Game #122 Preview – Dash at Myrtle Beach

Game #122 – Away Game #58
Winston-Salem Dash (24-27, 52-69) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (32-19, 68-53)
Tuesday, August 16 – 7:05 p.m. 
TicketReturn.Com Field (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem led 1-0 through six innings, but a five-run seventh inning pushed Myrtle Beach past the Dash 5-1 in the first of a four-game set on Monday night at TicketReturn.Com Field. The Dash look to stay in the playoff hunt on Tuesday against the Pelicans.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Yelmison Peralta pitched two innings in the Dash’s series opener against Myrtle Beach (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Landon Lassiter – CF
Gerson Montilla – 2B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – LF
Zack Collins – C
Telvin Nash – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Toby Thomas – 3B
Ryan Leonards – SS
Robinson Leyer – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • In Monday’s loss, Mason Robbins recorded half of Winston-Salem’s six hits, pushing his Carolina League-leading batting average to .326. This would be the best qualified average by a CL hitter since 2010, when current Kansas City star Eric Hosmer hit .354 with Wilmington. Robbins also paces the circuit with 141 hits and has collected 16 hits in 30 at-bats during his current eight-game hitting streak, which is one shy of his longest of the season.
  • Over the last two games, the Dash have only mustered 12 hits and one run, which came on a Robbins RBI single in Monday’s third inning. Before this two-game funk, the club’s first such drought in a pair of nine-inning games since May 4 and May 6, Winston had strung five straight wins together. During that streak, which is tied for the club’s longest this year, the Dash scored 41 runs (8.2/game) on 59 (11.8/game) hits.
  • Even though Lowry’s outing ended abruptly in the seventh, he still surged to the top of the Carolina League in innings pitched. His 135.1 frames are 5.0 more than Salem’s Matt Kent, who is slated to pitch against the Dash on Friday at BB&T Ballpark, for the circuit’s lead. 
  • The Dash will try to cut into Myrtle Beach’s lead in the Southern Division’s second-half standings. The Pelicans have rattled off 19 wins in their last 24 games, surging to an 8.0-game advantage on the Dash for the final postseason spot out of the Southern Division. With Monday’s decision, the Dash can pull no closer than 5.0 games by the end of this series, which marks the final head-to-head duel between the two rivals in the regular season. The Dash are 9-15 against the Pelicans this year, including a 4-6 mark in Myrtle Beach.
  • Not only is Robbins the top hitter in the Carolina League, but Winston-Salem boasts four of the circuit’s top 10 qualified hitters (by average). Nick Basto is second with a .312 mark, which means Robbins and Basto have a chance to become the second Dash duo in five years to finish first and second in average (2012, Carlos Sanchez and Dan Black). Basto is also third in on-base percentage (.390) and fourth in slugging percentage (.490) in the league. Former Dash outfielder Hunter Jones still qualifies with a .286 mark, seventh-best in the CL, while Marcus Davis is 10th at .284.
  • The Dash had only committed two errors in their previous 11 games before Monday’s four-error effort versus the Birds. Two of the defensive miscues were from shortstop Cleuluis Rondon, who leads the club with 18. Lowry and Robbins had the other two errors on Monday.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tuesday’s contest will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:50 p.m., with the first pitch set for 7:05 p.m.

