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Carolina Countdown – Lynchburg Hillcats

The Carolina Countdown previews the rest of the Carolina League in advance of the season. We will take a look at each club, both on and off the field. The countdown will progress alphabetically, and a new post will go up every weekday until it is over.

March 26: Carolina Mudcats
March 27: Frederick Keys

Introduction: Founded in 1963, Lynchburg joined the Carolina League in 1966, making the Hillcats the second-oldest continuously operating team on the circuit, behind only the Winston-Salem franchise. The 2015 season marks the 40th that Lynchburg will spend in the Carolina League and their first in affiliation with the Cleveland Indians. The Hillcats have now been affiliated with 10 MLB teams over their history, but have normally been very successful; their seven Carolina League titles leave them behind only Winston-Salem for the most in league history.

Last Season: While certainly no juggernaut, the Hillcats were nothing if not consistent, following up a 34-36 first half of the 2014 campaign with a 34-35 record after the All-Star Break. Despite finishing under .500 overall at 68-71, Lynchburg claimed a playoff spot by virtue of their second place finish in the second half of the season before Potomac swept their Mills Cup semifinals series.

Lynchburg pitchers combined for the worst ERA (4.36) of any team in the Carolina League, but that was no fault of Greg Ross, who had the lowest ERA of any starting pitcher on the club at 3.50 to go along with his 5-3 record in 79.2 innings. Infielder Jose Peraza, MLB.com’s 39th-best prospect, and outfielder Kyle Wren (more on him below) helped charge up the offense, with the former batting .342/.365/.454 with 35 stolen bases and the latter slashing .296/.359/.357 to go along with his 33 swipes.

Manager: The Hillcats will welcome Mark Budzinski into the dugout to lead their club for the first time as an affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. Budzinski earned his first-ever managing experience last year with Class A Lake County of the Midwest League, leading the Captains all the way to the Championship Series before falling to the Kane County Cougars (Chicago Cubs) in three games.

Budzinski played collegiately at the University of Richmond and was selected by the Indians in the 21st round of the 1995 draft. He spent 11 seasons in the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Milwaukee and Philadelphia systems, finally earning that coveted promotion to The Show in 2003 with the Reds. Budzinski’s MLB career was short; it lasted just four games and seven plate appearances before he was sent back down to the minors for good until his retirement following the 2005 campaign. The Severna Park, Md. native will be joined in the dugout by pitching coach Tony Arnold and hitting coach Bobby Magallanes.

Francisco Lindor is the top prospect in the Cleveland Indians organization. (Paul Sancya/Associated Press)

Francisco Lindor is the top prospect in the Cleveland Indians organization. (Paul Sancya/Associated Press)

System: Poised to be one of baseball’s breakout teams in 2015, the Indians have seen much of their enviable young core of talent graduate to the majors to help their big league club try to challenge Detroit, Kansas City and the White Sox for the American League Central crown. All five of Cleveland’s starting pitchers are 29-and-younger and of the team’s nine projected regulars, six are still in their 20s. So the upcoming season could be the first of many that the Indians are a serious threat not just in the Central, but also in the entire American League.

While the Cleveland farm system may not be the strongest top-to-bottom (Baseball Prospectus ranks it 17th overall), there are a couple of high-impact prospects on the way that could help the big league club as early as this summer. The first name that comes to remember is infielder Francisco Lindor, the fourth-best prospect in all of baseball. Still just 20 years old, Lindor was the youngest player in the Eastern League (Double-A) on Opening Day last season and became the youngest position player in the International League (Triple-A) after a midsummer promotion. Along the way, he played in his third consecutive All-Star Futures Game, batting .276/.338/.389 across the two levels with 11 home runs and 28 stolen bases in 126 games.

The other Indians prospect ranked among the minors’ best is outfielder Clint Frazier (54th overall). Cleveland made Frazier the first high school position player selected in the 2013 Draft (5th overall), gave him a franchise-record $3.5 million signing bonus and watched him slash .266/.349/.411 with 13 bombs and 50 RBIs with Low-A Lake County in 2014, his first professional campaign. Frazier could see time at High-A Lynchburg in 2015.

