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Game #55 Preview – Dash at Lynchburg

Game #55 – Road Game #31
Winston-Salem Dash (22-31) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (25-29)
Saturday, June 6 – 6:30 p.m.
Calvin Falwell Field (Lynchburg, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem was swept in a doubleheader Friday, with the Dash mustering just three combined runs between the two contests. Winston searches for a rebound Saturday.

Jake Peter is currently on an eight-game hitting streak. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Jake Peter is currently working on an eight-game hitting streak. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Suiter – LF
T.J. Williams – DH
James Dykstra – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • The Dash’s biggest issue on Friday was their inability to cash in on scoring chances. Overall, Winston-Salem was 1-for-16 (.063) with runners in scoring position, which includes an 0-for-12 showing in the opener. In that tilt, the Dash stranded a season-high 11 runners, eight of whom were in scoring position at the end of an inning. This rough showing followed a strong homestand, during which the Dash amassed 34 runs in six games (5.7 per game). Winston is last in the Carolina League in average (.236), while the club is fourth in runs per game (3.98).
  • Game one starter Matt Heidenreich permitted season highs in runs (7), earned runs (7) and hits (10) in his first loss since August 7, 2014, as a member of the Lancaster JetHawks (High-A, Houston). Before this effort, Heidenreich had worked past 5.0 innings in all but one of his first nine starts, and the opposition had tallied more than one earned run against him just twice.
  • As a result, Heidenreich fell short of becoming the second eight-game winner within Minor League Baseball. Heidenreich could have joined Jacob Faria of the Charlotte Stone Crabs (High-A, Tampa Bay) as the only two members of the eight-win club. However, Heidenreich must settle for sharing second in the Minors in wins with 11 other pitchers. He still stands third in innings (60.2) and fifth in ERA (2.67) in the CL.
  • For the second time this season, Winston-Salem infielder Jake Peter has recorded an eight-game hitting streak. Since May 27, the former Creighton star is 9-for-28 (.321) with a homer and four RBIs. Although Peter did extend his hitting streak with exactly one hit in both games of Friday’s twin bill, he did not score in either game after touching home precisely once in each of the first six games of his hit streak. Peter’s first eight-game run took place from May 5-11. He is two games shy of the longest run by a Winston hitter in 2015 (Chris Jacobs, April 29-May 9).
  • Winston third baseman Trey Michalczewski collected a pair of hits in Friday’s opener before hitting the ball hard twice in the nightcap, though both were ruled as Lynchburg errors. Within the Carolina League, Michalczewski is tied for fifth with six homers, while his 32 RBIs are tied for second, trailing Lynchburg’s Nellie Rodriguez.
  • On Tuesday, the White Sox announced that Carolina League stolen base leader Keenyn Walker has earned a promotion to Double-A Birmingham. Within the CL, Walker also stands tied for second in triples (4) and tied for third in runs scored (30). Fellow outfielder Nolan Earley has rejoined the active roster from the disabled list. On Wednesday, lefties Jordan Guerrero and Jefferson Olacio jumped to Winston-Salem from Low-A Kannapolis. Guerrero was seventh in the Minors in ERA through May (1.24).
  • Including both games Friday, the Dash have mustered three runs or less in 29 of their first 53 completed games. The Dash are 4-25 in those contests and 18-6 when mustering four or more knocks.
  • In his last outing, Saturday starter James Dykstra ripped off eight strikeouts, which doubled his previous season high. Winston-Salem is 6-2 in the eight games Dykstra has started.
  • The Dash dropped to 6-3 on the road against Northern Division foes.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Saturday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:15 p.m., with the first pitch at 6:30 p.m.

– Scott

Games #53/54 Preview – Dash at Lynchburg

UPDATE: 8:10 p.m.

Dash’s game two lineup:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Chris Jacobs – DH
Jeremy Dowdy – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Suiter – LF
T.J. Williams – 1B
Brian Clark – LHP

Games #53/54 – Road Games #29/30
Winston-Salem Dash (22-29) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (23-29)
Friday, June 5 – 5:30 p.m.
Calvin Falwell Field (Lynchburg, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

After Thursday’s postponement, Winston-Salem and Lynchburg will tangle in a doubleheader on Friday. The Dash took two of three from the Hillcats last week in the clubs’ first meeting this year.

