Results tagged ‘ Lynchburg Hillcats ’

Game 105 Preview – Dash vs. Lynchburg

Game #105 – Home Game #55
Winston-Salem Dash (16-18, 44-60) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (21-12, 66-37)
Friday, July 29 – 7:00 p.m. 
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem scored eight runs in the fourth and never looked back in a 9-3 bashing of the Lynchburg Hillcats in Thursday’s series opener at BB&T Ballpark. During that big inning, the Dash sent 14 men to the plate and banged out nine hits. Winston-Salem goes for its first five-game winning streak of the season on Friday against Lynchburg.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Zach Thompson tossed seven solid innings on Thursday to pick up his second High-A win (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Landon Lassiter – CF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – LF
Marcus Davis – 1B
Telvin Nash – DH
Toby Thomas – 2B
Brett Austin – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Tanner Banks – LHP

DASH DOTS: 

  • One day after blasting back-to-back-to-back homers for the first time in the Dash era (2009-present), Winston-Salem matched a record with nine hits in a single inning. The Dash had only accomplished this one other time, and it also came during an eight-run frame on June 4, 2013, at Salem. Winston fell one run shy of the biggest inning, in runs, since the nickname change. The Dash’s only nine-run inning came on the road at Frederick on May 7, 2015.
  • For the second time this season, the Dash have strung together four consecutive wins. Winston-Salem also mustered a four-game winning streak from June 5-9 (three vs. Wilmington, off day, one at Carolina). The Dash’s last five-game winning streak came from August 20-24, 2015. Winston is also striving for its second five-game home surge of the year (June 5-17).
  • The Dash have increased their power since the start of July by slugging 27 home runs in 27 games this month (3rd in CL). Through June, Winston-Salem had only gone deep 40 times, fifth-most on the eight-team circuit. The Dash have not mustered more than 27 homers in a single month since July of 2013 (28), which immediately followed a 32-homer June. Nine different Dash hitters have at least one long ball.
  • Winston-Salem’s Marcus Davis has hit safely in 15 straight games since July 13, which is one shy of the longest by a Dash hitter this year. That 16-gamer also belongs to Davis, who only needed 18 hits to pull it off from May 21 to June 9. He hit only .277 during his past surge, but his current streak has included some marvelous numbers. Davis is hitting .426 (26-for-61) with two homers, 15 RBIs and nine runs scored. Only Lynchburg’s Francisco Mejia has a longer active streak in the Carolina League. He has hit safely in 16 straight games in the CL and 40 overall dating back to his time with Low-A Lake County.
  • Second baseman Toby Thomas and Davis are first and second, respectively, in the CL in average since the All-Star break, which ended on June 23. Thomas is at an even .400 (48-for-120) with two homers and 11 RBIs, while Davis stands at .378 (45-for-119) with four homers and 24 RBIs. Thomas and Davis are second and fourth in High-A in this category. Telvin Nash joined Winston-Salem when the second half began. Since then, the former Houston farmhand is tied for second in homers (9) and alone in second in RBIs (31) in High-A.
  • The White Sox announced Friday that Daniel Gonzalez has earned a promotion to the Dash from Low-A Kannapolis. This marks Gonzalez’s second stint with Winston-Salem (May 26-June 1). In a corresponding move, fellow catcher Joxelier Garcia has been assigned to the AZL White Sox. Brett Austin, who is hitting .333 in July, is the Dash’s other active catcher, while first-rounder Zack Collins is on the DL.
  • Mason Robbins (.320) and Basto (.317) stand first and second, respectively, in batting average amongst CL qualifiers. Robbins (118) and Davis (112) are first and third, respectively, in the CL in hits, while Robbins is fifth in total bases (167).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Friday’s contest 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 set for 7:00 p.m.

-Joe

Game #104 Preview – Dash vs. Lynchburg

Game #104 – Home Game #54
Winston-Salem Dash (15-18, 43-60) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (21-11, 66-36)
Thursday, July 28 – 7:00 p.m. 
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem plated five in the first and never looked back in a 7-6, sweep-clinching victory over the Frederick Keys on Wednesday at BB&T Ballpark. In that huge first frame, Nick Basto, Marcus Davis and Telvin Nash strung together back-to-back-to-back home runs. The Dash now square for a four-game set at BB&T Ballpark against the Lynchburg Hillcats, whom they haven’t seen since late April.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Telvin Nash hit the final home run in the Dash’s first ever back-to-back-to-back home runs on Wednesday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Landon Lassiter – CF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – LF
Marcus Davis – DH
Telvin Nash – 1B
Toby Thomas – 2B
Brett Austin – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Zach Thompson – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Basto, Davis and Nash made history Wednesday by clubbing three straight home runs, something that had never happened before in the Dash era (2009-present). In fact, Winston-Salem only had back-to-back homers once before this season. Marcus Davis and Brett Austin accomplished the feat in the eighth inning on April 18, 2016. Basto is now tied for the team lead with 10 long balls, while Davis has hit four since the All-Star break. Since joining the Dash on June 23, Nash has amassed eight home runs, which are tied for the most by a Carolina Leaguer during this span.

