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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

Game #126 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

Game #126 – Home Game #63
Winston-Salem Dash (26-30, 56-69) vs. Salem Red Sox (27-25, 60-60)
Tuesday, August 19 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash avoided a sweep at Wilmington on Sunday with a 4-1 win over the Blue Rocks. Winston-Salem begins its final homestand of the regular season tonight with a three-game series against Salem.

Terance Marin is making his first start on the mound since July 31. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Terance Marin is making his first start on the mound since July 31. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

• Right-hander James Dykstra turned in a strong start on Sunday, surrendering one run and six hits in eight innings. The California native struck out four while earning his third win with the Dash.

• Outfielder Courtney Hawkins clubbed a three-run homer in the third inning on Sunday. The 20-year-old drove in eight runs during the three-game series at Wilmington and now has 79 RBIs on the season, tops in the Carolina League.

• Hawkins’ 18 homers is second in the Carolina League to former Myrtle Beach slugger Joey Gallo and is the most among active players in the circuit. The Texas native’s round-tripper on Sunday was his first since July 30, a span of 15 games.

• Winston-Salem has slugged only two dingers in 15 games this month. This is a drastic change for the Dash, which had 11 in April before posting large home run numbers in May (18), June (23) and July (19).

• Shortstop Cleuluis Rondon had a single, a run scored and a stolen base on Sunday. The 20-year-old is riding a seven-game hitting streak, during which he is batting .355 (11-for-31) with five RBIs and six runs scored.

• Third baseman Trey Michalczewski went 2-for-4 with two singles in Sunday’s contest. It was the 19-year-old’s first multi-hit game at the High-A level. He now has hits in three straight games.

• The Dash are currently three games behind Salem for the final Southern Division playoff spot with 14 regular season contests remaining. The Red Sox have won eight straight games coming into this series.

• The Dash and Red Sox are meeting for the first time since June 19-21, when Winston-Salem took two-of-three in the Triad. Overall this season, the Dash hold a 9-8 edge in the season series.

• Right-hander Terance Marin will get the start for the Dash tonight. The California native had pitched in relief of Carlos Rodon during his last two outings, allowing seven runs in eight and two-third innings. Overall this season, the 24-year-old is 3-3 with a 4.06 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. Every Dash home game can be viewed on MiLB.tv.

- Dave

Game #125 Preview – Dash at Wilmington

Game #125 – Road Game #63
Winston-Salem Dash (25-30, 55-69) at Wilmington Blue Rocks (26-26, 59-61)
Sunday, August 17 – 5:05 p.m.
Frawley Stadium (Wilmington, Del.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem endured another heartbreaking defeat, falling 6-5 in ten innings at Wilmington on Saturday night. Cody Stubbs’ walk-off single sent the Dash to their tenth loss in the last 11 games.

Courtney Hawkins has taken over the Carolina League lead in RBIs. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Courtney Hawkins has taken over the Carolina League lead in RBIs. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

• Left-hander Carlos Rodon was promoted to Triple-A Charlotte before Saturday’s game. The former NC State star made four appearances with the Dash, posting a 1.86 ERA in nine and two-third innings. Read more about Rodon’s time in Winston-Salem here.

• During this recent funk, the Dash have been dealt some painful setbacks. Of the ten losses since August 5, four games have been one-run margins and two tilts were decided by a pair of runs. Winston-Salem’s opponent has won in its last at-bat six times during the last nine games.

• Outfielder Courtney Hawkins went 2-for-4 with two doubles, four RBIs and a stolen base on Saturday, including a game-tying two-bagger in the ninth inning. The 20-year-old now has hits in four straight games and seven of his last eight contests.

• With his four RBIs on Saturday, Hawkins has surged to the top of the Carolina League in that category. The Texas native has driven in 76 runs this season, three more than former Myrtle Beach catcher Jorge Alfaro for the top spot.

• Shortstop Cleuluis Rondon tallied a triple, RBI and two runs scored on Saturday. The 20-year-old has a six-game hitting streak, batting .370 (10-for-27) with five RBIs and five runs scored during that stretch.

• First baseman Keon Barnum went 3-for-5 with two singles and a double. The 21-year-old hadn’t registered at least three hits in a game since a four-hit effort on June 30 against Carolina.

• The Dash are now three games behind Salem for the final Southern Division playoff spot with 15 regular season contests remaining. The Red Sox have won seven straight games and now lead Carolina by two-and-a-half games for the postseason berth.

