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Game #18 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

Game #18 – Home Game #11
Winston-Salem Dash (5-12) vs. Salem Red Sox (9-8)
Monday, April 21 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash exploded for eight runs in the first inning and held on for a 10-8 victory over Salem on Easter Sunday, snapping Winston-Salem’s six-game losing streak. J.B. Wendelken was the winning pitcher, improving to 2-1 this season.

Brad Goldberg will make his fourth start of the season on Monday night (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Brad Goldberg will make his fourth start of the season on Monday night (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

Tim Anderson – SS
Jacob May – CF
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Jason Coats – DH
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Michael Marjama – C
Nick Basto – 3B
Adam Heisler – RF
Brad Goldberg – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Sunday’s eight-run outburst in the first innings tied a Dash-era record for the most runs produced in a single frame. Winston-Salem has plated eight runs in an inning nine times since 2009, the last time being June 4, 2013, at Salem.
  • The Dash are now 3-0 during games in which they score first. They have posted a 2-12 record when their opponent has tallied the first run of the ballgame.
  • With the win on Sunday, the Dash avoided a six-game losing streak at BB&T Ballpark for the first time in the facility’s history. Since the ballpark opened in 2010, it has only endured a five-game skid twice. The first time was August 6-7, 2013, vs. Lynchburg and August 14-16, 2013, vs. Salem.
  • Outfielder Courtney Hawkins slugged a three-run homer in the first inning for his fifth of the season. The 20-year-old now has 19 RBIs on the season, leading the Carolina League by four over Potomac’s Kevin Keyes.
  • Shortstop Tim Anderson hit a two-run homer in the first inning to cap the eight-run frame. It was the first home run by a Dash player aside from Hawkins in 2014.
  • Anderson tied a career-high in hits on Sunday, going 3-for-5. The 20-year-old had three hits in a game one other time this season (April 5 vs. Wilmington). He also achieved the feat three times with Low-A Kannapolis in 2013.
  • Probable starting pitcher Brad Goldberg is on the mound for the fourth time this season. During his last outing on Wednesday, April 16, the 24-year-old allowed five runs (two earned) on seven hits, and was saddled with the loss during a 5-3 setback in the opening game of a doubleheader against the Frederick Keys. Goldberg is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA this year.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 7. Every Dash home game is also available on MiLB.tv.

Game #17 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

Game #17 – Home Game #10
Winston-Salem Dash (4-12) vs. Salem Red Sox (9-7)
Sunday, April 20 – 5 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash were blanked 2-0 by the Salem Red Sox on Saturday night for their sixth consecutive defeat. Winston-Salem starter Mike Recchia tied a career-high with seven innings pitched and established a new career-best with nine strikeouts in the loss.

Adam Heisler jumps up to the two-spot in the order after two hits Saturday (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

Adam Heisler jumps up to the two-spot in the order after two hits Saturday (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

Tim Anderson – SS
Adam Heisler – CF
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Jason Coats – DH
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Martin Medina – C
Nick Basto – 3B
Grant Buckner – RF
J.B. Wendelken – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • With Saturday’s setback against Salem, the Dash have now lost five consecutive games at BB&T Ballpark. Since the facility opened in 2010, Winston-Salem has lost five in a row at home only one other time: August 6-7, 2013 vs. Lynchburg and August 14-16, 2013 vs. Salem. They have never lost six straight at BB&T Ballpark.
  • Outfielder Adam Heisler went 2-for-2 in Saturday night’s loss to the Red Sox. It was his first multi-hit game since April 9 at Salem, when he had three hits, including two triples.
  • With his 2-for-4 performance last night, outfielder Jason Coats now has hits in each of his last three games. The 24-year-old is batting .400 (4-for-10) with two walks and two runs scored during that stretch.
  • Despite not driving in a run last night, outfielder Courtney Hawkins still leads the Carolina League in RBIs with 16. Myrtle Beach’s Joey Gallo is in second place with 13 RBIs.
  • With one error Saturday night, the Dash now solely occupy the top spot in Minor League Baseball in that category. Winston-Salem has committed 32 defensive miscues this season, while the Lake Elsinore Storm (High-A, San Diego) of the California League have made 31 errors.
  • The Dash have allowed the most unearned runs in Minor League baseball, with 30. The Tampa Yankees (High-A, New York Yankees) of the Florida State league are in second place with 26 unearned runs.
  • As a whole, the Winston-Salem bullpen boasts a 1.60 ERA on the season and averages 12 strikeouts per nine innings. There are four Dash relievers who have not allowed an earned run this year: Sean Bierman, Jarrett Casey, Kyle Hansen and Zach Isler.
  • Probable starting pitcher J.B. Wendelken will get the ball for the fourth time this season. During his last outing, the 21-year-old allowed only one run and four hits in six and one-third innings but ended up with a no-decision in a 3-1 loss at Wilmington last Monday night. Wendelken is 1-1 with a 2.60 ERA this year.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

