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Game #61 Preview – Dash at Carolina

Game #61 – Away Game #30
Winston-Salem Dash (25-35) at Carolina Mudcats (23-34)
Friday, June 10 – 7:00 p.m. 
Five County Stadium (Zebulon, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Starter Thad Lowry limited Carolina to one run over seven strong innings, and Gerson Montilla clubbed a home run in Winston-Salem’s 3-2 win, its fourth straight, in the first of four on Thursday at Five County Stadium. The Dash look to push their season-high winning streak to five games on Friday against the Mudcats.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Left-hander Andre Wheeler (above) and first baseman Keon Barnum were promoted to Double-A Birmingham on Friday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Hunter Jones – CF
Michael Suiter – RF
Mason Robbins – LF
Nick Basto – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Toby Thomas – 2B
Chris O’Dowd – 3B
Brett Austin – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Jordan Stephens – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Winston-Salem has rattled off four straight wins for the first time since September 1-4 of last season. The Dash have also ripped off eight victories in their last 10 games dating back to May 29, something the club had not done since the final 10 games of last year. Before this surge, Winston-Salem was a season-worst 16 games below the .500 mark (17-33). Thanks to this push, the Dash have climbed out of the basement in the Southern Division for the first time since April 24, 42 games ago.
  • Lowry continued the recent dominance for the Dash’s starting rotation. Over the last nine games, the Dash’s rotation has submitted a 1.48 ERA (12 ER in 73.0 IP), with no hurler giving up more than three runs in a start. Before this surge, the rotation’s ERA stood at 4.60. While in the midst of this stretch, Winston-Salem has posted a quality start in eight games after doing so only 16 times in the season’s first 51 affairs.
  • With his solo shot in Thursday’s first inning, Montilla pushed his team-leading home run and RBI totals to eight and 41, respectively. Montilla possesses a share of fifth place on the circuit in homers, while his 41 RBIs are good for a share of third place. Montilla has clubbed 78 homers in his nine-season Minor League career.
  • Since the Dash’s last game, two alumni have earned their first career promotions to the White Sox. Right-hander Tyler Danish made the jump on Thursday, while shortstop Tim Anderson received the call on Friday. Both Danish and Anderson were on the Dash in 2014, with Danish posting a 2.65 ERA and Anderson hitting .297 en route to an All-Star nod. Thus, 345 Winston-Salem alumni have reached the Majors, including 37 during the Dash era.
  • Marcus Davis waited until the ninth inning, but he did extend his hitting streak to 16 games with a single to center. The former Padres farmhand is hitting .277 (18-for-65) with six RBIs and six runs during the streak. Davis’ 16-game run is the longest active streak in the Carolina League.
  • Outfielders Hunter Jones and Mason Robbins saw their eight-game hitting streaks come to an end on Thursday. Jones remains second on the circuit with 69 hits, while he stands fourth in runs (44), fourth in stolen bases (25) and seventh in average (.294). Robbins entered Thursday with the league’s top average, but he fell to fifth among qualifiers (.307) after an 0-for-4 effort. Robbins had logged six straight multi-hit games.
  • Both infielder Keon Barnum (.256, 1HR, 9RBI) and left-handed reliever Andre Wheeler (2-1, 2.20 ERA) have earned their first promotions to Double-A Birmingham.
  • The Dash also received slugger Nick Basto, who was the CL’s Player of the Month for April, from Birmingham.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Friday’s game 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 #60 Preview – Dash at Carolina

