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Game #47 Preview – Dash vs. Frederick

Game #47 – Home Game #23
Winston-Salem Dash (17-29) vs. Frederick Keys (21-23)
Wednesday, May 25 – 7:00 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Frederick used a late offensive push to knock off Winston-Salem 7-1 in Tuesday’s series opener from BB&T Ballpark. The Dash will try and regain the season series edge on Wednesday night, which is tied at 2-2.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Hunter Jones is hitting .356 in the month of May (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
Ryan Leonards – LF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Spencer Adams – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • In Tuesday’s loss, Winston-Salem’s lone run came from Hunter Jones, who laced a solo shot inside the foul pole in right in the eighth inning. Five innings prior, he delivered his sixth triple of the season. His 2-for-4 effort pushed his overall average to .297, which is its highest point since April 15 (.308). In 23 games this month, Jones boasts a .356 average with three homers, nine RBIs and 17 runs scored (April: .242, 0, 6, 18).
  • Jones has been the busiest player in the CL thus far this season. The league leader with 46 games played, Jones is one of four Carolina Leaguers who has played in all of his team’s games thus far this season. He joins Myrtle Beach sluggers Yasiel Balaguert (44) and Ian Happ (44) and P-Nats infielder Jose Marmolejos (42). In addition to his top spot on the circuit in games, Jones also leads the way in hits (54), at-bats (182) and total bases (83), while he is second in triples (6), tied for third in runs (35) and fourth in stolen bases (21).
  • For just the third time in his last 12 games, Gerson Montilla failed to drive home a run on Tuesday. In those 12 games (since May 13), he has amassed 17 RBIs, tied for the most in the Minors with Las Vegas’ T.J. Rivera during this span. His 35 overall RBIs are second in the CL.
  • Winston-Salem starter Spencer Adams will have a chance to bolster his CL-leading innings total on Wednesday night. The right-hander has logged 52.0 innings in his first eight starts. His next-closest competitor is Frederick’s Matthew Grimes, who pulled within a third of an inning after his seven frames against the Dash on Tuesday. The third-best prospect in the White Sox system per multiple outlets, Adams has worked 15 innings in his last two outings, during which he is 1-0 with a 1.80 earned run average and 12 strikeouts.
  • Both Keon Barnum and Mason Robbins posted two-hit games on Tuesday. Since returning from the disabled list on May 8, Barnum has hit safely in 13 of his 16 games. In his last seven contests, the Tampa, Fla., native is hitting .345 (10-for-29). However, he has only collected one RBI in those 16 games. Robbins has posted three multi-hit games in his last four (.438, 7-for-16). Since starting the year 3-for-26 (.115), Robbins boasts a .327 batting average (36-for-110) and has hit safely in 23 of 28 games.
  • The Dash announced Tuesday that the team will don commemorative Winston-Salem Warthogs jerseys for three “Throwback Thursday” games, with the first one being Thursday’s finale against Frederick. Before becoming the Dash in 2009, the franchise enjoyed a successful 14-year run under the Warthogs moniker from 1995-2008. The Warthogs posted a 944-1004 (.485) record and claimed Winston-Salem’s most recent Mills Cup crown (2003). Eight former Warthogs went on to become a Major League All-Star.
  • With Tuesday’s loss, Winston-Salem is now 5-17 at home, which is the worst such mark in the Carolina League.
  • The Dash have scored three runs or less in half of those 22 games. Dash alumnus Chris Sale lost his first decision on Tuesday at home against Cleveland (now 9-1).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Wednesday’s game 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 #46 Preview – Dash vs. Frederick

Game #46 – Home Game #22
Winston-Salem Dash (17-28) vs. Frederick Keys (20-23)
Tuesday, May 24 – 7:00 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

