Doubleheader Preview – Dash vs. Frederick

UPDATE – 1:20 p.m.

Here is the Dash’s lineup for the finale of this twin bill, which follows Frederick’s 5-3 victory in the opener.

Jacob May – DH
Adam Heisler – CF
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Martin Medina – C
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Grant Buckner – RF
Nick Basto – 3B
Michael Johnson – SS
Bryan Blough – RHP

Games #12/13 – Home Games #5/6
Winston-Salem Dash (4-7) vs. Frederick Keys (3-8)
Wednesday, April 16 – 11 a.m. (Doubleheader)
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash begin a seven-game homestand with a doubleheader against Frederick today at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash and Keys’ contest Tuesday was washed out due to rain.

Brad Goldberg will toe the rubber for Winston-Salem in the opener Wednesday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Brad Goldberg will toe the rubber for Winston-Salem in the opener Wednesday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

GAME ONE STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

  • After scoring 23 runs during their three-game series at Salem last week, the Dash could only muster two runs in the four-game set at Wilmington. That is the lowest scoring output for a series in the Dash era (2009-present), eclipsing the old mark of three runs against Wilmington from April 29-May 1, 2011.
  • During their seven-game road trip, Winston-Salem scored the opening run twice, winning both of those contests. The Dash are 2-0 this season when scoring first and 2-7 when the opponent draws first blood.
  • With his run-producing single in the eighth inning Monday night, outfielder Courtney Hawkins continued to lead the Carolina League in RBIs. The 20-year-old has now driven in 15 runs during the season, three more than Joey Gallo of Myrtle Beach.
  • This will be the first meeting of the season between the Dash and Frederick Keys. Last year, Winston-Salem went 12-8 against Frederick, but only 5-5 at BB&T Ballpark. Since 2012, the Dash have a 23-16 record against the Keys.
  • The Dash took part in five doubleheaders in 2013, posting a 6-5 overall record in those contests. This record does include the back end of a twin bill getting washed out due to rain in Salem on May 23.
  • Brad Goldberg is the scheduled starting pitcher for the opening game of the doubleheader, and he will toe the rubber for the third time this season. In his last outing, the 24-year-old was roughed up for six runs and eight hits in a career-high four and one-third innings at Salem last Thursday, but ended up with a no-decision in the 9-8 loss.
  • Bryan Blough is scheduled to get the ball for the second game against Frederick. The 24-year-old has appeared in three games out of the bullpen this season, posting a 2.45 ERA in three and two-third innings. Blough led the Carolina League in starts (28) and innings pitched (172.2) in 2013.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Today’s doubleheader is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 10:45 a.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 11. The opening pitch of second game will take place approximately 30 minutes following the conclusion of the first game.

- Dave

A look around the White Sox system

Each team in the system is at least 10 games into the season, so let’s spin around the organization and see how each team is doing thus far this season.

MLB: Chicago White Sox (7-6)

Former Dash star Jordan Danks (right) is ready to fill in for Avisail Garcia in the White Sox outfield (photo via chicagonow.com).

Former Dash star Jordan Danks (right) is ready to fill in for Avisail Garcia in the White Sox outfield (photo via chicagonow.com).

Chris Sale improved to 3-0 this season after Friday’s outing against the Indians, but the White Sox bats played a big role in the outcome. Sale grinded through five innings, allowing three runs and six hits while striking out five. The ace spoke with the Chicago Sun-Times following his start.

Infielder Marcus Semien has played well of late, recording hits in nine of his last ten games. Among those was this solo homer on Sunday against Cleveland:

In this whitesox.com article, learn more about Erik Johnson’s standing in the Chicago pitching rotation. Plus, Semien takes part in Jackie Robinson Day festivities on Tuesday and who Sale credits for the development of his changeup:

Thanks to the season-ending shoulder injury to Avisail Garcia, outfielder Jordan Danks was called up from Triple-A Charlotte to help fill the void. The Dash alumnus spoke with CSN Chicago about the opportunity:

Triple-A: Charlotte Knights (6-6)

Catcher Josh Phegley is off to a solid start in 2014. His .286 batting average currently ranks second on the team among qualifying players, and he has scored four runs in eight games.