Matt Heidenreich makes the start Thursday for the Dash in Lynchburg. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Matt Heidenreich makes the start Thursday in Game 1 of a doubleheader in Lynchburg. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP (Game 1):

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Suiter – LF
T.J. Williams – DH
Matt Heidenreich – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Even though Tuesday’s suspended game is still hanging in the balance, the Dash recorded a victorious week-long homestand. The Dash averaged 5.7 runs per game, while their pitching staff limited the opposition to just 3.8 runs per night. On Monday, Winston overcame a six-run deficit, which is tied for the second-biggest come-from-behind win in the Dash era (2009-present). Winston bounced back from a 7-0 hole against Salem on May 22, 2009, to win 8-7. Since then, the Dash have never mustered a comeback greater than six runs in a victory.
  • Thanks to Tuesday’s suspension and Thursday’s postponement, Winston-Salem will conclude half one by finishing 19 games over the course of 17 days. The first eight games of this surge to the All-Star break will take place against Northern Division opponents (Lynchburg and Wilmington) before concluding the first half with a series against each of the other three Southern Division clubs, with two taking place at home.
  • Winston-Salem is 11 games out of first place, which likely means that the club will fail to win a half for the fifth time in a row. The Dash have not qualified for the playoffs since 2012. If Winston does not make the postseason this year, it would mark the longest drought for the franchise since a four-season wait from 1999-2002.
  • Winston-Salem starter Matt Heidenreich is one of 11 pitchers in all of Minor League Baseball with seven or more personal victories. With a win on Thursday, Heidenreich would be the second hurler with eight. Jacob Faria of the Charlotte Stone Crabs (High-A, Tampa Bay) is the only man to reach eight wins, and he notched number nine on Monday. Only four big league pitchers have more wins than Heidenreich. The Coronado, Calif., native was the fourth pitcher in the Minors to pick up his fifth (May 7), sixth (May 17) and seventh (May 29) win.
  • Heidenreich has earned those seven victories with stellar pitching throughout his first nine outings. Among qualifiers, his 1.78 earned run average is fourth in the Carolina League and 21st in the Minor Leagues. Heidenreich has logged 55.2 innings, which are good for a share of third place in the CL. He has worked into the sixth inning in all but one start, and only twice has a team tagged him for more than one earned run (2 at FRE on 5/7; 5 at SAL on 5/12).
  • On Tuesday, the White Sox announced that Carolina League stolen base leader Keenyn Walker has earned a promotion to Double-A Birmingham. Within the CL, Walker also stands tied for second in triples (4) and tied for third in runs scored (30). Fellow outfielder Nolan Earley has rejoined the active roster from the disabled list. On Wednesday, lefties Jordan Guerrero and Jefferson Olacio jumped to Winston-Salem from Low-A Kannapolis. Guerrero was seventh in the Minors in ERA through May (1.24).
  • Winston-Salem took two of three from Lynchburg during the recent homestand. The Hillcats took the opener 4-2 before the Dash outscored the new Indians High-A affiliate 15-4 in the final two contests.
  • This is the first of two trips for the Dash to the Hill City. Winston opens the second half in Lynchburg from June 25-27.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Friday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 5:15 p.m., with the first pitch at 5:30 p.m.

– Scott

Game #52 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

Game #52 – Home Game #24
Winston-Salem Dash (22-29) vs. Salem Red Sox (26-25)
Tuesday, June 1 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash completed their biggest come-from-behind victory of the season, turning a six-run deficit into a 9-8 win. Winston-Salem is seeking their second consecutive series win Tuesday to cap a four-gamer against Salem.

