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Game #122 Preview – Dash vs. Lynchburg

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

GAME BACKGROUND:

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

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

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

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Michael Marjama – 1B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Nick Basto – DH
Omar Narvaez – C
Jake Peter – 2B
Keenyn Walker – RF
Brandon Brennan – RHP

DASH DOTS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game will be broadcast live on 600 AM-WSJS in the Winston-Salem area, as is the case with every Thursday game throughout the season. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 7. Every Dash home game can be viewed on MiLB.tv.

- Dave

Game #121 Preview – Dash vs. Lynchburg

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

GAME BACKGROUND:

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

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

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

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

- Dave

Game #120 Preview – Dash vs. Lynchburg

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

GAME BACKGROUND:

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

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

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

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

- Dave

Coats’ MVP case

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

- Brian

Game #119 Preview – Dash at Lynchburg

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

GAME BACKGROUND:

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

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

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

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

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

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

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

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

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

- Dave

Game #118 Preview – Dash at Lynchburg

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

GAME BACKGROUND:

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

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

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

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

- Dave

Game #117 Preview – Dash at Lynchburg

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

GAME BACKGROUND:

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

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

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

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

- Dave

Game #113 Preview – Dash vs. Lynchburg

Game #113 – Home Game #59
Winston-Salem Dash (23-20, 53-59) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (21-21, 55-57)
Sunday, August 3 – 5 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash used a five-run third inning to propel them to the lead and held on for a 5-4 victory over Lynchburg on Saturday night. Winston-Salem leads the Southern Division by one game as they go for a sweep of the Hillcats.

Tyler Danish had a 3-1 record and 1.10 ERA in six July starts. (Dan Barber/W-S Dash)

Tyler Danish had a 3-1 record and 1.10 ERA in six July starts. (Dan Barber/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Keenyn Walker – CF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Jason Coats – RF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Zach Voight – DH
Michael Marjama – C
Justin Jirschele – 3B
Tyler Danish – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• Second baseman Joey DeMichele went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple, two RBIs and a run scored on Saturday. The Arizona native now has hits in six of his last seven games and has registered 23 multi-hit games this season.

• Outfielder Jason Coats tallied his 67th RBI of the season with a third-inning sacrifice fly on Saturday. The 24-year-old ranks fourth in the Carolina League in RBIs, while teammate Courtney Hawkins is second with 69.

• Right-hander Brandon Brennan won his High-A debut on Saturday, allowing two runs and six hits in five innings. The California native struck out three Lynchburg batters and walked three.

• The Dash are alone in first place for the first time since June 27, when they were 6-3 in the second half Southern Division standings.

• The Dash will try to earn their third series sweep of the season and second at BB&T Ballpark. Winston-Salem took all three games at Frederick from June 25-27 and swept a rain-shortened two-game series against Wilmington at home in mid-June.

• Winston-Salem has won four of the last five meetings with Lynchburg at BB&T Ballpark. The Hillcats own the overall season series lead against the Dash, however, having won seven of 13 matchups.

• The Dash made a roster move prior to tonight’s game. Third baseman Nick Basto has been placed on the disabled list and infielder Zach Voight was recalled from Low-A Kannapolis.

• Right-hander Tyler Danish will try to pitch the Dash to a series sweep tonight. During his most recent outing against Frederick last Tuesday, the 19-year-old tossed five scoreless innings and struck out six. He earned the win in the 4-0 win over the Keys.

• Danish is coming off a spectacular July. In six outings last month, the righty went 3-1 with a 1.10 ERA in 32.2 innings of work. Overall, Danish is 4-2 with a 3.10 ERA in 12 starts with the Dash since his mid-May promotion from Low-A Kannapolis.

• 2014 first-round draft pick Carlos Rodon is scheduled to pitch out of the bullpen for the Dash tonight. During his High-A debut last Wednesday against Frederick, the former NC State star threw one inning in relief, allowing two runs and one hit while striking out three and walking two.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

This evening’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 4:45 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 5. Every Dash home game can be viewed on MiLB.tv.

- Dave

Game #112 Preview – Dash vs. Lynchburg

Game #112 – Home Game #58
Winston-Salem Dash (22-20, 52-59) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (21-20, 55-56)
Saturday, August 2 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash overcame rainy conditions and a 40-minute delay at the outset of Friday night’s contest, defeating Lynchburg 3-2 in the series opener. Jason Coats’ eighth-inning RBI double proved to be the difference.