All nine hitters registered at least one hit, while six logged a multi-hit contest in Winston-Salem’s 5-3 victory at Salem in Monday’s series finale at LewisGale Field. The Dash now begin a quick three-game homestand at BB&T Ballpark against the Frederick Keys.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Marcus Davis was one of six players in the Dash lineup with two hits in Winston’s 5-3 victory over Salem on Monday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Hunter Jones – CF
Mason Robbins – LF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Toby Thomas – 2B
Louie Lechich – RF
Sean O’Connell – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Jordan Stephens – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • The Dash used a balanced attack to earn a four-game split in Salem. The top five men in the order posted multi-hit games, and each of them scored once. Winston-Salem’s 15-hit output matched its biggest single-game showing this season. Only a 20-knock explosion on April 22, also at Salem, eclipses Monday’s total. The only criticism rests in the club’s 13 runners left on base, which matches a season-high.
  • The White Sox announced Tuesday that Adam Engel has earned a promotion to Double-A Birmingham. Engel hit .327 with five RBIs and 15 runs in 14 games with Winston-Salem. Fellow outfielder Michael Suiter takes Engel’s spot after a promotion from Low-A Kannapolis. Suiter hit .243 in 11 games with the Intimidators.
  • Winston-Salem is 13.5 games behind Salem in the Southern Division standings, but the Dash have enjoyed their two trips to the Roanoke Valley this season. The Dash boast a 5-3 mark at LewisGale Field. Salem, who possesses the Carolina League’s best record at 30-14, are 3-5 at home against the Dash and 27-9 (.750) in all other contests. However, the Dash do not visit Salem again until the final road trip of the year (August 30-September 1).
  • Infielder Gerson Montilla continued his stellar RBI surge on Monday. He has driven home at least one run in his last 11 games since May 13. Montilla’s 17 RBIs during this stretch are tied with Las Vegas’ T.J. Rivera for the most in the Minors. As a result, Montilla has vaulted into a share of second place in the CL in RBIs with 35. He trails Lynchburg’s Bobby Bradley (40), while Myrtle Beach’s Yasiel Balaguert also has 35.
  • Dash outfielder Hunter Jones has shined in the month of May. In 22 games, Jones is hitting .349 with two homers, eight RBIs and 16 runs scored (.242, 0, 6, 18 in April). He is one of four Carolina Leaguers who has played in all of his team’s games. He joins Myrtle Beach sluggers Balaguert and Ian Happ (43) and Potomac’s Jose Marmolejos (41). Jones paces the CL in both games played (45) and at-bats (178). He also sits second in hits (52; 1 shy of Potomac’s Andrew Stevenson), tied for second in triples (5), third in runs (34) and fourth in steals (21).
  • The Dash announced Tuesday that the team will don commemorative Winston-Salem Warthogs jerseys for three “Throwback Thursday” games, with the first one being Thursday’s finale against Frederick. Before becoming the Dash in 2009, the franchise enjoyed a successful 14-year run under the Warthogs moniker from 1995-2008. The Warthogs posted a 944-1004 (.485) record and claimed Winston-Salem’s most recent Mills Cup crown (2003). Eight former Warthogs went on to become a Major League All-Star.
  • Former Dash star Chris Sale takes to the hill for the White Sox on Tuesday against Cleveland. Sale is 9-0 with a 1.58 ERA in his first nine starts. Only one other Major Leaguer has eight wins (Jake Arrieta of the Cubs). Sale is the first pitcher to win his first nine starts of the season and post an ERA under 2.00 since 1952. In White Sox history, only Eddie Cicotte in 1919 strung together more wins to start a season (12).
  • The Dash invaded Frederick and took two of three from the Keys in the two clubs’ only 2016 meeting (April 29-May 1).
  • Winston-Salem is 1-7 when Jordan Stephens starts, with the lone win coming in walk-off fashion on May 13 against Potomac.
  • The Dash logged two outfield assists Monday, giving them 21 on the season.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tuesday’s game 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 #43 Preview – Dash at Salem

Game #43 – Road Game #22
Winston-Salem Dash (15-27) at Salem Red Sox (29-12)
Saturday, May 21 – 6:05 p.m.
LewisGale Field (Salem, VA)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Salem scored four runs on just one hit in the deciding eighth inning of their 6-4 victory over the Dash in the first of four on Friday night at LewisGale Field. Winston-Salem looks to halt their three-game slide on Saturday night.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Dash third baseman Gerson Montilla has 14 RBIs in his last eight contests (Jody Stewart/ W-S Dash).