-Joe

Game #121 Preview – Dash at Myrtle Beach

Game #121 – Away Game #57
Winston-Salem Dash (24-26, 52-68) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (31-19, 67-53)
Monday, August 15 – 7:05 p.m. 
TicketReturn.Com Field (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem missed out on a second straight sweep due to Lynchburg’s 6-0 victory on Sunday at Calvin Falwell Field. The Dash only mustered six hits against four Hillcats pitchers, led by Matt Esparza’s 5.2 strong frames. Winston-Salem now begins a pivotal four-game series against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on Monday at TicketReturn.Com Field.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Mason Robbins, who is currently riding a six-game hitting streak, leads the Carolina League with a .322 average (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Landon Lassiter – CF
Gerson Montilla – 2B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – LF
Zack Collins – DH
Marcus Davis – 1B
Toby Thomas – 3B
Brett Austin – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Thad Lowry – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • With Sunday’s shutout loss, the club’s ninth such defeat of the season, Winston-Salem’s five-game winning streak came to an end. It was tied for the longest surge of the campaign. Winston also rattled off five straight victories from July 25-29. Winston-Salem had scored 41 runs (8.2/game) on 59 (11.8/game) hits in these five games, while the pitching staff limited its foes to two runs or less in three of the five games. Still, the Dash did earn their first road series win since April 29 to May 1 at Frederick.
  • The Dash’s five-game winning streak was not the only impressive run to culminate on Sunday. Lynchburg’s Francisco Mejia saw his 50-game hitting streak, the longest by a catcher in Minor League Baseball history, end with an 0-for-3 showing one day after an official scoring change prolonged his streak on Saturday. Mejia was close to a hit in the seventh, but Dash center fielder Michael Suiter made a diving catch in right-center on a ball that was tailing away due to strong winds as part of the rain shower that eventually prompted a 29-minute delay.
  • The Dash will try to bounce back in Monday’s series opener at Myrtle Beach with Thad Lowry on the bump. Lowry is just one inning shy of Salem’s Matt Kent (130.1) for the Carolina League lead in innings with 129.1. Lowry’s 3.97 ERA is eighth-best among CL qualifiers.
  • The Dash will try to cut into Myrtle Beach’s lead in the Southern Division’s second-half standings. The Pelicans have rattled off 18 wins in their last 23 games, surging to a 7.0-game advantage on the Dash for the final postseason spot out of the Southern Division. Depending on the results of the series, the Dash will be three, five, seven, nine or 11 games behind the Birds after these four games in Myrtle Beach, the final matchups between the two rivals in the regular season. Thus far this year, the Dash are 9-14 against the Pelicans, though they have held their own at TicketReturn.Com Field (4-5).
  • Dash outfielder Mason Robbins enjoys the top spot in the CL in both batting average (.322) and hits (138). Teammate Nick Basto is the only other qualified hitter in the CL with an average north of .302 (.313). If Robbins can maintain his current average, he would post the highest average for a CL qualifier since 2010, when current Kansas City star Eric Hosmer hit .354 for Wilmington in 2010. The last time a Winston-Salem hitter paced the circuit in average was 2012, when the Dash had the top two hitters both at .315 (Carlos Sanchez and Dan Black).
  • The Dash are in the midst of a run of 17 road games in their final 23 contests of 2016. Winston is just 22-34 on the road this season (sixth in the CL). However, the Dash did claim just the fourth series win for a visitor at Lynchburg in 2016.
  • Even though the Dash lost on Sunday, southpaw Alex Katz enjoyed a strong High-A debut by ripping off 2.1 scoreless innings of relief against Lynchburg. In 30 Low-A appearances, Katz yielded just 21 runs (19 earned runs) over 49.2 bullpen innings.
  • Righty Euclides Leyer spun two scoreless in his Double-A debut on Sunday for Birmingham.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Monday’s contest will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:50 p.m., with the first pitch set for 7:05 p.m.

-Joe

Game #120 Preview – Dash at Lynchburg

Game #120 – Away Game #56
Winston-Salem Dash (24-25, 52-67) at Lynchburg Hillcats (28-21, 73-46)
Sunday, August 14 – 4:00 p.m. 
Calvin Falwell Field (Lynchburg, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Thanks to Nick Basto’s 10th-inning home run, the Dash pushed their winning streak to five with a 7-5 win over Lynchburg in Saturday’s middle match from Calvin Falwell Field. Winston-Salem goes for back-to-back series sweeps on Sunday for the first time since the Dash won consecutive sets against Potomac and Myrtle Beach in July 2013.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Thanks to a scoring change on Francisco Mejia’s ground ball in the third on Saturday, Gerson Montilla extended his errorless streak to 16 games (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Michael Suiter – CF
Gerson Montilla – 2B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – LF
Zack Collin – C
Telvin Nash – DH
Marcus Davis – 1B
Toby Thomas – 3B
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Zach Thompson– RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • The Dash’s five-game winning streak is tied for the club’s longest in 2016. Winston-Salem also rattled off five straight victories from July 25-29, with the final two games during that stretch also against Lynchburg. Winston-Salem has scored 41 runs on 59 hits in these five games, while the pitching staff has limited the Dash’s foes to two runs or less in three of the five games. 

  • In addition to attaining their second winning streak of five games this year, the Dash also clinched their first road series win since taking two of three at Frederick from April 29 to May 1. A victory on Sunday would earn Winston-Salem its first road sweep since September 1-3, 2015, at Wilmington and its first brooming in Lynchburg since June 25-27, 2015.

  • Lynchburg’s Francisco Mejia brought a 49-game hitting streak into Saturday’s game. When the 10-inning contest ended, Mejia’s streak was over with a 0-for-4 showing, though the game’s official scorer would overturn an error on Dash third baseman Gerson Montilla to give Mejia a double more than an hour after the contest. Thus, Mejia’s 50-game run is the longest by a Minor Leaguer in 62 years and the longest ever by an MiLB catcher. The overturned call also resuscitated Montilla’s errorless streak (16).

  • Despite Saturday’s extra-inning win, Winston-Salem did not gain any ground on Myrtle Beach, who knocked off Carolina 7-6 in a wacky 11-inning contest that featured 10 runs from the bottom of the eighth to the finish. Thus, the Dash remain seven games behind the Pelicans for the final Southern Division playoff spot. Only 21 games remain for both clubs, though the Dash do invade Myrtle Beach for a vital four-game set from Monday through Thursday. The Dash only have six home games remaining in 2016.

