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Game #139 Preview – Dash at Carolina

Game #139 – Road Game #69
Winston-Salem Dash (28-40, 56-82) at Carolina Mudcats (22-46, 51-87)
Monday, September 5 – 12 p.m. 
Five County Stadium (Zebulon, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The 2016 season comes to an end Monday, with the Dash hoping to avoid a sweep at Carolina. Winston-Salem dropped both ends of a doubleheader on Sunday, including a 3-2 walk-off defeat in the nightcap.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Mason Robbins will wrap up the Carolina League’s batting title on Monday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Landon Lassiter – CF
Dante Flores – 2B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – LF
Zack Collins – DH
Toby Thomas – 3B
Marcus Davis – 1B
Brett Austin – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Tanner Banks – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Carolina’s three-run rally in the home half of the seventh overshadowed another brilliant outing from righty Jordan Stephens, who struck out eight over five shutout innings in Sunday’s finale. In his final three starts of 2016, the former Rice University star gave up just two runs (both earned) on nine hits in 15.0 innings, during which he struck out 29 batters.

  • However, a frustrating trend continued, as the Dash fell to 8-19 in Stephens’ 27 starts, even though he stands second in the Carolina League in ERA (3.45). Winston-Salem averaged just 4.0 runs per game in Stephens’ starts.

  • Stephens’ 155 strikeouts represent the most by a Winston-Salem hurler during the Dash era (2009-present). The previous record belonged to J.B. Wendelken, who whiffed 129 in 2014. No pitcher in franchise history had collected more than Stephens’ 2016 total since Carlos Chantres fanned 158 for the 1997 Warthogs. Stephens’ total is also the highest by a Carolina Leaguer since Lynchburg’s Aaron Northcraft whiffed 160 during the Hillcats’ championship season of 2012.

  • Winston-Salem has locked up the worst season in the Dash era. The previous low-water mark came in 2014, when the club was 61-78 (.439). Winston’s winning percentage of .410 (with a win Monday) or .403 (with a loss Monday) will be the franchise’s lowest since 2002 (50-90; .357).

  • Barring a remarkable turn of events, Winston-Salem outfielder Mason Robbins will win the Carolina League’s batting crown. Robbins’ .316 mark is nine points better than teammate Nick Basto, who is second at .306. Robbins will also finish atop the CL in hits (159 entering Monday).

  • The true race is for second place, with Basto holding a two-point advantage on Frederick’s Aderlin Rodriguez. Should Basto maintain that edge, the Dash would boast the top two hitters in the league for the second time in five seasons. In 2012, Carlos Sanchez and Dan Black finished one-two on the circuit with .315 batting averages.

  • While the Dash’s season will not include a trip to the postseason, Triple-A Charlotte will meet the Gwinnett Braves on Monday at 2:05 p.m. in a winner-take-all game for the International League South Division title. The Knights have not been to the IL’s postseason since 2012, when current Dash manager Joel Skinner was leading the way.

  • The only team in the White Sox system that has solidified a playoff spot is short-season Great Falls. The Voyagers, winners of 14 in a row, have been to the Pioneer League playoffs nine times in the last 10 seasons.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Monday’s contest will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 11:45 a.m., with the first pitch set for 12 p.m.

-Brian

Doubleheader Preview – Dash at Carolina

UPDATE:

Game two Dash starting lineup:

Landon Lassiter – LF
Toby Thomas – 2B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – 1B
Zack Collins – DH
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Michael Suiter – CF
Daniel Gonzalez – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Jordan Stephens – RHP

Game #137 & 138 – Road Game #67 & 68
Winston-Salem Dash (28-38, 56-80) at Carolina Mudcats (20-46, 49-87)
Sunday, September 4 – 4 p.m. (doubleheader)
Five County Stadium (Zebulon, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Thanks to Friday’s postponement, the Dash and Mudcats will play a pair of seven-inning games on Sunday from Zebulon. Winston-Salem swept Carolina in a twin bill at BB&T Ballpark last month.

STARTING LINEUP (Game 1):

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With three games remaining, Mason Robbins is atop the Carolina League in both batting average and hits (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Landon Lassiter – CF
Dante Flores – 2B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – LF
Zack Collins – DH
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Marcus Davis – 1B
Brett Austin – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Robinson Leyer – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Over their last three games dating back to Wednesday, the Dash have stranded 37 runners, their highest three-game total of the season. They matched their season-high in this category in their final two games at Salem (13) on Wednesday and Thursday before leaving 11 in the loss to the Mudcats on Saturday. In these three games, Winston-Salem has gone 12-for-49 (.245) with runners in scoring position.

