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Game #75 Preview – Dash at Lynchburg

Game #75 – Road Game #38
Winston-Salem Dash (2-3, 32-42) at Lynchburg Hillcats (3-1, 37-37)
Tuesday, June 24 – 7:05 p.m.
Calvin Falwell Field (Lynchburg, Va.) 

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash suffered their third straight loss on Monday, falling 6-5 in 10 innings at Lynchburg. Joe Odom had two home runs for the Hillcats and registered the game-winning sacrifice fly in the 10th.

Tony Bucciferro is tied for the Carolina League lead in innings pitched (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Tony Bucciferro is tied for the Carolina League lead in innings pitched (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

Tim Anderson – SS
Jacob May – CF
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Jason Coats – RF
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Grant Buckner – 3B
Omar Narvaez – C
Justin Jirschele – DH
Tony Bucciferro – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • With his two-run triple in the seventh inning on Monday, Courtney Hawkins vaulted into first place in the Carolina League in RBIs, with 51 on the season. He surpassed former Myrtle Beach slugger Joey Gallo, who was promoted to Double-A shortly before the All-Star Break.
  • First baseman Keon Barnum tied a career-high with four hits on Monday, all of which were singles. The 21-year-old has at least one hit in eight of his last nine games, batting .406 (13-for-32) during this stretch.
  • The Dash bullpen failed to convert another save opportunity on Monday, with its Carolina League-leading 14th blown save of the season. Current Winston-Salem relievers are a combined 7-for-20 in save opportunities in 2014. 
  • The Dash have struggled away from BB&T Ballpark, posting a 14-23 record on the road this season. That is the worst mark in the Carolina League. Winston-Salem has tallied consecutive road victories only twice this season.
  • The Dash have struggled in recent years against Lynchburg. Since the beginning of the 2012 season, Winston-Salem has posted a 19-31 (.380) record against the Hillcats, and has lost 20 of their last 28 games at Calvin Falwell Field. That includes a 1-5 mark at Lynchburg in 2014.
  • Tony Bucciferro will try to snap the recent Dash skid this evening. During his most recent start, the right-hander allowed two runs (zero earned) while striking out a season-high eight in six innings last Thursday against Salem. He earned the victory in the 12-4 win over the Red Sox.
  • Bucciferro enters the night tied with Frederick’s Branden Kline for the Carolina League lead in innings pitched (85.1). The Illinois native has made nine quality starts this season. Overall, Bucciferro has a 5-5 record and 3.59 ERA.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 6:50 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05.

- Dave

Game #74 Preview – Dash at Lynchburg

Game #74 – Road Game #37
Winston-Salem Dash (2-2, 32-41) at Lynchburg Hillcats (2-1, 36-37)
Monday, June 23 – 7:05 p.m.
Calvin Falwell Field (Lynchburg, Va.) 

GAME BACKGROUND:

Victimized by a five-run seventh inning, the Dash fell to Lynchburg 8-3 in the opener of a three-game series at Calvin Falwell Field. The middle match comes up Monday night at 7:05.

Keon Barnum has hit safely in seven of his last eight games (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Keon Barnum has hit safely in seven of his last eight games (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

Tim Anderson – SS
Jacob May – CF
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Jason Coats – RF
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Zach Voight – 3B
Michael Marjama – C
Adam Heisler – DH
J.B. Wendelken – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Shortstop Tim Anderson extended his hitting streak to seven straight games on Sunday, going 1-for-4 with a double and run scored. It’s the longest stretch of consecutive games with a hit for the 21-year-old this season.
  • Outfielder Jason Coats has 21 RBIs in 19 games this month. That is tied for seventh in all of Minor League Baseball and second among High-A batters for driving in runs in June. The Texas native has 46 RBIs for the season, second on the Dash behind Courtney Hawkins (49).
  • In their two losses since the All-Star Break, the Dash have allowed 21 runs. All but three of those runs have come against the Winston-Salem bullpen in nine innings of work. As a result, the overall bullpen ERA has ballooned from 4.10 to 4.53 over the last 48 hours.
  • Catcher Omar Narvaez went 1-for-2 with a double on Sunday. In three games at the High-A level since joining the Dash last Thursday, the 22-year-old is 4-for-9 (.444) with two homers and five RBIs.
  • The Dash have struggled in recent years against Lynchburg. Since the beginning of the 2012 season, Winston-Salem has posted a 19-30 (.388) record against the Hillcats and has lost 19 of their last 27 games at Calvin Falwell Field.
  • J.B. Wendelken will try to turn things around for the Dash this evening. During his most recent outing last Sunday, the right-hander allowed five runs (two earned) in five innings at Potomac, but finished with a no-decision in the 8-6 loss.Wendelken is currently 5-6 on the year, with a 3.76 ERA.
  • Wendelken stands seventh in the Carolina League in innings pitched (79.0), trailing teammate Tony Bucciferro by 6.1 innings for the top spot. Wendelken had only thrown 100.1 innings in his professional career prior to beginning the 2014 season.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 6:50 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05.