Adam Engel – CF
Hunter Jones – RF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Toby Thomas – 2B
Brett Austin – C
Ryan Leonards – LF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Brandon Brennan – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • The Dash did not take advantage of another dynamite start from righty Spencer Adams, the third-best prospect in the White Sox system per MLB Pipeline and Baseball America. Adams earned some revenge against Salem by limiting the Red Sox to just two runs (one earned) over seven innings. In his previous two starts against the first-place Sox, Adams gave up six runs. Over his last two outings overall, the former second-round pick has logged 15.0 innings and given up four runs (three earned). Adams paces the Carolina League with 52.0 innings of work.
  • Infielder Gerson Montilla continues to swing a hot bat. Thanks to his two-run blast in the fourth, Montilla now has six home runs (T-7th in the CL) and 32 RBIs (T-3rd in the CL), both of which are team-highs. Since last Friday (May 13), Montilla has amassed 14 RBIs, second-most in the Minor Leagues during this span. Only T.J. Rivera of Las Vegas (Triple-A, New York Mets) has driven in more over the last eight days (15).
  • Hunter Jones’ impressive six-game hit streak came to an end due to an 0-for-3 showing on Friday. During this surge, Jones hit .542 (13-for-24) with eight runs and seven stolen bases. He still stands third in hits (48), third in runs (32) and fourth in steals (20) in the Carolina League.
  • While Jones’ hit streak came to an end, Keon Barnum’s advanced to eight in a row thanks to a 2-for-4 performance. In these eight contests, the Tampa, Fla., native possesses a .333 batting average (10-for-30), though he has not scored a run and has only driven home one. In fact, Barnum’s sixth-inning double was his first extra-base hit since returning from the disabled list (12 games). With a knock Saturday, Barnum would match the longest hitting streak by a Winston-Salem hitter thus far this season. Nick Basto logged a nine-game run from April 21-30.
  • Saturday starter Brandon Brennan, a member of the White Sox 40-man roster, has struggled since returning to the Dash. In his three High-A outings, Brennan has only tossed a total of 9.2 innings. He left his first start due to injury in the fifth. An ejection halted the California native’s second outing in the third frame. Six days ago against Potomac, Brennan surrendered eight runs, including six in a fourth frame during which he did not earn an out.
  • Normally, retiring nine in a row is a noteworthy accomplishment, but Chris Sale has pulled off a “nine up, nine down” in the win column. Sale became the first Major Leaguer to reach nine wins with a complete game against Houston on Thursday. During his nine starts, Sale, who pitched for the Dash in 2010, boasts a 1.58 ERA and a 0.72 WHIP. No other big league hurler has earned more than seven wins, and only two men have reached that plateau: Jake Arrieta (Cubs) and Stephen Strasburg (Nationals).
  • The Dash won their first three games in Salem this season, but the Red Sox have squeaked past Winston by a total of three runs in the last two meetings at LewisGale Field
  • Montilla has now homered 76 times in his professional career.
     

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 5:50 p.m., with the first pitch set for 6:05 p.m.

– Joe

Game #42 Preview – Dash at Salem

Game #42 – Road Game #21
Winston-Salem Dash (15-26) at Salem Red Sox (28-12)
Friday, May 20 – 7:05 p.m.
LewisGale Field (Salem, VA)

GAME BACKGROUND:

In the rubber match of a three-game series, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans edged Winston-Salem 4-3 on Thursday at TicketReturn.Com Field.  The Dash now begin a four-game set against the Salem Red Sox at LewisGale Field.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Dash first baseman Keon Barnum is currently riding a seven-game hitting streak (Jody Stewart/ W-S Dash).

Adam Engel – CF
Hunter Jones – RF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Toby Thomas – 2B
Brett Austin – C
Ryan Leonards – LF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Spencer Adams – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Thursday marked the last of 15 first-half duels between the Dash and Pelicans, which means that 37 percent of Winston-Salem’s season has taken place against the Pelicans thus far this year. Dating back to last season, the Dash and Pelicans have played 44 times (regular season and playoffs), with the Birds enjoying a 25-19 edge. Myrtle seized 10 of the 15 meetings in this season set, which resumes July 4-7 in the Triad.
  • This week-long road trip continues against the Salem Red Sox, whom the Dash have already battled 12 times. The road team has earned the victory in 10 of those 12 contests. Salem is 7-1 in the Triad, while the Dash snagged three of four at LewisGale Field from April 21-24. By the end of the first half, Winston and Salem will have played 20 times, including this four-game set and the final four games of half one (June 16-19).
  • The Dash will lean on their ace in the opener of this series with the first-place Red Sox. Right-hander Spencer Adams, who logged a career-high eight innings in his last start Saturday at home against Potomac, will tangle with Salem for the fourth time. Adams has given up two earned runs or fewer in all but two of his outings, and both have come against the Red Sox (6 ER on both April 22 and May 8).
  • Outfielder Hunter Jones has been remarkably productive over the last six games. The former Cleveland farmhand boasts a .542 (13-for-24) average with eight runs and seven stolen bases. During this span (Saturday through Thursday), Jones is tied with Mobile’s Jamie Westbrook for the most hits in Minor League Baseball. The only Carolina Leaguer who has played 41 games, Jones is tied for second on the circuit with 48 hits. He also stands third in runs (31) and fourth in both steals (20) and triples (4).
  • Even with an 0-for-4 showing Thursday, Adam Engel boasts a .350 (14-for-40) average since rejoining the Dash. He has scored 12 runs since his return on May 10, placing him tied for third in that category over this 10-day window. Gerson Montilla has driven home 12 runs in his last seven contests, which is good for a share of the Minor League lead during this stretch. Keon Barnum is riding a seven-game hitting streak, with Thursday marking his first multi-hit game of this surge. All eight hits have been singles.
  • Normally, retiring nine in a row is a noteworthy accomplishment, but Chris Sale has pulled off a “nine up, nine down” in the win column. Sale became the first Major Leaguer to reach nine wins with a complete game against Houston on Thursday. During his nine starts, Sale, who pitched for the Dash in 2010, boasts a 1.58 ERA and a 0.72 WHIP. No other big league hurler has earned more than seven wins, and only two men have reached that plateau: Jake Arrieta (Cubs) and Stephen Strasburg (Nationals).
  • Kelvis Valerio recorded season-highs in innings (3.0) and strikeouts (3) out of the bullpen Thursday.
  • Winston-Salem relievers have strung together eight straight scoreless innings.
  • After facing 10 straight right-handed starters, Salem’s four probables this weekend are southpaws.
     