  • Thanks to his first-inning homer, Davis pushed his hit streak to 14 games, the second-longest active run in the CL. Throughout this streak, he is a .421 swinger (24-for-57) with two homers, 14 RBIs and eight runs scored. The only hitting streak for a Dash hitter longer than Davis’ current one also belongs to the former San Diego farmhand. He hit safely in 16 consecutive games from May 21 to June 9, though he only had 18 hits during this stretch.

  • Winston-Salem second baseman Toby Thomas joins Davis in the top five of High-A baseball in average since the All-Star break. Thomas, who enjoyed an off day Wednesday, paces the CL and is second in High-A with a .397 mark (46-for-116, while Davis is third on the circuit and fifth in the classification at .374 (43-for-115).

  • Thanks to Wednesday’s narrow win, the Dash earned their first series sweep of the season. Winston-Salem was the second-to-last Carolina League club to use a broom in 2016. Now, only Wilmington has yet to pick up a sweep this year. Before this series against Frederick, the Dash had not earned a sweep since September 1-3, 2015, at Wilmington. This is the squad’s first brooming at BB&T Ballpark since August 21-23, 2015, versus Carolina. Winston-Salem has been on the wrong end of five sweeps this year.

  • During its sweep of the Keys, Winston-Salem only allowed eight runs, with six being earned. This immediately followed a five-game sweep by Potomac, during which the Nationals logged 29 runs. In the month of July, the Dash had owned a 6.02 earned run average until recording a 2.00 mark against the Keys, thus lowering the month-long figure to 5.53. Throughout the year, the Dash’s pitching staff possesses a 4.29 ERA, which is sixth-best on this eight-team circuit.

  • The Dash welcome the Lynchburg Hillcats for a four-game series that begins Thursday. Winston-Salem and Lynchburg have not squared off in exactly three months (April 28) when they meet on Thursday. Lynchburg won the first half Northern Division title and stand at 66-35, the second-best mark in full-season Minor League Baseball. The Hillcats took five of the seven meetings between the two clubs in the first half.

  • Mason Robbins (.319) and Basto (.316) stand first and second, respectively, in batting average amongst CL qualifiers.

  • Only one other active player has an average above .300 (Frederick’s Aderlin Rodriguez, .314).

  • Robbins also shares the top spot in the league in hits with Rodriguez (116), while Davis is alone in third (110). Over his last 12 games since July 16, Robbins boasts a .453 average (24-for-53).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Thursday’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 game is also available on wsjs.com, as well as wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn App. The Pregame Warthog will begin at 6:45 p.m, with the first pitch at 7:00 p.m.

-Joe

Doubleheader Preview – Dash at Potomac

UPDATE: 7:15 p.m.

Game two Dash lineup:

Michael Suiter – CF
Toby Thomas – 2B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – LF
Marcus Davis – 1B
Telvin Nash – DH
Brett Austin – C
Ryan Leonards – 3B
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Kelvis Valerio – RHP

Game #98 & 99 – Road Game #48 & 49
Winston-Salem Dash (12-15, 40-57) at Potomac Nationals (17-9, 51-43)
Saturday, July 23 – 5 p.m. (doubleheader)
Pfitzner Stadium (Woodbridge, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Telvin Nash gave the Dash a one-run lead with a pinch-hit grand slam in the top of the ninth, but Drew Vettleson capped a six-RBI effort with a two-run walk-off homer in the bottom half to propel Potomac past Winston-Salem 9-8 on Friday night at Pfitzner Stadium. The Dash will try to bounce back in Saturday’s doubleheader, which will help to make up for a postponement on June 28.