Game #60 – Away Game #29
Winston-Salem Dash (24-35) at Carolina Mudcats (23-33)
Thursday, June 9 – 7:00 p.m. 
Five County Stadium (Zebulon, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem watched a four-run lead dwindle down to one, but the Dash held off Wilmington 5-4 in Tuesday’s homestand finale at BB&T Ballpark. After a league-wide day off on Wednesday, Winston-Salem now begins a four-game set against the Carolina Mudcats on Thursday at Five County Stadium.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Thad Lowry goes for his fourth win in five decisions on Thursday night against the Mudcats (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Hunter Jones – CF
Mason Robbins – LF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Toby Thomas – 2B
Brett Austin– C
Michael Suiter – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Thad Lowry – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Tuesday’s victory clinched a 5-2 homestand for the Dash, who entered the week-long stay at BB&T Ballpark with the worst home mark in the Minor Leagues (5-19). Winston-Salem won both series of the homestand (two of three from Carolina and three of four from Wilmington). The Dash’s rotation logged three nine-inning complete game shutouts after Winston-Salem pitchers had only accomplished this five other times in the Dash era (2009-present).
  • Righty Brandon Brennan, who was responsible for two of those complete game shutouts, earned a promotion to Double-A Birmingham on Wednesday. He became the first Minor League pitcher to string together back-to-back nine-inning complete games since Dillon Gee did it on July 28 and August 3 of 2015 while with Las Vegas (Triple-A, Mets). In a corresponding move, lefty Tanner Banks, a South Atlantic League All-Star, has joined the Dash from Low-A Kannapolis.
  • Over the last eight games, the Dash’s rotation has submitted a 1.50 ERA (11 ER in 66.0 IP), with no hurler giving up more than three runs in a start. Before this surge, the rotation’s ERA stood at 4.60. On Tuesday, Matt Cooper fell one out shy of recording the Dash’s seventh quality start in as many tries on the homestand.
  • Cooper struck out six Blue Rocks during his 5.2-inning outing on Tuesday, which pushed his 2016 strikeout total to 92. The former University of Hawaii star stands atop the Minor Leagues in strikeouts by 13 over second-place Jacob Faria of Montgomery (Double-A, Tampa Bay). In his first professional season as a starter, Cooper has struck out 11.4 batters per nine innings, and he has whiffed at least five in all 12 starts.
  • Thanks to his RBI single in the first inning of Tuesday’s win, infielder Marcus Davis pushed his hitting streak to 15 games, the longest streak by a Dash hitter in 2016. Davis is hitting .279 (17-for-61) with six RBIs and six runs during the streak. Not only is this the longest active run in the Carolina League, but it is the fourth-longest current streak in the Minors. This is the best hit streak by a Dash hitter since current Oakland Athletic Marcus Semien strung together an 18-game surge from April 23 to May 12 of 2012.
  • Dash outfielder Mason Robbins has ripped off six consecutive multi-hit games dating back to May 30. During this run, Robbins is hitting .542 (13-for-24), pushing his overall mark to a Carolina League-leading .314. Robbins has hit safely in eight straight games, tied for the longest run of his 2016 campaign. Fellow outfielder Hunter Jones, who is tied for the top spot in the CL in hits (69) is the only other Dash hitter in the top 10 among qualifiers in average (.297; seventh).
  • The Dash rallied to take two of three from the Mudcats at BB&T Ballpark last Wednesday to Friday, when Winston-Salem limited Carolina to just six runs.
  • The Dash own an all-time record of 19-23 (.452) at Five County Stadium, the home of the Mudcats.
  • Thursday starter Thad Lowry posted season-lows in earned runs (1) and hits (2) in his victorious start against the Mudcats on Friday at BB&T Ballpark.

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 7:00 p.m.

-Joe

Game #59 Preview – Dash vs. Wilmington

Game #59 – Home Game #31
Winston-Salem Dash (23-35) vs. Wilmington Blue Rocks (19-36)
Tuesday, June 7 – 7:00 p.m. 
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

For the second straight game, a Winston-Salem starter tossed a complete game shutout. Righty Brandon Brennan scattered nine hits in the Dash’s 6-0 win over Wilmington on Monday at BB&T Ballpark. Brennan needed 103 pitches to get through his second consecutive complete game after Spencer Adams tossed all nine in Sunday’s 4-0 win. The Dash go for their second consecutive series win at home on Tuesday against Wilmington.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Brandon Brennan tossed his second consecutive nine-inning complete game on Monday (Jody Stewart/ W-S Dash).

