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Game #19 Preview – Dash at Potomac

Game #19 – Road Game #8
Winston-Salem Dash (5-13) vs. Potomac Nationals (11-7)
Wednesday, April 23 – 7:05 p.m.
Pfitzner Stadium (Woodbridge, VA) 

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash suffered a 7-1 setback against the Salem Red Sox on Monday to wrap up a seven-game homestand. Tonight marks the first meeting between Winston-Salem and Potomac this season.

Tony Bucciferro has worked into the sixth inning in each of his first three starts (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Tony Bucciferro has worked into the sixth inning in each of his first three starts (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

Tim Anderson – SS
Adam Heisler – DH
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Grant Buckner – RF
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Martin Medina – C
Nick Basto – 3B
Jacob May – CF
Tony Bucciferro – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Potomac boasted the best regular season record in the Carolina League in 2013 (84-55), but the Dash were the only team in the league to have a winning record against them. Winston-Salem went 12-8 against the P-Nats last season, including a 5-5 mark at Pfitzner Stadium.
  • The Dash just completed their least successful multi-series homestand in BB&T Ballpark history, going a combined 1-6 against the Frederick Keys and Salem Red Sox. Previously, the worst showing occurred from April 21-28, 2011, when Wilmington and Frederick each took three of four from Winston-Salem.
  • Outfielder Adam Heisler had a big series against Salem this weekend with some family members in attendance. After sitting out Friday’s contest, the Alabama native went a combined 7-for-10 with two doubles and a run scored in three games against the Red Sox.
  • Outfielder Courtney Hawkins continues to pace the Carolina League in RBIs with 19. The 20-year-old has driven in three more runs than Myrtle Beach’s Joey Gallo, and that total is good for a share of 11th place in all of Minor League Baseball.
  • Shortstop Tim Anderson remains tied for the Carolina League lead in triples (3) with three other players. He is tied with Hawkins and two other players for second place in extra-base hits (10), trailing Gallo (11).
  • Anderson tied a career-high in hits on Sunday, going 3-for-5. The 20-year-old had three hits in a game one other time this season, on April 5 vs. Wilmington. He also achieved the feat three times with Low-A Kannapolis in 2013.
  • Probable starting pitcher Tony Bucciferro gets the ball for the fourth time this season. In his last outing on Thursday, the 24-year-old allowed five runs (three earned) on eight hits in five and one-third innings, suffering the loss in a 7-3 defeat to Frederick. So far in 2014, Bucciferro is 0-2 with a 3.63 ERA.
  • Bucciferro has walked one batter in 17.1 innings this season. During his first 25 Minor League outings (115.0 IP), the Michigan State University product has issued only seven free passes.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 6:50 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05.

- Dave

Well, that was quick

Jarrett Casey struck out 11 in eight innings with Winston-Salem in 2014 (Erik Weasenforth/W-S Dash).

Jarrett Casey struck out 11 in eight innings with the Dash in 2014 (Erik Weasenforth/W-S Dash).

When the Dash’s Opening Day roster went public, one of the biggest surprises was left-hander Jarrett Casey. Casey jumped from Winston-Salem to Double-A Birmingham in early August of last year and helped the Barons win the Southern League championship.

Casey did not let his assignment to Winston-Salem get him down. In fact, Casey was the Dash’s best reliever for the season’s first three weeks; therefore, he has returned to Birmingham, the White Sox announced Tuesday morning.

In six appearances spanning eight scoreless innings, the Indianapolis native scattered five hits and struck out 11. He also collected two of the Dash’s three saves thus far this season. Casey stranded a pair in the ninth inning of the Dash’s 4-2 win at Salem on April 9. Four days later, he finished off Winston’s only other win on its first road trip by inducing a double play off the bat of Cody Stubbs to escape a jam in a 1-0 victory.

Casey is one of three Carolina League hurlers with a 0.00 earned run average and at least eight innings of work. He anchored a Dash bullpen that boasts a 1.85 earned run average and almost 12 strikeouts per nine innings.

As a result, the Dash’s roster sits at 24 players. Winston-Salem has today off before kicking off a seven-game road trip Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. at Potomac.

