Game #127 Preview – Dash at Myrtle Beach

Game #127 – Road Game #61
Winston-Salem Dash (36-20, 66-60) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (34-23, 75-51)
Tuesday, August 24 – 7:05 p.m.
TicketReturn.com Field (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Behind Yency Almonte’s eight sterling innings, the Dash knocked off the Pelicans 5-1 in Monday’s series opener. Winston-Salem holds a 2.5-game lead over Myrtle Beach for the Southern Division’s second half crown heading into action on Tuesday.

Nick Basto's bat has been back of late, as he smashed a home run on Monday in Myrtle Beach. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Nick Basto’s bat has been back of late, as he has knocked in a run in six straight games. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Omar Narvaez – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Danner – DH
James Dykstra – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Winston-Salem’s playoff magic number is eight. Any combination of Dash victories or Mudcats losses that equals eight would give Winston-Salem its first playoff berth since 2012 and its fourth in the seven-season Dash era. With a 7-0 triumph at Wilmington on Monday, the Mudcats remained 5.5 games behind the Dash with 13 to go in the second-half standings.
  • The Dash are not only playing for a postseason ticket, but they are on top of the second-half Southern Division standings. Winston enjoys a 2.5-game lead on Myrtle Beach. If the Dash can hold off the Pelicans for their first division crown since the second-half title in 2012, the club would earn a home game (Game 1) in next month’s Southern Division Championship Series. If the Birds rally for another division crown, all three SDCS games would take place in Myrtle Beach.
  • Myrtle Beach’s 37-26 home record is second to Carolina (40-25) for the best in the CL. However, the Dash have won seven in a row on the Grand Strand after dropping their first contest there this season. This streak represents the longest win streak for Winston-Salem at one road site during the Dash era (2009-present), breaking the six-game run the Dash posted at Lynchburg in 2010. The Dash’s best road mark versus one club in a season is 8-2 (Lynchburg in 2010, Wilmington in 2012).
  • Dash outfielder Nick Basto launched his third home run in five games during Monday’s series-opening win at Myrtle Beach. He is also riding a six-game RBI streak, which matches a career-best for the Davie, Fla., native. Basto also strung together six consecutive games with at least one RBI from June 25 to July 2 of 2014 while with the AZL White Sox.
  • In these six games, Basto boasts a .400 average (8-for-20) with the three aforementioned home runs and nine RBIs. In his previous 66 games with Winston-Salem, Basto was a .181 hitter with three homers and 18 RBIs.
  • The Dash have recorded a five-game winning streak, one shy of their 2015 high (July 26-31). Monday marked the first time during this run that the Dash did not trail at any point in the contest. Winston-Salem’s opponents have hit .119 (5-for-42) with men in scoring position. In the most recent four games of this surge, they have just one hit in 30 such at-bats (.033).
  • Here are a few of the reasons Winston-Salem has climbed from the league’s worst overall record at the All-Star Break (30-40) to the second-best overall mark entering Tuesday (66-60). Winston-Salem is 28-12 (.700) in games decided by three runs or less this half. During this span, the Dash are a league-best 14-2 in one-run contests. Winston-Salem’s bullpen has successfully converted 19 straight save chances, with its last blown save coming on June 30. The Dash have matched a single-half record with six sweeps in their first 18 series of half two.
  • Outfielder Adam Engel logged his second two-steal game in a row on Monday. Engel’s 58 stolen bases lead all other Carolina Leaguers by at least 26. He is fourth in all of Minor League Baseball in this category.
  • Eddy Alvarez, who left Monday’s game with a shoulder injury, is tied for fifth with 51 swipes. Alvarez is listed as day-to-day.
  • Right-hander James Dykstra will start for the first time since August 1. In his last outing, he blanked the Pelicans over 4.2 innings on Thursday in a winning effort.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tuesday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:50 p.m., with the first pitch at 7:05 p.m.

– Scott

Game #126 Preview – Dash at Myrtle Beach

Game #126 – Road Game #60
Winston-Salem Dash (35-20, 65-60) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (34-22, 75-50)
Monday, August 24 – 7:05 p.m.
TicketReturn.com Field (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Brian Clark came out of the bullpen to fire six innings of one-run ball and the Dash completed a three-game sweep of Carolina on Sunday with a 3-1 victory. The victory extended Winston-Salem’s lead to 5.5 games over Carolina for the final Southern Division playoff spot. The Dash enter this three-game series at Myrtle Beach with a 1.5 game lead on the Pelicans for the second half Southern Division title.