Jose Brito worked 2.1 innings of relief Monday to earn his second win. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Jose Brito worked 2.1 innings of relief Monday to earn his second win. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – SS
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – 2B
Michael Suiter – LF
T.J. Williams – DH
Jake Cose – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Winston-Salem overcame a six-run deficit, which is tied for the second-biggest come-from-behind victory in the Dash era (2009-present). Winston bounced back from a 7-0 hole against Salem on May 22, 2009, to defeat the Red Sox 8-7. Since then, the Dash have never mustered a comeback greater than six runs in a victory. Monday marked the sixth time since the nickname change that Winston-Salem sprung a six-run comeback.
  • Winston-Salem once again leaned upon its bullpen in Monday’s win. Brian Clark did allow two inherited runners to score when he entered in the fifth, but he logged two scoreless frames. Jose Brito mopped up a bases loaded, two-out jam in the seventh before blanking the Red Sox in the eighth and ninth en route to his second win of the season. Brito has not given up an earned run in his last four appearances spanning 8.1 innings. On this week-long homestand that ends Tuesday, the Dash’s bullpen boasts a 1.38 earned run average (4 ER in 26.0 IP).
  • Third baseman Trey Michalczewski has gone yard twice in this series. He blistered a solo shot over the tall wall in right-center field in the first. Michalczewski is tied for fourth in homers (6) and tied for second in RBIs (32) in the CL. No other Dash hitter boasts more than three home runs (Adam Engel) or 23 RBIs (Jake Peter).
  • Tuesday starter Jake Cose has shined since returning from a back injury that cost him 613 days from August of 2013 to May of 2015. After easing back into the rotation in his first two starts, Cose has worked 17.2 frames in his three most recent outings, during which the Stockton, Calif., native has whiffed 16 and posted a 2.04 ERA. Two of these efforts have come against the Red Sox, who have only mustered two runs on 10 hits against Cose. If he had enough innings to qualify, Cose’s overall ERA of 2.10 would be fifth-lowest in the Carolina League.
  • Former Dash outfielder Keenyn Walker has earned a promotion to Double-A Birmingham, the White Sox announced Tuesday. Walker has played in all of the Dash’s first 51 games, and he posted a .274 average in the CL. The Salt Lake City, Utah, native paces the circuit with 25 stolen bases, which are good for a share of fourth place in Minor League Baseball. Within the CL, Walker also stands tied for second in triples (4) and tied for third in runs scored (30). Fellow outfielder Nolan Earley has rejoined the active roster from the disabled list. Earley is hitting .238 with four RBIs in 14 games in the Triad.
  • Tuesday culminates a Salem-loaded portion of the schedule for the Dash. By the time this series finale ends, Winston will have played 14 of its last 20 games against the Red Sox. Salem enjoys an 8-5 edge in the season set. However, the Sox will invade BB&T Ballpark for the final four days of the first half from June 18-21.
  • In his return to the lineup from a two-game suspension, Chris Jacobs went 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored on Monday.
  • The Dash improved to 7-0 at home when scoring six or more runs.
  • The Dash will enjoy an off day on Wednesday before hitting the road to Lynchburg for a four-game set. This will be the first of two trips for the Dash to the Hill City.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tuesday’s game will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 7 p.m.

– Scott

Game #51 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

Game #51 – Home Game #23
Winston-Salem Dash (21-29) vs. Salem Red Sox (26-24)
Monday, June 1 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Down 5-0 before even coming to bat, the Dash chipped away to a 6-5 deficit while putting the tying runs on in both the eighth and ninth innings. Winston-Salem’s valiant comeback attempt fell just short, however, to snap their three-game winning streak.

Brad Goldberg tossed four innings Sunday out of the bullpen. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Brad Goldberg tossed four innings Sunday out of the bullpen. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – SS
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Keenyn Walker – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – 2B
Michael Suiter – LF
T.J. Williams – DH
Robinson Leyer – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Sunday starter Jace Fry exited in the opening frame due to an undisclosed injury. He faced just four batters before turning the game over to the bullpen, thus logging the shortest start by a Dash arm in 2015. Fry permitted three runs in this outing, while the Red Sox tagged Euclides Leyer with two more runs in the first. From there, Leyer tossed two hitless innings, Brad Goldberg gave up one run in four innings and Peter Tago blanked the Sox in the final two frames. Goldberg’s outing represents the longest by a Winston-Salem reliever thus far this season.
  • For just the fourth time in the last 17 games, the Dash allowed more than three earned runs. The Dash own a 2.31 earned run average (39 ER in 151.2 IP) since May 13, when this streak began. During its three-game win streak that preceded the narrow loss, Winston-Salem had limited its opponents to three total earned runs (1.00 ERA), or half as many as Salem mustered in Sunday’s affair. Winston owns the Carolina League’s second-best team ERA at 3.11, trailing only Wilmington’s 2.87 mark.
  • Had Winston-Salem overcome Salem’s five-run lead, the club would have earned its biggest come-from-behind victory. The Dash’s current high-water mark took place at Salem on May 12, when Winston turned a 5-1 deficit into a 7-5 win.
  • At the end of April, Winston-Salem possessed a 10-10 record and stood just a half-game behind first-place Myrtle Beach in the Southern Division. However, Winston endured an 11-19 May, during which the Pelicans went 21-7. Thus, the Dash find themselves a season high-tying 11.5 games behind the Birds for the top spot. Winston’s 19 losses are tied for the most in a single month during the Dash era (2009-present). In August of 2014, Winston-Salem was 9-19, the worst winning percentage in a single month since the nickname change.
  • Both of Winston-Salem’s speedy outfielders, Keenyn Walker and Adam Engel, swiped a base in Sunday’s narrow defeat. Walker leads the Carolina League with 25 stolen bases, while Engel’s 21 swipes are good for third place. Among all Minor Leaguers, Walker is in a three-way tie for fourth place, while Engel checks in with a share of 14th place. Engel had not collected a stolen base since May 15, a span of 13 games without a swipe.
  • Speaking of Engel, he snapped a 3-for-47 (.064) slump with a leadoff single in the ninth inning. In his second professional game as a clean-up hitter, Jeremy Dowdy went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Toby Thomas was 1-for-4 with a two-run double in his first start with the Dash. In all, eight of the Dash’s nine hitters banged out at least once hit in Sunday’s contest, but Winston-Salem suffered just its third loss when outhitting its opponent.
  • In his last three starts, righty Robinson Leyer has logged 18 innings and permitted just three total runs, all of which came home in his last outing. He had posted back-to-back six-inning, zero-run efforts before that effort against the Hillcats on Wednesday.
  • Dash slugger Chris Jacobs did not play in each of the last two games due to a suspension stemming from his ejection on May 20 at Wilmington.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Monday’s game will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 7 p.m.

