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Game #8 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

Game #8 – Home Game #1
Winston-Salem Dash (3-4) vs. Salem Red Sox (3-4)
Thursday, April 14 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

After a 1-4 start to this road trip, Winston-Salem bounced back with consecutive wins, the most recent a 4-2 squeaker against Myrtle Beach on Wednesday night. The Dash return home to BB&T Ballpark on Thursday for their 2016 home opener.

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BB&T Ballpark begins its seventh season on Thursday night when the Dash entertain Salem.

STARTING LINEUP:

Hunter Jones – CF
Louie Lechich – RF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Nick Basto – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Brett Austin – C
Mason Robbins – LF
Toby Thomas – 2B
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Thad Lowry – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • For the first time in 218 days, the Dash will take the field at BB&T Ballpark on Thursday night. Since moving into the facility in 2010, Winston-Salem boasts a 244-176 (.581) home record, which is the best in the Carolina League during that span. The Dash have posted a winning mark at home in five of their first six seasons, with 2014 the exception (34-35). Over the next 24 games through May 8, the Dash will play 17 games at home, with 14 of them against division rivals Myrtle Beach and Salem.

  • Even though the Dash have enjoyed tremendous success at BB&T Ballpark, the home opener has been a different story. Winston-Salem has not claimed the lid-lifter of its home schedule since 2012, a 1-0 victory over Carolina. Since then, the Dash have dropped three home openers in a row by a combined five runs. In all, Winston is 2-4 in the first home game at BB&T Ballpark.

  • Infielder Nick Basto has been the strongest offensive option for Winston-Salem thus far this season. Within the Carolina League, Basto is tied for second in hits (11), tied for second in RBIs (6), tied for third in total bases (17), fifth in slugging (.654) and sixth in average (.423). The former fifth-round pick already has four multi-hit games in just six starts.

  • Once again this year, Winston-Salem struggled in its first series and thrived in its second. The Dash fell to 5-13 in the first set of the season over the last five years after dropping three of four to Lynchburg. However, thanks to this series win at Myrtle Beach, Winston-Salem is 10-5 in the second series during the same span. Though it only collected one victory, the Dash’s starting rotation shined to the tune of a 2.51 ERA (9 ER in 32.1 IP). Two of the Dash’s three wins came in the last at-bat, while Winston struck first in all but one game on the road trip.

  • Thursday starts a busy first half between these two division rivals. Winston and Salem will meet 20 times before the All-Star break, with 12 of those contests in the Triad. Last week, Baseball America claimed that Salem possessed the best Opening Day roster in the Minors. The Sox have three of the top 20 prospects in all of baseball: 2B Yoan Moncada (3), OF Andrew Benintendi (15) and 3B Rafael Devers (18).

  • After punching out five on Wednesday, Sanburn has whiffed 11 in 7.2 scoreless innings over three appearances.

  • In his High-A debut against Lynchburg on Saturday, Thad Lowry retired the first six he faced and blanked the Hillcats until the fifth, when they ousted him from the contest with four runs.

  • Former Dash southpaw Carlos Rodon tossed six shutout innings in the White Sox 3-0 win at Minnesota on Wednesday.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Television coverage of Thursday’s home opener will be available on My 48. A full channel guide is available here. The game will also be on 600 AM-WSJS, wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio App. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 7:00 p.m.

-Joe

Dash Top 10 – #6: BB&T Ballpark renamed for a day

The Winston-Salem Dash’s 2015 season is in the books, and Dash fans enjoyed many incredible moments. We whittled them down to this year’s Dash Top 10, which we will unveil over the next two weeks.

Previous moments:
#10 – Four-homer outburst sinks Salem
#9 – Fulmer debuts with Winston-Salem
#8 – Peter’s 14-game hitting streaks
#7 – Heidenreich named CL Pitcher of the Year

Moment #6 – August 27
Dash play at Debbie D. Harllee Ballpark

Debbie D. Harllee enjoyed an incredible experience...at a ballpark named after her for a day! (Will Marrs/W-S Dash)

Debbie D. Harllee enjoyed an incredible evening at a ballpark named after her for a day. Plus, the Dash won! (Will Marrs/W-S Dash)

“Welcome to my ballpark!”

