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Game #44 Preview – Dash at Salem

Game #44 – Road Game #27
Winston-Salem Dash (18-25) at Salem Red Sox (21-22)
Sunday, May 24 – 4:05 p.m.
LewisGale Field (Salem, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem led 3-1 going to the seventh, but three late errors Saturday allowed the Salem Red Sox to comeback and walk-off with a 4-3 victory. Sunday will be the third contest of a four-game set.

James Dykstra comes off the DL Sunday to make his first start since May 8. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

James Dykstra comes off the DL Sunday to make his first start since May 8. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Keenyn Walker – RF
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Suiter – LF
Ethan Wilson – 2B
Ryan Plourde – C
T.J. Williams – DH
James Dykstra – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Before the seventh inning on Saturday, the Dash’s defense had not committed an error for 60 consecutive innings. Winston-Salem’s most recent error had been a fielding error from Adam Engel in its 4-0 loss to Salem last Saturday, May 16. This was the Dash’s longest errorless streak of the campaign. Before this defensive surge, Winston-Salem had made at least one miscue in 25 of its first 38 games. The Dash have committed the second-most errors in the Carolina League in 2015 (45).
  • Salem’s late rally squashed Matt Heidenreich’s chance to become the second Minor League hurler to reach seven victories. He left after six strong frames of work, during which he scattered six hits and permitted just a second-inning tally. Still, Heidenreich leads the circuit with six wins. Only Myrtle Beach’s Duane Underwood, Jr., has five, and five men have four. Within the Carolina League, Heidenreich is tied for third in innings pitched (49.2) and sixth in earned run average (1.99). Saturday marked the first time the Dash lost when Heidenreich toed the rubber.
  • Heidenreich recorded the Dash’s third quality start on this road trip, which has spanned five games. The pitching staff has combined to boast a 1.77 ERA in these contests. The Dash had logged 20 consecutive scoreless innings before Salem’s second-inning run on Saturday night.
  • For the first time since May 8, right-hander James Dykstra will take to the mound for the Dash on Sunday. Dykstra missed two weeks of action due to a back injury. Dykstra was one of the best pitchers in Minor League Baseball in April. He posted a 0.78 ERA and a 0.52 WHIP, which were 14th and second in the Minors, respectively. Dykstra twirled the first no-hitter by a Winston-Salem pitcher since June of 2009 in a doubleheader opener at Potomac on April 15. Winston is 5-1 in games started by Dykstra. To make room for Dykstra’s activation from the disabled list, the White Sox announced that RHP Euclides Leyer was sent to the disabled list.
  • Even though neither men swiped a base on Saturday, Dash outfielders Keenyn Walker and Adam Engel stand first and second, respectively, in the CL in stolen bases. Walker leads the way with 23 stolen bases, which are good for a share of third place in all of Minor League Baseball. Engel has not ripped off a stolen base since last Friday, but his 20 are ninth-most in the Minors. Fellow White Sox farmhand Jacob May has also swiped 23 bases, giving the White Sox three farmhands in the top 10. No other club has multiple players within that grouping.
  • Winston and Salem are continuing their busy stretch against one another. The two clubs are in the midst of eight games against one another over the span of 12 days after squaring off six straight times from May 12-17. Thus, by June 2, the Dash and Sox will have played 14 of their previous 20 games against one another. Salem took four of six from the Dash a week ago, with Winston-Salem bookending the stretch with wins.
  • The Dash are second in the Carolina League with a team ERA at 3.16. Only Wilmington (2.69) has a better mark.
  • However, the Dash’s team average of .239 falls at the bottom of the eight-team circuit.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Sunday’s game will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 3:50 p.m., with the first pitch at 5:05 p.m.

– Scott

Game #43 Preview – Dash at Salem

Game #43 – Road Game #26
Winston-Salem Dash (18-24) at Salem Red Sox (20-22)
Saturday, May 23 – 6:05 p.m.
LewisGale Field (Salem, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Jake Cose pitched 6.2 scoreless frames and the Dash recorded their second straight shutout in a 4-0 triumph over Salem. Winston looks to extend their winning streak to three Saturday.