  • Saturday began a sprint to the finish line for the Dash and Mudcats, two teams that will not suit up in the Carolina League postseason. Thanks to Friday’s postponement, which brought about Sunday’s doubleheader, this four-game series will almost certainly start and finish in less than 48 hours. Monday’s regular season finale will begin at noon. Sunday marks the Dash’s seventh doubleheader of the season. Even though they are just 4-8 in games within a twin bill, the Dash did sweep Carolina in a pair of seven-inning games at BB&T Ballpark on August 11.

  • While the Dash will not be returning to the CL postseason, a White Sox affiliate has already punched its ticket. Short-season Great Falls, led by former Dash manager Tommy Thompson, has won 13 straight to earn a spot in the Pioneer League playoffs. Triple-A Charlotte must win its final two games against Gwinnett to advance to the International League playoffs.

  • Right-hander Jordan Stephens will make his final start of 2016 on Saturday in Zebulon. In his last two starts, Stephens has fanned 21 batters over 10.0 innings, during which he has given up just two runs. In each of those outings, he has recorded a new career-high for strikeouts (10 on August 24 at Frederick; 11 on August 29 at Salem).

  • Overall this season, Stephens has struck out 147, which is a single-season Dash-era record (2009-present). The previous record belonged to J.B. Wendelken, who whiffed 129 in 2014. Stephens also paces the Carolina League in strikeouts, while his 3.57 ERA is second-best among qualifiers.

  • Dash Year-End All-Stars Mason Robbins and Nick Basto are first and second, respectively, in batting average in the Carolina League. Should this remain the case, the Dash would have the top two hitters in the CL in batting average for the second time in five seasons (2012; Carlos Sanchez and Dan Black).

  • Here are the three remaining contenders for the CL’s batting title (Saturday’s results in parentheses):
    1. Robbins – .316 (1-for-5)
    2. Basto – .307 (2-for-5)
    3. Frederick’s Aderlin Rodriguez – .305 (2-for-5)

  • Winston-Salem has clinched its worst season in the Dash era (2009-present). The previous low-water mark came in 2014, when the club posted a 61-78 (.439) record. However, that season, the Dash finished last in the Carolina League in overall record. This year, Winston-Salem will finish ahead of both Wilmington and Carolina no matter what the result of the final three games.

  • In addition to leading the CL in average, Robbins also stands atop the circuit in hits with 157, nine more than second-place Rodriguez.

  • Cleuluis Rondon is riding a season-long six-game hitting streak, during which he is 10-for-23. He went 1-for-4 in Saturday’s opener at Carolina.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Sunday’s doubleheader will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 3:45 p.m., with the first pitch set for 4 p.m.

-Brian

Game #134 & #135 Preview – Dash at Salem

UPDATE – 6:10 p.m.

Dash’s lineup for the regularly-scheduled game:

Landon Lassiter – LF
Michael Suiter – CF
Mason Robbins – RF
Gerson Montilla – 1B
Zack Collins – DH
Toby Thomas – 3B
Dante Flores – 2B
Daniel Gonzalez – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Zach Thompson – RHP

Game #134/#135 – Away Game #64/#65
Winston-Salem Dash (27-36, 55-78) at Salem Red Sox (40-24, 77-56)
Thursday, September 1 – 5:30 p.m. 
LewisGale Field (Salem, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Salem forced extra innings with four in the home half of the ninth, and steady rain in the Roanoke Valley prompted the suspension of Wednesday’s middle match. The game is tied 7-7, with the top of the 11th about to begin. This game will be resumed at 5:30 p.m. from LewisGale Field, with the regularly-scheduled contest to start at 7:05 p.m. or 30 minutes after Wednesday’s game is over (whichever option comes later).

CURRENT LINEUP (suspended game):