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 #36 Preview – Dash vs. Potomac

Game #36 – Home Game #19
Winston-Salem Dash (13-22) vs. Potomac Nationals (17-15)
Saturday, May 14 – 6:30 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

In his first game at BB&T Ballpark since last year’s playoffs, Adam Engel laced a walk-off single in the 11th inning to propel Winston-Salem past Potomac 5-4. The Dash try to string together their first winning streak at home this season on Saturday night against the Nationals.

STARTING LINEUP:

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After his walk-off hit, Adam Engel (center) is now 9-for-19 with the Dash in 2016 (Brian Westerholt/Four Seam Images).

Adam Engel – CF
Hunter Jones – RF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Brett Austin – C
Toby Thomas – 2B
Louie Lechich – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Spencer Adams – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • The Dash earned just their fourth home win of 2016 in Friday’s opener with Potomac. Two of those home triumphs have come in walk-off fashion. On April 19, Toby Thomas delivered a game-winning single to complete a come-from-behind victory over Myrtle Beach. Winston-Salem is 4-14 (.222) at home, even with Wilmington for the league’s worst home mark. However, on the road, the Dash boast a 9-8 mark.

  • After Friday’s game, Engel said that Winston-Salem and BB&T Ballpark “feel like home.” He has felt at home in the Dash purple since rejoining the club on Monday from Double-A Birmingham. Engel is 9-for-19 (.474) with two RBIs and five runs scored in his four games at the High-A level this year. The former Louisville star has recorded at least two hits in every game after posting just a .170 (17-for-100) mark while with the Barons. Last season, Engel was a Year-End CL All-Star after leading the circuit in games (136), stolen bases (65) and runs scored (90).

  • Engel’s three-hit performance was one of many key performances for the Dash on Friday. Toby Thomas drove home a pair of runs while moving his season-long hit streak to six games. Gerson Montilla also collected two RBIs, and his two hits snapped a 2-for-21 funk.

  • Friday starter Jordan Stephens continued the Dash’s recent trend of great starting pitching with a career-long seven-inning outing, during which he limited the P-Nats to three runs on six six hits. Stephens had only lasted longer than four innings one other time this season (6.0 IP on April 20 vs. Myrtle Beach). As a result, the Dash’s starting staff has churned out three consecutive seven-inning outings. Matt Cooper gave up just one run and pushed his season strikeout total to 50 on Wednesday at Myrtle Beach. Thad Lowry followed with a two-run effort in a tough-luck loss Thursday against the Birds.

  • Engel and the Dash walked off with a victory in front of 7,185 fans, which is the eighth-best crowd in BB&T Ballpark’s seven-season history. The Dash pace the CL in both overall (70,234) and average (4,131) attendance thus far this season. In fact, the White Sox top three affiliates lead their respective leagues in both categories:
    – Triple-A Charlotte: 144,101 (9,006 average)
    – Double-A Birmingham: 98,011 (7,001 average)

  • Winston-Salem alumnus Chris Sale submitted another masterpiece on Friday night at Yankee Stadium. Sale needed just 99 pitches for his second complete game of 2016. He gave up just one run on six hits while punching out six in the White Sox 7-1 victory. Sale is not only the first Major League pitcher to reach eight wins, but no other man has collected more than six personal wins. Jake Arrieta (Cubs), Rick Porcello (Red Sox) and Erasmo Ramirez (Rays) are the only pitchers with six victories. Sale’s 1.67 ERA is fourth-best among Major League qualifiers.

  • Winston-Salem moved to 2-2 in extra-inning games with Friday’s win. The Dash had not claimed an extra-inning home victory since July 4, 2015, and had dropped nine of their previous 12 extra-inning affairs since the start of last year.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio App. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:15 p.m., with the first pitch at 6:30 p.m.

