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Game #1 Preview – Dash at Frederick

Game #1 – Road Game #1
Winston-Salem Dash (0-0) at Frederick Keys (0-0)
Thursday, April 9 – 7:00 p.m.
Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium (Frederick, MD)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash will open the 2015 season at Frederick. The Dash have lost four consecutive season openers. Since becoming the Dash in 2009, Winston-Salem is 1-5 on Opening Day.

James Dykstra gets the nod on Opening Day for the Dash (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

James Dykstra gets the nod on Opening Day for the Dash (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Chris Jacobs – DH
Omar Narvaez – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Keenyn Walker – RF
James Dykstra – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Tonight begins Winston-Salem’s seventh season as the Dash. Since the nickname change prior to the 2009 campaign, the Dash are 442-392-1 (.530), which is the best overall record during that span in the Carolina League.
  • Winston-Salem has a new manager for the 2015 season. Longtime college head coach Tim Esmay assumes his first professional position with the Dash. Esmay acted as the head coach for the University of Utah from 1997-2004 and Arizona State University, his alma mater, from 2010-2014. While at ASU, he guided the Sun Devils to the College World Series in 2010.
  • Pitching coach J.R. Perdew returns for his fourth straight season in the Triad. This marks the former U.S. Marine’s 19th consecutive year in the White Sox organization, with nine spent in Winston-Salem. Hitting coach Charlie Poe is with the Dash for the first time. Poe was the skipper at rookie-level Great Falls a year ago, and he guided the Voyagers to the Pioneer League postseason. Josh Fallin, the reigning CL Trainer of the Year, and Shawn Powell, the strength and conditioning coach, round out the Dash’s on-field staff for 2015.
  • Though the Dash finished with the circuit’s worst overall record (61-78) in 2014, Winston-Salem boasted its fair share of excitement. The Dash were the only team in all of Minor League Baseball to have three first-round selections who were drafted by their parent club on the club – OF Courtney Hawkins (13th overall, 2012), INF Tim Anderson (17th overall, 2013) and LHP Carlos Rodon (third overall, 2014).
  • This season, all three of the aforementioned first rounders have advanced to a higher level. The Dash’s unique theme for 2015 is the presence of two local products. Outfielder CJ Beatty and infielder Chris Jacobs grew up in the Winston-Salem area and played together at Glenn High School. Beatty became the first Winston native to suit up for the Dash when he joined the team from independent baseball on August 12. After seven seasons in the Dodgers’ system, Jacobs signed with the White Sox during the offseason.
  • In addition to those familiar faces, the Dash have some experience on their side; of the 25 active members of the roster, all but seven have played with Winston-Salem in the past. Chris Jacobs is the only hitter who has never been with the squad, while seven of the 13 hurlers are former Winston-Salem players.
  • The Dash will operate with an experienced starting rotation. Righty James Dykstra gets the call on Opening Day after nine starts in the CL to conclude last season. The lone southpaw in the rotation, 2014 third-round pick Jace Fry, gets the call Friday, and he precedes Robinson Leyer, Tony Bucciferro and Matt Heidenreich. All five hurlers have a BB/9 ratio under 3.0.
  • Since becoming the Dash in 2009, Winston is just 1-5 on Opening Day. Over the last 11 seasons, the franchise is just 2-9 in lid-lifters, with the most recent win coming at now-defunct Kinston in 2010 (7-1).
  • For the seventh time in its last eight seasons, Winston-Salem opens the season on the road.
  • The Dash boast seven of the top 30 prospects in the White Sox system, per MLB.com. Infielder Trey Michalczewski leads the way as the eighth-ranked prospect.
  • Since 2012, the Dash are 19-9 (.679) on the road versus the Keys. Frederick and Winston-Salem split their 20-game season series in 2014.
  • Dykstra does not permit many walks. In fact, he has only dished out 21 free passes during his 157.2 professional innings (1.2 BB/9IP). In his 25 Minor League starts, Dykstra has only walked more than one batter twice–in his first pro start on April 3 with Low-A Kannpolis and in his penultimate outing of 2014 vs. Carolina while in Winston-Salem. In both instances, Dykstra walked two men; he has never walked more than two in his Minor League career.
  • James’ older brother Allan earned his first career promotion to the big leagues before Tampa Bay’s game against Baltimore on Wednesday. He went 0-for-1 with a walk and a strikeout in place of James Loney, who was placed on the disabled list. Allan had spent the previous four seasons in the Mets’ organization before joining the Rays in the offseason. He was a first-round pick by the Padres out of Wake Forest in Winston-Salem. The 27-year-old had played 676 games in the Minors before earning his first call to “The Show.”

