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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

Early returns around the White Sox system

The 2016 season is almost a week old in the Minor Leagues, while the White Sox season is into its second week. Let’s take a look at some of the storylines around the organization.

MLB: Chicago White Sox (5-2)

The parent club has gotten off to the best start in the organization. It’s extremely early (I’ll be saying that a lot), but the Sox lead the Central Division by a half-game. One of the biggest reasons for this has been pitching. Chicago has a team ERA of 2.76, good for the third-best mark in the American League.

Former Dash left-handers Chris Sale (2010) and Carlos Rodon (2014) have started strongly. Sale is 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA in his first two starts, while Rodon threw seven strong innings in a tough-luck loss against the A’s on Wednesday. This Fangraphs article details why Rodon is likely to break out this year.

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The White Sox are expecting big things from Carlos Rodon, who pitched for the Dash in 2014 (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images).

On the position player front, it’s fair to say outfielder Adam Eaton has had a memorable start. Through seven games, he leads the team in batting average (.417), on-base percentage (.481), and hits (10). Also, his wife Kate just gave birth to the couple’s first child. In this Chicago Tribune article, Eaton discusses his new life as both a father and a professional baseball player.

Right-hander Michael Ynoa, who pitched for the Dash last season, was called up while Eaton was on paternity leave. He became the 32nd player in Dash era to reach the majors. He was sent back down to Double-A without making an appearance, but he seems to be on the precipice of his first big league appearance.

Meanwhile, designated hitter Jose Abreu continues to destroy baseballs. He leads the team with two home runs, along with new third baseman Todd Frazier.

Triple-A: Charlotte Knights (1-4)

Unlike the White Sox, pitching has been the Achilles heel for the Knights thus far. Charlotte gave up seven earned runs on Monday in a loss to Norfolk to balloon their team ERA to 6.14, the highest mark in the International League. The squad has smashed a league-tying five home runs, though, with former San Francisco Giants catcher Hector Sanchez crushing two of them.

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Outfielder Jason Coats has gotten off to a hot start in Triple-A Charlotte (Laura Wolff/ Charlotte Knights)

Outfielder Jason Coats, who spent a majority of 2014 with Winston-Salem, leads the team with a .455 batting average. He also tops the IL with 10 hits.

Double-A: Birmingham Barons (1-4)

Outside of a extra-inning victory on April 9 against Jacksonville, it has been a rough go for the Barons to begin 2016. Like Triple-A Charlotte, Birmingham has the highest team ERA in its league.

Some of the players who had integral roles in the Dash’s trip to the postseason last year have gotten off to slow starts. Shortstop Eddy Alvarez, outfielder Adam Engel, third baseman Trey Michalczewski and catcher Omar Narvaez are a combined 14-for-72 to begin the season. No need to stress though. We have seen what these players can do as the year progresses.

One of the most noteworthy members of the 2015 Dash in Birmingham is right-hander Carson Fulmer.  Even though his first start was a bit rocky, the White Sox 2015 first-round pick left a strong impression on the organization during spring training.

Low-A: Kannapolis Intimidators (2-3)

After dropping their first three contests, the Intimidators have won two straight. They collected 10 runs in their series finale against Hickory on Sunday and then followed that up with a 2-1 victory against Delmarva on Monday.

One of the standouts so far is outfielder Tyler Sullivan. Normally known for his defense, the Intimidators’ leadoff man has a .421/.542/.579 batting line with three stolen bases through the first five contests.

Thanks for reading! We’ll have preview of tonight’s game against Myrtle Beach coming very shortly.

-Joe

Dash Top 10 – #9: Fulmer debuts with Winston-Salem

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

Previous moments:
#10 – Four-homer outburst sinks Salem

Moment #9 – July 23
First-rounder Fulmer makes High-A debut

Carson Fulmer made his debut for the Dash on July 23 against Carolina (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Carson Fulmer made his debut for the Dash on July 23 against Carolina (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

In 2010, it was Chris Sale. Last season, it was Carlos Rodon. Once again this year, the White Sox selected a college pitcher in the first round of the MLB Draft, and he surged to Winston-Salem quickly.

