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Game #89 Preview – Dash vs. Potomac

Game #89 – Home Game #44
Winston-Salem Dash (8-10, 36-52) vs. Potomac Nationals (12-5, 46-39)
Wednesday, July 13 – 7:00 p.m. 
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem collected 15 hits, but Frederick rallied for the game’s final six runs in an 11-7 win over the Dash on Monday at NYMEO Field. Winston-Salem now begins its second home series of the season against Potomac on Wednesday.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Hunter Jones became the first Carolina League player to reach 100 hits on Monday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Hunter Jones – CF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – LF
Marcus Davis – DH
Telvin Nash – 1B
Toby Thomas – 2B
Brett Austin – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Tanner Banks – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Wednesday is a milestone day for the home of the Dash, as BB&T Ballpark will welcome its two millionth fan. Currently, the downtown facility has drawn 1,998,520 fans. BB&T Ballpark was the quickest High-A stadium to one million fans, and it will be the second-fastest to two million. Since its opening in 2010, BB&T Ballpark has finished either first or second in both overall and per-game attendance among the 30 High-A clubs. It earned the title of “Best Ballpark in High-A” per an online vote on Ballpark Digest last month.
  • Winston-Salem hit .311 and scored 25 runs (6.3 per game) in its four-game series in Frederick. Since the All-Star break, the Dash have recorded seven games of seven or more runs, while the squad is averaging 5.9 runs per game (106 runs in 18 games). In the first half, Winston posted just 3.9 per contest. On Sunday, Telvin Nash became the first Dash hitter to post a multi-homer game since June 20, 2014 (Jason Coats).
  • However, Winston-Salem gave up 35 runs (8.8 per game), the second-most in a single series during the Dash era (2009-present). The Dash permitted 36 runs in a four-game split with Potomac from July 22-25, 2010. A Dash starter has not worked through the sixth inning since Jordan Stephens’ six-inning gem on July 4.
  • Six years ago Tuesday, Chris Sale made his final appearance with Winston-Salem before jumping to Triple-A Charlotte. On Tuesday, Sale threw the first pitch of the MLB All-Star Game while representing the White Sox. He gave up a solo homer to Cubs slugger Kris Bryant in an otherwise flawless inning of work in the A.L.’s 4-2 victory over the N.L. at Petco Park in San Diego. Sale has reached the All-Star Game in five straight seasons. Fellow White Sox lefty Jose Quintana also tossed an inning (fifth), during which he had one hit and one strikeout.
  • One of the Dash’s Midseason All-Stars, outfielder Hunter Jones, became the third High-A player and the first Carolina Leaguer to reach 100 hits thanks to a four-hit showing on Monday. Jones’ second career four-knock effort gave him an even 100 on the year. Not only does the former Cleveland farmhand pace the CL in hits, but he is first in at-bats (346), second in runs (61), third in games (86), and fourth in both stolen bases (31) and total bases (142).
  • BB&T Ballpark’s landmark day also kicks off a home-heavy next month for Winston-Salem. The Dash will play 21 of their next 29 games in the Triad, though the team is seventh in the eight-team CL in home record (17-26; Wilmington, 16-29). During this run, the Dash’s lone trips are to Potomac from July 21-24 (doubleheader on July 23) and August 1-3 at Carolina. Once this span ends on August 11, the Dash will play 17 of their final 23 regular season games on the road.
  • Nick Basto has reached in 10 of his last 13 plate appearances. He leads all active, qualified CL hitters with a .329 batting average. Teammate Mason Robbins stands second at .303.
  • Righty Colin Kleven earned a promotion to Double-A Birmingham on Tuesday after going 1-2 with a 5.35 ERA in 24 relief efforts with Winston-Salem.