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game will be broadcast live on 600 AM-WSJS in the Winston-Salem area, as is the case with every Thursday game throughout the season. The game is also available on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 7:00.

– Scott

Baseball returns in…

Two months.

Today is February 16. Opening Night at BB&T Ballpark is April 16.

With those two months to go, the ballpark is buzzing with activity, as is Glendale, Ariz., the site of White Sox Spring Training.

Sox pitchers and catchers will report to Spring Training on Friday, while the first full-team workout is next Tuesday, February 24.

There are many former Winston-Salem stars who will be focal points of Spring Training, whether they are trying to grab the attention of the big league club or even attempting to break camp with the team. Scott Merkin, the excellent beat writer on WhiteSox.com, compiled a list of potential impact prospects for the club in 2015. Through this list, it is very clear that the White Sox farm system is the strongest it has been in several years.

The impact from some of those players will come within the Minor Leagues, but Jim Callis expands upon those who could register important time in Chicago.

Carlos Sanchez will need to rely on his glove in order to overcome Micah Johnson and win the White Sox second base spot (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

Carlos Sanchez will need to rely on his glove in order to overcome Micah Johnson and win the White Sox second base spot (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

Second base is the most important and intriguing Spring Training battle, and it likely features a pair of former Winston-Salem studs. Carlos Sanchez and Micah Johnson are about as even as two young players can be at this stage in regards to a starting slot in the big leagues. Both are within the top 10 of every White Sox prospect list. Both have skills that tantalize and flaws that worry the White Sox.

If you are a fan of defense, then Sanchez is the candidate for you. However, if you are looking for offensive upside, Johnson will gain your vote. It will be a fascinating debate that may stretch into April.

Both of those men have already reported to Glendale, along with some other notable names. Per this report from Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago, around 25 players have already arrived to Spring Training.

This group includes left-hander Carlos Rodon, who has already been in Glendale for more than a week, Courtney Hawkins, Jared Mitchell, Keenyn Walker and reigning American League Rookie of the Year Jose Abreu.

The vibes around the organization are as positive and optimistic as they have been in the last few years, and the fun begins in Arizona shortly.

Stay tuned to the blog for more updates as Spring Training rolls along.

– Brian

FutureSox recognizes 18 former Dash stars

Carlos Rodon is the White Sox top prospect, per FutureSox.com (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Carlos Rodon is the White Sox top prospect, per FutureSox.com (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

With Spring Training quickly approaching, the writers at FutureSox have compiled their Top 30 White Sox prospects, 18 of whom have played in Winston-Salem at some point.

The 2014 version of the Dash boasted 11 of the top 30, including four of the Sox five best prospects, per FutureSox. The full countdown and a description of each farmhand are available here (1-15) and here (16-30).

Here are the 18 Dash alumni on the list, with the members of the 2014 roster in italics.

