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Dash Top 10 – #5: Anderson rescues Dash with homer

The 2014 season is in the books, and there were many great moments throughout the summer. Over the next few weeks, we will count down the Dash Top 10 of 2014.

Previous moments:
#10 – Shortest MiLB game in 2014
#9 – DeMichele’s five-hit, five-run effort
#8 – Buckner’s controversial walk-off blast
#7 – Narvaez’s two-homer Dash debut
#6 – Danish tosses six no-hit innings

Moment #5 – June 2
Anderson’s walk-off blast erases late Lynchburg surge

Tim Anderson registered the Dash's first walk-off homer of 2014 (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Tim Anderson registered the Dash’s first walk-off homer of 2014 (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Winston-Salem boasted the White Sox three most recent first-round picks during the 2014 season. Courtney Hawkins was the Dash veteran, with whom the city became very familiar. Carlos Rodon was the North Carolina kid who carried NC State to unprecedented heights.

Tim Anderson did not have a connection to the state, and he was not here for very long. However, Anderson had a month-long surge that rivaled anyone in the Carolina League, and it began with one majestic blast on the second day of June.

The Dash took a 4-2 lead into the ninth inning, but Lynchburg stunned the BB&T Ballpark with three runs to thrust Winston-Salem to the brink of a very tough loss.

With that one-run lead, the Hillcats summoned Ryan Kelly, he of 20 Triple-A appearances in his Minor League career, from the bullpen. Kelly had not given up a base runner in his first four efforts with the Hillcats, and he would ultimately finish the season as a key cog in the bullpen of Double-A Mississippi.

However, Zach Voight snapped that impressive run of 5.1 hitless frames with a single to lead off the ninth, setting the stage for Anderson. The Alabama kid sat in a 2-2 count before Kelly left a pitch up in the zone.

Before this mighty swing, Anderson was hitting .284 with two homers and 14 RBIs. From that swing until his promotion to Double-A Birmingham, the Alabama native was a .323 hitter with four homers and 17 RBIs.

A Dash player may not have hit a harder ball than this bomb to dead center field, and it ultimately prevented Winston-Salem from suffering a difficult defeat.

Our fourth-best moment is a tremendous one for the organization and the community. Stay tuned for that.

- Brian

Dash Top 10 – #7: Narvaez’s two-homer debut

The 2014 season is in the books, and there were many great moments throughout the summer. Over the next few weeks, we will count down the Dash Top 10 of 2014.

Previous moments:
#10 – Shortest MiLB game in 2014
#9 – DeMichele’s five-hit, five-run effort
#8 – Buckner’s controversial walk-off blast

Moment #7 – June 19
Narvaez’s monster debut sparks strong second half start

Omar Narvaez began his Dash career with a two-homer game (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Omar Narvaez began his Dash career with a two-homer effort June 19 (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

The first half was a tough one for Winston-Salem, who recorded its worst single-half record in the Dash era (30-39). However, most Minor Leagues give teams a second chance after the midway point, and the Carolina League falls in that category.

The records reset following the All-Star break, when the Dash would begin a 70-game battle with Carolina and Salem for the final Southern Division playoff spot.

The Dash’s roster also went through some changes during the three-day respite, another common trend in the Minors. Winston-Salem registered six roster moves, five of which involved players who had donned the Dash purple at some point.

The only exception was catcher Omar Narvaez, who jumped to the Dash’s roster after a solid first half in Low-A Kannapolis. Before this season, he was a member of the Rays organization.

Narvaez was, innocently enough, slotted seventh in the Dash’s order on that second half-opening Thursday at BB&T Ballpark, but he proved to be the catalyst in an emphatic Winston win over Salem.

In the second inning, Narvaez singled and scored in his first trip to the plate at the High-A level.

His second at-bat sparked the blowout. After hitting just two home runs in his first 260 Minor League games, Narvaez launched a three-run blast that gave Winston-Salem a 6-0 advantage in the third inning.

Sure enough, four innings later, the newcomer blasted a solo shot to cap the scoring in the Dash’s 12-4 shellacking of Salem in the Triad.

In his Minor League career, Narvaez has played 307 games, including his 40 with the Dash in the second half. He has only gone yard four times, with his lone two long balls of 2014 coming in his first Carolina League game.

After a frustrating, unlucky first half, the Dash could not have started half two any better.

