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Carolina Countdown – Lynchburg Hillcats

The countdown continues with the seven-time Carolina League champion Lynchburg Hillcats. For the previous countdowns, click here.

INTRODUCTION: The Lynchburg Hillcats were established in 1963, playing in the South Atlantic League and Southern League before joining the Carolina League in 1966. They have been affiliated with several Major League clubs over the years and have been associated with the Atlanta Braves since 2011.

Robby Hefflinger carried the Hillcats in 2013 (John Absalon/MiLB.com).

Robby Hefflinger carried the Hillcats in 2013 (John Absalon/MiLB.com).

LAST SEASON: The Hillcats concluded 2013 in second place in the Northern Division, going 69-70 and qualifying for the playoffs for a second consecutive season. They were then swept by the division-winning Potomac Nationals in the best-of-three Northern Division Championship Series.

Left fielder Robby Hefflinger clubbed 21 home runs, which was second in the league to the Dash’s Chris Curley.  Hefflinger also won the All-Star Game MVP out in San Jose. Lynchburg boasted a solid bullpen in 2013, as Nate Hyatt tied for the league lead in appearances (43) and finished second in saves (12). Meanwhile, John Cornely tied for third in appearances (42) and was third in saves (11).

MANAGER: Luis Salazar will guide the Hillcats for a fourth straight season. Salazar played in the Major Leagues from 1980-92 with the Padres, White Sox, Tigers and Cubs. He will be joined in the dugout by hitting coach John Moses, who was with the club in 2013, and pitching coach Derrick Lewis, who comes to Lynchburg from Low-A Rome.

SYSTEM: The Braves have historically had a knack for producing homegrown talent during their run of success, and that trend has continued in recent years. Shortstop Andrelton Simmons and utility player Evan Gattis are among the current Atlanta stars who have donned Hillcats uniforms during their path to the big leagues.

Other prospects that may see time in Lynchburg include pitcher Lucas Sims, a first-round draft pick of the Braves in 2012. The 19-year-old posted a 12-4 record and 2.62 ERA with Low-A Rome in 2013, striking out 134 batters in 116.1 innings.

A position player of note includes shortstop Jose Peraza, a 19-year-old native of Venezuela who batted .288 with 47 RBI and 64 stolen bases in 114 games with Rome last season. He is rated by Baseball America as the 12th-best prospect in the Braves’ system.

Wear a bowtie, get a discounted ticket on "Kentucky Derby Night" in Lynchburg.

Wear a bowtie, get a discounted ticket on “Kentucky Derby Night” in Lynchburg.

BEST PROMOTION: On Saturday, May 3, the Hillcats will host “Kentucky Derby Night” against the Potomac Nationals, where fans arriving in seersucker clothing, a bow tie and/or a fancy hat will receive discounted admission to the game.

(NOT SO) FUN FACT: Just before Luis Salazar’s first season as the Hillcats’ manager in 2011, he had to overcome a freak accident during Spring Training. A foul line drive by Brian McCann struck Salazar in the face while he was standing in the Braves’ dugout. Salazar underwent surgery and had his left eye removed. One month later, he returned as Hillcats’ manager.

HILLCATS IN WINSTON-SALEM: The Hillcats first come to BB&T Ballpark for a four-game series from May 30-June 2. Lynchburg will also make two visits during the summer, on August 1-3 and August 12-14.

- Dave

Top 10 of 2013 – #3: Curley named CL’s MVP

Chris Curley received his MVP award in the Dash's home finale August 30 (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Chris Curley received his MVP award in the Dash’s home finale August 30 (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Previous Top 10 Moments:
#10: Dash clinch winning record
#9: Comeback in Delaware
#8: 17 runs in six innings
#7: Buckner sets RBIs record
#6: Attendance record on July 4
#5: Beck, Blough toss gems
#4: Four alumni jump to MLB

Moment #3 – August 29
Four alumni promoted to big leagues

After the 2010 season, the Braves released Chris Curley. The Kentucky native remained in professional baseball by signing with the independent Florence Freedom in his home state. During the 2011 season, Curley thrived in the Frontier League but was disappointed when no affiliated organization called.