Best Promotion: On Saturday, May 3, the Hillcats will host “Kentucky Derby Night” against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Fans who wear a seersucker, fancy hat and/or a bow tie will receive discounted admission to the game.

Outfielder Kyle Wren was a Midseason All-Star for the Hillcats last year, but was traded to the Brewers in the offseason. (Photo courtesy of Baseball America.)

Outfielder Kyle Wren was a Midseason All-Star for the Hillcats last year, but was traded to the Brewers in the offseason. (Photo courtesy of Baseball America.)

Fun Fact: Outfielder Kyle Wren was named the Braves’ Single-A Player of the Year after his strong performance for Lynchburg last season. However, after Atlanta fired his father, Frank, as the team’s general manager and his uncle, Jeff, a scout in the organization, the team shipped Kyle to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for minor league pitcher Zach Quintana.

Hillcats in Winston-Salem: Lynchburg makes its first appearance at BB&T Ballpark for the 2015 season for a three-game series from May 27-29. The Hillcats will also come south two times after the All-Star Break, for a set from July 19-21 and then again for a weekend series from July 31-August 2.

We’ll come back into the Southern Division tomorrow to talk about the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Have a wonderful day!

– Scott

Dash Top 10 – #5: Anderson rescues Dash with homer

The 2014 season is in the books, and there were many great moments throughout the summer. Over the next few weeks, we will count down the Dash Top 10 of 2014.

Previous moments:
#10 – Shortest MiLB game in 2014
#9 – DeMichele’s five-hit, five-run effort
#8 – Buckner’s controversial walk-off blast
#7 – Narvaez’s two-homer Dash debut
#6 – Danish tosses six no-hit innings

Moment #5 – June 2
Anderson’s walk-off blast erases late Lynchburg surge

Tim Anderson registered the Dash's first walk-off homer of 2014 (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Tim Anderson registered the Dash’s first walk-off homer of 2014 (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Winston-Salem boasted the White Sox three most recent first-round picks during the 2014 season. Courtney Hawkins was the Dash veteran, with whom the city became very familiar. Carlos Rodon was the North Carolina kid who carried NC State to unprecedented heights.

Tim Anderson did not have a connection to the state, and he was not here for very long. However, Anderson had a month-long surge that rivaled anyone in the Carolina League, and it began with one majestic blast on the second day of June.

The Dash took a 4-2 lead into the ninth inning, but Lynchburg stunned the BB&T Ballpark with three runs to thrust Winston-Salem to the brink of a very tough loss.

With that one-run lead, the Hillcats summoned Ryan Kelly, he of 20 Triple-A appearances in his Minor League career, from the bullpen. Kelly had not given up a base runner in his first four efforts with the Hillcats, and he would ultimately finish the season as a key cog in the bullpen of Double-A Mississippi.

However, Zach Voight snapped that impressive run of 5.1 hitless frames with a single to lead off the ninth, setting the stage for Anderson. The Alabama kid sat in a 2-2 count before Kelly left a pitch up in the zone.

Before this mighty swing, Anderson was hitting .284 with two homers and 14 RBIs. From that swing until his promotion to Double-A Birmingham, the Alabama native was a .323 hitter with four homers and 17 RBIs.

A Dash player may not have hit a harder ball than this bomb to dead center field, and it ultimately prevented Winston-Salem from suffering a difficult defeat.

Our fourth-best moment is a tremendous one for the organization and the community. Stay tuned for that.

– Brian

Dash Top 10 – #6: Danish tosses six no-hit innings

The 2014 season is in the books, and there were many great moments throughout the summer. Over the next few weeks, we will count down the Dash Top 10 of 2014.