Jason Coats had the go-ahead double in Friday's series opener. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Jason Coats had the go-ahead double in Friday’s series opener. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Keenyn Walker – CF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Jason Coats – RF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Nick Basto – DH
Michael Marjama – C
Justin Jirschele – 3B
Brandon Brennan – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• The Dash won for the ninth time in their last at-bat this season. Winston-Salem has emerged victorious seven times at BB&T Ballpark in its last at-bat, including three walk-offs.

• With his go-ahead double on Friday, outfielder Jason Coats maintained third place in the Carolina League in two-baggers with 31, just one off the league lead. The Texas native’s 66 RBIs rank fourth in the circuit.

• Outfielder Jacob May extended his hitting streak to six games with an eighth-inning single. During this stretch, the Ohio native is batting .360 (9-for-25). May is now tied for second in the Carolina League in runs scored with 65.

• Catcher Omar Narvaez had two singles and two runs scored on Friday. The 22-year-old has reached base in 24 of 29 games played with the Dash this season.

• Right-hander Raul Fernandez retired all seven batters he faced on Friday, with three strikeouts. The 24-year-old, who was claimed off waivers from Colorado on July 21, earned his first win as a member of the Dash.

• The Dash are enjoying a share of first place in the Southern Division for the first time since July 8. Winston-Salem has been in sole possession of first just once all season, after a 5-2 win over Frederick on June 27.

• Winston-Salem has won three of the last four meetings with Lynchburg at BB&T Ballpark. The Hillcats own the overall season series lead against the Dash, however, having won seven of 12 matchups.

• Right-hander Brandon Brennan will make his first High-A start tonight. The 23-year-old started the year with short-season Great Falls, going 1-1 with a 3.20 ERA before making three starts with Low-A Kannapolis, where he posted a 2-0 record and 2.55 ERA. The California native was promoted to Winston-Salem on July 31.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game will be telecast live in the Winston-Salem area on My 48, beginning at 7 p.m. The contest is also available live on wsdash.com/broadcast, with the Pregame Dash starting at 6:45 p.m.

- Dave

Game #111 Preview – Dash vs. Lynchburg

Game #111 – Home Game #57
Winston-Salem Dash (21-20, 51-59) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (21-19, 55-55)
Friday, August 1 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash lost a heartbreaker in the series finale against Frederick on Thursday, coming within one out of a win before ultimately falling, 9-7. Winston-Salem opens a three-game series against Lynchburg tonight.

Nick Basto scored a career-high four runs in Thursday's game. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Nick Basto scored a career-high four runs in Thursday’s game. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Jacob May – CF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Jason Coats – RF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Nick Basto – 3B
Omar Narvaez – C
Keenyn Walker – DH
James Dykstra – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• Outfielder Jacob May tallied two doubles and scored a run in Thursday’s game. The 22-year-old now has 30 two-baggers on the season, tying him with teammate Jason Coats for third in the Carolina League.

• Third baseman Nick Basto went 2-for-3 with a single, homer and two RBIs on Thursday, while also scoring a career-high four runs. The 20-year-old now has six round-trippers this season, with five coming during the last month.

• Second baseman Joey DeMichele extended his hitting streak to five games with a second-inning triple on Thursday. The Arizona native now has hits in seven of his last eight games.

• The Dash came up short of notching their third sweep of the season and second at BB&T Ballpark. Winston-Salem captured all three games at Frederick from June 25-27 and swept a rain-shortened two-game series against Wilmington in mid-June.

• The Dash suffered only their third loss at BB&T Ballpark this season when scoring six or more runs. Winston-Salem has a 16-3 mark at home when putting at least a half-dozen runs on the scoreboard and they’re 23-9 overall.

• The Dash made a couple of roster moves earlier today. Left-hander Ben Brewster was promoted to Winston-Salem from Low-A Kannapolis, while right-hander Dave Putman goes to the Intimidators after making six appearances with the Dash.

• The Dash and Hillcats have met 11 times this season, with Lynchburg winning seven times. The teams split a four-game series at BB&T Ballpark from May 30-June 2.

• Right-hander Lucas Sims will pitch the series opener tonight for Lynchburg. The 20-year-old is considered by Baseball America to be the top prospect in the Atlanta minor league system. This season, Sims is 7-9 with a 4.56 ERA.

• Right-hander James Dykstra will get the ball for the Dash tonight. During his most recent outing at Wilmington on Sunday, the 23-year-old pitched eight strong innings, allowing one run and five hits while striking out eight. He earned the win in the 6-1 Dash victory. Since his promotion from Low-A Kannapolis in mid-July, Dykstra is 2-0 with 3.05 ERA.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

- Dave

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