1. LHP Carlos Rodon
2. INF Tim Anderson
3. RHP Frank Montas
5. RHP Tyler Danish
6. INF Micah Johnson
7. OF Courtney Hawkins
8. INF Carlos Sanchez
9. INF Trey Michalczewski
11. RHP Chris Beck
14. OF Jacob May
15. INF Cleuluis Rondon
16. INF Tyler Saladino
17. OF Trayce Thompson
20. INF Keon Barnum
21. C Kevan Smith
24. OF Adam Engel
27. INF Andy Wilkins
28. RHP Mike Recchia

A few thoughts:

  • It should come as no surprise that Rodon checks in as the top prospect. He will almost certainly be atop every White Sox prospect list in advance of the 2015 season. Last week, MLBPipeline.com named Rodon the second-best southpaw prospect in the Minors.
  • This time last season, both Danish and Montas were viewed as prospects, but not as the elite-level Minor League arms that they became in 2014. In Winston-Salem last year, the duo combined to go 9-3 with a 2.23 earned run average in 28 starts. There are still doubters, but both men continue to climb the Minor League ladder and collect more believers.
  • Michalczewski figures to be the highest-ranked prospect to begin the 2015 season with the Dash. After enjoying significant success in Low-A Kannapolis, the White Sox sent the 19-year-old to Winston-Salem. Michalczewski hit just .194 in 19 games, but he did show some flashes of his noticeable talent, including his three-hit, three-RBI showing in that playoff-like final home Friday game against Carolina.
  • Another likely returnee is Rondon, who continues to wow people with his glove. He held his own at the plate in Winston-Salem (.247) over 53 games, the majority of which featured him in the two-hole.
  • It is great to see someone like Recchia on this list. The former Minor League free agent zoomed through CL offenses before jumping to Double-A Birmingham, where he performed well. His story is fascinating. His personality is great. Now, his status as a true prospect in the system is starting to show.

The Dash’s 2015 season begins in exactly 70 days. Stay tuned for more information as Opening Day approaches.

– Brian

Dash Top 10 – #5: Anderson rescues Dash with homer

The 2014 season is in the books, and there were many great moments throughout the summer. Over the next few weeks, we will count down the Dash Top 10 of 2014.

Previous moments:
#10 – Shortest MiLB game in 2014
#9 – DeMichele’s five-hit, five-run effort
#8 – Buckner’s controversial walk-off blast
#7 – Narvaez’s two-homer Dash debut
#6 – Danish tosses six no-hit innings

Moment #5 – June 2
Anderson’s walk-off blast erases late Lynchburg surge

Tim Anderson registered the Dash's first walk-off homer of 2014 (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Tim Anderson registered the Dash’s first walk-off homer of 2014 (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Winston-Salem boasted the White Sox three most recent first-round picks during the 2014 season. Courtney Hawkins was the Dash veteran, with whom the city became very familiar. Carlos Rodon was the North Carolina kid who carried NC State to unprecedented heights.

Tim Anderson did not have a connection to the state, and he was not here for very long. However, Anderson had a month-long surge that rivaled anyone in the Carolina League, and it began with one majestic blast on the second day of June.

The Dash took a 4-2 lead into the ninth inning, but Lynchburg stunned the BB&T Ballpark with three runs to thrust Winston-Salem to the brink of a very tough loss.

With that one-run lead, the Hillcats summoned Ryan Kelly, he of 20 Triple-A appearances in his Minor League career, from the bullpen. Kelly had not given up a base runner in his first four efforts with the Hillcats, and he would ultimately finish the season as a key cog in the bullpen of Double-A Mississippi.

However, Zach Voight snapped that impressive run of 5.1 hitless frames with a single to lead off the ninth, setting the stage for Anderson. The Alabama kid sat in a 2-2 count before Kelly left a pitch up in the zone.

Before this mighty swing, Anderson was hitting .284 with two homers and 14 RBIs. From that swing until his promotion to Double-A Birmingham, the Alabama native was a .323 hitter with four homers and 17 RBIs.

A Dash player may not have hit a harder ball than this bomb to dead center field, and it ultimately prevented Winston-Salem from suffering a difficult defeat.

Our fourth-best moment is a tremendous one for the organization and the community. Stay tuned for that.