STARTING LINEUP (Game 1):

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Marcus Davis delivered his fourth home run of the season in Friday’s loss (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Landon Lassiter – CF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – LF
Zack Collins – C
Telvin Nash – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Toby Thomas – 2B
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Zach Thompson – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Nash’s grand slam was the first pinch-hit home run in the Dash era (2009-present). In fact, in recorded Winston-Salem franchise history (2005-now), this marks the team’s first pinch-hit home run. Before Friday, Nash was just 2-for-13 (.154) with no home runs as a pinch hitter in the Minor Leagues. In 24 games with Winston-Salem, Nash has clubbed seven home runs and driven home 25 runs over 74 at-bats.

  • Before this week, a Dash player had not hit a grand slam since Trey Michalczewski’s bomb on May 5, 2015, at Frederick. However, Winston-Salem has clocked a pair of grand slams over the last three games. Mason Robbins delivered the Dash’s first home grand slam since August 24, 2013, when Joey DeMichele walked-off with that blast against Myrtle Beach. Before Tuesday, Winston-Salem was the only Carolina League club without a grand slam in 2016.

  • The Dash’s offense continued its torrid July with eight more runs Friday. The Dash are averaging 6.95 runs per game this month (139 runs in 20 games), including 11 games of seven or more runs and six games of 10 or more runs. Winston is second to Lynchburg (7.25) in this category, along with July average (LYN – .317; W-S – .315).

  • The Dash suffered their sixth walk-off loss of the campaign, and five of them have come in their last 17 road games dating back to June 12. On the flip side, Winston-Salem had not endured a walk-off home run since April 12, 2015, when Brenden Webb lifted Frederick to an 11-inning win over Winston-Salem with a two-run blast. In all this year, the Dash are just 6-12 in games decided in a team’s last at-bat.

  • Marcus Davis continued his outstanding second half with three hits and his fourth home run of the season on Friday. Since June 23, the first game of half two, the former Padres farmhand boasts a .380 batting average (35-for-92) with three homers, 19 RBIs and 18 runs scored.

  • Davis’ batting average during this span is fourth-best in all of High-A baseball and second to teammate Toby Thomas (.388; 38-for-98) in the Carolina League. Davis is riding an eight-game hitting streak, during which he boasts a .471 mark (16-for-34) with 10 RBIs and five runs scored.

  • Winston-Salem’s bullpen has allowed two or more runs in six of the club’s last seven games, including six over just 2.1 innings in Friday’s loss at Potomac. During these seven contests, the bullpen has logged 32.1 innings and given up 30 runs, 27 of which have been earned (7.52 ERA). Overall this year, the Dash’s bullpen has a 4.63 ERA and has walked 5.3 batters per nine innings.

  • Winston is just 2-4 in doubleheader games this year, including a sweep at the hands of Myrtle Beach in its last twin bill on July 6.

  • In his last start Sunday against the Pelicans, game one starter Zach Thompson earned his first High-A win (5.2 IP, 1 ER). Kelvis Valerio, who gets the call in the nightcap, is 2-1 with a 4.64 ERA in his four previous starts this year.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Saturday’s doubleheader will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 4:45 p.m., with the first pitch set for 5 p.m. The stream will remain on throughout both games, including the 30-minute gap between contests.

-Brian

Game #21 Preview – Dash vs. Lynchburg

Game #21 – Home Game #10
Winston-Salem Dash (7-13) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (16-4)
Thursday, April 28 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Dash outfielder Mason Robbins hit for the cycle, but the Lynchburg Hillcats plated 10 runs in the fifth inning en route to a 12-6 victory Wednesday at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash look to salvage the final game of the three-game set against Lynchburg.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Mason Robbins notched the first cycle ever for a Dash player at BB&T Ballpark on Wednesday against Lynchburg (Jody Stewart / W-S Dash).

