Game #35 Preview – Dash at Salem

Game #35 – Road Game #21
Winston-Salem Dash (15-19) at Salem Red Sox (17-17)
Thursday, May 14 – 7:05 p.m.
LewisGale Field (Salem, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

A six-run second propelled the Salem Red Sox to an 8-2 victory Wednesday over Winston-Salem. Thursday’s meeting between the two clubs will act as the rubber game of the three-game series.

Nick Basto plated an RBI single Wednesday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Nick Basto plated an RBI single Wednesday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – SS
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Omar Narvaez – C
Keenyn Walker – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Nolan Earley – RF
Jace Fry – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • In Wednesday’s losing effort, Winston-Salem still had some opportunities to score. Seven hitters recorded at least one base hit, with Trey Michalczewski amassing a pair of doubles. Despite a two-run effort, the Dash finished play Wednesday leading the Carolina League in runs per game at 4.4. Nine days ago, Winston-Salem was last on the circuit in this category, but the club has averaged 6.5 runs per contest in its last 10 games over this nine-day span.
  • Two individuals have been the primary catalysts of this offensive revival. Chris Jacobs, who is fourth in the Carolina League with a .305 batting average, has hit safely in 14 of his last 15 games, during which he is hitting .418 (23-for-55) with 13 RBIs. Before this run, Jacobs was a .180 hitter with three RBIs in 16 games. Adam Engel boasts a .295 average, seventh-highest on the circuit. Engel has played every inning of the Dash’s season in center field, and the Loveland, Ohio, native has collected a hit in all but nine of the club’s 34 games. He leads the CL in both hits (39) and runs scored (25).
  • In his first Minor League effort since August 9, 2014, right-hander Euclides Leyer tossed 2.1 scoreless innings Wednesday. Leyer resigned with the Sox in April after the Reds released him at the end of Spring Training. Cincinnati nabbed Leyer in the Triple-A Phase of the Rule 5 Draft.
  • Both of Winston-Salem’s prolific thieves were caught stealing on Wednesday night. Keenyn Walker leads the league with 20 stolen bases, and Adam Engel is one back at 19. Walker is tied for third in the Minors, while Engel shares fifth place. Salem catcher Jake Romanski gunned down both men, Engel in the first and Walker in the sixth.
  • Still, Winston-Salem’s 54 swipes pace the CL and are tied for fifth place in the Minors. The Dash are tied with New Britain (Double-A, Colorado). The Low-A South Atlantic League boasts the top three base-stealing clubs–Asheville (72; Colorado). Charleston (71; NY Yankees), and Lexington (63; Kansas City), while Peoria (Low-A, St. Louis) is fourth with 55.
  • Even though Thursday marks the rubber match of this three-game series, Winston and Salem will not part ways. The Red Sox will invade BB&T Ballpark for a three-gamer that begins Friday night. By June 2, the Dash and Sox will have played 14 of their 20 games against one another, the busiest such stretch for Winston-Salem against any other CL foe in the Dash era. Since that nickname change in 2009, no team has enjoyed more success against Winston than Salem, who is 64-57-1 (.529) versus the Dash.
  • Wednesday snapped a run of six consecutive decisions going to a Dash reliever, and Andre Wheeler was making a spot start for the injured James Dykstra (back). Before this run, Winston-Salem relievers had only picked up four of the Dash’s first 21 decisions in 2015. Winston-Salem relievers are 5-5, while starters are 10-14.
  • First baseman Keon Barnum has missed back-to-back games with an oblique injury. Barnum, who is hitting .245 with two homers and 17 RBIs in 31 games, was a late scratch from Tuesday’s game.
  • Winston-Salem has only scored 15 runs in the six games Jace Fry has started, a big reason why he is 1-4 despite a 3.03 ERA.

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 7:05 p.m.

– Scott

Game #34 Preview – Dash at Salem

Game #34 – Road Game #20
Winston-Salem Dash (15-18) at Salem Red Sox (16-17)
Wednesday, May 13 – 7:05 p.m.
LewisGale Field (Salem, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Adam Engel cranked a two-run home run in the ninth to complete a furious comeback and lift the Dash to a 7-5 victory in the series opener Tuesday over Salem. A victory over the Red Sox today would put the two clubs in a tie for third place in the Carolina League Southern Division.

