Games #73/94 Preview – Dash vs. Lynchburg

UPDATE: 7:15 p.m.

Dash’s game two lineup

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – DH
Nick Basto – LF
T.J. Williams – 1B
Jeremy Dowdy – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Spencer Adams – RHP

Games #73/94 – Road Game #38, Home Game #46
Winston-Salem Dash (12-9, 42-49) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (10-12, 43-49)
Sunday, July 19 – 4:05 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash and Hillcats will resume a suspended game from June 27 in Lynchburg with the Hillcats enjoying a 3-1 lead with two outs in the top of the second. The clubs will play the first game with the Dash as the road team before playing Sunday’s regularly scheduled contest.

T.J. Williams went 3-for-4 Saturday to lead the Dash by Carolina. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

T.J. Williams went 3-for-4 with two RBIs Saturday to lead the Dash by Carolina. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

  • Sunday’s action begins with the completion of a suspended game from June 27 in Lynchburg. The Hillcats lead 3-1 in the top of the second. Though the game will be finished in the Triad, Lynchburg will remain the home team. Dash righty Brandon Brennan, who started the game last month, will continue on the hill, while Mitch Brown will replace Hillcats starter Dace Kime.
  • Infielder Trey Michalczewski entered Saturday’s finale with two impressive streaks. He pushed his hitting streak to 11 games, the third-longest streak by a Dash hitter in 2015, with a 1-for-5 effort. During this surge, which began July 6, Michalczewski is hitting .405 (17-for-42). Only Salem’s Mario Martinez (13) has a longer current hit streak in the CL than Michalczewski. However, his seven-game RBI run, the longest such streak by a Dash hitter in 2015, came to an end. Michalczewski is third on the circuit with 52 RBIs. He trails Lynchburg’s Nellie Rodriguez (66) and Myrtle Beach’s Jacob Rogers (59).
  • All but one Winston-Salem starter collected a base hit in Saturday’s emphatic victory, and that man was riding a solid hit streak. Carolina halted Adam Engel’s eight-game hitting streak by holding him without a knock in five at bats. Engel, who leads the circuit with 34 stolen bases, hit .407 (14-for-32) with six runs during his season-long surge.
  • Following the completion of the suspended game from last month, the Dash and Hillcats will duel in a seven-inning finale. The White Sox announced Sunday that right-hander Spencer Adams will make his High-A debut as that contest’s starting pitcher. The third-best prospect in the White Sox system per MLB.com, Adams was 6-4 with a 3.43 ERA in 15 starts with Low-A Kannapolis. He whiffed 50 and walked 10 in 76.0 innings with the Intimidators.
  • A three-year Major Leaguer, White Sox right-hander Nate Jones made his fourth rehab appearance with Winston-Salem on Saturday. He pitched the first inning and only needed 10 pitches to work a perfect frame. In his four outings, all of which have been one inning in length, Jones has only logged 34 pitches. He has permitted one run on three hits. Jones, who pitched for Winston-Salem from 2008 to 2010, underwent Tommy John surgery in July of 2014. The date and location of his next rehab outing are not yet known.
  • The Dash will remain at home for six straight days starting Sunday, something that the club has not enjoyed since a week-long homestand to conclude the first half. In fact, the Dash have alternated road and home series since the All-Star break. The Dash’s next two-city road trip does not come until August 11-16. Winston has lost five of its last seven home games, though the club took two of three from the Hillcats during their first visit (May 27-29).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Television coverage of Sunday’s de facto doubleheader opener will be available on My48 at 4 p.m. For a channel guide, please visit the Dash Broadcast Corner. The game will also be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 3:50 p.m., with the first pitch set for 4:05 p.m.

– Scott

Game #93 Preview – Dash at Carolina

Game #93 – Road Game #48
Winston-Salem Dash (11-9, 41-49) at Carolina Mudcats (11-11, 45-46)
Saturday, July 18 – 6 p.m.
Five County Stadium (Zebulon, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

With their lead on the Southern Division down to just one game after Friday’s 8-2 loss to Carolina, the Dash vie for a series split Saturday with the Mudcats.