  • Outfielder Mason Robbins recorded another monster game in Saturday’s victory. Robbins was the only Dash hitter with more than one hit. He went 3-for-5 with two runs scored for his team-best 41st multi-hit game in 103 games this year (39.8%). The former 25th-round pick leads the CL in average (.322) and hits (137). Basto is second to Robbins in average (.314), while Frederick’s Aderlin Rodriguez is the next-closest competitor in hits (129). In all of Minor League Baseball, Robbins’ is tied for 11th in hits.

  • Southpaw Tanner Banks spun his fifth High-A quality start after giving up just three runs over six innings. Over his last four outings, Banks has struck out 22 in 22.0 innings. Morris became the third Dash reliever this week to strike out five in one appearance. This had only happened two times before this week here in 2016.

  • On Saturday, the White Sox announced that Euclides Leyer has earned his first promotion to Double-A Birmingham. The right-hander logged a 4.69 earned run average in 28 relief efforts for the Dash in 2016. Leyer made 93 appearances with Winston-Salem since the start of the 2014 season.

  • Southpaw Alex Katz, who had a 3.44 ERA in Low-A Kannapolis, earned his first jump to the High-A level on Saturday.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Sunday’s contest will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 3:45 p.m., with the first pitch set for 4:00 p.m.

-Joe

Game #119 Preview – Dash at Lynchburg

Game #119 – Away Game #55
Winston-Salem Dash (23-25, 51-67) at Lynchburg Hillcats (28-20, 73-45)
Saturday, August 13 – 6:30 p.m. 
Calvin Falwell Field (Lynchburg, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Behind a 17-hit explosion and a strong start by Jordan Stephens, Winston-Salem blasted the Lynchburg Hillcats 10-2 in the first of three on Friday from Calvin Falwell Field. The Dash go for their fifth straight win on Saturday against the Hillcats.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Gerson Montilla smacked a team-high four hits in the Dash’s 10-2 win over the Hillcats on Friday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Landon Lassiter – CF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – LF
Telvin Nash – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Brett Austin – C
Ryan Leonards – 2B
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Tanner Banks– LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • All nine Dash starters had at least one knock, while the first five men in the order logged a multi-hit effort. This quintet went a combined 13-for-23 (.565) with seven RBIs and seven runs:
    Landon Lassiter – 2-for-5, 2 runs
    Gerson Montilla – 4-for-6, 2 runs
    Mason Robbins – 3-for-4, 4 RBIs, 1 run
    Nick Basto – 2-for-4, RBI, 2 runs
    Zack Collins – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs
  • Montilla matched a career-high with four hits, while Robbins posted a four-RBI contest for the third time as a professional. After starting the month of August with just one hit in his first 14 at-bats, Montilla has hit .407 (11-for-27) since. He paces the Dash in both home runs (12) and RBIs (59). Robbins registered his team-leading 40th multi-hit game while becoming the fourth Winston-Salem hitter with more than 50 RBIs, joining Montilla, Davis (58) and Basto (56).
  • Robbins and Basto are the top two hitters in the Carolina League by batting average. Robbins has a slight lead over Basto (.319 to .315), with the next-closest qualifier at .298 (Frederick’s Aderlin Rodriguez). Robbins leads Rodriguez by seven for the top spot in the league in hits (134 to 126). At the High-A level, Basto has not started a game with an overall batting average below .305 thus far this year.
  • Despite Friday’s dominant win, Winston-Salem did not gain any ground on Myrtle Beach, who edged Carolina 7-5 in Zebulon. Thus, the Dash remain seven games behind the Pelicans for the final Southern Division playoff spot. Only 22 games remain for both clubs, though the Dash do invade Myrtle Beach for a vital four-game series from Monday through Thursday. Starting with Friday’s game, the Dash have 17 of their final 23 games away from BB&T Ballpark.
  • Winston-Salem earned just its seventh win with Stephens on the mound this season. The Dash are 7-16 (.304) in Stephens’ 23 outings even though the former Rice Owl is fourth in the CL in earned run average (3.57). On Saturday, the Dash turn to southpaw Tanner Banks, who has been electric over his last 16 innings. Opponents have mustered just one run on 11 hits, while they have gone down on strikes 17 times. Banks is pitching on three days’ rest because rain cut his last start short on Tuesday. The southpaw only worked one inning before heavy rain forced the suspension of the game in the last of the first.
  • Hillcats catcher Francisco Mejia has hit safely in 49 straight games, which is tied for the longest streak by a catcher in Minor League Baseball history. Mejia has hit safely in his first 25 Carolina League games after starting the streak with Low-A Lake County. Winston-Salem has faced Mejia four times, and Friday marked Mejia’s first multi-hit game against the Dash.
  • The Dash have not lost in Lynchburg since April 10, the fourth game of the season. During this stretch, Winston has outscored the league’s best team by eight runs in games at Calvin Falwell Field.
  • Landon Lassiter’s error on Friday marked the first by a Dash center fielder this year (Hunter Jones, Adam Engel and Michael Suiter are the other three who have played the position for the Dash this year).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Saturday’s contest will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:15 p.m., with the first pitch set for 6:30 p.m.