– Brian

Game #138 Preview – Dash at Carolina

Game #138 – Road Game #69
Winston-Salem Dash (30-38, 60-77) at Carolina Mudcats (32-35, 61-73)
Sunday, August 31 – 6 p.m.
Five County Stadium (Zebulon, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash won a 1-0 thriller over Carolina in the series opener on Saturday night. Courtney Hawkins’ RBI single in the eighth inning plated the lone run of the contest.

Tyler Danish has the seventh-best ERA in full-season Minor League Baseball. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Tyler Danish has the seventh-best ERA in full-season Minor League Baseball. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Michael Marjama – C
C.J. Beatty – RF
Zach Voight – 2B
Keenyn Walker – CF
Tyler Danish – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• The Dash played the role of spoiler on Saturday. Carolina’s loss, coupled with Salem’s doubleheader sweep of Wilmington, clinched the final Southern Division playoff spot for the Red Sox. Salem will open the postseason on Wednesday against Myrtle Beach.

• Right-hander Brandon Brennan tossed five and two-third scoreless innings in his longest outing with the Dash on Saturday. The California native scattered six hits and tied a season-high with six strikeouts.

Brad Goldberg and Zach Isler combined to throw three and one-third scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Goldberg earned his fourth win and Isler recorded his third save of the season. It was Winston-Salem’s sixth shutout victory in 2014.

• Outfielder Courtney Hawkins raised his season RBI total to 84 on Saturday, which leads the Carolina League. His closest challenger, Preston Beck of Myrtle Beach, has 76 RBIs.

• Outfielder Keenyn Walker went 2-for-3 with two singles and scored the lone run in Saturday’s contest. During his last eight games, the Utah native is batting an even .300 (9-for-30).

• The Dash snapped a five-game losing streak against Carolina on Saturday. The Mudcats still have the upper-hand in the season series, however, having won 12 of 18 meetings.

• Right-hander Tyler Danish will make his final start of the season tonight. During his most recent outing at Myrtle Beach on Tuesday, the 19-year-old allowed two runs and four hits over four innings. He struck out five and finished with a no-decision in the 7-2 setback against the Pelicans.

• Danish has the seventh-best ERA in Minor League Baseball among full-season qualifiers. The Florida native sports a combined 2.13 ERA in 24 starts this season, seven with Low-A Kannapolis and 17 with the Dash. Since his promotion to Winston-Salem in mid-May, Danish is 5-3 with a 2.73 ERA.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 5:45 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 6.

– Dave

Game #137 Preview – Dash at Carolina

Game #137 – Road Game #68
Winston-Salem Dash (29-38, 59-77) at Carolina Mudcats (32-34, 61-72)
Saturday, August 30 – 6 p.m.
Five County Stadium (Zebulon, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash were eliminated from postseason contention with an 8-2 loss at Myrtle Beach on Friday night. Winston-Salem begins its final series of the year at Carolina this evening.

Courtney Hawkins delivered his Carolina League-leading 83rd RBI on Friday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Courtney Hawkins drove in his league-leading 83rd RBI on Friday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Nick Basto – RF
Jake Peter – 2B
Omar Narvaez – C
Keenyn Walker – CF
Brandon Brennan – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• The Dash could play spoilers this weekend against Carolina. The Mudcats are one game behind Salem for the final Southern Division playoff spot. The Red Sox play a doubleheader against Northern Division postseason contender Wilmington this evening.

Zach Voight went 2-for-2 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored on Friday. The Texas native has now driven in a run in his last three games played.

• Outfielder Courtney Hawkins went 1-for-4 with a single and an RBI. The 20-year-old has at least one hit in 10 of his last 11 games and leads the Carolina League in RBIs with 83.

• Right-hander Nick Blount struggled in his first career start against Myrtle Beach, allowing five runs, five hits, a walk and a hit batter in one inning. As a result, the Georgia native’s ERA ballooned from 2.25 to 7.00 in four appearances (two starts) with the Dash.

