  • The Dash’s 2-8 home start is the franchise’s worst since moving into BB&T Ballpark in 2010, but the club is staying close to .500 due to its great work on the road. Winston-Salem is 7-5 away from the Triad, with three of those wins coming in its last at-bat. The Dash have claimed six of their last seven road games. Since 2012, Winston-Salem boasts a 29-16 (.644) record in Frederick. Remarkably, no team in the CL has a road record worse than a game below .500.
  • Over the last eight days, Winston-Salem has recorded two cycles: Montilla on Friday at Salem and Mason Robbins on Wednesday at home against Lynchburg. Montilla’s cycle was the franchise’s first since May 14, 2008 (Brandon Allen), a 2,900-day wait. Five days later, Robbins earned the first cycle for a Dash hitter in BB&T Ballpark history. Winston-Salem boasts two of the three cycles in Minor League Baseball this year, with Indianapolis’ Josh Bell (April 22 vs. Louisville) owning the other one.
  • Kleven had given up a run in six of his first seven outings with the Dash before tossing two scoreless innings Friday.
  • Grant Massey went 1-for-3 in his High-A debut (started at shortstop).
  • Gerson Montilla is hitting .375 (15-for-40) with 9 RBIs and 12 runs in his last 10 games.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Saturday’s game will 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.

-Joe

Game #22 Preview – Dash at Frederick

Game #22 – Away Game #12
Winston-Salem Dash (8-13) at Frederick Keys (7-14)
Friday, April 29 – 7 p.m.
Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium (Frederick, MD)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Behind Spencer Adams’ six strong innings and Nick Basto’s three-run homer, Winston-Salem avoided a sweep with a 4-1 victory over visiting Lynchburg on Thursday night at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash now begin a three-game set on the road against Frederick on Friday.

STARTING LINEUP:

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The Dash are now 4-1 when Spencer Adams pitches (Jody Stewart/ W-S Dash).

Hunter Jones – CF
Toby Thomas – 2B
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Nick Basto – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Brett Austin – C
Mason Robbins – LF
Louie Lechich – RF
Grant Massey – SS
Matt Cooper– RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • With another three-hit showing Thursday, Basto pushed his hit total to 35, which leads all of Minor League Baseball. Basto enjoys a two-hit lead on Stockton’s James Harris, while only one other Minor Leaguer has more than 30 hits (Hickory’s Andy Ibanez).
  • Only Fort Wayne’s Austin Allen (.483) has a better batting average among qualifiers in the Minor Leagues than Basto (.432), who has a .055 advantage on the next-closest High-A hitter (High Desert’s Luke Tendler). Basto also places seventh in OPS (1.138) in the Minor Leagues.
  • Basto has stormed to the top of the Minors in hits thanks to a ridiculous seven-game hitting streak, during which the former fifth-round pick is hitting .567 (17-for-30). This has thrust him to the top of the CL in average by .060, on-base percentage by .028 and hits by six. Last season, Basto did not reach 35 hits at the High-A level until August 1, his 53rd game. He hit .203 (61-for-300) in 83 games with the Dash a year ago.
  • Basto can match the longest hitting streak by a Winston-Salem player with a knock in his next game. Marcus Davis posted at least one hit in eight straight games from April 13-20. Gerson Montilla’s eight-game surge, during which he hit .394 with 12 runs scored, ended Thursday.
  • Winston-Salem limited Lynchburg, one of the CL’s best offenses, to just one run, its best single-game effort of 2016. This great showing immediately followed a 23-run explosion for the Hillcats over the previous two games, marking the first time since August 8-9, 2013, that the Dash had permitted 10 or more runs in back-to-back games.
  • Adams became the first Dash hurler with multiple quality starts and three victories. The Dash are 4-1 when he pitches and 4-12 when he does not. Out of the bullpen, Jacob Morris pushed his scoreless streak since joining the club to 6.2 innings. Euclides Leyer earned his 10th professional save and just the Dash’s second in 21 games in 2016.
  • Over the last seven days, Winston-Salem has recorded two cycles: Montilla on Friday at Salem and Mason Robbins on Wednesday at home against Lynchburg. Montilla’s cycle was the franchise’s first since May 14, 2008 (Brandon Allen), a 2,900-day wait. Five days later, Robbins earned the first cycle for a Dash hitter in BB&T Ballpark history. Winston-Salem boasts two of the three cycles in Minor League Baseball this year, with Indianapolis’ Josh Bell (April 22 vs. Louisville) owning the other one.
  • The White Sox announced two roster moves affecting the Dash on Friday. Ryan Leonards, who was 5-for-22 (.227) in six games with the Dash, has earned a promotion to Double-A Birmingham. Fellow infielder Grant Massey jumps to High-A for the first time after going 21-for-70 (.300) in 18 games with Low-A Kannapolis.
  • Friday marks the first of 20 meetings between the Dash and Frederick Keys. Over the last four seasons, Winston-Salem boasts a 28-16 (.636) record at Nymeo Field.
  • Friday starter Matt Cooper recorded his first professional quality start six days ago at Salem (6.0 IP, 2 R-ER).