Hunter Jones – CF
Mason Robbins – LF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Toby Thomas – 2B
Brett Austin– C
Michael Suiter – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Matt Cooper – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Brennan became the first Minor League pitcher to string together back-to-back complete games since Dillon Gee accomplished the feat on July 28 and August 3 of 2015 while with Las Vegas (Triple-A, Mets). Only two Major Leaguers have ripped off two complete games in a row this season–White Sox ace Chris Sale and Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto. Five days before Monday’s shutout, Brennan suffered a tough-luck defeat after giving up three runs in nine innings against Carolina on Wednesday.
  • Before this recent surge of three nine-inning complete games on the homestand, Winston-Salem had only churned out five in the first six-plus seasons of the Dash era (2009-present). A Dash hurler had not accomplished the feat since July 20, 2014, when Tony Bucciferro tossed a one-hit gem at Frederick.
  • Winston-Salem starters have logged at least eight innings in six of the club’s last 10 contests. Over the last seven games, the Dash’s rotation has submitted a 1.34 earned run average (9 ER in 60.1 IP), with no hurler giving up more than three runs in a start. Wilmington’s aggressive offensive approach has helped the Dash’s duo of Adams and Brennan finish the last two games. Adams needed just 91 pitches, while Brennan fired 103, meaning that they needed just 2.9 pitches per plate appearance in the two games.
  • Tuesday starter Matt Cooper will attempt to continue Winston-Salem’s ridiculous tear on the mound. Cooper netted the CL’s Pitcher of the Week honor for last week after blanking Carolina over eight innings on Thursday, during which he whiffed 11. Cooper, who has punched out 23 in his last two outings, boasts the highest strikeout total in Minor League Baseball with 86, nine more than the next-closest challenger. The former University of Hawaii star has struck out 11.6 batters per nine innings (86 K in 67.0 IP).
  • Dash infielder Marcus Davis has hit safely in 14 consecutive games, the longest streak by a Dash hitter in 2016. He received just his third day off in 2016 on Monday. Davis is hitting .281 (16-for-57) with five RBIs and six runs during the streak. Not only is this the longest active run in the Carolina League, but it owns a share of fifth place on the circuit all season long. A Dash hitter has not posted a hitting streak of 15 or more games since 2012, when both Nick Ciolli (15) and Marcus Semien (18) did so in the first half.
  • BB&T Ballpark, the home of the Dash, has been named the “Best of the Ballparks” at the Class A-Advanced level through a fan vote on Ballpark Digest’s website. BB&T Ballpark bested Salem’s LewisGale Field in the final round by snagging 61.8 percent of the fan vote. A five-seed at the beginning of the contest, BB&T Ballpark won all five rounds by at least 10 percent, including two wins over CL facilities (Salem and Potomac).
  • Winston-Salem has clinched its first winning homestand of the season, and the club can guarantee its second straight home series victory with a win Tuesday.
  • Following this finale and a league-wide off day Wednesday, the Dash hit the road for four against Carolina and three in Wilmington.
  • Cleuluis Rondon had not gone deep since June 27, 2015, when he laced a homer Monday.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tuesday’s game 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 #58 Preview – Dash vs. Wilmington

Game #58 – Home Game #30
Winston-Salem Dash (22-35) vs. Wilmington Blue Rocks (19-35)
Monday, June 6 – 7:00 p.m. 
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Right-hander Spencer Adams tossed a nine-inning complete game shutout in the Dash’s 4-0 victory over Wilmington on Sunday afternoon at BB&T Ballpark. Adams needed just 91 pitches to blast through his longest professional outing, during which he scattered eight hits and struck out two. The Dash now look to secure their first above .500 homestand this season on Monday against the Blue Rocks.

STARTING LINEUP:

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On Sunday, Spencer Adams tossed the first complete game shutout for a Dash pitcher since July 20, 2014. (Jody Stewart/ W-S Dash).

Hunter Jones – CF
Michael Suiter – RF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Toby Thomas – 2B
Mason Robbins – LF
Brett Austin– C
Zach Fish – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Brandon Brennan – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Adams churned out the first nine-inning complete game shutout by a Dash hurler in almost two years. Fellow righty Tony Bucciferro took a no-hitter into the ninth inning but settled for a one-hit shutout at Frederick on July 20, 2014. In the Dash era (2009-present), Winston-Salem has recorded seven nine-inning complete games, with two of them coming on this homestand. Brandon Brennan returns to the hill on Monday for the first time since his nine-inning loss versus Carolina on Wednesday (3-0 the final).