Big league rehabber Nate Jones will start Saturday's contest for the Dash. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Big league rehabber Nate Jones will start Saturday’s contest for the Dash. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Jeremy Dowdy – C
T.J. Williams – DH
Toby Thomas – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Nate Jones – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Over the past two games, Winston-Salem has mustered 14 hits, and nine of them have come from two men who are riding impressive hit streaks. With a fifth-inning single on Friday, Trey Michalczewski pushed his streak to 10 games, tied for the third-longest streak by a Dash hitter in 2015. During this surge, which began July 6, Michalczewski is hitting .432 (16-for-37). Adam Engel collected three hits to increase his streak to eight. Engel, the CL’s stolen base leader (34), is 14-for-32 (.407) with six runs during the surge.
  • Michalczewski has also collected an RBI in seven consecutive contests, which is tied for the best such streak by a Winston-Salem hitter in 2015 (Keon Barnum, April 15-20). The top-ranked prospect on the roster, Michalczewski is third on the circuit with 52 RBIs in 82 games. He trails only Lynchburg’s Nellie Rodriguez (66) and Myrtle Beach’s Jacob Rogers (55).
  • If Carolina completes a series win on Saturday, the Mudcats would draw even in terms of the games back category, though the Dash would enjoy a slight lead in winning percentage. Winston-Salem has enjoyed at least a share of first place on 21 of the second half’s first 23 days. Winston was in first for just 31 total days in all of 2013 and 2014.
  • A three-year Major Leaguer, White Sox right-hander Nate Jones has made three rehab appearance with Winston-Salem. In these three outings, all of which have been one inning in length, Jones has only logged 24 pitches. He has permitted one run on three hits. Jones, who pitched for Winston from 2008-10, underwent Tommy John surgery in July of 2014. He is expected to pitch for the Dash once again in Saturday’s series finale in Zebulon.
  • Former Dash right-hander Frankie Montas was promoted to the White Sox as their 26th man for Friday’s doubleheader against Kansas City. He did not pitch during the Sox twin bill split with the first-place Royals. Montas is the 30th Winston-Salem alumnus to reach the Major Leagues since the franchise’s nickname change to Dash before the 2009 season. Of those 30 men, 29 have suited up for the White Sox in their big league debut. Montas, the top pitching prospect in the White Sox system according to MLB.com, was 4-0 with a 1.60 ERA in 10 starts with the Dash a year ago. This season with Birmingham, the flamethrower was 2-1 with a 2.47 ERA.
  • Following this contest in Zebulon, the Dash return to BB&T Ballpark for a six-day homestand against Lynchburg and Carolina. This marks the first time since the final week of the first half that the Dash will have consecutive series either at home or on the road. Sunday’s action includes a de facto doubleheader, with the resumption of the suspended game in Lynchburg on June 27. Lynchburg enjoys a 3-1 lead in the second.
  • Carolina blasted a pair of home runs on Friday, marking the 10th time this season that Winston-Salem has permitted a pair of home runs.
  • Nick Basto went deep for the second time at the High-A level. The Dash are last in the Carolina League with 28 long balls as a team.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Saturday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 5:45 p.m., with the first pitch at approximately 6 p.m.

– Scott

Game #92 Preview – Dash at Carolina

Game #92 – Road Game #47
Winston-Salem Dash (11-8, 41-48) at Carolina Mudcats (10-11, 44-46)
Friday, July 17 – 7 p.m.
Five County Stadium (Zebulon, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem’s lead on all three Southern Division foes shrank to two games Thursday with a 4-2 loss at Carolina. The Mudcats also snapped the Dash’s five-game road winning streak.

