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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

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

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