Hunter Jones – CF
Toby Thomas – 2B
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Nick Basto – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Brett Austin – C
Mason Robbins – LF
Louie Lechich – RF
Danny Mendick – SS
Spencer Adams– RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Despite the loss, Robbins made some history with his cycle, the first for a Dash hitter at BB&T Ballpark. The only other cycle came from former Lynchburg Hillcat Matt Lipka, who accomplished the feat on April 25, 2013. Robbins came up with a cycle despite only four trips to the plate. He doubled in the second, homered in the fourth, singled in the sixth and tripled in the eighth. His triple, the first of his season and 13th as a Minor Leaguer, banged off the middle portion of the 20-foot center field wall.
  • Winston-Salem has recorded a pair of cycles here in 2016. Only one other player in Minor League Baseball has a cycle (Indianapolis’ Josh Bell on April 22 vs. Louisville). Dash infielder Gerson Montilla hit for the cycle this past Friday at Salem. It was the franchise’s first cycle since May 14, 2008, the final season of the Warthogs era (Brandon Allen vs. Lynchburg). Thus, Winston-Salem waited 2,900 days for a cycle after Allen’s did it in 2008 and just five days between Montilla and Robbins’ efforts.
  • With his fifth-inning single Wednesday, Montilla pushed his hitting streak to eight, tied for the longest by a Dash hitter in 2016 (Marcus Davis) and tied for the third-longest active run in the Carolina League. During this surge, Montilla is 13-for-33 (.394) with seven RBIs and 12 runs.
  • Thanks to another 2-for-3 effort, including a leadoff homer in the second, Dash infielder Nick Basto pushed his batting average to .416, which is fifth-best in all of Minor League Baseball. Basto paces all High-A qualifiers by at least 37 points. The former fifth-round pick has amassed 32 hits, one more than James Harris of the Stockton Ports (High-A, Oakland) for the most in the Minor Leagues. In the CL, Basto stands first in on-base percentage (.471), third in total bases (46) and fourth in slugging percentage (.597).
  • Lynchburg’s 10-run fifth inning matched the biggest single-inning output for a Winston-Salem opponent during the Dash era (2009-present). The only other 10-run frame came from the bats of the Potomac Nationals in the eighth inning on July 25, 2010. Winston-Salem has not posted a double-digit offensive inning in the Dash era.
  • Lynchburg plated 11 runs on Tuesday before bettering that by one on Wednesday. This marks the first time that the Dash have surrendered 10 or more runs in back-to-back games since August 8-9, 2013 at Salem. Winston had not permitted double digit run outputs in consecutive home contests since July 7-8, 2012, against the Hillcats. In the last two games, the Dash’s team ERA has jumped from 3.83 to 4.59, which is seventh in the eight-team Carolina League.
  • Infielder Toby Thomas matched a career-high with four hits in Wednesday’s loss thanks to two singles and two doubles.
  • Winston-Salem is 3-1 when Spencer Adams, the third-best prospect in the White Sox system, pitches and 4-12 when he does not.
  • The Dash have only suffered five sweeps in the seven-season history of BB&T Ballpark, with the fifth coming against Salem in the first home set of 2016 (April 14-17).
  • After Thursday’s finale, the Dash travel to Frederick for a three-game series that begins Friday night. 

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Thursday’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 game is also available on wsjs.com, as well as wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn App. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m, with the first pitch at 7 p.m.

-Joe

Game #20 – Dash vs. Lynchburg

Game #20 – Home Game #9
Winston-Salem Dash (7-12) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (15-4)
Wednesday, April 27 – 11 a.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Lynchburg scored 11 times from the fourth to the eighth en route to a series-opening 11-6 victory over Winston-Salem on Tuesday night at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash look to rebound bright and early on Wednesday against the Hillcats.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Gerson Montilla extended his hitting streak to seven with a 2-for-4 effort Tuesday. (Jody Stewart / W-S Dash)

