Results tagged ‘ Lynchburg Hillcats ’

Game #96 Preview – Dash vs. Lynchburg

Game #96 – Home Game #48
Winston-Salem Dash (15-9, 45-49) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (10-15, 43-52)
Tuesday, July 21 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem plated five runs in the first inning Monday en route to a 6-3 victory. The Dash vie for their first home sweep of the season on Tuesday.

Keon Barnum drove in two runs Monday against Lynchburg. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Keon Barnum has driven in 11 runs in the last 16 games. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Omar Narvaez – DH
Nolan Earley – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Sean O’Connell – C
James Dykstra – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Matt Heidenreich became the fifth pitcher in Minor League Baseball to collect his 11th victory. In this category, he trails only Jacob Faria (Tampa Bay) and Angel Sanchez (Pittsburgh), both of whom have recorded 12 victories with two Minor League clubs. Sanchez is a former Winston-Salem pitcher (2014), as is Bowie’s Terry Doyle (2010 and 2011), who is one of the two men tied with Heidenreich for third place with 11 wins.
  • Winston-Salem is 14-3 in games that Heidenreich has started, and the right-hander has worked through six innings in 13 of those 17 outings. The Coronado, Calif., native not only leads the CL in victories with 11, but no other hurler has more than seven. Heidenreich also paces the circuit and is sixth in High-A in innings (104.2), while the Midseason All-Star is third in the CL and sixth in High-A in earned run average (2.49).
  • Once again, the Dash’s offense came through with a strong showing for Heidenreich, who has received 5.1 runs of support per game. The Dash plated five in the opening frame, their largest such showing in the first since ripping off eight against Salem on April 20, 2014. Winston-Salem has scored more runs in the first (60) than any other frame. In Monday’s opening inning, Winston-Salem sent all nine to the plate.
  • The Dash’s top two hitters–Adam Engel and Jake Peter–have thrived throughout the season. In the Carolina League, Engel shares fourth place in hits (92) and is tied for second in runs scored (60), while Peter places second in hits (96) and sixth in runs (52). Engel also paces the eight-team league in stolen bases with 37, which are tied for sixth-most in the Minor Leagues. Engel has 12 more swipes than the next-closest active Carolina Leaguer (Carolina’s Connor Lien, 25). Peter is second on the Dash and tied for 11th in the CL with 14 stolen bases.
  • The heart of the Dash’s order has also produced as of late. Three-hole hitter Trey Michalczewski has driven in a run in nine of his last 10 games. He stands third in the CL with 55 RBIs. Keon Barnum collected two more RBIs in Monday’s victory, giving him 11 in his last 16 contests. This does not include his three-run blast in Sunday’s continuation game from June 27. Also, Jeremy Dowdy and Nick Basto are riding season-long hit streaks of eight and six games, respectively.
  • Winston-Salem was in last place in the Southern Division for the final 50 days of the season’s first half. However, the Dash have enjoyed at least a share of first place for the first 26 days of half two. In their previous five halves (2013 first half to 2015 first half), the Dash were in first for a combined 33 days. This current first-place streak is Winston’s longest since being in the top spot for the final 35 days of the second half in 2012.
  • Tuesday starter James Dykstra is mired in a career-worst eight-game losing streak, though he has worked at least six innings and permitted no more than four runs in each of his last six starts. In those outings, Dykstra is 0-5, and the Dash are 1-5.
  • Following Tuesday’s finale against Lynchburg, Winston will entertain the Carolina Mudcats for a three-game set. This is the Muddies’ first visit to the Triad since April 20-22.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

– Scott

Game #95 Preview – Dash vs. Lynchburg

Game #95 – Home Game #47
Winston-Salem Dash (14-9, 44-49) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (10-14, 43-51)
Monday, July 20 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash swept a de facto doubleheader from the Hillcats Sunday, using an eighth-inning comeback to win the suspended game from June 27 in Lynchburg 6-4, before blanking the Hillcats 3-0 in the regularly scheduled contest. Monday’s contest is the second game of a three-game set.