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Dash catcher Brett Austin crushed a grand slam against Michael Kopech on Wednesday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Landon Lassiter – LF
Michael Suiter – CF
Mason Robbins – RF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Zack Collins – DH
Marcus Davis – 1B
Toby Thomas – 2B
Brett Austin – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Tanner Banks – LHP
Brandon Quintero – RHP
Yelmison Peralta – RHP
Drew Hasler – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Winston-Salem stormed out of the gates with six runs in the first inning. Salem starter Michael Kopech, who boasted a 1.23 ERA entering the night, gave up all six runs thanks to five walks and a Brett Austin grand slam. The Dash added a run in the fourth to claim a 7-0 advantage, but Salem slowly chipped away with single tallies in the fourth, sixth and eighth innings. In the ninth, Jose Sermo launched a three-run homer with one out against Brandon Quintero. With two down and the bases empty, Yelmison Peralta surrendered consecutive two-strike doubles to Nick Longhi and Mike Meyers to force extra innings. Both teams went scoreless in the 10th before steady rain prompted a rain delay and, shortly thereafter, a suspension.
  • Austin’s grand slam was the Dash’s fourth of the season, and it was the former NC State star’s first as a professional. He is tied for the Carolina League lead in home runs among catchers (nine). With that one swing of the bat, Austin matched his career-high in RBIs, while he ousted Kopech out of the game with his first outing of more than two runs this year.
  • Should the Red Sox complete this seven-run comeback victory, Winston-Salem would match a Dash era record (2009-present) for the biggest lead relinquished in a loss. The Dash also wasted a seven-run cushion on June 7, 2015, at Lynchburg (9-7 Hillcats win in regulation).
  • When action resumes, catcher Zack Collins will be at the plate. He has already coaxed four free passes, which matches a single-game record since the nickname change. Landon Lassiter accomplished the feat on August 9, with the only other instance coming on July 4, 2015, when Trey Michalczewski walked four times in an extra-inning win over Frederick. If Collins walks again, he would become the first Winston hitter with five in a game since July 9, 2008, when Brandon Allen did it in the Warthogs’ final year.
  • Winston-Salem’s outfield duo of Nick Basto and Mason Robbins have earned spots on the Carolina League’s Year-End All-Star team, the league office announced Saturday. The Dash are one of three clubs with multiple players on the team, joining Lynchburg (six) and Salem (two). Bobby Bradley of Lynchburg earned the CL’s Most Valuable Player award, while Myrtle Beach’s Trevor Clifton took home the Pitcher of the Year honor. Hillcats skipper Mark Budzinski is the circuit’s Manager of the Year.
  • The key reason Basto and Robbins are Year-End All-Stars is batting average. Robbins leads the Carolina League with a .315 average, while Basto is third at .306. Fellow All-Star Aderlin Rodriguez, a slugger with Frederick, is second by just one point over Basto. If Robbins and Basto finish one-two, it would be the second time in five seasons that a Dash duo would accomplish this feat. Carlos Sanchez and Dan Black finished with .315 marks in 2012, the last year the Dash reached the Mills Cup Finals.
  • Collins and six Winston-Salem alumni, including Matt Cooper and Connor Walsh from earlier this year, have earned spots in the prestigious Arizona Fall League, which begins in mid-October.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Wednesday’s contest will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 5:15 p.m., with the first pitch set for 5:30 p.m. In Thursday’s regularly-scheduled game, Winston-Salem sends right-hander Zach Thompson (2-5, 6.00 ERA) to the bump against Salem southpaw Trey Ball (8-5, 3.77 ERA). Pregame coverage begins at 6:50 p.m. on 600 AM-WSJS, wsjs.com and the TuneIn Radio App.