Brian Clark earned the win in relief in Sunday's win over Carolina. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Brian Clark earned the win in relief in Sunday’s victory over Carolina. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Eddy Alvarez – SS
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Omar Narvaez – C
Nolan Earley – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – RF
Yency Almonte – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Thanks to this weekend’s sweep of Carolina, Winston-Salem’s playoff magic number is nine. Any combination of Dash victories or Mudcats losses that equals nine would give Winston-Salem its first playoff appearance since 2012 and its fourth in the seven-year Dash era. The Mudcats open a three-game home series with playoff-bound Wilmington on Monday night.
  • The Dash are not only playing for a postseason spot, but they are on top of the second-half Southern Division standings. Winston-Salem enjoys a 1.5-game lead on Myrtle Beach, the Dash’s opponent over the next three days. If the Dash can hold off the Pelicans, the club would earn a home game (Game 1) in next month’s Southern Division Championship Series. If the Birds rally for another division crown, all three SDCS games would take place in Myrtle Beach.
  • The Dash and Pelicans have split the first 24 contests of their season series, which culminates with this three-game set. However, Winston-Salem has claimed six of the first seven duels inside TicketReturn.Com Field, the club’s best such stretch at Myrtle Beach in the Dash era. Myrtle (3.04) and Winston (3.25) boast the top two ERAs in the Carolina League, while the Pelicans (4.3, 2nd) also own a slight advantage in runs per game on the Dash (3.9, 4th).
  • Winston-Salem did not sweep a series during the first half, but the club has won every game in six of its first 18 sets in the second half. The Dash have swept every CL club except for Frederick and Potomac during this stretch. As a result, Winston-Salem has matched a single-half high for sweeps in the Dash era (2009-present). The Dash also amassed six broomings in the first half of the 2010 and 2012 seasons. Both of those clubs went to the Mills Cup Finals.
  • The Dash are last in the CL in average (.242), and they have scored three runs or less in 67 of their 125 games (54 percent). As a result, they have needed to eek out some close games, which they have done frequently since the All-Star break. Winston-Salem is 28-12 (.700) in games decided by three runs or less this half. During this span, the Dash are a league-best 14-2 in one-run contests. In the first half, the Dash were just 18-25 (.419) in games decided by three runs or less and 7-11 in one-run tilts.
  • Right-hander Matt Cooper extended a team and an individual streak with his scoreless ninth inning Sunday. Winston-Salem has converted 19 consecutive save opportunities. The club’s last blown save was June 30 against Myrtle Beach, which followed a streak of nine successes in a row. The Dash are 36-for-44 (82 percent) in save chances. Also, Cooper has not given up a run in his last 21 innings, six of which have come since his promotion from Low-A Kannapolis.
  • Winston-Salem limited Carolina to an .040 (1-for-25) average with runners in scoring position during its three-game sweep.
  • Adam Engel’s sixth-inning triple on Sunday was the Dash’s first three-bagger since July 31 (17 games between triples).
  • Nick Basto’s bat is back over the last seven games, during which he is hitting .409 (9-for-22) with two homers and eight RBIs. Basto has driven in a run in his last five games.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Monday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:50 p.m., with the first pitch at 7:05 p.m.

– Scott

Game #125 Preview – Dash vs. Carolina

Game #125 – Home Game #66
Winston-Salem Dash (34-20, 64-60) vs. Carolina Mudcats (30-25, 64-60)
Sunday, August 23 – 2 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem plated six runs in the fourth en route to an 8-5 triumph on Saturday over Carolina. The victory increased the Dash’s lead to 4.5 games over the Mudcats for the final Southern Division playoff spot.