Adam Engel homered in the completion of the suspended game before going 2-for-4 in Sunday's regularly scheduled contest. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Adam Engel homered in the completion of the suspended game before going 2-for-4 in Sunday’s regularly scheduled contest. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Omar Narvaez – DH
Jeremy Dowdy – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Matt Heidenreich – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • For the second time all season, Winston-Salem went deep more than twice in a single game when the Dash clubbed three long balls in the suspended game. Only a four-homer effort on May 17 trumps this performance. All three of those home runs came after play was resumed at BB&T Ballpark. However, because the contest began in Lynchburg on June 27, they will be recorded as road homers. In addition to the aforementioned Engel and Barnum bombs, Cleuluis Rondon went deep in the second. The Dash still sit in last in the CL with 31 home runs.
  • Infielder Trey Michalczewski saw his season-long 11-game hit streak end thanks to an 0-for-1 showing during Sunday’s seven-inning finale. Michalczewski also posted a walk and a sacrifice fly in his three plate appearances. During this surge, which started on July 6, Michalczewski hit .405 (17-for-42). He did drive home a run, something he has accomplished in eight of his last nine games. Michalczewski is third in the Carolina League with 54 RBIs.
  • Michalczewski has had many RBI chances thanks to the top two men in the Dash’s lineup. Two-hole hitter Jake Peter is second in the CL with 95 hits, while leadoff man Adam Engel is tied for third with 91. Both Engel (58, T-3rd) and Peter (51, 6th) are in the top 10 in runs, too.
  • Right-hander Spencer Adams, the third-best prospect in the White Sox system according to MLB.com, twirled the longest scoreless outing of his Minor League career on Sunday. In fact, his six-inning showing marked only the second time in his 26 appearances that Adams did not give up a run (5.0 IP, 0 R on May 21 vs. Hickory, while with Low-A Kannapolis). Adams faced five more than the minimum and only allowed two Hillcats to reach scoring position.
  • Despite the sterling start, Adams was only with the Dash for the spot start opportunity. He returned to Low-A Kannapolis, the White Sox announced Monday. Also, the Sox shipped right-hander Nate Jones to Triple-A Charlotte to continue his rehabilitation assignment following Tommy John surgery last July. With Winston, Jones worked four innings over four outings, during which he gave up one run on three hits. One of those performances are not yet included in his official stats, as the game was suspended (July 13 vs. Potomac; to be resumed August 11).
  • Winston-Salem was in last place in the Southern Division for the final 50 days of the season’s first half. However, the Dash have enjoyed at least a share of first place for the first 25 days of half two. In the previous five halves (2013 first half to 2015 first half), Winston-Salem was in first for a combined 33 days. This current first-place streak is the Dash’s longest since being in the top spot for the final 35 days of the second half in 2012.
  • Righty Brandon Brennan simply resumed his start from June 27 at Lynchburg and ended up falling one out shy of matching a career-high in innings pitched (7.2). He gave up four runs on 10 hits, though only one run on four hits came after the resumption on Sunday.
  • Winston has converted 13 of its last 14 save opportunities after blowing seven of its first 15 chances. The Dash are still last in the CL in saves with 21.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

– Scott

Games #73/94 Preview – Dash vs. Lynchburg

UPDATE: 7:15 p.m.

Dash’s game two lineup

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – DH
Nick Basto – LF
T.J. Williams – 1B
Jeremy Dowdy – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Spencer Adams – RHP

Games #73/94 – Road Game #38, Home Game #46
Winston-Salem Dash (12-9, 42-49) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (10-12, 43-49)
Sunday, July 19 – 4:05 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash and Hillcats will resume a suspended game from June 27 in Lynchburg with the Hillcats enjoying a 3-1 lead with two outs in the top of the second. The clubs will play the first game with the Dash as the road team before playing Sunday’s regularly scheduled contest.

