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With two days remaining in the first half, the Dash are two games behind Myrtle Beach in the Southern Division standings. Thus, we will have a game preview available for every game until either the Dash or the Pelicans claim the first-half crown.
Game #68 – Road Game #32
Winston-Salem Dash at Wilmington Blue Rocks
Friday, June 14 – 7:05 p.m.
Current Position: 2nd (2.0 GB)
It’s simple now for Winston-Salem. The Dash need to win two, and Myrtle Beach needs to lose three. Winston wraps up the first half with games against Wilmington tonight at tomorrow afternoon, while the Pelicans have a twin bill against Carolina this evening before a first half finale tomorrow night. Myrtle’s magic number sits at one, while the Dash must have five games go their way to punch a postseason ticket.
Winston-Salem – RHP Myles Jaye (3-1, 6.42 ERA): Jaye began his High-A career with four strong outings. In all of them, he pitched into the sixth inning and surrendered three runs or less. However, the former Toronto farmhand has struggled in his last two efforts (9.1 IP, 13 R/ER, 17 H). Jaye shined with Low-A Kannapolis before his promotion on May 14 (4-1, 2.20 ERA in seven starts). This will be his first showdown with Wilmington.
Wilmington – LHP Sam Selman (4-5, 5.19 ERA): Selman looks to rebound from the worst start of his minor league career. On Monday at Salem, he did not retire a batter and allowed eight runs (five earned) on four hits. Prior to that outing, the Austin, Texas, native had turned in four straight starts of five innings and two runs or less. His lone outing against Winston-Salem resulted in a loss on April 27, but he twirled a quality start (6.0 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H). The Dash are 11-6 against southpaws this season.
- Winston-Salem is tied with Frederick for the Carolina League lead in home runs with 60. The Dash, who pace the circuit with 20 long balls thus far in June, went yard three times on Friday for the fifth time this season.
- Three of the top ten home run hitters in the Carolina League are on the Dash’s roster: Courtney Hawkins (13, 2nd), Chris Curley (12, 3rd) and Jeremy Farrell (9, T-8th). Both Hawkins and Curley hit a solo homer last night.
- The Dash continued their domination against the Blue Rocks thanks to yesterday’s one-run win. Winston-Salem have won 11 of the 12 matchups in 2013. Since last season, the Dash are 26-6 versus Wilmington. Winston now owns an eight-game winning streak at Frawley Stadium dating back to August of last year.
- Bryan Blough earned his third straight win and quality start against the Rocks last night. In 20 innings versus the Blue Crew, he has allowed just three earned runs, which calculates to a 1.35 ERA.
- Curley, who is heading to the Home Run Derby next week, has hit safely in nine consecutive games dating back to June 9. During this run, Curley is hitting .385 (15-for-39) with three homers and eight RBIs.
- With a knock Saturday, Curley would become the fifth Winston batter to string together a hitting streak of 10 or more games. Lynchburg is second in that category with three such runs, while no other team has more than two double-digit streaks.
What a turnaround by the Pelicans. Myrtle Beach lost 12 of 13 from May 25 to June 5 to fall to 30-28. Then, Myrtle and Potomac played to a 5-5 tie on June 6. Since then, the Birds have won eight in a row by a combined score of 49-23. Tonight, the Pelicans entertain Carolina, the CL’s worst club, for a doubleheader at 6:05. If the Muddies do not sweep the twin bill, Myrtle Beach will return to the playoffs for the third consecutive year.
With six days remaining in the first half, the Dash are one game behind Myrtle Beach in the Southern Division standings. Thus, we will have a game preview available for every game until either the Dash or the Pelicans claim the first-half crown.
Game #65 – Home Game #35
Winston-Salem Dash vs. Lynchburg Hillcats
Tuesday, June 11 – 7 p.m.
Current Position: 2nd (1.0 GB)
For the first time since Thursday, the Dash find themselves looking up at the Birds in the Southern Division. Winston-Salem spoiled a five-run lead at home against Lynchburg in a 10-9 defeat, while Myrtle Beach edged Frederick 2-1. Winston has six games remaining in the first half, while the Pelicans finish with seven games in six days.