Previous moments:
#10 – Shortest MiLB game in 2014
#9 – DeMichele’s five-hit, five-run effort
#8 – Buckner’s controversial walk-off blast
#7 – Narvaez’s two-homer Dash debut

Moment #6 – August 9
Danish holds Hillcats hitless over six sensational innings

Tyler Danish posted some tremendous starts, but his best came in August at Lynchburg. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Tyler Danish posted some fantastic starts, but his best came in August against Lynchburg. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

The Dash turned in some tremendous pitching performances this season, but no hurler was as consistently dominant as right-hander Tyler Danish. In his 25 starts between Winston-Salem and Low-A Kannapolis, the 19-year-old finished 2014 with a 2.08 earned run average, which was eighth-lowest among full-season Minor League qualifiers.

Within the top 15 in that category, Danish was not only the youngest of the group. He was at least a full year younger than everyone else. Few pitchers enjoyed more success than Danish, no matter the age.

Many of his outings down the stretch were stellar, but one stands above the rest. The Dash began their first road trip of August in sole possession of first place in the Southern Division’s second half standings, with Danish winning the final game of the previous homestand.

However, Winston-Salem dropped the first four of this six-game swing to Potomac and Lynchburg. The Dash’s playoff hopes were dwindling, and the club desperately needed a momentum shift. Danish did everything he could to offer exactly that.

The former second-round pick, who became Winston’s ace after the All-Star break, buzzed through six no-hit innings. After a long fly out by Will Skinner to end the first, Lynchburg never mustered a hard-hit ball against Danish, let alone a knock.

Because of Danish’s youth, the White Sox put him on a six-inning limit during the final two months of the season, which is why he did not have a chance to continue his no-hit bid. Danish still accomplished his personal goal.

“Around the fourth or fifth inning, I looked up there and saw that I had no hits,” Danish said. “I knew I could only go six, so that was my goal–go six and give up no hits.”

Unfortunately, Danish’s departure doomed the Dash on that night. Lynchburg rallied with back-to-back two-run frames en route to a 4-1 win over Winston-Salem. It was one of the more deflating losses of the 2014 season, but a big reason for that was because Danish was so dominant.

The Dash could not come up with a big hit in this contest, but one of the biggest hits of the 2014 season is up next on our Dash Top 10. Hope you can join us for #5 on Thursday!

– Brian

Game #122 Preview – Dash vs. Lynchburg

Game #122 – Home Game #62
Winston-Salem Dash (24-28, 54-67) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (28-23, 62-59)
Thursday, August 14 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash suffered a tough loss on Wednesday, falling 4-3 to Lynchburg for their eighth straight setback. Winston-Salem jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but could not hold it.

Courtney Hawkins ranks second in the Carolina League in home runs. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Courtney Hawkins ranks second in the Carolina League in home runs. (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
Brandon Brennan – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• Left-hander Carlos Rodon allowed an unearned run and three hits in three and two-third innings on Wednesday. The former NC State star struck out seven batters in his second High-A start.

• In four appearances with the Dash this season, Rodon sports a 1.86 ERA in nine and two-third innings. The Holly Springs native has struck out 15 batters and walked five.

• Shortstop Cleuluis Rondon tied a career-high with four hits on Wednesday, all of them singles. The 20-year-old added two RBIs as well, raising his total to 16 since he was promoted to Winston-Salem from Low-A Kannapolis on July 2.

• Third baseman Trey Michalczewski went 1-for-4 with a single and RBI on Wednesday. It was the 19-year-old’s first hit and RBI at the High-A level.

• Winston-Salem has dropped a season-worst eight straight games, a skid that is tied for the longest in the Dash era (since 2009). The Dash also dropped eight consecutive games from August 11-18, 2013.

• Not only did the Dash lose on Wednesday, but both Carolina and Salem swept doubleheaders. As a result, Winston-Salem is a game-and-a-half behind the Mudcats for the final Southern Division playoff spot with 18 regular season games remaining.

• The Dash have only been swept twice in 101 previous series at BB&T Ballpark since the downtown facility opened in 2010. Salem took three straight from Winston-Salem in the Triad on August 14-16, 2013 and Frederick swept the Dash in a rain-altered three-game series from April 16-17.

• Right-hander Brandon Brennan will take the mound for the Dash tonight. During his most recent outing at Lynchburg last Friday, the 23-year-old allowed one run in five innings while striking out five. In two starts with Winston-Salem, the California native is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA.