Jake Cose won Friday for the first time since August 25, 2013. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Jake Cose won Friday for the first time since August 25, 2013. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Keenyn Walker – RF
Nolan Earley – LF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
T.J. Williams – DH
Matt Heidenreich – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Dating back to Wednesday’s eighth inning, the Dash have recorded 19 consecutive scoreless innings, marking the longest such streak of the 2015 season. Winston-Salem now stands atop the CL with five shutout wins in 2015. This marks the first time since August 26 and August 28 of 2013 that the Dash have posted back-to-back shutouts. Winston had not amassed two straight road shutouts since July 13-14, 2012, both at Myrtle Beach.
  • Winston has received two dynamite starts in a row. Robinson Leyer befuddled Wilmington over six innings on Thursday, and Cose followed suit on Friday with his longest outing since returning from a 613-day absence following a significant back injury. Dash starters have come up with 15 quality starts in their first 42 games, which works out to 36 percent. The Dash are 11-4 (.733) when getting a quality start, compared to a 7-20 (.259) mark when that does not take place.
  • The Dash’s best starting pitcher through the season’s first 42 games will attempt to continue this surge. Matt Heidenreich boasts a 2.06 ERA, which is sixth-lowest in the CL. He became the fourth member of the six-win club thanks to his last outing on Sunday, and he is now one of 10 Minor Leaguers with six wins. Only Jacob Faria (Charlotte; High-A, Tampa Bay) has reached seven personal victories thus far this year.
  • Winston and Salem are continuing their busy stretch against one another. Beginning with Friday’s opener, the Dash will play eight of their next 11 games against the Red Sox after squaring off with their division rival six straight times from May 12-17. Thus, by June 2, the Dash and Sox will have played 14 of their previous 20 games against one another. Salem took four of six from the Dash a week ago, with Winston-Salem bookending the stretch with wins.
  • For the first time in a week, Dash outfielder Keenyn Walker swiped a base in Friday’s win at Salem. Walker leads the Carolina League with 23 stolen bases, three more than teammate Adam Engel for the league’s top spot. Engel has not ripped off a stolen base since last Friday. Walker is tied for third in the Minors in this category, with fellow White Sox farmhand Jacob May also at 23. May currently plays in Double-A Birmingham after spending all of 2014 in the Triad. Engel is alone in ninth place in MiLB.
  • Thanks to a second straight shutout, the Dash have jumped into second place in the Carolina League with a 3.20 earned run average, Only Wilmington (2.76) has a better mark than the Dash, though sixth-place Salem is only 0.24 away from Winston-Salem. On the flip side, Winston has dropped to last place on the eight-team circuit in batting average at .238.
  • Saturday marks Heidenreich’s third straight start against Salem. He is 1-0 with a 3.86 earned run average (six earned runs in 14 innings). Before this season, Heidenreich was 3-0 in three outings against the Sox, during which he had given up just one run in 21.2 frames.
  • The Dash have scored three or fewer runs in 22 of their first 42 games, which calculates to 52 percent. In those games, the Dash are just 4-18.
  • Brad Goldberg has given up just one earned run in his last eight appearances spanning 11.0 innings.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 5:50 p.m., with the first pitch at 6:05 p.m.

– Scott

Game #42 Preview – Dash at Salem

Game #42 – Road Game #25
Winston-Salem Dash (17-24) at Salem Red Sox (20-21)
Friday, May 22 – 7:05 p.m.
LewisGale Field (Salem, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Robinson Leyer pitched six shutout innings to lead Winston-Salem to a 2-0 defeat of Wilmington Thursday. The Dash begin a four-game set at Salem Friday to close out their week-long roadtrip.

Robinson Leyer earned his first win of the season Thursday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Robinson Leyer earned his first win of the season Thursday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Keenyn Walker – RF
Nolan Earley – LF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
T.J. Williams – DH
Jake Cose – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Robinson Leyer and Euclides Leyer worked in the same game for the first time in the Minor Leagues. A year ago, Euclides was in the Dash’s bullpen until a late-season injury, while Robinson spent all of 2014 in the rotation with Low-A Kannapolis. When the Reds nabbed Euclides in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft, it seemed unlikely that the two would ever pitch in the same game for the same team. However, the Reds released Euclides at the end of Spring Training, and he rejoined the Dash on May 11.
  • Even though the Dash snagged a win on Thursday, the club still struggled in the strikeout column. Winston-Salem racked up 13 whiffs against three Wilmington hurlers, including 10 by starter Alec Mills during his five-inning outing. During the season’s first 20 games, Winston-Salem had only gone down on strikes a total of 124 times, or 6.2 strikeouts per game. In its last 21 contests, Winston-Salem has recorded 194 strikeouts, which are good for 9.2 per game.
  • The White Sox announced Thursday that Ryan Plourde has been promoted to Winston-Salem from Low-A Kannapolis. Plourde joins the Dash after Sean O’Connell left Wednesday’s game with an injury and had to be placed on the disabled list. This marks the first time since 2012 that Winston has had four different catchers on its roster at some point during the campaign.
  • Winston and Salem resume their busy stretch against one another with the first of four on Friday in the Roanoke Valley. The Dash will play eight of their next 11 games against the Red Sox after squaring off with their division rival six consecutive times from May 12-17. Thus, by June 2, the Dash and Sox will have played 14 of their previous 20 games against one another. Salem took four of six from the Dash a week ago, with Winston-Salem bookending the stretch with victories. The Red Sox are coming off a sweep at the hands of Lynchburg this week, which marks the first time this season that Salem has been on the wrong side of the broom.
  • Both Keenyn Walker and Adam Engel stole a base last Friday, but the two speedy outfielders have not recorded a swipe since. Walker (22) and Engel (20) still pace the Carolina League in stolen bases, though Lynchburg’s Bradley Zimmer is knocking on the doorstep with 19. The Dash remain atop the CL in stolen bases as a club with 57, nine more than Salem for the top spot. Walker remains tied for fourth in the Minor Leagues, while Engel is alone in ninth place.
  • The Dash have scored three or fewer runs in 22 of their first 41 games, which calculates to 54 percent. In those games, the Dash are just 4-18, with half of their wins coming in Delaware. Winston-Salem’s two victories against the Blue Rocks have come via 2-0 decisions (May 2 and May 21). Winston is fourth in runs per game (4.1) and seventh in average (.239) on the circuit.
  • Thursday marked the fifth win for the Dash when someone not named James Dykstra or Matt Heidenreich started the game. Winston is 12-1 when a member of that duo starts and 5-23 when anyone else takes to the hill.
  • After permitting 12 runs in his first two efforts against Salem, Jake Cose boasts a 1.35 ERA (3ER/20IP) in his last three starts versus the Red Sox.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Friday’s game will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:50 p.m., with the first pitch at 7:05 p.m.

