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While Winston-Salem is busy wrapping up a victorious road trip, two Dash alumni picked up their first victories at the big league level.
Andre Rienzo, who made his MLB debut late last month in Cleveland, had thrown well in his first four outings with the White Sox. He worked into the sixth inning and held his opposition to four runs or less in all four of those starts; however, he had not picked up a decision until Wednesday night in Kansas City.
In that outing, Rienzo allowed just two runs over six strong innings as the Sox won in Kansas City by a score of 5-2. Little did we know that the Brazilian would not be the only Dash alum to earn his first win in the majors.
One night later, the White Sox and Royals played into the 12th inning, and Jake Petricka was summoned for his big league debut. With two on and one out in the last of the 11th, Petricka induced an inning-ending double play. Conor Gillaspie’s 12th inning blast gave the Sox the lead, so Petricka collected a win in his first big league appearance.
Here are some reactions from Twitter to back-to-back firsts for two former Dash hurlers:
Congratulations to Andre Rienzo. He had it coming.
— South Side Sox (@SouthSideSox) August 22, 2013
I’m liking Andre Rienzo more and more with every start. He’s pitching like a keeper.
— Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) August 22, 2013
— SoxNerd (@SoxNerd) August 22, 2013
Last night #WhiteSox rookie RHP Jake Petricka (’11 Mesa S-Sox) became 1st hurler in over 12 years to win MLB debut by facing only 1 batter.
— Arizona Fall League (@MLBazFallLeague) August 23, 2013
Wins for Rienzo, Petricka: Last time Sox P’s earned first wins in consecutive games was Fritz Ackley and Frank Kreutzer vs. Senators in 1963
— Daryl Van Schouwen (@CST_soxvan) August 23, 2013
Quite a two-day run for Dash alums in the big leagues. Plus, Winston-Salem and the White Sox have won a combined 10 straight games. In a season of ups and downs, it is a good time to be in this organization.
Stay tuned to the blog for our preview of the Dash’s sweep chance at Potomac.
There is no question that baseball is a grind, and players, coaches, staff members and fans are approaching the dog days of summer. However, it is always great to harken back to the reasons we fell in love with this game in the first place. Many people explain why they love baseball in this video.
Thanks to all those who weighed in, including Dash players Jeremy Erben and Martin Medina and broadcasters Brian Boesch and Rob Low.
The Carolina League cruised to its second straight Midsummer Classic rout on Tuesday night at Municipal Stadium in San Jose, Calif., by a score of 12-2.
The Dash boasted four All-Stars in the contest, and all of them contributed to the blowout win.
- Jeremy Farrell, who was the starting designated hitter, went 1-for-4 with a leadoff homer on the first pitch of the top of the second inning. He also scored after getting plunked in fifth.
- Chris Curley, who entered as a pinch hitter in the fifth, went 1-for-2 with an eighth-inning single. He also participated in the Home Run Derby, which was won by Lynchburg’s Robby Hefflinger.
- Chris Beck worked a scoreless sixth inning. He induced a pair of groundouts and a flyout with a one-out walk mixed into his first career All-Star effort.
- Chris Bassitt stranded a pair of runners in a scoreless eighth frame. He walked a batter with one out before surrendering a single on a check swing by Angel Villalona. Bassitt responded with a pair of strikeouts to escape the jam.
Including last year’s 9-1 victory in Winston-Salem, the Carolina League has outscored the California League 21-3 over the last two All-Star Games. The “good guys” now own a slight 8-7-2 all-time series lead.
We’ll have more on the Midsummer Classic throughout the week.
The Dash have arrived in Salem for a five-game, four-day series that kicks off today with a doubleheader. Why are we playing a twin bill today? This picture should sum it up fairly easily.
This picture was taken in between games of the scheduled doubleheader back on May 23. Salem’s grounds crew fell victim to some incredibly high winds, and the tarp did not make it on the field in advance of a heavy thunderstorm.