• Right-hander Lucas Sims will pitch for Lynchburg tonight. The 20-year-old is rated by Baseball America as the top prospect in the Atlanta Braves system. This season, Sims is 7-9 with a 4.42 ERA in 24 starts with the Hillcats.

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 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 7. Every Dash home game can be viewed on MiLB.tv.

– Dave

Game #121 Preview – Dash vs. Lynchburg

Game #121 – Home Game #61
Winston-Salem Dash (24-27, 54-66) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (27-23, 61-59)
Wednesday, August 13 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash fell 9-3 against Lynchburg in Tuesday’s series opener for their season-long seventh straight loss. Former NC State star Carlos Rodon will take the mound tonight to try and snap Winston-Salem’s skid.

Carlos Rodon will make his second start with the Dash tonight. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Carlos Rodon will make his second start with the Dash tonight. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Nick Basto – DH
Omar Narvaez – C
Jake Peter – 2B
C.J. Beatty – RF
Carlos Rodon – LHP

DASH DOTS:

• Second baseman Jake Peter went 3-for-3 with three singles and two runs scored. The 21-year-old has hits in five of seven games with the Dash since his promotion from short-season Great Falls on August 5.

• Shortstop Cleuluis Rondon tallied a single, double and RBI in Tuesday’s contest. The 20-year-old has ten multi-hit games since he joined Winston-Salem from Low-A Kannapolis on July 2.

• The current seven-game losing streak is the longest of the season for the Dash. Winston-Salem had dropped six in a row from April 14-19.

• Despite their recent skid, the Dash are tied with Carolina for the final Southern Division playoff spot. Winston-Salem has 19 regular season games remaining and they meet with the Mudcats seven times during the final ten days of the year. Meanwhile, Salem sits one game behind in the playoff push.

• With Tuesday’s win, Lynchburg has captured the season series from the Dash. The Hillcats have come out on top in 11 of the 18 meetings between the clubs, but Winston-Salem is 5-3 against Lynchburg at BB&T Ballpark.

• Left-hander Carlos Rodon will be making his second start with the Dash tonight. Last Thursday at Potomac, the 21-year-old surrendered two hits and a walk in three scoreless innings while striking out three.

• Rodon has made three appearances (one start) with Winston-Salem since he was promoted from the Arizona League on July 30. In those outings, the former NC State star has allowed two runs in six innings of work while registering eight strikeouts. His season ERA with the Dash is 3.00.

• Right-hander Terance Marin is slated to pitch behind Rodon tonight. During his last outing at Potomac last Thursday, the California native allowed five runs in four innings to suffer the loss. Marin is 3-3 with a 4.05 ERA this season.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 7. Every Dash home game can be viewed on MiLB.tv.

– Dave

Game #120 Preview – Dash vs. Lynchburg

Game #120 – Home Game #60
Winston-Salem Dash (24-26, 54-65) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (26-23, 60-59)
Tuesday, August 12 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash suffered another heartbreaking loss on Sunday, 2-1 at Lynchburg in walk-off fashion. Winston-Salem has now dropped six straight as they return home for a three-game series against the Hillcats.

The Dash are still up a half-game on Carolina for the last playoff spot. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

The Dash are still up a half-game on Carolina for the last playoff spot. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Nick Basto – DH
Michael Marjama – C
Jake Peter – 2B
C.J. Beatty – RF
James Dykstra – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• Outfielder Jason Coats went 2-for-4 with a single, double and RBI on Sunday before he was promoted to Double-A Birmingham. The Texas native ranked among the Carolina League leaders in hits, homers, RBIs, doubles and games played.

• Right-hander J.B. Wendelken had a strong outing on Sunday, allowing one run and five hits in seven innings. The 21-year-old struck out five and ended up with a no-decision.

• In addition to Coats’ promotion, the White Sox have made several roster moves involving the Dash since Sunday. Infielder Justin Jirschele was promoted to Triple-A Charlotte, infielder Trey Michalczewski comes to Winston-Salem from Low-A Kannapolis and outfielder C.J. Beatty was signed by the White Sox and assigned to the Dash.