Carson Fulmer, who lifted Vanderbilt baseball to unforeseen heights, was the eighth pick in this year’s Draft. Only 45 days after this selection, Fulmer, with just one inning of Minor League experience, took to the hill for his High-A debut.

Unfortunately for Dash fans, Fulmer did not have the opportunity to pitch deep into games. The White Sox were very careful with his workload after “Filthy Fulmer,” as he was known to many Vanderbilt fans, logged almost 130 innings in the spring with the Commodores.

A short start from Fulmer is still pretty darn fun, though.

His Dash debut was a two-inning start against the Carolina Mudcats at BB&T Ballpark, and Dash fans saw flashes of his brilliance. He mowed through a quick first inning before stranding a pair of runners in the second.

33 pitches. Three strikeouts. The first of eight starts in Winston-Salem.

The Dash would edge Carolina 3-2 on the first #FulmerDay. In fact, Winston was undefeated in Fulmer’s eight starts, with Brian Clark providing some valuable piggyback work in many of those instances.

Fans in Winston-Salem did not get to know the personable, competitive Fulmer as well as those in Nashville, who watched him propel Vandy to its first National Championship in baseball in 2014 and a return trip to the Finals one year later. However, his stay in the Carolina League was longer than both Sale and Rodon’s.

Should Fulmer become the type of pitcher Sale is and Rodon looks like he will be, those who watched Fulmer in the Dash purple will remember these outings, even if they were fairly short.

The countdown continues Wednesday with a look at a man who earned the nickname Mr. Automatic after a remarkable month-long stretch.

– Brian

Game #90 Preview – Dash at Carolina

Game #90 – Road Game #45
Winston-Salem Dash (10-7, 40-47) at Carolina Mudcats (9-10, 43-45)
Wednesday, July 15 – 7 p.m.
Five County Stadium (Zebulon, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem’s series finale Monday against Potomac was suspended due to rain in the middle of the third inning with the Dash enjoying a 3-1 advantage. Winston begins a four-game set Wednesday against the Mudcats.

Dash 3B Trey Michalczewski is third in the Carolina League in RBIs. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Dash 3B Trey Michalczewski is third in the Carolina League in RBIs. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Omar Narvaez – C
Jeremy Dowdy – DH
Nolan Earley – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Matt Heidenreich – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Because of the threat of rain, the Dash moved big league rehabber Nate Jones into a starting role on Monday. Needing just nine pitches, the right-hander faced the minimum, just like he did during his first rehab appearance on Friday. Jones erased an infield single with a double play in that scoreless first. In his two outings with the Dash, Jones has only needed 17 pitches.
  • A three-year Major Leaguer, Jones is slated to make another appearance for Winston-Salem in Wednesday’s series opener in Zebulon. In July of 2014, Jones underwent Tommy John surgery, and he had not pitched in a game since April 3, 2014, until Friday. This marks the second rehab stint in the Dash era. Brent Morel played in seven games with the Dash in 2012.
  • Thanks to a two-hit effort Sunday, Trey Michalczewski pushed his season-long hitting streak to seven games. Since last Monday, the former seventh-round pick is 11-for-26 (.423) with five RBIs and four runs scored. Michalczewski has collected an RBI in four straight games. He is third in the CL in RBIs at 49, trailing only Lynchburg’s Nellie Rodriguez (65) and Myrtle Beach’s Jacob Rogers (54). Michalczewski’s teammate Jake Peter is fourth on the circuit with 42 RBIs.
  • The Winston-Salem Dash were well-represented in Tuesday’s MLB All-Star Game in Cincinnati. Two of the American League’s pitchers–Chris Sale and Hector Santiago–suited up in the Midsummer Classic, though neither appeared in the contest. The White Sox ace, Sale (8-4, 2.72 ERA) leads the A.L. in strikeouts with 157, while his ERA is seventh. Santiago (6-4, 2.33 ERA), now with the Los Angeles Angels, is third on the circuit in ERA. Sale and Santiago are the 41st and 42nd Winston-Salem alumni to make a Major League All-Star team.
  • For the third time in about a month, the Dash are invading Zebulon for a series against Carolina. Winston took two of three from the Mudcats from June 12-14, while Carolina returned the favor during the first three days of July. The Dash will return to Five County Stadium from August 4-6, while Carolina will invade the Triad two more times (July 22-24 and August 21-23). The Dash have claimed five of the two clubs’ first nine meetings, which have been pitcher-friendly. The Muddies own a slight 33-31 advantage.
  • Winston-Salem right-hander Robinson Leyer earned the Carolina League’s Pitcher of the Week honor, becoming the third weekly honoree for the Dash this season. Leyer gave up just two hits in seven innings last Wednesday at Myrtle Beach, his most recent outing. Leyer is riding a 14-inning scoreless streak, the second-longest by a Winston-Salem hurler this year (James Dykstra; 15 innings from April 9-22). In his first season at the High-A level, Leyer is 3-6 with a 4.30 ERA in a team-leading 16 starts.
  • Outfielder Nick Basto returned to the Dash on Monday after spending almost two months with Low-A Kannapolis. He was in the five-hole for Winston-Salem in Monday’s suspended game.
  • The Dash had played a game on 19 consecutive days before Tuesday’s league-wide off day.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Wednesday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch at approximately 7 p.m.

