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Game #5 Preview – Dash at Potomac

Game #5 – Road Game #5
Winston-Salem Dash (1-3) at Potomac Nationals (2-2)
Monday, April 13 – 7 p.m.
Pfitzner Stadium (Woodbridge, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

After dropping the final three games of their series at Frederick, the Dash start the second leg of their roadtrip by taking on Potomac on Monday.

Keenyn Walker's four stolen bases are tied with teammate Adam Engel for the lead in the Carolina League (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Keenyn Walker’s four stolen bases are tied with teammate Adam Engel for the lead in the Carolina League (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Chris Jacobs – DH
Omar Narvaez – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Keenyn Walker – RF
Matt Heidenreich – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Winston-Salem led by a run through seven, but the Frederick Keys knotted the score in the eighth. Three frames later, Frederick’s Brenden Webb launched a walk-off two-run homer in the Keys’ 5-3 victory. Austin Wynns coaxed a two-out walk in the 11th against Brad Goldberg, with the 3-2 pitch narrowly missing off the outside corner. On the next pitch, Webb went yard to left-center field to clinch the season-opening series for the Keys. Drew Dosch’s two-out RBI double that snuck inside the bag at third knotted the contest in the eighth.
  • Once again Sunday, Winston-Salem’s offense scuffled in run-scoring chances. The Dash were 1-for-9 (.111) with runners in scoring position in their first extra-inning affair, and they have gone just 4-for-27 (.148) in the last three tilts. Thus, the Dash have only pushed across eight runs in those three games after a 13-0 drubbing of the Keys on Thursday night, during which the Dash were 6-for-16 (.375) with men in scoring position and scored in five different innings (seven in the seventh).
  • Tony Bucciferro picked up right where he left off within the Carolina League. He worked into the sixth inning and left with a chance to win, with the margin sitting at 3-2. Bucciferro made his first start at Frederick since his near no-hitter on July 20, 2014, when he fell two outs shy of the first solo, nine-inning no-no by a Winston-Salem pitcher since 1988. In his 22 starts within the Carolina League, Bucciferro has now worked into the sixth inning in 18 of them.
  • Bucciferro continued an early trend for Dash starting pitchers. James DykstraJace FryRobinson Leyer and Bucciferro have combined to surrender just three earned runs over 21.2 frames (1.25 earned run average). Overall, the Dash limited the Keys to just a .210 average and 3.5 runs per game.
  • Winston-Salem first baseman Keon Barnum enjoyed his visit to Frederick. The slugger was 6-for-16 (.375) with five RBIs and two runs scored. Barnum crushed the Dash’s first long ball of 2015, a bullet beyond the wall in right-center field. He also stands atop in RBIs in the Carolina League. Barnum limped out of the gates last year (.213 in the first half) before surging late (.289 in the second half).
  • Winston-Salem swiped another four bases on Sunday afternoon, pushing its 2015 total to 11 through four contests. The Dash are third among the 120 teams in Minor League Baseball in this category. They trail only South Atlantic League outfits Charleston (NY Yankees) and Asheville (Colorado). The Carolina League’s seven other squads have combined to steal just 23 bases. Both Adam Engel and Keenyn Walker have stolen four bases, while no other CL player has more than two.
  • Winston tangles with Potomac, the defending Mills Cup champions, over the next three days in one of the Dash’s two trips to Pfitzner Stadium. In the Dash era (2009-present), the Dash have fared better against the P-Nats than any other CL foe (69-51, .575). Potomac split its first set of 2015 with Lynchburg. Both teams combined for just 23 runs (5.75 per game) and 40 hits (10.0).
  • Three of the top qualifying hitters in the CL suit up for Winston-Salem. Chris Jacobs (.444, 4-for-9), Omar Narvaez (.417, 5-for-12) and Keon Barnum (.375, 6-for-16) are second, third and tied for ninth, respectively.
  • Former Dash infielder Tim Anderson logged a walk-off single for Double-A Birmingham on Sunday .In that game, Frankie Montas whiffed eight over five and a third innings in his second career Double-A outing.
  • The Dash lead the Carolina League in runs scored (21, 5.25 per game).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Today’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 7:00.