– Scott

Game #41 Preview – Dash at Wilmington

Game #41 – Road Game #24
Winston-Salem Dash (16-24) at Wilmington Blue Rocks (21-17)
Thursday, May 21 – 6:35 p.m.
Frawley Stadium (Wilmington, Del.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash bats were quiet in a 6-0 defeat Wednesday to the Blue Rocks. Winston-Salem looks to bounce back and avoid a sweep by the Blue Rocks Thursday.

Robinson Leyer gets the start for Winston-Salem Thursday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Robinson Leyer gets the start for Winston-Salem Thursday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Keenyn Walker – RF
Nolan Earley – LF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
T.J. Williams – DH
Robinson Leyer – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • On Sunday afternoon, the Dash amassed 12 runs and went yard four times, the club’s highest single-game total in more than three years. However, the Dash have only mustered one run on 14 hits in 21 offensive innings in their last two games. In the eight-team Carolina League, Winston-Salem is seventh in average (.239), but the Dash are tied for third in runs per game (4.1), narrowly behind first-place Lynchburg (4.3).
  • During the season’s first 20 games, Winston-Salem had only gone down on strikes a total of 124 times, or 6.2 strikeouts per game. Only once did the Dash delve into double figures in a single game during this stretch. In its last 20 contests, Winston-Salem has recorded 181 offensive strikeouts, which are good for 9.1 per game. As a result, the Dash are now second to Lynchburg (326) in team strikeouts with 305.
  • Despite Wednesday’s rough day at the yard, the Dash boast a 3.37 earned run average, which would be the best mark in the Dash era. Since the nickname change in 2009, Winston-Salem’s lowest team ERA came in 2012, when the squad boasted a 3.74 mark. Every other season, the Dash have been between 3.91 and 4.30. The Carolina League has been a pitching-strong circuit thus far, though. Winston’s 3.37 mark is only sixth-best in the CL, though it is just 0.55 runs away from first-place Wilmington and 0.19 from third-place Potomac.
  • Wilmington’s Frawley Stadium is notorious for being a difficult place to hit, and this notion has been especially true during the Dash’s first six visits. These six contests have featured only 30 total runs, with Wilmington claiming four of the first five meetings and outscoring the Dash 22-8. Winston-Salem is hitting an even .199 (40-for-201) in these five contests, and the Dash are 2-for-44 (.045) with men in scoring position. In all other games, the Dash are hitting .274 in these run-scoring situations.
  • For a third straight game, neither Keenyn Walker nor Adam Engel stole a base in the Wednesday matinee in Wilmington. Still, the speedy duo enjoys the top two spots in the stolen base category within the CL. Walker paces the circuit with 22 stolen bases, while Engel is next with 20. Walker is tied for fourth place in the Minors in swipes, while Engel is alone in eighth place. Fellow White Sox prospect Jacob May is deadlocked with Walker at 22. Charleston’s Jorge Mateo paces the Minors with 29. The outfield duo has accounted for 74 percent of Winston’s CL-leading 57 stolen bases.
  • Thursday starter Robinson Leyer submitted his best start with Winston-Salem in his last effort on Friday against Salem. He took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, and he gave up just one hit over a season-high six frames. Leyer lowered his 2015 earned run average more than a full run (5.86 to 4.81). Still, the Dash wasted a late lead and dropped to 1-6 when Leyer starts. In fact, Winston is 12-1 when James Dykstra or Matt Heidenreich start and 4-23 in all other games.
  • Following this series finale in Wilmington, the Dash invade Salem for four games starting on Friday.
  • The Dash will not play in Delaware again until September 1-3, which kicks off the club’s final road trip.
  • Winston has failed to post more than three runs in 21 of its first 40 games.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Thursday’s game will be broadcast live on 600 AM-WSJS and wsjs.com, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:20 p.m., with the first pitch at 6:35 p.m.