-Joe

Game #118 Preview – Dash at Lynchburg

Game #118 – Away Game #54
Winston-Salem Dash (22-25, 50-67) at Lynchburg Hillcats (28-19, 73-44)
Friday, August 12 – 6:30 p.m. 
Calvin Falwell Field (Lynchburg, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem earned both a doubleheader and a series sweep on Thursday night over the Carolina Mudcats. Behind a Telvin Nash three-run homer, the Dash tripled up the Muddies 6-2 in the opener. Marcus Davis’ walk-off single in the last of the seventh clinched a 3-2 victory in the nightcap. The Dash, seven games back of Myrtle Beach for the final Southern Division playoff spot, embark on a critical seven-game road trip that begins on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Lynchburg

STARTING LINEUP:

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Marcus Davis clinched a series sweep over the Mudcats on Thursday with a walk-off single (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Landon Lassiter – CF
Gerson Montilla – 2B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – LF
Zack Collins – C
Telvin Nash – DH
Marcus Davis – 1B
Toby Thomas – 3B
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Jordan Stephens– RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Davis continued his torrid second half with a game-winning single, which rolled past a five-man infield. This marked Winston-Salem’s third walk-off victory of 2016, and all of them have come on singles. Toby Thomas was the hero on April 19 against Myrtle Beach, while Adam Engel sparked an 11th-inning win over Potomac on May 13. The Dash have claimed seven wins in their last at-bat, though their opposition has amassed 14 (including seven walk-offs).

  • Davis overcame an 0-for-4 effort in Thursday’s opener with three hits in the finale. The former San Diego farmhand leads the Carolina League with a .356 batting average since the All-Star break. During this span, Davis has 27 RBIs and 26 runs in 37 games. The next-closest qualified hitter since June 23 in the CL is fellow Dash infielder Thomas, who is a .344 hitter in 45 second-half games. Davis and Thomas are sixth and 10th, respectively, in second-half average in all of High-A.

  • While Davis and Thomas have the second-half covered, Mason Robbins and Nick Basto are the top two CL hitters overall this year. Robbins has a slight lead over Basto (.315 to .313), with the next-closest qualifier at .298 (former Hillcats outfielder Greg Allen). The third-best current CL qualifier is Frederick’s Aderlin Rodriguez, who owns a .295 mark.

  • The Dash have just 23 games remaining in the regular season, and 17 of them are away from BB&T Ballpark, where Winston-Salem has played 21 of its last 29 contests. Myrtle Beach enjoys a seven-game lead on the Dash in the Southern Division’s second-half standings. The Dash and Pelicans will meet in a four-game set after this three-gamer in Lynchburg. The Hillcats have more home wins (36) than any other team on the circuit. This marks the Dash’s first visit to Lynchburg since Opening Weekend, when the ‘Cats took three of four from Winston-Salem.

  • In the opener of this important week-long road trip, Winston-Salem sends right-hander Jordan Stephens to the bump. The fifth-rounder from last June, Stephens leads the CL in strikeouts (117) and stands sixth amongst qualifiers in earned run average (3.66). Despite these strong numbers, Stephens has only claimed five wins, while the Dash as a whole are just 6-16 when the former Rice Owl is on the mound.

  • Righty Yelmison Peralta surrendered an earned run for the first time in High-A on Thursday. He blew the save in game two after Valenzuela’s aforementioned game-tying triple. Peralta had not given up an earned run in his first 10 outings spanning 14.0 innings. However, the Dash’s bullpen did corral all three wins in the sweep over Carolina. Before this set, Winston-Salem’s bullpen was 9-24 on the year. Also, Connor Walsh became the fourth Dash reliever to strike out five men in one outing, which represents the high-water mark for Winston-Salem this year.

  • In addition to leading the Carolina League in batting average, Robbins also enjoys the top spot in hits with 131.

  • Telvin Nash went 5-for-8 with two homers and seven RBIs in the Carolina series after entering in a 2-for-26 funk.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Friday’s contest will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:15 p.m., with the first pitch set for 6:30 p.m.

-Joe

Game #116 & #117 Preview – Dash vs. Carolina

UPDATE – 7:45 p.m.

Dash’s game two lineup:

Landon Lassiter – CF
Gerson Montilla – 2B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – LF
Marcus Davis – 1B
Telvin Nash – DH
Toby Thomas – 3B
Brett Austin – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Kelvis Valerio – RHP

Game #116/117 – Home Game #63/64
Winston-Salem Dash (20-25, 48-67) vs. Carolina Mudcats (15-30, 44-71)
Thursday, August 11 – 5:00 p.m. 
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem plated eight in the first inning and never looked back en route to a 15-7 victory over Carolina in the conclusion of Tuesday’s suspended game. The Dash and Mudcats conclude their rain-affected series with a doubleheader on Thursday at BB&T Ballpark.