- Brian

Game #18 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

Game #18 – Home Game #11
Winston-Salem Dash (5-12) vs. Salem Red Sox (9-8)
Monday, April 21 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash exploded for eight runs in the first inning and held on for a 10-8 victory over Salem on Easter Sunday, snapping Winston-Salem’s six-game losing streak. J.B. Wendelken was the winning pitcher, improving to 2-1 this season.

Brad Goldberg will make his fourth start of the season on Monday night (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Brad Goldberg will make his fourth start of the season on Monday night (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

Tim Anderson – SS
Jacob May – CF
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Jason Coats – DH
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Michael Marjama – C
Nick Basto – 3B
Adam Heisler – RF
Brad Goldberg – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Sunday’s eight-run outburst in the first innings tied a Dash-era record for the most runs produced in a single frame. Winston-Salem has plated eight runs in an inning nine times since 2009, the last time being June 4, 2013, at Salem.
  • The Dash are now 3-0 during games in which they score first. They have posted a 2-12 record when their opponent has tallied the first run of the ballgame.
  • With the win on Sunday, the Dash avoided a six-game losing streak at BB&T Ballpark for the first time in the facility’s history. Since the ballpark opened in 2010, it has only endured a five-game skid twice. The first time was August 6-7, 2013, vs. Lynchburg and August 14-16, 2013, vs. Salem.
  • Outfielder Courtney Hawkins slugged a three-run homer in the first inning for his fifth of the season. The 20-year-old now has 19 RBIs on the season, leading the Carolina League by four over Potomac’s Kevin Keyes.
  • Shortstop Tim Anderson hit a two-run homer in the first inning to cap the eight-run frame. It was the first home run by a Dash player aside from Hawkins in 2014.
  • Anderson tied a career-high in hits on Sunday, going 3-for-5. The 20-year-old had three hits in a game one other time this season (April 5 vs. Wilmington). He also achieved the feat three times with Low-A Kannapolis in 2013.
  • Probable starting pitcher Brad Goldberg is on the mound for the fourth time this season. During his last outing on Wednesday, April 16, the 24-year-old allowed five runs (two earned) on seven hits, and was saddled with the loss during a 5-3 setback in the opening game of a doubleheader against the Frederick Keys. Goldberg is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA this year.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 7. Every Dash home game is also available on MiLB.tv.

Game #17 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

Game #17 – Home Game #10
Winston-Salem Dash (4-12) vs. Salem Red Sox (9-7)
Sunday, April 20 – 5 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash were blanked 2-0 by the Salem Red Sox on Saturday night for their sixth consecutive defeat. Winston-Salem starter Mike Recchia tied a career-high with seven innings pitched and established a new career-best with nine strikeouts in the loss.

Adam Heisler jumps up to the two-spot in the order after two hits Saturday (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

Adam Heisler jumps up to the two-spot in the order after two hits Saturday (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

Tim Anderson – SS
Adam Heisler – CF
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Jason Coats – DH
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Martin Medina – C
Nick Basto – 3B
Grant Buckner – RF
J.B. Wendelken – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • With Saturday’s setback against Salem, the Dash have now lost five consecutive games at BB&T Ballpark. Since the facility opened in 2010, Winston-Salem has lost five in a row at home only one other time: August 6-7, 2013 vs. Lynchburg and August 14-16, 2013 vs. Salem. They have never lost six straight at BB&T Ballpark.
  • Outfielder Adam Heisler went 2-for-2 in Saturday night’s loss to the Red Sox. It was his first multi-hit game since April 9 at Salem, when he had three hits, including two triples.
  • With his 2-for-4 performance last night, outfielder Jason Coats now has hits in each of his last three games. The 24-year-old is batting .400 (4-for-10) with two walks and two runs scored during that stretch.
  • Despite not driving in a run last night, outfielder Courtney Hawkins still leads the Carolina League in RBIs with 16. Myrtle Beach’s Joey Gallo is in second place with 13 RBIs.
  • With one error Saturday night, the Dash now solely occupy the top spot in Minor League Baseball in that category. Winston-Salem has committed 32 defensive miscues this season, while the Lake Elsinore Storm (High-A, San Diego) of the California League have made 31 errors.
  • The Dash have allowed the most unearned runs in Minor League baseball, with 30. The Tampa Yankees (High-A, New York Yankees) of the Florida State league are in second place with 26 unearned runs.
  • As a whole, the Winston-Salem bullpen boasts a 1.60 ERA on the season and averages 12 strikeouts per nine innings. There are four Dash relievers who have not allowed an earned run this year: Sean Bierman, Jarrett Casey, Kyle Hansen and Zach Isler.
  • Probable starting pitcher J.B. Wendelken will get the ball for the fourth time this season. During his last outing, the 21-year-old allowed only one run and four hits in six and one-third innings but ended up with a no-decision in a 3-1 loss at Wilmington last Monday night. Wendelken is 1-1 with a 2.60 ERA this year.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

