Game #129 Preview – Dash vs. Carolina

Game #129 – Home Game #66
Winston-Salem Dash (28-31, 58-70) vs. Carolina Mudcats (27-31, 56-69)
Friday, August 22 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash were denied a sweep against Salem on Thursday night, falling 2-1 to the Red Sox. Winston-Salem begins a four-game series against Carolina tonight to close out the regular season home slate.

J.B. Wendelken ranks fourth in the Carolina League in innings pitched. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

J.B. Wendelken ranks fourth in the Carolina League in innings pitched. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

• With Thursday’s loss, the Dash are now two games behind Salem for the final Southern Division playoff spot with 11 regular season contests remaining. Carolina sits a half-game behind Winston-Salem.

• First baseman Keon Barnum went 4-for-4 with four singles and an RBI on Thursday. The 21-year-old tied a career-high with four hits in a single game. He also accomplished the feat on June 23 at Lynchburg and on June 30 against Carolina.

• Outfielder Courtney Hawkins supplied the only other hit for the Dash on Thursday, a sixth inning single. The 20-year-old is now on an eight-game hitting streak, which is one shy of his career-high.

• Hawkins’ five-game RBI streak came to an end on Thursday. The Texas native drove in at least one run in six consecutive games from April 4-10, which was a career-high.

• Right-hander Tyler Danish allowed two runs and six hits in five and two-third innings while striking out four. The 19-year-old suffered his first loss since July 18 against Myrtle Beach.

• The White Sox made a roster move involving the Dash today. Shortstop Tim Anderson was activated from the disabled list and promoted to Double-A Birmingham. The Alabama native batted .297 with six homers and 31 RBIs in 68 games.

• The Dash play Carolina seven times during the final ten days of the regular season. Winston-Salem has a 5-8 mark against the Mudcats this year, including a 3-3 record at BB&T Ballpark.

• Right-hander J.B. Wendelken will take the mound for the Dash tonight. During his most recent outing at Wilmington last Saturday, the 21-year-old surrendered five runs in six innings while recording nine strikeouts. Overall this season, the Georgia native is 6-9 with a 4.83 ERA.

• Wendelken, a converted reliever, has logged 132.1 innings this year, which ranks fourth in the Carolina League. Carolina’s Ryan Merritt leads the circuit with 148.1 innings pitched.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 7. Every Dash home game can be viewed on MiLB.tv.

- Dave

Game #128 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

Game #128 – Home Game #65
Winston-Salem Dash (28-30, 58-69) vs. Salem Red Sox (27-27, 60-62)
Thursday, August 21 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash led wire-to-wire in a 9-4 victory over Salem on Wednesday night. Winston-Salem has rattled off three straight wins to pull even closer in the race for the final Southern Division playoff spot.

Tyler Danish sports a 1.07 ERA during his last nine starts. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Tyler Danish sports a 4-1 record and 1.07 ERA during his last nine starts. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Jake Peter – 2B
Nick Basto – DH
Michael Marjama – C
C.J. Beatty – RF
Tyler Danish – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• With Wednesday’s win, the Dash are now just one game behind Salem for the final Southern Division playoff spot with 12 regular season contests remaining. Carolina sits a half-game behind Winston-Salem.

• The Dash pounded out 16 hits against Salem on Wednesday, two shy of a season-high. Eight of the nine players in Winston-Salem’s starting lineup had at least one hit.

• Outfielder C.J. Beatty went 2-for-4 with two singles and his first two RBIs as a member of the Dash. The 25-year-old is the first Winston-Salem native to play for the franchise in the Dash era (since 2009).

• Outfielder Courtney Hawkins went 2-for-4 with a single and a solo homer in Wednesday’s win. The 20-year-old now has 19 round-trippers this season, which ranks second in the Carolina League behind former Myrtle Beach slugger Joey Gallo (21).

• Hawkins has feasted on Salem pitching this year. In 19 games against the Red Sox, the Texas native is batting .294 (20-for-68) with 7 homers and 26 RBIs.

Nick Basto blasted a two-run homer in the seventh inning on Wednesday. The 20-year-old now has seven taters this year, with six coming after the All-Star Break.

• The Dash slugged just two home runs in the first 16 games of August, but the team doubled that output on Wednesday. After leading the Carolina League each season from 2010-13, Winston-Salem ranks fourth in the circuit with 75 long balls, 26 shy of Myrtle Beach for the top spot.

