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Game #49 Preview – Dash at Potomac

Game #49 –  Road Game #25
Winston-Salem Dash (17-31) at Potomac Nationals (24-20)
Friday, May 27 – 7:05 p.m.
Pfitzner Stadium (Woodbridge, VA)

GAME BACKGROUND:

On a Throwback Thursday at BB&T Ballpark, the Frederick Keys earned a 9-4 win over Winston-Salem, who donned commemorative Warthogs jerseys. The Dash will spend the holiday weekend in Woodbridge, Va., for a four-game series with the Potomac Nationals. Friday’s opener begins at 7:05 p.m. from Pfitzner Stadium.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Cleuluis Rondon has hit safely in 10 of his last 12 games (Jody Stewart/ W-S Dash).

Hunter Jones – CF
Mason Robbins – LF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Toby Thomas – 2B
Brett Austin – C
Louie Lechich – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Matt Cooper – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • For the first time since BB&T Ballpark opened in 2010, Winston-Salem played as the Warthogs on Thursday night. The franchise had not sported the Warthogs logo in 2,819 days (September 6, 2008). Before the nickname change to Dash in 2009, the Warthogs enjoyed a successful 14-year run from 1995-2008. During this stretch, Winston-Salem posted a 944-1004 (.485) record and claimed its most recent Mills Cup crown (2003). Eight former Warthogs became MLB All-Stars (year in W-S), including Joe Crede (1998), Carlos Lee (1997) and Aaron Rowand (1999).

  • Even with the spiffy Warthogs jerseys, Winston-Salem failed to turn things around at home. The Dash entered 2016 with an all-time record of 244-176 (.581) at BB&T Ballpark, which was the best home mark in the Carolina League during this span (2010-15). However, the Dash own the worst home record in the Minors thus far in 2016 (5-19). The only other team that has just five home wins is Syracuse (Triple-A, Washington), who has only played 16 home games.

  • From 2010-15, Winston-Salem earned 23 home sweeps, while the opposition only combined for four. However, Frederick finished the third sweep for a visitor in seven series at BB&T Ballpark this year (Salem, April 14-17; Myrtle Beach, May 2-4).

  • On this Memorial Day weekend, the Dash travel to beautiful Pfitzner Stadium for a four-game set with the Red, White and Blue defenders of Woodbridge, Va. Potomac and Winston-Salem split their first series of 2016 from May 13-16, which remains the only home set the Dash have not lost this year. After making just two trips to Potomac last season, the Dash have the fortune of playing at Pfitzner Stadium 11 times from Friday through July 24. Last year, Winston-Salem went 3-3 in Woodbridge. One of the wins at Potomac in 2015 was James Dykstra’s no-hitter in game one of a doubleheader on April 15.

  • Hunter Jones has shined throughout the month of May. Jones boasts a .358 average (34-for-95) with three homers, 11 RBIs and 18 runs in 25 games. In 23 April games, he hit .242 with no homers, six RBIs and 18 runs. Jones is one of four men in the Carolina League who has yet to miss a game (48), joining Myrtle Beach sluggers Yasiel Balaguert (46) and Ian Happ (46) and P-Nats infielder Jose Marmolejos (44). Within the CL, Jones is first in hits (57), second in triples (6) and total bases (86), fourth in runs (36) and steals (22) and 10th in batting average (.300).

  • Over 51.0 innings, Friday starter Matt Cooper has amassed 63 strikeouts, tied for second-most in Minor League Baseball. Only highly-touted Braves prospect Lucas Sims (65) has more than Cooper, who has logged at least five in all nine starts this season. Before this year, Cooper had pitched exclusively in the bullpen as a pro. He struck out 123 in 86.1 innings over 59 appearances in 2014 and 2015 (12.8 K/9IP).

  • Gerson Montilla has failed to drive home a run in his last three games after surging for 17 RBIs in his previous 11 contests.