STARTING LINEUP (game one):

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Landon Lassiter tied a Dash single-game record with four walks on Wednesday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Michael Suiter – CF
Gerson Montilla – 2B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – LF
Zack Collins – C
Telvin Nash – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Toby Thomas – 3B
Ryan Leonards – SS
Robinson Leyer– RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Following the ending of Tuesday’s suspended game, steady rain and unplayable field conditions prompted the umpires to postpone Wednesday’s regularly-scheduled contest. Thus, the Dash and Mudcats will meet in a doubleheader Thursday to conclude this rain-altered three-game series. The Dash have lost their last five doubleheader games. Carolina will play its Carolina League-leading 12th twin bill of 2016.
  • Winston-Salem stormed out to an 8-0 lead in the first inning thanks to the franchise’s 14th frame of eight or more runs in the Dash era (2009-present). All but one of those 14 instances have featured exactly eight runs, with three coming this season. The only time that the Dash have plated more than eight in a frame was May 7, 2015, when they amassed nine in the seventh inning of a 14-2 blasting of Frederick.
  • The trio of Marcus DavisTelvin Nash and Gerson Montilla all went deep Tuesday. Before this power surge, Winston-Salem had only one home run this month, a Brett Austin three-run shot on August 1 at Carolina. Therefore, Davis’ second-inning long ball on Tuesday snapped a home run drought of 59.2 innings.
  • Five of Winston-Salem’s nine hitters delivered multiple RBIs. Nash led the way with four as part of a 3-for-5 effort that emphatically ended a 2-for-26 funk. With four more knocks, Mason Robbins recorded his 39th multi-hit game in 99 tries this season. Montilla added to his team lead in both home runs (12) and RBIs (59) with an eighth-inning dinger and three total RBIs. Landon Lassiter coaxed four walks, becoming the second player in Dash history (since 2009) to collect four free passes in one game. Trey Michalczewski accomplished the feat on July 4, 2015, against Frederick. Winston-Salem’s last five-walk game came on July 9, 2008, the final season of the Warthogs era (Brandon Allen).
  • Both Robbins and Nick Basto have possessed the top two batting averages in the league all month. The duo has ping-ponged back and forth between those two spots, with Robbins seizing a .315 to .314 edge due to his aforementioned four-hit game (Basto was 1-for-3 on Tuesday). Robbins also paces the circuit with 129 hits.
  • Following Thursday’s doubleheader, the Dash will play 17 of their final 23 games away from BB&T Ballpark. Winston-Salem embarks on a seven-game road trip, with a weekend set at Lynchburg preceding a critical four-game series with first-place Myrtle Beach next Monday to Thursday. The Dash have a pair of three-game home series remaining (August 19-21 vs. Salem and August 26-28 vs. Carolina).
  • With their eight runs Wednesday, the Dash have collected 80 first-inning runs. Winston-Salem’s only more productive inning is the fourth (83).
  • The Dash’s bullpen saw its 14-inning scoreless streak come to an end in Wednesday’s fifth inning.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Coverage for game one on Thursday will begin at 4:45 p.m on wsdash.com/broadcast, MiLB.tv, or the TuneIn App. First pitch is schedule for 5:00 p.m. Game two begins 30 minutes after the completion of game one and will be broadcasted 600 AM-WSJS in Winston-Salem and wsjs.com.

-Joe

Game #115 & #116 Preview – Dash vs. Carolina

UPDATE – 8:30 p.m.

Dash’s lineup for the seven-inning finale:

Michael Suiter – CF
Gerson Montilla – 2B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – LF
Marcus Davis – 1B
Telvin Nash – DH
Toby Thomas – 3B
Brett Austin – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Ryan Riga – LHP

Game #115/116 – Home Game #62/63
Winston-Salem Dash (19-25, 47-67) vs. Carolina Mudcats (15-29, 44-70)
Wednesday, August 10 – 5:00 p.m. 
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Just 13 minutes into Tuesday’s game, heavy rain prompted the suspension of the Dash’s series opener with Carolina at BB&T Ballpark. Play was halted with the game scoreless in the bottom of the first. The Dash have runners at second and third with one down. Southpaw starter Tanner Banks spun a scoreless first after scattering a pair of singles. Once the Dash and Mudcats complete Tuesday’s suspended game, they will square off in a seven-inning contest, representing Wednesday’s regularly-scheduled game.

