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Game #136 Preview – Dash at Myrtle Beach

Game #136 – Road Game #67
Winston-Salem Dash (29-37, 59-76) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (35-31, 79-55)
Friday, August 29 – 7:05 p.m.
TicketReturn.com Field (Myrtle Beach, SC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 4-1 win in 11 innings at Myrtle Beach on Thursday night. Winston-Salem will try to earn a split in the four-game series against the Pelicans.

Michael Marjama is batting .378 during his last nine games. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Michael Marjama is batting .378 during his last nine games. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Keenyn Walker – CF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – DH
Omar Narvaez – C
Jake Peter – 2B
C.J. Beatty – RF
Zach Voight – 3B
Nick Blount – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• The Dash are at the brink of postseason elimination. With four regular season contests remaining, Winston-Salem stands four-and-a-half games behind Salem for the final Southern Division playoff spot. One Dash loss, Red Sox win or Carolina Mudcats win would end their postseason hopes.

• Catcher Michael Marjama went 2-for-5 with two singles and scored the go-ahead run in the 11th inning on Thursday. During his last nine games, the California native is batting .378 (14-for-37) with six runs scored.

• Outfielder Nick Basto’s bunt single in the eighth inning extended his hitting streak to six games. It’s the fourth time this season that the 20-year-old has recorded a hitting streak of at least six games.

• First baseman Keon Barnum tallied a double and an RBI in Thursday’s contest. The 21-year-old is now on a six-game hitting streak and has amassed at least one hit in 12 of his last 13 games.

• Right-hander Raul Fernandez tossed three scoreless innings out of the bullpen to earn the win on Thursday. The 24-year-old hasn’t allowed a run in any of his last four outings, spanning nine innings.

• The Dash won for the 11th time in their last at-bat this season and improved to 4-6 in extra-inning games. That includes a 3-2 mark away from BB&T Ballpark.

• Tonight marks the final meeting of the season between the Dash and Pelicans. Myrtle Beach captured 12 of the first 19 matchups and went 7-2 against Winston-Salem at home.

• Right-hander Nick Blount will toe the rubber for the Dash tonight. During his first High-A start against Carolina last Sunday, the Georgia native allowed two runs and five hits in four innings, finishing with a no-decision in the 7-5 setback against the Mudcats. In three appearances with the Dash, the 23-year-old has a 2.25 ERA in eight innings.

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

Game #135 Preview – Dash at Myrtle Beach

Game #135 – Road Game #66
Winston-Salem Dash (28-37, 58-76) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (35-30, 79-54)
Thursday, August 28 – 7:05 p.m.
TicketReturn.com Field (Myrtle Beach, SC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash suffered their seventh straight setback, losing 16-5 at Myrtle Beach on Wednesday night. Winston-Salem has dropped their last three games at TicketReturn.com Field and seven of eight on the Pelicans’ home turf this year.

Nick Basto is currently on a five-game hitting streak. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Nick Basto is currently on a five-game hitting streak. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – DH
Keenyn Walker – CF
Nick Basto – LF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Michael Marjama – C
Jake Peter – 2B
C.J. Beatty – RF
Zach Voight – SS
James Dykstra – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• The Dash are at the brink of postseason elimination. With five regular season contests remaining, Winston-Salem stands five-and-a-half games behind Salem for the final Southern Division playoff spot. One Dash loss, Red Sox win or Carolina Mudcats win would end their postseason hopes.

• Wednesday matched the single-game record for runs allowed in a game during the Dash era (since 2009). Winston-Salem also gave up 16 runs in a six-run loss to Salem on August 31, 2011.

• Outfielder Nick Basto went 1-for-3 with a single and two runs scored on Wednesday. The 20-year-old is now riding a five-game hitting streak.

• Outfielder Keenyn Walker registered a single and an RBI in Wednesday’s contest. The Utah native has hits in four of his last five games, during which he is batting .333 (6-for-18).

• The Dash are 7-17 this month and as a result, have fallen into the Southern Division basement. Nine of those 17 losses have come during the opponent’s last at-bat. Winston-Salem is also 1-10 on the road in August.

• Outfielders Jason Coats and Courtney Hawkins were named to the Carolina League Year-End All-Star team today. You can read more about their 2014 accomplishments here.

• The Dash made a roster move prior to Tuesday’s contest, adding right-hander Brandon Hardin from Double-A Birmingham. It will be the Illinois native’s third stint with Winston-Salem this season. To make room for Hardin on the roster, righty Dave Putman was placed on the disabled list.