  • Less than a month ago, Adams had never worked more than seven innings in a Minor League start, but he has logged at least eight frames in three of his last five outings dating back to May 14. His overall innings total of 74.0 innings stands atop the Carolina League and is third-best in all of Minor League Baseball. Only Jason Wheeler of Rochester (76.2) and fellow White Sox farmhand Tyler Danish (75.1) has accumulated more innings than Adams in 2016.

  • Winston-Salem starters have logged at least eight innings in five of the club’s last nine contests. During the last seven games, the Dash’s rotation has submitted a 1.58 earned run average (9 ER in 51.1 IP), with no hurler giving up more than three runs in a start.

  • Dash infielder Marcus Davis continued his hitting streak with a first-inning RBI double to the wall in left field. Davis has now hit safely in 14 consecutive games, the longest streak by a Dash hitter in 2016. Davis is hitting .281 (16-for-57) with five RBIs and six runs scored. Not only is this the longest active hitting streak in the Carolina League, but it owns a share of fifth place on the circuit all season long. A Dash hitter has not posted a hitting streak of 15 or more games since 2012, when both Nick Ciolli (15) and Marcus Semien (18) did so in the first half.

  • While Winston-Salem did win Sunday’s contest, the club did suffer a loss that will be attributed to Saturday night. Wilmington plated four in the top of the ninth against Manny Martinez to claim the suspended series opener. The game was suspended in the top of the eighth inning after rain soaked BB&T Ballpark.

  • BB&T Ballpark, the home of the Dash, has been named the “Best of the Ballparks” at the Class A-Advanced level through a fan vote on Ballpark Digest’s website. BB&T Ballpark bested Salem’s LewisGale Field in the final round by snagging 61.8 percent of the fan vote. A five-seed at the beginning of the contest, BB&T Ballpark won all five rounds by at least 10 percent, including two wins over CL facilities (Salem and Potomac).

  • Before Wilmington’s four-run ninth inning against Martinez, Winston-Salem’s bullpen had ripped off 14.2 consecutive scoreless innings over its previous eight games.

  • The Dash have won five of their last seven games after losing five in a row from May 24-28.

  • With a base hit on Sunday, Hunter Jones remained two knocks behind Potomac’s Andrew Stevenson (68) for the top spot in the Carolina League.

  • Matt Cooper was named the CL’s Pitcher of the Week after tossing eight shutout frames on Thursday (12 strikeouts).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Monday’s game 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

Dash Top 10 – #8: Peter’s 14-game hitting streaks

The Winston-Salem Dash’s 2015 season is in the books, and Dash fans enjoyed many incredible moments. We whittled them down to this year’s Dash Top 10, which we will unveil over the next two weeks.

Previous moments:
#10 – Four-homer outburst sinks Salem
#9 – Fulmer debuts with Winston-Salem

Moment #8 – June 5-July 5
Peter records a pair of 14-game hit streaks

Jake Peter was a hitting machine for Winston-Salem, especially in the middle of the season (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Jake Peter was a hitting machine for Winston-Salem, especially in the middle of the season (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

This is not exactly a moment, but Jake Peter accomplished something special during the middle of the season. For a month, Peter was “Mr. Automatic” offensively.

During this 29-game stretch, Peter hit .351 with 16 RBIs and 19 runs scored in 29 games. He hit safely in the first 14 games. Following a single-game hitless drought, the former Creighton star rattled off 14 more games with at least one knock.

If anything, the one “moment” from this run came during the hitless game. On June 18 against Salem, Peter went 0-for-3 in five at bats, though he drove in both of the Dash’s runs that evening! Even when he did not muster a hit, the infielder was a valuable member of the lineup.

Sure enough, Peter said this after the game: “I would have liked to get a few more games, but the bright side of it is I can start a new streak tomorrow.” He did just that.

Sometimes, one cannot truly appreciate a streak until some context is added. Sure, a 14-game hit streak is not the longest you will ever see. It was, however, the best a Dash hitter had recorded since Marcus Semien, now in the Majors with Oakland, strung together an 18-game run in May of 2012.