Nolan Earley smashed a bases-clearing double on Saturday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Nolan Earley smashed a bases-clearing double on Saturday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Eddy Alvarez – SS
Jake Peter – LF
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – DH
Brett Austin – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – 2B
Brandon Brennan – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Thanks to Saturday’s win, Winston-Salem leads Carolina by 4.5 games for the final playoff berth in the Southern Division. The Dash also enjoy a 1.5-game advantage on Myrtle Beach for first place. Winston must finish ahead of Carolina to clinch a playoff spot, while the club would earn a home playoff game in next month’s Southern Division Championship Series by holding on for the division crown in the second half.
  • Following Sunday’s sweep chance for Winston-Salem, the squad heads to Myrtle Beach for a three-game set before finishing the season with 11 games against the Northern Division (8 against Frederick, 3 against Wilmington).
  • The Dash have collected a pair of narrow wins over the Mudcats this weekend, and the pitching staff’s ability to work out of jams has been vital. Carolina is just 1-for-20 (.050) with runners in scoring position. Overall this season, Winston-Salem’s opposition has hit .248 with men in scoring position. The only two teams better than the Dash in this category are the two teams most closely chasing them for the division crown: Myrtle Beach (.236) and Carolina (.242).
  • The Dash’s success in limiting damage with men in scoring position has propelled them to the Carolina League’s second-best team ERA (3.27). Only Myrtle Beach (3.02) has a better mark, while Carolina is third (3.35). Winston-Salem is on pace to shatter the Dash-era (2009-present) record for team ERA, set by the 2012 staff (3.71).
  • The Dash recorded their third-highest run output of the second half in Saturday’s middle match. Winston’s aforementioned six-run fourth was the club’s best single-inning performance since a nine-run seventh on May 7 at Frederick, which represents a Dash-era record.
  • While they scored eight on Saturday, the magic number for the Dash has been four. When Winston-Salem plates four-plus runs, the team is 44-14 (.759). The Dash are just 20-46 (.303) when amassing three runs or fewer. Winston has failed to surpass four runs in 53 percent of its games.
  • Because the Dash have struggled offensively (seventh in the CL with a .242 average), they have needed to eek out some close games, which they have done tremendously well since the All-Star break. Winston-Salem is 27-12 (.692) in games decided by three runs or less this half. During this span, the Dash are a league-best 14-2 in one-run contests. In the first half, the Dash were just 18-25 (.419) in games decided by three runs or less and 7-11 in one-run tilts.
  • Right-hander Brad Goldberg earned his eighth save, tying him with former Dash hurler Peter Tago for the team lead. Goldberg also continued the Dash’s impressive streak of 18 straight successful save conversions. The club’s last blown save was June 30 against Myrtle Beach. The Dash are 35-for-43 (81 percent) in save chances. Only Carolina (38-for-45, 84 percent) has been better within the CL.
  • Brandon Brennan has been activated after a two-week stint on the disabled list (blister). He will make his first start since August 5, which was also against Carolina. He left that start due to his injury after working into the fourth frame.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Sunday’s game will be available on WMYV-TV (My 48) in the Winston-Salem area. A full channel guide is available here. on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 1:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 2 p.m.

– Scott

Game #124 Preview – Dash vs. Carolina

Game #124 – Home Game #65
Winston-Salem Dash (33-20, 63-60) vs. Carolina Mudcats (30-24, 64-59)
Saturday, August 22 – 6:30 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Jordan Guerrero tossed eight innings of one-run ball and Nick Basto cranked a three-run home run to drive Winston-Salem to a 4-1 series-opening victory Friday over Carolina. The Dash lead the Mudcats by 3.5 games for the Southern Division’s final playoff spot heading into Saturday’s middle game.

Jordan Guerrero has made six starts in a row with at least six innings with no more than two runs allowed. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Jordan Guerrero has made six starts in a row with at least six innings with no more than two runs allowed. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Eddy Alvarez – SS
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Omar Narvaez – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Michael Danner – DH
Carson Fulmer – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • For the second time in his professional career, Basto has launched a home run in consecutive contests. He clubbed a solo shot in the second inning of Thursday’s walk-off win before his aforementioned go-ahead tater Friday. During his current five-game hit streak, the second-longest of his season, Basto is hitting .500 (8-for-16) with six RBIs. His High-A average of .198 is at its highest point since the Davie, Fla., native was a .333 hitter following Opening Day.
  • Guerrero continued his recent dominance and avenged his worst Minor League outing. On July 17 at Carolina, Guerrero surrendered six runs in two-and-two-thirds innings, marking his shortest professional start. Since then, the Moorpark, Calif., native is 4-1 with a 1.54 ERA (7 ER in 41.0 IP). Before Friday, Guerrero had only logged eight innings and given up one run one other time in his professional career (April 28 vs. Greenville, while with Low-A Kannapolis).
  • To qualify for the CL postseason, the Dash must finish ahead of both Carolina and Salem in the second-half standings. Winston-Salem can also clinch a home game in next month’s Southern Division Championship Series by finishing atop the division this half. Winston has not made the playoffs since 2012, and the franchise has been to the postseason three times in the Dash era.
  • Right-hander Carson Fulmer, the White Sox first-round pick in June’s MLB Draft, will make his sixth High-A and seventh Minor League start on Saturday. Fulmer is coming off his best effort as a professional last Saturday at Salem. He held the Red Sox without a hit in three shutout innings. In his 13 innings with Winston-Salem, Fulmer has punched out 14 batters.
  • With Friday’s three-run win, the Dash improved to 26-12 (.684) in games decided by three runs or less since the All-Star break. During this span, the Dash are also a league-best 14-2 in one-run contests. In the first half, the Dash were just 18-25 (.419) in games decided by three runs or less and 7-11 in one-run tilts. Winston-Salem has outscored its opponents 195-186 in the second half, which means that the Dash have only a Pythagorean mark of 28-26. This concept calculates expected wins when considering the number of runs scored and runs allowed over a certain span of games.
  • With a scoreless ninth inning, Michael Ynoa locked down his sixth save in as many tries on Friday night. Winston-Salem has successfully converted 17 consecutive save opportunities. The club’s last blown save was June 30 against Myrtle Beach, which followed a run of nine saves in as many chances. Overall this year, the Dash are 34-for-42 (81 percent) in save chances. Only the Mudcats (38-for-45, 84 percent) have been better within the Carolina League.
  • With another stolen base Friday, Adam Engel pushed his league-leading total to 55, fourth-most in the Minors. Teammate Eddy Alvarez is fifth with 50.
  • The Dash roughed up former Winston-Salem lefty Blair Walters in Friday’s win (5 IP, 4 R, 7 H). For just the second time this year, Walters allowed more than three runs in a start (other: 4 R vs. the Dash on August 4).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Saturday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:15 p.m., with the first pitch at 6:30 p.m.