• Former Winston-Salem pitcher Chris Bassitt has been promoted to the White Sox and will start the second game of a doubleheader against Detroit at 7:10 tonight. The 25-year-old becomes the 23rd Dash alumni to reach the Major Leagues. Read more about him here.

• The Dash have lost 12 of 17 games against Carolina this year, including seven of the last eight matchups. The Mudcats managed the first-ever four-game sweep of the Dash at BB&T Ballpark from August 22-25.

• Right-hander Brandon Brennan will make his final start of 2014 tonight. During his most recent outing against Carolina on Monday, the California native surrendered two runs and six hits in four and two-third innings. He finished with a no-decision in the 6-5 setback against the Mudcats in 12 innings.

• In five starts with the Dash, Brennan is 2-0 with a 3.60 ERA in 25 innings of work. The 23-year-old has not pitched beyond the sixth inning in any of his outings with Winston-Salem.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 5:45 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 6.

– Dave

Game #135 Preview – Dash at Myrtle Beach

Game #135 – Road Game #66
Winston-Salem Dash (28-37, 58-76) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (35-30, 79-54)
Thursday, August 28 – 7:05 p.m.
TicketReturn.com Field (Myrtle Beach, SC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash suffered their seventh straight setback, losing 16-5 at Myrtle Beach on Wednesday night. Winston-Salem has dropped their last three games at TicketReturn.com Field and seven of eight on the Pelicans’ home turf this year.

Nick Basto is currently on a five-game hitting streak. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Nick Basto is currently on a five-game hitting streak. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – DH
Keenyn Walker – CF
Nick Basto – LF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Michael Marjama – C
Jake Peter – 2B
C.J. Beatty – RF
Zach Voight – SS
James Dykstra – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• The Dash are at the brink of postseason elimination. With five regular season contests remaining, Winston-Salem stands five-and-a-half games behind Salem for the final Southern Division playoff spot. One Dash loss, Red Sox win or Carolina Mudcats win would end their postseason hopes.

• Wednesday matched the single-game record for runs allowed in a game during the Dash era (since 2009). Winston-Salem also gave up 16 runs in a six-run loss to Salem on August 31, 2011.

• Outfielder Nick Basto went 1-for-3 with a single and two runs scored on Wednesday. The 20-year-old is now riding a five-game hitting streak.

• Outfielder Keenyn Walker registered a single and an RBI in Wednesday’s contest. The Utah native has hits in four of his last five games, during which he is batting .333 (6-for-18).

• The Dash are 7-17 this month and as a result, have fallen into the Southern Division basement. Nine of those 17 losses have come during the opponent’s last at-bat. Winston-Salem is also 1-10 on the road in August.

• Outfielders Jason Coats and Courtney Hawkins were named to the Carolina League Year-End All-Star team today. You can read more about their 2014 accomplishments here.

• The Dash made a roster move prior to Tuesday’s contest, adding right-hander Brandon Hardin from Double-A Birmingham. It will be the Illinois native’s third stint with Winston-Salem this season. To make room for Hardin on the roster, righty Dave Putman was placed on the disabled list.

• Right-hander James Dykstra will take the mound for the Dash tonight. During his most recent outing against Carolina last Saturday, the California native allowed five runs (four earned) in five and two-third innings, suffering the loss in the 7-4 setback against the Mudcats. Overall, the 23-year-old is 3-3 with a 5.10 ERA in eight starts at the High-A level.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game will be broadcast live on 600 AM-WSJS in the Winston-Salem area, as is the case with every Thursday game throughout the season. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:50 p.m., with the first pitch at 7:05.

– Dave

Game #129 Preview – Dash vs. Carolina

Game #129 – Home Game #66
Winston-Salem Dash (28-31, 58-70) vs. Carolina Mudcats (27-31, 56-69)
Friday, August 22 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash were denied a sweep against Salem on Thursday night, falling 2-1 to the Red Sox. Winston-Salem begins a four-game series against Carolina tonight to close out the regular season home slate.