- Dave

Game #73 Preview – Dash at Lynchburg

Game #73 – Road Game #36
Winston-Salem Dash (2-1, 32-40) at Lynchburg Hillcats (1-1, 35-37)
Sunday, June 22 – 6:05 p.m.
Calvin Falwell Field (Lynchburg, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash dropped a 13-4 decision to Salem in the finale of a three-game series at BB&T Ballpark. Winston-Salem now embarks on a six-game road trip, starting tonight at Lynchburg.

Tyler Danish will make his first start since June 8 (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Tyler Danish will make his first start since June 8 (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

Tim Anderson – SS
Jacob May – CF
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Jason Coats – RF
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Grant Buckner – DH
Omar Narvaez – C
Justin Jirschele – 3B
Tyler Danish – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • The first of two rain delays on Saturday forced the removal of Frank Montas after four scoreless innings. That marks the shortest outing of the year for the right-hander, who had pitched into the seventh inning in each of his last five starts.
  • The Dash led 3-0 before the first rain delay hit during the fourth inning on Saturday. After that, Salem seized control with 13 unanswered runs before Winston-Salem plated one in the eighth. As a result, the Dash drop to 23-11 in games where they score first.
  • With his eighth inning single, shortstop Tim Anderson extended his hitting streak to six straight games. The 20-year-old is batting .301 on the season, which is tied for sixth in the Carolina League.
  • Outfielder Jason Coats went 5-for-11 with two homers, three RBIs and three runs scored in the Dash’s two-out-of-three take of Salem. In 18 games this month, the former TCU star boasts a .338 batting average to go along with five long balls and 21 RBIs. His RBI total gives him a share of fifth place in the Minors and sole possession of second in High-A. Overall, Coats’ 12 homers are second-most in the Carolina League, and he is fourth with 46 RBIs.

  • Despite registering an RBI Saturday, first baseman Keon Barnum saw his six-game hitting streak come to an end. During that stretch, the Florida native batted .400 (8-for-20).
  • Prior to Saturday night, the Dash had won six straight home games, dating back to June 7. The last time Winston-Salem won more than six in a row at BB&T Ballpark was August 2-25, 2012, when the Dash rattled off nine consecutive home victories.
  • Since the start of the 2012 season, Lynchburg has handled Winston-Salem to the tune of a 29-19 (.604) mark in the regular season. The Dash have lost 18 of their 26 games at Calvin Falwell Field since 2012, and this trend includes Lynchburg’s one-run wins over the Dash in Game 3 and Game 4 of the 2012 Mills Cup Finals. From 2009-11, Winston-Salem dominated the Hillcats (37-23, .617).

  • Right-hander Tyler Danish will get the ball for the Dash tonight. The 19-year-old has made five starts since his mid-May promotion from Low-A Kannapolis, posting a 1-1 record and 5.48 ERA in Winston-Salem. During his most recent outing, Danish allowed four runs and eight hits in three and two-third innings against Carolina on June 8. He ended up with a no-decision in the 8-7 Dash win.

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

VIDEO: Anderson’s walk-off blast

What a moment in Winston-Salem on Monday night. The Dash stunned Lynchburg 6-5 in walk-off fashion thanks to Tim Anderson’s two-run blast. Here is how it looked and sounded at BB&T Ballpark.