Stay tuned for another great moment on Wednesday, when we delve into a fantastic pitching performance. We will talk to you then.

- Brian

Game #88 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #88 – Home Game #44
Winston-Salem Dash (9-9, 39-48) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (11-7, 55-31)
Monday, July 7 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash were able to avoid a rare home sweep by topping Wilmington 7-1 on Sunday evening. Winston-Salem continues the homestand with a four-game series against Myrtle Beach, beginning tonight.

Tyler Danish allowed one run in his most recent start against Myrtle Beach. (Dan Barber/W-S Dash)

Tyler Danish allowed one run in his most recent start against Myrtle Beach. (Dan Barber/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Jacob May – CF
Keenyn Walker – LF
Jason Coats – RF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – 3B
Grant Buckner – DH
Michael Marjama – C
Zach Voight – 2B
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Tyler Danish – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• Since BB&T Ballpark opened in 2010, Winston-Salem has only been swept twice by an opponent in 97 series played. Salem captured all three against the Dash from August 14-16, 2013, while Frederick swept a three-game rain-altered series on April 16-17.

• First baseman Keon Barnum went 2-for-4 with a double and three-run homer on Sunday. The 21-year-old has hits in four of his last five games, and is batting .378 with four homers in 18 games since the All-Star Break.

• After having his Dash season-best 14-game hitting streak snapped on Saturday, second baseman Joey DeMichele collected a single, double, 2 RBIs and a run scored on Sunday. Since the start of June, the Arizona native is batting .316 with 15 RBIs over 31 games.

• Right-hander Angel Sanchez was stellar in his Dash debut, allowing one run and four hits in seven innings while striking out six. The 24-year-old snapped a personal nine-game losing streak in the process, which was amassed with Double-A Jacksonville (Miami) and Double-A Montgomery (Tampa Bay).

• Outfielder Jacob May registered a double and triple in Sunday’s contest, along with two runs scored. The Ohio native is now fourth in the Carolina League in doubles (22) and tied for second in triples (8). May is also tied for fifth in the circuit with 50 runs scored.

• May had 22 straight successful stolen base attempts before he was caught stealing in the sixth inning of Sunday’s game. Prior to that, the last time the 22-year-old had an unsuccessful theft was on May 28 against Potomac. He ranks third in the Carolina League with 30 swipes this season.

• Winston-Salem has dropped seven of the first nine contests against Myrtle Beach this year, including a 1-2 record at BB&T Ballpark. The Pelicans have outscored the Dash 43-20 during their nine meetings in 2014.

• Left-hander Victor Payano will toe the rubber for Myrtle Beach this evening, and the Dash have struggled against southpaws this season. Winston-Salem has posted a 9-20 record when facing a lefty starter in 2014.

• Right-hander Tyler Danish will look to keep things rolling for the Dash. During his most recent start at Myrtle Beach last Wednesday, the 19-year-old allowed one run and six hits in four and one-third innings. Danish finished with a no-decision in the 5-1 Winston-Salem victory. Overall, Danish is 1-1 with a 5.16 ERA in seven starts with the Dash.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

This evening’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.

- Dave

Game #81 Preview – Dash vs. Carolina

Game #81 – Home Game #40
Winston-Salem Dash (6-5, 36-44) vs. Carolina Mudcats (6-5, 35-43)
Monday, June 30 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

For the second straight game, the Dash scored first but ultimately fell to Carolina 5-4 at BB&T Ballpark on Sunday. The Mudcats tallied four runs in the second inning and never relinquished the lead.

Joey DeMichele is riding a nine-game hitting streak. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Joey DeMichele is riding a nine-game hitting streak. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Jacob May – CF
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Courtney Hawkins – DH
Jason Coats – RF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Justin Jirschele – 3B
Zach Voight – SS
Omar Narvaez – C
Keenyn Walker – LF
Terance Marin – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• Outfielder Jacob May went 2-for-5 with two doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored on Sunday, extending his hitting streak to nine games. During this stretch, the Ohio native is batting .474 (18-for-38) with 14 runs scored.

• For his efforts during the week of June 23-29, May was named the Carolina League Player of the Week earlier today. You can read more about his accomplishments here.

• Second baseman Joey DeMichele extended his hitting streak to nine games with a first-inning RBI single on Sunday. During this span, the Arizona native is hitting .343 (12-for-35) with six RBIs and three runs scored.