– Scott

Game #123 Preview – Dash vs. Carolina

Game #123 – Home Game #64
Winston-Salem Dash (32-20, 62-60) vs. Carolina Mudcats (30-23, 64-58)
Friday, August 21 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem leaped back into first place with a walk-off wild pitch in Thursday’s 5-4 series-salvaging win over Myrtle Beach. The Dash begin this pivotal three-game series against Carolina holding a 2.5 game lead for the Southern Division’s final playoff spot.

James Dykstra fired 4.2 shutout innings out of the bullpen on Thursday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

James Dykstra fired 4.2 shutout innings out of the bullpen on Thursday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Eddy Alvarez – SS
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Brett Austin – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Michael Danner – DH
Jordan Guerrero – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • The Pelicans surged past the Dash and into first place with Wednesday’s doubleheader sweep, which ended Winston-Salem’s 55-day run atop the division. That half-starting stretch represents the longest first-place streak in the Dash era (2009-present) by 13 days (42 in 2009). On Thursday, though, the Dash snagged the top spot back. The Dash also maintained a two-and-a-half game lead on Carolina for the Southern Division’s final postseason spot.
  • Because Myrtle Beach won the first-half division crown, the Dash are fighting for the other playoff ticket with the Carolina Mudcats, this weekend’s opponent. If the Dash finish with a better record than Carolina (2.5 GU) and Salem (15.0 GU), they would return to the postseason for the first time since 2012 and the fourth time in the Dash era. This weekend marks the final matchup of the season series, one that the Dash lead 11-8.
  • Statistically, the Dash and Mudcats are very similar. Winston-Salem (3.28) and Carolina (3.29) boast the second and third best ERAs in the CL, respectively. On the flip side, they are the two worst offensive teams by batting average on the eight-team circuit (Mudcats – .243, Dash, .242). Against one another, both teams are averaging less than four runs per game.
  • Winston-Salem claimed a walk-off win on a wild pitch for the first time since June 1, 2011. Thanks to Thursday’s bizarre win, the Dash improved to 25-12 (.676) in games decided by three runs or less since the All-Star break. During this span, the Dash are also a league-best 14-2 in one-run contests. In the first half, the Dash were just 18-25 (.419) in games decided by three runs or less. Thursday also brought about the Dash’s second walk-off win of 2015. Winston-Salem claimed its fifth win in 56 tries when trailing after seven innings, too.
  • The Dash clubbed a pair of home runs Thursday night. Adam Engel began the Dash’s offensive attack with a home run in the first, Winston’s second leadoff long ball this year. One frame later, Nick Basto blistered a homer, also to left field. Before these two taters, the Dash had endured a 66-inning homerless drought. This year, the Dash have only collected 45 homers, which are tied for sixth in the CL. From 2010-14, Winston easily led the league in total home runs.
  • Friday’s opener features a fantastic pitching duel between Winston-Salem’s Jordan Guerrero and Carolina’s Blair Walters. Since recording his shortest professional start on July 17 at Carolina (2.2 IP, 6 R), Guerrero is 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA in five outings (6 ER in 33.0 IP with 32 K). Walters, a member of the Dash briefly in 2012, boasts the second-best ERA among CL qualifiers (2.72). In his first five outings against Winston-Salem, Walters is 1-2 with a 3.52 ERA.
  • The Dash have scored (83) and given up (74) more runs in the first inning than any other frame this year.
  • Winston’s bullpen has successfully converted 16 straight save chances and 25 of its last 26.
  • Engel (54) and Eddy Alvarez (50) are fourth and fifth, respectively, in stolen bases in all of Minor League Baseball. However, neither stole a base in the three-game set with Myrtle Beach.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Friday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 7 p.m.