-Joe

Game #132 Preview – Dash vs. Carolina

Game #132 – Home Game #70
Winston-Salem Dash (25-36, 53-78) vs. Carolina Mudcats (18-43, 47-84)
Sunday, August 28 – 2:00 p.m. 
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem took a 4-1 lead into the eighth inning, but Carolina evened the contest with three in the eighth and claimed the lead for good on a Gerson Montilla fielding error in the ninth for a 5-4 triumph on Saturday at BB&T Ballpark.  The Dash and Mudcats will square off on Sunday in what will be the final home contest for Winston-Salem this season.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Kelvis Valerio tied a career-high with seven innings on Saturday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Michael Suiter – CF
Dante Flores – 2B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – LF
Zack Collins – DH
Marcus Davis – 1B
Toby Thomas – 3B
Daniel Gonzalez – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Robinson Leyer – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • The Dash have lost 11 of their last 12 games, the club’s worst such stretch of the season. During this span, Myrtle Beach has more than doubled its advantage on Winston-Salem in the Southern Division’s second half standings (7.0 to 15.0). The Pelicans officially clinched a playoff spot, and eliminated the Dash in the process, on Wednesday. In its last 11 losses, Winston has only amassed 26 runs (2.4 per game), while the opposition has scored 66 times (6.0 per game).
  • Winston-Salem’s outfield duo of Nick Basto and Mason Robbins have earned spots on the Carolina League’s Year-End All-Star team, the league office announced Saturday. The Dash are one of three clubs with multiple players on the team, joining Lynchburg (six) and Salem (two). Bobby Bradley of Lynchburg earned the CL’s Most Valuable Player award, while Myrtle Beach’s Trevor Clifton took home the Pitcher of the Year honor. Hillcats skipper Mark Budzinski is the circuit’s Manager of the Year.
  • Basto is third in on-base (.386), fifth in slugging (.482), tied for eighth in home runs (12) and tied for ninth in runs. Robbins is in the top 10 on the circuit in several categories, too: at-bats (473, third), total bases (207, fifth), doubles (31, tied for sixth) and slugging (.438, 10th).
  • The key reason Basto and Robbins are Year-End All-Stars is batting average. Robbins leads the Carolina League with a .315 average, while Basto is second at .307. Fellow All-Star Aderlin Rodriguez (.305) a slugger with Frederick, is the only other Carolina League qualifier with an average above .300. If Robbins and Basto maintain their hold on the top two spots, it would be the second time in five years that a Dash duo would finish one-two in batting average. Carlos Sanchez and Dan Black finished with .315 marks in 2012, the last year the Dash reached the Mills Cup Championship Series.
  • Sunday marks the 94th time that both Basto and Robbins are playing in the same game for the Dash. Only five times has an opposing team held both men hitless in the same game. This is a big reason why Basto has never owned an overall average below .305 at the High-A level, while Robbins’ mark has been north of .300 every day since July 16. Robbins also registered his team-leading 43rd multi-hit game Saturday (2-for-5).
  • Even though the Dash’s home slate ends on Sunday, the season will continue for one more week. Following an off day on Monday, Winston-Salem embarks on a week-long road trip. The Dash will invade Salem from Tuesday through Thursday before heading to Carolina for a four-game set to conclude the season. The Dash’s 30-39 home record is the worst in the seven-year BB&T Ballpark era, with the only other previous losing record coming in 2014 (34-35).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Television coverage of Sunday’s contest will be available on My48 at 2 p.m. A full channel guide is available here. The game will also be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 1:45 p.m., with the first pitch set for 2 p.m.

-Joe

Game #130 Preview – Dash vs. Carolina

Game #130 – Home Game #68
Winston-Salem Dash (25-34, 53-76) vs. Carolina Mudcats (16-43, 45-84)
Friday, August 26 – 7:00 p.m. 
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Frederick plated seven runs in the bottom of the eighth to rally for a 12-7 win over Winston-Salem in Thursday night’s rubber match at NYMEO Field. The Dash begin their final home series of the season on Friday at 7 p.m. against the Carolina Mudcats, the Braves’ High-A club.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Gerson Montilla drove in five runs on Thursday, one shy of his career high (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Landon Lassiter – LF
Michael Suiter – CF
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – DH
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Marcus Davis – 1B
Toby Thomas – 2B
Daniel Gonzalez – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Zach Thompson – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • The Dash scored all but one of their seven runs on Thursday thanks to the long ball. Gerson Montilla leveled a grand slam in the first frame, marking the Dash’s second four-run homer of the year (Mason Robbins, July 19 vs. Myrtle Beach). Then, in the fourth, Michael Suiter and Dante Flores went back-to-back against Keys right-hander Franderlin Romero, the third such instance of the season. It marked the first time Winston-Salem clubbed consecutive home runs since Nick Basto, Marcus Davis and Telvin Nash hit three straight on July 27, which also came against Romero.
  • Montilla’s grand slam was a big part of his five-RBI performance on Thursday. The only other five-RBI showing by a Winston-Salem hitter also came from Montilla, who accomplished the feat as part of a cycle on April 22 at Salem. Montilla paces all Dash hitters with 70 RBIs. Three others (Davis, Basto and Robbins) have at least 58.
  • Due to their loss and Myrtle Beach’s victory at Carolina on Wednesday night, the Dash were officially eliminated from the postseason picture. This marks just the fourth time in the Dash era (2009-present) that Winston-Salem will not suit up in the Carolina League playoffs. The Pelicans will meet first-half champion Salem in the best-of-three Southern Division Championship Series.
  • The Dash boast the two best qualified hitters in the Carolina League. Even though he is mired in a 4-for-27 slump, Robbins paces the circuit with a .314 average. Basto stands second at .309, though he is also limping a bit as of late (1-for-14 in his last four games). The next-closest competitor is Frederick’s Aderlin Rodriguez, who has a .304 average. If Robbins and Basto maintain their hold on the top two spots, it would be the second time in five years that a Dash duo would finish one-two in batting average. Carlos Sanchez and Dan Black finished with .315 marks in 2012, the last year the Dash reached the Mills Cup Championship Series.
  • Friday begins the Dash’s final home series of the 2016 season. No matter what the result is of this three-game set with Carolina, Winston-Salem will record its worst home record since moving to BB&T Ballpark in 2010 (currently 30-37). The Dash’s only other losing season at home came in 2014, when the club was 34-35. The Dash’s 37 home losses are tied for the most in the Carolina League with Wilmington.
  • Two White Sox affiliates have a chance to clinch a postseason spot. Triple-A Charlotte has won five in a row to claim a half-game lead on the Gwinnett Braves in the tremendously competitive South Division within the International League. Rookie-level Great Falls has rattled off six wins in its last seven games to claim a two-game edge in the second half. The Voyagers have reached the Pioneer League postseason in eight of the last nine seasons.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Friday’s contest will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch set for 7:00 p.m.