  • Cleuluis Rondon has hit safely in 10 of his last 12, during which he boasts a .326 average (14-for-43).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Friday’s game will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:50 p.m., with the first pitch set for 7:05 p.m.

-Joe

Game #48 Preview – Warthogs vs. Frederick

Game #48 – Home Game #24
Winston-Salem Warthogs (17-30) vs. Frederick Keys (22-23)
Thursday, May 26 – 7:00 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem whittled an early four-run deficit down to a single tally, but Frederick added an insurance run in the ninth and held on for a 7-5 victory at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash will close out the homestand against the Frederick Keys wearing commemorative Warthogs jerseys, in honor of the franchise’s previous name.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Thursday’s contest is the first of three Throwback Thursdays at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash will wear Winston-Salem Warthogs jerseys to commemorate the team’s last nickname (Jody Stewart/ W-S Dash)

Hunter Jones – CF
Michael Suiter – RF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Toby Thomas – 2B
Brett Austin – C
Mason Robbins – LF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Brandon Brennan – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • For the first time since BB&T Ballpark opened in 2010, Winston-Salem will wear commemorative Warthogs jerseys. The franchise has not sported the Warthogs logo in 2,819 days (September 6, 2008). Before the nickname change to Dash in 2009, the Warthogs enjoyed a successful 14-year run from 1995-2008. During this stretch, Winston-Salem posted a 944-1004 (.485) record and claimed its most recent Mills Cup crown (2003). Eight former Warthogs became MLB All-Stars, including Joe Crede (1998), Bobby Jenks (2008), Carlos Lee (1997), Aaron Rowand (1999) and Gio Gonzalez (2005).
  • Warthogs outfielder Hunter Jones has shined thus far in May. Jones boasts a .359 average (33-for-92) with three homers, 11 RBIs and 18 runs in 24 games. In 23 April games, he hit .242 with no homers, six RBIs and 18 runs. Jones has amassed at least two hits in four of his last five games and eight of the Warthogs’ last 12.
  • Jones is one of four men in the Carolina League who has yet to miss a game, joining Myrtle Beach sluggers Yasiel Balaguert (44) and Ian Happ (44) and P-Nats infielder Jose Marmolejos (42). Within the CL, Jones is first in games (47) and hits (56), second in triples (6) and total bases (85), tied for third in runs (36), fourth in steals (22) and eighth in batting average (.299).
  • Before the 2016 season began, the Warthogs boasted a 244-176 (.581) record in the club’s six years at BB&T Ballpark. During that stretch, the Warthogs collected 23 series sweeps, while their opposition had only earned four. However, the Warthogs have already clinched their sixth home series loss in seven tries, and Frederick can finish off the third sweep for a visitor in the Triad in 2016 with a victory on Thursday. Salem posted the second four-game sweep for an opponent during the first series of 2016 (April 14-17), and Myrtle Beach broomed Winston-Salem in a three-game set from May 2-4.
  • Here are some notable occurrences during the Warthogs era, which stretched from 1995-2008:
    1994: Winston-Salem played its final season with the nickname Spirits (1984-94).
    1995: In the first year of the Warthogs era, Winston-Salem went 69-68 with the help from future MLB All-Star Aaron Boone.
    1997: The Warthogs shifted affiliates from the Cincinnati Reds to the Chicago White Sox. Winston-Salem has been with the White Sox ever since this change.
    2003: Winston-Salem claimed its 11th all-time Mills Cup. The Warthogs went 71-67 in the regular season and swept both Kinston and Lynchburg in the postseason.
    2005: Leo Daigle recorded the CL’s second Triple Crown (.341, 29 HR, 112 RBIs). The only other Triple Crown belongs to fellow Winston slugger Ray Jablonski (.363, 28, 127 in 1950).
    2008: Winston-Salem was 71-68 in the final season of the Warthogs era. The organization announces the change to Dash on December 4.
  • The White Sox announced Thursday that Sean O’Connell has earned a promotion to Double-A Birmingham.
  • Fellow catcher Daniel Gonzalez and infielder Zach Fish, both of whom were with Low-A Kannapolis, have joined the Warthogs, giving them the CL maximum of 25 players.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Thursday’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 wsjs.com, as well as wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn App. The Pregame Warthog will begin at 6:45 p.m, with the first pitch at 7:00 p.m.