– Scott

Game #122 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #122 – Home Game #63
Winston-Salem Dash (31-20, 61-60) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (32-20, 73-48)
Thursday, August 20 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Myrtle Beach swept Wednesday’s doubleheader from Winston-Salem, ending the Dash’s 55-day run with at least a share of first place to start the second half. Winston seeks to salvage the three-game series Thursday.

Nick Basto clubbed three doubles in Wednesday's doubleheader. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Nick Basto clubbed three doubles in Wednesday’s doubleheader. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Eddy Alvarez – 2B
Jake Peter – DH
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Omar Narvaez – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Nolan Earley – RF
Spencer Adams – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • With Wednesday’s sweep, the Pelicans jumped the Dash in the Southern Division’s second half standings. This marks the first time all half that Winston-Salem does not own at least a share of first place. Winston-Salem’s 55-day run atop the division represents the longest such streak in the Dash era (2009-present) by 13 days (42 in 2009). Winston was in last place for the final 50 days of the first half of 2015, and the club was in first for a combined 33 days from the start of 2013 to the end of this season’s first half.
  • Before Wednesday night, Winston-Salem was 24-10 (.706) in games decided by three runs or less since the All-Star break, including a league-best 13-2 mark in one-run contests. However, Winston-Salem dropped two-run and three-run decisions on Wednesday to drop their record to 24-12 (.667) in such situations. In the first half, the Dash were just 18-25 (.419) in games decided by three runs or less.
  • Winston-Salem has played in close games due to its strong pitching and its inconsistent offense. The Dash are second in the CL with a 3.27 ERA, but their .242 team batting average is last on the eight-team circuit. Winston-Salem has logged no more than three runs in 66 of its first 121 games (55 percent), while Dash pitching has given up three runs or less in 60 contests (49.6 percent).
  • Right-hander Spencer Adams, the fourth-best prospect in the White Sox system according to MLB.com, will make his second High-A start in Thursday’s finale. Adams blanked the powerful Lynchburg lineup over six innings in a winning effort on July 19 at BB&T Ballpark (4 H, 4 K, 1 BB). In 19 starts with Low-A Kannapolis, the 19-year-old logged a 9-5 record and a 3.24 ERA. Adams permitted three earned runs or less in all but three of his outings with the Intimidators.
  • The Dash have two potential ways to reach the Carolina League postseason for the first time since 2012. Winston-Salem can win the division outright or finish second to Myrtle Beach in the second half standings. Even though the Dash have dropped out of first place, the squad still leads Carolina by two-and-a-half games for the final Southern Division postseason spot.
  • Following Thursday’s finale, when the Dash will attempt to avoid their third sweep of the year, Winston-Salem will entertain Carolina for the final matchup between the two clubs in 2015. The Dash are 11-8 against the Mudcats thus far this season. Winston-Salem has only hit .225 and scored 3.4 runs per game against the Muddies, though the Dash’s 2.89 ERA in the season series is the club’s second-best against any team (Wilmington, 2.78). Carolina has rattled off three consecutive victories, and the Muddies are eyeing a home sweep of struggling Salem on Thursday at Five County Stadium.
  • Winston-Salem pitching had not uncorked more than three free passes in a single inning this season before a five-walk ninth inning in the nightcap of Wednesday’s doubleheader.
  • Matt Cooper extended his scoreless streak to 20 innings with a career-high three innings of work (15 with Low-A Kannapolis; five with Winston-Salem).
  • Against the Pelicans this year, Winston is 5-11 at home and 6-1 on the road.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Thursday’s game will be available on 600 AM-WSJS and wsjs.com, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 7 p.m.

– Scott

Games #120/121 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

UPDATE (7:40 p.m.)

