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

Game #6 Preview – Dash at Salem

Game #6 – Road Game #2
Winston-Salem Dash (2-3) at Salem Red Sox (5-0)
Wednesday, April 9 – 7:05 p.m.
LewisGale Field (Salem, VA)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash made a spirited comeback attempt on Tuesday night, nearly overcoming an eight-run deficit before falling to Salem, 12-11. Every Winston-Salem batter in the starting lineup had at least one hit. The Red Sox extended their regular season winning streak to 11 games, dating back to 2013. If you include last year’s playoff run, Salem has now won 16 in a row.

Tim Anderson is hitting .300 through his first five High-A games (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Tim Anderson is hitting .300 through his first five High-A games (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 – 3B
Adam Heisler – DH
J.B. Wendelken – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Dash outfielder Courtney Hawkins went 3-for-5 with a home run and five RBIs in Tuesday night’s game. Hawkins continues his torrid start to the season, now riding a five-game hitting streak while leading the Carolina League in homers (3), RBIs (11), slugging percentage (1.053) and total bases (20). Brian discussed Hawkins’ torrid start earlier today and sized him up among other minor league sluggers.
  • Dash outfielder Jason Coats established a season-high in hits (3) and tied a career-high in runs scored (3) on Tuesday night. The only other time Coats scored three runs in a game during his pro career was with Low-A Kannapolis against Delmarva on July 18, 2013.
  • Winston-Salem fell one run shy of what would have been the greatest comeback in the Dash era (2009-present). The biggest single-game rally came on May 22, 2009, when Winston-Salem erased a 7-0 hole against Salem and won 8-7. The Dash have also battled back from a six-run deficit on four different occasions, most recently on August 14, 2012, against the Red Sox.
  • Tuesday marked the first time since August 31, 2011, where the Dash scored at least 10 runs in a game and still lost. In that contest, Winston-Salem fell to Salem, 16-10 at BB&T Ballpark.
  • With four errors last night, the Dash have committed 13 this season, tied for the second-most in Minor League Baseball. The Midland Rockhounds (Double-A, Oakland) in the Texas League have compiled 14 errors, while the Fort Wayne TinCaps (Low-A, San Diego) of the Midwest League also have made 13 miscues.
  • Probable starting pitcher J.B. Wendelken will get the ball for the second time this season. The 21-year-old made the first start of his professional career last Thursday against Wilmington, allowing three runs (two earned) in five innings while suffering the Opening Night loss.

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

A look at Courtney Hawkins’ hot start

Courtney Hawkins leads the Carolina League in homers and RBIs (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Courtney Hawkins leads the Carolina League in homers and RBIs (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

The 2014 season is still very young, but Courtney Hawkins looks like a different player than the one who struggled a year ago here in the Carolina League.

The 20-year-old is hitting .421 (8-for-19) with all three of the Dash’s home runs and 11 of Winston-Salem’s 22 RBIs. He is the only Dash hitter with a hit in each of the club’s first five games, and the Corpus Christi, Texas, native is currently riding a four-game RBI streak.

In all of Minor League Baseball, Hawkins is near the top in both home runs and RBIs:

HOME RUNS:

1. Gwinnett’s Ernesto Mejia – 5
2. Lehigh Valley’s Cameron Rupp – 4
3. Courtney Hawkins – 3 (tied with seven others)

RBIs:

1. Bakersfield’s Marquez Smith – 13
T-2. Courtney Hawkins – 11 (tied with two others)

Hawkins’ stance and swing was consistently tweaked throughout the 2013 season, when he did club 19 home runs. However, in the middle of Spring Training, the White Sox altered it even more. Since then, Hawkins’ approach is more compact. He bends his knees a bit more and holds his wrists closer to his body. The results have been very encouraging through five games.

The former first round pick is also displaying much stronger plate discipline. He does have seven strikeouts in 19 at-bats, but Hawkins has done a much better job laying off breaking balls and working counts. All power hitters have their fair share of strikeouts, but it’s what they do when putting the ball in play that is truly important.

Last season, Hawkins started out in the three-hole before dropping down to the five spot. He received that three spot again to start this season, and it does not look like he will relinquish it soon.

- Brian

Game #5 Preview – Dash at Salem

Game #5 – Road Game #1
Winston-Salem Dash (2-2) at Salem Red Sox (4-0)
Tuesday, April 8 – 7:05 p.m.
LewisGale Field (Salem, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash earned a four-game series split with the Wilmington Blue Rocks, winning 7-1 on Sunday afternoon. Winston-Salem now hits the road for the first time this season, meeting a Red Sox team that swept four games from the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on Opening Weekend. This is Salem’s home opener.

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
Michael Marjama – DH
Mike Recchia – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Dash outfielder Courtney Hawkins has a four-game hitting streak to start the season. It’s his longest since August 5-10, 2013, when he hit in six straight games. Hawkins is the only Winston-Salem player to have at least one hit in all four games in 2014, and he leads the Carolina League with six RBIs.
  • Dash infielder Nick Basto tied a career-high in hits on Sunday, going 3-for-4 with two singles, a double and two RBIs. The 20-year-old achieved a three-hit day five other times in his pro career, most recently on August 3, 2013, when he was with Low-A Kannapolis against Hagerstown.
  • Last season, the Dash posted a 34-36 mark away from BB&T Ballpark. Since becoming the Dash in 2009, the franchise has a 169-176-1 (.490) all-time road record.
  • Salem boasts a 10-game regular season winning streak dating back to last year, and if you include their 2013 playoff games, the Red Sox have won 15 straight. The all-time Carolina League record for consecutive regular season victories is 16, set by the 1950 Winston-Salem Cardinals.
  • Through four games, Winston-Salem has the second-best earned run average in the Carolina League (2.50). The Dash pitching staff allowed just 10 earned runs in the opening series against Wilmington.
  • Probable starting pitcher Mike Recchia made five starts with the Dash last season, going 1-0 with a 4.88 ERA. He has made 13 starts during his affiliated minor league career (69 appearances) but led the Frontier League in innings pitched, complete games and shutouts with the independent Windy City ThunderBolts in 2012.

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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