This evening’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 4:45 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 5. Every Dash home game is also available on MiLB.tv.

- Dave

Game #16 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

Game #16 – Home Game #9
Winston-Salem Dash (4-11) vs. Salem Red Sox (8-7)
Saturday, April 19 – 7:00 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash fell to Salem 8-2 on Friday night for their fifth straight loss and fourth consecutive setback at BB&T Ballpark. Red Sox starter Brian Johnson had a perfect game through six innings.

Jacob May (above) and Tim Anderson have switched places in the order for Saturday's game (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Jacob May (above) and Tim Anderson have switched places in the order for Saturday’s game (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

Tim Anderson – SS
Jacob May – CF
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Jason Coats – RF
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Michael Marjama – C
Nick Basto – 3B
Adam Heisler – DH
Mike Recchia – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • With Friday’s loss to Salem, the Dash have now lost four consecutive games at BB&T Ballpark. Since the facility opened in 2010, Winston-Salem has lost five in a row at home only once: August 6-16, 2013.
  • Shortstop Tim Anderson ended the Salem perfect game bid on Friday with a one-out single to left field against reliever Dayan Diaz. Winston-Salem has not been victimized by a no-hitter since July 3, 2003, when Frederick’s John Maine shut down the Warthogs in a seven-inning game.
  • Outfielder Courtney Hawkins snapped an 86-inning Dash homerless drought when he blasted a solo shot to left field in the ninth inning Friday night. The 20-year-old has slugged all four Winston-Salem home runs this season.
  • Third baseman Nick Basto’s RBI double in the eighth inning Friday ended Salem’s bid for a shutout. It was the 20-year-old’s first run-scoring hit in eight games, when he had an RBI double during a 12-11 loss at Salem on April 8.
  • With three errors Friday night, the Dash are now tied with the Lake Elsinore Storm (High-A, San Diego) of the California League for the most in Minor League Baseball. Both teams have made 31 defensive miscues this season.
  • The Dash have allowed 73 runs this season, which is the second-highest total in the Carolina League, but only 44 of those runs are earned, the circuit’s third-fewest. The 29 unearned runs are the most in Minor League Baseball. The Tampa Yankees (High-A, New York Yankees) of the Florida State League have the next-highest total with 23.
  • Probable starting pitcher Mike Recchia will toe the rubber for the third time this season. In his last outing, the 25-year-old tossed five and two-third shutout innings at Wilmington, surrendering only two hits and three walks while striking out seven. He was the winning pitcher in a 1-0 Dash victory last Sunday. Recchia is 1-1 with a 6.48 ERA this season.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s tilt is available live via telecast on My 48 (WMYV-TV) in Winston-Salem, with Brian Boesch and Lary Sorensen on the call. The game is also live on wsdash.com/broadcast, with Dave Polaski providing play-by-play.

- Dave

More moves in the Dash’s bullpen

Dash righty Brandon Hardin is heading to the seven-day disabled list (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Dash righty Brandon Hardin is heading to the seven-day disabled list (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Two days after receiving left-hander Sean Bierman from Low-A Kannapolis, the Dash have added another former Intimidator southpaw to their bullpen. Sean Hagan will make his first trip to High-A, the White Sox announced Saturday morning. To make room for Hagan, the Sox placed right-hander Brandon Hardin on the disabled list, retroactive to Thursday.

A 31st-round pick from 2013, Hagan spent all of last season with short-season Great Falls, amassing a 6.19 earned run average in 17 relief efforts. He broke camp with Kannapolis and performed well in four outings. The St. John’s product surrendered just two runs in seven and two-thirds innings against South Atlantic League hitters.