• Right-hander James Dykstra will take the mound for the Dash tonight. During his most recent outing against Carolina last Saturday, the California native allowed five runs (four earned) in five and two-third innings, suffering the loss in the 7-4 setback against the Mudcats. Overall, the 23-year-old is 3-3 with a 5.10 ERA in eight starts at the High-A level.

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. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:50 p.m., with the first pitch at 7:05.

- Dave

Game #134 Preview – Dash at Myrtle Beach

Game #134 – Road Game #65
Winston-Salem Dash (28-36, 58-75) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (34-30, 78-54)
Wednesday, August 27 – 7:05 p.m.
TicketReturn.com Field (Myrtle Beach, SC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash were dealt their sixth consecutive loss on Tuesday, falling 7-2 at Myrtle Beach. Winston-Salem had a 2-1 lead when the Pelicans exploded for five runs in the sixth inning.

J.B. Wendelken is fourth in the Carolina League in innings pitched. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

J.B. Wendelken is fourth in the Carolina League in innings pitched. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Nick Basto – RF
Omar Narvaez – C
Jake Peter – 2B
Keenyn Walker – DH
J.B. Wendelken – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• The Dash are nearing the brink of postseason elimination. With six regular season contests remaining, Winston-Salem stands five games behind Salem for the final Southern Division playoff spot.

• Catcher Michael Marjama went 2-for-4 with two singles and a run on Tuesday. During his last eight games, the California native is batting .375 (12-for-32) with five runs scored.

• Outfielder Keenyn Walker tallied two hits and an RBI in Tuesday’s contest. The Utah native has hits in three of his last four games, during which he is batting .313 (5-for-16).

• Outfielder Adam Engel extended his hitting streak to five games with a first-inning single. The 22-year-old has at least one hit in 12 of his 16 games at the High-A level.

• The Dash have fallen into the Southern Division basement due to a tough-luck August. In 16 losses this month, nine have occurred in the opponent’s last at-bat.

• The Dash made a roster move prior to Tuesday’s contest, adding right-hander Tyler Barnette from Triple-A Charlotte. The Hickory native and UNC-Charlotte product made three appearances for the Knights after 25 outings (11 starts) with Low-A Kannapolis. To make room for Barnette, left-hander Ben Brewster was placed on the disabled list.

• Winston-Salem has only won one of the first seven matchups with Myrtle Beach at TicketReturn.com Field. The Dash have only mustered 13 runs in those seven contests. Overall this season, Winston-Salem is 6-11 against the Pelicans.

• Right-hander J.B. Wendelken will try to get the Dash back on track tonight. During his most recent outing against Carolina last Friday, the 21-year-old gave up seven runs (six earned) in five and one-third innings. He finished with a no-decision in the 8-7 setback against the Mudcats.

• In his first year as a starter, Wendelken ranks fourth in the Carolina League with 137.2 innings pitched. The Georgia native is 16.2 innings behind circuit leader Ryan Merritt of Carolina. Wendelken is 6-9 with a 5.03 ERA in 25 starts with the Dash this season.

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

Game #133 Preview – Dash at Myrtle Beach

Game #133 – Road Game #64
Winston-Salem Dash (28-35, 58-74) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (33-30, 77-54)
Tuesday, August 26 – 7:05 p.m.
TicketReturn.com Field (Myrtle Beach, SC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash dropped their fifth straight game on Monday, falling 6-5 against Carolina in 12 innings. Winston-Salem wraps up the regular season slate with a seven-game road trip, beginning tonight in Myrtle Beach.

Tyler Danish tossed six scoreless innings against Myrtle Beach on July 7. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Tyler Danish tossed six scoreless innings against Myrtle Beach on July 7. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Nick Basto – RF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Jake Peter – 2B
Michael Marjama – C
Keenyn Walker – DH
Tyler Danish – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• The Dash are now in dire straits for potential postseason action. With seven regular season contests remaining, Winston-Salem stands five games behind Salem for the final Southern Division playoff spot.

• Monday marked only the third time that the Dash have been swept at BB&T Ballpark since the downtown facility opened in 2010. Salem captured all three games against Winston-Salem from August 14-16, 2013, while Frederick swept a rain-altered three-game series from April 16-17 of this season.