– Scott

Dash announce 2015 starting rotation

On the eve of the club’s season opener tomorrow in Frederick, the Dash have announced their starting rotation to begin the 2015 season:

Thursday at Frederick: RHP James Dykstra
Friday at Frederick: LHP Jace Fry
Saturday at Frederick: RHP Robinson Leyer
Sunday at Frederick: RHP Tony Bucciferro
Monday at Potomac: RHP Matt Heidenreich

James Dykstra will get the call on Opening Night in Frederick on Thursday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

James Dykstra will get the call on Opening Night in Frederick on Thursday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

That means, if all holds to form, Leyer will take the ball and start the Dash’s home opener on April 16 against Myrtle Beach.

With the exception of Fry, each member of the rotation has ample professional starting experience. Fry, who was the White Sox’s third-round pick last June, pitched seven games out of the bullpen for rookie-level Great Falls in 2014 but was primarily a starter in his three seasons at Oregon State.

The biggest strength this collection of pitchers has as a whole is the ability to pound the strike zone and avoid free passes. Leyer’s career rate of 2.9 BB/9 is technically the “worst” of the group though he still rates as above-average when compared to all professional pitchers. Even Fry issued just 2.8 BB/9 in 216.0 collegiate innings with the Beavers.

Avoiding walks is going to be key for this starting rotation because they do not strike many batters out. Dykstra and Bucciferro are the best of the group at missing bats, having each fanned 7.4 batters per nine innings over their career. Fry (6.4 K/9 in college), Leyer (5.7), and Heidenreich (6.4) are all well below average in terms of getting strikeouts.

It is important to note that the defense behind the mound is going to be crucial to this group’s success because they want to coax frequent contact. And luckily for the Dash, their defense should be able to provide excellent support for their pitching staff.

Shortstop Cleuluis Rondon was rated by Baseball America as the Best Defensive Infielder/Best Infield Arm in the entire White Sox system, and second baseman Jake Peter is also an athletic double play partner up the middle. In the outfield, Keenyn WalkerAdam Engel and C.J. Beatty all contribute the athleticism needed to chase down fly balls. Walker also brings an elite arm, having been named the Best Outfield Arm in the White Sox system by Baseball America in 2014.

Stay tuned for our preview of the season opener. We’ll have it on the blog Thursday afternoon. You can catch the action on 600 AM-WSJS and the TuneIn App.

– Scott

Opening Day roster breakdown

The Dash just released their 2015 Opening Day roster, so let’s delve a little deeper into some of the names to know for the upcoming season:

CJ Beatty was with Winston-Salem for a brief time in 2014 (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

CJ Beatty was with Winston-Salem for a brief time in 2014 (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Winston-Salem Natives:
OF C.J. Beatty & INF Chris Jacobs

Last season, Beatty became the first Winston-Salem native to suit up for the club in the Dash era. The outgoing Beatty is back for more at BB&T Ballpark this summer, and he will be joined by Jacobs, another Winston-Salem native.

Both players have taken a winding road to get to this point. Beatty was originally drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals back in 2009 before being released by the organization following the 2010 season. The North Carolina A&T product spent four seasons in various independent leagues before hooking on with the Chicago White Sox in 2014. Meanwhile, Jacobs was a 2007 selection of the Los Angeles Dodgers and played seven seasons in their system before getting released this winter and signing with the White Sox.

The Corner Mashers:
INF Keon Barnum & INF Trey Michalczewski

Two of the Dash’s main power sources in 2015 figure to come from the corners of their infield. Both Barnum (supplemental first round, 2012) and Michalczewski (7th, 2013) were highly drafted by the White Sox coming out of high school. The Dash are hoping each player can build off their 2014 campaign, when the pair combined to drive in 135 runs. The switch-hitting Michalczewski was ranked by MLB.com as the eighth-best prospect in the White Sox organization, while the lefty-swinging Barnum is 29th.

Returning Relievers:
RHP Brad Goldberg, LHP Sean Hagan, RHP Zach Isler, LHP Jefferson Olacio

Dash pitchers fanned the most opposing batters (1,087) in the Carolina League last season, and at least four of them will be back with the club in a bullpen role in 2015. Pitching coach J.R. Perdew also returns for a fourth consecutive season. Since Perdew rejoined Winston-Salem for his third tenure with the franchise in 2012, the club possesses a team earned run average of 3.85, which is third-best in the Carolina League during that span.