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 #82 & 83 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

UPDATE – 7:45 p.m.:

STARTING LINEUP (Game 2):

Chris O’Dowd – C
Mason Robbins – RF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Nick Basto – LF
Marcus Davis – 1B
Telvin Nash – DH
Toby Thomas – 2B
Michael Suiter – CF
Danny Mendick – SS
Robinson Leyer – RHP

Game #82 & 83 – Home Game #41 & 42
Winston-Salem Dash (6-5, 34-47) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (5-7, 41-41)
Wednesday, July 6 – 5:30 p.m. (doubleheader)
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Thanks to steady rain in the Winston-Salem area and unplayable field conditions at BB&T Ballpark, Tuesday’s game between the Dash and Myrtle Beach was postponed. Thus, these two division rivals will meet in a doubleheader on Wednesday. Winston-Salem has split each of its first two doubleheaders (May 7 vs. Salem; May 18 at Myrtle Beach). The Dash enter action Wednesday with a 1.5-game lead on the Birds for the final Southern Division postseason spot.

STARTING LINEUP (Game 1):

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Gerson Montilla smacked his team-leading 10th homer in Monday’s 8-0 Fourth of July win (Jody Stewart/ W-S Dash).

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

 

DASH DOTS:

  • Behind Jordan Stephens’ six shutout innings and four scoring frames, Winston-Salem blasted the Pelicans 8-0 in Monday’s series opener. A crowd of 8,147, the second-largest single-game attendance in BB&T Ballpark’s history, watched the win. Thus, each of the top three attendance figures in the downtown facility’s existence have come on the Fourth of July. The all-time single-game record took place on July 4, 2014, when 8,184 fans watched the Dash lose 5-0 to Wilmington. Last season, an Independence Day crowd of 8,009 enjoyed the Dash’s 11-inning, walk-off win over Frederick.

  • The Dash’s eight- and nine-hole hitters came through with monster efforts in the blowout win against Myrtle Beach. Brett Austin entered Monday mired in a 1-for-29 slump, but he delivered three hits for the first time since August 21, 2015, and three RBIs for the first time since April 7, 2016. Behind Austin, Cleuluis Rondon also delivered three RBIs for the first time at the High-A level since July 7, 2014, also against Myrtle Beach. He did post a four-RBI night with Low-A Kannapolis on April 30 of this year.

  • Gerson Montilla cranked his team-leading 10th home run Monday. Montilla is tied for fifth in the Carolina League in homers, while his 47 RBIs pace the Dash and are sixth on the circuit. He also leads the CL in sacrifice flies with nine.

  • Throughout the season, game one Dash starter Spencer Adams has gone through a bizarre pattern of struggling in an outing before shining in his next two. This has been the case since he labored in his 2016 debut on April 7:

    1st, 4th, 7th, 10th, 13th, 16th starts: 1-4, 9.10 ERA (31 earned runs in 30.2 innings)
    All other starts: 6-2, 1.43 ERA (11 ER in 69.0 innings; six straight outings of 7.0-plus frames)
    (This is his 17th start of 2016)

  • Catcher Omar Narvaez, a Midseason and Year-End All-Star in 2015 with Winston-Salem, earned his first promotion to the Major Leagues, the White Sox announced Wednesday. Narvaez is the 346th alumnus to reach The Show in franchise history, including 38 since the nickname change in 2009. The seventh Dash alumni to earn his first call in 2016, Narvaez was a .245 hitter in Triple-A Charlotte.

  • While the Dash lost first-rounder Zack Burdi to Double-A Birmingham, they did add three men, bringing the roster to the CL maximum of 25:

    – INF Danny Mendick: This marks his fifth move since June 27 for Mendick, who has an average of .266 over 67 games and three stops.
    – RHP Robinson Leyer: The younger brother of Euclides Leyer, Robinson returns to the Dash after going 1-2 with a 5.79 ERA in 24 relief appearances with Double-A Birmingham.
    – RHP Yelmison Peralta: He makes his first jump to High-A after posting a 3.82 ERA in Kannapolis.