This evening’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 4:45 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 5. Every Dash home game is also available on MiLB.tv.

- Dave

Game #16 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

Game #16 – Home Game #9
Winston-Salem Dash (4-11) vs. Salem Red Sox (8-7)
Saturday, April 19 – 7:00 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash fell to Salem 8-2 on Friday night for their fifth straight loss and fourth consecutive setback at BB&T Ballpark. Red Sox starter Brian Johnson had a perfect game through six innings.

Jacob May (above) and Tim Anderson have switched places in the order for Saturday's game (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Jacob May (above) and Tim Anderson have switched places in the order for Saturday’s game (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

Tim Anderson – SS
Jacob May – CF
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Jason Coats – RF
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Michael Marjama – C
Nick Basto – 3B
Adam Heisler – DH
Mike Recchia – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • With Friday’s loss to Salem, the Dash have now lost four consecutive games at BB&T Ballpark. Since the facility opened in 2010, Winston-Salem has lost five in a row at home only once: August 6-16, 2013.
  • Shortstop Tim Anderson ended the Salem perfect game bid on Friday with a one-out single to left field against reliever Dayan Diaz. Winston-Salem has not been victimized by a no-hitter since July 3, 2003, when Frederick’s John Maine shut down the Warthogs in a seven-inning game.
  • Outfielder Courtney Hawkins snapped an 86-inning Dash homerless drought when he blasted a solo shot to left field in the ninth inning Friday night. The 20-year-old has slugged all four Winston-Salem home runs this season.
  • Third baseman Nick Basto’s RBI double in the eighth inning Friday ended Salem’s bid for a shutout. It was the 20-year-old’s first run-scoring hit in eight games, when he had an RBI double during a 12-11 loss at Salem on April 8.
  • With three errors Friday night, the Dash are now tied with the Lake Elsinore Storm (High-A, San Diego) of the California League for the most in Minor League Baseball. Both teams have made 31 defensive miscues this season.
  • The Dash have allowed 73 runs this season, which is the second-highest total in the Carolina League, but only 44 of those runs are earned, the circuit’s third-fewest. The 29 unearned runs are the most in Minor League Baseball. The Tampa Yankees (High-A, New York Yankees) of the Florida State League have the next-highest total with 23.
  • Probable starting pitcher Mike Recchia will toe the rubber for the third time this season. In his last outing, the 25-year-old tossed five and two-third shutout innings at Wilmington, surrendering only two hits and three walks while striking out seven. He was the winning pitcher in a 1-0 Dash victory last Sunday. Recchia is 1-1 with a 6.48 ERA this season.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s tilt is available live via telecast on My 48 (WMYV-TV) in Winston-Salem, with Brian Boesch and Lary Sorensen on the call. The game is also live on wsdash.com/broadcast, with Dave Polaski providing play-by-play.

- Dave

Game #15 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

Game #15 – Home Game #8
Winston-Salem Dash (4-10) vs. Salem Red Sox (7-7)
Friday, April 18 – 7:00 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash will try to shake off the second opposing sweep in BB&T Ballpark history and snap a four-game losing skid, beginning a four-game series against the Salem Red Sox. Winston-Salem lost to Frederick, 7-3 on Thursday night.