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.

-Joe

Game #21 Preview – Dash vs. Lynchburg

Game #21 – Home Game #10
Winston-Salem Dash (7-13) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (16-4)
Thursday, April 28 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Dash outfielder Mason Robbins hit for the cycle, but the Lynchburg Hillcats plated 10 runs in the fifth inning en route to a 12-6 victory Wednesday at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash look to salvage the final game of the three-game set against Lynchburg.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Mason Robbins notched the first cycle ever for a Dash player at BB&T Ballpark on Wednesday against Lynchburg (Jody Stewart / W-S Dash).

Hunter Jones – CF
Toby Thomas – 2B
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Nick Basto – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Brett Austin – C
Mason Robbins – LF
Louie Lechich – RF
Danny Mendick – SS
Spencer Adams– RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Despite the loss, Robbins made some history with his cycle, the first for a Dash hitter at BB&T Ballpark. The only other cycle came from former Lynchburg Hillcat Matt Lipka, who accomplished the feat on April 25, 2013. Robbins came up with a cycle despite only four trips to the plate. He doubled in the second, homered in the fourth, singled in the sixth and tripled in the eighth. His triple, the first of his season and 13th as a Minor Leaguer, banged off the middle portion of the 20-foot center field wall.
  • Winston-Salem has recorded a pair of cycles here in 2016. Only one other player in Minor League Baseball has a cycle (Indianapolis’ Josh Bell on April 22 vs. Louisville). Dash infielder Gerson Montilla hit for the cycle this past Friday at Salem. It was the franchise’s first cycle since May 14, 2008, the final season of the Warthogs era (Brandon Allen vs. Lynchburg). Thus, Winston-Salem waited 2,900 days for a cycle after Allen’s did it in 2008 and just five days between Montilla and Robbins’ efforts.
  • With his fifth-inning single Wednesday, Montilla pushed his hitting streak to eight, tied for the longest by a Dash hitter in 2016 (Marcus Davis) and tied for the third-longest active run in the Carolina League. During this surge, Montilla is 13-for-33 (.394) with seven RBIs and 12 runs.
  • Thanks to another 2-for-3 effort, including a leadoff homer in the second, Dash infielder Nick Basto pushed his batting average to .416, which is fifth-best in all of Minor League Baseball. Basto paces all High-A qualifiers by at least 37 points. The former fifth-round pick has amassed 32 hits, one more than James Harris of the Stockton Ports (High-A, Oakland) for the most in the Minor Leagues. In the CL, Basto stands first in on-base percentage (.471), third in total bases (46) and fourth in slugging percentage (.597).
  • Lynchburg’s 10-run fifth inning matched the biggest single-inning output for a Winston-Salem opponent during the Dash era (2009-present). The only other 10-run frame came from the bats of the Potomac Nationals in the eighth inning on July 25, 2010. Winston-Salem has not posted a double-digit offensive inning in the Dash era.
  • Lynchburg plated 11 runs on Tuesday before bettering that by one on Wednesday. This marks the first time that the Dash have surrendered 10 or more runs in back-to-back games since August 8-9, 2013 at Salem. Winston had not permitted double digit run outputs in consecutive home contests since July 7-8, 2012, against the Hillcats. In the last two games, the Dash’s team ERA has jumped from 3.83 to 4.59, which is seventh in the eight-team Carolina League.
  • Infielder Toby Thomas matched a career-high with four hits in Wednesday’s loss thanks to two singles and two doubles.
  • Winston-Salem is 3-1 when Spencer Adams, the third-best prospect in the White Sox system, pitches and 4-12 when he does not.
  • The Dash have only suffered five sweeps in the seven-season history of BB&T Ballpark, with the fifth coming against Salem in the first home set of 2016 (April 14-17).
  • After Thursday’s finale, the Dash travel to Frederick for a three-game series that begins Friday night. 