The other BB&T Ballpark looks pretty darn good, too (photo via Charlotte Knights).

The other BB&T Ballpark looks pretty darn good, too (photo via Charlotte Knights).

The Knights opened their sparkling new Uptown Charlotte facility, the second BB&T Ballpark, on Friday night against the Norfolk Tides. For a recap of their historic evening, click here.

Double-A: Birmingham Barons (5-5)

The defending Southern League champions won three of five games against the Jacksonville Suns to reach the .500 mark. The Barons were washed out at Mobile on Monday night, so a doubleheader is on tap this evening.

Former Dash outfielder Trayce Thompson was recently profiled on MiLB.com talking about some of the valuable lessons he learned during Spring Training with the White Sox.

Low-A: Kannapolis Intimidators (4-7)

The Intimidators were swept in a four-game series at Greenville this weekend, the last contest a heartbreaking 5-4 setback to the Drive in 14 innings. Kannapolis looks to regain its footing this week in Hickory. That series opener was also postponed, so the Intimidators and Crawdads will play two this evening.

Infielder Cleuluis Rondon continues his development at the Low-A level. The Venezuelan native, who celebrated his 20th birthday on Sunday, is batting .298 with six RBIs, three runs scored and three stolen bases in 11 games.

Stay tuned for a preview of tonight’s homestand opener against Frederick.

- Dave

Game #11 Preview – Dash at Wilmington

Game #11 – Road Game #7
Winston-Salem Dash (4-6) at Wilmington Blue Rocks (4-6)
Monday, April 14 – 6:35 p.m.
Frawley Stadium (Wilmington, DE)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash conclude their seven-game road trip Monday evening at Wilmington. Winston-Salem edged the Blue Rocks 1-0 on Sunday afternoon, and will try to salvage a split in the four-game series at Frawley Stadium.

Jacob May posted a three-hit game in Sunday's victory at Wilmington (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Jacob May posted a three-hit game in Sunday’s victory at Wilmington (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

  • With their third-inning run on Sunday afternoon, the Dash snapped a franchise record for futility. Winston-Salem had gone 23 innings without tallying a run, having last scored in the seventh inning on Thursday at Salem. The previous Dash-era record for consecutive scoreless offensive innings was 19, which happened twice in 2009.
  • Sunday’s game marked the first shutout victory for the Dash since August 28, 2013 versus Potomac (5-0) at BB&T Ballpark. It was their first road blanking since July 31, 2013 at Myrtle Beach (3-0). Since becoming the Dash in 2009, Winston-Salem boasts the best shutout record in the Carolina League with a 53-34 (.609) mark.
  • With his run-scoring double on Sunday, shortstop Tim Anderson now leads the Carolina League in extra-base hits with eight. He shares the top spot in doubles (6) with Wilmington’s Zane Evans, and is tied for the league lead in triples (2) with teammate Adam Heisler and Carolina’s Jeremy Lucas.
  • Despite a recent 0-for-8 funk, outfielder Courtney Hawkins still ranks at or near the top of the Carolina League in several offensive categories. The 20-year-old leads the league with 14 RBIs, ranks second in slugging percentage (.658), second in extra-base hits (7), tied for second in home runs (3) and 10th in batting average (.316).
  • Dash reliever Euclides Leyer is one of five qualifying pitchers in the Carolina League with a 0.00 ERA. The 21-year-old struck out four batters and surrendered just one hit in two and two-third innings on Sunday, and has not allowed a run in nine and one-third innings pitched this season (four appearances).
  • In the first 10 games of the season for the Dash, four have been decided by one run. Winston-Salem has posted a 2-2 mark in those contests. Both wins have come against Wilmington, while both losses were at the hands of Salem.
  • Probable starting pitcher J.B. Wendelken earned his first professional win as a starter in his last outing.The 21-year-old was perfect through the first four innings at Salem last Wednesday, finishing the evening with two runs and four hits allowed in six innings pitched.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Today’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 6:20 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 6:35.