– Scott

Game #89 Preview – Dash vs. Potomac

Game #89 – Home Game #45
Winston-Salem Dash (10-7, 40-47) vs. Potomac Nationals (11-6, 44-43)
Monday, July 13 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Potomac Nationals plated seven runs in Sunday’s final three innings to cruise past the Dash 8-2 at BB&T Ballpark. Winston-Salem vies for a series split in Monday’s contest.

Brian Clark takes the bump Monday for the Dash against Potomac. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Brian Clark takes the bump Monday for the Dash against Potomac. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP (updated at 6:30 p.m.):

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Omar Narvaez – C
Jeremy Dowdy – DH
Nolan Earley – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Nate Jones – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Even though Brandon Brennan gave up those five runs, he recorded Winston-Salem’s fifth consecutive quality start. However, the Dash gave up five earned runs on Sunday after allowing only seven in their previous six games. Still, in their last seven games, four of which have been wins, Winston-Salem’s pitching staff boasts a 1.71 earned run average (12 ER in 63.0 IP). The Dash are fourth on the circuit in team ERA (3.39). If the season ended today, Winston would own its best team ERA in the Dash era (2009-present), besting its 3.71 mark in 2012.
  • Thanks to a two-hit effort Sunday, Trey Michalczewski pushed his season-long hitting streak to seven games. Since last Monday, the former seventh-round pick is 11-for-26 (.423) with five RBIs and four runs scored. Michalczewski has collected an RBI in four straight games. He is third in the CL in RBIs at 49. Teammate Jake Peter is fourth on the circuit with 42 RBIs.
  • Winston-Salem will enjoy an off day Tuesday for the MLB All-Star Game, but a pair of Dash alumni will suit up in Cincinnati. Chris Sale (8-4, 2.72 ERA) will represent the White Sox for a fourth straight season, while Hector Santiago (6-4, 2.33 ERA), now with the Angels, was named an injury replacement. Both are in the top seven in the American League in ERA.
  • The Nationals have not enjoyed most of their recent visits to Winston-Salem. The Dash boast a 39-17 (.696) record against the P-Nats at BB&T Ballpark. Winston-Salem has had a winning record against the Nationals in each of its first five seasons at the downtown facility, including a perfect 10-0 mark in 2012. However, this trend is on the line in Monday’s contest. The Dash and P-Nats have split their first six games at BB&T Ballpark in 2015, with Monday being the final clash between the two clubs in the Triad.
  • The Dash matched their most lopsided loss of the campaign on Sunday, which marked the seventh time this year that Winston-Salem has dropped a game by exactly six runs. Winston has not lost a game by more than six runs since August 27, 2014, a 16-5 loss at Myrtle Beach.
  • Following Monday’s series finale with Potomac, the Dash will enjoy the league-wide off day on Tuesday before visiting Zebulon for a four-game set with the Carolina Mudcats.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Monday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch at approximately 7 p.m.

