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Doubleheader Preview – Dash vs. Frederick

UPDATE – 1:20 p.m.

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

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

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

GAME BACKGROUND:

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

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

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

GAME ONE STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

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

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

- Dave

Game #11 Preview – Dash at Wilmington

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

GAME BACKGROUND:

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

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

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

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

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

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

- Dave

Game #10 Preview – Dash at Wilmington

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

GAME BACKGROUND:

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

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

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

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

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

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

- Dave

Game #9 Preview – Dash at Wilmington

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

GAME BACKGROUND:

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

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

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

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

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

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

- Dave

Game #8 Preview – Dash at Wilmington

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

GAME BACKGROUND:

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

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

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

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

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

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

Game #7 Preview – Dash at Salem

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

GAME BACKGROUND:

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

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

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

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

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

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

- Dave

Game #6 Preview – Dash at Salem

Game #6 – Road Game #2
Winston-Salem Dash (2-3) at Salem Red Sox (5-0)
Wednesday, April 9 – 7:05 p.m.
LewisGale Field (Salem, VA)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash made a spirited comeback attempt on Tuesday night, nearly overcoming an eight-run deficit before falling to Salem, 12-11. Every Winston-Salem batter in the starting lineup had at least one hit. The Red Sox extended their regular season winning streak to 11 games, dating back to 2013. If you include last year’s playoff run, Salem has now won 16 in a row.

Tim Anderson is hitting .300 through his first five High-A games (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Tim Anderson is hitting .300 through his first five High-A games (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

  • Dash outfielder Courtney Hawkins went 3-for-5 with a home run and five RBIs in Tuesday night’s game. Hawkins continues his torrid start to the season, now riding a five-game hitting streak while leading the Carolina League in homers (3), RBIs (11), slugging percentage (1.053) and total bases (20). Brian discussed Hawkins’ torrid start earlier today and sized him up among other minor league sluggers.
  • Dash outfielder Jason Coats established a season-high in hits (3) and tied a career-high in runs scored (3) on Tuesday night. The only other time Coats scored three runs in a game during his pro career was with Low-A Kannapolis against Delmarva on July 18, 2013.
  • Winston-Salem fell one run shy of what would have been the greatest comeback in the Dash era (2009-present). The biggest single-game rally came on May 22, 2009, when Winston-Salem erased a 7-0 hole against Salem and won 8-7. The Dash have also battled back from a six-run deficit on four different occasions, most recently on August 14, 2012, against the Red Sox.
  • Tuesday marked the first time since August 31, 2011, where the Dash scored at least 10 runs in a game and still lost. In that contest, Winston-Salem fell to Salem, 16-10 at BB&T Ballpark.
  • With four errors last night, the Dash have committed 13 this season, tied for the second-most in Minor League Baseball. The Midland Rockhounds (Double-A, Oakland) in the Texas League have compiled 14 errors, while the Fort Wayne TinCaps (Low-A, San Diego) of the Midwest League also have made 13 miscues.
  • Probable starting pitcher J.B. Wendelken will get the ball for the second time this season. The 21-year-old made the first start of his professional career last Thursday against Wilmington, allowing three runs (two earned) in five innings while suffering the Opening Night loss.

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

A look at Courtney Hawkins’ hot start

Courtney Hawkins leads the Carolina League in homers and RBIs (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Courtney Hawkins leads the Carolina League in homers and RBIs (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

The 2014 season is still very young, but Courtney Hawkins looks like a different player than the one who struggled a year ago here in the Carolina League.

The 20-year-old is hitting .421 (8-for-19) with all three of the Dash’s home runs and 11 of Winston-Salem’s 22 RBIs. He is the only Dash hitter with a hit in each of the club’s first five games, and the Corpus Christi, Texas, native is currently riding a four-game RBI streak.

In all of Minor League Baseball, Hawkins is near the top in both home runs and RBIs:

HOME RUNS:

1. Gwinnett’s Ernesto Mejia – 5
2. Lehigh Valley’s Cameron Rupp – 4
3. Courtney Hawkins – 3 (tied with seven others)

RBIs:

1. Bakersfield’s Marquez Smith – 13
T-2. Courtney Hawkins – 11 (tied with two others)

Hawkins’ stance and swing was consistently tweaked throughout the 2013 season, when he did club 19 home runs. However, in the middle of Spring Training, the White Sox altered it even more. Since then, Hawkins’ approach is more compact. He bends his knees a bit more and holds his wrists closer to his body. The results have been very encouraging through five games.