Adam Engel's two-run homer Tuesday broke a ninth-inning tie. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Adam Engel’s two-run homer Tuesday broke a ninth-inning tie. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Nick Basto – DH
Omar Narvaez – C
Keenyn Walker – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Nolan Earley – LF
Andre Wheeler – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • For the first time this season, Winston-Salem overcame a four-run deficit to win a game. This marks the biggest comeback by the club since July 8, 2014, when the Dash scored the game’s final 10 runs to turn a 9-3 deficit into a 13-9 win over Myrtle Beach. Before Tuesday, the Dash were a league-worst 0-16 when trailing after seven innings. This also marked Winston’s first last at-bat win since August 28, 2013, at Myrtle.
  • The Dash’s top two hitters delivered in their series-opening win at Salem. Chris Jacobs, who is sixth in the Carolina League with a .301 average, went 2-for-5 with a pair of RBIs. The Winston-Salem native has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games, during which he is hitting .415 (22-for-53) with 13 RBIs. Before this run, Jacobs was a .180 hitter with three RBIs in 16 games. Adam Engel jumped to seventh on the circuit in average (.299) with a 2-for-5 effort. He also leads the CL in runs (25), while his 38 hits are even with Frederick’s Drew Dosch for the top spot.
  • Nolan Earley was added to the lineup less than two hours before first pitch, with Keon Barnum sitting out on Tuesday. Earley delivered to the tune of a 2-for-3, two-RBI, two-run performance. After starting his High-A career 0-for-8, Earley is 4-for-6 with four runs and three RBIs in his last three games (two starts).
  • Thanks to a Cleuluis Rondon stolen base in the seventh inning, the Dash added to their league-leading total. Winston-Salem’s 54 swipes are 14 better than second-place Salem within the CL and fourth-most in the Minors. The Dash are trailing only three South Atlantic League teams–Asheville (72; Colorado). Charleston (71; NY Yankees), and Lexington (63; Kansas City). The Dash boast the CL’s top two thieves. Keenyn Walker is tied for third in the Minors with 20, while Adam Engel is alone in fifth with 19.
  • Even though Matt Heidenreich became the first Dash hurler to reach the eighth inning this season, he did not become the Minors’ third six-game winner. Heidenreich’s jumped an even run to 2.21 after giving up five runs on nine hits in seven-plus frames en route to his first no-decision of the campaign. Still, the Coronado, Calif., native is one of three men in High-A and 13 in the Minors with five wins. In his four career starts against Salem, Heidenreich is 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA, and the Dash have won all four times.
  • For the third time, southpaw Andre Wheeler has been pressed into a starting role, though Wednesday will mark the first time he has started a nine-inning contest. Wheeler takes the rotation spot of James Dykstra, who was placed on the disabled list this weekend with a back injury. Wheeler struggled in his first start on April 15 at Potomac (2.1 IP, 3 R-ER), which came less than an hour after Dykstra’s no-hitter against the P-Nats. However, Wheeler bounced back in his most recent start and outing on Saturday against Myrtle Beach (4.0 IP, 0 R).
  • Omar Narvaez is riding a seven-game hit streak (8-for-27, .296), which is tied for the longest active run in the CL.
  • Jake Peter’s eight-game hit streak ended on Tuesday. He was 11-for-30 (.367) with six RBIs during this surge.
  • Winston-Salem is 4-1 in road games against division foes.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Wednesday’s game 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 at 7:05 p.m.

– Scott

Game #33 Preview – Dash at Salem

Game #33 – Road Game #19
Winston-Salem Dash (14-18) at Salem Red Sox (16-16)
Tuesday, May 12 – 7:05 p.m.
LewisGale Field (Salem, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Chris Jacobs had three hits and drove in two, but the Dash blew a late lead in a 6-5 series-clinching victory by the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on Monday. Winston-Salem will start a three-game series Tuesday at Salem. The Dash will play the Red Sox in 14 of their next 20 games.