  • Before June 14, Winston-Salem’s starting staff had struggled to the tune of a 4.12 ERA, but over the 17 games since then, the staff has lowered its ERA to 3.63 thanks to a 1.97 ERA, limiting foes to 23 earned runs in 105.1 innings.

  • A 2010 Dash star, White Sox ace Chris Sale was named to the American League All-Star Team, doing so for the fifth straight year.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Wednesday’s doubleheader 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.

-Joe

Game #75 Preview – Dash at Potomac

Game #75 – Away Game #36
Winston-Salem Dash (3-1, 31-43) at Potomac Nationals (3-0, 37-34)
Monday, June 27 – 7:05 p.m. 
Pfitzner Stadium (Woodbridge, VA)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Behind another strong pitching performance and three scoring innings, Winston-Salem knocked off Wilmington 5-1 on Sunday afternoon at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash now hit the road for seven games, beginning with a three-game set against the Potomac Nationals starting on Monday at Pfitzner Stadium.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Cleuluis Rondon smacked a two-run home run in the Dash’s 5-1 win on Sunday against Wilmington (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Hunter Jones – CF
Mason Robbins – RF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Nick Basto – LF
Marcus Davis – DH
Telvin Nash – 1B
Toby Thomas – 2B
Brett Austin – C
Danny Mendick – SS
Kelvis Valerio – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Since June 14, Winston-Salem’s rotation has submitted a remarkable string of dominant starts. During the Dash’s 10 games over this span, starters have given up just six earned runs in 66.1 frames, which calculates to an ERA of 0.81. In this short stretch, the rotation’s season-long ERA has dropped from 4.12 to 3.60.
  • Sunday starter Thad Lowry has recorded three of the 10 outings during this successful stretch for the Dash. In those outings, Lowry has permitted just three earned runs over 20.0 innings. Over his last five starts, Lowry has given up exactly one earned run each game after allowing two-plus in each of his first 10 at the High-A level. During Sunday’s effort, Lowry pushed his walk drought to 24.0 innings before a leadoff free pass in the second inning.
  • Righty Kelvis Valerio will attempt to prolong the rotation’s success in his second High-A start. Valerio surrendered just an unearned run over 5.1 innings on June 18 at home against Salem. The Dominican Republic native replaced All-Star Matt Cooper in the rotation. Cooper climbed to Double-A after leading MiLB in strikeouts at the time of his final start with the Dash (June 13).
  • Last season, Winston-Salem bounced back from a last-place finish (30-40) in the first half to claim the Southern Division’s second half title. The Dash started half two a year ago with five straight wins and went on to enjoy at least a share of first place on all but one day (August 19). This year’s unit has responded to a 28-42 first half with a 3-1 start and sole possession of the top spot in the Southern Division.
  • Winston-Salem outfielders Hunter Jones and Mason Robbins have been ping-ponging back and forth for the squad’s top batting average. Jones currently enjoys a narrow one-point advantage, with his .292 average good for sixth in the CL. Robbins’ .291 mark stands second on the circuit. Jones is also in the top five in the league in hits (84; 1st), at-bats (288; 1st), games (73; T-1st), triples (7; 2nd), runs (52; 4th) and stolen bases (27; T-4th). Robbins paces the CL in outfield assists (11), with Jones second (9).
  • Cleuluis Rondon’s two-run homer Sunday was his 10th as a professional and his second of the season. Since his stint in Low-A Kannapolis from April 26 to May 7, Rondon is hitting .232 with two home runs, nine RBIs and 13 runs scored in 43 games (.138, 0, 5, 5 in 16 games before the demotion). Gerson Montilla snapped a season-long seven-game RBI drought with his game-tying single in the fifth inning. The former Arizona farmhand has knocked home 44 runs, fifth-most in the CL.
  • Monday marks Winston-Salem’s first road game since June 15…Dash alumnus and White Sox ace Chris Sale collected his Major League-leading 13th win on Sunday at home against Toronto.
  • Winston-Salem and Potomac have split a pair of four-game series thus far this season.
  • The Dash will play 11 of their next 15 on the road before 21 of their next 28 games are at BB&T Ballpark from July 13 to August 11.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