Winston-Salem – RHP Chris Bassitt (5-2, 3.74 ERA): Bassitt is tied for fourth in the Carolina League with five wins, and his earned run average is 12th-best on the circuit. However, the righty has struggled in his last five starts (1-2, 7.11 ERA). Prior to this funk, Bassitt was arguably the CL’s best pitcher through mid-May (4-0, 1.71 ERA). The former Akron Zip collected one of his team high-tying six quality starts during his only outing against Lynchburg in 2013. He went six innings and surrendered only two runs in a win over the Hillcats on April 23 at BB&T Ballpark.
Lynchburg – TBA: The Hillcats have yet to announce a starter. A roster move is expected in advance of tonight’s game.
- The Dash’s season-long six-game home winning streak came to an end on Monday. Winston-Salem, who suffered its first home loss of the month, outscored its opposition 46-17 during the streak.
- In Monday’s series opener, Winston spoiled a five-run lead, the largest advantage wasted in a Dash loss this season. The Dash had not wasted a lead bigger than last night’s five-run cushion since August 31, 2011, when Winston-Salem held a 7-1 lead in a game it lost to Salem by a score of 16-10.
- Winston-Salem matched a season high with three homers in Monday’s loss. The Dash are second in the Carolina League with 56 homers, which is one shy of Frederick for the circuit’s top spot.
- Joey DeMichele continued his recent tear with a 2-for-4 effort Monday. He boasts a 10-game hitting streak, which is one game shy of the longest by a Dash hitter this season. Both Mark Haddow and Rangel Ravelo have strung together a hitting streak of 11 games in 2013.
- Outfielder Courtney Hawkins continues to thrive since returning from the disabled list on June 2. The top prospect in the White Sox system hit his 12th homer in his 33rd game with Winston-Salem. Since his left shoulder injury fully healed, Hawkins is hitting .308 (12-for-39) with five homers and 14 RBIs.
- Congratulations to Double-A Birmingham on clinching the first half North Division title in the Southern League with a win over Jacksonville on Monday. More than half of the current Barons were with Winston-Salem last year on a team that many called the “best team I’ve ever been on.” Two Dash alums spoke out on Twitter about the accomplishment.
— Keenyn Walker (@Keenyn_Walker) June 10, 2013
— Kevin Vance (@SorryBoutIt10) June 10, 2013
The Pelicans and Frederick Keys continue their three-game set from TicketReturn.com Field tonight at 7:05. This season, Myrtle Beach is 6-3 against the Keys, who are now 3.5 games behind Potomac in the Northern Division. Thus, this is a huge game for Frederick, too. The Birds send Victor Payano (4-3, 3.86 ERA) to the hill against fellow southpaw Eduardo Rodriguez (6-2, 2.94 ERA).
“We’re going to play each game like a playoff game,” Kevan Smith said in our pregame chat prior to Sunday’s sweep-clinching win over Wilmington. With a week remaining in the first half, the Dash are tied with Myrtle Beach atop the Southern Division standings. Thus, we will have a game preview available for every game until either the Dash or the Pelicans claim the first-half crown.
Game #64 – Home Game #34
Winston-Salem Dash vs. Lynchburg Hillcats
Monday, June 10 – 7 p.m.
Current Position: T-1st
Following their league-leading sixth sweep of 2013 over Wilmington, the Dash kick off their final home series of the first half tonight against the Lynchburg Hillcats inside BB&T Ballpark. Winston’s sweep did not help the club gain any ground in the division chase thanks to Myrtle Beach’s brooming of Carolina in Zebulon over the weekend.