• Beatty is the first Winston-Salem native to play for the franchise in the Dash era (since 2009). The 25-year-old played college baseball at North Carolina A&T and was most recently with the Washington Wild Things of the independent Frontier League.

• The six-game losing streak for the Dash equals their longest of the season. Winston-Salem also dropped six in a row from April 14-19.

• Despite their recent skid, the Dash still hold a half-game lead over Carolina for the final Southern Division playoff spot. Winston-Salem has 20 regular season games remaining and they meet with the Mudcats seven times during the final ten days of the year.

• Lynchburg has won seven of the ten matchups against the Dash this season, but Winston-Salem sports a 5-2 mark against the Hillcats at BB&T Ballpark. That includes a three-game sweep against Lynchburg from August 1-3.

• Right-hander James Dykstra will toe the rubber for the Dash tonight. During his most recent outing at Potomac last Wednesday, the 23-year-old surrendered a career-high eight runs in just three and one-third innings, suffering the loss in the 10-2 setback against the P-Nats. Since he was promoted to Winston-Salem on July 15, the California native is 2-1 with a 4.80 ERA in five starts.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 7. Every Dash home game can be viewed on MiLB.tv.

– Dave

Coats’ MVP case

Jason Coats (right) is a contender to win Winston's fourth straight MVP award (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Jason Coats (right) is a contender to win Winston’s fourth straight MVP award (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Outfielder Jason Coats has earned a well-deserved promotion to Double-A Birmingham after turning in one of the best seasons by an offensive player in the Carolina League this season.

Even though he will spend his final few weeks in the Southern League, Coats is on a short list of MVP contenders here in the CL. He is likely the Dash’s best chance to continue an incredible streak. Winston-Salem has claimed the league’s Most Valuable Player award in each of the previous three seasons.

No team had accomplished this feat since Lynchburg rattled off four consecutive MVPs from 1983-86. Here is how Coats’ numbers compare to those of the last three MVPs in the Dash purple:

2011 – Ian Gac: .279, 33 HR, 96 RBIs
2012 – Dan Black: .315, 17 HR, 88 RBIs
2013 – Chris Curley: .280, 24 HR, 92 RBIs
2014 – Jason Coats: .291, 15 HR, 72 RBIs

Coats’ promotion is a huge step for a tremendous player, and it is what Minor Leagues ultimately want. However, this jump to Double-A prevents Coats from logging 20 more games in Winston-Salem. Gac, Black and Curley all started and finished their MVP seasons in High-A.

If you extrapolate Coats’ numbers out over these final 20 games, you would get 18 homers and 85 RBIs, which are both right in the range of the MVP trio listed above.

Fortunately, though, Coats is not fighting against those numbers and players. He is competing with the current crop of Carolina Leaguers. The Allen, Texas, native leaves the Carolina League while still leading the way in hits (125), doubles (35), total bases (209), and games played (115).

He is currently in the top 10 in the three triple crown categories listed above: ninth in batting average, tied for fourth in home runs and second in RBIs.

Coats has superior numbers to most players in the Carolina League. His main competition figures to come against Myrtle Beach’s Joey Gallo, who dominated this league, but only for two months. He hit .323 with 21 homers and 50 RBIs in just 58 games, leading the Pelicans to an emphatic first-half Southern Division title.

However, Coats has a tremendous case, and one that could lead Winston-Salem to history. For now, we thank the former TCU star for all he brought to the Dash. Maybe he will leave us with a parting gift in a few weeks when the MVP award is announced.

– Brian

Game #119 Preview – Dash at Lynchburg

Game #119 – Road Game #60
Winston-Salem Dash (24-25, 54-64) at Lynchburg Hillcats (25-23, 59-59)
Sunday, August 10 – 6:05 p.m.
Calvin Falwell Field (Lynchburg, Va.) 

GAME BACKGROUND:

Tyler Danish held Lynchburg hitless through six innings, but the Dash fell 4-1 to the Hillcats on Saturday night for their fifth straight loss. Winston-Salem will try to avoid a winless road trip this evening.