Dash’s game two lineup:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – DH
Nick Basto – LF
Nolan Earley – RF
T.J. Williams – 1B
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Brett Austin – C
Andre Wheeler – LHP

Games #120/121 – Home Games #61/62
Winston-Salem Dash (31-18, 61-58) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (30-20, 71-48)
Wednesday, August 19 – 5:30 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash’s series opener with Myrtle Beach was postponed due to rain on Tuesday. Thus, the two clubs will play a doubleheader beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Adam Engel leads the Carolina League in runs scored. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Adam Engel is tied for the Carolina League lead in runs scored. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP (Game 1):

Adam Engel – CF
Eddy Alvarez – SS
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Omar Narvaez – C
T.J. Williams – DH
Nolan Earley – RF
Yency Almonte – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Even though Winston-Salem lost CL Pitcher of the Year candidate Matt Heidenreich to Double-A on Monday, the Dash still own a 3.27 earned run average, which is second-best on the circuit. Only the Dash’s current opponent, Myrtle Beach, has a better mark (3.00). The club’s bullpen has been especially effective. Winston relievers own a 2.71 mark and have successfully converted 16 straight save chances (last blown save: June 30 vs. Myrtle Beach) and 25 of their last 26.
  • Righty Yency Almonte and southpaw Andre Wheeler will start for Winston-Salem in game one and two, respectively, of Wednesday’s twin bill. Almonte had not given up an earned run in his first 16.2 frames of High-A work until Potomac rattled off one in the fourth and four in the fifth on Wednesday. Andre Wheeler, who is 3-0 with a 2.38 ERA against Myrtle Beach this season, will make his sixth start of 2015 in the nightcap.
  • Even though the Dash are seventh on the eight-team circuit in batting average (.242), many of their players are at or near the top of the CL in several relevant offensive categories. Adam Engel paces the league in games (117) and stolen bases (54), while he is tied for first in runs (80) and second in hits (117). Engel is also fourth in all of Minor League Baseball in steals, while teammate Eddy Alvarez is fifth (50). Jake Peter is third in hits (116) and fourth in runs (68). Trey Michalczewski (3rd, 64) and Keon Barnum (4th, 63) are in the top five in RBIs.
  • Winston-Salem was in last place in the Southern Division for the final 50 days of the season’s first half. However, the Dash have enjoyed at least a share of first place for the first 55 days of half two. In their previous five halves (2013 first half to 2015 first half), the Dash were in first for a combined 33 days. The squad’s current first-place streak is the longest since Winston-Salem became the Dash in 2009.
  • The Dash are hoping to clinch a spot alongside Myrtle Beach in next month’s Southern Division Championship Series. Winston-Salem is 11-10 against the Pelicans, though the Dash are 6-1 in Myrtle Beach and 5-9 against the Birds at BB&T Ballpark. Winston and Myrtle boast the two best records in the CL since the All-Star break. This marks the first meeting since July 9, which is the largest gap between games this season.
  • While the Dash have not played Sunday or Tuesday, Carolina has collected a pair of wins to pull within four games of Winston-Salem for the final Southern Division playoff spot. The Mudcats invade BB&T Ballpark Friday through Sunday.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Wednesday’s twin bill will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 5:15 p.m., with the first pitch at 5:30 p.m.

– Scott

Game #120 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #120 – Home Game #61
Winston-Salem Dash (31-18, 61-58) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (30-20, 71-48)
Tuesday, August 18 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash’s series finale in Salem on Sunday was cancelled due to wet grounds. After Monday’s off-day, Winston-Salem begins a six-game homestand by hosting Myrtle Beach for a three-game series. The Pelicans are 1.5 games behind the Dash for first place in the Southern Division.