Game #59 Preview – Dash vs. Wilmington

Game #59 – Home Game #31
Winston-Salem Dash (23-35) vs. Wilmington Blue Rocks (19-36)
Tuesday, June 7 – 7:00 p.m. 
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

For the second straight game, a Winston-Salem starter tossed a complete game shutout. Righty Brandon Brennan scattered nine hits in the Dash’s 6-0 win over Wilmington on Monday at BB&T Ballpark. Brennan needed 103 pitches to get through his second consecutive complete game after Spencer Adams tossed all nine in Sunday’s 4-0 win. The Dash go for their second consecutive series win at home on Tuesday against Wilmington.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Brandon Brennan tossed his second consecutive nine-inning complete game 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
Brett Austin– C
Michael Suiter – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Matt Cooper – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Brennan became the first Minor League pitcher to string together back-to-back complete games since Dillon Gee accomplished the feat on July 28 and August 3 of 2015 while with Las Vegas (Triple-A, Mets). Only two Major Leaguers have ripped off two complete games in a row this season–White Sox ace Chris Sale and Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto. Five days before Monday’s shutout, Brennan suffered a tough-luck defeat after giving up three runs in nine innings against Carolina on Wednesday.
  • Before this recent surge of three nine-inning complete games on the homestand, Winston-Salem had only churned out five in the first six-plus seasons of the Dash era (2009-present). A Dash hurler had not accomplished the feat since July 20, 2014, when Tony Bucciferro tossed a one-hit gem at Frederick.
  • Winston-Salem starters have logged at least eight innings in six of the club’s last 10 contests. Over the last seven games, the Dash’s rotation has submitted a 1.34 earned run average (9 ER in 60.1 IP), with no hurler giving up more than three runs in a start. Wilmington’s aggressive offensive approach has helped the Dash’s duo of Adams and Brennan finish the last two games. Adams needed just 91 pitches, while Brennan fired 103, meaning that they needed just 2.9 pitches per plate appearance in the two games.
  • Tuesday starter Matt Cooper will attempt to continue Winston-Salem’s ridiculous tear on the mound. Cooper netted the CL’s Pitcher of the Week honor for last week after blanking Carolina over eight innings on Thursday, during which he whiffed 11. Cooper, who has punched out 23 in his last two outings, boasts the highest strikeout total in Minor League Baseball with 86, nine more than the next-closest challenger. The former University of Hawaii star has struck out 11.6 batters per nine innings (86 K in 67.0 IP).
  • Dash infielder Marcus Davis has hit safely in 14 consecutive games, the longest streak by a Dash hitter in 2016. He received just his third day off in 2016 on Monday. Davis is hitting .281 (16-for-57) with five RBIs and six runs during the streak. Not only is this the longest active run in the Carolina League, but it owns a share of fifth place on the circuit all season long. A Dash hitter has not posted a hitting streak of 15 or more games since 2012, when both Nick Ciolli (15) and Marcus Semien (18) did so in the first half.
  • BB&T Ballpark, the home of the Dash, has been named the “Best of the Ballparks” at the Class A-Advanced level through a fan vote on Ballpark Digest’s website. BB&T Ballpark bested Salem’s LewisGale Field in the final round by snagging 61.8 percent of the fan vote. A five-seed at the beginning of the contest, BB&T Ballpark won all five rounds by at least 10 percent, including two wins over CL facilities (Salem and Potomac).
  • Winston-Salem has clinched its first winning homestand of the season, and the club can guarantee its second straight home series victory with a win Tuesday.
  • Following this finale and a league-wide off day Wednesday, the Dash hit the road for four against Carolina and three in Wilmington.
  • Cleuluis Rondon had not gone deep since June 27, 2015, when he laced a homer Monday.

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 #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