Consider, too, that Winston-Salem had not yet turned into the powerhouse that it would become as the second half progressed. During these 29 games, the Dash amassed only 105 runs, or 3.6 per game. Peter was responsible for about a third of them.

By the end of the season, Peter was near the top of many offensive categories within the Carolina League, and he was named a Year-End All-Star. His remarkable month-long surge was a big reason why.

Speaking of awards, be sure to stay tuned for our seventh-best memory of 2015.

– Brian

Game #64 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #64 – Home Game #29
Winston-Salem Dash (27-35) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (36-26)
Monday, June 15 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Jake Peter’s go-ahead double in the ninth Sunday extended his hitting streak to 17 games and propelled the Dash to a 5-2 series-clinching victory over the Carolina Mudcats. Winston-Salem begins a week-long homestand Monday with the start of a three-game series with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.

Brian Clark's three hitless innings of relief Sunday earned him the win. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Brian Clark’s three hitless innings of relief Sunday earned him the win. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Toby Thomas – 3B
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
T.J. Williams – DH
Michael Suiter – LF
Brandon Brennan – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Peter’s 17-game hit streak is the longest by a Carolina Leaguer in 2015 by four games. Since May 27, the pride of Mason City, Iowa, is 22-for-64 (.344) with 11 RBIs and 15 runs scored. Among active streaks in Minor League Baseball, Peter’s 17-game run is tied for the third-longest. A pair of Eastern League hitters (Altoona’s Willy Garcia and New Hampshire’s Dalton Pompey) are riding 19-game streaks into Monday’s action. Peter had posted a hit in the first in three straight games before Sunday’s ninth-frame save.
  • Peter’s 17-game hit streak is the longest by a Winston hitter since current Oakland infielder Marcus Semien recorded an 18-game run in 2012. In the Dash era (2009-present), Peter’s current surge is tied for the fifth-best hit streak.
  • For the fourth time this season, Winston-Salem claimed a victory in its last at-bat on Sunday. The Dash’s first three came against Salem. The Dash have suffered seven last at-bat defeats. Still, the club has not earned a walk-off victory.
  • After missing the first 63 games of the Dash’s season due to injury, right-hander Brandon Brennan will make his 2015 debut on Monday night. Brennan takes the place of Jake Cose in the rotation. Cose will now pitch out of the Dash’s bullpen. A year ago, Brennan made 14 appearances over three levels (Great Falls, Kannapolis and Winston-Salem) as he worked back from Tommy John surgery. In his six starts with the Dash to complete the season, Brennan went 2-0 with a 2.93 ERA (22 K in 30.2 IP).
  • The Dash’s bullpen was outstanding in the club’s two victories in Zebulon this weekend. After Jordan Guerrero’s ejection on Saturday, three relievers (Euclides LeyerBrad Goldberg and Peter Tago) combined to give up just one run on five hits over six innings. Brian Clark and Michael Ynoa one-upped this trio in the rubber tilt, combining to keep Carolina hitless in four frames.
  • Trey Michalczewski is day-to-day with an unspecified injury. Before sitting out the final two games of the series in Carolina, Michalczewski had started every game of the season for the Dash.
  • To make room for Brennan on the roster, the White Sox announced Monday that right-hander Jose Brito has been assigned to Low-A Kannapolis. In his 16 efforts with the Dash, Brito charted a 2-3 record and a 4.66 earned run average.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Monday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 7 p.m.

– Scott

Game #63 Preview – Dash at Carolina

Game #63 – Road Game #35
Winston-Salem Dash (26-35) at Carolina Mudcats (30-31)
Sunday, June 14 – 6 p.m.
Five County Stadium (Zebulon, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash snapped an eight-game road losing streak Saturday by upending the Mudcats 6-2. Sunday’s rubber match is the final road game of the first half for Winston-Salem.