• Outfielder Keenyn Walker has handled the bat well lately, going 1-for-3 with a double on Sunday. The Utah native now has hits in four straight games and six of his last seven contests.

• The Dash have committed 124 errors this season, including six during the first two games of this series against the Mudcats. Winston-Salem has made the most defensive miscues in the Carolina League and the second-most in Minor League Baseball, trailing only the Fort Wayne TinCaps (Low-A, San Diego) of the Midwest League (146 errors).

• Carolina has won six of the last nine meetings with the Dash at BB&T Ballpark, dating back to last July. Winston-Salem had won 32 of the previous 38 matchups in the Triad since the Mudcats joined the Carolina League in 2012.

• This marks the 96th series in BB&T Ballpark history, and the Dash have only suffered two sweeps since the downtown facility opened in 2010. Salem achieved the first sweep with three straight wins from August 14-16, 2013 while Frederick swept a rain-altered three-game set on April 16-17.

Terance Marin will be called upon to avoid the rare home sweep tonight. During his most recent outing, the right-hander allowed three runs (zero earned) in three innings before his start was cut short by rain at Frederick last Wednesday. Overall, the 24-year-old is 1-0 with a 4.09 ERA as a member of the Dash 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.

- Dave

Game #80 Preview – Dash vs. Carolina

Game #80 – Home Game #39
Winston-Salem Dash (6-4, 36-43) vs. Carolina Mudcats (5-5, 34-43)
Sunday, June 29 – 5 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Despite pounding out 17 hits, the Dash fell 11-9 to Carolina in the opener of a three-game series at BB&T Ballpark. Winston-Salem is now in second place in the Southern Division, a half-game behind Myrtle Beach for the top spot.

Tony Bucciferro leads the Carolina League in innings pitched. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Tony Bucciferro leads the Carolina League in innings pitched. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Jacob May – CF
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Jason Coats – DH
Keon Barnum – 1B
Grant Buckner – 3B
Zach Voight – SS
Michael Marjama – C
Keenyn Walker – RF
Tony Bucciferro – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• Every member of the Dash starting lineup had at least one hit in Saturday’s loss. Winston-Salem’s 17 hits tied a season-high, which was originally reached on April 27 at Salem.

• Outfielder Jacob May tied a career-high with four hits on Saturday and extended his hitting streak to eight games. During this stretch, the Ohio native is batting .485 (16-for-33) with 12 runs scored.

• May also stole a career-high three bases on Saturday, improving his season total to 27, which ranks third in the Carolina League. May has been successful in his last 19 stolen base attempts. The last time he was caught was against Potomac on May 28.

• Second baseman Joey DeMichele extended his hitting streak to eight games with a 3-for-4 performance Saturday night. During this span, the Arizona native is hitting .344 (11-for-32) with five RBIs and three runs scored.

• First baseman Keon Barnum had two singles on Saturday to continue his hot stretch with the bat. Since June 13, the 21-year-old is batting .385 (20-for-52) with two homers, six RBIs and 10 runs scored, raising his 2014 batting average to a season-high .237.

• The Dash committed four errors for the second consecutive game, raising their season total to 122. That leads the Carolina League and is the second-most in Minor League Baseball, trailing only the Fort Wayne TinCaps (Low-A, San Diego) of the Midwest League, which has made 143 defensive miscues.

• BB&T Ballpark has not been kind to Cleveland’s Carolina League club since it opened in 2010. The Dash are 35-11 (.761) against either defunct Kinston (2010-11) or Carolina (since 2012). However, the Dash and Mudcats have split four games at BB&T Ballpark this season.

Tony Bucciferro will toe the rubber for the Dash this evening. During his last start, the right-hander allowed one run and four hits in seven innings at Lynchburg on Tuesday, earning the win in the 3-1 Dash victory over the Hillcats. Overall, Bucciferro is 6-5 with a 3.41 ERA, which ranks tenth-best in the Carolina League.

• Bucciferro leads the Carolina League in innings pitched with 92.1 this season. The 24-year-old averages more than six innings per-outing in his 15 starts, and has made a staff-leading ten quality starts in 2014.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 4:45 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 5.