Why Walk?
RHP Tony Bucciferro & RHP James Dykstra

Speaking of returning pitchers, both Bucciferro and Dykstra come back to the Dash in 2015. If either right-hander is on the mound, expect opponents to try to swing away; the duo combined for 140 strikeouts against just 22 walks last year with Winston-Salem. The ability of each to pound the strike zone and pitch efficiently should help rest the bullpen and keep arms fresh throughout the year.

A 2012 Bounce-back?
LHP Matt Heidenreich & OF Keenyn Walker

Both Heidenreich and Walker turned in promising seasons for the Dash back in 2012. The pair are hoping that starting the 2015 campaign in Winston-Salem can help both them and the club rekindle the magic of 2012, when the Dash went 87-51 and finished 13.5 games better than any other team in the Carolina League. Heidenreich, a 2009 fourth-round pick, and Walker, a 2011 supplemental first rounder, both have the talent to make it happen.

The 2014 Draft Class:
LHP Brian ClarkLHP Jace Fry INF Jake Peter

Three members of the White Sox 2014 draft class will open the season with a full-season club for the first time. Clark and Fry figure to be critical on the pitching side, while Peter should open the year as the Dash’s starting second baseman. How the trio adjusts to the rigors of a 140-game schedule will be key to how much success Winston-Salem enjoys in 2015.

The Brother:
RHP Robinson Leyer

Euclides Leyer pitched in 34 games for the Dash a year ago, but in 2015, it’s up to his brother Robinson to carry on the family name in a Winston-Salem uniform. When you might see the name “Leyer” on the back of the Dash uniforms, however, may be slightly different this season. Euclides worked only as a reliever with the Dash, while Robinson has been a starter throughout his professional career, something that will continue with the Dash in 2015.

The New Guy:
RHP Michael Ynoa

One of the newest members in the entire White Sox organization is Ynoa, who was packaged along with big league RHP Jeff Samardzija in the December trade that sent Dash alums INF Marcus Semien, RHP Chris Bassitt, C Josh Phegley and INF Rangel Ravelo from Chicago to Oakland. Ynoa received the largest contract the A’s had ever given out ($4.25 million) in 2008 and was ranked a top 100 prospect twice before injuries derailed his career. Maybe a fresh start in a new organization is what it takes to get the talented right-hander back on track.

Familiar Fielding Faces:
OF Nick Basto, OF Adam Engel, INF Justin Jirschele & INF Cleuluis Rondon

This group helps makes up nine of the 10 infielders and outfielders on the Dash’s Opening Day roster who played for the club last season. How they are able to use their past experience in the Carolina League will be crucial to determining if the Dash can return to the postseason.

The Catching Duo:
C Omar Narvaez & C Jeremy Dowdy

The 2014 Dash Opening Day roster featured three backstops, so playing time for both Narvaez and Dowdy should be easier to find than the 2014 trio had last year. It will be interesting to see how much manager Tim Esmay platoons the pair if they are both able to get ample rest, as Narvaez bats from the left side while Dowdy is a right-handed hitter.

The Intriguing Southpaw:
LHP Andre Wheeler

Wheeler didn’t pitch full-time until his final year at Texas Tech in 2013 but has steadily put up impressive numbers in his first two professional seasons. Originally drafted as an outfielder by the Dodgers out of high school, Wheeler can be a crucial part of the 2015 Dash if he continues to build on his success pounding the strike zone with his high-voltage stuff.

The Tall Guys:
RHP Jose Brito & LHP Jefferson Olacio

At six-foot-seven, both Brito and Olacio share the distinction of being the tallest players on the Opening Day roster. The height of both hurlers may be the same, but how they pitch is completely different. The 210-pound Brito is a finesse pitcher, hoping to lure opponents into chopping the ball into the ground, while the 295-pound Olacio tries to overpower opposing batters.

Stay tuned for a preview of the season opener in Frederick on Thursday!

– Scott

Baseball returns in…

Two months.

Today is February 16. Opening Night at BB&T Ballpark is April 16.

With those two months to go, the ballpark is buzzing with activity, as is Glendale, Ariz., the site of White Sox Spring Training.

Sox pitchers and catchers will report to Spring Training on Friday, while the first full-team workout is next Tuesday, February 24.