Winston-Salem – RHP Myles Jaye (3-1, 5.34 ERA): Jaye will try to bounce back from the roughest outing of his young High-A career. Five days ago at Salem, Jaye surrendered seven runs, all of which were earned, on nine hits. However, the Fayatteville, Ga., native did manage to last six innings, and he retired the final nine he faced. After shining with Low-A Kannapolis to begin the year (4-1, 2.20 ERA in seven starts), Jaye has posted a quality start in three of his five efforts with Winston-Salem. He will square off with the defending champion Hillcats for the first time tonight.
Lynchburg – RHP A.J. Holland (3-4, 3.74 ERA): Holland has been a member of Lynchburg’s rotation since the start of the season, and he turned in his best outing of the campaign five days ago. He held Frederick to one run on four hits in a season-high eight innings. This stellar showing followed the righty’s worst start, during which he did not get an out at Potomac on May 31 (4 R, 2 H, 4 BB). In two outings against the Dash this season, Holland is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA (12.0 IP, 4 ER).
- Winston-Salem has dropped six of its eight games against Lynchburg thus far this season. The Hillcats averaged 6.3 runs per game in those eight contests, while Dash hurlers collectively own a 6.26 ERA in the season series.
- Despite a hitless effort Sunday, Courtney Hawkins continues to thrive since returning from a month-long stint on the disabled list. Hawkins is hitting .324 (11-for-34) with four homers, 12 RBIs and eight runs scored.
- Winston-Salem infielder Joey DeMichele has hit safely in nine straight games and 15 of his last 17 contests dating back to May 26, when his average sat at .189. During these 17 games, the former Arizona State product is hitting .380 (27-for-71) with 10 RBIs and 16 runs scored. This spurt has raised his average 55 points to .244.
- Dating back to May 31, the Dash have won six straight games at BB&T Ballpark. Winston has outscored its opposition 46-17 during this streak. This marks the 12th winning streak of five-plus games in BB&T Ballpark’s history, which dates back to 2010.
- A year ago, the Dash entered the first half’s final week with a three-game lead on Salem in the division race. Winston-Salem finished the half with a 6-1 record thanks to a three-game sweep of Potomac at home and a three-out-of-four take at Wilmington.
- Winston-Salem pummeled Wilmington righty Kyle Smith on Sunday (5.0 IP, 6 R, 6 ER, 6 H). Smith entered the contest with a 1.92 ERA, which was 11th among qualifiers in Minor League Baseball. Smith, who had not allowed more than three runs in a 2013 outing before Sunday, now has an ERA of 2.59.
Myrtle Beach opens up a three-game series at home against the Frederick Keys tonight at 7:05. Thus far this season, the Pelicans are 5-3 versus the Keys, who enter the first half’s final week three games behind Potomac in the Northern Division. Frederick’s Zach Davies (4-2, 3.90 ERA) is scheduled to oppose fellow righty Nick Martinez (4-3, 2.73 ERA).
Join Rob Low and I for the Pregame Dash at 6:45 p.m. here. You’ll hear from Dash skipper Ryan Newman in advance of the Dash’s series opener against Lynchburg.
Prior to Sunday’s sweep chance of Carolina, the Dash received an offensive boost. Outfielder Courtney Hawkins, the top prospect in the White Sox system according to multiple outlets, has been activated from the disabled list. He will be in the Dash’s lineup Sunday as the center fielder and five-hole hitter.
Hawkins hurt his left shoulder while making a diving catch in Lynchburg on May 1, and he was on the disabled list for exactly one month. The Corpus Christi, Texas, native spent the majority of his recovery time with the club, but he did head to Arizona to play in a few extended spring training games over the last week.
In our pregame chat with Hawkins, he discussed the injury and its silver lining. The 19-year-old also chatted about the Dash’s playoff push, his productivity while on the bench and a new mentor.
Prior to his injury, Hawkins was hitting .177 (14-for-79) with seven homers and 17 RBIs. He was leading the minors in strikeouts (45) through the season’s first month, but he had only struck out four times in his last five games.
To make room for Hawkins, fellow outfielder Yoandy Barroso has been placed on the disabled list. Thus, the roster sits at the league maximum of 25.