- Dave

Game #10 Preview – Dash at Wilmington

Game #10 – Road Game #6
Winston-Salem Dash (3-6) at Wilmington Blue Rocks (4-5)
Sunday, April 13 – 1:35 p.m.
Frawley Stadium (Wilmington, DE)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash look to snap a three-game losing streak Sunday afternoon in the third of a four-game series against Wilmington. Winston-Salem was shut out by the Blue Rocks for the second time in a row last night, 4-0.

Tommy Thompson made some changes to his lineup to try to snap out of this offensive funk (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Manager Tommy Thompson made some changes to his lineup to try to snap out of this offensive funk (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

  • Winston-Salem has not scored a run since the sixth inning of Thursday’s 9-8 loss at Salem, a span of 21 innings. That is a new Dash-era record for futility, surpassing the old record of 19 innings, which was set twice in 2009.
  • The Dash have been shut out in consecutive games for the first time since August 23-24, 2009, when they were blanked 6-0 at Lynchburg and then 7-0 at Salem. Since becoming the Dash in 2009, this is the first time the same team has shut them out on consecutive days.
  • With his 0-for-3 outing on Saturday, outfielder Courtney Hawkins had his career-high nine-game hitting streak come to an end. The 20-year-old Hawkins and Frederick’s Glynn Davis were the only two Carolina League batters to record a hit in each of the first eight games of the season.
  • Despite the back-to-back shutouts, Courtney Hawkins still comfortably leads the Carolina League in RBIs (14). It’s tied for the third-best mark in Minor League Baseball, trailing only Marquez Smith (16) of High-A Bakersfield in the California League and Bryan Peterson (15) of Triple-A Round Rock in the Pacific Coast League.
  • The Dash committed two more errors last night, resulting in three unearned runs for the Blue Rocks. Winston-Salem has allowed a league-high 48 runs this season, and 18 of them (38%) have been unearned.
  • Winston-Salem has now made 19 defensive miscues through nine games. That leads the Carolina League, and ranks fourth in Minor League Baseball. The Lake Elsinore Storm (High-A, San Diego) of the California League lead the way with 22 errors, the Fort Wayne TinCaps (Low-A, San Diego) of the Midwest League have made 21, and the Midland Rockhounds (Double-A, Oakland) of the Texas League have committed 20 errors.
  • This afternoon, the Dash will be playing their second day game of the season. Last Sunday, Winston-Salem bested Wilmington 7-1 in a matinee affair at BB&T Ballpark. In 2013, the Dash went 13-11 in day games, including a 6-4 road record.
  • Probable starting pitcher Mike Recchia will take the ball for the second time this season. In his 2014 debut last Tuesday, the 25-year-old gave up six runs and seven hits in two and two-third innings at Salem, suffering the loss in a 12-11 setback.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Today’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 1:20 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 1:35.

- Dave

Bolt at the Centers for Exceptional Children

Earlier this week, Bolt paid a visit to the The Centers for Exceptional Children and had a great time with some of the youngsters. The photos below depict just some of the great memories that Bolt provided those who are at CFEC.

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The last photo features Mike Britt, the Executive Director of the Centers for Exceptional Children.

Bolt certainly made a difference this week! We hope all those who interacted with Bolt at the CFEC enjoyed their time with him!

- Brian and Mimi

Game #9 Preview – Dash at Wilmington

Game #9 – Road Game #5
Winston-Salem Dash (3-5) at Wilmington Blue Rocks (3-5)
Saturday, April 12 – 7:05 p.m.
Frawley Stadium (Wilmington, DE) 

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash suffered their first shutout defeat of the season Friday, 5-0 to the Blue Rocks. Winston-Salem could only muster five hits on the evening, while starting pitcher Tony Bucciferro allowed four runs in six innings to take the loss.