The infield, obviously, was a disaster after the storm rolled through the Roanoke Valley, and the back end of that twin bill was pushed to today.
Unfortunately, when the team arrived today, they were greeted by the tarp. However, the execution was much better.
It always seems to be an adventure from a weather standpoint when the Dash travel to Salem. Remember the electricity debacle, which resulted in a tie, back in 2012?
Fortunately, the tarp is coming off the field as I type, so we are hoping to play two today in a cloudy Salem. I’ll talk to you at 5:15 p.m. for the Pregame Dash here.
Dash infielder Jeremy Farrell has been on a hot streak of late, going 4-4 with three doubles and a home run in Tuesday night’s series opener against Salem. He has also homered in back to back games, after also hitting one Sunday in the series finale against Potomac at BB&T Ballpark. Farrell has now tied Chris Curley and Courtney Hawkins for the team lead in home runs with seven. He has also driven in 32 runs, a total that is second to Myrtle Beach’s Trever Adams for the Carolina League lead.
Growing up, Farrell and his brothers were around the game all the time. His father, Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell, was a player in the major leagues for a few seasons with the Indians, Angels and Tigers before joining the coaching ranks. Jeremy says that having his dad in and around the game all the time helped him to prepare for his own baseball career:
“My brothers and I wouldn’t have had it any other way growing up around the ballpark. It was a great way to grow up. We learned a lot and always had a great role model in our dad.”
Now Jeremy has the chance to be the same kind of mentor to his own son after he and his wife Bridget celebrated the birth of their first child during the offseason.
“It’s great to be able to bring him around the clubhouse even though he’s too young to really know what’s going on. It’s a unique experience and something I hope I can pass on to him like my dad did with us.”
The new addition to the family was just one part of a wild offseason for Jeremy as he spent spring training with the Pittsburgh Pirates’ organization before being released and signing with the White Sox on Opening Day. Having spent his entire minor league career in one organization, he didn’t know what to expect at first. After settling in with the White Sox, Farrell is happy with where he has landed:
“The Chicago White Sox have been great so far. There’s a lot of great people who are here to help you and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here so far. I am looking forward to what the future brings.”
Winston-Salem is certainly glad to have him, too. Farrell has been a key cog in the middle of the Dash’s order throughout the season, especially during this four-game winning streak.
The Dash will wrap up their three-game series with the Salem Red Sox with a doubleheader today after last night’s rainout. Game one starts at 5:05 p.m. Join Brian here for the Pregame Dash starting at 4:50 p.m.
After a successful homestand, the Dash are enjoying an off day today before going on the road for a six-game trip to square off with division rivals Salem and Carolina.
Because today is an off day, we wanted to have some fun. Plenty of Dash players are on Twitter, and we found five players who tweeted some, well, interesting things, such as Duck Dynasty, Happy Feet and huge televisions. We’ll let them explain what they mean here:
Hope you enjoy!
This is not an original idea, but it is a great one: pictures of snowfall inside baseball stadiums! After last night’s snowstorm, BB&T Ballpark looked very different than it does during the season.
Before the pictures, though, I want to congratulate one of my best friends, Aaron Goldsmith, on becoming the new radio broadcaster for the Seattle Mariners. Aaron and I worked together with the Frisco RoughRiders in 2011, and we have developed a tremendous friendship. He is one of baseball’s nicest people, and I couldn’t be happier for him.
He was with the Pawtucket Red Sox last season, and he did a similar blog post a few days ago when snow moved through Rhode Island. So, congratulate him by giving his blog a few more clicks before he turns it over to a new broadcast team in Pawtucket.
Without further ado, here are some pictures of snow at BB&T Ballpark:
The view from the Womble Carlyle Club.
The warning track around the ballpark looked ready for a game…a hockey game.
Seats in the shade this morning still had plenty of snow on them.
The berm looks a bit different.
There was plenty of ice around the park, too.
