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Dashing Around Baseball-April 24

I want to apologize to the loyal readers of this blog who have come to expect a new Dashing Around Baseball each Monday. I’ll blame the rain on this post going up today. When the Dash game was suspended Sunday, I failed to realize the next day was Monday. With games every day, most baseball people have no idea what day of the week it is (until fireworks suddenly erupt during the post game show…then it must be a Friday). Anyway, there is plenty to recap around the Carolina League and White Sox organization.

Rainy Destruction- The weather devastated the Carolina League schedule this past weekend. Saturday, the Potomac-Salem and Frederick-Lynchburg games were rained out. Then, with both matchups scheduled for double-headers Sunday, the rain wiped out both twin-bills.

It did appear that the Dash had been blessed with rain circumvention ability as  BB&T Ballpark was the only place that escaped the water Saturday night. The same occurrence took place Wednesday night in Myrtle Beach. The radar showed rain everywhere in and around the Myrtle Beach area, yet the downpour only occurred as the team was getting on the bus and leaving to head back to Winston-Salem.

The dry spell unfortunately ended Sunday when the rain did not subside and less than an inning was completed. The teams waited out the rain for nearly an hour before the game was finally suspended. If the teams had waited it out, perhaps they could have tried to challenge South Florida and Connecticut for the greatest rain delay dance-off of all time.

Fortunately, the Dash and Blue Rocks didn’t have a five-hour wait, but now you know what to expect next time you experience a rain delay at a ballpark.

Daisuke Matsuzaka struggled with Salem last night against Wilmington (Salem Red Sox).

Major League Appearance in Salem- Monday night, Boston Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka started a game for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery last June. Dice-K was on the mound for the Salem Red Sox, and he got off to a rough start. Wilmington hit its first four home runs of the season this past weekend against the Dash and continued its new found power display with two more home runs off Matsuzaka. Davie County native Whit Merrifield took Dice-K deep on the first at-bat of the game. The Blue Rocks have won three straight games to jump to 8-8 on the season.

Back on the Rails- Mudcats pitcher Mike Rayl (pronounced “Rail”) is the reigning Carolina League Pitcher of the Week. Rayl was named Pitcher of the Week because he didn’t face the Dash this past week (actually because he pitched 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball against Wilmington last week) but let me explain. Rayl’s two previous outings came against Winston-Salem. In the two games the Dash scored six runs on nine hits in 11 innings. Rayl also pitched Monday night and allowed one run in five innings and struck out five. It appears the Dash have figured out a puzzle the rest of the league cannot solve.

Around the Farm

Dashing Around Baseball returns to its normal day next Monday. Thanks for reading, and be sure to come out to BB&T Ballpark for the final three games of the homestand before the Dash hit the road for a week. If you can’t make it out to the park, we are always on the air at