– Scott

Game #39 Preview – Dash at Wilmington

Game #39 – Road Game #22
Winston-Salem Dash (16-22) at Wilmington Blue Rocks (19-17)
Tuesday, May 19 – 6:35 p.m.
Frawley Stadium (Wilmington, Del.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

After trouncing Salem 12-1 Sunday to salvage their three-game set, the Dash enjoyed a scheduled off-day Monday. Winston-Salem starts a seven-game roadtrip Tuesday by beginning a three-game series with the Wilmington Blue Rocks.

Trey Michalczewski earned the Carolina League Player of the Week. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Trey Michalczewski was named the Carolina League Player of the Week for May 11-17. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Keenyn Walker – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Nolan Earley – LF
T.J. Williams – DH
Andre Wheeler – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • In Saturday’s loss to Salem, Winston-Salem recorded just two hits, matching a Dash-era record for fewest knocks in a nine-inning game. Less than 24 hours later, the Dash posted their fifth double-digit offensive output and fell one hit shy of their high-water mark for 2015 (16, May 7 at Frederick). Adam Engel’s day was so strong that he almost made history. Engel only needed a double to record the first cycle by a Winston-Salem hitter since Brandon Allen accomplished the feat on May 14, 2008, against Lynchburg.
  • Before Sunday’s offensive onslaught, the Dash had amassed just 12 home runs in their first 37 games. In that 11-run victory, four men–Chris Jacobs (1st, 2-run), Adam Engel (2nd, 3-run), Ethan Wilson (4th, 2-run) and Trey Michalczewski (4th, 3-run)–went yard. This marked the highest single-game home run output for the squad since April 30, 2012, when Winston-Salem ripped off five bombs in a blowout win at Potomac.
  • Salem had a chance to become the first CL club with multiple sweeps over the Dash at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash have only endured four home sweeps since the facility opened its doors in 2010. Winston won at least one game in each of its first 81 series inside BB&T Ballpark before Salem notched a three-game sweep from August 14-16, 2013. Frederick, Carolina and Myrtle Beach have the other three broomings.
  • Matt Heidenreich became the fourth Minor League hurler to record his sixth personal win after matching a season high with seven innings of work. The Coronado, Calif., native was also the fourth man to collect win number five within the Minors. In the Carolina League, Heidenreich is second in innings pitched (43.2) and seventh in earned run average (2.06) on the circuit. No other CL hurler has won more than four times. The Dash are 7-0 in games he starts, and they are just 9-22 (.290) in all other contests.
  • Thanks to the lopsided result, neither Keenyn Walker nor Adam Engel notched a stolen base on Sunday. Still, the speedy duo maintained its stranglehold on the stolen base lead within the Carolina League. Walker paces the circuit with 22 stolen bases, while Engel is next with 20. Walker is tied for third place in the Minors in swipes, while Engel is alone in eighth place. Charleston’s Jorge Mateo paces the Minors with 27. The outfield duo has accounted for 74 percent of Winston’s CL-leading 57 stolen bases.
  • The Dash have traveled to Wilmington for the second time this month for a three-game series that kicks off a week-long road trip. The Blue Rocks took three of four from Winston-Salem during the first four days of May. The set only featured 21 total runs, with the Dash coming up with just seven. Winston-Salem banged out just 26 hits (.198 average) in the four contests.
  • Dash infielder Trey Michalczewski was named the CL’s Player of the Week for May 11-17. He hit .400 with two homers and five RBIs during the week. It marks his second weekly honor in the Minor Leagues.
  • Ethan Wilson tattooed his first home run and logged his first multi-RBI game in Sunday’s win. He missed all of 2011-14 due to a kidney disorder.
  • Andre Wheeler will make his fourth start of 2015. He has given up nine runs (four earned) in his first three (8.0 IP).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tuesday’s game will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:20 p.m., with the first pitch at 6:35 p.m.

– Scott

Game #38 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

Game #38 – Home Game #17
Winston-Salem Dash (15-22) vs. Salem Red Sox (20-17)
Sunday, May 17 – 2 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Jake Cose tossed the third consecutive quality start for a Winston-Salem pitcher Saturday but the Dash were blanked 4-0 by the Salem Red Sox. Winston attempts to salvage their three-game set with the Red Sox Sunday.