Braulio Ortiz would be fifth in the CL in ERA if he had enough innings to qualify (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Braulio Ortiz would be fifth in the CL in ERA if he had enough innings to qualify (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

Jacob May – CF
Tim Anderson – SS
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Jason Coats – RF
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Martin Medina – C
Nick Basto – 3B
Grant Buckner – DH
Braulio Ortiz – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • With his third inning triple on Thursday, shortstop Tim Anderson moved into a tie for the Carolina League lead in three-baggers with Myrtle Beach’s Chris Garia. The 20-year-old also shares the circuit’s lead in doubles (6) and extra-base hits (9).
  • Outfielder Courtney Hawkins continue to lead the Carolina League in RBIs with 15. Myrtle Beach’s Joey Gallo sits in second place with 13 runs driven in, and Gallo’s teammate Preston Beck is third with 10 RBIs.
  • The Dash have had a power outage in recent days. Their last home run occurred 78 innings ago, and it came off the bat of Hawkins during the April 8 game at Salem in a 9-8 setback.
  • The Dash allowed two unearned runs to score against Frederick Thursday night, pushing their Minor League Baseball-leading total to 26 this season. The Tampa Yankees (High-A, New York Yankees) of the Florida State League have the next-highest total with 23 unearned runs surrendered.
  • Winston-Salem has boasted the best record in the Carolina League (385-323-1) since becoming the Dash in 2009, but they have traditionally run into trouble against Salem. The Dash own a 46-56-1 record against the Red Sox, and have not won a series against their division rival since a rain-shortened two-game set from May 21-23, 2013.
  • Probable starting pitcher Braulio Ortiz will make his third start of the season. In his last outing, the 22-year-old allowed three runs (one earned) on two hits in five innings at Wilmington last Saturday. He suffered the loss in a 4-0 contest. For the season, Ortiz is 0-1 with a 0.96 ERA.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m. Every Dash home game is also available on MiLB.tv.

- Dave

Doubleheader Preview – Dash vs. Frederick

UPDATE – 1:20 p.m.

Here is the Dash’s lineup for the finale of this twin bill, which follows Frederick’s 5-3 victory in the opener.

Jacob May – DH
Adam Heisler – CF
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Martin Medina – C
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Grant Buckner – RF
Nick Basto – 3B
Michael Johnson – SS
Bryan Blough – RHP

Games #12/13 – Home Games #5/6
Winston-Salem Dash (4-7) vs. Frederick Keys (3-8)
Wednesday, April 16 – 11 a.m. (Doubleheader)
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash begin a seven-game homestand with a doubleheader against Frederick today at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash and Keys’ contest Tuesday was washed out due to rain.

Brad Goldberg will toe the rubber for Winston-Salem in the opener Wednesday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Brad Goldberg will toe the rubber for Winston-Salem in the opener Wednesday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

GAME ONE STARTING LINEUP:

Jacob May – CF
Tim Anderson – SS
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Jason Coats – RF
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Michael Marjama – C
Nick Basto – 3B
Grant Buckner – DH
Brad Goldberg – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • After scoring 23 runs during their three-game series at Salem last week, the Dash could only muster two runs in the four-game set at Wilmington. That is the lowest scoring output for a series in the Dash era (2009-present), eclipsing the old mark of three runs against Wilmington from April 29-May 1, 2011.
  • During their seven-game road trip, Winston-Salem scored the opening run twice, winning both of those contests. The Dash are 2-0 this season when scoring first and 2-7 when the opponent draws first blood.
  • With his run-producing single in the eighth inning Monday night, outfielder Courtney Hawkins continued to lead the Carolina League in RBIs. The 20-year-old has now driven in 15 runs during the season, three more than Joey Gallo of Myrtle Beach.
  • This will be the first meeting of the season between the Dash and Frederick Keys. Last year, Winston-Salem went 12-8 against Frederick, but only 5-5 at BB&T Ballpark. Since 2012, the Dash have a 23-16 record against the Keys.
  • The Dash took part in five doubleheaders in 2013, posting a 6-5 overall record in those contests. This record does include the back end of a twin bill getting washed out due to rain in Salem on May 23.
  • Brad Goldberg is the scheduled starting pitcher for the opening game of the doubleheader, and he will toe the rubber for the third time this season. In his last outing, the 24-year-old was roughed up for six runs and eight hits in a career-high four and one-third innings at Salem last Thursday, but ended up with a no-decision in the 9-8 loss.
  • Bryan Blough is scheduled to get the ball for the second game against Frederick. The 24-year-old has appeared in three games out of the bullpen this season, posting a 2.45 ERA in three and two-third innings. Blough led the Carolina League in starts (28) and innings pitched (172.2) in 2013.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Today’s doubleheader is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 10:45 a.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 11. The opening pitch of second game will take place approximately 30 minutes following the conclusion of the first game.