– Scott

Game #50 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

Game #50 – Home Game #22
Winston-Salem Dash (21-28) vs. Salem Red Sox (25-24)
Sunday, May 31 – 2 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Jake Peter’s two-out, two-run home run snapped an eighth inning tie and propelled the Dash to a 3-1 series-opening triumph over Salem. Winston-Salem will be gunning for their fourth straight victory Sunday.

Jake Peter's first homer of the season Saturday broke an eighth-inning tie. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Jake Peter’s first homer of the season Saturday broke an eighth-inning tie. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Jeremy Dowdy – C
Keenyn Walker – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Suiter – LF
Toby Thomas – DH
T.J. Williams – 1B
Jace Fry – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Thanks to Peter’s clutch home run, the Dash locked up their second last at-bat win of the season. Winston’s other such triumph occurred against the Red Sox on May 12 in Virginia. It was just the third homer of the Creighton product’s professional career and his first since August 4, 2014, while with rookie-level Great Falls. Peter’s go-ahead bomb was only the second Winston home run in the club’s last 102 offensive innings. Trey Michalczewski ended a 94-inning homer drought with an eighth-inning dinger on Friday.
  • Winston-Salem has rattled off three consecutive wins after dropping 10 out of 13, though the pitching staff has thrived throughout this 16-game span. During the modest win streak, the Dash have given up just three earned runs in 27 innings (1.00 ERA). The Dash own a 2.08 earned run average (33 ER in 142.2 IP) since May 13. In these 16 games, the Dash have given up more than three earned runs three times.
  • Before Friday’s game, no Dash reliever had amassed more than four strikeouts in a single appearance. However, southpaw Andre Wheeler punched out five over two innings on Friday against Lynchburg, and Devon Davis matched that number over three frames on Saturday, tying a professional high in the process.
  • Sunday starter Jace Fry boasts a 3.19 earned run average, which is 11th-best in the league. However, he paces the circuit with seven losses, largely due to a lack of support from his offense. In the nine games that Fry has started, Winston-Salem has only collected a total of 15 runs, or 1.7 per contest. The Dash have suffered six shutout losses, and three of them have come in Fry’s last three outings. Winston has not posted a run in one of Fry’s appearances since the seventh inning of a 10-frame loss to Myrtle Beach on May 9, a span of 31 scoreless innings.
  • Dash slugger Chris Jacobs missed Saturday’s contest and will also sit out Sunday’s game due to a two-game suspension stemming from his ejection on May 20 at Wilmington. Jacobs had been the primary cleanup hitter after Keon Barnum’s placement on the disabled list on May 12. So, the Dash have relied on their catching duo to operate as their clean-up hitter. Omar Narvaez delivered an RBI double in the fourth inning on Saturday. Jeremy Dowdy is providing Narvaez with a Sunday respite while hitting fourth for the first time this season.
  • Once again, the Dash are in the midst of a series with the Salem Red Sox. Once this set ends, Winston-Salem will have played 14 of its previous 20 games against its division rival. Salem has claimed seven of the first 11 games. In these tilts, the Dash have permitted just 3.3 runs per game, but they are hitting .214.
  • Winston-Salem outfielders Keenyn Walker (24) and Adam Engel (20) are first and third in the CL in stolen bases, respectively. Walker is tied for fifth in the Minors in this category. Engel has not stolen a base since May 15, and he is just 3-for-43 (.070) in his last 11 starts.
  • Engel is still the only player in the league to have played in every inning for a team, and he has done so as the team’s center fielder the entire time.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Television coverage of Sunday’s contest will be available on My48 at 2 p.m. For a channel guide, please visit the Dash Broadcast Corner. The game will also be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 1:45 p.m., with the first pitch set for 2 p.m.