Here are a few notes on Anderson after his heroics Monday:

  • His blast marked the first walk-off home run for Winston-Salem since August 24, 2013, when Joey DeMichele stunned Myrtle Beach with a grand slam in a 6-4 win. Winston-Salem has now hit 11 walk-off home runs since BB&T Ballpark opened in 2010.
  • During the Dash’s 4-3 homestand, Anderson recorded five multi-hit games. He hit .424 (14-for-33) with two homers, five RBIs and eight runs scored. Before this homestand, Anderson had only gone yard twice in his first 107 Minor League games.

  • Thus, the Tuscaloosa, Ala., native raised his overall batting average 29 points to .288, which is 12th-best mark among Carolina League qualifying hitters. Anderson trails only Potomac’s Stephen Perez (.302) among CL shortstops. 

You will hear from Anderson on the Pregame Dash, which begins at 6:45 p.m. on wsdash.com/broadcast. Winston-Salem squares off with division rival Carolina for the first time this season. A full preview will be available here on the blog later this afternoon.

- Brian

Game #56 Preview – Dash vs. Lynchburg

Game #56 – Home Game #29
Winston-Salem Dash (22-33) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (30-26)
Monday, June 2 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash jumped out to a three-run lead before falling to Lynchburg 5-4 on Sunday afternoon. The loss eliminated Winston-Salem from first-half playoff contention in the Carolina League.

Myles Jaye tossed a four-hit shutout against Potomac last week. (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

Myles Jaye tossed a four-hit shutout against Potomac last week. (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Tim Anderson – SS
Jacob May – DH
Courtney Hawkins – CF
Jason Coats – RF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Justin Jirschele – LF
Michael Marjama – C
Zach Voight – 3B
Myles Jaye – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• Third baseman Zach Voight crushed his first Winston-Salem homer of the season on Sunday, a two-run blast. The 23-year-old Texas native had one home run with Low-A Kannapolis before his promotion to the Dash on May 27.

• Sunday starter Frank Montas left with the lead after seven innings, but ended up with a no-decision in the setback against Lynchburg. The 21-year-old allowed three runs (one earned) in his seven frames of work, allowing five hits while striking out six.

• Second baseman Joey DeMichele has bounced back from a three-game hitless streak with back-to-back multi-hit games. The Arizona native has two-or-more hits in 12 contests this season.

• Sunday marked a rare home loss for the Dash in a game where they scored the first run. Winston-Salem is now 6-2 at BB&T Ballpark this year when plating the initial run and 16-7 overall.

• With his second-inning double on Sunday, Justin Jirschele extended his hitting streak to 11 games. That is now the longest stretch of consecutive games with a hit by a Dash player this season, surpassing the 10-game streaks from Jacob May (May 7-16) and Adam Heisler (April 26-May 10) from earlier this year.

• The Dash made a roster move today, receiving outfielder Keenyn Walker from Double-A Birmingham. As a result, Heisler has been placed on the disabled list, retroactive to Friday. Read more about it here.

• Probable starting pitcher Myles Jaye is coming off a dominant performance against Potomac last week. In his first start with Winston-Salem this season, Jaye tossed a four-hit shutout while striking out five over nine innings. He needed only 92 pitches to complete the fastest game in Minor League Baseball this season.

• Thanks to his nearly flawless outing, Jaye was named the Carolina League Pitcher of the Week for the week of May 26-June 1. He is the second straight Dash pitcher to claim the honor, after Montas received the award last week.

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 is also available on MiLB.tv.

- Dave

Game #54 Preview – Dash vs. Lynchburg

Game #54 – Home Game #27
Winston-Salem Dash (21-31) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (28-25)
Saturday, May 31 – 6 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash and Hillcats will resume the Friday night game that was suspended by rain, tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 10th inning. Saturday’s regularly scheduled game will be a nine-inning affair, beginning at 7 p.m. or a half-hour after the completion of Friday’s contest.

Justin Jirschele extended his hitting streak to nine games on Friday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Justin Jirschele extended his hitting streak to nine games on Friday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Tim Anderson – SS
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Courtney Hawkins – CF
Jason Coats – RF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Martin Medina – C
Justin Jirschele – LF
Grant Buckner – DH
Zach Voight – 3B
Tony Bucciferro – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• The Dash have tied a season-high for homers in a game on Friday, slugging three against Lynchburg. Courtney Hawkins, Keon Barnum and Jason Coats all had solo dingers. The last time Winston-Salem hit three in a game was at Salem on May 22.