Hunter Jones – CF
Toby Thomas – 2B
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Nick Basto – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Louis Silverio – RF
Mason Robbins – LF
Danny Mendick – SS
Sean O’Connell – C
Blair Walters – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • The Dash are off to their worst home start since BB&T Ballpark opened in 2010. Winston-Salem has dropped seven of its first eight games in the Triad, with Tuesday’s decision representing the most lopsided of those losses. All six losses on the first homestand were by three runs or less. Before this year began, Winston-Salem boasted the best home record in the Carolina League since 2010 (244-176, .581 winning percentage).
  • Infielder Gerson Montilla is thriving at the plate in recent games. He launched a solo shot, his 72nd professional home run, to give the Dash a first-inning run for the fifth straight game. It also pushed his hitting streak to seven games, during which he is 12-for-28 (.429) with seven RBIs and 12 runs. This great work includes Friday’s cycle at Salem, which was the franchise’s first such accomplishment since 2008.
  • After going 11-for-19 (.579) during the four-game trip to Salem, Nick Basto collected another base hit on Tuesday. He paces the circuit with a .405 batting average, which is 18 points better than Wilmington’s Ryan O’Hearn for first place. It also stands eighth in all of Minor League Baseball. Basto’s 30 total hits are tops in the CL and tied for first in the Minors. Also, the former fifth-round pick is tied for first in on-base percentage (.463), fourth in total bases (40) and fifth in slugging percentage (.541) in the league.
  • The Chicago White Sox announced six moves affecting the Dash’s roster before Tuesday’s game. Infielder Danny Mendick, catcher Sean O’Connell and outfielder Louis Silverio have earned promotions from Low-A Kannapolis. Both Mendick (0-for-2, two walks) and O’Connell (1-for-3) played on Tuesday. To make room for this trio, catcher Chris O’Dowd was promoted to Double-A Birmingham, infielder Cleuluis Rondon was assigned to Kannapolis and utility man Michael Danner was released.
  • Southpaw Chris Sale, who pitched for the Dash in 2010, became Major League Baseball’s first five-game winner with a gem at Toronto on Tuesday. Sale needed just 100 pitches to toss eight innings, during which he surrendered one run on four hits. Sale’s 0.68 WHIP paces all American League qualifiers, while his 1.66 ERA is fifth-best in the league. The White Sox own the A.L.’s best record at 15-6. Only the Cubs and Nationals have better marks in the Majors.
  • Before Tuesday, the Dash had not given up 11 runs in a game since an 11-5 home loss against Wilmington on June 11, 2015. Winston-Salem had not allowed more than that in almost a year (12 runs at Frederick on May 5, 2015). The Dash’s bullpen let eight runs come across and now possesses a 4.95 ERA as a unit. Overall, Winston’s staff ERA stands sixth in the CL (4.20).
  • Catcher Brett Austin left Tuesday’s game after four innings. He has started 13 of the Dash’s first 19 games and leads the team with three home runs.
  • Dash starter Blair Walters pitched for Lynchburg down the stretch in the 2014 season, the final year for the Hillcats under the Braves’ umbrella. The ‘Cats joined forces with the Indians in 2015, while Carolina claimed the Braves. Walters pitched for Carolina in 2015 and worked against his former team three times.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Wednesday’s game will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio App. The Pregame Dash will begin at 10:45 a.m., with the first pitch at 11 a.m.

-Joe

Game #19 Preview – Dash vs. Lynchburg

Game #19 – Home Game #8
Winston-Salem Dash (7-11) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (14-4)
Tuesday, April 26 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

After collecting three high-scoring victories, the Dash dropped a pitcher-friendly finale at Salem on Sunday by a score of 3-2. Winston-Salem now begins the first of a three-game homestand against the Lynchburg Hillcats at BB&T Ballpark on Tuesday night.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Dash first baseman Nick Basto leads the Carolina League in average with a .414 mark (Jody Stewart / W-S Dash)

Hunter Jones – CF
Toby Thomas – 2B
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Nick Basto – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Brett Austin – C
Louie Lechich – RF
Danny Medick – SS
Mason Robbins – LF
Jordan Stephens – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Despite Sunday’s narrow loss, there were many positives to take from the Dash’s trip to Salem. In the first three games, the Dash plated 29 runs, their best three-game run since May 6-8, 2015 (31). Winston-Salem narrowly missed out on its second road sweep of four games since becoming the Dash in 2009. Thus, a four-game brooming of Myrtle Beach from April 19-22, 2010, remains the only such instance. The Dash also missed out on their first six-game road win streak since April 18 to May 1 of 2012.
  • Infielder Nick Basto submitted an incredible series in Salem over the weekend. He was 11-for-19 (.579) with two RBIs and three runs in those four games, vaulting him to the top of the Carolina League in average. His .414 mark is 36 points better than Wilmington’s Ryan O’Hearn for first place, and it stands sixth in all of Minor League Baseball. Basto also paces the CL with 29 hits, which are good for third in the Minors.
  • Basto was not the only person to shine in Salem. Hunter Jones reached in nine of his final 11 trips to the plate. Brett Austin, who sat out the series finale, is riding a six-game hit streak and five-game RBI streak. Gerson Montilla was 7-for-16 with six RBIs and nine runs scored, and he recorded the franchise’s first cycle since 2008 in Friday’s 13-8 victory.
  • The Dash will take the field at BB&T Ballpark for the first time since last Wednesday, the last day of a forgettable week-long homestand. Winston-Salem matched the worst multi-series homestand since the downtown facility opened in 2010. The Dash went just 1-6, and Salem earned just the fifth sweep by an opponent at BB&T Ballpark. It was only the second four-game sweep by a visitor. The Dash’s lone win came in walk-off fashion on Tuesday, 6-5 over Myrtle Beach. Winston plated three in the eighth to tie before Toby Thomas’ game-winning single in the ninth.
  • It will not be an easy three-game series with the Lynchburg Hillcats in town. The Hillcats had won 10 in a row before Sunday’s loss to Frederick. Lynchburg’s 14-4 record is three games better than the next-best CL club (Potomac/Salem, 11-7), and the Hillcats are tied with four other teams for the best mark in the Minors. Plus, the ‘Cats will send Julian Merryweather to the bump in Tuesday’s opener. He is one of three MiLB qualifiers who has yet to permit a run.
  • The White Sox made a couple of moves on Tuesday that affected the Dash roster. Chicago promoted catcher Chris O’Dowd to Double-A Birmingham, sent infielder Cleuluis Rondon to Low-A Kannapolis and released outfielder Michael Danner. Winston-Salem received three players from Kannapolis as part of the transactions: catcher Sean O’Connell, infielder Dan Mendick and outfielder Louis Silverio.
  • The Dash have scored first in 10 of their first 11 road games, but they only netted the game’s first tally in two of their first seven at home.
  • The Hillcats took three of four from Winston-Salem in Lynchburg on Opening Weekend, with the Dash taking the opener in 13 innings (14-6).