Trey Michalczewski has an RBI in six straight games. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Trey Michalczewski has an RBI 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
Jeremy Dowdy – C
T.J. Williams – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Nolan Earley – RF
Jordan Guerrero – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Before Thursday’s narrow defeat, the Dash had not lost on the road since July 2. The Dash’s five-game road surge matched the second-longest in the Dash era (2009-present). Winston also claimed five in a row away from the Triad from August 19-23, 2013. The Dash’s longest road surge was a six-gamer from April 18 to May 1 of 2012. On June 12, the Dash were 11-22 away from BB&T Ballpark, a mark that includes an eight-game skid from May 23 to June 12. Since that rocky 33-game start on the road, Winston-Salem has won nine of its last 12.
  • Five of the Dash’s seven hits on Thursday came from the club’s two hottest hitters, both of whom are in the midst of impressive hitting streaks. Trey Michalczewski was a perfect 3-for-3 to advance his streak to nine, four more than his previous high-water mark in 2015. During this surge, which began July 6, Michalczewski is hitting .455 (15-for-33). Adam Engel pushed his streak to seven games with a two-hit game. Engel, the CL’s stolen base leader (34), is 11-for-27 (.407) with six runs during the surge.
  • Michalczewski has also collected an RBI in six consecutive contests, which is tied for the best such streak by a Winston-Salem hitter in 2015 (Keon Barnum, April 15-20). Michalczewski is third on the circuit with 51 RBIs in 81 games.
  • Former Dash right-hander Frankie Montas was promoted to the White Sox as their 26th man for Friday’s doubleheader against Kansas City. Montas is the 30th Winston-Salem alumnus to reach the Major Leagues since the franchise’s nickname change to Dash before the 2009 season. Of those 30 men, 29 have suited up for the White Sox in their big league debut. Montas, the top pitching prospect in the White Sox system according to MLB.com, was 4-0 with a 1.60 ERA in 10 starts with the Dash a year ago. This season with Double-A Birmingham, the flamethrower was 2-1 with a 2.47 ERA. Montas was one of four men the White Sox acquired in the 2013 deadline deal involving Jake Peavy.
  • Montas is leaving a red-hot Birmingham squad, one that features 17 Dash alumni on its 25-man roster. The Barons have won eight straight and 13 of their last 14 games. On the same day he was promoted to Double-A for the first time, reigning CL Pitcher of the Week and former Dash righty Robinson Leyer earned a win in his Birmingham debut on Thursday. Leyer worked five shutout frames in the Barons’ 4-2 win.
  • The Dash have enjoyed at least a share of first place in 20 of the second half’s first 22 days. Winston was in first for just 31 days in all of 2013 and 2014.
  • The Dash are 36-35 all-time against Carolina, who joined the league in 2012.

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 approximately 7 p.m.

– Scott

Game #91 Preview – Dash at Carolina

Game #91 – Road Game #46
Winston-Salem Dash (11-7, 41-47) at Carolina Mudcats (9-11, 43-46)
Thursday, July 16 – 7 p.m.
Five County Stadium (Zebulon, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash took the opening game of their four-game set with Carolina Wednesday, 5-2. Winston-Salem looks to vie for, at worst, a series split with a win Thursday.

Keon Barnum went 2-for-3 with an RBI double Wednesday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Keon Barnum went 2-for-3 with an RBI double Wednesday. (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
T.J. Williams – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Nolan Earley – RF
James Dykstra – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Matt Heidenreich collected his 10th victory of the season on Wednesday. Not only does he pace the Carolina League in wins, but no other hurler has more than seven. Heidenreich is the third High-A pitcher and 13th Minor Leaguer to reach 10 triumphs. Only three pitchers in the Minors have more wins than Heidenreich, who also stands second in the CL in innings pitched (98.2) and third in earned run average (2.46).
  • A three-year Major Leaguer, Nate Jones made his third rehab appearance with Winston-Salem on Wednesday. He gave up a solo shot to Carlos Franco, which was Jones’ only blemish in an eight-pitch inning. During his three appearances with the Dash, Jones has only logged 24 pitches in three innings. The day and location of his next rehab appearance has yet to be announced. Jones, who pitched for Winston from 2008-10, underwent Tommy John surgery in July of 2014.
  • Two critical offensive cogs are riding significant hit streaks. Trey Michalczewski, who is third in the league with 50 RBIs, has hit safely in eight straight games since July 6. During this surge, he is hitting .400 (12-for-30) with six RBIs, including one in each of his last five games. Adam Engel, the CL’s leader with 34 stolen bases, is on a six-game hit streak. Engel is 9-for-24 (.375) with five runs scored.
  • On June 12, the Dash were 11-22 away from BB&T Ballpark. Since then, Winston-Salem has won nine of its last 11 road contests, including five in a row since July 3. This road winning streak matches the second-longest in the Dash era (2009-present). Winston won five in a row away from the Triad from August 19-23, 2013. The Dash’s longest road surge was a six-game win streak from April 18 to May 1 of 2012.
  • Winston-Salem enjoys a three-game lead on all three Southern Division foes in the second half. The Dash had not enjoyed more than a one-game lead at any point during the 2013 or 2014 seasons. This is the club’s biggest divisional advantage since winning the second-half crown in 2012. The Dash have owned at least a share of first place entering 19 of the first 21 days of half two. In each of the last two seasons, the Dash were in first on only 31 days.
  • For the third time in about a month, the Dash are invading Zebulon for a series against Carolina. Winston took two of three from the Mudcats from June 12-14, while Carolina returned the favor during the first three days of July. The Dash will return to Five County Stadium from August 4-6, while Carolina will invade the Triad two more times (July 22-24 and August 21-23). The Dash have claimed six of the two clubs’ first 10 tilts, which have been pitcher-friendly (36-35 Dash).
  • Former Winston-Salem hurler Erik Johnson posted two scoreless innings in Wednesday’s Triple-A All-Star Game. Johnson punched out two and gave up one hit in the International League’s 4-3 win.
  • Catcher Jeremy Dowdy has hit safely in five consecutive games (7-for-20).
  • Thursday starter James Dykstra has not won since April 22, when he moved to 3-0 in three starts.
  • The White Sox top three affiliates are in first place. This includes Double-A Birmingham, winners of seven straight and 12 of 13.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Thursday’s game will be broadcast live 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 approximately 7 p.m.