-Joe

Game #35 Preview – Dash vs. Potomac

Game #35 – Home Game #18
Winston-Salem Dash (12-22) vs. Potomac Nationals (17-14)
Friday, May 13 – 7:00 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Myrtle Beach’s Trevor Clifton bested Winston-Salem’s Thad Lowry in an outstanding pitching matchup in the Pelicans’ 3-0 win in Thursday’s rubber match at TicketReturn.Com Field. The Dash return to BB&T Ballpark on Friday to face off against the Potomac Nationals for the first time this season.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Mason Robbins has hit safely in 17 of his last 20 games (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Adam Engel – CF
Hunter Jones – RF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Mason Robbins – LF
Brett Austin – C
Toby Thomas – 2B
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Jordan Stephens – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Winston-Salem’s pitching staff shined in its set at Myrtle Beach. The Dash boasted a 2.88 ERA (8 ER in 25.0 IP). Lowry and Matt Cooper, who became the third Minor Leaguer to reach 50 strikeouts on Wednesday, logged back-to-back quality starts, giving Winston nine on the year.
  • The Pelicans handed Winston-Salem its first loss in a road series since the first set of 2016 at Lynchburg (April 7-10). The Dash had rattled off three consecutive road series triumphs for the first time since June 13-30, 2013. Had the Dash earned a win Thursday, they would have claimed a fourth consecutive road series for the first time since July 27 to August 18 of 2012, the year the club posted the best overall record in full-season Minor League Baseball (87-51-1).
  • Home games have not gone nearly as well for Winston-Salem. After posting a 244-178 (.581) record at BB&T Ballpark in the facility’s first six seasons, the Dash are off to a 3-14 start at home this year. Two of the six all-time sweeps for opponents have come this season, while the Dash have lost five straight home series at the facility for the first time ever. In fact, this marks the first time that the franchise has lost more than two straight home series since at least 2004 (MiLB records are available from 2005-present).
  • Outfielder Adam Engel makes his return to BB&T Ballpark for the first time since the 2015 Southern Division Championship Series. Engel rejoined the Dash from Double-A Birmingham on Monday, and he recorded two hits in each of the three games at Myrtle Beach. Last season in Winston-Salem, Engel played 136 games, the most by a Carolina Leaguer since Dash slugger Ian Gac played all 140 in 2011. Engel’s 65 stolen bases were third-best in the Minors, and he was first in runs (90) and second in hits (133) in the CL.
  • Fellow outfielders Hunter Jones and Mason Robbins have been playing well as of late. The only Carolina Leaguer who has played in 34 games, Jones owns a .293 batting average with two homers and five RBIs in Winston-Salem’s 11 games this month. He also stands fifth on the circuit with 13 stolen bases. Since a 3-for-26 start to his High-A career, Robbins has hit safely in 17 of his last 20 contests, during which he is hitting .333 (26-for-78).
  • Before returning to Myrtle Beach for another three-game series next week, the Dash will entertain the Potomac Nationals for a wrap-around four-game set inside BB&T Ballpark. Friday marks the first of 18 duels between the purple-clad Dash and the Red, White and Blue defenders of Woodbridge, Va. The P-Nats have claimed the season series in back-to-back seasons after Winston-Salem did not lose a season set to Potomac from 2008-13.
  • Friday starter Jordan Stephens retired the first 11 he faced on Saturday against Salem. He then gave up six runs and did not retire a batter in the fifth.
  • Dash alum Chris Sale aims to become the Major League’s first eight-game winner when he takes to the hill Friday against the Yankees.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

-Joe

Game #31 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

Game #31 – Home Game #17
Winston-Salem Dash (11-19) vs. Salem Red Sox (20-9)
Sunday, May 8 – 2 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston snapped its five-game skid with a 4-2 win in Saturday’s opener before Salem salvaged a split thanks to an 8-4 triumph in the finale in front of 6,041 at BB&T Ballpark.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Marcus Davis drove in four runs combined during the Dash’s doubleheader on Saturday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Hunter Jones – CF
Toby Thomas – 2B
Nick Basto – LF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Marcus Davis – DH
Brett Austin – C
Mason Robbins – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Spencer Adams – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Marcus Davis recorded a pair of multi-RBI games in Saturday’s doubleheader, giving him a team-best seven such efforts in 2016. Davis is now the club’s overall RBI leader at 19, one more than Nick Basto. Thad Lowry recorded the club’s ninth quality start of the season, and he worked a season-high six innings in the opener. Jacob Morris logged his first High-A save with an easy seventh that pushed his scoreless streak to 10.2 innings to begin the season (9 K, 3 H).
  • Winston-Salem outscored the Red Sox 8-2 in the first 11 innings of Saturday’s doubleheader. Right-hander Jordan Stephens set down the first 11 he faced in the nightcap, but Salem broke out in the fifth. The Red Sox stormed ahead with eight in the frame, the second-worst inning for Dash pitching this season. Winston tied a Dash-era record with 10 runs allowed in the fifth inning against Lynchburg on April 27. The first eight men who came to the plate in Salem’s monster inning reached and scored.
  • From April 14-20, Winston-Salem dropped six of seven on a week-long homestand against Salem and Myrtle Beach. This matched the worst multi-series homestand in BB&T Ballpark’s seven-year history. The Dash, who are 3-13 at home this year, must win Sunday to avoid the same fate against the same two clubs.
  • On Sunday, the Chicago White Sox announced four roster moves affecting the Dash’s roster. First baseman Keon Barnum, who was with the Dash in 2014 and 2015, has been activated from the disabled list. Barnum led Winston-Salem in home runs (9) and finished second with 67 RBIs. Also, shortstop Cleuluis Rondon is back with  Winston-Salem after an 11-game stint with Low-A Kannapolis. Rondon hit .243 (9-for-37) with the Intimidators after a .138 (8-for-58) showing in 16 games with the Dash in April.
  • In order to make room for Barnum and Rondon, the White Sox assigned infielder Grant Massey to Kannapolis and outfielder Louis Silverio to extended spring training. Massey hit .158 (3-for-19) in six games with the Dash, while Silverio was 3-for-16 (.188). Silverio logged four outfield assists in his five starts with Winston-Salem.
  • Wednesday marked the 1,000th regular season game for Winston-Salem as the “Dash.” The franchise assumed this nickname prior to the 2009 season and has posted a 528-474-1 (.527) record since changing from Warthogs. During these eight years, Winston has qualified for the CL playoffs four times and the Mills Cup Finals twice, while 33 Dash alumni have reached MLB. Plus, the team has hosted an exhibition game with the White Sox (2011) and the California-Carolina League All-Star Game (2012).
  • Thanks to Mason Robbins’ RBI single in the second inning of game one, the Dash ended an 0-for-19 slump with runners in scoring position… It also snapped a 20-inning scoreless drought that stretched back to Tuesday’s eighth inning against Myrtle Beach.
  • Winston-Salem alumnus Chris Sale became the first Major League pitcher to earn seven personal victories in the White Sox 7-2 win over Minnesota. Sale struck out nine and gave up two runs in seven innings.