-Joe

Game #129 Preview – Dash at Frederick

Game #129– Away Game #62
Winston-Salem Dash (25-33, 53-75) at Frederick Keys (28-30, 64-64)
Thursday, August 25 – 7:00 p.m. 
NYMEO Field (Frederick, Md.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Despite a 10-strikeout performance from Jordan Stephens, Winston-Salem dropped the middle match of its three-game series at Frederick, 2-0 the final from NYMEO Field. Stephens permitted a two-run blast off the bat of Aderlin Rodriguez in the first inning before cruising through five, during which he whiffed a career-high 10 Keys, including seven of the final nine he encountered. These two teams meet for the final time in 2016 in Thursday night’s rubber match.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Jordan Stephens logged a career-high 10 strikeouts on Wednesday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Michael Suiter – CF
Dante Flores – 2B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – LF
Zack Collins – DH
Toby Thomas – 3B
Marcus Davis – 1B
Brett Austin – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Tanner Banks – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Because of the Dash’s loss at Frederick and Myrtle Beach’s 2-1, 10-inning victory at Carolina, the Pelicans eliminated Winston-Salem from the postseason conversation on Wednesday night. This marks just the fourth time in the Dash era (2009-present) that Winston-Salem will not suit up in the Carolina League playoffs. The Pelicans will meet first-half champion Salem in the best-of-three Southern Division Championship Series, which begins Wednesday, September 7.
  • For the first time this season, a Winston-Salem pitcher not named Matt Cooper registered a double-digit strikeout performance. Cooper, who led the Minors in strikeouts after his final start with the Dash on June 13, struck out 12 on May 27 at Potomac and followed that up with 11 punchouts on June 2 at home against Carolina. Otherwise, the Dash had not seen a double-digit strikeout showing since Yency Almonte whiffed 12 on August 30, 2015, against Frederick.
  • Stephens had been close to a 10-strikeout effort, as he had nine on both June 15 at Wilmington and July 4 vs. Myrtle Beach. The former Rice University star leads the CL with 136 strikeouts, 14 more than second-place Trevor Clifton of Myrtle Beach. Stephens is also second to Clifton (2.87) in earned run average at 3.71.
  • The Dash boast the two best qualified hitters in the Carolina League. Even though he is mired in a 3-for-22 slump, Mason Robbins paces the circuit with a .315 average. Nick Basto stands second at .309, though he is also limping a bit as of late (0-for-11 in his last three games). The next-closest competitor Frederick’s Rodriguez, who has a .301 average. If Robbins and Basto maintain their hold on the top two spots, it would be the second time in five years that a Dash duo would finish one-two in batting average. Carlos Sanchez and Dan Black finished with .315 marks in 2012, the last year the Dash reached the Mills Cup Championship Series.
  • Following Thursday’s finale in Maryland, the Dash will return to BB&T Ballpark for their final three home games of 2016. Winston-Salem will welcome the Carolina Mudcats, the Braves’ High-A club, for a three-game set that begins on Friday. The Dash claimed all three clashes with Carolina during the Mudcats’ last visit to the Triad from August 9-11.
  • When the Dash head back home, they will try to finish the BB&T Ballpark slate strongly after an uncharacteristically tough year at the downtown facility. Winston-Salem will record its worst home record since moving to BB&T Ballpark in 2010. The Dash’s only other losing season at home came in 2014, when the club was 34-35. The Dash’s 37 home losses are tied for the most in the Carolina League with Wilmington.

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 Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m, with the first pitch at 7:00 p.m.