T.J. Williams went 3-for-4 Saturday to lead the Dash by Carolina. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

T.J. Williams went 3-for-4 with two RBIs Saturday to lead the Dash by Carolina. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Toby Thomas – RF
T.J. Williams – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Nick Basto – LF
Brandon Brennan – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Sunday’s action begins with the completion of a suspended game from June 27 in Lynchburg. The Hillcats lead 3-1 in the top of the second. Though the game will be finished in the Triad, Lynchburg will remain the home team. Dash righty Brandon Brennan, who started the game last month, will continue on the hill, while Mitch Brown will replace Hillcats starter Dace Kime.
  • Infielder Trey Michalczewski entered Saturday’s finale with two impressive streaks. He pushed his hitting streak to 11 games, the third-longest streak by a Dash hitter in 2015, with a 1-for-5 effort. During this surge, which began July 6, Michalczewski is hitting .405 (17-for-42). Only Salem’s Mario Martinez (13) has a longer current hit streak in the CL than Michalczewski. However, his seven-game RBI run, the longest such streak by a Dash hitter in 2015, came to an end. Michalczewski is third on the circuit with 52 RBIs. He trails Lynchburg’s Nellie Rodriguez (66) and Myrtle Beach’s Jacob Rogers (59).
  • All but one Winston-Salem starter collected a base hit in Saturday’s emphatic victory, and that man was riding a solid hit streak. Carolina halted Adam Engel’s eight-game hitting streak by holding him without a knock in five at bats. Engel, who leads the circuit with 34 stolen bases, hit .407 (14-for-32) with six runs during his season-long surge.
  • Following the completion of the suspended game from last month, the Dash and Hillcats will duel in a seven-inning finale. The White Sox announced Sunday that right-hander Spencer Adams will make his High-A debut as that contest’s starting pitcher. The third-best prospect in the White Sox system per MLB.com, Adams was 6-4 with a 3.43 ERA in 15 starts with Low-A Kannapolis. He whiffed 50 and walked 10 in 76.0 innings with the Intimidators.
  • A three-year Major Leaguer, White Sox right-hander Nate Jones made his fourth rehab appearance with Winston-Salem on Saturday. He pitched the first inning and only needed 10 pitches to work a perfect frame. In his four outings, all of which have been one inning in length, Jones has only logged 34 pitches. He has permitted one run on three hits. Jones, who pitched for Winston-Salem from 2008 to 2010, underwent Tommy John surgery in July of 2014. The date and location of his next rehab outing are not yet known.
  • The Dash will remain at home for six straight days starting Sunday, something that the club has not enjoyed since a week-long homestand to conclude the first half. In fact, the Dash have alternated road and home series since the All-Star break. The Dash’s next two-city road trip does not come until August 11-16. Winston has lost five of its last seven home games, though the club took two of three from the Hillcats during their first visit (May 27-29).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Television coverage of Sunday’s de facto doubleheader opener will be available on My48 at 4 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 3:50 p.m., with the first pitch set for 4:05 p.m.

– Scott

Game #73 Preview – Dash at Lynchburg

Game #73 – Road Game #38
Winston-Salem Dash (2-0, 32-40) at Lynchburg Hillcats (0-2, 33-39)
Saturday, June 27 – 6:30 p.m.
Calvin Falwell Field (Lynchburg, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem scored five in the second and held on from there Friday in a 6-4 victory. The Dash are looking for their first sweep of the 2015 campaign.