There are many former Winston-Salem stars who will be focal points of Spring Training, whether they are trying to grab the attention of the big league club or even attempting to break camp with the team. Scott Merkin, the excellent beat writer on WhiteSox.com, compiled a list of potential impact prospects for the club in 2015. Through this list, it is very clear that the White Sox farm system is the strongest it has been in several years.

The impact from some of those players will come within the Minor Leagues, but Jim Callis expands upon those who could register important time in Chicago.

Carlos Sanchez will need to rely on his glove in order to overcome Micah Johnson and win the White Sox second base spot (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

Carlos Sanchez will need to rely on his glove in order to overcome Micah Johnson and win the White Sox second base spot (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

Second base is the most important and intriguing Spring Training battle, and it likely features a pair of former Winston-Salem studs. Carlos Sanchez and Micah Johnson are about as even as two young players can be at this stage in regards to a starting slot in the big leagues. Both are within the top 10 of every White Sox prospect list. Both have skills that tantalize and flaws that worry the White Sox.

If you are a fan of defense, then Sanchez is the candidate for you. However, if you are looking for offensive upside, Johnson will gain your vote. It will be a fascinating debate that may stretch into April.

Both of those men have already reported to Glendale, along with some other notable names. Per this report from Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago, around 25 players have already arrived to Spring Training.

This group includes left-hander Carlos Rodon, who has already been in Glendale for more than a week, Courtney Hawkins, Jared Mitchell, Keenyn Walker and reigning American League Rookie of the Year Jose Abreu.

The vibes around the organization are as positive and optimistic as they have been in the last few years, and the fun begins in Arizona shortly.

Stay tuned to the blog for more updates as Spring Training rolls along.

– Brian

Game #138 Preview – Dash at Carolina

Game #138 – Road Game #69
Winston-Salem Dash (30-38, 60-77) at Carolina Mudcats (32-35, 61-73)
Sunday, August 31 – 6 p.m.
Five County Stadium (Zebulon, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash won a 1-0 thriller over Carolina in the series opener on Saturday night. Courtney Hawkins’ RBI single in the eighth inning plated the lone run of the contest.

Tyler Danish has the seventh-best ERA in full-season Minor League Baseball. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Tyler Danish has the seventh-best ERA in full-season Minor League Baseball. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

• The Dash played the role of spoiler on Saturday. Carolina’s loss, coupled with Salem’s doubleheader sweep of Wilmington, clinched the final Southern Division playoff spot for the Red Sox. Salem will open the postseason on Wednesday against Myrtle Beach.

• Right-hander Brandon Brennan tossed five and two-third scoreless innings in his longest outing with the Dash on Saturday. The California native scattered six hits and tied a season-high with six strikeouts.

Brad Goldberg and Zach Isler combined to throw three and one-third scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Goldberg earned his fourth win and Isler recorded his third save of the season. It was Winston-Salem’s sixth shutout victory in 2014.

• Outfielder Courtney Hawkins raised his season RBI total to 84 on Saturday, which leads the Carolina League. His closest challenger, Preston Beck of Myrtle Beach, has 76 RBIs.

• Outfielder Keenyn Walker went 2-for-3 with two singles and scored the lone run in Saturday’s contest. During his last eight games, the Utah native is batting an even .300 (9-for-30).

• The Dash snapped a five-game losing streak against Carolina on Saturday. The Mudcats still have the upper-hand in the season series, however, having won 12 of 18 meetings.

• Right-hander Tyler Danish will make his final start of the season tonight. During his most recent outing at Myrtle Beach on Tuesday, the 19-year-old allowed two runs and four hits over four innings. He struck out five and finished with a no-decision in the 7-2 setback against the Pelicans.

• Danish has the seventh-best ERA in Minor League Baseball among full-season qualifiers. The Florida native sports a combined 2.13 ERA in 24 starts this season, seven with Low-A Kannapolis and 17 with the Dash. Since his promotion to Winston-Salem in mid-May, Danish is 5-3 with a 2.73 ERA.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 5:45 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 6.