Chris Jacobs drove in two runs and smashed three hits Monday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Chris Jacobs drove in two runs and smashed three hits Monday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP (Updated 6:30 p.m.):

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Omar Narvaez – C
Keenyn Walker – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Nolan Earley – DH
Matt Heidenreich – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • The Dash and Salem Red Sox meet for the first time in 2015 on Tuesday night, but the two squads will get to know one another quite well in the upcoming week. Of the next 20 Dash games, 14 of them take place against Salem. If you throw in a first half-ending four-game series at BB&T Ballpark, the Dash will finish half one with 18 of their 38 games against Salem. This year, the Carolina League created an imbalanced schedule. Instead of playing every other team 20 times, intradivision matchups are more common.
  • Dash righty Matt Heidenreich has won each of his first five outings. When he knocked off Frederick on Thursday, Heidenreich became the fourth member of the Minor Leagues’ five-win club, which now consists of nine men. With a victory Tuesday, the Coronado, Calif., native would be the third six-game winner (Visalia’s Zack Godley and New Britain’s Gus Schlosser). Among qualifying hurlers, Heidenreich is second in High-A and 15th in the Minors in ERA (1.21).
  • When Heidenreich was with the Dash in 2012, he dominated Salem in three electric starts. Heidenreich boasted a 0.42 ERA (1 ER in 21.2 IP) against the Sox. In a critical game on May 24, 2012, he bested big league righty Matt Barnes in a 1-0 contest. One month later, he posted his only nine-inning complete game against Salem.
  • The Dash have failed to steal a base in back-to-back contests after swiping 27 in the first 10 games of May. Winston-Salem still paces the Carolina League by 13 stolen bases (Salem), while their 53 total swipes are good for fourth in all of Minor League Baseball. The Dash are trailing only three South Atlantic League teams–Charleston (70; NY Yankees), Asheville (67; Colorado), and Lexington (62; Kansas City).
  • Two Dash outfielders have accounted for 39 of the Dash’s 53 stolen bases (74%). Keenyn Walker leads the club with 20 steals, which places him third in the Minors. Adam Engel trails by just one swipe, and he is alone in fourth place in the Minors. No two current teammates have more stolen bases than the 39 combined between Walker and Engel. Within the Minors, Charleston’s Jorge Mateo paces everyone with 25, while Asheville’s Wes Rogers is second at 21. No other Carolina League player has more than 15 (Lynchburg’s Bradley Zimmer).
  • Engel and Walker are the only two Carolina Leaguers who have played in every one of their team’s innings in the field. Neither Engel nor Walker have even started as a designated hitter in a game thus far this year. On Monday, Trey Michalczewski did not start for the first time, though he did pinch hit in the eighth. Despite just one at-bat Monday, Michalczewski leads the Minors with 15 RBIs in the last seven days.
  • Dash right-hander James Dykstra was placed on the disabled list before Monday’s game. He will miss his scheduled start on Wednesday, with lefty Andre Wheeler taking his place.
  • With a spot open, the White Sox announced that righty Euclides Leyer has rejoined the club. Resigned after a brief stint in the Reds’ system, he joins his brother Robinson Leyer on the club. They are the first two siblings to play together in Winston-Salem during the Dash era (2009-now).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tuesday’s game 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 at 7:05 p.m.

– Scott

Game #32 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #32 – Home Game #14
Winston-Salem Dash (14-17) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (19-12)
Monday, May 11 – 11 a.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem scored three runs in the fifth inning to grab a 3-2 lead Sunday over Myrtle Beach, but the Pelicans scored a run in the sixth to tie the game and a run in the seventh to win 4-3. Monday’s contest will act as the rubber game of this five-game series.