• Winston-Salem wraps up the season series with Wilmington this evening. The Blue Rocks have won ten of the 18 meetings between the clubs in 2014, and the Dash are 3-6 at Frawley Stadium.

• Right-hander James Dykstra will try to help the Dash avoid a road sweep tonight. The California native has struggled in his last two outings, allowing 14 runs in seven and one-third innings. In six starts with the Dash this season, the 23-year-old is 2-2 with a 5.82 ERA.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

This evening’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 4:50 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 5:05.

- Dave

Game #124 Preview – Dash at Wilmington

Game #124 – Road Game #62
Winston-Salem Dash (25-29, 55-68) at Wilmington Blue Rocks (25-26, 58-61)
Saturday, August 16 – 7:05 p.m.
Frawley Stadium (Wilmington, DE)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash suffered another tough loss on Friday, falling 5-3 at Wilmington. The Blue Rocks rallied for three runs in the bottom of the eighth to send Winston-Salem to its ninth loss in the last ten games.

Cleuluis Rondon now has hits in five straight games for the Dash. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Cleuluis Rondon now has hits in five straight games for the Dash. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

• During this recent funk, the Dash have been dealt some painful setbacks. Of the nine losses since August 5, three games have been one-run margins and two tilts were decided by a pair of runs. Winston-Salem’s opponent has won in its last at-bat five times during the last eight games.

• Right-hander Tyler Danish allowed two runs and four hits in six innings while striking out four on Friday. The 19-year-old had his 25-inning scoreless streak come to an end when Raul Mondesi hit a solo homer in the fourth inning.

• Mondesi also became the first batter to net a hit against Danish since a leadoff single by Lynchburg’s Emerson Landoni in the fifth inning on August 3. Danish did not surrender a hit to 36 consecutive batters over 11.1 innings. During that stretch, Danish faced just three more than the minimum.

• Shortstop Cleuluis Rondon registered a double and a run scored in Friday’s contest. The 20-year-old has a five-game hitting streak, batting .391 (9-for-23) with four RBIs and three runs scored during that stretch.

• Outfielder Courtney Hawkins had a single, RBI and run scored on Friday. The 20-year-old now has 72 RBIs this season, tying former teammate Jason Coats for second in the Carolina League. The Texas native trails former Myrtle Beach catcher Jorge Alfaro (73) for the top spot.

Michael Marjama went 1-for-4 with a single and run scored on Friday. The California native has hits in three straight games, during which he is batting .500 (6-for-12).

• The Dash are two games behind Salem for the final Southern Division playoff spot with 16 regular season games remaining. The Red Sox have won six straight games and now lead Carolina by a game-and-a-half for the postseason berth.

• The Dash are just 3-5 at Frawley Stadium in 2014 after posting a 15-5 mark in Delaware during the previous two seasons. Winston-Salem has scored just 13 runs in eight games at Frawley this year.

• Right-hander J.B. Wendelken will take the mound for the Dash tonight. During his most recent outing at Lynchburg last Sunday, the 21-year-old allowed just one run in seven innings while tallying five strikeouts. He ended up with a no-decision in the 2-1 setback against the Hillcats.

• Wendelken has pitched well against Wilmington this season. In three starts against the Blue Rocks, the Georgia native boasts a 1.93 ERA in 18.2 innings. Overall this season, Wendelken is 6-9 with a 4.70 ERA.

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 #118 Preview – Dash at Lynchburg

Game #118 – Road Game #59
Winston-Salem Dash (24-24, 54-63) at Lynchburg Hillcats (24-23, 58-59)
Saturday, August 9 – 6:05 p.m.
Calvin Falwell Field (Lynchburg, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash were clipped by Lynchburg in Friday night’s series opener, 4-3. The Hillcats rallied for three runs in the eighth inning, sending Winston-Salem to its fourth straight loss.

Tyler Danish is 4-1 with a 0.93 ERA during his last seven starts. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Tyler Danish is 4-1 with a 0.93 ERA over his last seven starts. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Courtney Hawkins – DH
Jason Coats – RF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – 3B
Jake Peter – 2B
Michael Marjama – C
Keenyn Walker – LF
Tyler Danish – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• Friday marked the second straight game in which the Dash lost during an opponent’s last at-bat. This season, Winston-Salem has lost 17 games during the last at-bat, including four walk-offs.