Trey Michalczewski is second in the Carolina League in RBIs. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Trey Michalczewski is second in the Carolina League in RBIs. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Eddy Alvarez – SS
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Omar Narvaez – C
T.J. Williams – DH
Nolan Earley – RF
Yency Almonte – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • The White Sox announced Monday that Carolina League All-Star and Pitcher of the Year candidate Matt Heidenreich was promoted to Double-A Birmingham. Heidenreich currently stands as the CL leader in wins (12) and at-bats against (508), while he shares first place in winning percentage (.800) and innings (130.2). The Coronado, Calif., native also stands third in ERA (2.76), third in strikeouts (103) and fifth in WHIP (1.16). The Dash boasted a 16-5 record when Heidenreich took to the hill, and he logged a quality start in 15 of his 21 outings with the Dash.
  • Heidenreich led the way for a Dash pitching staff that boasts a 3.27 earned run average. Only Myrtle Beach, the Dash’s opponent over the next three days, has a better mark (3.00). The club’s bullpen has been especially effective. Dash relievers own a 2.71 mark and have successfully converted 16 straight save chances (last blown save: June 30) and 25 of their last 26.
  • In addition to Heidenreich’s promotion, the White Sox announced three other Dash-related moves. Righty Spencer Adams, the fourth-best White Sox prospect per MLB.com, has joined the Dash for a second time. He was 9-5 with a 3.24 ERA with the Intimidators. Brett Austin, who was Carlos Rodon’s primary catcher at NC State, has also jumped up from Kannapolis, where he hit .201. To make room for Austin, fellow catcher Sean O’Connell was sent to Kannapolis.
  • Even though the Dash are seventh on the eight-team circuit in batting average (.242), many of their players are at or near the top of the CL in several relevant offensive categories. Adam Engel paces the league in games (117), runs (80) and stolen bases (54), while he is second in hits (117). Engel is also fourth in all of Minor League Baseball in steals, while teammate Eddy Alvarez is fifth with 50. Jake Peter is third in hits (116) and fourth in runs (68). Trey Michalczewski (2nd, 64) and Keon Barnum (4th, 63) are in the top five in RBIs. Barnum is tied for first in MiLB in RBIs since July 1 (40).
  • Winston-Salem was in last place in the Southern Division for the final 50 days of the season’s first half. However, the Dash have enjoyed at least a share of first place for the first 54 days of half two. In their previous five halves (2013 first half to 2015 first half), the Dash were in first for a combined 33 days. The squad’s current first-place streak is the longest since Winston-Salem became the Dash in 2009.
  • The Dash are hoping to clinch a spot alongside Myrtle Beach in next month’s Southern Division Championship Series. Winston-Salem is 11-10 against the Pelicans, though the Dash are 6-1 in Myrtle Beach and 5-9 against the Birds at BB&T Ballpark. Winston and Myrtle boast the two best records in the CL since the All-Star break. This marks the first meeting since July 9, which is the largest gap between games this season.
  • Winston is a CL-best 17-7 against divisional foes in half two. The Dash were 17-22 in the division before the break.
  • Adams will take the rotation spot of Heidenreich and start Wednesday night.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

– Scott

Game #120 Preview – Dash at Salem

Game #120 – Road Game #60
Winston-Salem Dash (31-18, 61-58) at Salem Red Sox (17-32, 55-64)
Sunday, August 16 – 4:05 p.m.
LewisGale Field (Salem, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash struck early Saturday, jumping out to a 7-0 lead en route a 7-3 triumph over the Red Sox. Winston-Salem vies for their second consecutive sweep of Salem Sunday.

Carson Fulmer tossed three perfect frames in Saturday's 7-3 victory. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Carson Fulmer tossed three perfect frames in Saturday’s 7-3 victory. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Eddy Alvarez – SS
Jake Peter – CF
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Omar Narvaez – C
T.J. Williams – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – 2B
Nolan Earley – RF
Brian Clark – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Thanks to Saturday’s win, the Dash have rattled off six consecutive victories against Salem and pulled ahead in the season series 12-11 in the process. This marks the first time Winston has defeated Salem in six straight games since June 27 to September 2 of 2012. Since Winston-Salem became the Dash in 2009, Salem is the only club with a winning record against the Dash (74-68-1). During this span, Winston possesses the CL’s best overall record (503-450-1, .528).
  • Southpaw Brian Clark will make his sixth start of the season, and he may have helped spark this lengthy Dash surge. Clark twirled five shutout innings against Salem in the first-half finale on June 21. The Dash won that game to finish a 30-40 half. Winston-Salem has been much better in the second half. The Dash are a league-best 31-18 since the All-Star break, and they can clinch their fifth sweep of half two with a Sunday victory. Winston has not used the broom five times in a half since the first half of 2013, when the club logged six sweeps.
  • The Dash are second in the league with a 3.27 team ERA. Winston-Salem also stands second in overall strikeouts (850; 7.5 K per 9 IP), behind only Wilmington (861). The club’s bullpen has been especially effective. Dash relievers own a 2.71 mark and have successfully converted 16 straight save chances and 25 of their last 26.
  • Even though the Dash are seventh on the eight-team circuit in batting average (.242), many of their players are at or near the top of the CL in several relevant offensive categories. Adam Engel paces the league in games (117), runs (80) and stolen bases (54), while he is second in hits (117). Engel is fourth in all of Minor League Baseball in stolen bases. Jake Peter is third in hits (116), fourth in games (113) and fourth in runs (68). Trey Michalczewski (2nd, 64) and Keon Barnum (4th, 63) are in the top five in RBIs. Barnum leads the Minors in RBIs since July 1 with 40, including one on Saturday night.
  • Winston-Salem was in last place in the Southern Division for the final 50 days of the season’s first half. However, the Dash have enjoyed at least a share of first place for the first 52 days of half two. In their previous five halves (2013 first half to 2015 first half), the Dash were in first for a combined 33 days. The squad’s current first-place streak is the longest since Winston-Salem became the Dash in 2009.
  • After Sunday’s finale at Salem and Monday’s league-wide off day, the Dash host their closest Southern Division competitors during a six-game homestand. Myrtle Beach (2.0 GB) invades BB&T Ballpark starting Tuesday, while Carolina (5.0 GB) visits Friday through Sunday. The Dash must finish ahead of Carolina and Salem (14.0 GB) to reach the playoffs, while they must win the division to host Game 1 of the SDCS.
  • Clark is 2-2 with a 1.85 ERA in his first five starts this season.
  • Winston is a CL-best 17-7 against divisional foes in half two. The Dash were 17-22 in the division before the All-Star break.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Sunday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 3:50 p.m., with the first pitch at 4:05 p.m.