Curley admitted that he stopped worried about rejoining Minor League Baseball in 2012. He just played for the love of the game. Sure enough, he did get another chance with the White Sox in early July, and his good work with Kannapolis in the regular season and Winston-Salem in the playoffs earned him a spot on the Dash’s 2013 roster. Curley rewarded the organization with the best season of his career.

By themselves, Curley’s offensive numbers are tremendous:
.280, 24 HR, 92 RBI, 149 H, 251 TB, 90 R, 14 SB

When comparing those statistics to his peers, one has to be even more impressed. Curley led the Carolina League in homers, RBIs, runs, total bases and hits. In all of High-A baseball, which includes the offensive-heavy California League, the Campbellsville University product was sixth in homers, tied for sixth in RBIs, tied for sixth in total bases, tied for seventh in runs and ninth in hits.

There is no question that Curley was the most complete offensive performer in the Carolina League in 2013, and managers, general managers and media members voted him the circuit’s Most Valuable Player. Not only was this honor an incredible one for Curley, but it was a landmark achievement for the Dash’s franchise as well.

Curley’s efforts yielded Winston-Salem’s third consecutive MVP award. The Dash became the fourth organization in CL history to boast the league’s top honor in three straight seasons, which is one shy of the league record (Lynchburg, 1983-86).

Last year, Dan Black hit .315 with 17 home runs and 88 RBIs en route to the MVP. Black helped the Dash post the best regular season record in full-season Minor League Baseball. Ian Gac began the impressive streak in 2011. Gac went yard 33 times, two homers shy of the single-season Winston-Salem record, and drove in 96 RBIs.

Another year, another league MVP for the Dash. Curley was a stabilizing force within the Dash’s lineup, and he was rewarded for his efforts.

Check out the Dash Top 10 tomorrow for our second-best moment of 2013. It was a BB&T Ballpark first. Talk to you then.

- Brian

Game 120 Preview – Dash at Lynchburg

Game #120 – Road Game #60
Winston-Salem Dash (22-27, 60-59) at Lynchburg Hillcats (20-26, 55-59)
Tuesday, August 13 – 7:05 p.m.
Calvin Falwell Field at Lynchburg City Stadium (Lynchburg, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash are in danger of the club’s second sweep since July of 2011 tonight in Lynchburg. Winston-Salem is also aiming to avoid reaching the .500 mark overall for the first time since May 30.

MIcah Johnson came up with a three-hit effort Monday night (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Micah Johnson came up with a three-hit effort Monday night (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

Micah Johnson – 2B
Joey DeMichele – SS
Chris Curley – 3B
Kevan Smith – C
Courtney Hawkins – CF
Rangel Ravelo – 1B
Mark Haddow – DH
Josh Richmond – RF
Grant Buckner – LF
Braulio Ortiz – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • For the second straight series, Winston-Salem enters the finale without a victory in the set. The Dash, who squeeked past Salem 3-2 Saturday night to avoid a sweep, have only been swept once over their previous 93 series (April 5-7, 2013 at Carolina).
  • During this span, which stretches back to July of 2011, Winston owns a CL-best 17 sweeps. In the Dash era (2009-present), Winston-Salem has failed to win at least one game in a series only eight times.
  • Winston-Salem has dropped six of its last seven games, a run duplicated only once by the Dash over the last two seasons. The Dash also lost six of seven from May 4-12.
  • If the Dash do not respond with a victory in the road trip finale Tuesday, Winston-Salem will post a multi-series road trip with only one victory for the first time since a 1-5 swing through Wilmington and Frederick from April 29-May 4 of 2011.
  • With a hit tonight, Chris Curley will match the longest hitting streak by a Dash swinger in 2013. During his current 11-game hit streak, Curley is 15-for-44 (.341) with a homer, five RBIs and six runs scored.
  • Winston-Salem leads the Carolina League in total runs (616) and runs per game (5.2), but the squad has mustered only 30 runs over its last 9 games, during which the Dash own a 2-7 record. During this slump, the Dash have not recorded more than five runs in any game, which is the second-longest such run this season.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

The Pregame Dash begins at 6:50 p.m. and features a chat with Myles Jaye, who recorded his 11th quality start in 17 efforts with Winston-Salem this year. Fans can listen live throughout the night here.