Winston-Salem and Carolina conclude their three-game series this afternoon at 2. Pregame coverage begins at 1:45 here. Talk to you then.
Dash infielder Jeremy Farrell has been on a hot streak of late, going 4-4 with three doubles and a home run in Tuesday night’s series opener against Salem. He has also homered in back to back games, after also hitting one Sunday in the series finale against Potomac at BB&T Ballpark. Farrell has now tied Chris Curley and Courtney Hawkins for the team lead in home runs with seven. He has also driven in 32 runs, a total that is second to Myrtle Beach’s Trever Adams for the Carolina League lead.
Growing up, Farrell and his brothers were around the game all the time. His father, Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell, was a player in the major leagues for a few seasons with the Indians, Angels and Tigers before joining the coaching ranks. Jeremy says that having his dad in and around the game all the time helped him to prepare for his own baseball career:
“My brothers and I wouldn’t have had it any other way growing up around the ballpark. It was a great way to grow up. We learned a lot and always had a great role model in our dad.”
Now Jeremy has the chance to be the same kind of mentor to his own son after he and his wife Bridget celebrated the birth of their first child during the offseason.
“It’s great to be able to bring him around the clubhouse even though he’s too young to really know what’s going on. It’s a unique experience and something I hope I can pass on to him like my dad did with us.”
The new addition to the family was just one part of a wild offseason for Jeremy as he spent spring training with the Pittsburgh Pirates’ organization before being released and signing with the White Sox on Opening Day. Having spent his entire minor league career in one organization, he didn’t know what to expect at first. After settling in with the White Sox, Farrell is happy with where he has landed:
“The Chicago White Sox have been great so far. There’s a lot of great people who are here to help you and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here so far. I am looking forward to what the future brings.”
Winston-Salem is certainly glad to have him, too. Farrell has been a key cog in the middle of the Dash’s order throughout the season, especially during this four-game winning streak.
The Dash will wrap up their three-game series with the Salem Red Sox with a doubleheader today after last night’s rainout. Game one starts at 5:05 p.m. Join Brian here for the Pregame Dash starting at 4:50 p.m.
The Chicago White Sox have announced a pair of roster moves affecting the Winston-Salem Dash this afternoon which will shuffle around the Dash’s outfield a bit.
Outfielder Adam Heisler has been placed on the disabled list retroactive to May 20 with a knee injury. Heisler boasts the longest active on-base streak in Minor League Baseball, which sits at 41 games. Heisler reached in his final three games of 2012 while with rookie-level Great Falls before finding his way on base in all 38 games this year (19 with Low-A Kannapolis and 19 with Winston-Salem). Heisler has hit safely in 32 of these 41 games, during which he owns a .304 average (48-for-158) with 16 RBIs and 28 runs scored.
Heisler was injured while making a diving catch on May 12 in Potomac and has missed several games since, as Brian chronicled earlier today. The Dash’s primary center fielder since Courtney Hawkins landed on the DL earlier this month, Heisler has hit .280 with six stolen bases in 19 games following his promotion from Kannapolis on April 25.
To replace Heisler on the Dash’s 25-man roster, outfielder Joe De Pinto has been transferred back to Winston-Salem from Double-A Birmingham. In five games for the Barons, the former USC Trojan hit .375 (6-for-16) with a pair of RBIs. De Pinto started the season with the Dash and hit .158 in 10 games while playing all three outfield positions at least once.
The Dash will be looking to earn a series victory over the Salem Red Sox as they continue their three-game set from LewisGale Field tonight at 7:05. Join Brian here at 6:50 for the Pregame Dash.
Winston-Salem rolled the Salem Red Sox 11-1 last night in a series opener at LewisGale Field for their fourth straight win, which matches the Dash’s longest winning streak of the campaign. We touch on that blowout, along with a pair of important injury updates, today in the Dots.