• Friday marked the second extra-inning game of the season for the Dash. Winston-Salem dropped a 5-4 game against Myrtle Beach in 11 innings at BB&T Ballpark on May 7.

• With his first inning single on Friday, Justin Jirschele extended his hitting streak to nine games. The longest Dash hitting streak this season is 10 games, shared by Jacob May (May 7-16) and Adam Heisler (April 26-May 10).

• Probable starting pitcher Tony Bucciferro will look to snap a personal two-game losing streak Saturday night. In his last outing, the 24-year-old allowed four runs (three earned) in seven innings at Lynchburg last Monday. He ended up with a no-decision in the 7-6 setback against the Hillcats. The right-hander is currently 3-5 with a 4.18 ERA this season.

• Ironically, Bucciferro was the scheduled starter following the only other suspended Dash game this season. He was the winning pitcher at Frederick on May 11, tossing six frames in the back-end of the makeshift doubleheader that Winston-Salem won 3-2 in seven innings.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s games are available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 5:45 p.m., with the first pitch of the Friday game completion at 6. The entirety of Saturday’s regularly scheduled nine-inning game will be telecast live on My 48 in the Winston-Salem area.

- Dave

Game #53 Preview – Dash vs. Lynchburg

Game #53 – Home Game #26
Winston-Salem Dash (21-31) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (28-25)
Friday, May 30 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash suffered their most lopsided defeat of the season on Thursday, falling 14-4 to Potomac. Winston-Salem captured the three-game series against the P-Nats, however, and will now face a Lynchburg team that has won five straight contests.

J.B. Wendelken has pitched seven innings in each of his last two outings. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

J.B. Wendelken has pitched seven innings in each of his last two outings. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Tim Anderson – SS
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Courtney Hawkins – CF
Jason Coats – RF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Martin Medina – DH
Justin Jirschele – LF
Michael Marjama – C
Zach Voight – 3B
J.B. Wendelken – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• Potomac’s nine-run second inning was one tally shy of the largest single-inning output against Winston-Salem in the Dash era (2009-present). The P-Nats had a 10-run outburst against the Dash in the eighth inning on July 25, 2010 at BB&T Ballpark.

• With Thursday’s loss, Winston-Salem missed a chance for its 19th sweep in BB&T Ballpark history. The last time the Dash swept an opponent at home was August 24-26, 2013, taking all three games against Myrtle Beach.

• Shortstop Tim Anderson owns a four-game multi-hit streak dating back to Monday. During this stretch, the 20-year-old is 10-for-19 (.526) with a home run, four RBIs and five runs scored.

• With a 2-for-3 performance on Thursday, Justin Jirschele has at least one hit in all eight games he has played this season. The Wisconsin native is batting .542 (13-for-24) in 2014, with a double, RBI and two runs scored.

• The Dash committed four errors Thursday and now rank second in Minor League Baseball in that category, with 79 this season. Only the Fort Wayne TinCaps (Low-A, San Diego) of the Midwest League have made more defensive miscues, with 102.

• Catcher Martin Medina surpassed his 2013 RBI total on Thursday. The California native painfully drove in a run when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, giving him 15 RBIs this season. He had 14 RBIs in 55 games with the Dash last year.

• Winston-Salem has not seen much success on Fridays this season. The Dash have posted a 1-7 record, with their only victory coming in the front-end of a doubleheader against Frederick on May 16 at BB&T Ballpark.

• The Dash and Lynchburg met for the first time in 2014 at Calvin Falwell Field last weekend, with the Hillcats winning three of the four games. Dating back to the start of the 2012 season, Winston-Salem is only 17-27 (.386) against Lynchburg.

• Probable starting pitcher J.B. Wendelken will look to keep things rolling after back-to-back strong outings. The 21-year-old has pitched seven innings in each of his last two starts. Last Sunday, Wendelken suffered a tough-luck loss, allowing only two runs (one earned) and seven hits in a 2-0 setback at Lynchburg. He’s currently 4-5 with a 3.94 ERA this year.