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

A look around the White Sox organization

It’s hard to believe, but we are already about a month into the Dash season! With April in the rearview mirror, we wanted to take a look at how the rest of the teams are faring within the White Sox organization.

Chicago White Sox (MLB): Look out, baseball–the South Siders have the best record in the American League.

Chicago sits atop the Central Division by four games with a 19-10 record. The parent club also currently sports the best ERA in the AL with a 2.83 mark.

Dash alumnus Chris Sale became baseball’s first six-game winner after his victory against the Orioles on May 1. The southpaw has a 1.66 ERA and some pundits are touting the 27-year-old as the early favorite for the AL Cy Young Award.

The scary part for the rest of baseball is that Sale may have company at the top of the rotation. Jose Quintana, another left-handed starter, is 4-1 with a 1.40 ERA. Meanwhile, newcomer Mat Latos has dazzled in his first year with the White Sox, going 4-0 with a 1.84 ERA.

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White Sox ace and Dash alumnus Chris Sale is the early front-runner for the AL Cy Young Award (Jesse JohnsonUS PRESSWIRE).

The back of the bullpen has performed at an elite level as well. Relievers Matt Albers, Nate Jones, and David Robertson have combined for a 0.71 ERA in 38 innings. Less than a year ago, Jones was rehabbing from Tommy John surgery right here in Winston-Salem!

On offense, executive vice president Kenny Williams and general manager Rick Hahn made several impact moves this offseason that have helped the ballclub. Third baseman Todd Frazier, who was acquired in a trade involving three former Dash players, leads the team with seven home runs. Second baseman Brett Lawrie, whom the Sox received in a trade from Oakland, has posted a solid .283/.393/.485 line with four home runs and 10 RBIs.

The mainstays have continued to shine for Chicago as well. Right fielder Adam Eaton boasts a 10.9 Ultimate Zone Rating, nearly four points higher than any other player in baseball. After a slow start, designated hitter Jose Abreu had hit safely in eight straight games (14-for-32 in that span) from April 26-May 4 before going 0-for-5 on Thursday against the Red Sox.

With the Cubs having the best record in the National League, it could shape up to be an exciting summer of baseball in Chicago.

Charlotte Knights (AAA): It’s early, but a couple of top-level prospects have struggled at the Triple-A level in 2016.

Former Dash INF Tim Anderson, rated the second-best prospect in the organization by MLB.com, has gotten off to a slow start. The former first-round pick has mustered a .229/.253/.260 batting line in 22 games. Outfielder Jacob May, the club’s No. 7 prospect, has batted .250/.305/.352 with only one home run and eight RBIs.

The Knights’ pitching staff has scuffled as well. They’ve have the highest ERA in the International League, with a 4.78 mark (0.62 points higher than the Norfolk Tides, who possess a 4.16 ERA)

One bright spot for Charlotte has been former Dash outfielder Jason Coats.  The 27th-best prospect in the organization posted a staggering .364/.417/.561 batting line before getting injured on April 24. He was just activated earlier this afternoon.

The Knights are 12-15, but only 1.5 games back of the Gwinnett Braves in the International League South Division.

Birmingham Barons (AA): The Barons, like the Knights, have seen their top prospects start off slowly. At 10-17, Birmingham sits in the basement of the Southern League North Division.