– Scott

Game #90 Preview – Dash at Carolina

Game #90 – Road Game #45
Winston-Salem Dash (10-7, 40-47) at Carolina Mudcats (9-10, 43-45)
Wednesday, July 15 – 7 p.m.
Five County Stadium (Zebulon, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem’s series finale Monday against Potomac was suspended due to rain in the middle of the third inning with the Dash enjoying a 3-1 advantage. Winston begins a four-game set Wednesday against the Mudcats.

Dash 3B Trey Michalczewski is third in the Carolina League in RBIs. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Dash 3B Trey Michalczewski is third in the Carolina League in RBIs. (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
Jeremy Dowdy – DH
Nolan Earley – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Matt Heidenreich – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Because of the threat of rain, the Dash moved big league rehabber Nate Jones into a starting role on Monday. Needing just nine pitches, the right-hander faced the minimum, just like he did during his first rehab appearance on Friday. Jones erased an infield single with a double play in that scoreless first. In his two outings with the Dash, Jones has only needed 17 pitches.
  • A three-year Major Leaguer, Jones is slated to make another appearance for Winston-Salem in Wednesday’s series opener in Zebulon. In July of 2014, Jones underwent Tommy John surgery, and he had not pitched in a game since April 3, 2014, until Friday. This marks the second rehab stint in the Dash era. Brent Morel played in seven games with the Dash in 2012.
  • Thanks to a two-hit effort Sunday, Trey Michalczewski pushed his season-long hitting streak to seven games. Since last Monday, the former seventh-round pick is 11-for-26 (.423) with five RBIs and four runs scored. Michalczewski has collected an RBI in four straight games. He is third in the CL in RBIs at 49, trailing only Lynchburg’s Nellie Rodriguez (65) and Myrtle Beach’s Jacob Rogers (54). Michalczewski’s teammate Jake Peter is fourth on the circuit with 42 RBIs.
  • The Winston-Salem Dash were well-represented in Tuesday’s MLB All-Star Game in Cincinnati. Two of the American League’s pitchers–Chris Sale and Hector Santiago–suited up in the Midsummer Classic, though neither appeared in the contest. The White Sox ace, Sale (8-4, 2.72 ERA) leads the A.L. in strikeouts with 157, while his ERA is seventh. Santiago (6-4, 2.33 ERA), now with the Los Angeles Angels, is third on the circuit in ERA. Sale and Santiago are the 41st and 42nd Winston-Salem alumni to make a Major League All-Star team.
  • For the third time in about a month, the Dash are invading Zebulon for a series against Carolina. Winston took two of three from the Mudcats from June 12-14, while Carolina returned the favor during the first three days of July. The Dash will return to Five County Stadium from August 4-6, while Carolina will invade the Triad two more times (July 22-24 and August 21-23). The Dash have claimed five of the two clubs’ first nine meetings, which have been pitcher-friendly. The Muddies own a slight 33-31 advantage.
  • Winston-Salem right-hander Robinson Leyer earned the Carolina League’s Pitcher of the Week honor, becoming the third weekly honoree for the Dash this season. Leyer gave up just two hits in seven innings last Wednesday at Myrtle Beach, his most recent outing. Leyer is riding a 14-inning scoreless streak, the second-longest by a Winston-Salem hurler this year (James Dykstra; 15 innings from April 9-22). In his first season at the High-A level, Leyer is 3-6 with a 4.30 ERA in a team-leading 16 starts.
  • Outfielder Nick Basto returned to the Dash on Monday after spending almost two months with Low-A Kannapolis. He was in the five-hole for Winston-Salem in Monday’s suspended game.
  • The Dash had played a game on 19 consecutive days before Tuesday’s league-wide off day.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Wednesday’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 approximately 7 p.m.