- Brian

Game 119 Preview – Dash at Lynchburg

Game #119 – Road Game #59
Winston-Salem Dash (22-26, 60-58) at Lynchburg Hillcats (19-26, 54-59)
Monday, August 12 – 7:05 p.m.
Calvin Falwell Field at Lynchburg City Stadium (Lynchburg, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem scored the final four runs of Sunday’s series opener in Lynchburg, but the Hillcats held on for a 5-4 victory. As a result, the Dash have dropped five of their last six contests dating back to Tuesday.

Chris Curley is riding a 10-game hitting streak (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

Chris Curley is riding a 10-game hitting streak (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

Micah Johnson – 2B
Joey DeMichele – SS
Chris Curley – 3B
Rangel Ravelo – DH
Courtney Hawkins – CF
Jeremy Farrell – 1B
Mark Haddow – RF
Josh Richmond – LF
Martin Medina – C
Myles Jaye – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • The Dash have lost five of their last six games dating back to Tuesday’s home game against Lynchburg. After avoiding a run of five losses over a six-game span during the 2012 season, Winston-Salem has only been involved in three such slumps this season.
  • Dash infielder Rangel Ravelo went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored Sunday. Ravelo, who recently collected enough plate appearances to qualify, leads the Carolina League with a .314 batting average.
  • Despite playing in only 77 games, Ravelo is third on the club with 27 multi-hit games. He is also tied for 13th in the Carolina League with 53 RBIs.
  • Chris Curley became the sixth Winston-Salem hitter to record a hitting streak of 10 or more games thanks to his first-inning single Sunday. During this run, Curley is hitting .350 (14-for-40) with a homer, four RBIs and six runs scored.
  • Curley leads the Carolina League in both home runs (22) and RBIs (83). These numbers are tied for fourth and tied for fifth, respectively, in High-A baseball. He also leads the CL in hits, runs scored and total bases.
  • Winston righty Bryan Blough logged another seven innings Monday, which pushed his innings total to 144.2 for the season. Blough not only paces the CL by 18 frames, but he leads all of High-A baseball in this category. Over his last 13 starts, Blough has worked six or more innings 10 times.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

The Pregame Dash begins at 6:50 p.m. and features a chat with outfielder Mark Haddow. Fans can listen live here.

- Brian

Winiarski headed to Double-A

Cody Winiarski was promoted to Double-A on Monday for the first time in his career (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

Cody Winiarski is heading to Double-A for the first time (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

Sunday, the Dash gained a reliever. Today, Winston-Salem loses another. Right-hander Cody Winiarski is headed up to Double-A Birmingham for the first time in his career.

Winiarski, who missed all of 2012 due to injury, has been a major part of the back end of the Dash’s bullpen this season, and was the first pitcher in the Carolina League to record 10 saves.

The Franksville, Wisc., native has 10 saves in 13 opportunities and owns an earned run average of 2.91 in a team-high 36 appearances. The righty has struck out 67 in 55.2 innings of work, good for the fourth-best strikeout-per-nine-inning ratio among CL relievers (10.8).

Before Winiarski headed south to join the Barons’ bullpen, we had the chance to catch up with him and talk to him about what it’s like to be a closer:

With the promotion, Winiarski will join Chris BassittChris Beck and Jarrett Casey among 2013 Winston hurlers who recently made their first career trip to the Double-A level. Winston-Salem’s roster now sits one below the maximum, with 24 active players.

The Dash continue their series with the Lynchburg Hillcats at City Stadium tonight. Check back later today for a preview of tonight’s contest.

- Rob and Curt

Game 118 Preview – Dash at Lynchburg

Game #118 – Road Game #58
Winston-Salem Dash (22-25, 60-57) at Lynchburg Hillcats (18-26, 53-59)
Sunday, August 11 – 6:05 p.m.
Calvin Falwell Field at Lynchburg City Stadium (Lynchburg, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash’s four-game losing streak came to an end thanks to a 3-2, sweep-avoiding win last night at Salem. This victory also helped the Dash avoid just their second sweep over the last 92 series.