Brad Goldberg worked two scoreless innings Sunday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Brad Goldberg worked two scoreless innings Sunday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Chris Jacobs – DH
Nick Basto – LF
Omar Narvaez – C
Keenyn Walker – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Ethan Wilson – 3B
Jake Cose – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Winston-Salem enjoyed its best offensive week of the month-old season, but the majority of the production took place during the early portion of the week. From Tuesday to Friday, the Dash amassed 40 runs, their best four-game offensive showing since April 28-May 1, 2012 (45 runs). However, in the last three games, Myrtle Beach has limited Winston-Salem to 11 runs and an average of .189 (17-for-90). Still, the Dash shot from worst to first in runs per game thanks to a run of 51 runs in seven games (from 3.5 to 4.4).
  • This series features the two best candidates to take home the Carolina League’s Player of the Week honor, which will be announced Monday. Dash infielder Trey Michalczewski recorded 15 RBIs, tied with El Paso’s Cody Decker for the most in the Minor Leagues this week. In eight games, Michalczewski hit .323 (10-for-31) with two homers and seven runs. He submitted three games of four or more RBIs and launched the CL’s second grand slam of 2015 on Tuesday at Frederick. Myrtle Beach’s Billy McKinney posted a .433 average (13-for-30) with one homer, 12 RBIs and nine runs in nine games.
  • Following Monday’s rubber match with Myrtle Beach, the Dash will get to know division rival Salem quite well. Winston and Salem will battle in 14 of the two club’s next 20 games. The Dash have not played the Red Sox yet in 2015.
  • For just the third time in 11 games this month, the Dash failed to steal a base in Sunday’s one-run loss. Winston-Salem leads the Carolina League with 27 stolen bases in May, which has thrust them into fourth place in Minor League Baseball with 53. Winston-Salem is trailing only three South Atlantic League teams–Charleston (70; NY Yankees), Asheville (67; Colorado), and Lexington (60; Kansas City). Within the Carolina League, Frederick is the closest competition, but the Keys have swiped 15 fewer bags.
  • Two Dash outfielders have accounted for 39 of the Dash’s 53 stolen bases (74%). Keenyn Walker collected two stolen bases in Saturday’s doubleheader to jump ahead of teammate Adam Engel at the top of the Carolina League. Walker’s 20 swipes are third in the Minors, while Engel is alone in fourth with 19. Charleston’s Jorge Mateo leads the way with 25. No other Carolina League player has more than 14 (Lynchburg’s Bradley Zimmer).
  • Monday starter Jake Cose pitched for the first time in 613 days on Wednesday at Frederick. He missed all of 2014 and the first month of 2015 with a significant back injury that forced him into surgery in the middle of last season. He worked three innings (51 pitches) and gave up just one run despite two hits and four walks.
  • Former Dash right-hander Mike Recchia, who pitched for Winston-Salem in 2013 and 2014, has retired from baseball. Recchia was with Double-A Birmingham.
  • The Dash have scored three or fewer runs in 15 of their first 31 games this season.
  • Myrtle Beach led off three straight innings with a triple on Sunday (sixth, seventh and eighth). Two of those three batters came around, with Brad Goldberg inducing a fielder’s choice at the plate in the eighth.
  • Myrtle Beach righty Daury Torrez has given up just one run in 12 innings over two starts against the Dash (2-0).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Monday’s game will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 10:45 a.m., with the first pitch at 11 a.m.

– Scott

Game #31 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #31 – Home Game #13
Winston-Salem Dash (14-16) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (18-12)
Sunday, May 10 – 2 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash and Pelicans split a doubleheader Saturday, with Myrtle Beach taking game one of the twin bill 3-2 in 10 innings. Winston-Salem won 6-1 in the second contest, meaning a win Sunday would give the Dash a series victory.