STARTING LINEUP (suspended game):

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Thad Lowry will pitch in relief for the Dash’s suspended game (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Landon Lassiter – CF
Gerson Montilla – 2B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – LF
Zack Collins – C
Telvin Nash – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Toby Thomas – 3B
Ryan Leonards – SS
Tanner Banks – LHP
Thad Lowry – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Once play resumes from Tuesday’s suspended game, Winston-Salem will turn things over to righty Thad Lowry. Lowry leads the Carolina League in innings pitched at 126.0, 3.2 more than second-place Matt Kent of Salem. Lowry also stands seventh among CL qualifiers with a 3.71 earned run average. Over his last three outings, Lowry has surrendered just four earned runs in 19.2 frames (1.83 ERA). Because Lowry is replacing Banks, this will mark Lowry’s first relief appearance since 2013 while with rookie-level Bristol, with whom he made eight.
  • Over the weekend, Frederick earned the first series win for an opponent at BB&T Ballpark since May 24-26, when the Keys swept the Dash in a three-game set. The Dash began the season with a 5-19 (.208) mark at home through May before ripping off 22 wins in their next 34 home games until Frederick’s surge in the Triad Friday to Sunday. The Keys ended the Dash’s undefeated string of nine home series (5-0-4).
  • Winston’s offense just mustered five total runs in its four-game series with Frederick over the weekend. This marked the fewest runs in a four-game set for the Dash since collecting only two from April 10-13, 2014, at Wilmington. The Dash were 5-for-32 (.139) with men in scoring position.
  • Despite a tough weekend, Winston-Salem still boasts the Carolina League’s top two hitters in the Carolina League by batting average. Thanks to a three-hit effort Sunday, Basto surged to the top spot at .314. He has yet to own a High-A average under .305 this year. Fellow outfielder Mason Robbins is second with a .310 mark. He has delivered a multi-hit game in 38 of his 98 games with the Dash in 2016 (39%). No other qualified Carolina League hitter is north of .300, with Salem’s Danny Mars the closest (.297).
  • Two other Winston-Salem hitters boast the two best batting averages on the circuit since the second half began. Marcus Davis (.356) owns a slight lead on fellow Dash infielder Toby Thomas (.355). Davis and Thomas are sixth and seventh, respectively, in High-A since the All-Star break ended on June 23. Shortstop Richard Urena of Dunedin (Toronto) leads all of High-A during this span with a .380 mark.
  • Winston-Salem’s bullpen did not permit a run over 10 innings of work during the four-game series with Frederick. All eight active relievers made exactly one appearance during the set. The Dash’s ‘pen boasts an 11-inning scoreless surge since Wednesday’s game at Carolina. This month, Winston-Salem relievers own a 1.31 earned run average (3 ER in 20.2 IP).
  • This marks the Dash’s second suspended game of the year, with the first coming June 4 at home against Wilmington.
  • For the first time this season, Winston-Salem has scored three runs or less in six consecutive games. The previous season-long mark was five games from May 1-6, with a weather-related postponement on May 4.
  • After this series with Carolina, the Dash will play 17 of their final 23 games on the road. Of its 26 overall games until the end of the season, a total of 10 come against the Mudcats.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Coverage for the suspended game on Wednesday will begin at 4:45 p.m on wsdash.com/broadcast, MiLB.tv, or the TuneIn App. First pitch is schedule for 5:00 p.m. Wednesday’s regularly schedule contest will begin thirty minutes after the suspended game ends.