J.B. Wendelken will try to follow up Tyler Danish's gem (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

J.B. Wendelken will try to follow up Tyler Danish’s gem (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

  • Right-hander Tyler Danish didn’t allow a hit in six scoreless innings on the mound on Saturday, giving up only two walks while striking out five. The 19-year-old has a 0.81 ERA over his last eight starts, which span 44.2 innings.
  • Danish now has a streak of 22 consecutive scoreless innings dating back to July 23. In 21 combined starts with Low-A Kannapolis and Winston-Salem this season, the Florida native boasts a 1.92 ERA, which is the seventh-best among qualifiers in full-season Minor League Baseball.
  • Winston-Salem outfielder Jason Coats is at or near the top of the Carolina League in many offensive categories. Coats paces the circuit in hits (123), doubles (34), total bases (206), games played (114) and at-bats (425). He is also in the top 10 in the three triple crown categories: ninth in batting average (.289), tied for fourth in home runs (15) and tied for second in RBIs (71).

  • On July 20 at Frederick, Tony Bucciferro no-hit the Keys until the ninth inning, when Glynn Davis registered a one-out single. Frank Montas’ 6.1-inning bid on May 22 at Salem is now the third-longest showing.

  • For the third time this season, Winston-Salem took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning. Danish and Jose Bautista’s combined run of 6.2 hitless innings, which ended on Emerson Landoni’s go-ahead two-run double, is the second-longest bid for a Dash hurler.

  • The Dash continue to struggle at Calvin Falwell Field. Winston-Salem has dropped seven of nine contests at Lynchburg this season. Since 2012, the Hillcats are 22-9 (.710) against the Dash at home, including both the regular season and playoffs.
  • Winston-Salem has dropped five consecutive road games for the first time since last August 11-18. The Dash are in danger of coming up empty during this six-game swing to Potomac and Lynchburg. The franchise has not endured a winless road trip of any kind since a standalone three-game series at Myrtle Beach from April 18-20, 2011.
  • The last time Winston-Salem failed to win a game on a multi-stop trip was April 25-30, 2008, which was the last season of the Warthogs era. On that road trip, both Wilmington and Potomac netted three-game sweeps.
  • Right-hander J.B. Wendelken will try to snap the Dash skid tonight. During his most recent outing at Potomac last Tuesday, the 21-year-old allowed four runs and six hits in four and two-third innings, suffering the loss in the 6-2 setback against the P-Nats. Overall, the Georgia native is 6-9 with a 4.90 ERA this season.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 5:50 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 6:05.

– Dave

Game #118 Preview – Dash at Lynchburg

Game #118 – Road Game #59
Winston-Salem Dash (24-24, 54-63) at Lynchburg Hillcats (24-23, 58-59)
Saturday, August 9 – 6:05 p.m.
Calvin Falwell Field (Lynchburg, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash were clipped by Lynchburg in Friday night’s series opener, 4-3. The Hillcats rallied for three runs in the eighth inning, sending Winston-Salem to its fourth straight loss.

Tyler Danish is 4-1 with a 0.93 ERA during his last seven starts. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Tyler Danish is 4-1 with a 0.93 ERA over his last seven starts. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Courtney Hawkins – DH
Jason Coats – RF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – 3B
Jake Peter – 2B
Michael Marjama – C
Keenyn Walker – LF
Tyler Danish – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• Friday marked the second straight game in which the Dash lost during an opponent’s last at-bat. This season, Winston-Salem has lost 17 games during the last at-bat, including four walk-offs.

• Outfielder Jason Coats slugged his 15th homer of the season on Friday, a three-run blast. The Texas native is now tied for fourth in the Carolina League in round-trippers.

• With his three RBIs on Friday, Coats tied teammate Courtney Hawkins for the Dash lead with 71. The duo is tied for second in the Carolina League in that category, only trailing former Myrtle Beach catcher Jorge Alfaro (73) for the top spot.