Trey Michalczewski has driven in 15 runs over his last six games. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Trey Michalczewski has driven in 15 runs over his last six games. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Jeremy Dowdy – C
Keenyn Walker – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Nolan Earley – DH
Robinson Leyer – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • In Saturday’s second game, third baseman Trey Michalczewski continued his torrid stretch this week. Michalczewski finished a double short of a cycle in a 3-for-3 effort that included a game-tying, two-run triple in the third and a solo shot down the right field line in the fifth. Since Tuesday night, Michalczewski is hitting .391 (9-for-23) with two homers and a Minor League-leading 15 RBIs. No other hitter has more than 11 RBIs during this span. He has recorded three games of four or more RBIs after logging two such efforts in his first 214 Minor League games.
  • Through 24 games, Winston-Salem was at the bottom of the Carolina League in team batting average (.225) and runs per game (3.5). The Dash have drastically differed in their last six contests. Winston-Salem has amassed 48 runs, or 8.0 per game, in its last six games. Because of this surge, the Dash have jumped from worst to first in runs per game (4.4) within the CL.
  • The Dash’s bats have busted out in a big way over the last six games, and their team speed has contributed to the offense’s success. During this stretch, Winston-Salem has ripped off a remarkable 23 stolen bases, surging to the top spot in the Carolina League in swipes with 53. Second-place Frederick has just 39. Within Minor League Baseball, Winston is in fourth place, trailing only three South Atlantic League teams–Charleston (69; NY Yankees), Asheville (63; Colorado), and Lexington (58; Kansas City).
  • Two Dash outfielders have accounted for 39 of the Dash’s 53 stolen bases (74%). Keenyn Walker collected two stolen bases in Saturday’s doubleheader to jump ahead of teammate Adam Engel at the top of the Carolina League. Walker’s 20 swipes are third in the Minors, while Engel is alone in fourth with 19. Charleston’s Jorge Mateo leads the way with 25, including four on Saturday. No other CL player has more than 14 (Lynchburg’s Bradley Zimmer).
  • The rest of the White Sox organization enjoyed a tremendous day. During the White Sox twin bill finale against Cincinnati, Carlos Rodon made his first Major League start. Rodon posted a quality start in a winning effort (6.0 IP, 2 R-ER, 8 K), while former Dash right-hander Chris Beck earned his first promotion to the big leagues as the 26th man for the double dip finale. Triple-A Charlotte snapped a five-game skid at Toledo with an 8-4 win. Tim Anderson recorded a cycle in Double-A Birmingham’s 8-7 victory on the road in Montgomery. Low-A Kannapolis plated eight in the ninth to stun Lexington 13-8.
  • The Dash have won five of their last six games against Myrtle Beach after the Pelicans snagged wins in each of the first four matchups of 2015.
  • In the Carolina League, Adam Engel is seventh in average (.298), tied for first in hits (34) and alone in first in runs scored (24).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Television coverage of Sunday’s contest will be available on My48 at 2 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 1:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 2 p.m.

– Scott

Games #29/30 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

UPDATE: 7:45 p.m.

Game two Dash lineup:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – DH
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Jeremy Dowdy – C
Keenyn Walker – RF
Andre Wheeler – LHP

Games #29/30 – Home Games #11/12
Winston-Salem Dash (13-15) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (17-11)
Saturday, May 9 – 4:30 p.m. (doubleheader)
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash plated five in the second and five in the third to roar past the Pelicans 10-6 in Friday’s series opener. Trey Michalczewski ripped three doubles and drove in four. Winston-Salem and Myrtle Beach tangle in a doubleheader Saturday that includes the makeup of Sunday, April 19’s contest.

Trey Michalczewski cranked three doubles and plated four Friday against Myrtle Beach. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Trey Michalczewski cranked three doubles and plated four Friday against Myrtle Beach. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP (Game 1):

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Chris Jacobs – DH
Nick Basto – LF
Omar Narvaez – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Keenyn Walker – RF
Jace Fry – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Through 24 games, Winston-Salem was at the bottom of the Carolina League in team batting average (.225) and runs per game (3.5). The Dash have drastically differed in their last four contests. Winston-Salem has amassed 40 runs in its last four games, the club’s best four-game offensive surge since plating 45 runs from April 28-May 1, 2012. That 45-run stretch came during the 10-game winning streak, while this current one has only netted two victories.
  • The Dash collected a season-high six doubles in the four-run win on Friday night, and all of these two-base knocks came in the game’s first three innings. This marks the highest single-game double total since July 30, 2014, when the Dash blasted Frederick 12-2. Trey Michalczewski recorded three of them, becoming the first Dash swinger to reach three doubles since Joey DeMichele on May 28, 2013 (17-5 W vs. FRE).
  • The three longest active hitting streaks in the Carolina League belong to Dash hitters. Chris Jacobs (9 G, 15-for-34, .441, HR, 8 RBI, 5 R) and Cleuluis Rondon (9 G, 11-for-33, .333, HR, 4 RBI, 6 R) have hit safely in nine consecutive games. These streaks are the longest by a Dash player thus far this season. Keon Barnum (7 G, 9-for-29, .310, HR, 6 RBI, 3 R) has also hit safely in seven straight games.
  • The Dash’s bats have busted out in a big way over the last four games, and their team speed has contributed to the offense’s success. During this stretch, Winston-Salem has ripped off a remarkable 20 stolen bases, surging to the top spot in the Carolina League in swipes with 50. Second-place Salem has just 37. In all of Minor League baseball, Winston is in fourth place, trailing only three South Atlantic League teams– Asheville (63; Colorado), Charleston (61; NY Yankees) and Lexington (54; Kansas City).
  • Two Dash outfielders have accounted for 37 of the Dash’s 50 stolen bases. With six stolen bases in his last three games, Adam Engel has jumped to the top spot in the Carolina League with 19, while Keenyn Walker is one behind him at 18. Within Minor League Baseball, Engel is in third place, two behind the first place duo of Charleston’s Jorge Mateo and Asheville’s Wes Rogers. Walker shares fourth place with two others. No other CL player has more than 14 (Lynchburg’s Bradley Zimmer), while Dash infielder Jake Peter is tied for fifth with eight.
  • The 2015 season began exactly one month ago, and the Dash have not spent much time in Winston-Salem thus far this year. In advance of Saturday’s doubleheader, the Dash have played only 10 games at BB&T Ballpark. Only Norfolk (Triple-A, Baltimore Orioles) and Tennessee (Double-A, Chicago Cubs) have played fewer home games than the Dash. Both the Tides and Smokies have suited up at home nine times.
  • Winston-Salem improved to 10-1 when either James Dykstra or Matt Heidenreich start the contest. On the flip side, the Dash are 3-14 when someone else gets the starting pitching assignment.
  • Winston-Salem native CJ Beatty asked for his release from the White Sox organization Saturday. He played in two games for the Dash before going on the DL on April 20.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Saturday’s twin bill will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 4:15 p.m., with the first pitch at 4:30 p.m.