– Scott

Game #119 Preview – Dash at Salem

Game #119 – Road Game #59
Winston-Salem Dash (30-18, 60-58) at Salem Red Sox (17-31, 55-63)
Saturday, August 15 – 6:05 p.m.
LewisGale Field (Salem, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Jordan Guerrero went seven innings of one-run ball and Brad Goldberg followed with two scoreless frames to lead the Dash to a 2-1 victory over the Red Sox in Friday’s series opener. Winston-Salem vies to clinch the series with a victory Saturday.

2015 White Sox first-rounder Carson Fulmer starts for the Dash Saturday in Salem. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

2015 White Sox first-rounder Carson Fulmer starts for the Dash Saturday in Salem. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Eddy Alvarez – SS
Jake Peter – LF
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – DH
Omar Narvaez – C
Cleuluis Rondon – 2B
Michael Danner – RF
Carson Fulmer – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • For the first time in his High-A career, Guerrero has recorded back-to-back starts of seven innings, during which he has given up just one run on eight hits with 11 strikeouts. Ever since his shortest Minor League start on July 17 at Carolina (2.2 IP), Guerrero has gone 3-1 with a 1.64 earned run average (6 ER in 33.0 IP). During this five-game stretch, the Moorpark, Calif., native has amassed 32 strikeouts and lowered his High-A ERA almost two points (from 5.52 on July 17 to 3.86 now).
  • The Dash are second in the league with a 3.28 team ERA. Winston-Salem also stands second in overall strikeouts (846; 7.5 K per 9 IP), behind only Wilmington (855). The club’s bullpen has been especially effective. Dash relievers own a 2.69 mark and have successfully converted 16 straight save chances and 25 of their last 26. Goldberg snagged his sixth save since July 19 with his two-inning effort on Friday night.
  • Thanks to Friday’s win, the Dash have rattled off five consecutive wins against Salem and evened the season set at 11-11 in the process. This marks the longest winning streak for the Dash over the Red Sox since a six-game surge from June 27 to September 2 of 2012. Winston went just 7-11 against the Red Sox in the first half, including a 2-5 mark at LewisGale Field. In fact, the Dash had been shutout in their previous two games in the Roanoke Valley (May 24, 25).
  • Even though the Dash are seventh on the eight-team circuit in batting average (.243), many of their players are at or near the top of the CL in several relevant offensive categories. Adam Engel paces the league in games (116), runs (79) and stolen bases (54), while he is second in hits (115). Jake Peter is third in hits (114), fourth in games (112) and fourth in runs (68). Trey Michalczewski (T-2nd, 64) and Keon Barnum (4th, 62) are in the top five in RBIs, while the latter of the two is tied for the Minor League lead in this category since July 1 with 39.
  • Winston-Salem was in last place in the Southern Division for the final 50 days of the season’s first half. However, the Dash have enjoyed at least a share of first place for the first 51 days of half two. In their previous five halves (2013 first half to 2015 first half), the Dash were in first for a combined 33 days. The squad’s current first-place streak is the longest since Winston-Salem became the Dash in 2009.
  • White Sox first-round pick Carson Fulmer will make his fifth High-A and sixth Minor League start on Saturday in Salem. Six days ago, the former Vanderbilt star blanked the Red Sox over three innings, matching his longest professional outing. Fulmer has whiffed exactly three in each of his first four starts with Winston-Salem.
  • Engel (54) and Eddy Alvarez (49) are fourth and fifth, respectively, in Minor League Baseball in stolen bases.
  • The Dash were the only Southern Division team to win Friday, so they gained a game on all three clubs.
  • The Dash won their 17th game when getting outhit on Friday.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Saturday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 5:50 p.m., with the first pitch at 6:05 p.m.

– Scott

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