– Scott

Game #89 Preview – Dash vs. Potomac

Game #89 – Home Game #45
Winston-Salem Dash (10-7, 40-47) vs. Potomac Nationals (11-6, 44-43)
Monday, July 13 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Potomac Nationals plated seven runs in Sunday’s final three innings to cruise past the Dash 8-2 at BB&T Ballpark. Winston-Salem vies for a series split in Monday’s contest.

Brian Clark takes the bump Monday for the Dash against Potomac. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Brian Clark takes the bump Monday for the Dash against Potomac. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP (updated at 6:30 p.m.):

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Omar Narvaez – C
Jeremy Dowdy – DH
Nolan Earley – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Nate Jones – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Even though Brandon Brennan gave up those five runs, he recorded Winston-Salem’s fifth consecutive quality start. However, the Dash gave up five earned runs on Sunday after allowing only seven in their previous six games. Still, in their last seven games, four of which have been wins, Winston-Salem’s pitching staff boasts a 1.71 earned run average (12 ER in 63.0 IP). The Dash are fourth on the circuit in team ERA (3.39). If the season ended today, Winston would own its best team ERA in the Dash era (2009-present), besting its 3.71 mark in 2012.
  • Thanks to a two-hit effort Sunday, Trey Michalczewski pushed his season-long hitting streak to seven games. Since last Monday, the former seventh-round pick is 11-for-26 (.423) with five RBIs and four runs scored. Michalczewski has collected an RBI in four straight games. He is third in the CL in RBIs at 49. Teammate Jake Peter is fourth on the circuit with 42 RBIs.
  • Winston-Salem will enjoy an off day Tuesday for the MLB All-Star Game, but a pair of Dash alumni will suit up in Cincinnati. Chris Sale (8-4, 2.72 ERA) will represent the White Sox for a fourth straight season, while Hector Santiago (6-4, 2.33 ERA), now with the Angels, was named an injury replacement. Both are in the top seven in the American League in ERA.
  • The Nationals have not enjoyed most of their recent visits to Winston-Salem. The Dash boast a 39-17 (.696) record against the P-Nats at BB&T Ballpark. Winston-Salem has had a winning record against the Nationals in each of its first five seasons at the downtown facility, including a perfect 10-0 mark in 2012. However, this trend is on the line in Monday’s contest. The Dash and P-Nats have split their first six games at BB&T Ballpark in 2015, with Monday being the final clash between the two clubs in the Triad.
  • The Dash matched their most lopsided loss of the campaign on Sunday, which marked the seventh time this year that Winston-Salem has dropped a game by exactly six runs. Winston has not lost a game by more than six runs since August 27, 2014, a 16-5 loss at Myrtle Beach.
  • Following Monday’s series finale with Potomac, the Dash will enjoy the league-wide off day on Tuesday before visiting Zebulon for a four-game set with the Carolina Mudcats.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

– Scott

Game #88 Preview – Dash vs. Potomac

Game #88 – Home Game #44
Winston-Salem Dash (10-6, 40-46) vs. Potomac Nationals (10-6, 43-43)
Sunday, July 12 – 5 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

T.J. Williams cranked his first High-A home run to lead the Dash to a 7-3 victory Saturday over Potomac. Winston-Salem plays the third game of their four-game set Sunday.

T.J. Williams launched his first career High-A dinger Saturday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