J.B. Wendelken ranks fourth in the Carolina League in innings pitched. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

J.B. Wendelken ranks fourth in the Carolina League in innings pitched. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Keon Barnum – 1B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Omar Narvaez – C
Jake Peter – 2B
Nick Basto – DH
C.J. Beatty – RF
Keenyn Walker – LF
J.B. Wendelken – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• With Thursday’s loss, the Dash are now two games behind Salem for the final Southern Division playoff spot with 11 regular season contests remaining. Carolina sits a half-game behind Winston-Salem.

• First baseman Keon Barnum went 4-for-4 with four singles and an RBI on Thursday. The 21-year-old tied a career-high with four hits in a single game. He also accomplished the feat on June 23 at Lynchburg and on June 30 against Carolina.

• Outfielder Courtney Hawkins supplied the only other hit for the Dash on Thursday, a sixth inning single. The 20-year-old is now on an eight-game hitting streak, which is one shy of his career-high.

• Hawkins’ five-game RBI streak came to an end on Thursday. The Texas native drove in at least one run in six consecutive games from April 4-10, which was a career-high.

• Right-hander Tyler Danish allowed two runs and six hits in five and two-third innings while striking out four. The 19-year-old suffered his first loss since July 18 against Myrtle Beach.

• The White Sox made a roster move involving the Dash today. Shortstop Tim Anderson was activated from the disabled list and promoted to Double-A Birmingham. The Alabama native batted .297 with six homers and 31 RBIs in 68 games.

• The Dash play Carolina seven times during the final ten days of the regular season. Winston-Salem has a 5-8 mark against the Mudcats this year, including a 3-3 record at BB&T Ballpark.

• Right-hander J.B. Wendelken will take the mound for the Dash tonight. During his most recent outing at Wilmington last Saturday, the 21-year-old surrendered five runs in six innings while recording nine strikeouts. Overall this season, the Georgia native is 6-9 with a 4.83 ERA.

• Wendelken, a converted reliever, has logged 132.1 innings this year, which ranks fourth in the Carolina League. Carolina’s Ryan Merritt leads the circuit with 148.1 innings pitched.

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 can be viewed on MiLB.tv.

– Dave

Game #128 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

Game #128 – Home Game #65
Winston-Salem Dash (28-30, 58-69) vs. Salem Red Sox (27-27, 60-62)
Thursday, August 21 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash led wire-to-wire in a 9-4 victory over Salem on Wednesday night. Winston-Salem has rattled off three straight wins to pull even closer in the race for the final Southern Division playoff spot.

Tyler Danish sports a 1.07 ERA during his last nine starts. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Tyler Danish sports a 4-1 record and 1.07 ERA during his last nine starts. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Jake Peter – 2B
Nick Basto – DH
Michael Marjama – C
C.J. Beatty – RF
Tyler Danish – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• With Wednesday’s win, the Dash are now just one game behind Salem for the final Southern Division playoff spot with 12 regular season contests remaining. Carolina sits a half-game behind Winston-Salem.

• The Dash pounded out 16 hits against Salem on Wednesday, two shy of a season-high. Eight of the nine players in Winston-Salem’s starting lineup had at least one hit.

• Outfielder C.J. Beatty went 2-for-4 with two singles and his first two RBIs as a member of the Dash. The 25-year-old is the first Winston-Salem native to play for the franchise in the Dash era (since 2009).

• Outfielder Courtney Hawkins went 2-for-4 with a single and a solo homer in Wednesday’s win. The 20-year-old now has 19 round-trippers this season, which ranks second in the Carolina League behind former Myrtle Beach slugger Joey Gallo (21).

• Hawkins has feasted on Salem pitching this year. In 19 games against the Red Sox, the Texas native is batting .294 (20-for-68) with 7 homers and 26 RBIs.

Nick Basto blasted a two-run homer in the seventh inning on Wednesday. The 20-year-old now has seven taters this year, with six coming after the All-Star Break.