• Outfielder Jason Coats slugged his 15th homer of the season on Friday, a three-run blast. The Texas native is now tied for fourth in the Carolina League in round-trippers.

• With his three RBIs on Friday, Coats tied teammate Courtney Hawkins for the Dash lead with 71. The duo is tied for second in the Carolina League in that category, only trailing former Myrtle Beach catcher Jorge Alfaro (73) for the top spot.

• Second baseman Jake Peter registered his first multi-hit game at the High-A level, going 2-for-4 with two singles and a stolen base. The 21-year-old has hits in three of four games since he was promoted to Winston-Salem on August 5.

• The Dash made a couple of roster moves earlier today. Outfielder Jacob May was placed on the seven-day disabled list and outfielder Adam Engel was promoted from Low-A Kannapolis to take his place. Also, infielder Nick Basto has been activated from the disabled list.

• The Dash have struggled at Calvin Falwell Field in recent history. Winston-Salem has dropped six of eight contests at Lynchburg this season. Since 2012, the Hillcats are 21-9 (.700) against the Dash at home (regular season and playoffs).

• Winston-Salem’s lead for the final Southern Division playoff spot remains at a half-game over Carolina with 22 games remaining. The Dash and Mudcats are scheduled to meet seven times during the final 11 days of the regular season.

• Right-hander Tyler Danish will look to maintain his momentum on the mound tonight. During his most recent outing against Lynchburg on Sunday, the 19-year-old tied a career-high with eight strikeouts while surrendering only two hits over six scoreless innings.

• Danish has been incredible during the last month. In his last seven starts, the Florida native has posted a 4-1 record and 0.93 ERA in 38.2 innings. Since his promotion to Winston-Salem in mid-May, Danish is 5-2 with a 2.81 ERA.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 5:50 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 6:05.

- Dave

Game #117 Preview – Dash at Lynchburg

Game #117 – Road Game #58
Winston-Salem Dash (24-23, 54-62) at Lynchburg Hillcats (23-23, 57-59)
Friday, August 8 – 6:05 p.m.
Calvin Falwell Field (Lynchburg, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Despite a strong outing from Carlos Rodon in his first High-A start, the Dash were swept at Potomac, 6-4 on Thursday afternoon. Winston-Salem will try to snap a three-game losing streak in the series opener at Lynchburg tonight.

Jacob May has recorded hits in eight of his last nine games. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Jacob May has recorded hits in eight of his last nine games. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Jacob May – CF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Jason Coats – RF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Jake Peter – 2B
Keenyn Walker – DH
Justin Jirschele – 3B
Brandon Brennan – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• Left-hander Carlos Rodon tossed three scoreless innings in his longest professional outing on Thursday, lowering his season ERA with the Dash to 3.00. The former NC State star allowed two hits and one walk while striking out three.

• Righty Terance Marin followed Rodon out of the bullpen, surrendering five runs and seven hits in four innings. The California native suffered the loss, dropping to 3-3 this season.

• Outfielder Jacob May went 3-for-5 with two singles, a double and a run scored on Thursday. The Ohio native has at least one hit in eight of his last nine games and is batting .351 (13-for-37) during that stretch.

• Outfielder Jason Coats drove in a run on Thursday, raising his season total to 68 RBIs. That trails teammate Courtney Hawkins (71) for the most RBIs among active players in the circuit. Former Myrtle Beach catcher Jorge Alfaro leads the league with 73 RBIs.

• First baseman Keon Barnum went 2-for-3 with a single, double and an RBI in Tuesday’s contest. The 21-year-old has posted back-to-back two-hit games and now has 31 multi-hit games this season.

• The Dash have struggled at Calvin Falwell Field in recent history. Winston-Salem has dropped five of seven contests at Lynchburg this season. Since 2012, the Hillcats are 20-9 (.690) against the Dash at home.

• Winston-Salem’s lead for the final Southern Division playoff spot has dwindled to a half-game over Carolina with 23 games remaining. The Dash and Mudcats are scheduled to meet seven times during the final ten days of the regular season.

• Right-hander Lucas Sims will be on the mound for Lynchburg tonight. The 20-year-old is rated by Baseball America as the top prospect in the Atlanta Braves system. Sims is 7-9 with a 4.42 ERA in 23 starts with the Hillcats this season.