- Dave

Game #72 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

Game #72 – Home Game #37
Winston-Salem Dash (2-0, 32-39) vs. Salem Red Sox (0-2, 33-37)
Saturday, June 21 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash led wire-to-wire in a 5-1 victory over Salem Friday night. Terance Marin tallied a career-high 10 strikeouts over seven innings and Jason Coats supplied two homers in Winston-Salem’s second straight win.

The Dash have won a season-high six straight home games. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

The Dash have won a season-high six straight home games. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Tim Anderson – SS
Jacob May – CF
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Jason Coats – RF
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Justin Jirschele – 3B
Adam Heisler – DH
Frank Montas – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• Along with his career-high 10 strikeouts, Terance Marin also logged a career-best seven innings pitched on Friday. His previous high was six and two-third innings, which came on April 14, 2013 against Carolina.

Jason Coats achieved a multi-homer game for the second time this season on Friday, registering three RBIs. The Texas native also had two dingers in a game on June 8 against Carolina.

• The Dash now have three multi-home run games this season, and two in as many days. In Thursday’s series-opening 12-4 win over Salem, catcher Omar Narvaez slugged two out of the park in his Winston-Salem debut.

• After hitting only 38 home runs during the first half of the season, the Dash now have six in two second-half contests. As a result, Winston-Salem shares second place in the Carolina League in long balls with Frederick (44).

• Outfielder Jacob May saw his 11-game hitting streak come to a close on Friday. During that stretch, the Ohio native batted .386 (17-for-44) with five RBIs and 12 runs scored.

• With his 2-for-4 outing on Friday, first baseman Keon Barnum has a hit in six straight contests, including three consecutive multi-hit games. During this stretch, the 21-year-old has raised his season batting average 18 points to .222.

• The Dash have won six straight home games, dating back to June 7. As a result, Winston-Salem now has a .500 record at BB&T Ballpark this season (18-18). The last time the Dash won more than six-in-a-row at home was August 2-25, 2012, when they ran off nine consecutive victories.

• Right-hander Frank Montas will take the mound for the Dash tonight. During his most recent outing last Saturday at Potomac, the 21-year-old allowed four runs, four hits and five walks in seven innings. He ended up with a no-decision in the second game of the doubleheader against the P-Nats, which the Dash won 5-4 in nine innings.

• Montas has pitched into the seventh inning in five straight outings. In eight starts this season, the righty has posted a 3-0 record and 1.76 ERA, the lowest mark among Carolina League pitchers since his Dash debut on May 5.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game will be telecast live in the Winston-Salem area on My 48, beginning at 7 p.m. The contest is also available on wsdash.com/broadcast, with the Pregame Dash starting at 6:45 p.m.

- Dave

Game #71 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

Game #71 – Home Game #36
Winston-Salem Dash (1-0, 31-39) vs. Salem Red Sox (0-1, 33-36)
Friday, June 20 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash pounded out 16 hits and a season-high four home runs in a 12-4 rout over Salem to open the second half of the season Thursday night.

Jacob May is riding an 11-game hitting streak. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Jacob May is riding an 11-game hitting streak. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Tim Anderson – SS
Jacob May – CF
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Jason Coats – RF
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Grant Buckner – DH
Michael Marjama – C
Zach Voight – 3B
Terance Marin – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• Catcher Omar Narvaez slugged two homers in his Dash debut on Thursday, finishing the game with four RBIs. He becomes the second Winston-Salem player with a multi-home run game this season, joining Jason Coats, who had two dingers against Carolina on June 8.

• Outfielder Courtney Hawkins moved alone into second place in the Carolina League in home runs with his two-run blast on Thursday. The 20-year-old finished with three RBIs in the contest, leaving him just one shy of former Myrtle Beach slugger Joey Gallo for the league lead.

• Hawkins has terrorized Salem pitching this season. In 15 games against the Red Sox in 2014, the Texas native has six homers, 23 RBIs and 12 runs scored.

• Shortstop Tim Anderson thumped his fifth home run of the season and finished Thursday’s game with three hits. The 20-year-old leads the Dash with 26 multi-hit games this season.

• With his sixth inning triple, outfielder Jacob May extended his hitting streak to 11 games. It’s the second time this year the Ohio native has put forth a double-digit game hitting streak. He also had a 10-game stretch from May 7-16.

Tony Bucciferro logged his team-leading ninth quality start of the season, allowing two runs (zero earned) and three hits in six innings while striking out eight. Despite his strong showing in 2014, the Dash are only 6-8 in games when Bucciferro takes the hill.