This was the refrain on a joyous evening at a Dash game for Debbie D. Harllee, who was the winner of this year’s BB&T Ballpark Ultimate Fantasy Fan Experience Sweepstakes.

On that Thursday night in Winston-Salem, it truly did feel like Debbie’s ballpark. She received her own Dash jersey, delivered the team’s lineup to the umpires and enjoyed the game from a dugout suite, all from a facility named after her for a day.

However, Debbie already had that feeling of ownership at BB&T Ballpark, well before the Dash defeated Frederick on the night it transformed into Debbie D. Harllee Ballpark.

Baseball has always carved out a special place in Debbie’s life. In particular, her hometown team, whether it was the Dash, or the Warthogs, or the Spirits.

Debbie and her late husband Victor had attended Winston-Salem baseball games since the mid-1980s. In fact, the couple had selected their season ticket location for BB&T Ballpark from a blueprint of the facility two years before it opened.

Unfortunately, Victor passed away before BB&T Ballpark’s first game in April of 2010. Debbie still purchased the tickets–in Section 205–because she knew Victor would have wanted it that way.

Fast forward to this August, when Debbie was going through the whirlwind and the thrill of being the Dash’s Fantasy Fan. She threw out the ceremonial first pitch, joined the radio broadcast and even signed some of the PlayBall programs that featured her picture.

Even on this hectic night, Debbie made sure to swing by her seats in Section 205, which are featured in this story by Fox 8.

For a short period of time, all of BB&T Ballpark belonged to Debbie. But, every night, a small part of BB&T Ballpark belongs to her, and to Victor.

We will take a break over the weekend. Stay tuned for the fifth-best moment of 2015, which was one of the biggest wins of the Dash’s second-half surge.

– Brian

Game #80 Preview – Dash vs. Frederick

Game #80 – Home Game #39
Winston-Salem Dash (5-3, 35-43) vs. Frederick Keys (3-6, 35-44)
Saturday, July 4 – 6:30 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash return home for their Fourth of July extravaganza on Saturday. BB&T Ballpark has welcomed a record crowd on Independence Day in each of the last three years.

Jake Peter has hit safely in 11 straight games and 31 of his last 33 (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Jake Peter has hit safely in 11 straight games and 31 of his last 33 (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Toby Thomas – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Suiter – LF
Matt Heidenreich – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • The Fourth of July has been special for the franchise. Over the last three years, Winston-Salem has set a new BB&T Ballpark attendance record on Independence Day. However, the Dash have dropped all three of those games in front of 7,285 (2012), 7,576 (2013) and 8,184 (2014) fans.
  • The attendance figure from July 4, 2014, remains the highest single-game mark in BB&T Ballpark’s six years. The Dash have not won on Independence Day since 2010 (6-4 at Lynchburg), while Winston’s last home win on the holiday was 2007 (13-2 vs. Frederick). The Dash are 0-4 at BB&T Ballpark on July 4.
  • With a capacity crowd expected, Winston-Salem will turn to All-Star righty Matt Heidenreich, who is hoping to become the third High-A pitcher to reach nine victories this season. Heidenreich paces the Carolina League with his eight wins, two more than any other hurler on the circuit. His 2.68 earned run average is sixth-best among CL qualifiers. Winston-Salem is 10-3 when the Coronado, Calif., native takes to the mound.
  • Heidenreich will attempt to continue the Dash’s strong pitching. The Dash posted a 1.44 earned run average during their series at Carolina from Wednesday to Friday. All three starters recorded quality starts. Winston’s 3.53 team ERA would be the best in the Dash era (2009-present).
  • Dash infielder Jake Peter has continued to swing a hot bat for more than a month. Peter has hit safely in 31 of his last 33 games dating back to May 27. During this span, Peter is hitting .328 (41-for-125) with three homers and 20 RBIs. This trend began with a six-game hitting streak from May 27 to June 1. Following a hitless effort on June 2 (which was suspended to June 20), Peter hit safely in 14 straight games.
  • Peter’s 14-game hit streak ended with an 0-for-3 effort on June 18, the only game all month he failed to reach base. Since then, the Mason City, Iowa, native has hit safely in 11 straight games. Not only is this the longest active streak in the Carolina League, but Peter now possesses the second-longest run by a Dash hitter in 2015, trailing only his aforementioned 14-gamer last month. During his current surge, Peter is 15-for-45 (.333) with four RBIs and five runs. Overall, Peter is tied for second in hits (81) and even for 10th in batting average (.290) in the CL.
  • Due to a new, imbalanced schedule format in the CL, this marks Frederick’s first trip to BB&T Ballpark in 2015. It is the latest that a team has made its first trip to BB&T Ballpark. The two teams squared off seven times in Maryland in the first half, with Frederick amassing five wins.
  • However, the Dash have outscored the Keys 51-35, with their two victories coming by scores of 13-0 (April 9) and 14-2 (May 7). In the latter of those two contests, Winston set a Dash-era record with nine runs in the seventh inning.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Saturday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:15 p.m., with the first pitch at approximately 6:40 p.m.