– Dave

Game #135 Preview – Dash at Myrtle Beach

Game #135 – Road Game #66
Winston-Salem Dash (28-37, 58-76) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (35-30, 79-54)
Thursday, August 28 – 7:05 p.m.
TicketReturn.com Field (Myrtle Beach, SC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash suffered their seventh straight setback, losing 16-5 at Myrtle Beach on Wednesday night. Winston-Salem has dropped their last three games at TicketReturn.com Field and seven of eight on the Pelicans’ home turf this year.

Nick Basto is currently on a five-game hitting streak. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Nick Basto is currently on a five-game hitting streak. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – DH
Keenyn Walker – CF
Nick Basto – LF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Michael Marjama – C
Jake Peter – 2B
C.J. Beatty – RF
Zach Voight – SS
James Dykstra – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• The Dash are at the brink of postseason elimination. With five regular season contests remaining, Winston-Salem stands five-and-a-half games behind Salem for the final Southern Division playoff spot. One Dash loss, Red Sox win or Carolina Mudcats win would end their postseason hopes.

• Wednesday matched the single-game record for runs allowed in a game during the Dash era (since 2009). Winston-Salem also gave up 16 runs in a six-run loss to Salem on August 31, 2011.

• Outfielder Nick Basto went 1-for-3 with a single and two runs scored on Wednesday. The 20-year-old is now riding a five-game hitting streak.

• Outfielder Keenyn Walker registered a single and an RBI in Wednesday’s contest. The Utah native has hits in four of his last five games, during which he is batting .333 (6-for-18).

• The Dash are 7-17 this month and as a result, have fallen into the Southern Division basement. Nine of those 17 losses have come during the opponent’s last at-bat. Winston-Salem is also 1-10 on the road in August.

• Outfielders Jason Coats and Courtney Hawkins were named to the Carolina League Year-End All-Star team today. You can read more about their 2014 accomplishments here.

• The Dash made a roster move prior to Tuesday’s contest, adding right-hander Brandon Hardin from Double-A Birmingham. It will be the Illinois native’s third stint with Winston-Salem this season. To make room for Hardin on the roster, righty Dave Putman was placed on the disabled list.

• Right-hander James Dykstra will take the mound for the Dash tonight. During his most recent outing against Carolina last Saturday, the California native allowed five runs (four earned) in five and two-third innings, suffering the loss in the 7-4 setback against the Mudcats. Overall, the 23-year-old is 3-3 with a 5.10 ERA in eight starts at the High-A level.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game will be broadcast live on 600 AM-WSJS in the Winston-Salem area, as is the case with every Thursday game throughout the season. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:50 p.m., with the first pitch at 7:05.

– Dave

Game #134 Preview – Dash at Myrtle Beach

Game #134 – Road Game #65
Winston-Salem Dash (28-36, 58-75) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (34-30, 78-54)
Wednesday, August 27 – 7:05 p.m.
TicketReturn.com Field (Myrtle Beach, SC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash were dealt their sixth consecutive loss on Tuesday, falling 7-2 at Myrtle Beach. Winston-Salem had a 2-1 lead when the Pelicans exploded for five runs in the sixth inning.

J.B. Wendelken is fourth in the Carolina League in innings pitched. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

J.B. Wendelken is fourth in the Carolina League in innings pitched. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

• The Dash are nearing the brink of postseason elimination. With six regular season contests remaining, Winston-Salem stands five games behind Salem for the final Southern Division playoff spot.

• Catcher Michael Marjama went 2-for-4 with two singles and a run on Tuesday. During his last eight games, the California native is batting .375 (12-for-32) with five runs scored.

• Outfielder Keenyn Walker tallied two hits and an RBI in Tuesday’s contest. The Utah native has hits in three of his last four games, during which he is batting .313 (5-for-16).

• Outfielder Adam Engel extended his hitting streak to five games with a first-inning single. The 22-year-old has at least one hit in 12 of his 16 games at the High-A level.

• The Dash have fallen into the Southern Division basement due to a tough-luck August. In 16 losses this month, nine have occurred in the opponent’s last at-bat.

• The Dash made a roster move prior to Tuesday’s contest, adding right-hander Tyler Barnette from Triple-A Charlotte. The Hickory native and UNC-Charlotte product made three appearances for the Knights after 25 outings (11 starts) with Low-A Kannapolis. To make room for Barnette, left-hander Ben Brewster was placed on the disabled list.