Chris Jacobs drove in two Saturday in Winston's 6-2 victory. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Chris Jacobs drove in two Saturday in Winston’s 6-2 victory. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Jeremy Dowdy – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Toby Thomas – 3B
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Suiter – LF
Ethan Wilson – DH
Robinson Leyer – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • The Dash’s gritty win overshadowed infielder Jake Peter, who pushed his hitting streak to 16 games with a first-inning single. This hit streak represents the longest by a Carolina Leaguer in 2015. Since May 27, the former seventh-round pick is 21-for-59 (.356) with 10 RBIs and 14 runs. Among active streaks in Minor League Baseball, Peter’s 16-game run is the fourth-longest. There has been little drama for Peter, who has come up with a hit in the first inning in three consecutive games.
  • Peter’s 16-game hit streak is the longest by a Winston hitter since current Oakland infielder Marcus Semien recorded an 18-game run from April 23 to May 12 of 2012. In the Dash era (2009-present), Peter’s current 16-game surge is the sixth-longest hit streak. Brandon Short boasts the longest run by a Dash hitter, a 26-gamer from April 11 to May 8 of 2010.
  • After going 1-for-30 with men in scoring position in their previous four games, the Dash were 4-for-11 on Saturday night. Adam Engel, who is now tied for second in the CL in stolen bases at 25, ripped off a pair of swipes after just three in his previous 24 games. Cleuluis Rondon posted his first multi-hit game since May 7.
  • Before Saturday’s victory, the Dash had dropped eight consecutive road games dating back to May 23. This is tied for the worst road losing streak of the Dash era (2009-present). Winston-Salem also dropped eight in a row away from the Triad in August of 2014. The franchise has not endured a longer road skid since August 10-22, 2006, when the Warthogs dropped nine straight road games. During this losing streak, the Dash were outscored 47-23, and they failed to surpass three runs in all but two games.
  • Winston-Salem infielder Trey Michalczewski enjoyed his first off day of 2015 on Saturday. Michalczewski had started in all of the Dash’s first 60 games. He is second in the Carolina League with 39 RBIs, trailing only Lynchburg slugger Nellie Rodriguez (50). Now, the only Dash player to play in every game this season is outfielder Adam Engel, who is the only player on the circuit to play in every inning for his team.
  • Following Sunday’s rubber match, the Dash will return to the Triad for a week-long homestand, which includes the conclusion of the suspended game on June 2 against Salem.
  • In his last start Tuesday against Wilmington, Robinson Leyer posted his second career professional complete game (7IP, 3R, 6H).
  • Before Saturday, a member of the Dash had only been ejected four times.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Sunday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 5:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 6 p.m.

– Scott

Game #62 Preview – Dash at Carolina

Game #62 – Road Game #34
Winston-Salem Dash (25-35) at Carolina Mudcats (30-30)
Saturday, June 13 – 6 p.m.
Five County Stadium (Zebulon, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem took an early 2-0 lead, but the Mudcats scored eight unanswered runs Friday to take the series opener 8-2. The Dash will try to snap an eight-game road losing skid Saturday.