– Scott

Game #48 Preview – Dash vs. Lynchburg

Game #48 – Home Game #20
Winston-Salem Dash (19-28) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (21-26)
Friday, May 29 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

All nine Dash starters reached base and Winston capitalized on six Lynchburg errors Thursday to knock off the Hillcats 7-3. Friday’s contest will be the rubber game of the three-game set.

Omar Narvaez had two hits and two runs scored Thursday against Lynchburg. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Omar Narvaez had two hits and two runs scored Thursday against Lynchburg. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Keenyn Walker – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Suiter – LF
T.J. Williams – DH
Matt Heidenreich – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • For the second time in 14 games, Winston-Salem surpassed the four-run mark in Thursday’s victory. In their previous 13 games, the Dash had only mustered 29 total runs (2.2/game), with a whopping 12 of them coming in one game (12-1 win vs. Salem on May 17). Thursday marked the 10th time the Dash recorded a double-digit hit total. However, Winston is still last in the eight-team CL with a .233 average.
  • Even though the Dash have dropped 10 of their last 14 games, their pitching staff has shined during this funk. Winston-Salem owns a 2.31 earned run average (32 ER in 124.2 IP) since May 13. In these 14 contests, the Dash have given up more than three earned runs just three times. As a result, Winston-Salem has stormed into second place in the Carolina League in team earned run average with a mark of 3.16. Only Wilmington (2.59) has a better mark within the eight-team circuit, though four other teams are within 0.38 runs of the Dash for second place.
  • Entering this season, Winston-Salem had led the CL in homers in four of the last five seasons. However, the Dash have not gone yard in their last 87 frames dating back to May 17, and their 16 total long balls are seventh on the circuit. Only Wilmington (15) has fewer than Winston.
  • Dash starter Matt Heidenreich has been one of the Carolina League’s best pitchers thus far this season. Heidenreich leads the circuit with six victories, while he is fifth in earned run average (1.99), sixth in innings pitched (49.2) and eighth in WHIP (1.05). With a win Friday night, the Coronado, Calif., native would become the fourth Minor League hurler to reach seven personal victories. He was the fourth to reach five (May 7) and six wins (May 17) in Minor League Baseball. Winston is 7-1 (.875) when Heidenreich takes to the hill and 12-27 (.308) in all other contests.
  • This series features the CL’s top three base stealers. Keenyn Walker boasts a league-leading total of 24 stolen bases. Fellow Dash outfielder Adam Engel and Lynchburg’s Bradley Zimmer are tied for second with 20, though Engel has not ripped off a stolen base since May 15. Both Walker and Engel were caught stealing Thursday. Walker is tied for fourth in the Minors, while Engel and Zimmer are even for 12th.
  • Entering this homestand, the Dash had played in only 17 games inside BB&T Ballpark. Winston-Salem was tied with fellow CL club Frederick (Baltimore) and Bradenton (High-A, Pittsburgh) for the fewest number of home games in all of Minor League Baseball. The Dash, Keys and Marauders have all played home games on Wednesday and Thursday, so all three are still tied for last with 19. The Dash will play 18 of their last 25 games before the All-Star break in the Triad, including these last two home games.
  • For the third time this season, Jake Peter coaxed three walks in Thursday’s win. No other Dash hitter has collected three free passes in a single game this year.
  • Winston-Salem is a season-worst 11.5 games out of first place in the Southern Division.
  • Right-hander Jose Brito has not given up an earned run in his last three relief appearances spanning six innings.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Friday’s game will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 7 p.m.

– Scott

Game #47 Preview – Dash vs. Lynchburg

Game #47 – Home Game #19
Winston-Salem Dash (18-28) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (21-25)
Thursday, May 28 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem’s offensive woes continued Wednesday in a 4-2 series-opening defeat to Lynchburg. Robinson Leyer turned in a quality start but the Dash mustered two hits for the second consecutive game. Winston looks to snap a four-game skid Thursday against the Hillcats.