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.

-Joe

Game #4 Preview – Dash at Lynchburg

Game #4 – Road Game #4
Winston-Salem Dash (1-2) at Lynchburg Hillcats (2-1)
Sunday, April 10 – 2 p.m.
Calvin Falwell Field (Lynchburg, VA)

GAME BACKGROUND:  Playing with temperatures in the 30s, the Dash committed five errors on Saturday en route to a 7-2 loss against Lynchburg. Winston-Salem will try and salvage a series split on Sunday.

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Jordan Stephens will make his first appearance above rookie ball on Sunday (Kim Contreras/ Future Sox).

STARTING LINEUP:

Hunter Jones – CF
Louie Lechich – RF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Marcus Davis – 1B
Michael Danner – LF
Mason Robbins – DH
Chris O’Dowd – C
Toby Thomas – 2B
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Jordan Stephens – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Temperatures in the 30s and winds upwards of 20 miles per hour troubled the Dash’s defense. Winston-Salem committed five errors in a game for the first time since May 15, 2015, against Salem. The Dash had not posted a higher error total since their six defensive miscues on June 15, 2014, against Potomac. In the first three games of the season, Winston has committed 10 errors, while no other team on the circuit has more than five (Carolina and Myrtle Beach).
  • Two players who are expected to be key cogs in the Dash’s lineups ended season-starting slides on Saturday. Two-hole hitting Louie Lechich snapped an 0-for-14 funk with an eighth-inning double. He ended up scoring on a single from Gerson Montilla, who posted a 2-for-4 game after starting his Dash career without a hit in his first nine at-bats. However, Montilla did deliver a game-tying sacrifice fly in the ninth inning of Thursday’s thrilling victory.
  • In recent seasons, Winston-Salem has not fared well in its first series. The Dash have not won a series to begin the season since 2011 when the club took two of three in Kinston. Since then, the Dash are just 5-12 in the first set of the year. Winston can salvage a split for just the second time during this span. The Dash and Blue Rocks each took two in a series in the Triad in 2014.
  • Sunday starter Jordan Stephens will make his first appearance above rookie ball. A fifth-round pick out of Rice University this past June, Stephens did not work more than two innings in any of his 11 outings between the AZL White Sox and Great Falls. Still, the righty struck out at least one batter in every outing. He only permitted one run all season, and he is riding a nine-inning scoreless streak.
  • After recording back-to-back multi-hit games, Nick Basto (0-for-3) and Hunter Jones (0-for-5) did not muster a base hit in Saturday’s loss.
  • Dash relievers inherited five runners Saturday, and four came around to score.
  • Following this series finale, the Dash travel to Myrtle Beach for the first time since last year’s Southern Division Championship Series. The Pelicans eliminated the Dash a year ago with back-to-back wins by a single tally in South Carolina.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Sunday’s game will 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 at 2 p.m.

-Joe

Game #3 Preview – Dash at Lynchburg

Game #3 – Road Game #3
Winston-Salem Dash (1-1) at Lynchburg Hillcats (1-1)
Saturday, April 9 – 6:30 p.m.
Calvin Falwell Field (Lynchburg, VA)

GAME BACKGROUND:

After winning a bizarre 13-inning game in the season opener, the Dash fell to the Hillcats on Friday 5-4.Winston-Salem will try to bounce back from their first defeat on a chilly evening in Virginia.

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Hunter Jones has swiped a league-best three bases in the first two games (Ray Marsden).