– Scott

Game #28 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #28 – Home Game #10
Winston-Salem Dash (12-15) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (17-10)
Friday, May 8 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem set a Dash-era record with nine runs in the seventh inning of their 14-2 blitz of Frederick to finish off a seven-game road trip. Matt Heidenreich became the first pitcher in the Carolina League to five wins. Winston begins a five-game, four-day series with Myrtle Beach Friday.

Keon Barnum smashed a two-run home run to cap a nine-run seventh. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Keon Barnum smashed a two-run home run to cap a nine-run seventh. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

  • In the first 861 games of the Dash era, Winston-Salem had never exceeded eight runs in a single inning, even though that had hit the eight-run mark on 10 different occasions. The franchise had not experienced a nine-run offensive inning since August 23, 2006, when the Dash posted that figure in the fifth inning of a 14-9 win at Lynchburg. Remarkably, Frederick executed two great plays defensively, or the inning could have been worse. The Keys recorded a 9-6 fielder’s choice, and shortstop Jeff Kemp made a diving snag on a liner from Jake Peter.
  • The Dash recorded season highs in runs (14) and hits (16) in their 12-run win. All nine starters recorded at least one RBI, while eight different men posted one or more hits and scored at least once. During their series in Frederick, the Dash have amassed 30 runs, their best three-game stretch since May 26-28, 2013 (32). Winston managed just seven runs in its four-game set at Wilmington at the beginning of the road trip.
  • While the offense stole the headlines late on Thursday, righty Matt Heidenreich submitted yet another gem. Heidenreich held the Keys to just two runs over six innings for his fifth win in five starts. He is the first pitcher in the CL and the fourth in the Minors to reach five victories.
  • Heidenreich and Friday starter James Dykstra make up one of the toughest pitching duos in all of Minor League Baseball. Heidenreich’s 1.21 ERA is good for 15th among Minor League qualifiers, while Dykstra’s 1.29 mark checks in at 22nd. Also, Dykstra boasts a 0.68 WHIP, which is 4th-best in the Minors. Winston-Salem is 9-1 when one of these two talented righties take to the hill and 3-14 in all other contests.
  • Since 2010, Winston has had a stranglehold on the home run lead in the Carolina League. From 2010-2014, the Dash went yard 572 times (one every 1.2 games) and led the circuit in every individual season except for 2014. However, the Dash only hit four home runs in their first 24 games through Monday. At that time, Winston-Salem was tied for second-last in the Minors in homers (Rome, 3). In their last three games, though, the Dash have blasted five homers, including three in Tuesday’s 12-10 loss. As a result, the Dash are no longer alone in last place in the CL in the long ball category (Wilmington).
  • Winston-Salem boasts the Carolina League lead in stolen bases (43), while Keenyn Walker (17) and Adam Engel (16) are first and second within the circuit. In the Minors, Walker and Engel are fifth and tied for sixth, respectively. The Dash have done the majority of their thievery against Frederick. Winston-Salem has swiped 24 bases in its seven games against the Keys (3.4/game) and 19 in its other 20 games.
  • Dykstra defeated Myrtle Beach in his High-A debut on July 17, 2014, at BB&T Ballpark (6.2 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 8 K).
  • Myrtle Beach enters with the Carolina League’s best record (17-10). The Pelicans claimed a 2-1, series-clinching win over Salem on Thursday via Billy McKinney’s walk-off homer in the 10th inning. The Dash have won three consecutive games over the Pelicans, all of which came in Myrtle Beach (April 24-26).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Friday’s game 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 at 7 p.m.