Braulio Ortiz did not give up an earned run in his first start of 2014 on Sunday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Braulio Ortiz did not give up an earned run in his first start of 2014 on Sunday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

  • After scoring 30 runs in their previous four games, the Dash were shut out for the first time since September 1, 2013. That game, a 1-0 setback, was also against the Blue Rocks in Delaware.
  • With his fourth inning single, outfielder Courtney Hawkins extended his career-best hitting streak to nine games, dating back to the final tilt of the 2013 season. It’s tied for the third-longest active hitting streak in the Carolina League. Myrtle Beach’s Royce Bolinger has the best active streak: 13 games.
  • Courtney Hawkins had his career-high streak of consecutive games with at least one RBI snapped at six. But the 20-year-old still has a stranglehold on the league lead with 14 RBIs. The next-best total is eight, held by Lynchburg’s Levi Hyams and Potomac’s Tony Renda.
  • With a double last night, shortstop Tim Anderson is now tied for second in the Carolina League in two-baggers with five. He is also tied with teammate Adam Heisler and Carolina’s Jeremy Lucas for the league lead in triples with two.
  • Probable starting pitcher Braulio Ortiz is scheduled to make his second start of the season. In his first outing last Sunday, the 22-year-old allowed one unearned run and scattered seven hits over four and a third innings in the Dash’s 7-1, split-clinching win over the Blue Crew.

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

SNEAK PEEK: Dash introduction videos

Each year, our graphics team does a tremendous job with the original “Dash Board,” our large scoreboard in right-center field. Once again this year, the player introduction videos are awesome.

Check out a sample of what you can expect when your favorite Dash hitter comes to the plate at BB&T Ballpark.

06-Heisler-3 versions from Garrick Lane on Vimeo.

Great work from Garrick Lane, who is on Twitter (@garricklane). His website also has some great content, including some old Dash productions.

We can’t wait to see these intros on the big screen when the Dash return home!

- Brian

Game #8 Preview – Dash at Wilmington

Game #8 – Road Game #4
Winston-Salem Dash (3-4) at Wilmington Blue Rocks (2-5)
Friday, April 11 – 7:05 p.m.
Frawley Stadium (Wilmington, DE)

GAME BACKGROUND:

After a tough 9-8 loss to the Salem Red Sox Thursday night, the Dash head north to Wilmington for the first of a four-game wraparound series against the Blue Rocks. The two teams split a four-game set at BB&T Ballpark last weekend to open the 2014 season.

Jason Coats went 7-for-14 in the Dash's three-game set at Salem (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Jason Coats went 7-for-14 in the Dash’s three-game set at Salem (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

  • With his 2-for-5 performance Thursday night, outfielder Courtney Hawkins extended his career-best hitting streak to eight games, dating back to the final game of the 2013 season. The 20-year-old also established a new career-high for consecutive games with an RBI. His two RBIs against Salem last night marked the sixth straight game in which he has driven in at least one run.
  • As a result of his hot start to the season, Hawkins leads the Carolina League in the following categories: home runs (3), RBIs (14), slugging percentage (.857), extra-base hits (7) and total bases (24). He ranks fifth in the league in batting average (.393), and his 14 RBIs are tied for second in all of Minor League Baseball.
  • Outfielder Jason Coats has multiple hits in three straight games, the first time he has achieved that feat since July 15-18, 2013, with Low-A Kannapolis. His career-high for consecutive multi-hit games is four, which he compiled from April 20-23, 2013, with the Intimidators.
  • The Dash committed two errors last night, increasing their total defensive miscues to 15 through seven games. That leads the Carolina League, and ranks tied for third in Minor League Baseball. The Midland Rockhounds (Double-A, Oakland) of the Texas League have made 17 errors, the Lake Elsinore Storm (High-A, San Diego) of the California League have 16 miscues, and the Fort Wayne TinCaps (Low-A, San Diego) of the Midwest League have also committed 15 gaffes.
  • Winston-Salem has won two straight games against Wilmington, following a stretch in which the Blue Rocks took five of the previous six matchups. Prior to that, the Dash were victorious in 30 of 37 tilts against Wilmington during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
  • Probable starting pitcher Tony Bucciferro gets the ball tonight for his second start of the season, both against the Blue Rocks. The 24-year-old tossed six innings in his opening outing at BB&T Ballpark last Saturday, allowing one unearned run while striking out two. He ended up with a no-decision in Winston-Salem’s 3-2 victory over Wilmington.