– Scott

Game #83 Preview – Dash at Myrtle Beach

Game #83 – Road Game #42
Winston-Salem Dash (6-5, 36-45) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (5-7, 46-35)
Tuesday, July 7 – 7:05 p.m.
TicketReturn.com Field (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash dropped the rubber match of their three-game set with Frederick Monday. Winston-Salem begins a three-game series  Tuesday at Myrtle Beach.

Keon Barnum delivered an RBI single in Monday's 3-1 loss to Frederick. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Keon Barnum delivered an RBI single in Monday’s 3-1 loss to Frederick. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Jeremy Dowdy – C
Nolan Earley – RF
T.J. Williams – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Suiter – LF
Brandon Brennan – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Winston-Salem infielder Jake Peter finished Monday’s game 0-for-4, marking his first hitless effort since June 18. Peter was riding a 13-game hit streak, during which he recorded a .346 average (18-for-52) with five RBIs and seven runs. Thanks to a suspended game from June 27 at Lynchburg, this streak will become a 14-gamer once that contest is completed on July 19 because Peter already has a single. The former Creighton Bluejay recorded a 14-game streak from June 5-17. These surges represent the two longest in the Carolina League thus far this year.
  • Despite Monday’s hitless showing, Peter has hit safely in 33 of his last 36 games dating back to May 27. During this span, Peter is hitting .324 (44-for-136) with three homers, 21 RBIs and 24 runs scored. The White Sox seventh-round pick a year ago, Peter boasts a .289 average, which is ninth-best in the CL. Peter’s 84 hits are also second to Lynchburg’s Nellie Rodriguez (87).
  • For the fourth time in his Minor League career, Barnum has logged three multi-hit games in a row. Barnum had not accomplished this feat in almost a year (July 8-10, 2014). The Tampa, Fla., native has dominated Frederick this season to the tune of a .366 average. Barnum has amassed two of his three homers and 13 of his 25 RBIs in 10 games against the Keys in 2015.
  • Outfielder Adam Engel, the Dash’s primary leadoff hitter, was not in the starting lineup for the first time all season on Monday. He played in 80 consecutive games to begin the campaign. Engel had been the only player in the Carolina League to play in all of his team’s games once teammate Trey Michalczewski missed his first one on June 13. Monday marked the first time since August 29, 2014, that Engel was not the Dash’s leadoff hitter (83 straight games). In his last game, Engel emphatically snapped out of a 3-for-43 funk with his fifth three-hit game of 2015.
  • For a fourth straight season, former Winston-Salem southpaw Chris Sale will represent the White Sox in Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game, which is next Tuesday in Cincinnati. Sale is 7-4 with a 2.80 ERA in 16 starts, during which he has punched out 147 batters. He is tied with Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw for the most strikeouts in the Majors. On Monday night, Sale missed out on becoming the first pitcher in MLB history with 10 or more strikeouts in nine straight outings. His string of eight in a row is tied with Pedro Martinez (1999) for the best run ever.
  • In their first and only trip to the Grand Strand this season, the Dash took three of four from the Birds (April 23-26).
  • Brandon Brennan logged a quality start on Wednesday at Carolina (6.0 IP, 4 R, 2 ER), but he did suffer the loss.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tuesday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:50 p.m., with the first pitch at approximately 7:05 p.m.