STARTING LINEUP:

Hunter Jones – CF
Louie Lechich – RF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Nick Basto – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Mason Robbins – LF
Brett Austin – C
Ryan Leonards – 2B
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Thad Lowry – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Three Dash hitters are off to stellar starts in 2016. Nick Basto is even with Carolina’s Keith Curcio for the league lead with five hits, while both Michael Danner and Hunter Jones are in a nine-way tie for third with four. Here is a look at all three men’s early efforts:
    Basto: 5-for-11 (.455), 3 RBIs, 3 R
    Danner: 4-for-9 (.444), 2 RBIs, 2 R
    Jones: 4-for-10 (.400), 2 RBIs, 3 R, 3 SB
  • The winner in each of the first two games of this series has been the team to avoid letdowns after creating a run-scoring opportunity. On Thursday, Lynchburg stranded 18 runners and went 4-for-22 with men in scoring position. Winston-Salem was the team to struggle on Friday, leaving 10 men on base and six in scoring position. In the eighth, after the Dash scored a run on a bases-loaded walk, Lynchburg third baseman Claudio Bautista made a dazzling diving play to preserve the lead, which jump-started Polanco’s Houdini-like escape.
  •  Righty Matt Cooper made his first professional start in his 60th appearance on Friday night, and he turned in a solid outing. The former University of Hawaii star permitted two runs on five hits in five innings, during which he struck out seven. Cooper’s two blemishes came on back-to-back pitches in the fourth inning: a Sicnarf Loopstok RBI single and a Bautista RBI double.
  • Saturday starter Thad Lowry will make his first appearance in High-A on Saturday. A year ago, Lowry won 12 games with Low-A Kannapolis, giving him 16 for his Intimidators career. Those 16 wins are good for a share of the most by a Kannapolis hurler (Brian Miller). In addition to his record-tying effort, Lowry led the South Atlantic League with 150.2 innings pitched, which were good for fourth in all of Low-A.
  • Lowry was more well known as a catcher when he performed at the World Wood Bat Association World Championships in the fall of 2012. However, he began to make a name for himself as a pitcher at this high school showcase, and he hit 96 in a scrimmage shortly thereafter. Thus, Lowry began to focus on pitching, which quickly propelled him into the MLB Draft conversation. The White Sox selected him in the fifth round in 2013, and a $400,000 signing bonus persuaded the Texas native to pass on a scholarship to Texas Tech.
  • Lynchburg starter Luis Lugo was 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in three starts against the Dash in 2015.
  • Former Dash star Carson Fulmer gave up five runs in 2.2 innings in his Double-A debut Friday. He gave up a grand slam to former Dash All-Star Brady Shoemaker (now with Jacksonville).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

– Joe

Game #1 Preview – Dash at Lynchburg

Game #1 – Road Game #1
Winston-Salem Dash (0-0) at Lynchburg Hillcats (0-0)
Thursday, April 7 – 6:45 p.m.
Calvin Falwell Field (Lynchburg, VA)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash will open the 2016 season at Lynchburg. Since becoming the Dash in 2009, Winston-Salem is just 2-5 on Opening Day, though last season’s lid-lifter yielded a 13-0 shellacking of the Keys in Frederick.

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19-year-old Spencer Adams gets the Opening Day nod for the Dash (Jody Stewart/ W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