T.J. Williams launched his first career High-A dinger Saturday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Toby Thomas – LF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
T.J. Williams – DH
Brandon Brennan – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Williams’ second-inning solo shot snapped a season-long home run drought for the Dash. Winston-Salem had not gone deep in its previous 98 innings, which spanned 10 games. Winston still stands in last place within the eight-team Carolina League in home runs with 23, which are tied for eighth-fewest in full-season Minor League Baseball. West Michigan (Low-A, Detroit) is last with just 17, while Fort Myers (High-A, Minnesota) and Mississippi (Double-A, Atlanta) are tied for second-to-last with just 19.
  • Jordan Guerrero recorded the Dash’s fourth consecutive quality start in Saturday’s victory. Over the last six games, four of which have been victories, Winston-Salem’s pitching staff boasts a 1.17 earned run average (7 ER in 54.0 IP). Thanks to this recent surge, Winston has lowered its team earned run average to 3.37, which trails only Wilmington (2.88) and Myrtle Beach (3.27) in the CL. If the season ended today, Winston would own its best team ERA in the Dash era (2009-present), besting the club’s 3.71 mark in 2012.
  • Jake Peter recorded his team-leading 24th multi-hit game on Saturday. He had logged back-to-back hitless games for the first time since May 2 and 3. Cleuluis Rondon came up with two RBIs in a game for the first time since May 29. Trey Michalczewski is riding a season-long six-game hit streak (9-for-23 [.391], 3RBIs).
  • The Nationals have not enjoyed most of their recent visits to Winston-Salem. The Dash boast a 39-16 (.709) record against the P-Nats at BB&T Ballpark. Winston-Salem has had a winning record against the Nationals in each of its first five seasons at the downtown facility, including a perfect 10-0 record in 2012. With a win either Sunday or Monday, Winston would accomplish that feat once again this season. The Dash ended a string of back-to-back Potomac wins at BB&T Ballpark, something that had not happened since July 24-25, 2010.
  • Former Winston-Salem pitcher Frankie Montas will suit up for the World Team in Sunday’s SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in Cincinnati. Montas is 2-1 with a 2.47 ERA in 15 starts with Double-A Birmingham. MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo ranked Montas’ fastball and slider as the best ones on the World roster.
  • On Saturday, Winston-Salem posted its highest single-game run total since June 6, a game that the Dash lost 10-8 at Lynchburg. Winston also matched its highest hit total of the second half with 11, the club’s most since June 15.
  • The Dash moved to a perfect 12-0 at BB&T Ballpark when scoring six or more runs.
  • Peter now stands fourth in the league in RBIs with 42, trailing only Michalczewski (48) on the Dash.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Television coverage of Sunday’s contest will be available on My48 at 5 p.m. For a channel guide, please visit the Dash Broadcast Corner. 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.

– Scott

Game #87 Preview – Dash vs. Potomac

Game #87 – Home Game #43
Winston-Salem Dash (9-6, 39-46) vs. Potomac Nationals (10-5, 43-42)
Saturday, July 11 – 6:30 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Potomac plated three unearned in the top of the first Friday and led for the entirety of their 4-2 series-opening victory over the Dash. Winston-Salem tangles with the Nationals Saturday in the second game of their four-game set.

Big league rehabber Nate Jones worked a scoreless eighth inning in Friday's 4-2 loss. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Big league rehabber Nate Jones worked a scoreless eighth inning in Friday’s 4-2 loss. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Jeremy Dowdy – C
Nolan Earley – RF
T.J. Williams – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Suiter – LF
Jordan Guerrero – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Potomac ended two impressive pitching streaks in Friday’s contest. Until the P-Nats’ three-run first, Winston-Salem had not given up a run in 24 innings. The Dash also posted a 32-inning streak without an earned run, which ended in the ninth inning. Over the last five games, three of which have been victories, Winston-Salem’s pitching staff boasts a 0.80 earned run average (4 ER in 45.0 IP). Dash starters have not given up an earned run in their last 23 innings dating back to Tuesday night. Each of the last three starters have worked exactly seven frames and held their opponent without an earned run.
  • Due to this recent surge, Winston-Salem has lowered its team earned run average to 3.37. While that mark is still just fourth on the eight-team circuit, the Dash are only a tenth of an earned run away from Myrtle Beach for second place. If the season ended today, Winston would own its best team ERA in the Dash era (2009-present), besting the club’s 3.71 mark in 2012.
  • For the fourth time this season, Dash infielder Trey Michalczewski has hit safely in five games in a row. During this run, the top prospect on the Dash’s roster is 8-for-19 (.421) with three RBIs. Michalczewski, who does not have a six-game hit streak this year, is third in the CL in RBIs (47).
  • Three-year big league veteran Nate Jones tossed a scoreless inning in Friday’s eighth frame. Jones needed just eight pitches to dispose of the P-Nats despite an infield single, which was erased via a double play. Jones is expected to pitch again for the Dash on Monday. In July of 2014, Jones underwent Tommy John surgery, and he had not pitched in a game since April 3, 2014. This marks the second rehab stint in the Dash era (2009-present). Infielder Brent Morel played in seven games with the Dash in 2012.
  • Even though Potomac won Friday, the Nationals have not enjoyed most of their recent visits to Winston-Salem. The Dash boast a 38-16 (.704) record against the P-Nats at BB&T Ballpark. Winston-Salem has had a winning record against the Nationals in each of its first five seasons at the downtown facility, including a perfect 10-0 record in 2012. Thanks to Friday’s win and their victory in the series finale in April, the P-Nats have won back-to-back games in the Triad for the first time since July 24-25, 2010.
  • Winston-Salem has not hit a home run since June 30, a span of 97 homerless frames. The Dash are last in the Carolina League with 22 home runs, a total that represents the fourth-fewest among all Minor League teams. The Dash have more home runs than only West Michigan (17; Low-A, Detroit), Fort Myers (19; High-A, Minnesota) and Mississippi (19; Double-A, Atlanta). The Dash led the Carolina League in homers every year from 2010 to 2013.
  • Dash infielder Jake Peter has recorded two hitless games in a row for the first time since May 2 and 3. In his previous 37 games, Peter hit safely in 34 of them.
  • In his last outing on Monday against Frederick, Jordan Guerrero permitted just one run on three hits over seven innings, his second-longest High-A outing.