- Dave

Game #11 Preview – Dash at Wilmington

Game #11 – Road Game #7
Winston-Salem Dash (4-6) at Wilmington Blue Rocks (4-6)
Monday, April 14 – 6:35 p.m.
Frawley Stadium (Wilmington, DE)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash conclude their seven-game road trip Monday evening at Wilmington. Winston-Salem edged the Blue Rocks 1-0 on Sunday afternoon, and will try to salvage a split in the four-game series at Frawley Stadium.

Jacob May posted a three-hit game in Sunday's victory at Wilmington (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Jacob May posted a three-hit game in Sunday’s victory at Wilmington (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

Jacob May – CF
Tim Anderson – SS
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Jason Coats – RF
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Martin Medina – C
Nick Basto – 3B
Grant Buckner – DH
J.B. Wendelken – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • With their third-inning run on Sunday afternoon, the Dash snapped a franchise record for futility. Winston-Salem had gone 23 innings without tallying a run, having last scored in the seventh inning on Thursday at Salem. The previous Dash-era record for consecutive scoreless offensive innings was 19, which happened twice in 2009.
  • Sunday’s game marked the first shutout victory for the Dash since August 28, 2013 versus Potomac (5-0) at BB&T Ballpark. It was their first road blanking since July 31, 2013 at Myrtle Beach (3-0). Since becoming the Dash in 2009, Winston-Salem boasts the best shutout record in the Carolina League with a 53-34 (.609) mark.
  • With his run-scoring double on Sunday, shortstop Tim Anderson now leads the Carolina League in extra-base hits with eight. He shares the top spot in doubles (6) with Wilmington’s Zane Evans, and is tied for the league lead in triples (2) with teammate Adam Heisler and Carolina’s Jeremy Lucas.
  • Despite a recent 0-for-8 funk, outfielder Courtney Hawkins still ranks at or near the top of the Carolina League in several offensive categories. The 20-year-old leads the league with 14 RBIs, ranks second in slugging percentage (.658), second in extra-base hits (7), tied for second in home runs (3) and 10th in batting average (.316).
  • Dash reliever Euclides Leyer is one of five qualifying pitchers in the Carolina League with a 0.00 ERA. The 21-year-old struck out four batters and surrendered just one hit in two and two-third innings on Sunday, and has not allowed a run in nine and one-third innings pitched this season (four appearances).
  • In the first 10 games of the season for the Dash, four have been decided by one run. Winston-Salem has posted a 2-2 mark in those contests. Both wins have come against Wilmington, while both losses were at the hands of Salem.
  • Probable starting pitcher J.B. Wendelken earned his first professional win as a starter in his last outing.The 21-year-old was perfect through the first four innings at Salem last Wednesday, finishing the evening with two runs and four hits allowed in six innings pitched.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Today’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 6:20 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 6:35.

- Dave

Game #10 Preview – Dash at Wilmington

Game #10 – Road Game #6
Winston-Salem Dash (3-6) at Wilmington Blue Rocks (4-5)
Sunday, April 13 – 1:35 p.m.
Frawley Stadium (Wilmington, DE)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash look to snap a three-game losing streak Sunday afternoon in the third of a four-game series against Wilmington. Winston-Salem was shut out by the Blue Rocks for the second time in a row last night, 4-0.

Tommy Thompson made some changes to his lineup to try to snap out of this offensive funk (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Manager Tommy Thompson made some changes to his lineup to try to snap out of this offensive funk (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