Jake Peter extended his hitting streak Friday to a Carolina League-high 15 games. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Jake Peter extended his hitting streak Friday to a Carolina League-high 15 games. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Jeremy Dowdy – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Toby Thomas – 3B
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Suiter – LF
Ethan Wilson – DH
Jordan Guerrero – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • In the losing effort, Winston-Salem infielder Jake Peter pushed his hitting streak to 15 games with a first-inning double. This hit streak represents the longest by a Carolina Leaguer in 2015. Since May 27, the former seventh-round pick is 20-for-55 (.364) with 10 RBIs and 13 runs. Among active streaks in the Minor Leagues, Peter’s 15-game run is the fourth-longest. Three men, including former big league outfielder and Tacoma Rainier Franklin Gutierrez, have hit safely in 17 consecutive games.
  • Peter’s 15-game hit streak is the longest by a Winston hitter since current Oakland infielder Marcus Semien recorded an 18-game run from April 23 to May 12 of 2012. In the Dash era (2009-present), Peter’s current 14-game surge is tied for the sixth-longest hit streak. Brandon Short boasts the longest run by a Dash hitter, a 26-gamer from April 11 to May 8 of 2010.
  • While Peter has been outstanding, the team as a whole has labored in run-scoring chances. The Dash went hitless in nine at-bats with men in scoring position in Friday’s loss. In their last four games, Winston-Salem is 1-for-30 with runners in scoring position. As a club, the Dash hit .244 in such situations. Winston-Salem is behind every Carolina League outfit in this category save fellow last-place Potomac (.237).
  • The Dash have dropped eight consecutive road games dating back to May 23. This is tied for the worst road losing streak of the Dash era (2009-present). Winston-Salem also dropped eight in a row away from the Triad in August of 2014. The franchise has not endured a longer road skid since August 10-22, 2006, when the Warthogs dropped nine straight road games. During this losing streak, the Dash have been outscored 47-23, and they have failed to surpass three runs in all but two of their games.
  • Dash third baseman Trey Michalczewski drove home his 39th RBI in Friday’s first inning. He is second in the CL in RBIs, trailing only Lynchburg slugger Nellie Rodriguez (48). Since May 5, Michalczewski has amassed 31 RBIs, which are good for a share of 10th in all of Minor League Baseball during this span. Only Rodriguez (32) has more among Carolina Leaguers.
  • The Dash’s last four victories have come by exactly one run, while three of their last six losses have been decided by five or more runs.
  • Left-hander Jordan Guerrero will make his second High-A start on Saturday. He whiffed the first five he faced in his Dash debut on Sunday, though he did give up four runs in five-plus innings.
  • With Friday’s loss, the Dash have been eliminated from first-half postseason contention.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Saturday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 5:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 6 p.m.

– Scott

Opening Day roster breakdown

The Dash just released their 2015 Opening Day roster, so let’s delve a little deeper into some of the names to know for the upcoming season:

CJ Beatty was with Winston-Salem for a brief time in 2014 (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

CJ Beatty was with Winston-Salem for a brief time in 2014 (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Winston-Salem Natives:
OF C.J. Beatty & INF Chris Jacobs

Last season, Beatty became the first Winston-Salem native to suit up for the club in the Dash era. The outgoing Beatty is back for more at BB&T Ballpark this summer, and he will be joined by Jacobs, another Winston-Salem native.

Both players have taken a winding road to get to this point. Beatty was originally drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals back in 2009 before being released by the organization following the 2010 season. The North Carolina A&T product spent four seasons in various independent leagues before hooking on with the Chicago White Sox in 2014. Meanwhile, Jacobs was a 2007 selection of the Los Angeles Dodgers and played seven seasons in their system before getting released this winter and signing with the White Sox.

The Corner Mashers:
INF Keon Barnum & INF Trey Michalczewski

Two of the Dash’s main power sources in 2015 figure to come from the corners of their infield. Both Barnum (supplemental first round, 2012) and Michalczewski (7th, 2013) were highly drafted by the White Sox coming out of high school. The Dash are hoping each player can build off their 2014 campaign, when the pair combined to drive in 135 runs. The switch-hitting Michalczewski was ranked by MLB.com as the eighth-best prospect in the White Sox organization, while the lefty-swinging Barnum is 29th.

Returning Relievers:
RHP Brad Goldberg, LHP Sean Hagan, RHP Zach Isler, LHP Jefferson Olacio

Dash pitchers fanned the most opposing batters (1,087) in the Carolina League last season, and at least four of them will be back with the club in a bullpen role in 2015. Pitching coach J.R. Perdew also returns for a fourth consecutive season. Since Perdew rejoined Winston-Salem for his third tenure with the franchise in 2012, the club possesses a team earned run average of 3.85, which is third-best in the Carolina League during that span.

Why Walk?
RHP Tony Bucciferro & RHP James Dykstra

Speaking of returning pitchers, both Bucciferro and Dykstra come back to the Dash in 2015. If either right-hander is on the mound, expect opponents to try to swing away; the duo combined for 140 strikeouts against just 22 walks last year with Winston-Salem. The ability of each to pound the strike zone and pitch efficiently should help rest the bullpen and keep arms fresh throughout the year.

A 2012 Bounce-back?
LHP Matt Heidenreich & OF Keenyn Walker

Both Heidenreich and Walker turned in promising seasons for the Dash back in 2012. The pair are hoping that starting the 2015 campaign in Winston-Salem can help both them and the club rekindle the magic of 2012, when the Dash went 87-51 and finished 13.5 games better than any other team in the Carolina League. Heidenreich, a 2009 fourth-round pick, and Walker, a 2011 supplemental first rounder, both have the talent to make it happen.