Kenyan Walker blooped a two-run single for the Dash Wednesday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Kenyan Walker blooped a two-run single for the Dash Wednesday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Keenyn Walker – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Suiter – LF
T.J. Williams – DH
Jake Cose – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Even though the Dash have dropped 10 of their last 13 games, their pitching staff has shined during this funk. Winston-Salem owns a 2.33 earned run average (30 ER in 115.2 IP) since May 13. In these 13 contests, the Dash have given up more than three earned runs just three times. As a result, Winston-Salem has stormed into second place in the Carolina League in team earned run average with a mark of 3.19. Only Wilmington (2.59) has a better mark within the eight-team circuit, though four other teams are within 0.24 runs of the Dash.
  • On the flip side, the Dash’s offense has not enjoyed much success in the last 13 games. During this span, the Dash have only mustered 29 total runs (2.2/game), with a whopping 12 of them coming in one game (12-1 win vs. Salem on May 17). Winston had gone 29 consecutive innings without pushing a run across until Walker’s two-run single in the fourth inning on Wednesday. The Dash have not gone yard in their last 79 frames dating back to May 17.
  • For a second consecutive game, the Dash amassed just two base hits. This marks the first time in the Dash era (2009-present) that Winston has failed to surpass the two-hit mark in back-to-back games. Since the nickname change, the Dash have mustered two or fewer hits just 14 times (two hits in 13 games; one hit in one game), though four have occurred this season.
  • Wednesday starter Robinson Leyer saw his impressive scoreless streak come to an end in the fourth inning. He had rattled off 15 straight scoreless frames, which had dropped his 2015 ERA almost two full runs. On Thursday, Jake Cose will try to continue his stellar start since returning from a 613-day absence. Cose has given up just four earned runs in 20.2 innings, and he did not permit a run over six frames in his last start. Then, Carolina League wins leader Matt Heidenreich will work Friday’s finale.
  • This series features the CL’s top three base stealers. With another swipe on Wednesday, Keenyn Walker added to his league-leading total of 24. Fellow Dash outfielder Adam Engel and Lynchburg’s Bradley Zimmer are tied for second with 20, though Engel has not ripped off a stolen base since May 15. Walker is in a three-way tie for third place in the Minor Leagues, while Engel and Zimmer are even for 12th.
  • Entering Thursday’s action, the Dash have played in only 18 games inside BB&T Ballpark. Winston-Salem is tied with fellow CL club Frederick (Baltimore) and Bradenton (High-A, Pittsburgh) for the fewest number of home games in all of Minor League Baseball. The Dash will have a chance to settle into the Triad the remainder of the first half. Starting with Wednesday’s homestand opener, the Dash will play 18 of their last 25 games before the All-Star break in Winston-Salem.
  • The Dash have failed to surpass three runs in 26 of their first 46 games (57 percent), during which the Dash are 4-22. Winston-Salem is 14-6 when plating four or more runs in a contest.
  • Righty Zach Isler, who had been with the Dash ever since Opening Day in 2014, was promoted to Triple-A Charlotte. He takes the place of former Dash hurler Daniel Webb, who is the White Sox 26th man for their doubleheader at Baltimore.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Thursday’s game will be broadcast live on 600 AM-WSJS and wsjs.com, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 7 p.m.

– Scott

Game #46 Preview – Dash vs. Lynchburg

Game #46 – Home Game #18
Winston-Salem Dash (18-27) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (20-25)
Wednesday, May 27 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

After a 2-5 road trip, Winston-Salem enjoyed a scheduled off-day Tuesday. The Dash will start a week-long homestand Wednesday by beginning their three-game set with the Lynchburg Hillcats, the Class A Advanced affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.

