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Game #120 Preview – Dash at Lynchburg

Game #120 – Away Game #56
Winston-Salem Dash (24-25, 52-67) at Lynchburg Hillcats (28-21, 73-46)
Sunday, August 14 – 4:00 p.m. 
Calvin Falwell Field (Lynchburg, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Thanks to Nick Basto’s 10th-inning home run, the Dash pushed their winning streak to five with a 7-5 win over Lynchburg in Saturday’s middle match from Calvin Falwell Field. Winston-Salem goes for back-to-back series sweeps on Sunday for the first time since the Dash won consecutive sets against Potomac and Myrtle Beach in July 2013.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Thanks to a scoring change on Francisco Mejia’s ground ball in the third on Saturday, Gerson Montilla extended his errorless streak to 16 games (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

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

DASH DOTS:

  • The Dash’s five-game winning streak is tied for the club’s longest in 2016. Winston-Salem also rattled off five straight victories from July 25-29, with the final two games during that stretch also against Lynchburg. Winston-Salem has scored 41 runs on 59 hits in these five games, while the pitching staff has limited the Dash’s foes to two runs or less in three of the five games. 

  • In addition to attaining their second winning streak of five games this year, the Dash also clinched their first road series win since taking two of three at Frederick from April 29 to May 1. A victory on Sunday would earn Winston-Salem its first road sweep since September 1-3, 2015, at Wilmington and its first brooming in Lynchburg since June 25-27, 2015.

  • Lynchburg’s Francisco Mejia brought a 49-game hitting streak into Saturday’s game. When the 10-inning contest ended, Mejia’s streak was over with a 0-for-4 showing, though the game’s official scorer would overturn an error on Dash third baseman Gerson Montilla to give Mejia a double more than an hour after the contest. Thus, Mejia’s 50-game run is the longest by a Minor Leaguer in 62 years and the longest ever by an MiLB catcher. The overturned call also resuscitated Montilla’s errorless streak (16).

  • Despite Saturday’s extra-inning win, Winston-Salem did not gain any ground on Myrtle Beach, who knocked off Carolina 7-6 in a wacky 11-inning contest that featured 10 runs from the bottom of the eighth to the finish. Thus, the Dash remain seven games behind the Pelicans for the final Southern Division playoff spot. Only 21 games remain for both clubs, though the Dash do invade Myrtle Beach for a vital four-game set from Monday through Thursday. The Dash only have six home games remaining in 2016.

  • Outfielder Mason Robbins recorded another monster game in Saturday’s victory. Robbins was the only Dash hitter with more than one hit. He went 3-for-5 with two runs scored for his team-best 41st multi-hit game in 103 games this year (39.8%). The former 25th-round pick leads the CL in average (.322) and hits (137). Basto is second to Robbins in average (.314), while Frederick’s Aderlin Rodriguez is the next-closest competitor in hits (129). In all of Minor League Baseball, Robbins’ is tied for 11th in hits.

  • Southpaw Tanner Banks spun his fifth High-A quality start after giving up just three runs over six innings. Over his last four outings, Banks has struck out 22 in 22.0 innings. Morris became the third Dash reliever this week to strike out five in one appearance. This had only happened two times before this week here in 2016.

  • On Saturday, the White Sox announced that Euclides Leyer has earned his first promotion to Double-A Birmingham. The right-hander logged a 4.69 earned run average in 28 relief efforts for the Dash in 2016. Leyer made 93 appearances with Winston-Salem since the start of the 2014 season.

  • Southpaw Alex Katz, who had a 3.44 ERA in Low-A Kannapolis, earned his first jump to the High-A level on Saturday.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Sunday’s contest will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 3:45 p.m., with the first pitch set for 4:00 p.m.

-Joe

Game #119 Preview – Dash at Lynchburg

Game #119 – Away Game #55
Winston-Salem Dash (23-25, 51-67) at Lynchburg Hillcats (28-20, 73-45)
Saturday, August 13 – 6:30 p.m. 
Calvin Falwell Field (Lynchburg, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Behind a 17-hit explosion and a strong start by Jordan Stephens, Winston-Salem blasted the Lynchburg Hillcats 10-2 in the first of three on Friday from Calvin Falwell Field. The Dash go for their fifth straight win on Saturday against the Hillcats.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Gerson Montilla smacked a team-high four hits in the Dash’s 10-2 win over the Hillcats on Friday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

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

DASH DOTS:

  • All nine Dash starters had at least one knock, while the first five men in the order logged a multi-hit effort. This quintet went a combined 13-for-23 (.565) with seven RBIs and seven runs:
    Landon Lassiter – 2-for-5, 2 runs
    Gerson Montilla – 4-for-6, 2 runs
    Mason Robbins – 3-for-4, 4 RBIs, 1 run
    Nick Basto – 2-for-4, RBI, 2 runs
    Zack Collins – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs
  • Montilla matched a career-high with four hits, while Robbins posted a four-RBI contest for the third time as a professional. After starting the month of August with just one hit in his first 14 at-bats, Montilla has hit .407 (11-for-27) since. He paces the Dash in both home runs (12) and RBIs (59). Robbins registered his team-leading 40th multi-hit game while becoming the fourth Winston-Salem hitter with more than 50 RBIs, joining Montilla, Davis (58) and Basto (56).
  • Robbins and Basto are the top two hitters in the Carolina League by batting average. Robbins has a slight lead over Basto (.319 to .315), with the next-closest qualifier at .298 (Frederick’s Aderlin Rodriguez). Robbins leads Rodriguez by seven for the top spot in the league in hits (134 to 126). At the High-A level, Basto has not started a game with an overall batting average below .305 thus far this year.
  • Despite Friday’s dominant win, Winston-Salem did not gain any ground on Myrtle Beach, who edged Carolina 7-5 in Zebulon. Thus, the Dash remain seven games behind the Pelicans for the final Southern Division playoff spot. Only 22 games remain for both clubs, though the Dash do invade Myrtle Beach for a vital four-game series from Monday through Thursday. Starting with Friday’s game, the Dash have 17 of their final 23 games away from BB&T Ballpark.
  • Winston-Salem earned just its seventh win with Stephens on the mound this season. The Dash are 7-16 (.304) in Stephens’ 23 outings even though the former Rice Owl is fourth in the CL in earned run average (3.57). On Saturday, the Dash turn to southpaw Tanner Banks, who has been electric over his last 16 innings. Opponents have mustered just one run on 11 hits, while they have gone down on strikes 17 times. Banks is pitching on three days’ rest because rain cut his last start short on Tuesday. The southpaw only worked one inning before heavy rain forced the suspension of the game in the last of the first.
  • Hillcats catcher Francisco Mejia has hit safely in 49 straight games, which is tied for the longest streak by a catcher in Minor League Baseball history. Mejia has hit safely in his first 25 Carolina League games after starting the streak with Low-A Lake County. Winston-Salem has faced Mejia four times, and Friday marked Mejia’s first multi-hit game against the Dash.
  • The Dash have not lost in Lynchburg since April 10, the fourth game of the season. During this stretch, Winston has outscored the league’s best team by eight runs in games at Calvin Falwell Field.
  • Landon Lassiter’s error on Friday marked the first by a Dash center fielder this year (Hunter Jones, Adam Engel and Michael Suiter are the other three who have played the position for the Dash this year).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Saturday’s contest 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 set for 6:30 p.m.

-Joe

Game #118 Preview – Dash at Lynchburg

Game #118 – Away Game #54
Winston-Salem Dash (22-25, 50-67) at Lynchburg Hillcats (28-19, 73-44)
Friday, August 12 – 6:30 p.m. 
Calvin Falwell Field (Lynchburg, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem earned both a doubleheader and a series sweep on Thursday night over the Carolina Mudcats. Behind a Telvin Nash three-run homer, the Dash tripled up the Muddies 6-2 in the opener. Marcus Davis’ walk-off single in the last of the seventh clinched a 3-2 victory in the nightcap. The Dash, seven games back of Myrtle Beach for the final Southern Division playoff spot, embark on a critical seven-game road trip that begins on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Lynchburg

STARTING LINEUP:

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Marcus Davis clinched a series sweep over the Mudcats on Thursday with a walk-off single (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

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

DASH DOTS:

  • Davis continued his torrid second half with a game-winning single, which rolled past a five-man infield. This marked Winston-Salem’s third walk-off victory of 2016, and all of them have come on singles. Toby Thomas was the hero on April 19 against Myrtle Beach, while Adam Engel sparked an 11th-inning win over Potomac on May 13. The Dash have claimed seven wins in their last at-bat, though their opposition has amassed 14 (including seven walk-offs).

  • Davis overcame an 0-for-4 effort in Thursday’s opener with three hits in the finale. The former San Diego farmhand leads the Carolina League with a .356 batting average since the All-Star break. During this span, Davis has 27 RBIs and 26 runs in 37 games. The next-closest qualified hitter since June 23 in the CL is fellow Dash infielder Thomas, who is a .344 hitter in 45 second-half games. Davis and Thomas are sixth and 10th, respectively, in second-half average in all of High-A.

  • While Davis and Thomas have the second-half covered, Mason Robbins and Nick Basto are the top two CL hitters overall this year. Robbins has a slight lead over Basto (.315 to .313), with the next-closest qualifier at .298 (former Hillcats outfielder Greg Allen). The third-best current CL qualifier is Frederick’s Aderlin Rodriguez, who owns a .295 mark.