• Monday was also the first time the Winston-Salem franchise was swept in a four-game series at home since August 25-28, 2006. The Warthogs lost all four games against Salem at Ernie Shore Field.

• Winston-Salem finished 2014 with a losing record at home for the first time since 2007, when the Warthogs went 32-37 at Ernie Shore Field. The Dash posted a 34-35 record at BB&T Ballpark this season.

• Catcher Omar Narvaez went 3-for-5 with two singles, a double, an RBI and a run scored on Monday. The 22-year-old has at least one hit in five of his last six games, during which he is batting .409 (9-for-22).

• Second baseman Jake Peter collected two singles and an RBI in Monday’s game. The 21-year-old has recorded three straight multi-hit efforts and is batting .444 (12-for-27) during his last six games.

• The Dash made a roster move prior to Tuesday’s contest, activating left-hander Ben Brewster from the disabled list. The Maryland native has made three appearances with Winston-Salem, posting a 1.80 ERA in five innings.

• Winston-Salem has struggled against Myrtle Beach this season, having won only six of 16 matchups. The Dash are 1-5 at TicketReturn.com Field.

• Right-hander Tyler Danish will try to snap the Dash skid tonight. During his most recent outing against Salem last Thursday, the 19-year-old allowed two runs in six and two-third innings, suffering the tough-luck loss in a 2-1 setback against the Red Sox.

• During a combined 23 starts with Low-A Kannapolis and Winston-Salem this season, Danish has posted a 2.03 ERA, which is sixth-lowest among full-season Minor League qualifiers. The Florida native sports a 5-3 record and 2.64 ERA while with the Dash.

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

Game #132 Preview – Dash vs. Carolina

Game #132 – Home Game #69
Winston-Salem Dash (28-34, 58-73) vs. Carolina Mudcats (30-31, 59-69)
Monday, August 25 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash suffered a crushing defeat against Carolina on Sunday afternoon, falling 7-5. Torsten Boss’ three-run homer with two outs in the top of the ninth inning sent Winston-Salem to its fourth straight loss.

C.J. Beatty hit his first Minor League homer since 2010 on Sunday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

C.J. Beatty hit his first Minor League homer since 2010 on Sunday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Omar Narvaez – C
Nick Basto – LF
C.J. Beatty – RF
Michael Marjama – DH
Zach Voight – SS
Brandon Brennan – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• With Sunday’s loss, the Dash are now four games behind Salem for the final Southern Division playoff spot with eight regular season contests remaining. Carolina trails the Red Sox by a game-and-a-half.

• Outfielder C.J. Beatty slugged a three-run homer in the fourth inning on Sunday. It was the first Minor league dinger for the Winston-Salem native since August 29, 2010, when he was a member of the Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A, St. Louis).

Nick Basto went 2-for-4 with two singles and an RBI in Sunday’s contest. The 20-year-old now has 20 multi-hit games with the Dash this season.

• Catcher Michael Marjama collected a single, double, RBI and run scored on Sunday. The California native has hits in five of his last six games, during which he is batting .435 (10-for-23).

• In 104 previous series at BB&T Ballpark, the Dash have only been swept twice since the downtown facility opened in 2010. Salem captured all three games against Winston-Salem from August 14-16, 2013, while Frederick swept a rain-altered three-game series from April 16-17 of this season.

• Winston-Salem enters the final home game of 2014 in danger of posting its first losing record at BB&T Ballpark, which opened in 2010. The franchise has not recorded a losing home record since the Warthogs were 32-37 at Ernie Shore Field in 2007.

• The Dash close out the regular season with seven road games: four at Myrtle Beach before finishing up with three at Carolina.

• Since the Mudcats joined the Carolina League in 2012, the Dash are 17-13 against their in-state rivals at BB&T Ballpark. Carolina has had the upper-hand since last July, however, having won nine of the last 13 meetings in the Triad.

• Right-hander Brandon Brennan will try to pitch the Dash out of their skid tonight. During his most recent outing against Salem last Wednesday, the California native allowed four runs (three earned) in five and one-third innings, earning the win in the 9-4 victory over the Red Sox.

• Since his promotion to Winston-Salem on July 31, Brennan has posted a 2-0 record and 3.54 ERA in four starts. Tonight marks his first outing against the Mudcats.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Today’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 can be viewed on MiLB.tv.