Robinson Leyer has not given up a run in either of his last two starts. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Robinson Leyer has not given up a run in either of his last two starts. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Keenyn Walker – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Suiter – LF
T.J. Williams – DH
Robinson Leyer – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • The Dash struggled during the road trip, but their pitching staff shined for the most part. In these seven games, Winston-Salem boasted a team earned run average of 2.19 (15 earned runs in 61.2 innings). These effective performances have propelled Winston-Salem to an overall team ERA of 3.17, which is second-lowest in the Carolina League behind only Wilmington (2.63).
  • On the flip side, the Dash’s offense has not enjoyed much success in recent games. While the pitching staff recorded back-to-back shutouts on Thursday and Friday, Winston-Salem’s bats have endured five shutout defeats in the last 11 games. During this span, the Dash have only mustered 25 total runs (2.3/game), with a whopping 12 of them coming in one game (12-1 win vs. Salem on May 17). Winston-Salem has gone 26 consecutive innings without pushing a run across. Thus, the Dash have dropped to the basement of the CL in team average (.235).
  • No Dash, Blue Rock or Red Sox player hit a homer during this seven-game swing. In fact, it has been exactly 70.2 innings since both the Dash and a Winston-Salem opponent has gone yard. Salem’s Aneury Tavarez (second) and Winston-Salem’s Trey Michalczewski (fourth) went deep in the Dash’s 12-1 obliteration of the Red Sox on May 17.
  • Wednesday starter Robinson Leyer has not given up a run in each of his last two starts. Leyer permitted just one hit over six sensational innings against Salem on May 15 before a six-frame, three-hit outing at Wilmington this past Thursday. In his first six starts, the El Seibo, Dominican Republic, native had a 5.86 ERA, one that he has lowered almost two runs during these two gems. This is similar to Leyer’s trajectory when he was with Low-A Kannapolis a year ago. He posted a 6.43 ERA in April before going 3-2 with a 1.53 ERA in May and June.
  • Even though neither men swiped a base on Monday, Dash outfielders Keenyn Walker and Adam Engel still stand at first and second in the CL in stolen bases, respectively. Walker leads the way with 23 stolen bases, which are good for a share of fourth place in all of Minor League Baseball. Engel has not ripped off a stolen base since May 15, but his 20 are tied for 10th-most in the Minors. Fellow White Sox farmhand Jacob May has also swiped 23 bases, giving the White Sox three farmhands in the top 10.
  • Entering this seven-game homestand, the Dash have played in only 17 games inside BB&T Ballpark. Winston-Salem is tied with fellow CL club Frederick (Baltimore) and Bradenton (High-A, Pittsburgh) for the fewest number of home games in all of Minor League Baseball. The Dash will have a chance to settle into the Triad the rest of the first half. The Dash will play 18 of their last 25 games of half one at home.
  • Since last weekend, the Dash have added left-hander Devon Davis, catcher Ryan Plourde, outfielder Michael Suiter and infielder Toby Thomas to their roster.
  • This marks the first of Winston-Salem’s 16 meetings with Lynchburg during the regular season. gThe Hillcats joined forces with the Cleveland Indians this offseason after a long tenure with the Braves’ organization.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Wednesday’s game will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 7 p.m.

– Scott

Game #45 Preview – Dash at Salem

Game #45 – Road Game #28
Winston-Salem Dash (18-26) at Salem Red Sox (22-22)
Monday, May 25 – 1:05 p.m.
LewisGale Field (Salem, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem was shut out for the fourth time in 10 games with a 4-0 defeat Sunday at Salem. The Dash vie to split the four-game set with Monday’s 1:05 p.m. contest.

The Dash call on Jace Fry Monday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

The Dash call on Jace Fry Monday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Keenyn Walker – RF
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Suiter – LF
Ethan Wilson – 2B
T.J. Williams – DH
Jace Fry – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • The Dash have struggled during this week-long road swing to Delaware and Virginia, but their pitching staff has shined for the most part. In these six games, Winston-Salem boasts a team earned run average of 1.86 (11 earned runs in 53.2 innings). In particular, the bullpen has dominated to the tune of a 0.86 ERA (two earned runs in 21.0 innings). These stellar pitching performances have propelled Winston to an overall team ERA of 3.14, which is second to Wilmington (2.67) in the Carolina League.
  • On the flip side, the Dash’s offense has not enjoyed much success in recent games. While the pitching staff recorded back-to-back shutouts on Thursday and Friday, Winston-Salem’s bats have endured four shutout defeats in the last 10 games. During this span, the Dash have only mustered 25 total runs (2.5/game), with a whopping 12 of them coming in one game (12-1 win vs. Salem on May 17). Thus, the Dash have dropped to the basement of the eight-team Carolina League in team batting average (.238).
  • Monday starter Jace Fry knows all too well about both of these trends. Fry’s 3.35 ERA is 15th in the CL, but the Dash have only 15 runs in his first eight starts (1.9/game). Thus, Fry is 1-6, and Winston is 1-7 when he is on the bump.
  • Winston and Salem will conclude yet another series against one another on Monday. Following a league-wide off day on Tuesday and a three-game set with Lynchburg from Wednesday to Friday, the Red Sox will invade BB&T Ballpark for a four-game series. By the end of that set, the Dash and Sox will have played 14 out of 20 games against each other. The Dash will also finish the first half with four home games against Salem, while the two division rivals will only square off seven times after the All-Star break.
  • Even though neither men swiped a base on Sunday, Dash outfielders Keenyn Walker and Adam Engel stand first and second, respectively, in the CL in stolen bases. Walker leads the way with 23 stolen bases, which are good for a share of fourth place in all of Minor League Baseball. Engel has not ripped off a stolen base since last Friday, but his 20 are tied for ninth-most in the Minors. Fellow White Sox farmhand Jacob May has also swiped 23 bases, giving the White Sox three farmhands in the top 10. No other club has multiple players within that grouping.
  • The Dash have played every team in the CL, save the Lynchburg Hillcats. This will change on Wednesday when the Dash welcome in the new High-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. The ‘Cats were with the Atlanta Braves before the affiliation shuffle during the offseason. Since a league-worst 10-21 (.323) start, Lynchburg has rattled off wins in nine of its last 13 games to pull within 5.5 games in the Northern Division race. The Hillcats lead the CL in runs per game (4.5), but they are last in earned run average (4.50).
  • In his first High-A game, Ryan Plourde recorded a multi-hit game. Plourde was hitting .350 (7-for-20) with three RBIs and five runs scored with Low-A Kannapolis before a promotion to the Dash earlier this road trip.
  • The Dash have plated three or fewer runs in 24 of 44 games.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Monday’s game will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 12:50 p.m., with the first pitch at 1:05 p.m.