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Thursday’s game will be broadcast live on 600 AM-WSJS in the Winston-Salem area, as is the case with every Thursday game throughout the season. The game is also available on wsjs.com, as well as wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn App. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m, with the first pitch at 7 p.m.

-Joe

Game #20 – Dash vs. Lynchburg

Game #20 – Home Game #9
Winston-Salem Dash (7-12) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (15-4)
Wednesday, April 27 – 11 a.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Lynchburg scored 11 times from the fourth to the eighth en route to a series-opening 11-6 victory over Winston-Salem on Tuesday night at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash look to rebound bright and early on Wednesday against the Hillcats.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Gerson Montilla extended his hitting streak to seven with a 2-for-4 effort Tuesday. (Jody Stewart / W-S Dash)

Hunter Jones – CF
Toby Thomas – 2B
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Nick Basto – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Louis Silverio – RF
Mason Robbins – LF
Danny Mendick – SS
Sean O’Connell – C
Blair Walters – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • The Dash are off to their worst home start since BB&T Ballpark opened in 2010. Winston-Salem has dropped seven of its first eight games in the Triad, with Tuesday’s decision representing the most lopsided of those losses. All six losses on the first homestand were by three runs or less. Before this year began, Winston-Salem boasted the best home record in the Carolina League since 2010 (244-176, .581 winning percentage).
  • Infielder Gerson Montilla is thriving at the plate in recent games. He launched a solo shot, his 72nd professional home run, to give the Dash a first-inning run for the fifth straight game. It also pushed his hitting streak to seven games, during which he is 12-for-28 (.429) with seven RBIs and 12 runs. This great work includes Friday’s cycle at Salem, which was the franchise’s first such accomplishment since 2008.
  • After going 11-for-19 (.579) during the four-game trip to Salem, Nick Basto collected another base hit on Tuesday. He paces the circuit with a .405 batting average, which is 18 points better than Wilmington’s Ryan O’Hearn for first place. It also stands eighth in all of Minor League Baseball. Basto’s 30 total hits are tops in the CL and tied for first in the Minors. Also, the former fifth-round pick is tied for first in on-base percentage (.463), fourth in total bases (40) and fifth in slugging percentage (.541) in the league.
  • The Chicago White Sox announced six moves affecting the Dash’s roster before Tuesday’s game. Infielder Danny Mendick, catcher Sean O’Connell and outfielder Louis Silverio have earned promotions from Low-A Kannapolis. Both Mendick (0-for-2, two walks) and O’Connell (1-for-3) played on Tuesday. To make room for this trio, catcher Chris O’Dowd was promoted to Double-A Birmingham, infielder Cleuluis Rondon was assigned to Kannapolis and utility man Michael Danner was released.
  • Southpaw Chris Sale, who pitched for the Dash in 2010, became Major League Baseball’s first five-game winner with a gem at Toronto on Tuesday. Sale needed just 100 pitches to toss eight innings, during which he surrendered one run on four hits. Sale’s 0.68 WHIP paces all American League qualifiers, while his 1.66 ERA is fifth-best in the league. The White Sox own the A.L.’s best record at 15-6. Only the Cubs and Nationals have better marks in the Majors.
  • Before Tuesday, the Dash had not given up 11 runs in a game since an 11-5 home loss against Wilmington on June 11, 2015. Winston-Salem had not allowed more than that in almost a year (12 runs at Frederick on May 5, 2015). The Dash’s bullpen let eight runs come across and now possesses a 4.95 ERA as a unit. Overall, Winston’s staff ERA stands sixth in the CL (4.20).
  • Catcher Brett Austin left Tuesday’s game after four innings. He has started 13 of the Dash’s first 19 games and leads the team with three home runs.
  • Dash starter Blair Walters pitched for Lynchburg down the stretch in the 2014 season, the final year for the Hillcats under the Braves’ umbrella. The ‘Cats joined forces with the Indians in 2015, while Carolina claimed the Braves. Walters pitched for Carolina in 2015 and worked against his former team three times.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Wednesday’s game will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio App. The Pregame Dash will begin at 10:45 a.m., with the first pitch at 11 a.m.