• Shortstop Cleuluis Rondon collected three hits, two RBIs and a run scored on Wednesday. The 20-year-old has hits in eight of his last nine games, during which he is batting .350 (14-for-40).

• The Dash have captured the season series from Salem, winning 11 of 19 matchups. Winston-Salem is 5-4 against the Red Sox at BB&T Ballpark this season. Tonight marks the final meeting between the two clubs in the regular season.

• Right-hander Tyler Danish will try to help the Dash earn a series sweep tonight. During his most recent outing at Wilmington last Friday, the 19-year-old allowed two runs and four hits in six innings. He finished with a no-decision in the 5-3 setback against the Blue Rocks.

• Danish has been stellar since the beginning of July. In nine starts, the Florida native is 4-1 with a 1.07 ERA over 50.2 innings. In 15 starts with Winston-Salem this year, Danish is 5-2 with a 2.61 ERA.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game will be broadcast live on 600 AM-WSJS in the Winston-Salem area, as is the case with every Thursday game throughout the season. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 7. Every Dash home game can be viewed on MiLB.tv.

- Dave

Game #127 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

Game #127 – Home Game #64
Winston-Salem Dash (27-30, 57-69) vs. Salem Red Sox (27-26, 60-61)
Wednesday, August 20 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash exploded for six runs in the second inning against the Red Sox on Tuesday night before holding on for a 6-4 victory in the series opener. Winston-Salem snapped Salem’s eight-game winning streak while moving closer in the playoff chase.

Keon Barnum had a two-run double in Tuesday's win over Salem. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Keon Barnum tallied a two-run double in Tuesday’s win over Salem. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

• Outfielder Courtney Hawkins delivered a two-run single in the second inning on Tuesday. The 20-year-old has rattled off three consecutive multi-RBI games for the first time in his professional career.

• First baseman Keon Barnum went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. The 21-year-old now has hits in four straight games, during which he is batting .375 (6-for-16). Barnum now has 55 RBIs this season, which ranks second among active Dash players.

• Third baseman Nick Basto tied a career-high with three hits in Tuesday’s contest. It’s the fourth time he has compiled three hits in a game this season, with the others coming on April 6 against Wilmington and against Potomac on May 2 and July 22.

• Catcher Omar Narvaez went 2-for-2 with two singles, two walks, an RBI and a run scored on Tuesday. The Venezuelan native had been in a 2-for-26 slump before his breakout performance.

• Shortstop Cleuluis Rondon saw his seven-game hitting streak come to an end on Tuesday. During that stretch, the 20-year-old batted .355 (11-for-31) with five RBIs and six runs scored.

• After his solid start on Tuesday, right-hander Terance Marin earned a promotion to Double-A Birmingham earlier today. Replacing him on the Dash roster is right-hander Adam Lopez from Low-A Kannapolis.

• The Dash are now two games behind Salem for the final Southern Division playoff spot with 13 regular season contests remaining. Carolina sits a half-game behind Winston-Salem in the standings.

• With Tuesday’s win, the Dash have earned at least a split in the season series against Salem, having won ten of 18 meetings. Winston-Salem has a 4-4 record against the Red Sox at BB&T Ballpark.

• Right-hander Brandon Brennan will try to pitch the Dash to their third straight win tonight. During his most recent outing against Lynchburg last Thursday, the California native allowed two runs in five innings and finished with a no-decision in the 5-4 Dash win. While with Winston-Salem, Brennan is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in three starts.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 7. Every Dash home game can be viewed on MiLB.tv.

- Dave

Game #126 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

Game #126 – Home Game #63
Winston-Salem Dash (26-30, 56-69) vs. Salem Red Sox (27-25, 60-60)
Tuesday, August 19 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash avoided a sweep at Wilmington on Sunday with a 4-1 win over the Blue Rocks. Winston-Salem begins its final homestand of the regular season tonight with a three-game series against Salem.

Terance Marin is making his first start on the mound since July 31. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Terance Marin is making his first start on the mound since July 31. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

• Right-hander James Dykstra turned in a strong start on Sunday, surrendering one run and six hits in eight innings. The California native struck out four while earning his third win with the Dash.

• Outfielder Courtney Hawkins clubbed a three-run homer in the third inning on Sunday. The 20-year-old drove in eight runs during the three-game series at Wilmington and now has 79 RBIs on the season, tops in the Carolina League.