The former first round pick is also displaying much stronger plate discipline. He does have seven strikeouts in 19 at-bats, but Hawkins has done a much better job laying off breaking balls and working counts. All power hitters have their fair share of strikeouts, but it’s what they do when putting the ball in play that is truly important.

Last season, Hawkins started out in the three-hole before dropping down to the five spot. He received that three spot again to start this season, and it does not look like he will relinquish it soon.

- Brian

Game #5 Preview – Dash at Salem

Game #5 – Road Game #1
Winston-Salem Dash (2-2) at Salem Red Sox (4-0)
Tuesday, April 8 – 7:05 p.m.
LewisGale Field (Salem, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash earned a four-game series split with the Wilmington Blue Rocks, winning 7-1 on Sunday afternoon. Winston-Salem now hits the road for the first time this season, meeting a Red Sox team that swept four games from the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on Opening Weekend. This is Salem’s home opener.

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

  • Dash outfielder Courtney Hawkins has a four-game hitting streak to start the season. It’s his longest since August 5-10, 2013, when he hit in six straight games. Hawkins is the only Winston-Salem player to have at least one hit in all four games in 2014, and he leads the Carolina League with six RBIs.
  • Dash infielder Nick Basto tied a career-high in hits on Sunday, going 3-for-4 with two singles, a double and two RBIs. The 20-year-old achieved a three-hit day five other times in his pro career, most recently on August 3, 2013, when he was with Low-A Kannapolis against Hagerstown.
  • Last season, the Dash posted a 34-36 mark away from BB&T Ballpark. Since becoming the Dash in 2009, the franchise has a 169-176-1 (.490) all-time road record.
  • Salem boasts a 10-game regular season winning streak dating back to last year, and if you include their 2013 playoff games, the Red Sox have won 15 straight. The all-time Carolina League record for consecutive regular season victories is 16, set by the 1950 Winston-Salem Cardinals.
  • Through four games, Winston-Salem has the second-best earned run average in the Carolina League (2.50). The Dash pitching staff allowed just 10 earned runs in the opening series against Wilmington.
  • Probable starting pitcher Mike Recchia made five starts with the Dash last season, going 1-0 with a 4.88 ERA. He has made 13 starts during his affiliated minor league career (69 appearances) but led the Frontier League in innings pitched, complete games and shutouts with the independent Windy City ThunderBolts in 2012.

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 #4 Preview – Dash vs. Wilmington

Game #4– Home Game #4
Winston-Salem Dash (1-2) vs. Wilmington Blue Rocks (2-1)
Sunday, April 6 – 2 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC) 

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash earned their first win of the season Saturday night, 3-2 over the Blue Rocks. Outfielder Courtney Hawkins slugged a home run for the second straight game, and also drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning. Jarrett Casey pitched two scoreless innings in relief to notch his first win of 2014.

Courtney Hawkins is 4-for-10 with five RBIs in the first three games (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Courtney Hawkins is 4-for-10 with five RBIs in the first three games (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

  • Dash outfielder Courtney Hawkins hit a home run for the second consecutive game Saturday night. The last time he went deep in back-to-back tilts was June 3-4, 2013, when he hit three dingers in two games at Salem. Including the postseason, Hawkins has hit a homer in two straight games three times in his minor league career.
  • Shortstop Tim Anderson fell a home run short of the cycle on Saturday night, going 3-for-4. His three hits tied a career-high, which he achieved three times at Low-A Kannapolis in 2013.
  • Today marks the first day game of the season for the Dash. Last season, Winston-Salem went 13-11 in matinee contests. That includes a 7-7 record at BB&T Ballpark.
  • Winston-Salem will play its 700th regular season game as the Dash on Sunday afternoon. Since changing its nickname from Warthogs to Dash prior to the 2009 season, Winston boasts a 382-316-1 (.547) record, which is the best in the Carolina League over that span.
  • Probable starting pitcher Braulio Ortiz has the most professional starts of any man in the Dash rotation, with 23. The next-highest total among Winston-Salem starters is Tony Bucciferro, who tossed the opening pitch for the 16th time in his career Saturday night.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Today’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast, with Brian Boesch and Dave Polaski providing play-by-play. Every Dash game is also available on MiLB.tv.

- Dave

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