• Right-hander Brandon Brennan will make his second High-A start this evening. During his Dash debut against Lynchburg last Saturday, the California native allowed two runs in five innings. He earned the win in the 5-4 victory over the Hillcats.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 5:50 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 6:05.

- Dave

Game #113 Preview – Dash vs. Lynchburg

Game #113 – Home Game #59
Winston-Salem Dash (23-20, 53-59) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (21-21, 55-57)
Sunday, August 3 – 5 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash used a five-run third inning to propel them to the lead and held on for a 5-4 victory over Lynchburg on Saturday night. Winston-Salem leads the Southern Division by one game as they go for a sweep of the Hillcats.

Tyler Danish had a 3-1 record and 1.10 ERA in six July starts. (Dan Barber/W-S Dash)

Tyler Danish had a 3-1 record and 1.10 ERA in six July starts. (Dan Barber/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Keenyn Walker – CF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Jason Coats – RF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Zach Voight – DH
Michael Marjama – C
Justin Jirschele – 3B
Tyler Danish – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• Second baseman Joey DeMichele went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple, two RBIs and a run scored on Saturday. The Arizona native now has hits in six of his last seven games and has registered 23 multi-hit games this season.

• Outfielder Jason Coats tallied his 67th RBI of the season with a third-inning sacrifice fly on Saturday. The 24-year-old ranks fourth in the Carolina League in RBIs, while teammate Courtney Hawkins is second with 69.

• Right-hander Brandon Brennan won his High-A debut on Saturday, allowing two runs and six hits in five innings. The California native struck out three Lynchburg batters and walked three.

• The Dash are alone in first place for the first time since June 27, when they were 6-3 in the second half Southern Division standings.

• The Dash will try to earn their third series sweep of the season and second at BB&T Ballpark. Winston-Salem took all three games at Frederick from June 25-27 and swept a rain-shortened two-game series against Wilmington at home in mid-June.

• Winston-Salem has won four of the last five meetings with Lynchburg at BB&T Ballpark. The Hillcats own the overall season series lead against the Dash, however, having won seven of 13 matchups.

• The Dash made a roster move prior to tonight’s game. Third baseman Nick Basto has been placed on the disabled list and infielder Zach Voight was recalled from Low-A Kannapolis.

• Right-hander Tyler Danish will try to pitch the Dash to a series sweep tonight. During his most recent outing against Frederick last Tuesday, the 19-year-old tossed five scoreless innings and struck out six. He earned the win in the 4-0 win over the Keys.

• Danish is coming off a spectacular July. In six outings last month, the righty went 3-1 with a 1.10 ERA in 32.2 innings of work. Overall, Danish is 4-2 with a 3.10 ERA in 12 starts with the Dash since his mid-May promotion from Low-A Kannapolis.

• 2014 first-round draft pick Carlos Rodon is scheduled to pitch out of the bullpen for the Dash tonight. During his High-A debut last Wednesday against Frederick, the former NC State star threw one inning in relief, allowing two runs and one hit while striking out three and walking two.

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 can be viewed on MiLB.tv.

- Dave

Game #110 Preview – Dash vs. Frederick

Game #110 – Home Game #56
Winston-Salem Dash (21-19, 51-58) vs. Frederick Keys (16-22, 48-57)
Thursday, July 31 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash walloped Frederick 12-2 on Wednesday afternoon for their fourth straight win. Winston-Salem goes for a three-game sweep of the Keys tonight.

Courtney Hawkins had an inside-the-park homer in Wednesday's win. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Courtney Hawkins had an inside-the-park homer in Wednesday’s win. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Jacob May – CF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Jason Coats – RF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Nick Basto – 3B
Omar Narvaez – C
Keenyn Walker – DH
Terance Marin – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• Left-hander Carlos Rodon made his High-A debut on Wednesday, allowing two runs (both earned) and one hit in one inning of relief. The former NC State star threw 33 pitches, striking out three while walking two. Read more about Rodon’s Dash debut here.

• Right-hander J.B. Wendelken carved up the Frederick batting order on Wednesday, striking out a Dash-era record 13 batters in seven shutout innings. The 21-year-old surrendered only two hits and two walks.

• The previous record for strikeouts by a Winston-Salem pitcher in the Dash era (since 2009) was 11, and it had been reached twice. Hector Santiago whiffed 11 Kinston batters on April 16, 2011 at BB&T Ballpark and Frank Montas struck out 11 at Salem on May 22 of this year.