• Winston-Salem has only won one of the first seven matchups with Myrtle Beach at TicketReturn.com Field. The Dash have only mustered 13 runs in those seven contests. Overall this season, Winston-Salem is 6-11 against the Pelicans.

• Right-hander J.B. Wendelken will try to get the Dash back on track tonight. During his most recent outing against Carolina last Friday, the 21-year-old gave up seven runs (six earned) in five and one-third innings. He finished with a no-decision in the 8-7 setback against the Mudcats.

• In his first year as a starter, Wendelken ranks fourth in the Carolina League with 137.2 innings pitched. The Georgia native is 16.2 innings behind circuit leader Ryan Merritt of Carolina. Wendelken is 6-9 with a 5.03 ERA in 25 starts with the Dash this season.

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 #123 Preview – Dash at Wilmington

Game #123 – Road Game #61
Winston-Salem Dash (25-28, 55-67) at Wilmington Blue Rocks (24-26, 57-61)
Friday, August 15 – 7:05 p.m.
Frawley Stadium (Wilmington, Del.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash delivered a thrilling 5-4 victory over Lynchburg on Thursday night to avoid a rare home sweep and snap a season-long eight-game losing streak. Winston-Salem now hits the road for three games at Wilmington.

Adam Engel recorded his first three-hit game with the Dash on Thursday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Adam Engel recorded his first three-hit game with the Dash on Thursday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Michael Marjama – 1B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Nick Basto – DH
Omar Narvaez – C
Jake Peter – 2B
Keenyn Walker – RF
Tyler Danish – RHP

DASH DOTS:

Michael Marjama tied a season-high with three hits on Thursday while driving in a run and scoring a run. The California native was pressed into duty at first base for only the second time this season when Keon Barnum was a late scratch from the lineup.

• Outfielder Adam Engel went 3-for-4 with three singles, a walk, an RBI and a run scored. The 22-year-old had amassed only two hits in four games with the Dash prior to Thursday.

• Outfielder Keenyn Walker had the go-ahead single in the bottom of the eighth inning on Thursday. The Utah native also registered a triple, a run scored and a stolen base while snapping an 0-for-14 slump.

• The Dash have only been swept twice in 103 series at BB&T Ballpark since the downtown facility opened in 2010. Salem took three straight from Winston-Salem in the Triad from August 14-16, 2013, and Frederick swept the Dash in a rain-altered three-game series from April 16-17.

• The eight-game losing streak that came to an end on Thursday was tied for the longest in the Dash era (since 2009). Winston-Salem also dropped eight consecutive games from August 11-18, 2013.

• The race for the final Southern Division playoff spot remains tight. Winston-Salem is currently one game behind Salem for the potential berth with 17 regular season games remaining. Carolina is a half-game behind the Red Sox.

• This series marks the final time that the Dash and Blue Rocks will get together during the regular season. So far, the clubs have split 16 meetings, but Winston-Salem is 3-4 at Frawley Stadium.

• Right-hander Tyler Danish will try to maintain his magic on the mound tonight. During his most recent outing at Lynchburg last Saturday, the 19-year-old spun six no-hit innings while issuing two walks and striking out five.

• Danish has been phenomenal during the last month. The Florida native has not allowed a run in his last three starts and is currently riding a 22-inning scoreless streak dating back to July 23. Danish is 5-2 with a 2.57 ERA with the Dash this season. His overall ERA of 1.92 between the Dash and Low-A Kannapolis is the sixth-lowest among full-season Minor League qualifiers.

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 #115 Preview – Dash at Potomac

Game #115 – Road Game #56
Winston-Salem Dash (24-21, 54-60) at Potomac Nationals (24-18, 62-49)
Wednesday, August 6 – 7:05 p.m.
Pfitzner Stadium (Woodbridge, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash fell in the opener of a three-game series at Potomac on Tuesday night, 6-2. Winston-Salem is now tied for first place in the Southern Division standings with Myrtle Beach, thanks to the Pelicans’ win over Wilmington on Tuesday.