– Scott

Photographic plans for Brookstown District

It was an exciting day for the city of Winston-Salem with the announcement of the Brookstown District at BB&T Ballpark! Here’s the full release.

Below, you can take a look at a few more renderings from Thursday’s announcement!

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We’ll keep you posted as further details emerge on this tremendous project!

– Brian

Game #27 Preview – Dash at Frederick

Game #27 – Road Game #18
Winston-Salem Dash (11-14) at Frederick Keys (14-12)
Thursday, May 7 – 11 a.m.
NYMEO Field at Harry Grove Stadium (Frederick, Md.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Due to persistent rain in the area, Wednesday’s contest was suspended with the Dash leading the Keys 3-2 entering the bottom of the fifth inning. Winston-Salem and Frederick will complete this game before playing a seven-inning affair, which will begin approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of Wednesday’s tilt.

Chris Jacobs smacked a two-run triple in the first inning of Wednesday's suspended game. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Chris Jacobs smacked a two-run triple in the first inning of Wednesday’s suspended game. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP (7 inning finale):

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Chris Jacobs – DH
Nick Basto – LF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Keenyn Walker – RF
Sean O’Connell – C
Matt Heidenreich – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Before the rain came, Winston-Salem played well on Wednesday night. Chris Jacobs’ two-run triple in the first gave the Dash an early advantage, and Adam Engel made it 3-0 with a leadoff homer in the third. The Keys did plate a run in the third and fourth innings, the latter of which came home on a Brenden Webb homer. This marks the fifth Dash game that weather has affected this season, though it is the first time that a game has been suspended.
  • For the first time since August 31, 2013–a 613-day wait–righty Jake Cose returned to the mound on Wednesday. Cose, who missed all of last year and the four weeks of this season with a back injury, tossed 51 pitches over three innings. The California native walked four and allowed two hits, but he only gave up one run.
  • Before Tuesday, Winston had only gone yard four times, which was tied for second fewest in the Minors (Low-A Rome, 3). However, the Dash have launched four homers in their last 10 offensive innings. On Tuesday night, Cleuluis Rondon crushed a solo shot in the fifth inning before Trey Michalczewski (grand slam) and Nick Basto (three-run homer) went yard in the seventh. Then, Engel went deep in Wednesday’s third frame. The Dash have scored 13 runs in the first 14 frames of this series after only seven throughout the four-game set at Wilmington.
  • Right-hander Matt Heidenreich will take to the hill in Thursday’s seven-inning finale. Heidenreich is one of two Carolina League pitchers with four wins (Steve Janas, Carolina), and his 0.76 ERA trails only Janas among CL qualifiers. Among all Minor League hurlers, Heidenreich is 10th in ERA, while he could become the fourth to reach the five-win mark if he knocks off the Keys. Ever since he surrendered a two-run homer to the second hitter he faced this season, Heidenreich has held his opponents to just two runs (one earned) on 18 hits in 23.2 innings of work.
  • The Dash jumped to the Carolina League’s top spot in stolen bases (36) with six on Tuesday night. Winston-Salem has swiped 17 bases in its five games against Frederick. This total includes the Dash’s seven on April 9, tied for the most in a single game during the Dash era (2009-present). Keenyn Walker leads the CL and is tied for fourth in the Minors with 16 stolen bases, while Adam Engel’s 13 swipes are good for third on the circuit and a tie for ninth in MiLB.
  • Winston-Salem will take to the field for the bottom of the fifth inning at 11 a.m., and Jose Brito is the scheduled hurler for the Dash. After Cose worked three innings as the starter, Andre Wheeler pitched the fourth and was warming in the fifth when a strong shower forced a delay and, ultimately, a suspension. Brito is 1-0 with a 4.26 earned run average in his six outings. The right-hander has not allowed an earned run in his last two efforts spanning five frames. Though this will be recorded as a relief effort, Brito will be able to warm up pregame as a starter, which he has been in 19 Minor League games.
  • Following Thursday’s makeshift doubleheader, the Dash will return home for a five-game, four-day doubleheader against Myrtle Beach inside BB&T Ballpark.
  • Chris Jacobs now has six triples in his Minor League career.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Thursday’s games will be broadcast live on 600 AM-WSJS and wsjs.com, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 10:45 a.m., with the first pitch at 11 a.m.