Game #128 Preview – Dash at Frederick

Game #128– Away Game #61
Winston-Salem Dash (25-32, 53-74) at Frederick Keys (27-30, 63-64)
Wednesday, August 24 – 7:00 p.m. 
NYMEO Field (Frederick, Md.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Behind White Sox first-rounder Zack Collins‘ first professional multi-homer game, Winston-Salem snapped its seven-game slide by trouncing Frederick 9-5 on Tuesday night at NYMEO Field. The Dash go for a series win over the Keys on Wednesday.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Dash catcher Zack Collins has hit three home runs in his last three games (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Landon Lassiter – CF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – LF
Zack Collins – DH
Toby Thomas – 2B
Marcus Davis – 1B
Brett Austin – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Jordan Stephens – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Collins, who won the 2016 Johnny Bench Award while with the University of Miami, has been red-hot at the plate. Thanks to his two bombs on Tuesday, the 21-year-old has three home runs and four RBIs in his last three contests. During this short span, Collins is slashing a line of .400/.500/1.300. Prior to this stretch, the Dash backstop had a homerless drought spanning 15 games from August 1-August 20. His effort against the Keys marked the 40th time in the Dash era (2009-present) that a player has hit two homers in the same contest. The last player to accomplish the feat was Telvin Nash, who also hit two against Frederick on July 10.
  • While Winston-Salem picked up the win, its playoff hopes became slimmer. The team is still 11.0 games back of the Pelicans for the Southern Division’s final playoff spot after Myrtle Beach won 7-0 against Carolina at Five County Stadium. Thus, the Dash’s elimination number is two with 12 games remaining for both clubs. Any combination of Dash losses or Pelicans wins that reaches two will eliminate Winston-Salem from playoff contention. In the Dash era (2009-present), Winston-Salem has reached the postseason four times, with its most recent appearance coming in 2015.
  • The Dash boast the two best individual batting averages in the Carolina League. Mason Robbins, who registered his league-leading 145th hit on Tuesday, paces the circuit with a .317 mark. Nick Basto stands second, just .006 behind with a .311 average. The next-closest competitor is Aderlin Rodriguez of Frederick, who has a .301 average. If Robbins and Basto maintain their hold on the top two spots, it would be the second time in five years that a Dash duo would finish one-two in batting average. Carlos Sanchez and Dan Black finished with .315 marks in 2012, the last year the Dash reached the Mills Cup Championship Series.
  • Dash starter Jordan Stephens will look to add to his Carolina League-leading strikeout total tonight against the Keys. The former Rice Owl leads the league with 126 punchouts, four more than the next highest competitor in Myrtle Beach’s Trevor Clifton. The right-hander turned up the notch in the strikeout department during a four-start stretch from June 15-July 4. In that span, Stephens struck out 32 batters in 24.2 innings.
  • Winston-Salem’s win against the Keys snapped a season-high seven-game slide that dated back to August 14. Prior to the team’s recent funk, the Dash had not dropped seven in a row since an eight-game slump in mid-August of 2014. While Winston-Salem scored an aforementioned nine runs Tuesday, the team had mustered just 14 runs in its previous seven games.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Wednesday’s contest will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch set for 7:00 p.m.

-Joe

Game #127 Preview – Dash at Frederick

Game #127– Away Game #60
Winston-Salem Dash (24-32, 52-74) at Frederick Keys (27-29, 63-63)
Tuesday, August 23 – 7:00 p.m. 
NYMEO Field (Frederick, Md.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Dash first baseman Marcus Davis homered early, but a six-run fourth inning propelled Salem to a dominant 12-1, sweep-clinching victory over Winston-Salem at BB&T Ballpark. Winston-Salem will try and snap its season-high seven-game losing streak in the first of three at Frederick on Tuesday.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Marcus Davis stroked his seventh home run of the season on Sunday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Landon Lassiter – LF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – 1B
Zack Collins – C
Toby Thomas – 2B
Marcus Davis – DH
Michael Suiter – CF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Robinson Leyer – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • The Dash are 11.0 games back of the Pelicans for the Southern Division’s final playoff spot. Myrtle Beach won 7-6 in extras at home to Lynchburg on Sunday. Thus, the Dash’s elimination number is three with 13 games remaining for both clubs. Any combination of Dash losses or Pelicans wins that reaches three will eliminate Winston-Salem from playoff contention. In the Dash era (2009-present), Winston-Salem has reached the postseason four times.
  • Not only is this the last series for Winston-Salem against Frederick, but it will also be its final set versus any Northern Division team. After this three-game series, the Dash round out their schedule with ten contests against Southern Division foes. Winston-Salem is 28-36 against the Northern Division this season and 7-10 against Frederick.
  • Tuesday will mark Robinson Leyer’s fourth outing against Frederick this season. The 23-year-old struggled in his first appearance against the Keys in 2016, allowing three earned runs in 1.2 frames. However, in two starts versus Frederick, the Dominican Republic native has combined to post a 1.42 ERA in 12.2 innings.
  • The Dash boast the two best qualified hitters in the Carolina League. Even though he is mired in a 2-for-14 slump, Mason Robbins paces the circuit with a .319 average. Nick Basto stands second, just .004 behind with a .315 mark. The next-closest competitor is Aderlin Rodriguez of Frederick, who has a .304 average. If Robbins and Basto maintain their hold on the top two spots, it would be the second time in five years that a Dash duo would finish one-two in batting average. Carlos Sanchez and Dan Black finished with .315 marks in 2012, the last year the Dash reached the Mills Cup Championship Series.
  • With Salem’s two wins in Saturday’s twin bill, the Dash have clinched just their second losing home record in the seven seasons at BB&T Ballpark. Winston-Salem went 34-35 at home in 2014, meaning that this year’s club will record the worst home mark since the move downtown. Winston-Salem had not lost 37 home games in a single season since 2007, when the Warthogs went 32-37 at Ernie Shore Field.
  • Winston-Salem is in the midst of its longest losing streak of the season, a seven-game run that started last Sunday at Lynchburg. A five-game winning streak, tied for their longest of the year, preceded this skid. The Dash had not dropped seven in a row since an eight-game slump in mid-August of 2014. During this stretch, Winston has mustered just 14 runs (2.0 per game).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tuesday’s contest will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch set for 7:00 p.m.