Hardin, who has been a strong arm in the Dash’s bullpen over the last 12 months, has also made four appearances thus far this season. In three and a third innings, the Pinckneyville, Ill., native has given up just one run. Hardin’s last outing was last Saturday at Wilmington.

With the moves, the Dash’s roster sits at the Carolina League maximum of 25 players, along with four men on the disabled list. Stay tuned for a full preview of tonight’s game between the Dash and Salem Red Sox.

- Brian

Game #15 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

Game #15 – Home Game #8
Winston-Salem Dash (4-10) vs. Salem Red Sox (7-7)
Friday, April 18 – 7:00 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash will try to shake off the second opposing sweep in BB&T Ballpark history and snap a four-game losing skid, beginning a four-game series against the Salem Red Sox. Winston-Salem lost to Frederick, 7-3 on Thursday night.

Braulio Ortiz would be fifth in the CL in ERA if he had enough innings to qualify (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Braulio Ortiz would be fifth in the CL in ERA if he had enough innings to qualify (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

Jacob May – CF
Tim Anderson – SS
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Jason Coats – RF
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Martin Medina – C
Nick Basto – 3B
Grant Buckner – DH
Braulio Ortiz – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • With his third inning triple on Thursday, shortstop Tim Anderson moved into a tie for the Carolina League lead in three-baggers with Myrtle Beach’s Chris Garia. The 20-year-old also shares the circuit’s lead in doubles (6) and extra-base hits (9).
  • Outfielder Courtney Hawkins continue to lead the Carolina League in RBIs with 15. Myrtle Beach’s Joey Gallo sits in second place with 13 runs driven in, and Gallo’s teammate Preston Beck is third with 10 RBIs.
  • The Dash have had a power outage in recent days. Their last home run occurred 78 innings ago, and it came off the bat of Hawkins during the April 8 game at Salem in a 9-8 setback.
  • The Dash allowed two unearned runs to score against Frederick Thursday night, pushing their Minor League Baseball-leading total to 26 this season. The Tampa Yankees (High-A, New York Yankees) of the Florida State League have the next-highest total with 23 unearned runs surrendered.
  • Winston-Salem has boasted the best record in the Carolina League (385-323-1) since becoming the Dash in 2009, but they have traditionally run into trouble against Salem. The Dash own a 46-56-1 record against the Red Sox, and have not won a series against their division rival since a rain-shortened two-game set from May 21-23, 2013.
  • Probable starting pitcher Braulio Ortiz will make his third start of the season. In his last outing, the 22-year-old allowed three runs (one earned) on two hits in five innings at Wilmington last Saturday. He suffered the loss in a 4-0 contest. For the season, Ortiz is 0-1 with a 0.96 ERA.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m. Every Dash home game is also available on MiLB.tv.

- Dave

A rare sight at BB&T Ballpark

The Dash have done plenty of high-fiving at BB&T Ballpark (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

The Dash have done plenty of high-fiving at BB&T Ballpark (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Since moving into BB&T Ballpark for the 2010 season, the Dash have quickly made the downtown facility one of the most-feared destinations for opposing teams.

Winston-Salem has posted the fourth-best home record in full-season Minor League Baseball during the BB&T Ballpark era, entering tonight with a 173-115 (.601) mark. Only the Savannah Sand Gnats (Low-A, San Francisco) of the South Atlantic League (172-110, .610), the Durham Bulls (Triple-A, Tampa Bay) of the International League (181-116, .609) and the Hagerstown Suns (Low-A, Washington) of the South Atlantic League (170-112, .603) have better winning percentages at home during that span.

While all teams will have the occasional hiccups at their ballpark, the Dash have done an incredible job of bouncing back from lackluster performances. In BB&T Ballpark’s history, Winston-Salem has only been swept twice in 86 previous series!

Unfortunately, one of those sweeps just occurred this week. The Frederick Keys won three straight in the Triad, capturing both ends of Wednesday’s doubleheader, 5-3 and 2-0, before leaving town with a 7-3 victory Thursday night.

The only other sweep came at the hands of the eventual Carolina League champion Salem Red Sox on August 14-16, 2013. The Dash put up a great fight in all three games, losing 5-4 in 10 innings during the opener before being dealt consecutive 2-1 setbacks. This first sweep did not take place until the 82nd series in the facility’s history.