Jason Coats has surged into the Carolina League lead in doubles, with 33. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

With 33 doubles, Jason Coats has surged into the Carolina League lead. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Jacob May – DH
Keenyn Walker – CF
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Jason Coats – RF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Michael Marjama – C
Jake Peter – 2B
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Zach Voight – 3B
James Dykstra – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• Outfielder Keenyn Walker tied a season-high with three hits on Tuesday, recording two singles and a double. The Utah native also had three hits in a game against Myrtle Beach on July 8. Walker is now riding a five-game hitting streak, during which he is batting .421 (8-for-19).

• With his sixth inning double on Tuesday, outfielder Jason Coats took over the Carolina League lead in two-baggers with 33. The Texas native has tallied six doubles in his last seven games.

• Outfielder Jacob May extended his hitting streak to seven games by going 1-for-3 on Tuesday. The Ohio native is batting .357 (10-for-28) during this stretch.

• Infielder Jake Peter had a single in his High-A debut on Tuesday. The 21-year-old batted .388 in 37 games with short-season Great Falls before he was promoted to Winston-Salem.

• Second baseman Joey DeMichele has been promoted to Double-A Birmingham for the first time in his career. The Arizona native holds the Dash-era record with five runs scored in a game at Salem on April 27. He registered hits in seven of his last eight games with the Dash.

• The Dash have owned at least a share of first place in the Southern Division for five straight days, the team’s longest such streak since the final 32 days of 2012 (July 31-September 3).

• Despite Tuesday’s loss, Winston-Salem is 69-49 (.585) against Potomac since becoming the Dash in 2009. Winston-Salem has won or tied the season series against P-Nats in every year since the nickname change. The Dash are 9-9 against Potomac this season.

• Right-hander James Dykstra will take the mound for the Dash tonight. During his most recent start against Lynchburg last Friday, the California native allowed two runs (one earned) in six innings, finishing with a no-decision in the 3-2 Dash victory. Since he was promoted to Winston-Salem from Low-A Kannapolis on July 15, Dykstra is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

– Dave

Game #101 Preview – Dash at Frederick

Game #101 – Road Game #51
Winston-Salem Dash (15-16, 45-55) at Frederick Keys (13-16, 45-51)
Monday, July 21 – 2 p.m.
Harry Grove Stadium (Frederick, Md.) 

GAME BACKGROUND:

Tony Bucciferro fell two outs shy of pitching a no-hitter as the Dash rolled to a 5-0 win over Frederick on Sunday night. The teams will play the rubber game of the series this afternoon.

Terance Marin will make just his second road start of the year on Monday (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

Terance Marin will make just his second road start of the year on Monday (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

  • Glynn Davis’ one-out single in the ninth inning broke up Tony Bucciferro’s no-hit bid before the right-hander induced a double play to end the game. For more on Bucciferro’s accomplishments Sunday night, click here.
  • Outfielder Keenyn Walker extended his hitting streak to a season-best six games with an RBI triple in the sixth inning on Sunday. The extra-base hit broke a scoreless tie and helped propel the Dash to a four-run inning.
  • Outfielder Courtney Hawkins slugged his 15th homer of the season on Sunday, a two-run blast in the sixth inning. The 20-year-old is now tied for second in the Carolina League with Frederick’s Michael Burgess in home runs.
  • Shortstop Cleuluis Rondon registered three singles on Sunday. Since being promoted to the Dash from Low-A Kannapolis on July 2, the 20-year-old has five multi-hit efforts in 17 games with Winston-Salem.
  • Second baseman Joey DeMichele clubbed a solo homer in the sixth inning for his fourth round-tripper of the season. The Arizona native now has two home runs in 29 games since the All-Star Break, equaling his first half total (64 games).
  • The Dash logged their fourth shutout of an opponent this season and second away from BB&T Ballpark. Their last shutout win on the road was at Wilmington on April 13, a 1-0 triumph. By contrast, Winston-Salem has been blanked eight times in 2014.
  • The Dash have recently enjoyed a lot of success at Harry Grove Stadium. Since the start of the 2012 season, Winston-Salem has posted a 19-8 (.704) record in Frederick, including a 6-3 mark in 2014.
  • Right-hander Terance Marin will try to pitch the Dash to a series win in Frederick this afternoon. During his most recent start against Myrtle Beach last Wednesday, the California native allowed six runs (four earned) in five innings, suffering the loss in the 6-2 setback against the Pelicans. Overall, Marin is 3-1 with a 2.75 ERA this season.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Today’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 1:45 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 2.

– Dave

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