-Joe

Game #126 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

Game #126 – Home Game #67
Winston-Salem Dash (24-31, 52-73) vs. Salem Red Sox (34-21, 77-47)
Sunday, August 21 – 2:00 p.m. 
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Salem pushed its winning streak to nine, while the Dash dropped their fifth and sixth straight games during Saturday’s doubleheader inside BB&T Ballpark. The Red Sox broke a 2-2 tie with two in the sixth inning en route to a 4-2 victory in the opener. Salem mustered a come-from-behind 3-2 triumph in the nightcap behind a pair of runs in the seventh–a Jordan Betts solo shot and a Rafael Devers RBI triple. Winston and Salem will meet (and likely complete) their third game in 24 hours on Sunday at 2 p.m. from the Triad.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Zack Collins crushed his fourth home run of the season in Saturday’s twin bill finale (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Landon Lassiter – CF
Gerson Montilla – 2B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – LF
Zack Collins – DH
Marcus Davis – 1B
Toby Thomas – 3B
Brett Austin – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Kelvis Valerio – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • The Dash are 10.0 games back of the Pelicans for the Southern Division’s final playoff spot. Myrtle Beach lost at home to Lynchburg on Saturday. Thus, the Dash’s elimination number remains at five with 14 games remaining for both clubs. Any combination of Dash losses or Pelicans wins that reaches five will eliminate Winston-Salem from playoff contention. In the Dash era (2009-present), Winston-Salem has reached the postseason four times.
  • For a moment, it looked like Winston-Salem had momentum during Saturday’s finale. With the game tied at one apiece in the sixth, Zack Collins clubbed a mammoth blast beyond the home run porch in right, his first home run since July 24 at Potomac. Collins, the 10th-overall pick in this June’s MLB Draft, has reached safely in 20 of his first 25 games at the High-A level and owns a .247 average with four homers and 15 RBIs. However, Salem responded to Collins’ homer with the aforementioned two-run seventh, thus clinching its Minor League-leading 31st one-run win of the season.
  • Southpaw Tanner Banks, the Dash’s game one starter, spun his second professional complete game and the sixth by a Winston-Salem hurler in 2016. His first came with Low-A Kannapolis in a nine-inning effort at West Virginia on April 20.
  • The Dash boast the two best qualified hitters in the Carolina League. Even though he is mired in a 1-for-11 slump, Mason Robbins paces the circuit with a .318 average. Nick Basto stands second, but he is less than a point away from Robbins (.3184 to .3178). The next-closest competitor isAderlin Rodriguez of Frederick, who has a .304 average. If Robbins and Basto maintain their hold on the top two spots, it would be the second time in five years that a Dash duo would finish one-two in batting average. Carlos Sanchez and Dan Black finished with .315 marks in 2012, the last year the Dash reached the Mills Cup Championship Series.
  • With Salem’s doubleheader sweep on Saturday, the Dash have clinched just their second losing home record in the seven seasons at BB&T Ballpark. Winston-Salem went 34-35 at home in 2014, meaning that this year’s club will record the worst home mark since the move downtown. Winston-Salem has not lost more than 36 home games in a single season since 2007, when the Warthogs went 32-37 at Ernie Shore Field.
  • Winston-Salem is in the midst of its longest losing streak of the season, a six-game run that started last Sunday at Lynchburg. A five-game winning streak, tied for their longest of the year, preceded this skid. The Dash had not dropped six in a row since an eight-game slump in mid-August of 2014. During this stretch, Winston has mustered just 13 runs (2.2 per game).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Television coverage of Sunday’s contest will be available on My48 at 2 p.m. A full channel guide is available here. The game will also be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 1:45 p.m., with the first pitch set for 2 p.m.