Euclides Leyer picked up the win Friday in relief of his brother Robinson. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Euclides Leyer picked up the win Friday in relief of his brother Robinson. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Toby Thomas – LF
T.J. Williams – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Suiter – RF
Brandon Brennan – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • For the third time in the Dash era (2009-present), Winston-Salem has started a half with back-to-back victories. The Dash also began the second half in 2011 and 2014 with two consecutive wins. In both of those seasons, the third contest of the half did not go well. Frederick cruised to a 6-1 triumph in 2011, while Salem blasted Winston 13-4 a year ago. The franchise has not posted a 3-0 beginning to a half since 2006, when the team was known as the Warthogs.
  • For the first time in exactly a year, the Dash are riding a four-game road winning streak. From June 24-27, 2014, Winston-Salem won four straight away from BB&T Ballpark, the club’s longest such streak of the entire campaign. The Dash have not won more than four consecutive road contests since a five-game streak from August 19-23, 2013. The longest such surge in the Dash era is six (April 18-May 1, 2012).
  • Lynchburg did not put a ton of balls in play on Friday night. Winston-Salem’s pitching quartet amassed 12 strikeouts, one shy of the team’s season-high. The Dash also fell one free pass away from the worst showing of the season. Fortunately for the Dash, only one of those eight walks directly turned into a run.
  • Lynchburg City Stadium has been a house of horrors for the Dash in recent years. However, Winston-Salem has claimed two straight victories in the Hill City for just the second time in the last four seasons. The other instance was also in the first series of the second half. The Dash rallied for a series win from June 21-23, 2013, with wins in each of the final two games. Even with this mini-surge, Winston is just 11-27 (.289) at Lynchburg since the start of the 2012 season. This includes two losses in the 2012 Mills Cup Finals. In the previous two seasons (2010 and 2011), the Dash were 13-7 (.650) in Lynchburg.
  • Winston-Salem outfielder Michael Suiter ended a 6-for-46 funk with a two-run double in Friday’s second inning. It also guaranteed Suiter his first multi-RBI game at the High-A level. Suiter had only collected three RBIs in his first 28 games with the club. The Hawaii native has hit safely in three consecutive games for the first time since a season-high six-game run from May 31-June 6.
  • The Dash have logged a save in each of their last five wins. In fact, the Dash have not blown a save since June 7. During this stretch, Winston-Salem is a perfect 7-for-7 in save opportunities after beginning the season 8-for-15 (53 percent). Still, Winston-Salem is in the basement of the eight-team Carolina League with 15 saves. The next-closest club is Frederick (17), while Myrtle Beach paces the circuit (25).
  • For just the fifth time all season, Winston-Salem won a game on Friday despite posting fewer hits than its opposition.
  • Former Dash hurler Erik Johnson, who starred with Winston in 2012, has only given up two runs in his last 32 innings with Triple-A Charlotte.
  • Catcher Omar Narvaez is 7-for-13 (.538) with five runs scored in his last four games. The Midseason All-Star is one of five qualified hitters in the CL with a batting average north of the .300 mark (.304).

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

Game #72 Preview – Dash at Lynchburg

Game #72 – Road Game #37
Winston-Salem Dash (1-0, 31-40) at Lynchburg Hillcats (0-1, 33-38)
Friday, June 26 – 6:30 p.m.
Calvin Falwell Field (Lynchburg, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Jordan Guerrero pitched into the ninth inning and the Dash led wire-to-wire Thursday to knock off the Hillcats 5-4. Winston-Salem has now won three straight road contests.

Robinson Leyer starts Friday for the Dash in Lynchburg. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Robinson Leyer starts Friday for the Dash in Lynchburg. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