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 is also available on MiLB.tv.

- Dave

Game #49 Preview – Dash at Lynchburg

Game #49 – Road Game #27
Winston-Salem Dash (19-29) at Lynchburg Hillcats (24-25)
Monday, May 26 – 5:05 p.m.
Calvin Falwell Field (Lynchburg, VA)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Despite seven strong innings from starting pitcher J.B. Wendelken, the Dash were blanked by Lynchburg 2-0 on Sunday afternoon. Winston-Salem will attempt to earn a split in the four-game series tonight.

Tony Bucciferro tossed a complete game in his last start. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Tony Bucciferro tossed a complete game in his last start at Salem. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Tim Anderson – SS
Jacob May – CF
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Jason Coats – DH
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Martin Medina – C
Adam Heisler – RF
Justin Jirschele – 3B
Tony Bucciferro – RHP

DASH DOTS:

J.B. Wendelken tied a career-high with seven innings pitched on Sunday, allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits while striking out eight. The 21-year-old has now tossed seven innings in back-to-back starts.

• Second baseman Joey DeMichele went 2-for-3 in Sunday’s contest, and now has base hits in 10 of his last 11 games. During that stretch, the Arizona native is batting .417 (15-for-36) with one home run, five RBIs and seven runs scored.

• Winston-Salem has been shut out seven times this season, the most in the Carolina League. During the entire 2013 season, the Dash were blanked on only six occasions.

• The Dash lost on a Sunday for only the second time this season. Winston-Salem was previously 6-1 on the first day of the week, the only day in which they have a record better than .500. Their next-most successful day is Saturday, where they have a 4-4 record.

• Dash pitchers have avoided the long ball on this road trip. Winston-Salem has not allowed a home run since last Sunday at BB&T Ballpark, when Frederick blasted two. During this stretch, Dash hitters have launched five dingers.

• Since the start of the 2012 season, the Dash have encountered problems with Lynchburg. Winston-Salem is 17-26 (.395) during this span, not including the Mills Cup Championship Series loss to the Hillcats in 2012.

• With a victory today, the Dash would clinch a winning record on this eight-game road trip. Winston-Salem is currently 4-3 during their travels, having won three-of-four at Salem prior to this series at Lynchburg.

• Pitcher Tony Bucciferro will get the ball tonight against the Hillcats. During his last outing, the right-hander went the distance in a seven-inning contest at Salem, allowing three runs (two earned) in six innings. It was the first complete game by a Dash pitcher this season, but Bucciferro ended up with the loss in a 3-2 setback against the Red Sox.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 4:50 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 5:05.

- Dave

Game #48 Preview – Dash at Lynchburg

Game #48 – Road Game #26
Winston-Salem Dash (19-28) at Lynchburg Hillcats (23-25)
Sunday, May 25 – 2:05 p.m.
Calvin Falwell Field (Lynchburg, VA)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash rallied from a two-run deficit by scoring five in the seventh inning, leading to a 5-2 victory over Lynchburg Saturday night. With the win, Winston-Salem improved to 4-2 on this eight-game road trip to Virginia.

J.B. Wendelken is coming off his best start of the year against Salem. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

J.B. Wendelken is coming off his best start of the year against Salem. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Tim Anderson – SS
Jacob May – CF
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Jason Coats – RF
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Nick Basto – DH
Keon Barnum – 1B
Michael Marjama – C
Grant Buckner – 3B
J.B. Wendelken – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• With Saturday’s comeback victory, Winston-Salem won its 400th game in the Dash era. Since the franchise changed its nickname from the Warthogs to the Dash in 2009, Winston-Salem has boasted the best record in the Carolina League, going 400-340-1 for a .541 winning percentage.

• The Dash enjoy playing on weekends this season. Winston-Salem now sports a 4-4 record on Saturdays in 2014, and they hold a 6-1 mark on Sundays. Those are the only two days of the week in which the team is .500 or better this season.

• Thanks to Saturday’s comeback win, the Dash have improved to 5-23 this year when the opponent tallies the initial run. Saturday also marked Winston-Salem’s first win away from BB&T Ballpark when the opponent opens the scoring.