• Prior to Thursday’s rout, Winston-Salem had lost five consecutive first- or second-half openers. The last time the Dash won an opening game in either half since June 23, 2011, a 2-1 triumph over Frederick.

• Right-hander Terance Marin makes his return to Winston-Salem and will start on the mound tonight. The California native was released by the White Sox on April 9 after two appearances with the Dash to open the season. While with the Evansville Otters in the independent Frontier League, Marin posted a 4-1 record and 2.05 ERA before re-signing with the White Sox on Thursday.

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 is also available on MiLB.tv.

- Dave

Game #70 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

Game #70 – Home Game #35
Winston-Salem Dash (0-0, 30-39) vs. Salem Red Sox (0-0, 33-35)
Thursday, June 19 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Fresh off the All-Star Break, the Dash kick off the second half of the season with a three-game series against the Salem Red Sox.

Tony Bucciferro ranks third in the Carolina League in innings pitched. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Tony Bucciferro ranks third in the Carolina League in innings pitched. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Tim Anderson – SS
Jacob May – CF
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Jason Coats – RF
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Justin Jirschele – 3B
Adam Heisler – DH
Tony Bucciferro – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• The Dash wrapped up the first half of the season by losing three-of-five at Potomac, ending with its worst record (30-39) of any half during the Dash era (since 2009). The previous low water mark came in the first half of 2011 (32-38).

• Winston-Salem was in last place in the Southern Division until the final weekend of the first half, when they leapfrogged Carolina for third place. The Dash solely occupied the fourth spot in the division from April 11 until June 14.

Tim Anderson and Courtney Hawkins represented the Dash at the California-Carolina League All-Star Game in Wilmington, DE on Tuesday, but neither recorded a hit. Anderson went 0-for-2, while Hawkins went hitless in four at-bats.

• The Dash announced a flurry of roster moves prior to today’s game, including the promotions of pitcher Myles Jaye and catcher Martin Medina to Double-A Birmingham, as well as the promotion of catcher Omar Narvaez from Low-A Kannapolis. You can get full details here.

• The Dash finished third in the Carolina League for both batting average (.259) and earned run average (3.69) during the first half of the season, but defense was a sore spot throughout. Winston-Salem committed 103 errors, which led the Carolina League and was the second-highest total in Minor League Baseball.

• The Dash have not fared very well historically in opening games to either half of the season. The last time Winston-Salem emerged victorious in the first game of a half-season was June 23, 2011, coming away with a 2-1 win at Frederick. Since then, the Dash are 0-5 in half-season opening contests.

• The Dash and Red Sox have met 14 times in 2014, which each team earning seven wins. Winston-Salem went 6-4 in tilts at Salem’s LewisGale Field during the first half, while posting a 1-3 record at BB&T Ballpark.

• Right-hander Tony Bucciferro will get the ball tonight against Salem. The former Michigan State standout ranks third in the Carolina League in innings pitched (79.1). During his last outing, Bucciferro tossed seven innings at Potomac last Thursday, allowing two runs while striking out six. He ended up with a no-decision in the 3-2 setback. The 24-year-old is currently 4-5 with a 3.86 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 game is also available on wsdash.com/broadcast. 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 #53 Preview – Dash vs. Lynchburg

Game #53 – Home Game #26
Winston-Salem Dash (21-31) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (28-25)
Friday, May 30 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash suffered their most lopsided defeat of the season on Thursday, falling 14-4 to Potomac. Winston-Salem captured the three-game series against the P-Nats, however, and will now face a Lynchburg team that has won five straight contests.

J.B. Wendelken has pitched seven innings in each of his last two outings. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

J.B. Wendelken has pitched seven innings in each of his last two outings. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Tim Anderson – SS
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Courtney Hawkins – CF
Jason Coats – RF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Martin Medina – DH
Justin Jirschele – LF
Michael Marjama – C
Zach Voight – 3B
J.B. Wendelken – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• Potomac’s nine-run second inning was one tally shy of the largest single-inning output against Winston-Salem in the Dash era (2009-present). The P-Nats had a 10-run outburst against the Dash in the eighth inning on July 25, 2010 at BB&T Ballpark.