• Second baseman Jake Peter registered his first multi-hit game at the High-A level, going 2-for-4 with two singles and a stolen base. The 21-year-old has hits in three of four games since he was promoted to Winston-Salem on August 5.

• The Dash made a couple of roster moves earlier today. Outfielder Jacob May was placed on the seven-day disabled list and outfielder Adam Engel was promoted from Low-A Kannapolis to take his place. Also, infielder Nick Basto has been activated from the disabled list.

• The Dash have struggled at Calvin Falwell Field in recent history. Winston-Salem has dropped six of eight contests at Lynchburg this season. Since 2012, the Hillcats are 21-9 (.700) against the Dash at home (regular season and playoffs).

• Winston-Salem’s lead for the final Southern Division playoff spot remains at a half-game over Carolina with 22 games remaining. The Dash and Mudcats are scheduled to meet seven times during the final 11 days of the regular season.

• Right-hander Tyler Danish will look to maintain his momentum on the mound tonight. During his most recent outing against Lynchburg on Sunday, the 19-year-old tied a career-high with eight strikeouts while surrendering only two hits over six scoreless innings.

• Danish has been incredible during the last month. In his last seven starts, the Florida native has posted a 4-1 record and 0.93 ERA in 38.2 innings. Since his promotion to Winston-Salem in mid-May, Danish is 5-2 with a 2.81 ERA.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 5:50 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 6:05.

– Dave

Game #117 Preview – Dash at Lynchburg

Game #117 – Road Game #58
Winston-Salem Dash (24-23, 54-62) at Lynchburg Hillcats (23-23, 57-59)
Friday, August 8 – 6:05 p.m.
Calvin Falwell Field (Lynchburg, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Despite a strong outing from Carlos Rodon in his first High-A start, the Dash were swept at Potomac, 6-4 on Thursday afternoon. Winston-Salem will try to snap a three-game losing streak in the series opener at Lynchburg tonight.

Jacob May has recorded hits in eight of his last nine games. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Jacob May has recorded hits in eight of his last nine games. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Jacob May – CF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Jason Coats – RF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Jake Peter – 2B
Keenyn Walker – DH
Justin Jirschele – 3B
Brandon Brennan – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• Left-hander Carlos Rodon tossed three scoreless innings in his longest professional outing on Thursday, lowering his season ERA with the Dash to 3.00. The former NC State star allowed two hits and one walk while striking out three.

• Righty Terance Marin followed Rodon out of the bullpen, surrendering five runs and seven hits in four innings. The California native suffered the loss, dropping to 3-3 this season.

• Outfielder Jacob May went 3-for-5 with two singles, a double and a run scored on Thursday. The Ohio native has at least one hit in eight of his last nine games and is batting .351 (13-for-37) during that stretch.

• Outfielder Jason Coats drove in a run on Thursday, raising his season total to 68 RBIs. That trails teammate Courtney Hawkins (71) for the most RBIs among active players in the circuit. Former Myrtle Beach catcher Jorge Alfaro leads the league with 73 RBIs.

• First baseman Keon Barnum went 2-for-3 with a single, double and an RBI in Tuesday’s contest. The 21-year-old has posted back-to-back two-hit games and now has 31 multi-hit games this season.

• The Dash have struggled at Calvin Falwell Field in recent history. Winston-Salem has dropped five of seven contests at Lynchburg this season. Since 2012, the Hillcats are 20-9 (.690) against the Dash at home.

• Winston-Salem’s lead for the final Southern Division playoff spot has dwindled to a half-game over Carolina with 23 games remaining. The Dash and Mudcats are scheduled to meet seven times during the final ten days of the regular season.

• Right-hander Lucas Sims will be on the mound for Lynchburg tonight. The 20-year-old is rated by Baseball America as the top prospect in the Atlanta Braves system. Sims is 7-9 with a 4.42 ERA in 23 starts with the Hillcats this season.

• Right-hander Brandon Brennan will make his second High-A start this evening. During his Dash debut against Lynchburg last Saturday, the California native allowed two runs in five innings. He earned the win in the 5-4 victory over the Hillcats.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 5:50 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 6:05.

– Dave

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