- Dave

Game #131 Preview – Dash vs. Carolina

Game #131 – Home Game #68
Winston-Salem Dash (28-33, 58-72) vs. Carolina Mudcats (29-31, 58-69)
Sunday, August 24 – 2 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash suffered their third straight loss, falling 7-4 against Carolina on Saturday night. Winston-Salem has dropped seven of nine meetings with the Mudcats during the second half of the season.

Cleuluis Rondon is batting .340 during his last 11 games. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Cleuluis Rondon is batting .340 with nine RBIs during his last 11 games. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Keon Barnum – 1B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Michael Marjama – C
Nick Basto – LF
C.J. Beatty – RF
Zach Voight – 2B
Keenyn Walker – DH
Nick Blount – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• With Saturday’s loss, the Dash are now three-and-a-half games behind Salem for the final Southern Division playoff spot with nine regular season contests remaining. Carolina trails the Red Sox by two games.

• Shortstop Cleuluis Rondon went 2-for-4 with a single, double and two RBIs on Saturday. Since August 12, the 20-year-old is batting .340 (16-for-47) with nine RBIs and seven runs scored over 11 games.

• Second baseman Jake Peter collected two more singles on Saturday. The 21-year-old has hits in four of his last five games, all of them multi-hit efforts.

• Outfielder Adam Engel went 1-for-3 with a single, walk, sacrifice fly, RBI and two runs scored. The Ohio native has hits in six of his last seven games.

• Left-hander Sean Hagan pitched two and one-third scoreless innings out of the bullpen on Saturday. In 33 appearances this season, the New York native sports a 3.35 ERA in 51 innings.

• The Dash own a winning record in day games this season. Winston-Salem is 12-11 this year in afternoon contests, including a 7-6 mark at BB&T Ballpark.

• Since the Mudcats joined the Carolina League in 2012, the Dash are 17-11 against their in-state rivals at BB&T Ballpark. Carolina has had the upper-hand since last July, however, having won eight of the last 12 meetings in the Triad.

• Right-hander Nick Blount will make his first High-A start this afternoon. The 23-year-old has made two relief appearances for the Dash, tossing four scoreless innings while striking out five. He also made two appearances in the Arizona League prior to his August 15 promotion to Winston-Salem.

• Carolina will send left-hander Ryan Merritt to the bump today. The Texas native and Pitcher of the Year candidate has a 13-3 record and 2.49 ERA this season. The southpaw also leads the Carolina League with 148.1 innings pitched.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Today’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 1:45 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 2. Every Dash home game can be viewed on MiLB.tv.

- Dave

Game #130 Preview – Dash vs. Carolina

Game #130 – Home Game #67
Winston-Salem Dash (28-32, 58-71) vs. Carolina Mudcats (28-31, 57-69)
Saturday, August 23 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash battled back from an early four-run deficit, but ultimately fell 8-7 against Carolina in the series opener on Friday night. The loss allowed the Mudcats to leapfrog Winston-Salem in the Southern Division standings.

James Dykstra pitched eight strong innings at Wilmington last Sunday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

James Dykstra pitched eight strong innings at Wilmington last Sunday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Keon Barnum – 1B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Omar Narvaez – C
Jake Peter – 2B
Nick Basto – DH
C.J. Beatty – RF
Keenyn Walker – LF
James Dykstra – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• With Thursday’s loss, the Dash are now three games behind Salem for the final Southern Division playoff spot with 10 regular season contests remaining. Carolina trails the Red Sox by two-and-a-half games.

• Third baseman Trey Michalczewski went 3-for-4 with two singles, a double, three RBIs and a walk on Friday. The 19-year-old has recorded hits in six of his 10 games with the Dash.

• Outfielder C.J. Beatty registered three hits and two runs scored in Friday’s contest. During his last three games, the Winston-Salem native is batting .417 (5-for-12) with two RBIs and two runs scored.

• Second baseman Jake Peter went 2-for-5 with two singles and an RBI. Since his promotion to Winston-Salem from short-season Great Falls on August 5, the 21-year-old has five multi-hit games, with three coming in the last four contests.

• Dash relievers had combined to log 14.1 consecutive scoreless innings since last Saturday at Wilmington before Carolina plated the go-ahead run against right-hander Adam Lopez in the ninth inning on Friday.

• Since the Mudcats joined the Carolina League in 2012, the Dash are 17-10 against their in-state rivals at BB&T Ballpark. Carolina has had the upper-hand since last July, however, having won seven of the last 11 meetings in the Triad.