- Dash outfielder Courtney Hawkins, who has been on the disabled list since injuring his left shoulder on May 1 at Lynchburg, does not yet have an official timetable for his return. However, Hawkins has spent most of the last few weeks with the Dash, and he is slowly resuming baseball activities. The White Sox first-round pick in 2012, Hawkins has begun throwing and taking dry swings, but he has not hit in the cage yet.
- Hawkins, who hurt his shoulder while making a diving catch in left-center field, is going through his first full season in professional baseball, and this is obviously a setback. Still, the 19-year-old remains in good spirits and in the middle of the Dash’s activities. He is always at the cage during batting practice and near the coaches during each game. You can be sure that Hawkins is getting the itch to return to the field, but he is also soaking up as much as he can while absorbing the game from a different perspective.
- Another Winston-Salem outfielder is banged up a bit. Adam Heisler hurt his knee on a diving catch last Sunday in Potomac. He finished the game but then missed the following three games. The Mobile, Ala., native then played from Thursday through Saturday before missing the last two games as the knee injury continues to bother him. Dash skipper Ryan Newman says Heisler is day-to-day, so we will keep track of his progress.
- Heisler’s injury is noteworthy throughout the Minor League Baseball landscape thanks to his 41-game on-base streak, which is the longest current run in the minors. Barring a disabled list trip, Heisler will have the longest such streak until it ends because he has a pretty safe lead on his closest competitors.
- Rangel Ravelo has been on fire at the High-A level despite a trip to the DL. In his five games with Winston-Salem, Ravelo is hitting .625 (10-for-16) with eight RBIs and four runs scored. He is also a ridiculous 7-for-9 (.778) with men in scoring position.
- The Dash reached, matched or approached plenty of season highs in Tuesday’s thumping of the Red Sox. Jeremy Farrell became the first Dash swinger with four extra-base hits in a single game. The Dash have matched a season high with four straight victories. Joey DeMichele was the fourth man to swipe a pair of bases in one game. Winston won by 10 runs, which is the second-largest margin of victory this season.
- Don’t forget about the pitching side of Tuesday’s victory. Starter Chris Bassitt rebounded from his worst start of the season with one of his best. Bassitt now owns a share of the Carolina League’s wins lead with five. He and three relievers (J.R. Ballinger, Jarrett Casey and Jeremy Erben) combined on a three-hitter in the series opener.
The Dash are back at it tonight at 7:05 in Salem. Join me for the Pregame Dash at 6:50 here. Talk to you then.
This afternoon, the White Sox have announced a pair of roster moves affecting the Winston-Salem Dash. Infielder Rangel Ravelo has been activated from the disabled list after having recovered from a left thumb laceration that landed him on the DL back on May 5. Prior to his injury, the Miami, Fla., native went 4-for-5 in two games with Winston-Salem after starting the season with Low-A Kannapolis.
To make room on the roster for Ravelo, infielder Brent Tanner his been transferred back to the Intimidators. The former South Alabama Jaguar will be making his second trip to Kannapolis after Ravelo’s initial call-up from the Intimidators saw Tanner go the other way back on May 2. In his two stints in Winston so far this year, Tanner is hitting .333 with three RBIs in 13 games.
In other news, the Dash held their annual Community build in conjunction with Lowe’s and Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County today. Several Dash players were on hand to pitch in for a great cause. Here are some photos from their efforts:
Being on the disabled list didn’t stop Courtney Hawkins from helping out this morning.
Last night’s winning pitcher, Terance Marin, hammers away at a piece of sheet metal.
Right-hander Cody Winiarski showed off his handiwork this morning, too.
Righty Jason Van Skike lends a helping hand with some flooring panels.
The Dash continue their three-game series with the Potomac Nationals tonight, with first pitch set for 7 at BB&T Ballpark. Join me here at 6:45 for the Pregame Dash. Talk you to then!
(Thanks to Nikki Caldwell for the photos from today’s event)
The Dash wrap up a month-long run without an off day at 11 a.m. against Frederick. Before the club suits up for a homestand finale against Frederick, let’s update you on three Dash players currently on the disabled list.