– Scott

Photographic plans for Brookstown District

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

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

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

– Brian

Dash Top 10 – #3: Wendelken overshadows Rodon’s 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
#7 – Narvaez’s two-homer Dash debut
#6 – Danish tosses six no-hit innings
#5 – Anderson rescues Dash with walk-off homer
#4 – Team names “Big Kev” MVP

Moment #3 – July 30
Wendelken steals headlines in Rodon’s Dash debut

J.B. Wendelken set a Dash-era record for strikeouts in a single game. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

J.B. Wendelken set a Dash-era record for strikeouts in a single game. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

One of the top storylines during the Dash’s 2014 season was Carlos Rodon, whom the White Sox drafted third overall in this year’s MLB Draft. After a month-long negotiation process, the two sides agreed to the largest signing bonus in White Sox history.

Rodon entered the Minor Leagues as one of the best collegiate prospects in recent memory, which made him a hot topic. Around this region, Rodon means even more. He is one of the best baseball prospects from the state of North Carolina over the last few decades, and his three-year career at NC State was one of the most decorated in school history.

Thus, Dash fans were very interested in Rodon’s progression through the White Sox system, and it was a quick one. He jumped to Winston-Salem after a pair of outings in the Arizona League, and his Dash debut was set for a Wednesday matinee at BB&T Ballpark.

Before the game, everyone knew that Rodon would pitch an inning out of the bullpen, likely after starter J.B. Wendelken wrapped up his outing. While many fans in attendance were waiting for Rodon, Wendelken stole the show.

One year to the day the White Sox acquired him in the Jake Peavy trade with Boston, Wendelken blitzed the Frederick Keys over seven scoreless innings, during which he whiffed a record-setting 13 batters. In the Dash era, which stretched back to the 2009 season, no pitcher other than Wendelken has struck out more than 11 in a single game.

Rodon entered in the eighth inning and gave up two runs, but he struck out three in the first of four High-A outings for the Holly Springs native, who finished the season in Triple-A. Jefferson Olacio then punched out the side in the ninth to complete a remarkable 12-2 win. In the victory, Winston-Salem struck out 19 of the 27 Keys that the club retired. This is, by far, a Dash-era record for strikeouts in a nine-inning game.

As a result, Wendelken and Rodon shared the headlines after one of the Dash’s most exciting wins of the season. Our second-best moment of 2014 comes up tomorrow, and it also involves Frederick. Stay tuned for that.

– Brian

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

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