• Right-hander James Dykstra will try to get the Dash back on track tonight. During his most recent outing at Wilmington last Sunday, the California native surrendered one run and six hits in eight strong innings, earning the win in the 4-1 triumph over the Blue Rocks.

• Since his promotion to Winston-Salem from Low-A Kannapolis on July 15, Dykstra is 3-2 with a 4.93 ERA in seven starts. The 23-year-old has 35 strikeouts and three walks in 42 innings pitched.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game will be telecast live in the Winston-Salem area on My 48, beginning at 7 p.m. The contest is also available live on wsdash.com/broadcast, with the Pregame Dash starting at 6:45 p.m.

- Dave

Game #129 Preview – Dash vs. Carolina

Game #129 – Home Game #66
Winston-Salem Dash (28-31, 58-70) vs. Carolina Mudcats (27-31, 56-69)
Friday, August 22 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash were denied a sweep against Salem on Thursday night, falling 2-1 to the Red Sox. Winston-Salem begins a four-game series against Carolina tonight to close out the regular season home slate.

J.B. Wendelken ranks fourth in the Carolina League in innings pitched. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

J.B. Wendelken ranks fourth in the Carolina League in innings pitched. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Keon Barnum – 1B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Omar Narvaez – C
Jake Peter – 2B
Nick Basto – DH
C.J. Beatty – RF
Keenyn Walker – LF
J.B. Wendelken – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• With Thursday’s loss, the Dash are now two games behind Salem for the final Southern Division playoff spot with 11 regular season contests remaining. Carolina sits a half-game behind Winston-Salem.

• First baseman Keon Barnum went 4-for-4 with four singles and an RBI on Thursday. The 21-year-old tied a career-high with four hits in a single game. He also accomplished the feat on June 23 at Lynchburg and on June 30 against Carolina.

• Outfielder Courtney Hawkins supplied the only other hit for the Dash on Thursday, a sixth inning single. The 20-year-old is now on an eight-game hitting streak, which is one shy of his career-high.

• Hawkins’ five-game RBI streak came to an end on Thursday. The Texas native drove in at least one run in six consecutive games from April 4-10, which was a career-high.

• Right-hander Tyler Danish allowed two runs and six hits in five and two-third innings while striking out four. The 19-year-old suffered his first loss since July 18 against Myrtle Beach.

• The White Sox made a roster move involving the Dash today. Shortstop Tim Anderson was activated from the disabled list and promoted to Double-A Birmingham. The Alabama native batted .297 with six homers and 31 RBIs in 68 games.

• The Dash play Carolina seven times during the final ten days of the regular season. Winston-Salem has a 5-8 mark against the Mudcats this year, including a 3-3 record at BB&T Ballpark.

• Right-hander J.B. Wendelken will take the mound for the Dash tonight. During his most recent outing at Wilmington last Saturday, the 21-year-old surrendered five runs in six innings while recording nine strikeouts. Overall this season, the Georgia native is 6-9 with a 4.83 ERA.

• Wendelken, a converted reliever, has logged 132.1 innings this year, which ranks fourth in the Carolina League. Carolina’s Ryan Merritt leads the circuit with 148.1 innings pitched.

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 can be viewed on MiLB.tv.

- Dave

Game #128 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

Game #128 – Home Game #65
Winston-Salem Dash (28-30, 58-69) vs. Salem Red Sox (27-27, 60-62)
Thursday, August 21 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash led wire-to-wire in a 9-4 victory over Salem on Wednesday night. Winston-Salem has rattled off three straight wins to pull even closer in the race for the final Southern Division playoff spot.

Tyler Danish sports a 1.07 ERA during his last nine starts. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Tyler Danish sports a 4-1 record and 1.07 ERA during his last nine starts. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Jake Peter – 2B
Nick Basto – DH
Michael Marjama – C
C.J. Beatty – RF
Tyler Danish – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• With Wednesday’s win, the Dash are now just one game behind Salem for the final Southern Division playoff spot with 12 regular season contests remaining. Carolina sits a half-game behind Winston-Salem.

• The Dash pounded out 16 hits against Salem on Wednesday, two shy of a season-high. Eight of the nine players in Winston-Salem’s starting lineup had at least one hit.

• Outfielder C.J. Beatty went 2-for-4 with two singles and his first two RBIs as a member of the Dash. The 25-year-old is the first Winston-Salem native to play for the franchise in the Dash era (since 2009).