Brian Clark worked a scoreless seventh inning Saturday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Brian Clark worked a scoreless seventh inning Saturday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Keenyn Walker – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Nolan Earley – LF
Ethan Wilson – DH
Matt Heidenreich – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Salem enters Sunday’s game with a chance to sweep the Dash. If the Red Sox complete the brooming, they would become the first team to collect two sweeps of the Dash at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash have only endured four home sweeps since the downtown facility opened its doors in 2010. Winston won at least one game in each of its first 81 series inside BB&T Ballpark before Salem notched a three-game sweep from August 14-16, 2013. Both Frederick and Carolina accomplished the feat a season ago, while Myrtle Beach took all three of a rain-shortened set from April 17-18 of this year.
  • Winston-Salem’s two-hit showing matched a Dash-era record for fewest hits in a nine-inning contest. Only once since the nickname change in 2009 has Winston-Salem failed to record multiple hits in a contest. Potomac permitted just one hit against the Dash in a seven-inning contest on May 12, 2013, at Pfitzner Stadium. This was the regularly-scheduled game that was played after the conclusion of a suspended affair.
  • Winston-Salem is a season-worst 8.5 games back of first-place Myrtle Beach. When the month of May began, the Dash were just a half-game away from the Pelicans, but the squad has lost 12 of its first 17 this month. A critical reason for this is the Dash’s struggles against divisional foes at home. Winston is just 4-9 against the Southern Division at BB&T Ballpark.
  • Neither Keenyn Walker nor Adam Engel reached base on Saturday night, but the duo maintained their stranglehold on the stolen base lead within the Carolina League. Walker paces the circuit with 22 stolen bases, while Engel is next with 20. Walker is tied for third place in the Minors in swipes, while Engel shares sixth place in the category. Charleston’s Jorge Mateo paces the Minors with 27. The outfield duo has accounted for 74 percent of the Dash’s 57 stolen bases, which are good for sixth-most among the 120 full-season Minor League Baseball teams.
  • Both Engel and Walker also represent the top two scorers on the circuit. Engel has touched home a league-best 26 times, while Walker is tied for second with Frederick’s Brenden Webb and Lynchburg’s Bradley Zimmer at 24. Engel’s 40 hits are one shy of the league’s best mark. Both Dosch and Wilmington’s Frank Schwindel have collected 41 hits thus far this season.
  • Sunday starter Matt Heidenreich can become the Minor Leagues’ fourth member of the six-win club. Heidenreich won each of his first five starts before recording a no decision on Tuesday at Salem. The Coronado, Calif., native’s 2.21 earned run average is eighth-lowest on the circuit, and he boasts a 3-0 record and a 1.88 ERA in his four career starts against Salem. Against the Red Sox five days ago, Heidenreich became the first Dash hurler to pitch into the eighth, but he did allow a season-high five runs.
  • Following Sunday’s game, the Dash will enjoy their second scheduled off day of 2015 before embarking on a week-long road trip. Winston will play three at Wilmington and four at Salem before returning to BB&T Ballpark for a seven-game homestand.
  • The Dash have recorded three straight quality starts, though they have lost the game each time. Winston had won eight of its first nine when receiving a quality start.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Television coverage of Sunday’s contest will be available on My48 at 2 p.m. For a channel guide please visit the Dash Broadcast Corner. The game will also be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 1:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 2 p.m.

– Scott

Game #34 Preview – Dash at Salem

Game #34 – Road Game #20
Winston-Salem Dash (15-18) at Salem Red Sox (16-17)
Wednesday, May 13 – 7:05 p.m.
LewisGale Field (Salem, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Adam Engel cranked a two-run home run in the ninth to complete a furious comeback and lift the Dash to a 7-5 victory in the series opener Tuesday over Salem. A victory over the Red Sox today would put the two clubs in a tie for third place in the Carolina League Southern Division.