White Sox top prospect Courtney Hawkins, who suffered a left shoulder injury last Wednesday at Lynchburg, went to Chicago to continue his recovery. Hawkins spent a few days with the club after injuring himself while making a diving catch in the third inning of Wednesday’s victory over the Hillcats.
Dash skipper Ryan Newman summed it up best with regards to Hawkins—his swing is so violent that the team has to be absolutely certain that his shoulder is fully healed. This is exactly what the White Sox are doing.
Infielder Rangel Ravelo has a cut on his left thumb, and he is simply waiting for it to heal naturally before returning to the field. Ravelo was off to a 4-for-5 start with Winston-Salem before suffering this injury.
Finally, Steven Upchurch underwent Tommy John Surgery earlier this week, his mom informed me. Upchurch has been a key cog in the Dash’s bullpen since early last season. We wish him all the best in his recovery.
The Dash and Keys meet at 11 a.m. We’ll talk to you on the Pregame Dash here at 10:45.
Even though the Dash have dropped three in a row, there are plenty of positive notes to hit on during this Tuesday afternoon. How about an optimistic set of Dash Dots? Last time we did that, Winston-Salem mustered a sweep at Frederick (proof here). Here’s hoping for a similar result.
- Dating back to last season, Winston-Salem outfielder Adam Heisler has reached base in 34 straight games, which is tied for the second-longest current streak in Minor League Baseball. High Desert’s Jamal Austin has reached safely in 38 straight games, while Nashville’s Scooter Gennett also has a 34-game run.
- Heisler made his way aboard in the final three contests of 2012 with rookie-level Great Falls before finding his way on base in all 31 games thus far this season (19 with Low-A Kannapolis and 12 with Winston-Salem). Heisler has hit safely in 27 of these 34 games, and he owns a .303 (40-for-132) average with 15 RBIs and 23 runs scored during this streak.
- Winston-Salem leads the Carolina League in fielding percentage (.976), and the Dash are tied with Potomac for the fewest errors on the circuit (28). The Dash stumbled out of the gates defensively, amassing 10 errors in the first four games and 21 in the first 14. Since then, though, the Dash have only made seven defensive miscues in their last 17 games.
- Dash alum Jordan Danks hit a game-winning home run in the eleventh inning against Kansas City Monday, helping the White Sox avoid a sweep against the surging Royals. It was Danks’ first homer of the season.
- In that ballgame, Addison Reed, who shined with Winston in 2011, earned his 11th save. He also has a win, which means that Reed has had some factor in the decision in 12 of the White Sox first 13 wins.
- How about the start for Double-A Birmingham? The Barons are a Southern League-best 20-10 on the season, including a 13-2 record at home. Birmingham just wrapped up a five-game sweep of Chattanooga over the weekend with a thrilling 16-14 win Sunday afternoon.
- Multiple 2012 Dash alums are at or near the top of the SL in a handful of offensive categories. Dan Black is currently leading in batting average (.340) and RBIs (25) and sits second in hits (35). He is only two behind fellow Baron and former Winston-Salem player Marcus Semien, who tops the league in hits with 37. Trayce Thompson also has the second-most runs (24) on the circuit.
- On the pitching side, Steve McCray and Scott Snodgress are two of five pitchers in the SL who have won four games this season, while Erik Johnson (third, 1.30) and Spencer Arroyo (ninth, 2.36) are in the top 10 on the circuit in earned run average. Taylor Thompson is tied for third with five saves thus far this season, too.
- Vine is one of the newest social media platforms, and both Dash players and Dash fans are having fun with it. Check out Courtney Hawkins’ clips from the Dash’s MVP Education Day at BB&T Ballpark last Saturday. Plus, Dash fan Eric Martinez sums up a Saturday night game here.
The Dash try to avoid losing their fourth straight home game, something they have only done once in BB&T Ballpark history, tonight at 7 against Frederick. Pregame coverage begins at 6:45 here.
- Erika, Rob and Brian