• Hawkins’ 18 homers is second in the Carolina League to former Myrtle Beach slugger Joey Gallo and is the most among active players in the circuit. The Texas native’s round-tripper on Sunday was his first since July 30, a span of 15 games.

• Winston-Salem has slugged only two dingers in 15 games this month. This is a drastic change for the Dash, which had 11 in April before posting large home run numbers in May (18), June (23) and July (19).

• Shortstop Cleuluis Rondon had a single, a run scored and a stolen base on Sunday. The 20-year-old is riding a seven-game hitting streak, during which he is batting .355 (11-for-31) with five RBIs and six runs scored.

• Third baseman Trey Michalczewski went 2-for-4 with two singles in Sunday’s contest. It was the 19-year-old’s first multi-hit game at the High-A level. He now has hits in three straight games.

• The Dash are currently three games behind Salem for the final Southern Division playoff spot with 14 regular season contests remaining. The Red Sox have won eight straight games coming into this series.

• The Dash and Red Sox are meeting for the first time since June 19-21, when Winston-Salem took two-of-three in the Triad. Overall this season, the Dash hold a 9-8 edge in the season series.

• Right-hander Terance Marin will get the start for the Dash tonight. The California native had pitched in relief of Carlos Rodon during his last two outings, allowing seven runs in eight and two-third innings. Overall this season, the 24-year-old is 3-3 with a 4.06 ERA.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 7. Every Dash home game can be viewed on MiLB.tv.

- Dave

Game #125 Preview – Dash at Wilmington

Game #125 – Road Game #63
Winston-Salem Dash (25-30, 55-69) at Wilmington Blue Rocks (26-26, 59-61)
Sunday, August 17 – 5:05 p.m.
Frawley Stadium (Wilmington, Del.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem endured another heartbreaking defeat, falling 6-5 in ten innings at Wilmington on Saturday night. Cody Stubbs’ walk-off single sent the Dash to their tenth loss in the last 11 games.

Courtney Hawkins has taken over the Carolina League lead in RBIs. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Courtney Hawkins has taken over the Carolina League lead in RBIs. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

• Left-hander Carlos Rodon was promoted to Triple-A Charlotte before Saturday’s game. The former NC State star made four appearances with the Dash, posting a 1.86 ERA in nine and two-third innings. Read more about Rodon’s time in Winston-Salem here.

• During this recent funk, the Dash have been dealt some painful setbacks. Of the ten losses since August 5, four games have been one-run margins and two tilts were decided by a pair of runs. Winston-Salem’s opponent has won in its last at-bat six times during the last nine games.

• Outfielder Courtney Hawkins went 2-for-4 with two doubles, four RBIs and a stolen base on Saturday, including a game-tying two-bagger in the ninth inning. The 20-year-old now has hits in four straight games and seven of his last eight contests.

• With his four RBIs on Saturday, Hawkins has surged to the top of the Carolina League in that category. The Texas native has driven in 76 runs this season, three more than former Myrtle Beach catcher Jorge Alfaro for the top spot.

• Shortstop Cleuluis Rondon tallied a triple, RBI and two runs scored on Saturday. The 20-year-old has a six-game hitting streak, batting .370 (10-for-27) with five RBIs and five runs scored during that stretch.

• First baseman Keon Barnum went 3-for-5 with two singles and a double. The 21-year-old hadn’t registered at least three hits in a game since a four-hit effort on June 30 against Carolina.

• The Dash are now three games behind Salem for the final Southern Division playoff spot with 15 regular season contests remaining. The Red Sox have won seven straight games and now lead Carolina by two-and-a-half games for the postseason berth.

• Winston-Salem wraps up the season series with Wilmington this evening. The Blue Rocks have won ten of the 18 meetings between the clubs in 2014, and the Dash are 3-6 at Frawley Stadium.

• Right-hander James Dykstra will try to help the Dash avoid a road sweep tonight. The California native has struggled in his last two outings, allowing 14 runs in seven and one-third innings. In six starts with the Dash this season, the 23-year-old is 2-2 with a 5.82 ERA.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

This evening’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 4:50 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 5:05.

- Dave

Game #124 Preview – Dash at Wilmington

Game #124 – Road Game #62
Winston-Salem Dash (25-29, 55-68) at Wilmington Blue Rocks (25-26, 58-61)
Saturday, August 16 – 7:05 p.m.
Frawley Stadium (Wilmington, DE)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash suffered another tough loss on Friday, falling 5-3 at Wilmington. The Blue Rocks rallied for three runs in the bottom of the eighth to send Winston-Salem to its ninth loss in the last ten games.