– Scott

Game #72 Preview – Dash at Lynchburg

Game #72 – Road Game #37
Winston-Salem Dash (1-0, 31-40) at Lynchburg Hillcats (0-1, 33-38)
Friday, June 26 – 6:30 p.m.
Calvin Falwell Field (Lynchburg, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Jordan Guerrero pitched into the ninth inning and the Dash led wire-to-wire Thursday to knock off the Hillcats 5-4. Winston-Salem has now won three straight road contests.

Robinson Leyer starts Friday for the Dash in Lynchburg. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Robinson Leyer starts Friday for the Dash in Lynchburg. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Nolan Earley – RF
T.J. Williams – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Suiter – LF
Robinson Leyer – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Not only did Guerrero post a new career-high in innings, but he also became the first Winston-Salem starter to pitch more than eight innings since July 20, 2014, when Tony Bucciferro took a no-hitter into the ninth at Frederick before settling for a complete game shutout. Guerrero fell two outs short of becoming the seventh Winston pitcher in the Dash era (2009-present) to toss nine innings in a single game.
  • For just the second time this season, the Dash have rattled off three consecutive road victories. The other such surge took place from April 24-26, when the Dash rallied for a four-game series win at Myrtle Beach. This most recent mini-streak has immediately followed an eight-game road skid, the longest for the franchise since 2006. That funk included a four-game sweep at the hands of the Hillcats from June 5-7. The Dash are 14-22 on the road, which is the second-worst mark in the Carolina League.
  • Several Dash players find themselves at or near the top of some categories in the Carolina League. Adam Engel is tied for first in stolen bases (28) and third in runs scored (44). Trey Michalczewski shares second in RBIs (42). Omar Narvaez is fifth in batting average (.303). On the pitching side, Matt Heidenreich is first in wins (8) and sixth in earned run average (2.77).
  • For a third straight half, Winston-Salem earned a win in the opener. The Dash blasted Salem 12-4 to begin last year’s second half before obliterating Frederick to kick off this season. Before this recent uptick, the Dash had dropped five half lid-lifters in a row. Since the nickname change in 2009, Winston-Salem is 6-8 to begin the half.
  • Dash utility man Toby Thomas logged another strong showing on Thursday. Thomas went 2-for-4 with an RBI, his sixth at the High-A level. Thomas has hit safely in 11 of his first 14 games within the Carolina League. Of his 15 base hits, nine of them have gone for extra bases (seven doubles, one triple and one home run). Plus, the Alabama native has produced well despite playing in both the infield and outfield and hitting anywhere from sixth to ninth in the lineup.
  • Former Dash infielder Carlos Sanchez carried the White Sox past Detroit on Thursday with a three-run triple in the 10th inning of an 8-7 win on Thursday.
  • Winston-Salem improved to 24-10 (.706) when scoring more than three runs.
  • Friday starter Robinson Leyer posted a quality start in his only appearance against Lynchburg on May 27 (6.0 IP, 3 R, 5 H), which did result in a loss for both the Dash and Leyer.
  • Despite the series-opening win on Thursday night, the Dash are just 10-25 (.286) in Lynchburg since the start of the 2012 season. This does not include a pair of losses in the Mills Cup Finals in 2012.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Friday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:15 p.m., with the first pitch at 6:30 p.m.

– Scott

Game #71 Preview – Dash at Lynchburg

Game #71 – Road Game #36
Winston-Salem Dash (0-0, 30-40) at Lynchburg Hillcats (0-0, 33-37)
Thursday, June 25 – 6:30 p.m.
Calvin Falwell Field (Lynchburg, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The second half of the season begins Thursday, when the Dash start a three-game series at Lynchburg. Winston-Salem will compete with Salem and Carolina for the right to battle Myrtle Beach in the Southern Division Championship Series in September.