-Joe

Game #19 Preview – Dash vs. Lynchburg

Game #19 – Home Game #8
Winston-Salem Dash (7-11) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (14-4)
Tuesday, April 26 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

After collecting three high-scoring victories, the Dash dropped a pitcher-friendly finale at Salem on Sunday by a score of 3-2. Winston-Salem now begins the first of a three-game homestand against the Lynchburg Hillcats at BB&T Ballpark on Tuesday night.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Dash first baseman Nick Basto leads the Carolina League in average with a .414 mark (Jody Stewart / W-S Dash)

Hunter Jones – CF
Toby Thomas – 2B
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Nick Basto – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Brett Austin – C
Louie Lechich – RF
Danny Medick – SS
Mason Robbins – LF
Jordan Stephens – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Despite Sunday’s narrow loss, there were many positives to take from the Dash’s trip to Salem. In the first three games, the Dash plated 29 runs, their best three-game run since May 6-8, 2015 (31). Winston-Salem narrowly missed out on its second road sweep of four games since becoming the Dash in 2009. Thus, a four-game brooming of Myrtle Beach from April 19-22, 2010, remains the only such instance. The Dash also missed out on their first six-game road win streak since April 18 to May 1 of 2012.
  • Infielder Nick Basto submitted an incredible series in Salem over the weekend. He was 11-for-19 (.579) with two RBIs and three runs in those four games, vaulting him to the top of the Carolina League in average. His .414 mark is 36 points better than Wilmington’s Ryan O’Hearn for first place, and it stands sixth in all of Minor League Baseball. Basto also paces the CL with 29 hits, which are good for third in the Minors.
  • Basto was not the only person to shine in Salem. Hunter Jones reached in nine of his final 11 trips to the plate. Brett Austin, who sat out the series finale, is riding a six-game hit streak and five-game RBI streak. Gerson Montilla was 7-for-16 with six RBIs and nine runs scored, and he recorded the franchise’s first cycle since 2008 in Friday’s 13-8 victory.
  • The Dash will take the field at BB&T Ballpark for the first time since last Wednesday, the last day of a forgettable week-long homestand. Winston-Salem matched the worst multi-series homestand since the downtown facility opened in 2010. The Dash went just 1-6, and Salem earned just the fifth sweep by an opponent at BB&T Ballpark. It was only the second four-game sweep by a visitor. The Dash’s lone win came in walk-off fashion on Tuesday, 6-5 over Myrtle Beach. Winston plated three in the eighth to tie before Toby Thomas’ game-winning single in the ninth.
  • It will not be an easy three-game series with the Lynchburg Hillcats in town. The Hillcats had won 10 in a row before Sunday’s loss to Frederick. Lynchburg’s 14-4 record is three games better than the next-best CL club (Potomac/Salem, 11-7), and the Hillcats are tied with four other teams for the best mark in the Minors. Plus, the ‘Cats will send Julian Merryweather to the bump in Tuesday’s opener. He is one of three MiLB qualifiers who has yet to permit a run.
  • The White Sox made a couple of moves on Tuesday that affected the Dash roster. Chicago promoted catcher Chris O’Dowd to Double-A Birmingham, sent infielder Cleuluis Rondon to Low-A Kannapolis and released outfielder Michael Danner. Winston-Salem received three players from Kannapolis as part of the transactions: catcher Sean O’Connell, infielder Dan Mendick and outfielder Louis Silverio.
  • The Dash have scored first in 10 of their first 11 road games, but they only netted the game’s first tally in two of their first seven at home.
  • The Hillcats took three of four from Winston-Salem in Lynchburg on Opening Weekend, with the Dash taking the opener in 13 innings (14-6).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