Adam Engel's two-run homer Tuesday broke a ninth-inning tie. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Adam Engel’s two-run homer Tuesday broke a ninth-inning tie. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Nick Basto – DH
Omar Narvaez – C
Keenyn Walker – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Nolan Earley – LF
Andre Wheeler – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • For the first time this season, Winston-Salem overcame a four-run deficit to win a game. This marks the biggest comeback by the club since July 8, 2014, when the Dash scored the game’s final 10 runs to turn a 9-3 deficit into a 13-9 win over Myrtle Beach. Before Tuesday, the Dash were a league-worst 0-16 when trailing after seven innings. This also marked Winston’s first last at-bat win since August 28, 2013, at Myrtle.
  • The Dash’s top two hitters delivered in their series-opening win at Salem. Chris Jacobs, who is sixth in the Carolina League with a .301 average, went 2-for-5 with a pair of RBIs. The Winston-Salem native has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games, during which he is hitting .415 (22-for-53) with 13 RBIs. Before this run, Jacobs was a .180 hitter with three RBIs in 16 games. Adam Engel jumped to seventh on the circuit in average (.299) with a 2-for-5 effort. He also leads the CL in runs (25), while his 38 hits are even with Frederick’s Drew Dosch for the top spot.
  • Nolan Earley was added to the lineup less than two hours before first pitch, with Keon Barnum sitting out on Tuesday. Earley delivered to the tune of a 2-for-3, two-RBI, two-run performance. After starting his High-A career 0-for-8, Earley is 4-for-6 with four runs and three RBIs in his last three games (two starts).
  • Thanks to a Cleuluis Rondon stolen base in the seventh inning, the Dash added to their league-leading total. Winston-Salem’s 54 swipes are 14 better than second-place Salem within the CL and fourth-most in the Minors. The Dash are trailing only three South Atlantic League teams–Asheville (72; Colorado). Charleston (71; NY Yankees), and Lexington (63; Kansas City). The Dash boast the CL’s top two thieves. Keenyn Walker is tied for third in the Minors with 20, while Adam Engel is alone in fifth with 19.
  • Even though Matt Heidenreich became the first Dash hurler to reach the eighth inning this season, he did not become the Minors’ third six-game winner. Heidenreich’s jumped an even run to 2.21 after giving up five runs on nine hits in seven-plus frames en route to his first no-decision of the campaign. Still, the Coronado, Calif., native is one of three men in High-A and 13 in the Minors with five wins. In his four career starts against Salem, Heidenreich is 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA, and the Dash have won all four times.
  • For the third time, southpaw Andre Wheeler has been pressed into a starting role, though Wednesday will mark the first time he has started a nine-inning contest. Wheeler takes the rotation spot of James Dykstra, who was placed on the disabled list this weekend with a back injury. Wheeler struggled in his first start on April 15 at Potomac (2.1 IP, 3 R-ER), which came less than an hour after Dykstra’s no-hitter against the P-Nats. However, Wheeler bounced back in his most recent start and outing on Saturday against Myrtle Beach (4.0 IP, 0 R).
  • Omar Narvaez is riding a seven-game hit streak (8-for-27, .296), which is tied for the longest active run in the CL.
  • Jake Peter’s eight-game hit streak ended on Tuesday. He was 11-for-30 (.367) with six RBIs during this surge.
  • Winston-Salem is 4-1 in road games against division foes.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Wednesday’s game will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:50 p.m., with the first pitch at 7:05 p.m.

– Scott

Game #33 Preview – Dash at Salem

Game #33 – Road Game #19
Winston-Salem Dash (14-18) at Salem Red Sox (16-16)
Tuesday, May 12 – 7:05 p.m.
LewisGale Field (Salem, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Chris Jacobs had three hits and drove in two, but the Dash blew a late lead in a 6-5 series-clinching victory by the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on Monday. Winston-Salem will start a three-game series Tuesday at Salem. The Dash will play the Red Sox in 14 of their next 20 games.

Chris Jacobs drove in two runs and smashed three hits Monday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Chris Jacobs drove in two runs and smashed three hits Monday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP (Updated 6:30 p.m.):