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 approximately 6:30 p.m.

– Scott

Game #86 Preview – Dash vs. Potomac

Game #86 – Home Game #42
Winston-Salem Dash (9-5, 39-45) vs. Potomac Nationals (9-5, 42-42)
Friday, July 10 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash earned their first sweep of the 2015 season Thursday by blanking the Myrtle Beach Pelicans for the second straight night. Winston-Salem returns home to begin a four-game series with the Potomac Nationals.

Behind seven shutout innings from Matt Heidenreich, the Dash completed their sweep Thursday over Myrtle Beach. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Behind seven shutout innings from Matt Heidenreich, the Dash completed their sweep Thursday over Myrtle Beach. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

  • Winston-Salem logged its first sweep of the year on Thursday night. The Dash, who failed on three other sweep chances this season, had not used the broom since August 1-3, 2014, at home against Lynchburg. This marks the first sweep for Winston against the Pelicans since August 24-26, 2013, while the Dash had not won every game of a series in South Carolina since a rain-shortened set from July 30-31, 2011. The Dash have won six consecutive contests in Myrtle Beach for the first time since at least 2004.
  • During the three-game series, Winston-Salem pitching held Myrtle Beach to just one run, which came around in the third inning of Tuesday’s opener on a bases-loaded walk. Myrtle Beach did not score in the series’ final 24 innings, and the Pelicans mustered only 15 hits. The Dash have logged back-to-back shutouts for the first time since May 21 and 22, while Winston-Salem had not given up just a single run in three games since August 26-28, 2012.
  • Matt Heidenreich became the third pitcher at the High-A level to reach nine personal victories, and Thursday’s was his first since June 11. The Coronado, Calif., native is tied for 10th in the Minors in wins, and he is two shy of the top spot.
  • Winston-Salem and Potomac enter this series in a two-way tie for the Carolina League’s best second half record. Winston is off to the second-best 14-game start to a half in the Dash era (2009-present). In 2010, the Dash began the first half with an 11-3 mark, while they also sat at 9-5 at this point of half two. This year, the Dash have soared to the top of the eight-team circuit despite only owning a 42-41 edge in the second half. Winston has posted an 8-2 record in one- or two-run games since the All-Star break. In the first half, the Dash were 15-19 in such situations.
  • Potomac spoiled BB&T Ballpark’s debut on April 13, 2010, but that result belies how the Nationals have faired inside the Dash’s new home. The Dash boast a 38-15 (.717) record against the P-Nats at BB&T Ballpark. Winston-Salem has had a winning record against the Nationals in each of its first five seasons at the downtown facility, including a perfect 10-0 record in 2012. This season, the Dash took two of three at home from Potomac on the final three days of April. This set marks the P-Nats’ final visit to the Triad.
  • The top three men in the Dash’s order have been incredible as of late. Leadoff man Adam Engel is 8-for-21 (.381) with three RBIs and four runs in his last five games. Even though he went hitless on Thursday, Jake Peter has hit safely in 34 of his last 38 games since May 27. During this span, Peter is hitting .329 (47-for-143) with three homers, 21 RBIs and 26 runs scored. Three-hole hitter Trey Michalczewski is 7-for-15 (.467) with two RBIs in his last four contests. His 46 RBIs are third-most in the Carolina League.
  • Winston-Salem has not hit a home run since June 30, a span of 88 homerless frames. The Dash are last in the CL with 22 home runs, which are tied for fourth-fewest in the Minor Leagues. Mississippi and West Michigan are tied for the fewest at 17, while Fort Myers has 19.