Cleuluis Rondon now has hits in five straight games for the Dash. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Cleuluis Rondon now has hits in five straight games for the Dash. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Michael Marjama – C
C.J. Beatty – DH
Zach Voight – 2B
Keenyn Walker – RF
J.B. Wendelken – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• During this recent funk, the Dash have been dealt some painful setbacks. Of the nine losses since August 5, three games have been one-run margins and two tilts were decided by a pair of runs. Winston-Salem’s opponent has won in its last at-bat five times during the last eight games.

• Right-hander Tyler Danish allowed two runs and four hits in six innings while striking out four on Friday. The 19-year-old had his 25-inning scoreless streak come to an end when Raul Mondesi hit a solo homer in the fourth inning.

• Mondesi also became the first batter to net a hit against Danish since a leadoff single by Lynchburg’s Emerson Landoni in the fifth inning on August 3. Danish did not surrender a hit to 36 consecutive batters over 11.1 innings. During that stretch, Danish faced just three more than the minimum.

• Shortstop Cleuluis Rondon registered a double and a run scored in Friday’s contest. The 20-year-old has a five-game hitting streak, batting .391 (9-for-23) with four RBIs and three runs scored during that stretch.

• Outfielder Courtney Hawkins had a single, RBI and run scored on Friday. The 20-year-old now has 72 RBIs this season, tying former teammate Jason Coats for second in the Carolina League. The Texas native trails former Myrtle Beach catcher Jorge Alfaro (73) for the top spot.

Michael Marjama went 1-for-4 with a single and run scored on Friday. The California native has hits in three straight games, during which he is batting .500 (6-for-12).

• The Dash are two games behind Salem for the final Southern Division playoff spot with 16 regular season games remaining. The Red Sox have won six straight games and now lead Carolina by a game-and-a-half for the postseason berth.

• The Dash are just 3-5 at Frawley Stadium in 2014 after posting a 15-5 mark in Delaware during the previous two seasons. Winston-Salem has scored just 13 runs in eight games at Frawley this year.

• Right-hander J.B. Wendelken will take the mound for the Dash tonight. During his most recent outing at Lynchburg last Sunday, the 21-year-old allowed just one run in seven innings while tallying five strikeouts. He ended up with a no-decision in the 2-1 setback against the Hillcats.

• Wendelken has pitched well against Wilmington this season. In three starts against the Blue Rocks, the Georgia native boasts a 1.93 ERA in 18.2 innings. Overall this season, Wendelken is 6-9 with a 4.70 ERA.

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 #123 Preview – Dash at Wilmington

Game #123 – Road Game #61
Winston-Salem Dash (25-28, 55-67) at Wilmington Blue Rocks (24-26, 57-61)
Friday, August 15 – 7:05 p.m.
Frawley Stadium (Wilmington, Del.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash delivered a thrilling 5-4 victory over Lynchburg on Thursday night to avoid a rare home sweep and snap a season-long eight-game losing streak. Winston-Salem now hits the road for three games at Wilmington.

Adam Engel recorded his first three-hit game with the Dash on Thursday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Adam Engel recorded his first three-hit game with the Dash on Thursday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Michael Marjama – 1B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Nick Basto – DH
Omar Narvaez – C
Jake Peter – 2B
Keenyn Walker – RF
Tyler Danish – RHP

DASH DOTS:

Michael Marjama tied a season-high with three hits on Thursday while driving in a run and scoring a run. The California native was pressed into duty at first base for only the second time this season when Keon Barnum was a late scratch from the lineup.

• Outfielder Adam Engel went 3-for-4 with three singles, a walk, an RBI and a run scored. The 22-year-old had amassed only two hits in four games with the Dash prior to Thursday.

• Outfielder Keenyn Walker had the go-ahead single in the bottom of the eighth inning on Thursday. The Utah native also registered a triple, a run scored and a stolen base while snapping an 0-for-14 slump.

• The Dash have only been swept twice in 103 series at BB&T Ballpark since the downtown facility opened in 2010. Salem took three straight from Winston-Salem in the Triad from August 14-16, 2013, and Frederick swept the Dash in a rain-altered three-game series from April 16-17.