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Omar Narvaez – C
Keenyn Walker – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Nolan Earley – DH
Matt Heidenreich – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • The Dash and Salem Red Sox meet for the first time in 2015 on Tuesday night, but the two squads will get to know one another quite well in the upcoming week. Of the next 20 Dash games, 14 of them take place against Salem. If you throw in a first half-ending four-game series at BB&T Ballpark, the Dash will finish half one with 18 of their 38 games against Salem. This year, the Carolina League created an imbalanced schedule. Instead of playing every other team 20 times, intradivision matchups are more common.
  • Dash righty Matt Heidenreich has won each of his first five outings. When he knocked off Frederick on Thursday, Heidenreich became the fourth member of the Minor Leagues’ five-win club, which now consists of nine men. With a victory Tuesday, the Coronado, Calif., native would be the third six-game winner (Visalia’s Zack Godley and New Britain’s Gus Schlosser). Among qualifying hurlers, Heidenreich is second in High-A and 15th in the Minors in ERA (1.21).
  • When Heidenreich was with the Dash in 2012, he dominated Salem in three electric starts. Heidenreich boasted a 0.42 ERA (1 ER in 21.2 IP) against the Sox. In a critical game on May 24, 2012, he bested big league righty Matt Barnes in a 1-0 contest. One month later, he posted his only nine-inning complete game against Salem.
  • The Dash have failed to steal a base in back-to-back contests after swiping 27 in the first 10 games of May. Winston-Salem still paces the Carolina League by 13 stolen bases (Salem), while their 53 total swipes are good for fourth in all of Minor League Baseball. The Dash are trailing only three South Atlantic League teams–Charleston (70; NY Yankees), Asheville (67; Colorado), and Lexington (62; Kansas City).
  • Two Dash outfielders have accounted for 39 of the Dash’s 53 stolen bases (74%). Keenyn Walker leads the club with 20 steals, which places him third in the Minors. Adam Engel trails by just one swipe, and he is alone in fourth place in the Minors. No two current teammates have more stolen bases than the 39 combined between Walker and Engel. Within the Minors, Charleston’s Jorge Mateo paces everyone with 25, while Asheville’s Wes Rogers is second at 21. No other Carolina League player has more than 15 (Lynchburg’s Bradley Zimmer).
  • Engel and Walker are the only two Carolina Leaguers who have played in every one of their team’s innings in the field. Neither Engel nor Walker have even started as a designated hitter in a game thus far this year. On Monday, Trey Michalczewski did not start for the first time, though he did pinch hit in the eighth. Despite just one at-bat Monday, Michalczewski leads the Minors with 15 RBIs in the last seven days.
  • Dash right-hander James Dykstra was placed on the disabled list before Monday’s game. He will miss his scheduled start on Wednesday, with lefty Andre Wheeler taking his place.
  • With a spot open, the White Sox announced that righty Euclides Leyer has rejoined the club. Resigned after a brief stint in the Reds’ system, he joins his brother Robinson Leyer on the club. They are the first two siblings to play together in Winston-Salem during the Dash era (2009-now).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tuesday’s game will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:50 p.m., with the first pitch at 7:05 p.m.

– Scott

Games #29/30 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

UPDATE: 7:45 p.m.

Game two Dash lineup:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – DH
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Jeremy Dowdy – C
Keenyn Walker – RF
Andre Wheeler – LHP

Games #29/30 – Home Games #11/12
Winston-Salem Dash (13-15) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (17-11)
Saturday, May 9 – 4:30 p.m. (doubleheader)
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash plated five in the second and five in the third to roar past the Pelicans 10-6 in Friday’s series opener. Trey Michalczewski ripped three doubles and drove in four. Winston-Salem and Myrtle Beach tangle in a doubleheader Saturday that includes the makeup of Sunday, April 19’s contest.

Trey Michalczewski cranked three doubles and plated four Friday against Myrtle Beach. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Trey Michalczewski cranked three doubles and plated four Friday against Myrtle Beach. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP (Game 1):

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Chris Jacobs – DH
Nick Basto – LF
Omar Narvaez – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Keenyn Walker – RF
Jace Fry – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Through 24 games, Winston-Salem was at the bottom of the Carolina League in team batting average (.225) and runs per game (3.5). The Dash have drastically differed in their last four contests. Winston-Salem has amassed 40 runs in its last four games, the club’s best four-game offensive surge since plating 45 runs from April 28-May 1, 2012. That 45-run stretch came during the 10-game winning streak, while this current one has only netted two victories.
  • The Dash collected a season-high six doubles in the four-run win on Friday night, and all of these two-base knocks came in the game’s first three innings. This marks the highest single-game double total since July 30, 2014, when the Dash blasted Frederick 12-2. Trey Michalczewski recorded three of them, becoming the first Dash swinger to reach three doubles since Joey DeMichele on May 28, 2013 (17-5 W vs. FRE).
  • The three longest active hitting streaks in the Carolina League belong to Dash hitters. Chris Jacobs (9 G, 15-for-34, .441, HR, 8 RBI, 5 R) and Cleuluis Rondon (9 G, 11-for-33, .333, HR, 4 RBI, 6 R) have hit safely in nine consecutive games. These streaks are the longest by a Dash player thus far this season. Keon Barnum (7 G, 9-for-29, .310, HR, 6 RBI, 3 R) has also hit safely in seven straight games.
  • The Dash’s bats have busted out in a big way over the last four games, and their team speed has contributed to the offense’s success. During this stretch, Winston-Salem has ripped off a remarkable 20 stolen bases, surging to the top spot in the Carolina League in swipes with 50. Second-place Salem has just 37. In all of Minor League baseball, Winston is in fourth place, trailing only three South Atlantic League teams– Asheville (63; Colorado), Charleston (61; NY Yankees) and Lexington (54; Kansas City).
  • Two Dash outfielders have accounted for 37 of the Dash’s 50 stolen bases. With six stolen bases in his last three games, Adam Engel has jumped to the top spot in the Carolina League with 19, while Keenyn Walker is one behind him at 18. Within Minor League Baseball, Engel is in third place, two behind the first place duo of Charleston’s Jorge Mateo and Asheville’s Wes Rogers. Walker shares fourth place with two others. No other CL player has more than 14 (Lynchburg’s Bradley Zimmer), while Dash infielder Jake Peter is tied for fifth with eight.
  • The 2015 season began exactly one month ago, and the Dash have not spent much time in Winston-Salem thus far this year. In advance of Saturday’s doubleheader, the Dash have played only 10 games at BB&T Ballpark. Only Norfolk (Triple-A, Baltimore Orioles) and Tennessee (Double-A, Chicago Cubs) have played fewer home games than the Dash. Both the Tides and Smokies have suited up at home nine times.
  • Winston-Salem improved to 10-1 when either James Dykstra or Matt Heidenreich start the contest. On the flip side, the Dash are 3-14 when someone else gets the starting pitching assignment.
  • Winston-Salem native CJ Beatty asked for his release from the White Sox organization Saturday. He played in two games for the Dash before going on the DL on April 20.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Saturday’s twin bill will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 4:15 p.m., with the first pitch at 4:30 p.m.