  • Not only did Guerrero post a new career-high in innings, but he also became the first Winston-Salem starter to pitch more than eight innings since July 20, 2014, when Tony Bucciferro took a no-hitter into the ninth at Frederick before settling for a complete game shutout. Guerrero fell two outs short of becoming the seventh Winston pitcher in the Dash era (2009-present) to toss nine innings in a single game.
  • For just the second time this season, the Dash have rattled off three consecutive road victories. The other such surge took place from April 24-26, when the Dash rallied for a four-game series win at Myrtle Beach. This most recent mini-streak has immediately followed an eight-game road skid, the longest for the franchise since 2006. That funk included a four-game sweep at the hands of the Hillcats from June 5-7. The Dash are 14-22 on the road, which is the second-worst mark in the Carolina League.
  • Several Dash players find themselves at or near the top of some categories in the Carolina League. Adam Engel is tied for first in stolen bases (28) and third in runs scored (44). Trey Michalczewski shares second in RBIs (42). Omar Narvaez is fifth in batting average (.303). On the pitching side, Matt Heidenreich is first in wins (8) and sixth in earned run average (2.77).
  • For a third straight half, Winston-Salem earned a win in the opener. The Dash blasted Salem 12-4 to begin last year’s second half before obliterating Frederick to kick off this season. Before this recent uptick, the Dash had dropped five half lid-lifters in a row. Since the nickname change in 2009, Winston-Salem is 6-8 to begin the half.
  • Dash utility man Toby Thomas logged another strong showing on Thursday. Thomas went 2-for-4 with an RBI, his sixth at the High-A level. Thomas has hit safely in 11 of his first 14 games within the Carolina League. Of his 15 base hits, nine of them have gone for extra bases (seven doubles, one triple and one home run). Plus, the Alabama native has produced well despite playing in both the infield and outfield and hitting anywhere from sixth to ninth in the lineup.
  • Former Dash infielder Carlos Sanchez carried the White Sox past Detroit on Thursday with a three-run triple in the 10th inning of an 8-7 win on Thursday.
  • Winston-Salem improved to 24-10 (.706) when scoring more than three runs.
  • Friday starter Robinson Leyer posted a quality start in his only appearance against Lynchburg on May 27 (6.0 IP, 3 R, 5 H), which did result in a loss for both the Dash and Leyer.
  • Despite the series-opening win on Thursday night, the Dash are just 10-25 (.286) in Lynchburg since the start of the 2012 season. This does not include a pair of losses in the Mills Cup Finals in 2012.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Friday’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

Game #71 Preview – Dash at Lynchburg

Game #71 – Road Game #36
Winston-Salem Dash (0-0, 30-40) at Lynchburg Hillcats (0-0, 33-37)
Thursday, June 25 – 6:30 p.m.
Calvin Falwell Field (Lynchburg, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The second half of the season begins Thursday, when the Dash start a three-game series at Lynchburg. Winston-Salem will compete with Salem and Carolina for the right to battle Myrtle Beach in the Southern Division Championship Series in September.

Trey Michalczewski begins the second half of the season in a tie for second in the Carolina League in RBIs. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Trey Michalczewski begins the second half of the season in a tie for second in the Carolina League in RBIs. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Toby Thomas – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Suiter – LF
Jordan Guerrero – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • During the season’s first 70 games, Winston-Salem recorded the worst single-half record during the Dash era (2009-present). In fact, Winston-Salem three most recent halves have been the franchise’s three worst since the nickname change. A year ago, the Dash were 30-39 and 31-39 in the first and second half, respectively. Since 2009, the Dash are still 40 games over .500 (472-432-1). Only Potomac owns a better record in the CL during this span.
  • This three-game set marks the Dash’s second and final trip to Lynchburg in the regular season. The Hillcats claimed all four games of a weather-condensed four-game series from June 5-7. It marked the franchise’s first four-game road sweep since June 2-5, 2008, the final season of the Warthogs. In the series finale, Lynchburg overcame a 7-0 Winston-Salem advantage, the biggest lead the club had ever surrendered in a loss since the Dash era began six years ago.
  • Several Dash players found themselves at or near the top of some categories in the Carolina League. Adam Engel is tied for first in stolen bases (28) and tied for second in runs (44). Trey Michalczewski shares second in RBIs (42). Omar Narvaez is sixth in batting average (.299). On the pitching side, Matt Heidenreich is sixth with a 2.95 earned run average, while his eight wins are two better than any other CL hurler.
  • The California League cruised to a 9-2 victory in the 19th California-Carolina League All-Star Game on Tuesday in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Omar Narvaez went 1-for-2 with a run scored, while both James Dykstra (1.0 IP, 2 ER) and Matt Heidenreich (0.1 IP, 0 R) appeared on the mound. With the victory, the men from the West Coast snagged a 9-8-2 edge in the all-time series. The 2016 Midsummer Classic will take place in Lake Elsinore, Calif., in a celebration of the California League’s 75th anniversary.
  • The Dash only had two roster moves in advance of the season’s second half. Euclides Leyer has rejoined the club from Low-A Kannapolis, while fellow righty Yency Almonte was assigned to the Intimidators from Winston-Salem.
  • On Sunday, the Dash improved to 10-0 at home when scoring six-plus runs.
  • Jordan Guerrero will make his fourth High-A start in the stadium where he made his first (5.0 IP, 4 R on June 7).