• Outfielder Courtney Hawkins went 2-for-4 with a single and a solo homer in Wednesday’s win. The 20-year-old now has 19 round-trippers this season, which ranks second in the Carolina League behind former Myrtle Beach slugger Joey Gallo (21).

• Hawkins has feasted on Salem pitching this year. In 19 games against the Red Sox, the Texas native is batting .294 (20-for-68) with 7 homers and 26 RBIs.

Nick Basto blasted a two-run homer in the seventh inning on Wednesday. The 20-year-old now has seven taters this year, with six coming after the All-Star Break.

• The Dash slugged just two home runs in the first 16 games of August, but the team doubled that output on Wednesday. After leading the Carolina League each season from 2010-13, Winston-Salem ranks fourth in the circuit with 75 long balls, 26 shy of Myrtle Beach for the top spot.

• Shortstop Cleuluis Rondon collected three hits, two RBIs and a run scored on Wednesday. The 20-year-old has hits in eight of his last nine games, during which he is batting .350 (14-for-40).

• The Dash have captured the season series from Salem, winning 11 of 19 matchups. Winston-Salem is 5-4 against the Red Sox at BB&T Ballpark this season. Tonight marks the final meeting between the two clubs in the regular season.

• Right-hander Tyler Danish will try to help the Dash earn a series sweep tonight. During his most recent outing at Wilmington last Friday, the 19-year-old allowed two runs and four hits in six innings. He finished with a no-decision in the 5-3 setback against the Blue Rocks.

• Danish has been stellar since the beginning of July. In nine starts, the Florida native is 4-1 with a 1.07 ERA over 50.2 innings. In 15 starts with Winston-Salem this year, Danish is 5-2 with a 2.61 ERA.

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. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 7. Every Dash home game can be viewed on MiLB.tv.

- Dave

Game #127 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

Game #127 – Home Game #64
Winston-Salem Dash (27-30, 57-69) vs. Salem Red Sox (27-26, 60-61)
Wednesday, August 20 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash exploded for six runs in the second inning against the Red Sox on Tuesday night before holding on for a 6-4 victory in the series opener. Winston-Salem snapped Salem’s eight-game winning streak while moving closer in the playoff chase.

Keon Barnum had a two-run double in Tuesday's win over Salem. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Keon Barnum tallied a two-run double in Tuesday’s win over Salem. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Jake Peter – 2B
Nick Basto – DH
Omar Narvaez – C
C.J. Beatty – RF
Brandon Brennan – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• Outfielder Courtney Hawkins delivered a two-run single in the second inning on Tuesday. The 20-year-old has rattled off three consecutive multi-RBI games for the first time in his professional career.

• First baseman Keon Barnum went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. The 21-year-old now has hits in four straight games, during which he is batting .375 (6-for-16). Barnum now has 55 RBIs this season, which ranks second among active Dash players.

• Third baseman Nick Basto tied a career-high with three hits in Tuesday’s contest. It’s the fourth time he has compiled three hits in a game this season, with the others coming on April 6 against Wilmington and against Potomac on May 2 and July 22.

• Catcher Omar Narvaez went 2-for-2 with two singles, two walks, an RBI and a run scored on Tuesday. The Venezuelan native had been in a 2-for-26 slump before his breakout performance.

• Shortstop Cleuluis Rondon saw his seven-game hitting streak come to an end on Tuesday. During that stretch, the 20-year-old batted .355 (11-for-31) with five RBIs and six runs scored.

• After his solid start on Tuesday, right-hander Terance Marin earned a promotion to Double-A Birmingham earlier today. Replacing him on the Dash roster is right-hander Adam Lopez from Low-A Kannapolis.

• The Dash are now two games behind Salem for the final Southern Division playoff spot with 13 regular season contests remaining. Carolina sits a half-game behind Winston-Salem in the standings.

• With Tuesday’s win, the Dash have earned at least a split in the season series against Salem, having won ten of 18 meetings. Winston-Salem has a 4-4 record against the Red Sox at BB&T Ballpark.

• Right-hander Brandon Brennan will try to pitch the Dash to their third straight win tonight. During his most recent outing against Lynchburg last Thursday, the California native allowed two runs in five innings and finished with a no-decision in the 5-4 Dash win. While with Winston-Salem, Brennan is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in three starts.

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 can be viewed on MiLB.tv.

- Dave

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