• The eight-game losing streak that came to an end on Thursday was tied for the longest in the Dash era (since 2009). Winston-Salem also dropped eight consecutive games from August 11-18, 2013.

• The race for the final Southern Division playoff spot remains tight. Winston-Salem is currently one game behind Salem for the potential berth with 17 regular season games remaining. Carolina is a half-game behind the Red Sox.

• This series marks the final time that the Dash and Blue Rocks will get together during the regular season. So far, the clubs have split 16 meetings, but Winston-Salem is 3-4 at Frawley Stadium.

• Right-hander Tyler Danish will try to maintain his magic on the mound tonight. During his most recent outing at Lynchburg last Saturday, the 19-year-old spun six no-hit innings while issuing two walks and striking out five.

• Danish has been phenomenal during the last month. The Florida native has not allowed a run in his last three starts and is currently riding a 22-inning scoreless streak dating back to July 23. Danish is 5-2 with a 2.57 ERA with the Dash this season. His overall ERA of 1.92 between the Dash and Low-A Kannapolis is the sixth-lowest among full-season Minor League qualifiers.

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 #122 Preview – Dash vs. Lynchburg

Game #122 – Home Game #62
Winston-Salem Dash (24-28, 54-67) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (28-23, 62-59)
Thursday, August 14 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash suffered a tough loss on Wednesday, falling 4-3 to Lynchburg for their eighth straight setback. Winston-Salem jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but could not hold it.

Courtney Hawkins ranks second in the Carolina League in home runs. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Courtney Hawkins ranks second in the Carolina League in home runs. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Michael Marjama – 1B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Nick Basto – DH
Omar Narvaez – C
Jake Peter – 2B
Keenyn Walker – RF
Brandon Brennan – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• Left-hander Carlos Rodon allowed an unearned run and three hits in three and two-third innings on Wednesday. The former NC State star struck out seven batters in his second High-A start.

• In four appearances with the Dash this season, Rodon sports a 1.86 ERA in nine and two-third innings. The Holly Springs native has struck out 15 batters and walked five.

• Shortstop Cleuluis Rondon tied a career-high with four hits on Wednesday, all of them singles. The 20-year-old added two RBIs as well, raising his total to 16 since he was promoted to Winston-Salem from Low-A Kannapolis on July 2.

• Third baseman Trey Michalczewski went 1-for-4 with a single and RBI on Wednesday. It was the 19-year-old’s first hit and RBI at the High-A level.

• Winston-Salem has dropped a season-worst eight straight games, a skid that is tied for the longest in the Dash era (since 2009). The Dash also dropped eight consecutive games from August 11-18, 2013.

• Not only did the Dash lose on Wednesday, but both Carolina and Salem swept doubleheaders. As a result, Winston-Salem is a game-and-a-half behind the Mudcats for the final Southern Division playoff spot with 18 regular season games remaining.

• The Dash have only been swept twice in 101 previous series at BB&T Ballpark since the downtown facility opened in 2010. Salem took three straight from Winston-Salem in the Triad on August 14-16, 2013 and Frederick swept the Dash in a rain-altered three-game series from April 16-17.

• Right-hander Brandon Brennan will take the mound for the Dash tonight. During his most recent outing at Lynchburg last Friday, the 23-year-old allowed one run in five innings while striking out five. In two starts with Winston-Salem, the California native is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA.

• Right-hander Lucas Sims will pitch for Lynchburg tonight. The 20-year-old is rated by Baseball America as the top prospect in the Atlanta Braves system. This season, Sims is 7-9 with a 4.42 ERA in 24 starts with the Hillcats.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game will be broadcast live on 600 AM-WSJS in the Winston-Salem area, as is the case with every Thursday game throughout the season. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 7. Every Dash home game can be viewed on MiLB.tv.

- Dave

Game #121 Preview – Dash vs. Lynchburg

Game #121 – Home Game #61
Winston-Salem Dash (24-27, 54-66) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (27-23, 61-59)
Wednesday, August 13 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash fell 9-3 against Lynchburg in Tuesday’s series opener for their season-long seventh straight loss. Former NC State star Carlos Rodon will take the mound tonight to try and snap Winston-Salem’s skid.