Trey Michalczewski begins the second half of the season in a tie for second in the Carolina League in RBIs. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Trey Michalczewski begins the second half of the season in a tie for second in the Carolina League in RBIs. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

  • During the season’s first 70 games, Winston-Salem recorded the worst single-half record during the Dash era (2009-present). In fact, Winston-Salem three most recent halves have been the franchise’s three worst since the nickname change. A year ago, the Dash were 30-39 and 31-39 in the first and second half, respectively. Since 2009, the Dash are still 40 games over .500 (472-432-1). Only Potomac owns a better record in the CL during this span.
  • This three-game set marks the Dash’s second and final trip to Lynchburg in the regular season. The Hillcats claimed all four games of a weather-condensed four-game series from June 5-7. It marked the franchise’s first four-game road sweep since June 2-5, 2008, the final season of the Warthogs. In the series finale, Lynchburg overcame a 7-0 Winston-Salem advantage, the biggest lead the club had ever surrendered in a loss since the Dash era began six years ago.
  • Several Dash players found themselves at or near the top of some categories in the Carolina League. Adam Engel is tied for first in stolen bases (28) and tied for second in runs (44). Trey Michalczewski shares second in RBIs (42). Omar Narvaez is sixth in batting average (.299). On the pitching side, Matt Heidenreich is sixth with a 2.95 earned run average, while his eight wins are two better than any other CL hurler.
  • The California League cruised to a 9-2 victory in the 19th California-Carolina League All-Star Game on Tuesday in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Omar Narvaez went 1-for-2 with a run scored, while both James Dykstra (1.0 IP, 2 ER) and Matt Heidenreich (0.1 IP, 0 R) appeared on the mound. With the victory, the men from the West Coast snagged a 9-8-2 edge in the all-time series. The 2016 Midsummer Classic will take place in Lake Elsinore, Calif., in a celebration of the California League’s 75th anniversary.
  • The Dash only had two roster moves in advance of the season’s second half. Euclides Leyer has rejoined the club from Low-A Kannapolis, while fellow righty Yency Almonte was assigned to the Intimidators from Winston-Salem.
  • On Sunday, the Dash improved to 10-0 at home when scoring six-plus runs.
  • Jordan Guerrero will make his fourth High-A start in the stadium where he made his first (5.0 IP, 4 R on June 7).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Thursday’s game will be broadcast live on 600 AM-WSJS and wsjs.com, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:15 p.m., with the first pitch at 6:30 p.m.

– Scott

Dash alumni thriving

The second half is upon us! During the Dash’s three-day break, a few Winston-Salem alumni shined. Let’s take a look back:

SALE’S STRIKEOUT STREAK

For the seventh consecutive outing, Chris Sale posted a double-digit strikeout title on Wednesday at Minnesota. Sale became the fourth Major League hurler since 1914 to accomplish this remarkable feat, joining Hall of Famers Nolan Ryan (1977), Pedro Martinez (1999) and Randy Johnson (2001).

Here’s a look back from some tweets last night:

ANDERSON’S AMAZING BIRTHDAY

Infielder Tim Anderson, the White Sox top prospect, celebrated his 22nd birthday in style. With plenty of family in attendance, Anderson claimed the Most Valuable Player award in Tuesday’s Southern League All-Star Game.

MONTAS NAMED TO FUTURES GAME

Former Dash right-hander Frankie Montas, who shined in the Carolina League a year ago, will represent the White Sox in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. Montas boasts a 2.55 earned run average in 12 starts with Double-A Birmingham.

MARIN DOMINANT IN TRIPLE-A

The White Sox released Terance Marin last April. Since then, he went to independent baseball, rejoined the White Sox, pitched in the Mexican League and earned a jump to Triple-A. With Charlotte, Marin has been incredible. In his four outings, Marin has not permitted a run in 22 innings. No Minor League hurler has logged more innings since June 5 without giving up a run than Marin, who was promoted to the Knights on that day.

It’s always great to see so many Dash alumni perform well at higher levels. Here’s hoping this continues! Stay tuned for our preview of the Dash’s second-half opener in Lynchburg.