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 approximately 7 p.m.

– Scott

Game #85 Preview – Dash at Myrtle Beach

Game #85 – Road Game #44
Winston-Salem Dash (8-5, 38-45) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (5-9, 46-37)
Thursday, July 9 – 7:05 p.m.
TicketReturn.com Field (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Ethan Wilson’s RBI single started the scoring for the Dash in a five-run ninth inning as Winston-Salem snapped a scoreless tie Wednesday en route to a 5-0 victory. The Dash bid for their first sweep of the 2015 season Thursday.

Ethan Wilson knocked in his first run Wednesday since June 7 to begin a five-run ninth inning. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Ethan Wilson knocked in his first run Wednesday since June 7 to begin a five-run ninth inning. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Toby Thomas – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Suiter – LF
Matt Heidenreich – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Even though the Dash have the same number of runs (41) as their opposition in the second half, they are tied with Wilmington for the league’s best second half record. Even though the game was tied in the ninth, Winston logged its most lopsided victory of half two on Wednesday. In fact, the Dash had not defeated a team by more than two runs since June 15. In games decided by one or two runs, Winston-Salem is 7-2 (.778) since the All-Star break. The squad was just 15-19 (.441) in those games during the first half.
  • In the last three games, Winston-Salem starters have posted a 0.95 ERA (19.0 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 11 H). Robinson Leyer has tossed consecutive seven-inning, zero-run starts. Before this surge, he only had one such outing professionally. His 14-inning scoreless streak is second to James Dykstra (15 innings from April 9-22) for the longest by a Dash hurler in 2015. Behind Leyer, the Dash’s two-hit shutout was their best in a nine-inning game since July 20, 2014, at Frederick (one).
  • Righty Matt Heidenreich will attempt to continue the Dash’s great work on the hill. With a win on Thursday, he would become the third High-A pitcher to hit nine wins. He trails only Charlotte’s Jacob Faria and Modesto’s Harrison Musgrave.
  • The Dash collected their fifth straight win at Myrtle Beach on Wednesday. Winston-Salem claimed the final three of a four-game series on the Grand Strand in late April, the club’s first and only other visit before the current set. This marks the first time since September 7, 2009 to April 22, 2010, that Winston-Salem has strung together five consecutive road wins over the Pelicans. Winston has not accomplished a five-game win streak at Myrtle Beach in one season since at least 2004. This year, the Dash are 5-1 at TicketReturn.Com Field after going a combined 6-14 in South Carolina in 2013 and 2014.
  • Winston-Salem infielder Jake Peter has hit safely in 34 of his last 37 games since May 27. During this span, the former Creighton star is hitting .336 (47-for-140) with three homers, 21 RBIs and 26 runs scored. Peter, who missed his first game since May 25 on Wednesday night, went 3-for-4 in Tuesday’s opener, one day after his 13-game hit streak came to an end. He is tied for first in the Carolina League in hits with 87, while his .296 batting average is sixth-best.
  • From June 30 to July 5, Dash third baseman Trey Michalczewski was mired in an 0-for-20 funk. In his last three games, however, the top prospect on the Dash roster has been on fire. Michalczewski is 6-for-11 (.545) during this span. His 45 RBIs are good for third-most in the CL, trailing only Lynchburg’s Nellie Rodriguez (62) and Myrtle Beach’s Jacob Rogers (51).
  • Winston-Salem posted its sixth shutout victory on Wednesday night, though the club had not recorded one since May 22 at Salem. The Dash are fourth on the eight-team circuit in team ERA (3.44), but they are just 0.11 away from second-place Myrtle Beach.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Thursday’s game will be broadcast live on 600 AM-WSJS and wsjs.com, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:50 p.m., with the first pitch at approximately 7:05 p.m.

– Scott

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