Jacob May – CF
Tim Anderson – SS
Courtney Hawkins – DH
Jason Coats – RF
Michael Marjama – 1B
Martin Medina – C
Adam Heisler – LF
Nick Basto – 3B
Michael Johnson – 2B
Mike Recchia – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Winston-Salem has not scored a run since the sixth inning of Thursday’s 9-8 loss at Salem, a span of 21 innings. That is a new Dash-era record for futility, surpassing the old record of 19 innings, which was set twice in 2009.
  • The Dash have been shut out in consecutive games for the first time since August 23-24, 2009, when they were blanked 6-0 at Lynchburg and then 7-0 at Salem. Since becoming the Dash in 2009, this is the first time the same team has shut them out on consecutive days.
  • With his 0-for-3 outing on Saturday, outfielder Courtney Hawkins had his career-high nine-game hitting streak come to an end. The 20-year-old Hawkins and Frederick’s Glynn Davis were the only two Carolina League batters to record a hit in each of the first eight games of the season.
  • Despite the back-to-back shutouts, Courtney Hawkins still comfortably leads the Carolina League in RBIs (14). It’s tied for the third-best mark in Minor League Baseball, trailing only Marquez Smith (16) of High-A Bakersfield in the California League and Bryan Peterson (15) of Triple-A Round Rock in the Pacific Coast League.
  • The Dash committed two more errors last night, resulting in three unearned runs for the Blue Rocks. Winston-Salem has allowed a league-high 48 runs this season, and 18 of them (38%) have been unearned.
  • Winston-Salem has now made 19 defensive miscues through nine games. That leads the Carolina League, and ranks fourth in Minor League Baseball. The Lake Elsinore Storm (High-A, San Diego) of the California League lead the way with 22 errors, the Fort Wayne TinCaps (Low-A, San Diego) of the Midwest League have made 21, and the Midland Rockhounds (Double-A, Oakland) of the Texas League have committed 20 errors.
  • This afternoon, the Dash will be playing their second day game of the season. Last Sunday, Winston-Salem bested Wilmington 7-1 in a matinee affair at BB&T Ballpark. In 2013, the Dash went 13-11 in day games, including a 6-4 road record.
  • Probable starting pitcher Mike Recchia will take the ball for the second time this season. In his 2014 debut last Tuesday, the 25-year-old gave up six runs and seven hits in two and two-third innings at Salem, suffering the loss in a 12-11 setback.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Today’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 1:20 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 1:35.

- Dave

Game #9 Preview – Dash at Wilmington

Game #9 – Road Game #5
Winston-Salem Dash (3-5) at Wilmington Blue Rocks (3-5)
Saturday, April 12 – 7:05 p.m.
Frawley Stadium (Wilmington, DE) 

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash suffered their first shutout defeat of the season Friday, 5-0 to the Blue Rocks. Winston-Salem could only muster five hits on the evening, while starting pitcher Tony Bucciferro allowed four runs in six innings to take the loss.

Braulio Ortiz did not give up an earned run in his first start of 2014 on Sunday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Braulio Ortiz did not give up an earned run in his first start of 2014 on Sunday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

Jacob May – CF
Tim Anderson – SS
Courtney Hawkins – DH
Keon Barnum – 1B
Jason Coats – RF
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Martin Medina – C
Grant Buckner – 3B
Adam Heisler – LF
Braulio Ortiz – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • After scoring 30 runs in their previous four games, the Dash were shut out for the first time since September 1, 2013. That game, a 1-0 setback, was also against the Blue Rocks in Delaware.
  • With his fourth inning single, outfielder Courtney Hawkins extended his career-best hitting streak to nine games, dating back to the final tilt of the 2013 season. It’s tied for the third-longest active hitting streak in the Carolina League. Myrtle Beach’s Royce Bolinger has the best active streak: 13 games.
  • Courtney Hawkins had his career-high streak of consecutive games with at least one RBI snapped at six. But the 20-year-old still has a stranglehold on the league lead with 14 RBIs. The next-best total is eight, held by Lynchburg’s Levi Hyams and Potomac’s Tony Renda.
  • With a double last night, shortstop Tim Anderson is now tied for second in the Carolina League in two-baggers with five. He is also tied with teammate Adam Heisler and Carolina’s Jeremy Lucas for the league lead in triples with two.
  • Probable starting pitcher Braulio Ortiz is scheduled to make his second start of the season. In his first outing last Sunday, the 22-year-old allowed one unearned run and scattered seven hits over four and a third innings in the Dash’s 7-1, split-clinching win over the Blue Crew.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 6:50 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05.

- Dave

Game #8 Preview – Dash at Wilmington

Game #8 – Road Game #4
Winston-Salem Dash (3-4) at Wilmington Blue Rocks (2-5)
Friday, April 11 – 7:05 p.m.
Frawley Stadium (Wilmington, DE)

GAME BACKGROUND:

After a tough 9-8 loss to the Salem Red Sox Thursday night, the Dash head north to Wilmington for the first of a four-game wraparound series against the Blue Rocks. The two teams split a four-game set at BB&T Ballpark last weekend to open the 2014 season.