But it’s far from gloom and doom in Alabama. In fact, the team’s top-tier pitching prospects are starting to turn things around.

Former Dash right-handed pitcher Carson Fulmer is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA in last two starts after going 0-3 with an 8.53 mark in his first three outings. Tyler Danish, another former Dash right-hander, has been marvelous since his first game. He’s thrown four quality starts in a row, going 2-2 with a 1.91 ERA in 28 1/3 innings during that span. Within that stretch, the former 2nd-round pick in 2013 threw his first complete game shutout on his late dad’s birthday.

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Barons starter and former Dash pitcher Tyler Danish has dazzled in his last four starts (John Shadrick/Birmingham Barons).

A bright spot for Birmingham offensively has been former Dash infielder Jake Peter. The 23-year-old has swatted a line of .286/.320/.418 in 24 games.

Kannapolis Intimidators (Low-A): The Intimidators four-game winning streak was snapped on Thursday, but the team is slowly climbing back to .500. At 12-15, Kannapolis is 6.5 games back of Hagerstown and Hickory in the SAL’s Northern Division.

The Intimidators have several interesting prospects who could join Winston-Salem at some point this season. Outfielder Landon Lassiter, who reached base in every game during the month of April, currently wields a batting line of .306/.404/.365 in 22 contests.

On the rubber, southpaw Tanner Banks has been a stud at the top of the rotation. An 18th-round pick in 2014, the Utah native is 5-0 with a 2.08 ERA in 30 1/3 frames. He threw his first complete game shutout (9IP, 4H, 1BB, 5 SO) against the West Virginia Power on April 20.

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Kannapolis outfielder Landon Lassiter reached base in every game during the month of April (Brian Westerholt/Four Seam Images). 

The bullpen has been hit or miss so far, but there are several relievers on this team with impressive numbers:

  • RHP Drew Hasler: 34th-round pick in 2015; 1.53 ERA in eight appearances, 17 2/3 innings and 12 strikeouts
  • RHP Taylore Cherry: 32nd-round pick in 2015; 1.10 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 23 strikeouts in 16 1/3 innings
  • RHP Yelmison Peralta: International free-agent in 2012; 0.79 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 11.1 innings

Stay tuned for our Dash preview! After a rainout on Thursday, Winston-Salem begins a four-game, three-day set at BB&T Ballpark on Friday against the Salem Red Sox.

-Joe

Game #25 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #25 – Home Game #11
Winston-Salem Dash (10-14) vs. Myrtle Beach (11-11)
Monday, May 2 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Four Frederick pitchers combined to limit the Dash to five hits in a 5-2 Keys victory on Sunday afternoon from NYMEO Field. The Dash kick off a seven-game homestand tonight at BB&T Ballpark against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Gerson Montilla is hitting .370 with 11 RBIs in his last 12 games (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Hunter Jones – CF
Toby Thomas – 2B
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Nick Basto – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Mason Robbins – LF
Brett Austin – C
Louie Lechich – RF
Grant Massey – SS
Blair Walters – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Even though they missed out on their first sweep of 2016, the Dash continued their great work away from home this season. Winston-Salem boasts an 8-6 road record and has rattled off three consecutive road series triumphs for the first time since June 13-30, 2013. Since April 12, the club is 7-2 away from home, which matches Winston-Salem’s best nine-game road run in the Dash era (2009-present).
  • The Dash have shined on the road, but they are in the basement of the Southern Division due to a rare funk at BB&T Ballpark. Winston-Salem has dropped eight of its first 10 home games, the franchise’s worst single-season 10-game stretch since this downtown facility opened in 2010. This week-long homestand features the same two opponents who sent the Dash to a 1-6 start at home from April 14-20. Salem handed Winston-Salem just its second four-game sweep at BB&T Ballpark before Myrtle Beach took two of three, with the Dash’s lone win a walk-off.
  • Several Dash hitters have shined as of late. Gerson Montilla is hitting .370 (17-for-46) with 11 RBIs and 12 runs in his last 12 games. Mason Robbins is 12-for-29 (.414) in his last six. Marcus Davis has two straight multi-hit tilts and is second on the team in that category (9).
  • The Dash’s hottest hitter all season long has been first baseman Nick Basto. Despite an 0-for-4 showing Sunday in Frederick, Basto still paces the Minor Leagues with 39 hits, one more than Stockton’s James Harris for the top spot. No other Minor Leaguer has more than 34 knocks. Basto’s .415 average trails only Fort Wayne’s Austin Allen (.462) among qualifiers. Only six Minor League hitters boast batting averages above the .400 mark.
  • The former fifth-round pick did see his nine-game hitting streak, the longest from a Dash hitter in 2016, come to an end Sunday. During this surge, Basto hit a ridiculous .538 (21-for-39) with three homers and eight RBIs. Overall in the Carolina League, Basto leads the way in batting average by .055, on-base percentage by .012, hits by seven and total bases by one.
  • Winston-Salem and Myrtle Beach renew what has been a remarkably even rivalry over the next three days. Since the start of the 2015 season, the Dash and Pelicans have played 35 times (regular season and playoffs), with the latter of the two owning a slight 18-17 lead. Each of the last 10 games have been decided by three runs or less, including five by a single tally. These two clubs will meet nine more times before the All-Star break, with this series being the final such clash in the Triad.
  • Jordan Stephens logged the shortest start by a Dash hurler thus far this season, though he only gave up two earned runs.
  • Dash alumnus Chris Sale became the first to six wins in Major League Baseball with a victory at Baltimore on Sunday. He is the first Sox pitcher to post a win in his first six outings since Jon Garland in 2005.
  • Myrtle Beach’s Sunday finale at home against Salem was postponed due to rain. The Birds also had a finale at Potomac washed out Thursday.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Monday’s game 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 at 7 p.m.