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 6:15 p.m., with the first pitch at 6:30 p.m.

– Scott

Game #56 Preview – Dash at Lynchburg

Game #56 – Road Game #32
Winston-Salem Dash (22-32) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (26-29)
Sunday, June 7 – 2 p.m.
Calvin Falwell Field (Lynchburg, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

A six-run seventh inning was not enough for Winston-Salem in a 10-8 loss Saturday at Lynchburg. The Dash will look to salvage the four-game series Sunday as they finish out their brief road trip.

Omar Narvaez matched a career high Sunday with four hits. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Omar Narvaez matched a career high Saturday with four hits. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Jeremy Dowdy – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Toby Thomas – LF
Ethan Wilson – DH
Jordan Guerrero – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Had Winston-Salem completed this comeback and won on Saturday, the squad would have notched the largest come-from-behind triumph in the Dash era (2009-present). The largest such victory was a seven-run rally on May 22, 2009, against Salem, while Winston turned in its sixth comeback of exactly six runs since the nickname change on Monday against the Red Sox, when the Dash trailed 8-2 before winning 9-8.
  • The Dash did drastically improve their clutch hitting on Saturday by going 6-for-16 with men in scoring position. Winston also logged 10 plate appearances with the bases loaded, going 3-for-8 with a pair of walks in these chances. This came on the heels of a 1-for-16 effort with runners in scoring position throughout Friday’s doubleheader. Still, the Dash stranded 13 runners, their highest such total since May 1, 2013, when Winston saw 14 runners stall in what was a 15-6 victory in Lynchburg.
  • Despite a valiant rally in the late innings, the Dash suffered their sixth consecutive road loss, their third road skid of four or more games in 2015. This is Winston-Salem’s longest road slump since the club dropped eight consecutive road contests from August 5-16 of 2014. The Dash are 11-20 in road tilts, which is tied with Frederick for the CL’s worst mark. The Dash and Keys also lead the circuit in total road games.
  • Dash catcher Omar Narvaez matched a career high with four hits in Saturday’s defeat. He only owns one other four-hit game in the Minors, and it came as a member of Tampa Bay’s Venezuelan Summer League team on August 2, 2010. Since May 28, Narvaez is a red-hot 12-for-22 (.545) with five RBIs and six runs scored. This six-game hitting streak has helped Narvaez storm to fourth place among Carolina League qualifiers with a .300 average. Narvaez paces all CL catchers in average, hits (45) and at-bats (150).
  • Infielder Jake Peter is riding a nine-game hitting streak that he extended with a 3-for-5 showing on Saturday. Since May 27, the former Creighton star is 12-for-33 (.364) with a homer and seven RBIs, including three his last time out. Peter has trumped his previous season-high hit streak of eight games, which took place from May 5-11. With a knock on Sunday, he would claim a share of the longest run by a Winston hitter in 2015 (Chris Jacobs, 10 games from April 29-May 9).
  • Sunday starter Jordan Guerrero will make his first career High-A outing. In nine starts with Low-A Kannapolis, Guerrero was 6-1 with a 2.28 ERA, while his 1.24 mark through May was the seventh-best among all Minor League qualifiers. The two-time South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week was a 15th-round pick in 2012.
  • For just the eighth time all season, the Dash lost a game during which they scored four or more runs. Winston-Salem’s eight-run output was its second highest in a losing effort this year (12-10 loss on May 5 at Frederick).
  • Dash slugger Trey Michalczewski reached base in four of his six plate appearances on Saturday (two singles and two walks).
  • Both Jefferson Olacio and Peter Tago recorded a perfect inning of relief, with the latter of the two whiffing the side.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Sunday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 1:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 2 p.m.

– Scott

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 #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

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