Micah Johnson still leads Minor League Baseball in stolen bases (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

Micah Johnson still leads Minor League Baseball in stolen bases (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

Micah Johnson – 2B
Joey DeMichele – DH
Chris Curley – SS
Kevan Smith – C
Courtney Hawkins – CF
Rangel Ravelo – 1B
Jeremy Farrell – 3B
Mark Haddow – RF
Grant Buckner – LF
Bryan Blough – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Righty Jake Cose did not surrender a run over seven innings for the second straight outing to earn the win Saturday night. Cose has worked a career-high seven frames in four of his last six efforts. After posting a 7.09 earned run average in his first five starts with Winston-Salem, Cose is 4-2 with a 2.84 ERA in his last eight outings.
  • Dash starter Bryan Blough, who entered the season with 109.2 innings of work in his minor league career, leads the Carolina League and is second in High-A baseball with 137.2 innings pitched thus far this season.
  • Blough has logged at least six innings in 14 of his 23 outings, including nine of his last 12. The Newnan, Ga., native is 1-3 with a 4.13 ERA in his four starts against the Hillcats this season.
  • Dash infielder Micah Johnson paces all minor league players with 75 stolen bases, while he is second in the minors with 97 runs scored. He trails fellow White Sox farmhand Marcus Semien by one run away for the top spot. Semien, who played in the Triad in 2012, scored 90 runs in Double-A Birmingham and has eight so far with Triple-A Charlotte.
  • Before his 0-for-5 effort Saturday, Kevan Smith had reached in 17 of his first 29 August plate appearances (.586 on-base percentage).
  • Chris Curley owns a nine-game hitting streak, during which he is hitting .361 (13-for-36) with four RBIs and five runs scored. This run matches the longest by Curley this season.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

The Pregame Dash begins at 5:50 p.m., and fans can listen live here.

- Brian

Dash add bullpen arm, avoid sweeps well

The Dash’s bullpen has gained an arm, the White Sox announced. Right-hander J.B. Wendelken, who came to the organization as a part of the deadline deal for Jake Peavy, will be making his way to the Triad. A 13th round pick in the 2012 draft, Wendelken will get his first taste of action at the High-A level.

The righty started his season with Low-A Greenville in the Red Sox system, where we went 2-0 with 10 saves in 27 outings for the Drive, posting a 2.77 ERA. Since he joined the White Sox organization, Wendelken logged three appearances and earned two saves with Low-A Kannapolis.

His second appearance for the Intimdators was against Greenville on August 5, and the Guyton, Ga., native dominated his old teammates. He tossed three shutout frames and tied a career-high with seven strikeouts en route to a save. With the addition of Wendelken, Winston-Salem’s roster sits at the maximum of 25.

Jake Cose tossed seven scoreless innings for the second straight outing last night (Laura Marshall/W-S Dash).

Jake Cose tossed seven scoreless innings for the second straight outing (Laura Marshall/W-S Dash).

SWEEPING SUCCESS:

Righty Jake Cose threw seven scoreless innings for the second straight outing last night, leading the Dash to a 3-2 victory which avoided a sweep at the hands of the Salem Red Sox. Last night’s win kept one streak going while snapping another. Here’s the breakdown of what the win meant:

  • The Dash’s season-long four-game losing streak came to an end last night. It was the first time that Winston-Salem had lost more than four in a row in nearly two years.
  • Before the streak got to four with Friday night’s loss to Salem, it had been 720 days since the Dash had lost more than three in a row. Their last losing skid of more than three was a five-game run from August 16-20, 2011.
  • In the time period since their last four or more game losing streak, Winston had rattled off 13 winning streaks of four or more contests.
  • Also by virtue of last night’s win, the Dash avoided their first sweep since the Carolina Mudcats swept them out of Five County Stadium on Opening Weekend of this season. That sweep is the only time Winston-Salem has been swept over its last 92 series.
  • Prior to the Mudcats’ Opening Weekend brooming, Winston had not been swept since Salem turned the trick from July 9-11, 2011. Over that time frame, the Dash own a Carolina League-best 17 sweeps.
  • Since the team was renamed the Dash prior to the 2009 campaign, Winston has been swept just eight times. The club has not suffered a sweep at BB&T Ballpark since it opened in 2010 (81 home series).

Winston-Salem continues its six-game road trip with the first of three against the Lynchburg Hillcats tonight at Lynchburg City Stadium. For more on this evening’s series opener, check back later today.