Carlos Rodon will make his second start with the Dash tonight. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Carlos Rodon will make his second start with the Dash tonight. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Nick Basto – DH
Omar Narvaez – C
Jake Peter – 2B
C.J. Beatty – RF
Carlos Rodon – LHP

DASH DOTS:

• Second baseman Jake Peter went 3-for-3 with three singles and two runs scored. The 21-year-old has hits in five of seven games with the Dash since his promotion from short-season Great Falls on August 5.

• Shortstop Cleuluis Rondon tallied a single, double and RBI in Tuesday’s contest. The 20-year-old has ten multi-hit games since he joined Winston-Salem from Low-A Kannapolis on July 2.

• The current seven-game losing streak is the longest of the season for the Dash. Winston-Salem had dropped six in a row from April 14-19.

• Despite their recent skid, the Dash are tied with Carolina for the final Southern Division playoff spot. Winston-Salem has 19 regular season games remaining and they meet with the Mudcats seven times during the final ten days of the year. Meanwhile, Salem sits one game behind in the playoff push.

• With Tuesday’s win, Lynchburg has captured the season series from the Dash. The Hillcats have come out on top in 11 of the 18 meetings between the clubs, but Winston-Salem is 5-3 against Lynchburg at BB&T Ballpark.

• Left-hander Carlos Rodon will be making his second start with the Dash tonight. Last Thursday at Potomac, the 21-year-old surrendered two hits and a walk in three scoreless innings while striking out three.

• Rodon has made three appearances (one start) with Winston-Salem since he was promoted from the Arizona League on July 30. In those outings, the former NC State star has allowed two runs in six innings of work while registering eight strikeouts. His season ERA with the Dash is 3.00.

• Right-hander Terance Marin is slated to pitch behind Rodon tonight. During his last outing at Potomac last Thursday, the California native allowed five runs in four innings to suffer the loss. Marin is 3-3 with a 4.05 ERA this season.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 7. Every Dash home game can be viewed on MiLB.tv.

- Dave

Game #120 Preview – Dash vs. Lynchburg

Game #120 – Home Game #60
Winston-Salem Dash (24-26, 54-65) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (26-23, 60-59)
Tuesday, August 12 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash suffered another heartbreaking loss on Sunday, 2-1 at Lynchburg in walk-off fashion. Winston-Salem has now dropped six straight as they return home for a three-game series against the Hillcats.

The Dash are still up a half-game on Carolina for the last playoff spot. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

The Dash are still up a half-game on Carolina for the last playoff spot. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Nick Basto – DH
Michael Marjama – C
Jake Peter – 2B
C.J. Beatty – RF
James Dykstra – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• Outfielder Jason Coats went 2-for-4 with a single, double and RBI on Sunday before he was promoted to Double-A Birmingham. The Texas native ranked among the Carolina League leaders in hits, homers, RBIs, doubles and games played.

• Right-hander J.B. Wendelken had a strong outing on Sunday, allowing one run and five hits in seven innings. The 21-year-old struck out five and ended up with a no-decision.

• In addition to Coats’ promotion, the White Sox have made several roster moves involving the Dash since Sunday. Infielder Justin Jirschele was promoted to Triple-A Charlotte, infielder Trey Michalczewski comes to Winston-Salem from Low-A Kannapolis and outfielder C.J. Beatty was signed by the White Sox and assigned to the Dash.

• Beatty is the first Winston-Salem native to play for the franchise in the Dash era (since 2009). The 25-year-old played college baseball at North Carolina A&T and was most recently with the Washington Wild Things of the independent Frontier League.

• The six-game losing streak for the Dash equals their longest of the season. Winston-Salem also dropped six in a row from April 14-19.

• Despite their recent skid, the Dash still hold a half-game lead over Carolina for the final Southern Division playoff spot. Winston-Salem has 20 regular season games remaining and they meet with the Mudcats seven times during the final ten days of the year.

• Lynchburg has won seven of the ten matchups against the Dash this season, but Winston-Salem sports a 5-2 mark against the Hillcats at BB&T Ballpark. That includes a three-game sweep against Lynchburg from August 1-3.

• Right-hander James Dykstra will toe the rubber for the Dash tonight. During his most recent outing at Potomac last Wednesday, the 23-year-old surrendered a career-high eight runs in just three and one-third innings, suffering the loss in the 10-2 setback against the P-Nats. Since he was promoted to Winston-Salem on July 15, the California native is 2-1 with a 4.80 ERA in five starts.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 7. Every Dash home game can be viewed on MiLB.tv.

- Dave

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