-Joe

Game #18 Preview – Dash at Salem

Game #18 – Away Game #11
Winston-Salem Dash (7-10) at Salem Red Sox (10-7)
Sunday, April 24 – 4:05 p.m.
LewisGale Field (Salem, VA)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Behind a six-run sixth inning and Matt Cooper’s six dominant innings, Winston-Salem earned its third consecutive win over Salem on Saturday night. Should Winston finish the sweep on Sunday, it would collect just its second road sweep of four games since the nickname change to Dash in 2009.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Hunter Jones reached in five of his six plate appearances Saturday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Hunter Jones – CF
Toby Thomas – 2B
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Nick Basto – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Louie Lechich – RF
Chris O’Dowd – C
Michael Danner – LF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Thad Lowry – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Before this three-game series, Winston-Salem was 4-10 overall and owned a team batting average of .233. In these three victories, the Dash boast a .378 team average, and they have scored more runs (29) than any three-game stretch since May 6-8, 2015, when they rattled off 31 runs. The Dash have collected 48 hits after averaging just 8.3 in their first 14 contests.
  • Infielder Nick Basto has been the focal point of Winston-Salem’s offense all year long. Thanks to his 10-for-15 showing in this series, Basto has vaulted to the top of the Carolina League in average. His .424 mark is 36 points better than Wilmington’s Ryan O’Hearn for first place, and it stands third in all of Minor League Baseball. The former fifth-round pick also paces the circuit in hits (28), while he stands tied for first in on-base percentage (.486) and third in total bases (38).

  • Last year, Basto finished with a .203 average in 83 games. He did not record his 28th hit in High-A until July 20, his 44th game. Before this season, the Davie, Fla., native amassed three hits in a game just 13 times in 347 professional contests. Basto has already reached or eclipsed three hits five times in 2016, including all three games of this series in Salem.

  • Basto is not the only Dash hitter who has shined as of late. Brett Austin is riding a six-game hitting streak and a five-game RBI streak. Hunter Jones is 7-for-15 in this series after enduring a 1-for-19 funk. After starting the season 6-for-51 (.118), Louie Lechich is 8-for-18 (.444) over his last four games. Marcus Davis has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 starts.
  • For the first time since July 3-15 of last year, the Dash have rattled off five consecutive wins away from BB&T Ballpark. Should the Dash win on Sunday, they would record their first six-game road surge since April 18-May 1, 2012. A victory would also clinch Winston-Salem’s first four-game road sweep since April 19-22, 2010, at Myrtle Beach, which stands as the only four-game road brooming since the nickname change to Dash prior to the 2009 season.

  • Former Dash catcher Kevan Smith earned his first career promotion to the Major Leagues on Sunday. Smith played 123 games with the Dash between 2012-13 and helped Winston-Salem reach the 2012 Mills Cup Finals. He is the 33rd Dash alumnus to reach the Majors, and all but one of those players have earned their initial promotion while in the White Sox system.

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 4:05 p.m.

-Brian

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