- Rob

Breaking down the CL MVP race

With less than four weeks remaining in the 2013 regular season, the race for the 2013 Carolina League MVP is heating up. With that in mind, it is time to break down some of the leading candidates as we head down the stretch:

Chris Curley has been the most consistent hitter in the CL in 2013 (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

Chris Curley has been the most consistent hitter in the CL in 2013 (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

INF Chris Curley (Winston-Salem)

Unlike a few of the other candidates, Chris Curley has been in the CL for the entire 2013 campaign. In 109 games with the Dash, Curley is leading the circuit in several offensive categories, including home runs (22), RBIs (82), hits (127), runs (78) and total bases (219). He has also been valuable from a defensive standpoint, playing in 68 games at shortstop and 30 at third base.

While other parts of the Winston-Salem lineup have been hit by injuries or slumps, Curley has been extremely consistent. Manager Ryan Newman can pencil him in to the number three spot in his lineup everyday and expect offensive production and solid defense.

That consistency could be what pushes him past others in the running who have been moved up to Double-A or have not had as many opportunities to help their team. It also helps that Curley plays on the team with the best offense on the circuit, with the Dash averaging 5.3 runs per contest. If Curley wins, it would make him the third straight Dash swinger to collect the honor after Ian Gac (2011) and Dan Black (2012) won the CL MVP over the past two seasons.

Cody Anderson has been one of the top pitchers in the CL in 2013 (indyweek.com).

Cody Anderson has been one of the top pitchers in the CL in 2013 (indyweek.com).

RHP Cody Anderson (Carolina)

While some more well-known names like Francisco Lindor and Tyler Naquin have put up some big numbers for the Mudcats this year, Anderson gives his team a very good chance to win every time he takes the mound. The righty has posted an 8-4 record with a 2.84 ERA, good for second among qualifying starters in the league this year. Anderson is in the hunt for the Carolina League Pitcher of the Year award with the likes of former Winston-Salem’s Chris Beck and Myrtle Beach’s Luke Jackson.

Carolina is also 12-10 in Anderson’s 22 starts, which isn’t overly impressive until you see that their record in games he doesn’t start is just 34-56. Lindor and Naquin are great players in their own right, but Anderson is a major reason the Muddies are in pole position for the second playoff spot in the Southern Division.

Robby Hefflinger mashed 21 home runs before the Braves moved him up to Mississippi (milb.com).

Robby Hefflinger hit 21 home runs before the Braves moved him up to Double-A Mississippi (milb.com).

OF Robby Hefflinger (Lynchburg)

In the first half, Hefflinger was arguably this league’s most feared hitter. The former seventh rounder was hitting .286 and led all of the CL in homers with 21 when he left for Double-A Mississippi near the end of June. His slugging average (.579) is more than 40 points higher than the next-closest Carolina League swinger.

However, he has not played a game for Lynchburg in more than a month. Still, one could make a compelling case that his departure has shown just how valuable he was. The Hillcats finished in second place in the first-half Northern Division standings and now find themselves in the basement in half two.

19-year-old Rougned Odor tore his way through the CL this season (milb.com).

19-year-old Rougned Odor tore his way through the CL this season before he was promoted (milb.com).

INF Rougned Odor (Myrtle Beach)

Odor has put up some very good numbers by any standards in 2013, but when you factor in that he’s just 19 years old and was playing in High-A for the first time this season, those numbers look even better. The Venezuela native hit .303 in 99 games for the Pelicans and formed the best defensive middle infield duo in the league with shortstop Luis Sardinas before they were both promoted to Double-A Frisco last week.

Odor leads the CL with 33 doubles and remains in the top five in stolen bases (27), extra-base hits (42) and total bases (170). While he may not quite have the numbers of Curley, it definitely does not hurt his case that Myrtle Beach has the best overall mark in the Southern Division this year and is just 1-5 since he was promoted on August 1.

Winston-Salem begins a six-game road trip tonight at LewisGale Field against the Salem Red Sox. Check back later for our preview of this evening’s series opener.

- Rob

Game 114 Preview – Dash vs. Lynchburg

Game #114 – Home Game #60
Winston-Salem Dash (21-22, 59-54) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (16-24, 52-57)
Wednesday, August 7 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash wrap up their six-game homestand tonight at 7 in a rubber match against Lynchburg. After tonight’s contest, Winston-Salem will play 13 of its next 16 away from BB&T Ballpark.