-Joe

Game #124 & #125 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

UPDATE – 7:10 p.m.

Dash’s game two lineup:

Landon Lassiter – CF
Gerson Montilla – 2B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – LF
Zack Collins – DH
Toby Thomas – 3B
Marcus Davis – 1B
Daniel Gonzalez – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Zach Thompson – RHP

Game #124/#125 – Home Game #65/#66
Winston-Salem Dash (24-29, 52-71) vs. Salem Red Sox (32-21, 75-47)
Saturday, August 20 – 5:00 p.m. 
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

After rain forced the cancellation of the Dash’s road trip finale at Myrtle Beach on Thursday, the opener between Winston-Salem and the Salem Red Sox was postponed due to rain on Friday night at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash will play a doubleheader against Salem on Saturday, with the first contest starting at 5 p.m.

STARTING LINEUP (Game one):

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Tanner Banks and Zach Thompson (above) will start game one and two, respectively (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Landon Lassiter – LF
Gerson Montilla – 2B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – 1B
Zack Collins – C
Toby Thomas – 3B
Brett Austin – DH
Michael Suiter – CF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Tanner Banks – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • The Dash are 9.5 games back of the Pelicans in the Southern Division’s standings. Myrtle Beach lost at home to Lynchburg on Friday night. Thus, the Dash’s elimination number remains at seven with 31 combined games remaining for the Dash (16) and Pelicans (15). Any combination of Dash losses or Pelicans wins that reaches seven will eliminate Winston-Salem from playoff contention. In the Dash era (2009-present), Winston-Salem has reached the postseason four times.
  • Winston-Salem has played three doubleheaders in the second half, and all three have resulted in sweeps. Most recently, the Dash took a pair from Carolina on August 11, including a Marcus Davis walk-off single in the finale. The first two twin bills of the second half went the other way, with Myrtle Beach sweeping Winston-Salem at BB&T Ballpark on July 6 before Potomac earned a couple of wins on July 23 at Pfitzner Stadium.
  • Winston-Salem returns home for the first time since last Thursday. After enduring a 5-19 (.208) start at home through May, the worst mark in Minor League Baseball at the time, the Dash have bounced back with a 25-15 (.625) record at BB&T Ballpark. However, the Dash have been unable to make up ground in the playoff race due to an 8-23 record on the road since June 1.
  • The Dash boast the two best qualified hitters in the Carolina League. Even though his eight-game hitting streak ended on Wednesday at Myrtle Beach, Mason Robbins paces the circuit with a .321 average. He also leads the way with 142 hits. Fellow outfielder Nick Basto stands second at .315, 11 points better than third-place Aderlin Rodriguez of Frederick. If Robbins and Basto maintain their hold on the top two spots, it would be the second time in five years that a Winston-Salem duo would finish one-two in batting average. Carlos Sanchez and Dan Black finished with .315 marks in 2012, the last year the Dash reached the Mills Cup Finals.
  • In Saturday’s opener, the Dash turn to southpaw Tanner Banks, who has punched out 22 in his last four outings spanning 22.0 innings. In his last five outings, the Utah native has allowed just five earned runs over 27.1 innings (1.65 ERA). Before this surge, Banks owned a 6.00 ERA in his first seven starts at the High-A level. Righty Zach Thompson gets the call in game two. Thompson is 2-1 with a 4.32 ERA in three starts at BB&T Ballpark (0-3, 9.90 ERA in four road efforts).
  • The White Sox announced Friday that righties Thad Lowry and Connor Walsh have earned their first promotions to Double-A Birmingham. Lowry leads the CL with 135.1 innings of work, during which he is 8-8 with a 4.06 ERA. Walsh leads the Dash with five saves and posted a 3.40 ERA in 25 relief appearances. The Dash did receive one new pitcher, southpaw Aaron Bummer from rookie-level Great Falls.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Coverage for the suspended game on Saturday will begin at 4:45 p.m on wsdash.com/broadcast, MiLB.tv, or the TuneIn App. First pitch is schedule for 5:00 p.m. Saturday’s regularly scheduled contest will begin thirty minutes after the suspended game ends.

-Joe