– Brian

Games #52/69 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

UPDATE: 7 p.m.
Dash lineup for seven-inning finale:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – SS
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nolan Earley – RF
Jeremy Dowdy – C
Toby Thomas – 3B
Cleuluis Rondon – 2B
T.J. Williams – DH
Michael Suiter – LF
Brandon Brennan – RHP

Games #52/69 – Home Games #24/34
Winston-Salem Dash (28-39) vs. Salem Red Sox (37-30)
Saturday, June 20 – 4:30 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

After Salem took Friday’s contest 5-3, the Dash and Red Sox will complete the suspended game from June 2 before playing Saturday’s regularly scheduled contest, a seven-inning affair. The suspended game will begin with the Dash up 3-0 with two outs and two on in the bottom of the second inning and will go a full nine frames.

Euclides Leyer was perfect in 1.1 innings Friday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Euclides Leyer was perfect in 1.1 innings Friday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP (Completion of suspended game from 6/2):

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – SS
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – 2B
Michael Suiter – LF
Ethan Wilson – DH
Yency Almonte – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Before Saturday’s regularly-scheduled contest, Winston and Salem will complete a suspended game from June 2. When rain began to fall on that Tuesday night, the Dash enjoyed a 3-0 lead in the home half of the second. Jake Peter is at the plate with a 1-0 count, with Michael Suiter at second and T.J. Williams at first. The only member of the Dash’s lineup in that game who is no longer on the roster is Chris Jacobs, who is now with Double-A Birmingham. No matter what happens on Saturday, all statistics will revert back as if they took place on June 2.
  • On Thursday, Jake Peter’s lengthy hit streak came to an end with an 0-for-3, two-RBI game. At this moment, it stands as a 20-game hit streak, but it will not be recorded as such. If Peter hits safely in the continuation of the game from June 2, which started when Peter’s streak was at six, he will post a 21-gamer. However, if Peter does not collect a hit, it will be just a 14-game run and will no longer be the second-longest such surge in the Dash era (2009-now).
  • The Dash have announced that righty Yency Almonte will be on the hill when the third inning of the suspended game gets going. Almonte had been with Low-A Kannapolis all year, going 5-3 with a 4.50 ERA in 11 appearances.
  • White Sox ace Chris Sale has turned in one of the greatest five-start runs in Major League history. With his 14-strikeout showing on Friday against Texas, Sale joined Hall of Famers Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez as the only two men in MLB history to amass 12 or more strikeouts in five consecutive starts. In those five starts, Sale has punched out 65 batters in 37.1 innings (1.74 batters per inning). He took a perfect game into the sixth inning on Friday, when the Rangers shocked the White Sox with two in the ninth to steal a 2-1 win.
  • Winston-Salem will finish the first half with more offensive showings of three or fewer runs than four-plus tallies. On Friday, the Dash recorded their 36th game with no more than three runs. In those contests, Winston-Salem is 7-29 (.194). When the Dash collect at least four runs, the squad boasts a record of 21-10 (.677).
  • Dash infielder Trey Michalczewski has missed the last seven games with an unspecified injury, one that will prevent him from participating in Tuesday’s California-Carolina League All-Star Game. Myrtle Beach’s Jeimer Candelario has replaced Michalczewski, who is still third in the Carolina League in RBIs (39), on the All-Star roster. Also, southpaw Jace Fry, who is on the disabled list, successfully had Tommy John surgery earlier this week. This is the second such procedure for Fry, who also had Tommy John while at Oregon State. He was 1-8 with a 3.63 ERA in 10 starts with Winston-Salem.
  • To make room for Almonte on the Dash’s roster, the White Sox announced that Euclides Leyer would be sent to Low-A Kannapolis.
  • Adam Engel’s six-game hit streak ended on Friday due to an 0-for-4 game.
  • Sunday marks Matt Heidenreich’s turn in the rotation, but he will not pitch so that he can work in Tuesday’s All-Star Game, which is in his home state of California.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Saturday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 4:15 p.m., with the first pitch at 4:30 p.m.

– Scott

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