Kevan Smith has reached safely in 15 of his last 20 plate appearances (Laura Marshall/W-S Dash).

Kevan Smith has reached safely in 15 of his last 20 plate appearances (Laura Marshall/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

Micah Johnson – 2B
Joey DeMichele – SS
Chris Curley – 3B
Kevan Smith – C
Courtney Hawkins – CF
Rangel Ravelo – DH
Jeremy Farrell – 1B
Josh Richmond – RF
Grant Buckner – LF
Myles Jaye – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Winston catcher Kevan Smith has reached safely in nine straight games, during which he has hit .448 (13-for-29) with a homer, four RBIs and seven runs scored. During this homestand, Smith has reached base in 15 of his 20 plate appearances.
  • Lynchburg can clinch a season series victory over the Dash for the first time since 2009 with a series-clinching victory tonight. Winston-Salem is just 6-10 against the defending CL champions, while the club owns a 31-15 mark (.674) against the other Northern Division squads.
  • Winston-Salem turns to right-hander Myles Jaye, who has averaged two quality starts every three outings while in the CL. Jaye has recorded 10 quality starts, which are two shy of the team lead. Since the All-Star break, Jaye is 4-3 with a 2.96 ERA in eight starts, six of which have been six innings long.
  • Following this rubber match against the Hillcats, the Dash hit the road for a six-game road trip to Salem and Lynchburg. When Winston-Salem opens this trip Thursday in Salem, the club will play 13 of its next 16 contests away from BB&T Ballpark. Winston has split its first 14 matchups with the Red Sox, who entered action today just one game ahead of the Dash in the division.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Join us at 6:45 p.m. for the Pregame Dash, which is available here. Fans can also watch live on MiLB.tv.

- Brian

Game 113 Preview – Dash vs. Lynchburg

Game #113 – Home Game #59
Winston-Salem Dash (21-21, 59-53) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (15-24, 51-57)
Tuesday, August 6 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

One night after collecting their league-leading 11th shutout victory, the Dash meet Lynchburg in the middle match of this three-game set. Winston-Salem will send Bryan Blough, who leads the Carolina League in innings pitched, to the mound.

Bryan Blough leads the Carolina League in innings pitched (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

Bryan Blough leads the Carolina League in innings pitched (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

Micah Johnson – 2B
Joey DeMichele – SS
Chris Curley – 3B
Kevan Smith – DH
Courtney Hawkins – CF
Rangel Ravelo – 1B
Mark Haddow – RF
Grant Buckner – LF
Martin Medina – C
Bryan Blough – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • The Dash posted their league-leading 11th shutout victory Monday. Winston-Salem enjoys a three-shutout cushion for second place in the CL, which is shared by Potomac and Salem. Among the 30 High-A clubs, Winston is fourth in shutouts, trailing only Florida State League clubs St. Lucie (14), Fort Myers (13) and Daytona (12).
  • The Dash became the first Carolina League squad to reach 100 home runs as a team thanks to a pair of home runs Monday. Kevan Smith clubbed a two-run shot, his ninth of the season, in the first, while Chris Curley’s solo shot in the fifth gave him 22 on the season.
  • Winston-Salem’s 101 team home runs are 11 more than Frederick for the league lead, while no other club has more than 75 dingers. The Dash are on pace to lead the circuit in homers for the fourth consecutive season.
  • Curley claimed sole possession of the CL’s home run lead with his 22nd blast of the season. Curley is tied for third in High-A baseball in long balls, while his 81 RBIs place him fourth. His 22 home runs are tied for fourth-most in a single season by a Winston-Salem hitter in the Dash era (2009-present).
  • Dash starter Bryan Blough, who snapped a personal three-game losing streak with a seven-inning complete game last Tuesday, leads the CL with 132.2 innings. Frederick’s Zach Davies sits in second, but he trails Blough by 13. Blough has increased his innings output over the first four months of the season: 27.0, 34.1, 35.0, 36.1.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

The Pregame Dash begins at 6:45 p.m. and features a chat with Kevan Smith. Fans can listen live here or watch on MiLB.tv.

- Brian

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