– Scott

Game #26 Preview – Dash at Frederick

Game #26 – Road Game #17
Winston-Salem Dash (11-14) at Frederick Keys (14-12)
Wednesday, May 6 – 7 p.m.
NYMEO Field at Harry Grove Stadium (Frederick, Md.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

A seven-run seventh inning for Winston-Salem, highlighted by Trey Michalczewski’s grand slam, cut a 10-2 deficit to just one, but the Keys prevailed 12-10 in Tuesday’s series opener. Since their five-game winning streak, the Dash have lost five of six games.

Trey Michalczewski crushed the Dash's first grand slam of the year Tuesday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Trey Michalczewski crushed the Dash’s first grand slam of the year Tuesday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

  • Before Tuesday’s 10-run output, Winston-Salem had mustered just 11 runs in its previous five contests (2.2/game). In fact, the Dash surpassed the six-run mark for just the second time in 2015 and the first since Opening Day, also in Maryland. The Dash’s 12 hits represent a season high and the club’s highest total since posting 13 on August 22, 2014 (8-7 loss vs. Carolina). Still, the Dash are eighth in average (.230) and seventh in runs per game (3.8) in the league.
  • Trey Michalczewski sparked the late-inning rally on Tuesday night with one swing of the bat. On the first pitch he saw in his seventh-inning at-bat, Michalczewski launched a grand slam to right-center field. It marked the second grand slam in the CL this season (Potomac’s Wilmer Difo, April 18 at Lynchburg). It was also the second four-run homer of Michalczewski’s Minor League career. Thanks to this big blast and an eighth-inning RBI groundout, the Jenks, Okla., native tied a career-high with five RBIs.
  • Before Tuesday, Winston had only gone yard four times, which was tied for second fewest in the Minors (Low-A Rome, 3). However, the Dash launched three home runs on Tuesday. Cleuluis Rondon crushed a solo shot in the fifth. Nick Basto blasted a three-run homer shortly after Michalczewski’s grand slam in the seventh. Tuesday’s home run output was the club’s highest since June 19, 2014 (4; 12-4 win vs. Salem).
  • The Dash jumped to the Carolina League’s top spot in stolen bases (36) with six on Tuesday night. Winston-Salem has swiped 17 bases in its five games against Frederick. This total includes the Dash’s seven on April 9, tied for the most in a single game during the Dash era (2009-present). Keenyn Walker assumed the top spot in the CL with three more swipes to give him 16, which are tied for fourth in the Minors.
  • Jake Peter had only gathered four stolen bases in his first 81 Minor League games, but he also ripped off three. Adam Engel did not steal a base on Tuesday, but he is third in the CL and tied for eighth in the Minors with 13.
  • A serious back injury during the 2013 offseason threatened Jake Cose’s baseball career, but his 613-day wait is over. He will pitch in a Minor League game for the first time since August 31, 2013. The former 27th-round pick went 4-1 with a 2.35 ERA in his final six starts with Winston-Salem in 2013, helping him earn the CL’s Topps Player of the Month award for August.
  • Winston-Salem has been an up-and-down club throughout the season. Through 11 games, the Dash were a Carolina League-worst 3-8. Over the next eight contests, Winston-Salem rattled off seven victories and climbed back above the break-even mark for the first time since Opening Day at 10-9. This included a five-game winning streak from April 24-29, Winston’s longest since August of 2013. However, the Dash have fallen in five of their last six games, dropping from a half-game back of first to four-and-a-half away.
  • Both Chris Jacobs and Cleuluis Rondon are riding six-game hitting streaks. Adam Engel’s seven-game run from April 26 to May 2 represents the longest by a Dash hitter in 2015.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Wednesday’s game 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 at 7 p.m.

– Scott

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