Only 84 days until the home opener, even if it doesn’t look like it.
Drive safely today, and enjoy the rare chance to see snow!
December is almost here, so the Dash front office is busy spreading holiday joy, hanging out with Santa and gearing up for the holiday season. With 2013 approaching, big league organizations are making some important decisions for the upcoming season. Here are a few notes to quench your baseball thirst on a Thursday afternoon:
- Congrats to Bobby Thigpen, who will join the White Sox staff as the bullpen coach. Thiggy was the Dash’s pitching coach from 2009-11 before spending this season with Double-A Birmingham in the same role. Thigpen was certainly a fan favorite here in Winston-Salem, and Chicago skipper Robin Ventura has known him for his entire career.
- The Sox also announced that Daryl Boston, who spent 12 seasons as the organization’s outfield instructor, will join the big league staff in 2013 as the first base coach. Boston made a handful of stops in Winston-Salem this season, and it was good to occasionally chat with him. Congrats to him, too.
- The only Carolina League team to announce its field staff for 2013 is the Carolina Mudcats, who will have a new look when the Dash open the campaign in Zebulon April 5. David Wallace becomes the Muddies’ manager after guiding Lake County, the Indians’ Low-A affiliate, to the playoffs this season. Hitting coach Rouglas Odor and pitching coach Jeff Harris will accompany Wallace, who replaces 2012 skipper Edwin Rodriguez. The former Marlins boss will lead Cleveland’s Double-A affiliate in Akron.
- The White Sox have yet to announce their minor league staff assignments for 2013, but this news should be released soon. Last year, Dash fans learned that Tommy Thompson was Winston-Salem’s 2012 manager in mid-November, while the 2011 staff decisions were made public a few days before Christmas.
- Earlier this week, the BBWAA released the 37-man ballot for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. More than 600 voters have until December 31 to submit their vote, and some notable (and controversial) names are on the list. A few players linked to performance-enhancing drugs (Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa) will prompt many debates on the standards to reach the Hall of Fame. It should be fascinating to watch.
The Dash’s season opener is only 127 days away. We can’t wait!
The Dash finished sixth in voting for the 2012 “Team of the Year” MiLBY award, Minor League Baseball announced this morning.
Winston-Salem received eight percent of the votes and finished ahead of Elizabethton, Vancouver, St. Lucie, Wisconsin, Akron and Springfield. All of these teams except for St. Lucie won their league’s championship in September.
The Hudson Valley Renegades, Tampa Bay’s short-season A affiliate and the New York-Penn League’s champion, won the Fans’ Choice MiLBY by mustering an impressive 29 percent of the votes. The Asheville Tourists, Colorado’s Low-A unit, finished second in the voting but claimed the Staff’s Choice MiLBY after winning the South Atlantic League crown and finishing behind only Winston-Salem for the top regular season mark in full-season minor league baseball.
The Dash also fell just short of besting three Triple-A clubs–Reno, Pawtucket and Indianapolis–in the vote. That trio finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
Winston’s 87-51 record was the best in full-season baseball, and the Dash also finished with a minor league-best 48 victories at home. The Dash’s playoff run fell short in the Mills Cup Finals, though, when Lynchburg won the best-of-five set in four games.
Thanks to all the fans who supported the Dash by voting online! Winston-Salem could still take home a MiLBY when the “Home Run of the Year” is announced Friday. Keenyn Walker’s homer against highly-touted prospect Dylan Bundy from July 20 is one of 12 nominees.
Here is a full list of the nominees and winners.
The Dash hosted a World Series Game 1 party for season ticket holders Wednesday night in the Womble Carlyle Club. Thanks to everyone who joined us for a great event. If you are interested in taking advantage of these types of opportunities by securing season tickets, call the Dash at (336) 714-2287 today!
Here are a few pictures from the fun Wednesday night (thanks to Kayla Sherrill for the photographic mastery):
Have a great weekend!