• With Thursday’s loss, Winston-Salem missed a chance for its 19th sweep in BB&T Ballpark history. The last time the Dash swept an opponent at home was August 24-26, 2013, taking all three games against Myrtle Beach.

• Shortstop Tim Anderson owns a four-game multi-hit streak dating back to Monday. During this stretch, the 20-year-old is 10-for-19 (.526) with a home run, four RBIs and five runs scored.

• With a 2-for-3 performance on Thursday, Justin Jirschele has at least one hit in all eight games he has played this season. The Wisconsin native is batting .542 (13-for-24) in 2014, with a double, RBI and two runs scored.

• The Dash committed four errors Thursday and now rank second in Minor League Baseball in that category, with 79 this season. Only the Fort Wayne TinCaps (Low-A, San Diego) of the Midwest League have made more defensive miscues, with 102.

• Catcher Martin Medina surpassed his 2013 RBI total on Thursday. The California native painfully drove in a run when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, giving him 15 RBIs this season. He had 14 RBIs in 55 games with the Dash last year.

• Winston-Salem has not seen much success on Fridays this season. The Dash have posted a 1-7 record, with their only victory coming in the front-end of a doubleheader against Frederick on May 16 at BB&T Ballpark.

• The Dash and Lynchburg met for the first time in 2014 at Calvin Falwell Field last weekend, with the Hillcats winning three of the four games. Dating back to the start of the 2012 season, Winston-Salem is only 17-27 (.386) against Lynchburg.

• Probable starting pitcher J.B. Wendelken will look to keep things rolling after back-to-back strong outings. The 21-year-old has pitched seven innings in each of his last two starts. Last Sunday, Wendelken suffered a tough-luck loss, allowing only two runs (one earned) and seven hits in a 2-0 setback at Lynchburg. He’s currently 4-5 with a 3.94 ERA this year.

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 is also available on MiLB.tv.

- Dave

Game #41 Preview – Dash vs. Frederick

Game #41 – Home Game #22
Winston-Salem Dash (14-26) vs. Frederick Keys (19-21)
Sunday, May 18 – 2 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash offense sputtered against a quartet of Frederick pitchers, falling 5-1 on Saturday night. Winston-Salem will try to earn a split in the four-game series with the Keys, which wraps up this afternoon.

Shortstop Tim Anderson had two hits against Frederick on Saturday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Shortstop Tim Anderson had two hits against Frederick on Saturday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Tim Anderson – SS
Jacob May – CF
Courtney Hawkins – DH
Jason Coats – RF
Grant Buckner – 1B
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Martin Medina – C
Adam Heisler – LF
Michael Johnson – 3B
Tyler Danish – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• By going 0-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt on Saturday, outfielder Jacob May saw his 10-game hitting streak come to an end. That equals Adam Heisler for the longest stretch of consecutive games with a hit by a Dash player this season.

• Shortstop Tim Anderson had two hits on Saturday, a single and a double. The 20-year-old Alabama native is batting .417 (5-for-12) during the first three games of this series against Frederick.

• Third baseman Nick Basto’s ninth inning RBI helped the Dash avoid a potential seventh shutout this season. Basto has driven in 15 runs this season, ranking third on the team behind Courtney Hawkins (34) and Keon Barnum (18).

• With a clean game defensively Saturday night, the Dash are now tied for fourth in Minor League Baseball in errors, having committed 60 on the season. The Fort Wayne TinCaps (Low-A, San Diego) of the Midwest League are leading the way with 80 defensive miscues.

• The Dash are now 12-and-a-half games behind Myrtle Beach for first place in the Carolina League’s Southern Division. That is the largest divisional deficit that Winston-Salem has faced in the Dash era (since 2009). Prior to this season, the Dash had never been more than 11 games back in the standings.

• The Dash have had a lot of success on Sundays during the first quarter of the season. Winston-Salem sports a 5-1 record on the first day of the week, the only day in which they have a winning record. Their next-best day is Saturday, where they are 3-4.

• Probable starting pitcher Tyler Danish will make his High-A debut this afternoon. The 20-year-old posted a 3-0 record and 0.71 ERA in seven starts with Low-A Kannapolis before his Thursday promotion to Winston-Salem. Danish ranks second among active qualifying pitchers in ERA throughout Minor League Baseball.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Today’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 1:45 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 2. Every Dash home game is also available on MiLB.tv.

- Dave

 

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