  • The Dash have just 23 games remaining in the regular season, and 17 of them are away from BB&T Ballpark, where Winston-Salem has played 21 of its last 29 contests. Myrtle Beach enjoys a seven-game lead on the Dash in the Southern Division’s second-half standings. The Dash and Pelicans will meet in a four-game set after this three-gamer in Lynchburg. The Hillcats have more home wins (36) than any other team on the circuit. This marks the Dash’s first visit to Lynchburg since Opening Weekend, when the ‘Cats took three of four from Winston-Salem.

  • In the opener of this important week-long road trip, Winston-Salem sends right-hander Jordan Stephens to the bump. The fifth-rounder from last June, Stephens leads the CL in strikeouts (117) and stands sixth amongst qualifiers in earned run average (3.66). Despite these strong numbers, Stephens has only claimed five wins, while the Dash as a whole are just 6-16 when the former Rice Owl is on the mound.

  • Righty Yelmison Peralta surrendered an earned run for the first time in High-A on Thursday. He blew the save in game two after Valenzuela’s aforementioned game-tying triple. Peralta had not given up an earned run in his first 10 outings spanning 14.0 innings. However, the Dash’s bullpen did corral all three wins in the sweep over Carolina. Before this set, Winston-Salem’s bullpen was 9-24 on the year. Also, Connor Walsh became the fourth Dash reliever to strike out five men in one outing, which represents the high-water mark for Winston-Salem this year.

  • In addition to leading the Carolina League in batting average, Robbins also enjoys the top spot in hits with 131.

  • Telvin Nash went 5-for-8 with two homers and seven RBIs in the Carolina series after entering in a 2-for-26 funk.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

-Joe

Game #107 Preview – Dash vs. Lynchburg

Game #107 – Home Game #57
Winston-Salem Dash (17-19, 45-61) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (23-13, 67-38)
Sunday, July 31 – 5:00 p.m. 
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Despite a two-run homer from Gerson Montilla, Winston-Salem’s five-game winning streak came to an end on Saturday due to a 5-2 Lynchburg victory at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash look for their best multi-series homestand since June of 2012 in Sunday’s finale with Lynchburg.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Gerson Montilla, who homered on Saturday, leads the Dash with 56 RBIs (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Landon Lassiter – LF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – 1B
Telvin Nash – DH
Toby Thomas – 2B
Michael Suiter – CF
Daniel Gonzalez – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Robinson Leyer – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • For the first time in 2016, Winston-Salem had strung together five consecutive victories before dropping Saturday’s decision, thus falling short of its first six-game win streak since July 26-31, 2015. During the five-game surge, the Dash recorded a .337 batting average (51-for-168) and scored 6.4 runs per game (32 runs total). On the bump, Winston-Salem had a 1.80 ERA.
  • Thanks to Montilla’s blast, the Dash continued their power surge this month. Winston-Salem has amassed 29 home runs in 29 games, third-most by a Carolina League team this month. Only Frederick (33) and Lynchburg (31) have more than the Dash, with fourth-place Potomac only at 21 long balls. Winston-Salem has not gone deep more than 29 times in a single month since a 32-homer showing in June of 2013.
  • The top two hitters in the Carolina League play for Winston-Salem. Mason Robbins has a slight edge (.3190) on Nick Basto (.3186) for the top spot on the circuit in batting average. Both men are red-hot at the plate. Robbins, who received his first day off since June 4 on Saturday night, has hit .435 (27-for-62) in his last 14 games. Robbins has hit safely in six straight games, while Basto has at least one knock in eight in row, a stretch in which he is hitting .406 (13-for-32) with nine RBIs and eight runs scored.
  • Basto and Robbins are two of three active, qualified Carolina Leaguers who possess batting averages north of the .300 mark. Only Frederick’s Aderlin Rodriguez (.312) accompanies the Dash’s outfield duo. Only two other teammates stand first and second in their leagues in average in Minor League Baseball:
    – Brandon Nimmo (.336) and T.J. Rivera (.335) of Las Vegas (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League)

    – Tomas Nido (.322) and Amed Rosario (.309) of St. Lucie (High-A, Florida State League)