Hunter Jones – CF
Louie Lechich – RF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Nick Basto – 1B
Mason Robbins – DH
Michael Danner – LF
Brett Austin – C
Toby Thomas – 2B
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Spencer Adams – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • The Dash’s 140-game journey begins Thursday night against the Lynchburg Hillcats. Winston-Salem and Lynchburg do battle through Sunday before the Dash travel to Myrtle Beach for a three-game set. The home slate starts next Thursday, April 14, with the first of four against Salem. Since the franchise became the Dash prior to the 2009 season, Winston-Salem boasts a 517-455-1 (.532) record, which is the best in the Carolina League during this span.
  • The Dash are coming off their first trip to the playoffs since 2012. Winston-Salem bounced back from its worst single-half performance in the Dash era (30-40) to its best (45-23) en route to the second-half Southern Division crown. Winston-Salem, who recorded the best second half record by a CL team since Salem in 1987 (47-23), took Game 1 of the Southern Division Championship Series. However, Myrtle Beach rallied with back-to-back one-run victories at home to eliminate the Dash. The Pelicans swept Wilmington in the Mills Cup Finals.
  • A former big league player, coach and skipper has taken over the Dash’s managerial duties. Joel Skinner replaced Tim Esmay, who is an assistant coach with Triple-A Charlotte under Julio Vinas. Skinner played nine seasons as a catcher in the Major Leagues with the White Sox, Yankees and Indians before spending 2000-09 on Cleveland’s MLB staff, including a 76-game run as the Tribe’s interim skipper in 2002.
  • Hitting coach Charlie Poe returns to Winston-Salem, while Jose Bautista takes over the role of pitching coach from J.R. Perdew, who is now in Double-A Birmingham. Bautista made 312 appearances with five MLB clubs from 1988-97. Three-time CL Athletic Trainer of the Year Josh Fallin and new strength and conditioning coach George Timke round out the Dash’s 2016 staff.
  • Of the top 30 prospects in the White Sox system according to MLB Pipeline, five of them will start the season in Winston-Salem, and all are pitchers. Right-hander Spencer Adams is the top farmhand on the roster and the third-best in the organization, behind only righty Carson Fulmer and shortstop Tim AndersonJordan Stephens (13th), Thad Lowry (21st), Danny Dopico (26th) and Andre Wheeler (30th) round out the talented group of prospect pitchers.
  • The 19-year-old Adams will take the mound for his first professional Opening Day start. Adams went 9-5 with a 3.24 ERA in 19 outings with Low-A Kannapolis before a late-season jump to Winston-Salem. While with the Dash, Adams posted a 3-0 mark and a 2.15 ERA in five strong starts, one of which was a spot start in mid-July against these Hillcats (6IP, 0R). He is the youngest player (19 years, 360 days) on the Dash’s Opening Day roster by 557 days (Lowry is second at 21 years, 186 days).
  • Over the last 12 seasons, Winston-Salem is 3-9 in its season opener. This also marks the eighth time in the last nine years that Winston kicks off the campaign away from home, with the lone exception in 2014 when the Dash lost to Wilmington at BB&T Ballpark.
  • Only 10 of the Dash’s 25 active players have played for Winston-Salem before this season… Last season, all but seven players had been with the Dash before the year began…This is one of only two trips for the Dash to Lynchburg this season…The other does not take place until August 12-14…The Dash and Hillcats split their 16-game season series a year ago.

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 game is also available on wsjs.com. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:30 p.m.

-Brian and Joe

Dash announce 2016 starting rotation

With the season opener in Lynchburg only one day away, the Dash have announced their starting rotation to begin the 2016 season:

Thursday at Lynchburg: RHP Spencer Adams
Friday at Lynchburg: RHP Matt Cooper
Saturday at Lynchburg: RHP Thad Lowry
Sunday at Lynchburg: RHP Jordan Stephens
Monday at Myrtle Beach: LHP Blair Walters

If everything goes accordingly (and weather cooperates), Lowry will get the start in the Dash’s home opener on April 14 against Salem.

The 19-year-old Adams, who is the third-best prospect in the White Sox system according to multiple outlets, earns the nod for Opening Day.  The right-hander made 24 starts between Kannapolis and Winston-Salem last season and posted a 2.99 ERA. Adams is the youngest player on Winston’s roster by more than a year.

Lowry joins the Winston-Salem rotation after spending 2015 with Low-A Kannapolis. The 21-year-old led the South Atlantic League last season in innings (150.2) and the Intimidators in wins (12).

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Thad Lowry led the Intimidators in innings and wins last season.  He is scheduled to pitch the Dash’s home opener on April 14. (Ray Marsden/ Kannapolis Intimidators)

Walters begins his 6th year of pro ball as the only southpaw in the rotation. Similar to Lowry, Walters pitches to contact.  After fanning 8.4 hitters per nine innings over the first three years of his career, that average has dropped to 5.9 in the last two seasons. Interestingly, his ERA has dropped as well:

2011-13: 5.34
2014-15: 2.93

The 26-year old is no stranger to the Dash organization. He started five games for the Dash in 2012 before getting shipped to Houston (in a package for big leaguer Brett Myers). After spending time in the Astros and Braves systems, he is now back in the White Sox organization.

Cooper and Stephens do not have any starting experience in the Minor Leagues, but both were starters in college.

As a senior at the University of Hawaii in 2014, Cooper posted a 1.60 ERA in 15 starts. Stephens, who begins his first full season of pro ball, dazzled during his collegiate career at Rice. As a sophomore in 2013, he led the Owls in innings (118.2) and finished third on the team in ERA (2.43).  With Stephens about two years removed from Tommy John surgery, the organization is ready to unleash their 2015 fifth-round pick in an expanded role.

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

-Joe

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