-Joe

Former Warthog, MLB All-Star Lee retires

(Photo via Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images).

(Photo via Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images).

One of the most successful players in Winston-Salem baseball history, outfielder Carlos Lee announced his retirement on Thursday, which happened to be his 37th birthday.

A three-time All-Star in the big leagues, Lee starred on the 1997 Winston-Salem Warthogs, who finished the regular season at 66-74. He hit .317 with 17 homers and 82 RBIs over 139 games.

Lee debuted with the White Sox in 1999 and finished seventh in the American League Rookie of the Year voting. After six seasons with the White Sox, the Panama native joined the Brewers in advance of the 2005 season, which happened to be Chicago’s World Series season.

After a year and a half in Milwaukee, “El Caballo” played with the Rangers down the stretch in 2006 before spending the next six years with Houston. He was traded midway through his final campaign in the big leagues (2012) to Miami.

Lee just missed out on the White Sox title season, and he joined the Astros right after their tremendous run in the middle of last decade. As a result, he only played in the playoffs once (2000).

Congratulations to Lee on a tremendous career, during which he competed in the Midsummer Classic three times (2005-07). He was a career .285 hitter with 358 home runs in 2,099 games.

– Brian

Counting Down To The Home Opener

If you follow our social media accounts (especially our new Instagram feed), you have probably noticed that we have begun a countdown in advance of the Dash’s home opener Friday, April 12. We are now 86 days away from the first game at BB&T Ballpark in 2013.

We have spun each day in the countdown to something in Winston-Salem baseball history. Occasionally on the blog, we will rehash the recent numbers, and here is our first look back at the countdown.

100 – Instead of a stat, we provided the picture below (and here on Instagram).

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99 – After missing the 2011 campaign due to injury, Kyle Bellamy returned to Winston-Salem at the beginning of 2012. Opponents hit just .182 against Bellamy in 99 at bats.

98 – Scott Snodgress dominated the Carolina League after a July promotion from Low-A Kannapolis. He posted a 4-0 record and a 1.50 ERA to go along with a 0.98 WHIP.

97 – Carlos Lee is one of two Winston-Salem alums who is both currently in the big leagues and has made an All-Star Game (Chris Sale is the other). Lee played with the Warthogs in 1997.

96 – In his MVP season of 2011, Ian Gac drove in 96 runs for the Dash.

The Spirits won the CL crown in 1993.

The Spirits won the CL crown in 1993.

95 – In 1995, the Winston-Salem franchise became the “Warthogs,” a nickname that stuck until the team became the Dash in 2009.

94 – All-Star Brady Shoemaker notched 94 hits in Winston-Salem before his midseason promotion to Double-A Birmingham.

93 – The Winston-Salem Spirits won the Carolina League title in 1993.

92 – From last season’s team, the only player who was born in 1992 was Carlos Sanchez, who proved to be one of the CL’s top prospects.

91 – The Carolina League rolled the Carolina California League 91 in the 2012 Midsummer Classic at BB&T Ballpark.

90 – Speaking of scores, the Dash took the deciding Game 3 of the Southern Division Championship Series 90 against Myrtle Beach.

89 – Brent Morel, who returned to Winston-Salem for a rehab assignment this season, wore number 8 while with the Dash in 2009.

88 – The CL’s MVP this season, Dash first baseman Dan Black, drove in 88 runs.

87 – Winston-Salem posted the best record in full-season minor league baseball last year (87-51).

86 – Cyle Hankerd mustered 86 hits in just 71 games with the Dash this past season.

Those are 15 of our Dash-themed numbers. Do you have any ideas for numbers 85 to 1? Let us know in the comments or via Twitter. Baseball will be back before you know it!

– Brian

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