-Joe

Game #115 Preview – Dash vs. Carolina

Game #115 – Home Game #62
Winston-Salem Dash (19-25, 47-67) vs. Carolina Mudcats (15-29, 44-70)
Tuesday, August 9 – 7:00 p.m. 
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Frederick made their lone scoring inning count in a 5-2, series-clinching win over Winston-Salem on Sunday at BB&T Ballpark. Following an off day on Monday, the Dash will try and halt a three-game slide Tuesday against the Carolina Mudcats.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Tuesday’s starter Tanner Banks has yielded just one run in his last 15 innings (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Landon Lassiter – CF
Gerson Montilla – 2B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – LF
Zack Collins – C
Telvin Nash – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Toby Thomas – 3B
Ryan Leonards – SS
Tanner Banks – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Frederick earned the first series win for an opponent at BB&T Ballpark since May 24-26, when the Keys swept Winston-Salem in a three-game set. The Dash began the season with a 5-19 (.208) mark at home through May before ripping off 22 wins in their next 34 home games until Frederick’s back-to-back-to-back wins over the Dash in the Triad from Friday to Sunday. The Keys ended an undefeated string of nine series for Winston at home (5-0-4). The Dash lost six of their first seven series, with the lone outlier being a four-game split with Potomac in mid-May.
  • Winston-Salem will turn to its hottest pitcher to try to snap its recent funk at BB&T Ballpark. Southpaw Tanner Banks has given up just one run on nine hits over his last 15 innings spanning two starts. He has posted a new career-high in strikeouts in each of his last two starts. Banks whiffed seven over seven shutout innings on July 29 against Lynchburg before increasing his professional-best strikeout mark to nine this past Wednesday at Carolina. He needed just 77 pitches to spin eight dominant frames in this tilt.
  • Winston’s offense only mustered five total runs in its four-game series with Frederick over the weekend. This marked the fewest runs in a four-game set for the Dash since collecting only two from April 10-13, 2014, at Wilmington. This weekend, Dash were 5-for-32 (.139) with men in scoring position.
  • Despite a tough weekend, Winston-Salem still boasts the Carolina League’s top two hitters in the Carolina League by batting average. Thanks to a three-hit effort Sunday, Nick Basto surged to the top spot at .314. He has yet to own a High-A average under .305 this year. Fellow outfielder Mason Robbins is second with a .310 mark. He has delivered a multi-hit game in 38 of his 98 games with the Dash in 2016 (39%). No other qualified Carolina League hitter is north of .300, with Frederick’s Aderlin Rodriguez the closest threat (.299). The Dash held Rodriguez hitless in 14 at-bats throughout the four-game series.
  • Two other Winston-Salem hitters boast the two best batting averages on the circuit since the second half began. Marcus Davis (.356) owns a slight lead on fellow Dash infielder Toby Thomas (.355). Davis and Thomas are sixth and seventh, respectively, in High-A since the All-Star break ended on June 23. Shortstop Richard Urena of Dunedin (Toronto) leads all of High-A during this span with a .380 mark.
  • Winston-Salem’s bullpen did not permit a run over 10 innings of work during the four-game series with Frederick. All eight active relievers made exactly one appearance during the set. The Dash’s ‘pen boasts an 11-inning scoreless surge since Wednesday’s game at Carolina. This month, Winston-Salem relievers own a 1.31 earned run average (3 ER in 20.2 IP).
  • For the first time this season, Winston-Salem has scored three runs or less in six consecutive games. The previous season-long mark was five games from May 1-6, with a weather-related postponement on May 4.
  • After this three-game series with Carolina, the Dash will play 17 of their final 23 games on the road. Of its 26 overall games until the end of the season, a total of 10 come against the Mudcats.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tuesday’s contest will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch set for 7:00 p.m.

-Joe

Game #114 Preview – Dash vs. Frederick

Game #114 – Home Game #61
Winston-Salem Dash (19-24, 47-66) vs. Frederick Keys (19-22, 55-56)
Sunday, August 7 – 5:00 p.m. 
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

For a second straight game, Frederick dealt Winston-Salem a 1-0 defeat on Saturday night at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash will try to avoid its first series loss at home since late May. Since the start of June, Winston-Salem is 5-0-4 in series at BB&T Ballpark.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Jordan Stephens upped his Carolina League-leading strikeout total to 117 after Saturday’s start (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Michael Suiter – CF
Gerson Montilla – 2B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – LF
Zack Collins – DH
Toby Thomas – 3B
Marcus Davis – 1B
Brett Austin – C
Ryan Leonards – SS
Zach Thompson – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Over the last four games, Winston-Salem’s staff has permitted just four runs on 18 hits. During the first two games of this stretch, both of which resulted in a 3-1 Winston-Salem victories, the Dash only faced six more than the minimum combined. Even in losses, Dash hurlers dueled only five more than the minimum on Friday and six more on Saturday. The Dash’s staff has been economical during these four games, averaging just 11.9 pitches per inning and 3.4 pitches per batter on Wednesday (88 pitches), Thursday (116), Friday (78) and Saturday (117). 

  • For the first time since Winston-Salem became the Dash in 2009, the club has lost consecutive 1-0 games. The Keys claimed a rain-shortened contest on Friday before pushing the Dash’s scoreless drought to 16 innings, their longest since a 20-frame funk from May 26-28, with Saturday’s blanking. Winston had not suffered a shutout loss since June 1, while the club’s most recent run of back-to-back shutouts came May 4 against Myrtle Beach and May 6 versus Salem (postponement on May 5).

  • The Dash’s offense will meet Franderlin Romero in Sunday’s finale. In its first clash with Romero on July 27, Winston-Salem ousted him during a five-run first frame. The trio of Nick Basto, Marcus Davis and Telvin Nash hit back-to-back-to-back home runs, marking the first such occurrence in the Dash era.

  • Stephens whittled his overall earned run average to 3.66, which is sixth-best amongst Carolina League qualifiers. The former fifth-round pick also fanned six, increasing his circuit-leading strikeout total to 117. He is 16 whiffs above Myrtle Beach’s Trevor Clifton for the top spot. However, Winston-Salem dropped to 6-16 in games Stephens has started, even though the right-hander suffered his first personal defeat since June 10 at Carolina on Saturday.