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.

Former big leaguer added to pitching staff

New Dash hurler Evan Crawford made 10 appearances with Toronto in 2012 (Keith Allison via Wikipedia).

New Dash hurler Evan Crawford made 10 appearances with Toronto in 2012 (Keith Allison via Wikipedia).

The White Sox announced a pair of moves affecting the Dash’s bullpen on Friday afternoon, including the addition of left-hander Evan Crawford. Crawford joined the White Sox organization via the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft after six years within Toronto’s system, which peaked in 2012 when he earned a promotion to the big leagues.

Crawford made his major league debut on April 15, 2012, and logged 10 outings with the Blue Jays. He posted a 6.75 earned run average in eight innings over 10 appearances.

The Alabama native spent much of the 2013 season with Toronto’s Double-A club in New Hampshire. He went 11-22 with a 4.02 ERA in 177 minor league appearances with the Blue Jays, who drafted Crawford in the eighth round in 2008.

To make room on the roster, the White Sox announced the release of righty Terance Marin, who finished his time in Chicago’s system with a 3.28 earned run average in 112 appearances. His last 68 efforts came with Winston-Salem, and he had a 2.42 ERA during the Dash’s spectacular 2012 season.

Marin made two appearances in 2014, and he surrendered 10 runs (four earned) in one inning.

The Dash kick off their four-game series at Wilmington tonight at 7:05. We’ll have a full preview later today.

- Brian

Game #7 Preview – Dash at Salem

Game #7 – Road Game #3
Winston-Salem Dash (3-3) at Salem Red Sox (5-1)
Thursday, April 10 – 7:05 p.m.
LewisGale Field (Salem, VA)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash led wire-to-wire and defeated the Red Sox 4-2 Wednesday night, snapping Salem’s 11-game regular season winning streak that dated back to last year. J.B. Wendelken earned his first career victory as a starting pitcher with six strong innings of work

Brad Goldberg takes to the hill for his second career professional start (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Brad Goldberg takes to the hill for his second career professional start (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

  • Adam Heisler went 3-for-4 with two triples and two RBIs. He’s the first Dash player with two triples in the same game since Kevan Smith did it on July 27, 2012, at Myrtle Beach.
  • With a double in Wednesday night’s game, outfielder Courtney Hawkins extended his hitting streak to seven games, dating back to the final game of the 2013 season. It’s now the longest hitting streak of his pro career, surpassing a six-game stretch that he set from August 5-10, 2013.
  • Hawkins drove in a run with last night’s double, extending his RBI streak to five straight games. That matches the longest stretch of his pro career, when he had RBIs in five consecutive games from July 30-August 3, 2013, with the Dash.
  • With his 2-for-4 outing Wednesday night, catcher Michael Marjama has hit safely in all four games he has played this season. He has a .500 batting average (8-for-16) on the year.
  • Outfielder Jason Coats is batting 5-for-9 (.556) against Salem in this series and already has three multi-hit games this season. The 24-year-old had two-or-more hits in 32 games with Low-A Kannapolis in 2013.
  • Wednesday marked the first game this season in which the Dash did not commit an error. They made 13 defensive miscues in the first five games of 2014, tied for the second-most in Minor League Baseball. Only the Midland Rockhounds (Double-A, Oakland) of the Texas League made more errors during that span, with 14.
  • Probable starting pitcher Brad Goldberg will toe the rubber tonight for his second start of the season. The 24-year-old suffered the loss in his first career professional start last Friday, allowing three runs (two earned) in four innings against Wilmington in a 10-3 setback.

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

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