– Scott

Game #28 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #28 – Home Game #10
Winston-Salem Dash (12-15) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (17-10)
Friday, May 8 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem set a Dash-era record with nine runs in the seventh inning of their 14-2 blitz of Frederick to finish off a seven-game road trip. Matt Heidenreich became the first pitcher in the Carolina League to five wins. Winston begins a five-game, four-day series with Myrtle Beach Friday.

Keon Barnum smashed a two-run home run to cap a nine-run seventh. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Keon Barnum smashed a two-run home run to cap a nine-run seventh. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Chris Jacobs – DH
Nick Basto – LF
Omar Narvaez – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Keenyn Walker – RF
James Dykstra – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • In the first 861 games of the Dash era, Winston-Salem had never exceeded eight runs in a single inning, even though that had hit the eight-run mark on 10 different occasions. The franchise had not experienced a nine-run offensive inning since August 23, 2006, when the Dash posted that figure in the fifth inning of a 14-9 win at Lynchburg. Remarkably, Frederick executed two great plays defensively, or the inning could have been worse. The Keys recorded a 9-6 fielder’s choice, and shortstop Jeff Kemp made a diving snag on a liner from Jake Peter.
  • The Dash recorded season highs in runs (14) and hits (16) in their 12-run win. All nine starters recorded at least one RBI, while eight different men posted one or more hits and scored at least once. During their series in Frederick, the Dash have amassed 30 runs, their best three-game stretch since May 26-28, 2013 (32). Winston managed just seven runs in its four-game set at Wilmington at the beginning of the road trip.
  • While the offense stole the headlines late on Thursday, righty Matt Heidenreich submitted yet another gem. Heidenreich held the Keys to just two runs over six innings for his fifth win in five starts. He is the first pitcher in the CL and the fourth in the Minors to reach five victories.
  • Heidenreich and Friday starter James Dykstra make up one of the toughest pitching duos in all of Minor League Baseball. Heidenreich’s 1.21 ERA is good for 15th among Minor League qualifiers, while Dykstra’s 1.29 mark checks in at 22nd. Also, Dykstra boasts a 0.68 WHIP, which is 4th-best in the Minors. Winston-Salem is 9-1 when one of these two talented righties take to the hill and 3-14 in all other contests.
  • Since 2010, Winston has had a stranglehold on the home run lead in the Carolina League. From 2010-2014, the Dash went yard 572 times (one every 1.2 games) and led the circuit in every individual season except for 2014. However, the Dash only hit four home runs in their first 24 games through Monday. At that time, Winston-Salem was tied for second-last in the Minors in homers (Rome, 3). In their last three games, though, the Dash have blasted five homers, including three in Tuesday’s 12-10 loss. As a result, the Dash are no longer alone in last place in the CL in the long ball category (Wilmington).
  • Winston-Salem boasts the Carolina League lead in stolen bases (43), while Keenyn Walker (17) and Adam Engel (16) are first and second within the circuit. In the Minors, Walker and Engel are fifth and tied for sixth, respectively. The Dash have done the majority of their thievery against Frederick. Winston-Salem has swiped 24 bases in its seven games against the Keys (3.4/game) and 19 in its other 20 games.
  • Dykstra defeated Myrtle Beach in his High-A debut on July 17, 2014, at BB&T Ballpark (6.2 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 8 K).
  • Myrtle Beach enters with the Carolina League’s best record (17-10). The Pelicans claimed a 2-1, series-clinching win over Salem on Thursday via Billy McKinney’s walk-off homer in the 10th inning. The Dash have won three consecutive games over the Pelicans, all of which came in Myrtle Beach (April 24-26).

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 at 7 p.m.

– Scott

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