• With his fourth inning double on Saturday, second baseman Joey DeMichele has at least one hit in nine of his last 10 games. During this stretch, the Arizona native is batting .393 (13-for-33) with one home run, five RBIs and seven runs scored.

• First baseman Keon Barnum had his five-game hitting streak snapped on Saturday. During that stretch, the 21-year-old batted .400 (8-for-20).

• Pitcher Tyler Danish limited Lynchburg to two runs (one earned) on four hits in five and one-third innings Saturday in his second High-A start. His overall ERA between Low-A Kannapolis and Winston-Salem this season is 1.68, the 21st-best mark in Minor League Baseball.

• Reliever Brandon Hardin notched his fourth save of the year in four opportunities Saturday. The right-hander has now made seven consecutive appearances without allowing a run, lowering his season ERA to 1.32.

• The White Sox made a roster move Sunday morning involving two Dash players. Infielder Michael Johnson has been promoted to Triple-A Charlotte and infielder Justin Jirschele has been activated from the disabled list.

• Pitcher J.B. Wendelken enters today’s game after making his best start of the season in his last outing. The 21-year-old tossed seven shutout innings at Salem on Tuesday, allowing three hits, a walk and two hit batters while striking out four. Wendelken is now 4-4 with a 4.30 ERA this season, with all four wins coming against the Red Sox.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Today’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 1:50 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 2:05.

- Dave

Game #47 Preview – Dash at Lynchburg

Game #47 – Road Game #25
Winston-Salem Dash (18-28) at Lynchburg Hillcats (23-24)
Saturday, May 24 – 6:05 p.m.
Calvin Falwell Field (Lynchburg, VA)

GAME BACKGROUND:

After grabbing an early lead, the Dash dropped the opener of a four-game series at Lynchburg, 10-4. The loss prevented Winston-Salem from its first three-game winning streak of the season.

Tyler Danish will make his second Dash start tonight at Lynchburg. (Zack Capes/W-S Dash)

Tyler Danish will make his second Dash start tonight at Lynchburg. (Zack Capes/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Tim Anderson – SS
Jacob May – CF
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Jason Coats – RF
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – DH
Michael Marjama – C
Grant Buckner – 3B
Tyler Danish – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• Winston-Salem’s next win will be the 400th in the Dash era. Since the franchise changed its nickname from the Warthogs to the Dash in 2009, Winston-Salem has boasted the best record in the Carolina League, going 399-340-1 for a .540 winning percentage.

• Friday marked the fifth time the Dash have lost this season when scoring the first run of the ballgame. They sport a 14-5 record in 2014 when denting the scoreboard first. Meanwhile, Winston-Salem is 4-23 with their opponent tallies the initial run.

• The Dash are now 6-15 in their last 21 games against Lynchburg, dating back to the start of the 2013 season. That includes a 3-8 mark at Calvin Falwell Field.

Jason Coats’ first-inning home run on Friday is the fifth Dash dinger in the last four games. This offensive explosion follows a 14-game homer drought from May 2-17. Coats now has five long balls on the season, ranking second on the team behind Courtney Hawkins (9).

• With a 2-for-4 performance Friday, first baseman Keon Barnum is riding a five-game hitting streak, batting .400 (8-for-20) during that stretch. The 21-year-old has hits in six of his last seven games, raising his season average to .194.

• Third baseman Nick Basto tallied a single and RBI on Friday. The 20-year-old is batting .355 in May (21 games), and has a .338 batting average away from BB&T Ballpark this season.

• Second baseman Joey DeMichele has at least one hit in eight of his last nine games. During that stretch, the Arizona native is hitting .400 (12-for-30) with a homer, four RBIs and seven runs scored.

• Reliever Sean Hagan tossed a season-high three innings out of the bullpen Friday, allowing only one hit while striking out three. In the process, the New York native has lowered his season ERA to 3.48.

• Pitcher Tyler Danish will be making his second start at the High-A level tonight. In his Dash debut last Sunday, the 19-year-old allowed five runs and seven hits in five innings against Frederick, finishing with a no-decision in the 7-6 Winston-Salem victory. With Low-A Kannapolis, the right-hander went 3-0 with a 0.71 ERA before his promotion on May 15.

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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