• Outfielder Courtney Hawkins tied a season-high with three hits and three runs scored on Wednesday. Hawkins previously had three hits in a game at Salem on April 8 and scored three runs at Salem on April 27.

• Hawkins also registered the third inside-the-park home run in BB&T Ballpark history and second this season. Myrtle Beach’s Christopher Bostick had an inside-the-parker on July 18, while former Dash player Nick Ciolli had an inside-the-park grand slam on August 2, 2011 against Wilmington.

• First baseman Keon Barnum went 2-for-5 with a single and home run in Wednesday’s win. The 21-year-old is batting .313 with five homers, 21 RBIs and 21 runs scored in 39 games since the All-Star Break.

• The White Sox announced four moves today that affect the Dash roster. Pitchers Tony Bucciferro and Jefferson Olacio have been promoted to Double-A Birmingham, while reliever Brandon Hardin returns to Winston-Salem from Birmingham. In addition, pitcher Brandon Brennan has been promoted from Low-A Kannapolis.

• Tonight’s meeting is the last between the Dash and Keys during the 2014 regular season. Winston-Salem is currently 10-9 against Frederick this year and that includes a 4-5 mark at BB&T Ballpark.

• The Dash are seeking their third sweep of the season and second at BB&T Ballpark. Winston-Salem captured all three games at Frederick from June 25-27 and swept a rain-shortened two game series against Wilmington in mid-June.

• The Dash have tied a season-best with four straight wins, but have yet to achieve a five-game winning streak in 2014. Winston-Salem also strung together four straight victories from June 7-10 and June 24-27.

• Right-hander Terance Marin will try to pitch the Dash to a sweep tonight. During his most recent outing at Wilmington last Saturday, the California native was dominant, allowing just one run and two hits while striking out six. He finished with a no-decision in the 2-1 Dash win in 11 innings. Overall, Marin is 3-2 with a 3.16 ERA this season.

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 #104 Preview – Dash vs. Potomac

Game #104 – Home Game #53
Winston-Salem Dash (17-17, 47-56) vs. Potomac Nationals (16-15, 54-46)
Thursday, July 24 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash rode a seven-run fifth inning to defeat Potomac in a Wednesday matinee contest, 9-4. Winston-Salem goes for its second home sweep of the season tonight.

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Nick Basto slugged his second homer in as many days on Wednesday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Jacob May – CF
Keenyn Walker – RF
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Jason Coats – DH
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Nick Basto – 3B
Grant Buckner – 1B
Michael Marjama – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
J.B. Wendelken – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• Third baseman Nick Basto homered for the second straight game, a three-run blast that blew open Wednesday’s tilt. The 20-year-old now has a seven-game hitting streak, during which he is batting .407 (11-for-27).

• Outfielder Courtney Hawkins muscled his 16th homer of the season on Wednesday, a solo shot. The 20-year-old is now alone in second place in the Carolina League in round-trippers, and has the most among active players in the circuit.

• Infielder Justin Jirschele registered two hits and two runs scored in his return from Triple-A Charlotte. The Wisconsin native, who played in two games with the Knights last week, is now batting .350 in 34 games with the Dash this season.

• Outfielder Jason Coats went 2-for-4 with a single, double and run scored. The Texas native now has hits in 14 of his last 15 games, rising to fourth in the Carolina League in doubles with 27.

• After surrendering a first-inning run, Tyler Danish found his groove, allowing one run and six hits in six innings. The 19-year-old lowered his 2014 ERA to 2.27 between Low-A Kannapolis and Winston-Salem, a mark that ranks 15th among full-season qualifiers.

• The Dash will look to push past the .500 mark at BB&T Ballpark for the first time this season, currently holding a 26-26 record in the Triad. Winston-Salem has reached the break-even mark at home on two other occasions, but failed to win the next contest.

• The Dash are continuing their dominance over Potomac at BB&T Ballpark in this series. Since the beginning of the 2012 season, Winston-Salem boasts a 23-6 (.793) mark in home contests against the P-Nats.

• Right-hander J.B. Wendelken will try to lift Winston-Salem to a sweep this evening. The 21-year-old posted a 3.76 ERA during the first half of the year, but has a 9.49 ERA in five starts since the All-Star Break in his first professional season as a starter. Overall, Wendelken is 5-8 with a 5.12 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

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