Jason Coats went 7-for-14 in the Dash's three-game set at Salem (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Jason Coats went 7-for-14 in the Dash’s three-game set at Salem (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

Jacob May – CF
Tim Anderson – SS
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Jason Coats – RF
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Michael Marjama – C
Nick Basto – DH
Grant Buckner – 3B
Tony Bucciferro – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • With his 2-for-5 performance Thursday night, outfielder Courtney Hawkins extended his career-best hitting streak to eight games, dating back to the final game of the 2013 season. The 20-year-old also established a new career-high for consecutive games with an RBI. His two RBIs against Salem last night marked the sixth straight game in which he has driven in at least one run.
  • As a result of his hot start to the season, Hawkins leads the Carolina League in the following categories: home runs (3), RBIs (14), slugging percentage (.857), extra-base hits (7) and total bases (24). He ranks fifth in the league in batting average (.393), and his 14 RBIs are tied for second in all of Minor League Baseball.
  • Outfielder Jason Coats has multiple hits in three straight games, the first time he has achieved that feat since July 15-18, 2013, with Low-A Kannapolis. His career-high for consecutive multi-hit games is four, which he compiled from April 20-23, 2013, with the Intimidators.
  • The Dash committed two errors last night, increasing their total defensive miscues to 15 through seven games. That leads the Carolina League, and ranks tied for third in Minor League Baseball. The Midland Rockhounds (Double-A, Oakland) of the Texas League have made 17 errors, the Lake Elsinore Storm (High-A, San Diego) of the California League have 16 miscues, and the Fort Wayne TinCaps (Low-A, San Diego) of the Midwest League have also committed 15 gaffes.
  • Winston-Salem has won two straight games against Wilmington, following a stretch in which the Blue Rocks took five of the previous six matchups. Prior to that, the Dash were victorious in 30 of 37 tilts against Wilmington during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
  • Probable starting pitcher Tony Bucciferro gets the ball tonight for his second start of the season, both against the Blue Rocks. The 24-year-old tossed six innings in his opening outing at BB&T Ballpark last Saturday, allowing one unearned run while striking out two. He ended up with a no-decision in Winston-Salem’s 3-2 victory over Wilmington.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 6:50 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05.

Game #7 Preview – Dash at Salem

Game #7 – Road Game #3
Winston-Salem Dash (3-3) at Salem Red Sox (5-1)
Thursday, April 10 – 7:05 p.m.
LewisGale Field (Salem, VA)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash led wire-to-wire and defeated the Red Sox 4-2 Wednesday night, snapping Salem’s 11-game regular season winning streak that dated back to last year. J.B. Wendelken earned his first career victory as a starting pitcher with six strong innings of work

Brad Goldberg takes to the hill for his second career professional start (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Brad Goldberg takes to the hill for his second career professional start (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

Jacob May – CF
Tim Anderson – SS
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Jason Coats – RF
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Martin Medina – C
Nick Basto – 3B
Adam Heisler – DH
Brad Goldberg – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Adam Heisler went 3-for-4 with two triples and two RBIs. He’s the first Dash player with two triples in the same game since Kevan Smith did it on July 27, 2012, at Myrtle Beach.
  • With a double in Wednesday night’s game, outfielder Courtney Hawkins extended his hitting streak to seven games, dating back to the final game of the 2013 season. It’s now the longest hitting streak of his pro career, surpassing a six-game stretch that he set from August 5-10, 2013.
  • Hawkins drove in a run with last night’s double, extending his RBI streak to five straight games. That matches the longest stretch of his pro career, when he had RBIs in five consecutive games from July 30-August 3, 2013, with the Dash.
  • With his 2-for-4 outing Wednesday night, catcher Michael Marjama has hit safely in all four games he has played this season. He has a .500 batting average (8-for-16) on the year.
  • Outfielder Jason Coats is batting 5-for-9 (.556) against Salem in this series and already has three multi-hit games this season. The 24-year-old had two-or-more hits in 32 games with Low-A Kannapolis in 2013.
  • Wednesday marked the first game this season in which the Dash did not commit an error. They made 13 defensive miscues in the first five games of 2014, tied for the second-most in Minor League Baseball. Only the Midland Rockhounds (Double-A, Oakland) of the Texas League made more errors during that span, with 14.
  • Probable starting pitcher Brad Goldberg will toe the rubber tonight for his second start of the season. The 24-year-old suffered the loss in his first career professional start last Friday, allowing three runs (two earned) in four innings against Wilmington in a 10-3 setback.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 6:50 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05.

- Dave

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