The 2014 Draft Class:
LHP Brian ClarkLHP Jace Fry INF Jake Peter

Three members of the White Sox 2014 draft class will open the season with a full-season club for the first time. Clark and Fry figure to be critical on the pitching side, while Peter should open the year as the Dash’s starting second baseman. How the trio adjusts to the rigors of a 140-game schedule will be key to how much success Winston-Salem enjoys in 2015.

The Brother:
RHP Robinson Leyer

Euclides Leyer pitched in 34 games for the Dash a year ago, but in 2015, it’s up to his brother Robinson to carry on the family name in a Winston-Salem uniform. When you might see the name “Leyer” on the back of the Dash uniforms, however, may be slightly different this season. Euclides worked only as a reliever with the Dash, while Robinson has been a starter throughout his professional career, something that will continue with the Dash in 2015.

The New Guy:
RHP Michael Ynoa

One of the newest members in the entire White Sox organization is Ynoa, who was packaged along with big league RHP Jeff Samardzija in the December trade that sent Dash alums INF Marcus Semien, RHP Chris Bassitt, C Josh Phegley and INF Rangel Ravelo from Chicago to Oakland. Ynoa received the largest contract the A’s had ever given out ($4.25 million) in 2008 and was ranked a top 100 prospect twice before injuries derailed his career. Maybe a fresh start in a new organization is what it takes to get the talented right-hander back on track.

Familiar Fielding Faces:
OF Nick Basto, OF Adam Engel, INF Justin Jirschele & INF Cleuluis Rondon

This group helps makes up nine of the 10 infielders and outfielders on the Dash’s Opening Day roster who played for the club last season. How they are able to use their past experience in the Carolina League will be crucial to determining if the Dash can return to the postseason.

The Catching Duo:
C Omar Narvaez & C Jeremy Dowdy

The 2014 Dash Opening Day roster featured three backstops, so playing time for both Narvaez and Dowdy should be easier to find than the 2014 trio had last year. It will be interesting to see how much manager Tim Esmay platoons the pair if they are both able to get ample rest, as Narvaez bats from the left side while Dowdy is a right-handed hitter.

The Intriguing Southpaw:
LHP Andre Wheeler

Wheeler didn’t pitch full-time until his final year at Texas Tech in 2013 but has steadily put up impressive numbers in his first two professional seasons. Originally drafted as an outfielder by the Dodgers out of high school, Wheeler can be a crucial part of the 2015 Dash if he continues to build on his success pounding the strike zone with his high-voltage stuff.

The Tall Guys:
RHP Jose Brito & LHP Jefferson Olacio

At six-foot-seven, both Brito and Olacio share the distinction of being the tallest players on the Opening Day roster. The height of both hurlers may be the same, but how they pitch is completely different. The 210-pound Brito is a finesse pitcher, hoping to lure opponents into chopping the ball into the ground, while the 295-pound Olacio tries to overpower opposing batters.

Stay tuned for a preview of the season opener in Frederick on Thursday!

– Scott

The other side of the Samardzija trade

Most White Sox fans are thrilled about the proceedings at the Winter Meetings. The Sox have been the “it” team of the week thus far by signing Yankees closer David Robertson and trading for Oakland righty Jeff Samardzija.

Within the latter of those two transactions, the White Sox had to surrender some significant talent. On behalf of the entire Dash organization, I would like to wish good luck to the four players included in the blockbuster deal: right-handed pitcher Chris Bassitt, catcher Josh Phegley and infielders Rangel Ravelo and Marcus Semien.

All four of these players spent a significant amount of time in Winston-Salem and were tremendous both on and off the field. Even though they are no longer members of the White Sox system, I hope Dash and Sox fans continue to root for them in Oakland.

Here are some thoughts from Twitter as this deal came to be:

Some players in the White Sox system weighed in as well:

Indeed, good luck to those who are now Athletics. Winston-Salem fans will be tracking your careers.

– Brian

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