– Scott

Game #44 Preview – Dash at Salem

Game #44 – Road Game #27
Winston-Salem Dash (18-25) at Salem Red Sox (21-22)
Sunday, May 24 – 4:05 p.m.
LewisGale Field (Salem, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem led 3-1 going to the seventh, but three late errors Saturday allowed the Salem Red Sox to comeback and walk-off with a 4-3 victory. Sunday will be the third contest of a four-game set.

James Dykstra comes off the DL Sunday to make his first start since May 8. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

James Dykstra comes off the DL Sunday to make his first start since May 8. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Keenyn Walker – RF
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Suiter – LF
Ethan Wilson – 2B
Ryan Plourde – C
T.J. Williams – DH
James Dykstra – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Before the seventh inning on Saturday, the Dash’s defense had not committed an error for 60 consecutive innings. Winston-Salem’s most recent error had been a fielding error from Adam Engel in its 4-0 loss to Salem last Saturday, May 16. This was the Dash’s longest errorless streak of the campaign. Before this defensive surge, Winston-Salem had made at least one miscue in 25 of its first 38 games. The Dash have committed the second-most errors in the Carolina League in 2015 (45).
  • Salem’s late rally squashed Matt Heidenreich’s chance to become the second Minor League hurler to reach seven victories. He left after six strong frames of work, during which he scattered six hits and permitted just a second-inning tally. Still, Heidenreich leads the circuit with six wins. Only Myrtle Beach’s Duane Underwood, Jr., has five, and five men have four. Within the Carolina League, Heidenreich is tied for third in innings pitched (49.2) and sixth in earned run average (1.99). Saturday marked the first time the Dash lost when Heidenreich toed the rubber.
  • Heidenreich recorded the Dash’s third quality start on this road trip, which has spanned five games. The pitching staff has combined to boast a 1.77 ERA in these contests. The Dash had logged 20 consecutive scoreless innings before Salem’s second-inning run on Saturday night.
  • For the first time since May 8, right-hander James Dykstra will take to the mound for the Dash on Sunday. Dykstra missed two weeks of action due to a back injury. Dykstra was one of the best pitchers in Minor League Baseball in April. He posted a 0.78 ERA and a 0.52 WHIP, which were 14th and second in the Minors, respectively. Dykstra twirled the first no-hitter by a Winston-Salem pitcher since June of 2009 in a doubleheader opener at Potomac on April 15. Winston is 5-1 in games started by Dykstra. To make room for Dykstra’s activation from the disabled list, the White Sox announced that RHP Euclides Leyer was sent to the disabled list.
  • Even though neither men swiped a base on Saturday, Dash outfielders Keenyn Walker and Adam Engel stand first and second, respectively, in the CL in stolen bases. Walker leads the way with 23 stolen bases, which are good for a share of third place in all of Minor League Baseball. Engel has not ripped off a stolen base since last Friday, but his 20 are ninth-most in the Minors. Fellow White Sox farmhand Jacob May has also swiped 23 bases, giving the White Sox three farmhands in the top 10. No other club has multiple players within that grouping.
  • Winston and Salem are continuing their busy stretch against one another. The two clubs are in the midst of eight games against one another over the span of 12 days after squaring off six straight times from May 12-17. Thus, by June 2, the Dash and Sox will have played 14 of their previous 20 games against one another. Salem took four of six from the Dash a week ago, with Winston-Salem bookending the stretch with wins.
  • The Dash are second in the Carolina League with a team ERA at 3.16. Only Wilmington (2.69) has a better mark.
  • However, the Dash’s team average of .239 falls at the bottom of the eight-team circuit.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Sunday’s game will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 3:50 p.m., with the first pitch at 5:05 p.m.

– Scott

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