• The Dash slugged just two home runs in the first 16 games of August, but the team doubled that output on Wednesday. After leading the Carolina League each season from 2010-13, Winston-Salem ranks fourth in the circuit with 75 long balls, 26 shy of Myrtle Beach for the top spot.

• Shortstop Cleuluis Rondon collected three hits, two RBIs and a run scored on Wednesday. The 20-year-old has hits in eight of his last nine games, during which he is batting .350 (14-for-40).

• The Dash have captured the season series from Salem, winning 11 of 19 matchups. Winston-Salem is 5-4 against the Red Sox at BB&T Ballpark this season. Tonight marks the final meeting between the two clubs in the regular season.

• Right-hander Tyler Danish will try to help the Dash earn a series sweep tonight. During his most recent outing at Wilmington last Friday, the 19-year-old allowed two runs and four hits in six innings. He finished with a no-decision in the 5-3 setback against the Blue Rocks.

• Danish has been stellar since the beginning of July. In nine starts, the Florida native is 4-1 with a 1.07 ERA over 50.2 innings. In 15 starts with Winston-Salem this year, Danish is 5-2 with a 2.61 ERA.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game will be broadcast live on 600 AM-WSJS in the Winston-Salem area, as is the case with every Thursday game throughout the season. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 7. Every Dash home game can be viewed on MiLB.tv.

– Dave

Game #127 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

Game #127 – Home Game #64
Winston-Salem Dash (27-30, 57-69) vs. Salem Red Sox (27-26, 60-61)
Wednesday, August 20 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash exploded for six runs in the second inning against the Red Sox on Tuesday night before holding on for a 6-4 victory in the series opener. Winston-Salem snapped Salem’s eight-game winning streak while moving closer in the playoff chase.

Keon Barnum had a two-run double in Tuesday's win over Salem. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Keon Barnum tallied a two-run double in Tuesday’s win over Salem. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Jake Peter – 2B
Nick Basto – DH
Omar Narvaez – C
C.J. Beatty – RF
Brandon Brennan – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• Outfielder Courtney Hawkins delivered a two-run single in the second inning on Tuesday. The 20-year-old has rattled off three consecutive multi-RBI games for the first time in his professional career.

• First baseman Keon Barnum went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. The 21-year-old now has hits in four straight games, during which he is batting .375 (6-for-16). Barnum now has 55 RBIs this season, which ranks second among active Dash players.

• Third baseman Nick Basto tied a career-high with three hits in Tuesday’s contest. It’s the fourth time he has compiled three hits in a game this season, with the others coming on April 6 against Wilmington and against Potomac on May 2 and July 22.

• Catcher Omar Narvaez went 2-for-2 with two singles, two walks, an RBI and a run scored on Tuesday. The Venezuelan native had been in a 2-for-26 slump before his breakout performance.

• Shortstop Cleuluis Rondon saw his seven-game hitting streak come to an end on Tuesday. During that stretch, the 20-year-old batted .355 (11-for-31) with five RBIs and six runs scored.

• After his solid start on Tuesday, right-hander Terance Marin earned a promotion to Double-A Birmingham earlier today. Replacing him on the Dash roster is right-hander Adam Lopez from Low-A Kannapolis.

• The Dash are now two games behind Salem for the final Southern Division playoff spot with 13 regular season contests remaining. Carolina sits a half-game behind Winston-Salem in the standings.

• With Tuesday’s win, the Dash have earned at least a split in the season series against Salem, having won ten of 18 meetings. Winston-Salem has a 4-4 record against the Red Sox at BB&T Ballpark.

• Right-hander Brandon Brennan will try to pitch the Dash to their third straight win tonight. During his most recent outing against Lynchburg last Thursday, the California native allowed two runs in five innings and finished with a no-decision in the 5-4 Dash win. While with Winston-Salem, Brennan is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in three starts.

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 can be viewed on MiLB.tv.

– Dave

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