There have been eight other attempts to sweep Winston-Salem within their home confines, and the Dash have emerged victorious on each occasion. In those contests, Winston-Salem outscored their opponents by a 58-31 margin.

For comparison’s sake, the Dash have successfully swept their opponent 18 times at BB&T Ballpark. 18-2 is still quite a lopsided score!

The Dash will look to get back to their winning ways tonight, with the beginning of a four-game series against the Salem Red Sox. We will have a preview of tonight’s game later on the blog.

- Dave

Game #14 Preview – Dash vs. Frederick

Game #14 – Home Game #7
Winston-Salem Dash (4-9) vs. Frederick Keys (5-8)
Thursday, April 17 – 7:00 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash look to snap a three-game losing streak and avoid a rare home sweep tonight against Frederick. Winston-Salem dropped both ends of Wednesday’s doubleheader to the Keys by scores of 5-3 and 2-0.

Tony Bucciferro will make his third start of the season on Thursday night (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Tony Bucciferro will make his third start of the season on Thursday night (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

Jacob May – CF
Tim Anderson – SS
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Jason Coats – RF
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Michael Marjama – C
Grant Buckner – 3B
Adam Heisler – DH
Tony Bucciferro – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Tonight’s clash with Frederick marks the 10th time that a Dash opponent has attempted to sweep Winston-Salem at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash have avoided a sweep during the first eight tries, but the Salem Red Sox completed the feat last August.
  • With his 1-for-3 performance in the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader, catcher Michael Marjama now has hits in six of the seven games in which he has played this season.
  • Since moving into BB&T Ballpark for the 2010 season, the Dash have boasted the third-best home record in full-season Minor League Baseball. Including the six home contests this season, Winston-Salem is 173-114 (.603) at BB&T Ballpark.
  • Thanks to Frederick’s five unearned runs during Wednesday’s doubleheader, the Dash have now allowed 24 unearned runs this season, the most in Minor League Baseball. The Tampa Yankees (High-A, New York Yankees) of the Florida State League have the next-highest total, with 20.
  • Left-handed reliever Jefferson Olacio tossed three scoreless innings during the second game of Wednesday’s doubleheader, surrendering only one hit and a hit batter while striking out four. In four appearances this season, the 20-year-old has posted a 0.96 ERA in nine and one-third innings, with 14 strikeouts.
  • Dash starter Tony Bucciferro will get the ball for the third time this season. In his last outing, the 24-year-old was saddled with the loss against Wilmington, allowing four runs and six hits in six innings during a 5-0 setback. Bucciferro is 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA in 2014.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’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. Fans from outside the Winston-Salem area can catch the action on wsjs.com, with a special extended pregame show starting shortly before 6 p.m. Every Dash home game is also available on MiLB.tv.

- Dave

Winston-Salem tweaks bullpen

After two outings in Kannapolis, southpaw Sean Bierman has made the leap to the Dash (photo via the Kannapolis Intimidators).

After two outings in Kannapolis, southpaw Sean Bierman has made the leap to the Dash (photo via the Kannapolis Intimidators).

The Dash’s roster has not changed much thus far this season, but the White Sox did announce a pair of promotions affecting the Winston-Salem bullpen on Thursday afternoon. Evan Crawford has jumped up to Double-A Birmingham after two efforts in the Carolina League, while fellow southpaw Sean Bierman has earned a spot in the Dash’s clubhouse after starting the season in Low-A Kannapolis.

Crawford, who logged 10 appearances with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2012, joined the White Sox organization via the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft. He tossed two and two-thirds innings with Winston-Salem over two outings and surrendered two runs (one earned) on one hit. He will head to the Double-A level, where he has made 80 appearances over his seven-season minor league career.

Thanks to this promotion, the Dash have added another left-hander in Bierman, who made two starts with the Intimidators to begin the season. Bierman, who went 0-1 with a 7.00 earned run average in those efforts, was 11-8 with a 3.00 ERA in 31 outings with the Tampa Bay organization. He came over to the White Sox from the Rays as one of the players to be named later in the Jesse Crain trade, which was agreed to in July and completed in October.

As a result, the Dash’s roster remains at 25, with 13 of those men being pitchers. Winston-Salem aims to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Frederick Keys tonight at 7. A full preview is on the way later.

- Brian

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