-Joe

Game #20 – Dash vs. Lynchburg

Game #20 – Home Game #9
Winston-Salem Dash (7-12) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (15-4)
Wednesday, April 27 – 11 a.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Lynchburg scored 11 times from the fourth to the eighth en route to a series-opening 11-6 victory over Winston-Salem on Tuesday night at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash look to rebound bright and early on Wednesday against the Hillcats.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Gerson Montilla extended his hitting streak to seven with a 2-for-4 effort Tuesday. (Jody Stewart / W-S Dash)

Hunter Jones – CF
Toby Thomas – 2B
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Nick Basto – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Louis Silverio – RF
Mason Robbins – LF
Danny Mendick – SS
Sean O’Connell – C
Blair Walters – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • The Dash are off to their worst home start since BB&T Ballpark opened in 2010. Winston-Salem has dropped seven of its first eight games in the Triad, with Tuesday’s decision representing the most lopsided of those losses. All six losses on the first homestand were by three runs or less. Before this year began, Winston-Salem boasted the best home record in the Carolina League since 2010 (244-176, .581 winning percentage).
  • Infielder Gerson Montilla is thriving at the plate in recent games. He launched a solo shot, his 72nd professional home run, to give the Dash a first-inning run for the fifth straight game. It also pushed his hitting streak to seven games, during which he is 12-for-28 (.429) with seven RBIs and 12 runs. This great work includes Friday’s cycle at Salem, which was the franchise’s first such accomplishment since 2008.
  • After going 11-for-19 (.579) during the four-game trip to Salem, Nick Basto collected another base hit on Tuesday. He paces the circuit with a .405 batting average, which is 18 points better than Wilmington’s Ryan O’Hearn for first place. It also stands eighth in all of Minor League Baseball. Basto’s 30 total hits are tops in the CL and tied for first in the Minors. Also, the former fifth-round pick is tied for first in on-base percentage (.463), fourth in total bases (40) and fifth in slugging percentage (.541) in the league.
  • The Chicago White Sox announced six moves affecting the Dash’s roster before Tuesday’s game. Infielder Danny Mendick, catcher Sean O’Connell and outfielder Louis Silverio have earned promotions from Low-A Kannapolis. Both Mendick (0-for-2, two walks) and O’Connell (1-for-3) played on Tuesday. To make room for this trio, catcher Chris O’Dowd was promoted to Double-A Birmingham, infielder Cleuluis Rondon was assigned to Kannapolis and utility man Michael Danner was released.
  • Southpaw Chris Sale, who pitched for the Dash in 2010, became Major League Baseball’s first five-game winner with a gem at Toronto on Tuesday. Sale needed just 100 pitches to toss eight innings, during which he surrendered one run on four hits. Sale’s 0.68 WHIP paces all American League qualifiers, while his 1.66 ERA is fifth-best in the league. The White Sox own the A.L.’s best record at 15-6. Only the Cubs and Nationals have better marks in the Majors.
  • Before Tuesday, the Dash had not given up 11 runs in a game since an 11-5 home loss against Wilmington on June 11, 2015. Winston-Salem had not allowed more than that in almost a year (12 runs at Frederick on May 5, 2015). The Dash’s bullpen let eight runs come across and now possesses a 4.95 ERA as a unit. Overall, Winston’s staff ERA stands sixth in the CL (4.20).
  • Catcher Brett Austin left Tuesday’s game after four innings. He has started 13 of the Dash’s first 19 games and leads the team with three home runs.
  • Dash starter Blair Walters pitched for Lynchburg down the stretch in the 2014 season, the final year for the Hillcats under the Braves’ umbrella. The ‘Cats joined forces with the Indians in 2015, while Carolina claimed the Braves. Walters pitched for Carolina in 2015 and worked against his former team three times.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Wednesday’s game will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio App. The Pregame Dash will begin at 10:45 a.m., with the first pitch at 11 a.m.

-Joe

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