  • Despite Winston-Salem’s loss Saturday, the club can still finish this week-long homestand at 6-1, which would represent the Dash’s best multi-series stay at BB&T Ballpark since sweeping a six-game span against Wilmington and Potomac from June 8-13, 2012. Through May, the Dash were just 5-19 at BB&T Ballpark, which was the worst home record in Minor League Baseball. Since then, the Dash are 21-11 (.656) in home contests. This strong work at home has helped the Dash climb within two games of Myrtle Beach for the final Southern Division postseason spot.
  • Following Sunday’s game, the Dash head to Carolina for the second time this season. The Dash and Carolina Mudcats will meet Monday through Wednesday before the Dash head home for another seven-game homestand. Once next Friday rolls around, Winston-Salem will only have six home games remaining. The Dash will play 17 of their final 23 games on the road.
  • Lynchburg’s Francisco Mejia, who is not in the starting lineup Sunday, extended his hit streak to 42 games with a fifth-inning infield single on Saturday. Mejia has logged exactly one hit in each of the first three games of this series, and two of them were infield knocks.
  • Dash starter Robinson Leyer gave up just one run on two hits in a win over Frederick on Tuesday.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Television coverage of Sunday’s contest will be available on My48 at 5 p.m. A full channel guide is available here. The game will also 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.

-Joe

Game 106 Preview – Dash vs. Lynchburg

Game #106 – Home Game #56
Winston-Salem Dash (17-18, 45-60) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (21-13, 66-38)
Saturday, July 30 – 6:30 p.m. 
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Southpaw starter Tanner Banks tossed seven shutout innings, and Nick Basto drove home all four runs in Winston-Salem’s 4-0 victory over Lynchburg on Friday at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash look to continue their perfect homestand on Saturday night against the Hillcats.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Tanner Banks twirled seven scoreless frames in a 4-0 win over Lynchburg on Friday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Landon Lassiter – CF
Michael Suiter – RF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Nick Basto – DH
Telvin Nash – 1B
Toby Thomas – 2B
Brett Austin – C
Ryan Leonards – LF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Thad Lowry – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • For the first time in 2016, Winston-Salem has strung together five consecutive victories. The Dash’s previous high-water mark was a four-game run from June 5-9. The club’s most recent five-game winning streak came from August 20-24, 2015. On Saturday, Winston seeks its first six-game win streak since July 26-31, 2015. All of this follows the Dash’s five-game losing streak, all during that rain-compressed four-day set at Potomac last Thursday through Sunday.

  • The Dash have been clicking on all cylinders during this five-game surge, with every game coming at home. Winston-Salem boasts a .337 batting average (51-for-168) and has scored 6.4 runs per game (32 runs total). The Dash have slugged seven home runs in these five games, giving them 28 in their 28 contests this month. On the mound, the Dash boast a 1.80 earned run average (9 earned runs in 45.0 innings). Winston’s staff has recorded four quality starts.

  • With another big effort Friday, Basto has surged back atop the Carolina League’s batting average leaderboard by one point over teammate Mason Robbins (.320 to .319). Basto has hit safely in seven straight games, during which the former fifth-round pick owns a .429 average (12-for-28) with two homers, nine RBIs and eight runs. Thanks to his first-inning bomb, Basto is now alone atop the home run category on the Dash.

  • Basto and Robbins are two of three active, qualified Carolina Leaguers who possess batting averages north of the .300 mark. Only Frederick’s Aderlin Rodriguez (.312) accompanies the Dash’s outfield duo. Only three other teammates stand first and second in their leagues in average in Minor League Baseball:
    T.J. Rivera (.337) and Brandon Nimmo (.336) of Las Vegas (AAA, Pacific Coast League)
    Teoscar Hernandez (.305) and Alex Bregman (.297) of Corpus Christi (AA, Texas League)
    Tomas Nido (.320) and Amed Rosario (.309) of St. Lucie (High-A, Florida State League)

  • Winston-Salem’s Marcus Davis had hit safely in 15 straight games since July 13 before an 0-for-4 showing Friday. Davis hit .426 (26-for-61) with two homers, 15 RBIs and nine runs scored during the streak, the second-longest by a Dash hitter in 2016. Davis owns that one, too, a 16-gamer from May 21 to June 9. Entering Friday, only Lynchburg’s Francisco Mejia had a longer active streak in the Carolina League. Thanks to a seventh-inning single, Mejia has now hit safely in 17 straight in the CL and 41 overall dating back to his time with Low-A Lake County.

  • Winston-Salem sends right-hander Thad Lowry to the hill on Saturday. Lowry jump-started the Dash’s five-game win streak with a six strong innings in a victory on Monday versus Frederick. The Spring, Texas, native paces the circuit with 112.1 innings pitched, 1.0 more than Salem’s Matt Kent for the top spot.

  • Lynchburg had not suffered a shutout loss this season until Friday night, when the Dash logged their sixth shutout victory.

  • The Dash clinched their ninth straight non-losing home series with Friday’s victory. Winston-Salem is 5-0-3 in the last eight series completed at BB&T Ballpark.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Saturday’s contest 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 set for 6:30 p.m.

-Joe

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

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