  • Despite back-to-back shutouts, Winston-Salem still boasts the Carolina League’s top two hitters in both the overall pecking order and since the second half began on June 23. Overall, Mason Robbins paces the CL with a .313 average, while Basto is second with a .304 mark. Only two other qualified hitters in the CL have an average north of .300. In the second half, Davis’ .366 mark is the best on the circuit, while Toby Thomas is second at .355. In High-A over this span, Davis and Thomas are third and eighth in this category, respectively.

  • Frederick has a chance to claim this four-game series in Sunday’s finale, something that an opponent has not accomplished since these Keys handed the Dash a sweep from May 24-26. Since going 5-19 (.208) at home through May, Winston-Salem is 22-14 (.611) at BB&T Ballpark. This includes a 5-0-4 record in series in the Triad after starting 0-6-1. Overall, Winston is 27-33 at home, the sixth-best mark in the CL.

  • Winston-Salem is 7.0 games behind first-place Myrtle Beach, the club’s largest deficit in the second half. The Pelicans have won eight in a row, including a walk-off win over Carolina on Saturday.

  • Drew Hasler has not given up a run in his five home outings with the Dash (11.0 IP).

  • After this series, the Dash are off Monday before a three-game set with Carolina that starts Tuesday.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Television coverage of Sunday’s contest will be available on My48 at 5 p.m. A full channel guide is available here. The game will also be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 4:45 p.m., with the first pitch set for 5 p.m.

-Joe

Game #113 Preview – Dash vs. Frederick

Game #113 – Home Game #60
Winston-Salem Dash (19-23, 47-65) vs. Frederick Keys (18-22, 54-56)
Saturday, August 6 – 6:30 p.m. 
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Despite a complete game from Robinson Leyer, Frederick edged Winston-Salem 1-0 in a rain-shortened contest on Friday at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash look to regain the edge against the Keys at home on Saturday at BB&T Ballpark. The two squads are 4-4 against each other in the Triad.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Robinson Leyer tossed a rain-shortened complete game on Friday against Frederick (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Landon Lassiter – CF
Gerson Montilla – 2B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – LF
Zack Collins – C
Telvin Nash – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Toby Thomas – 3B
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Jordan Stephens – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Over the last three games, Winston-Salem’s staff has permitted just three runs on 12 hits. During the first two games of this stretch, both of which resulted in a 3-1 Winston-Salem victories, the Dash only faced six more than the minimum. Leyer faced five more than the minimum in his 6.2-inning complete game. The Dash’s staff has been economical during these three games, averaging just 11.4 pitches per inning and 3.3 pitches per batter on Wednesday (88 pitches), Thursday (116 pitches) and Friday (78 pitches).

  • Leyer spun the fifth complete game by a Dash pitcher in 2016. Winston-Salem fell to 2-3 when its starter works a complete game. Matt Cooper dropped a 2-0 road decision at Potomac on May 27, while Brandon Brennan tossed all nine innings of a 3-0 loss at home to Carolina on June 1. Spencer Adams and Brennan posted back-to-back complete games on June 5 and 6 against Wilmington, both of which were emphatic wins. Winston is one complete game shy of the most during the Dash era (2009-present), which took place in 2013 (six by four different pitchers).

  • Friday marked the Dash’s first rain-shortened contest since a 6-1 victory at Myrtle Beach on April 26, 2015. The Dash have had four other games postponed and one suspended this year.

  • Winston-Salem’s offense possesses the top two hitters within the Carolina League, per batting average. Mason Robbins paces the circuit with a .313 average, while Nick Basto checks in at second with a .309 mark. Frederick’s Aderlin Rodriguez (.304) is the only other active CL qualifier who owns an average better than .300. Both Robbins and Basto went 1-for-3 in Friday’s rain-shortened loss to the Keys.

  • Not only do the top two hitters overall reside in Winston-Salem, but the two leaders in the CL in the second half don the Dash purple. Marcus Davis, who is fourth overall among active and qualified player on the circuit, has climbed to that ranking thanks to a .375 mark since the All-Star break. This is the best average in the CL since the first day of the second half (June 23). Toby Thomas is the closest Carolina League competitor during this span thanks to a .362 average. At the High-A level, Davis and Thomas are second and fourth, respectively, in average.

  • Right-hander Jordan Stephens takes the hill for Winston-Salem on Saturday. His 111 strikeouts are good for the top spot in the Carolina League, 10 better than Myrtle Beach’s Trevor Clifton, who stands in second as the only other man in triple digits. Stephens also boasts the ninth-best qualified earned run average on the circuit. Among Dash hurlers, Stephens is second to Thad Lowry (sixth, 3.71). In each of his first four starts against Frederick, Stephens has given up exactly three runs (all but one earned).

  • Winston-Salem is 6.0 games behind first-place Myrtle Beach, the club’s largest deficit in the second half. The Pelicans have won seven in a row, including a 5-1 home decision over Carolina on Friday.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Saturday’s contest will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:15 p.m., with the first pitch set for 6:30 p.m.

-Joe

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