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Top 10 of 2013 – #5: Beck, Blough toss gems

Chris Beck lost his only start against Myrtle Beach thus far this season (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

Chris Beck averaged 10 pitches an inning during his June 7 shutout (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

The 2013 season is over, but there were plenty of memorable moments. Over the next two weeks, we will count down the Top 10 moments of the Dash era’s fifth season.

Previous Top 10 Moments:
#10: Dash clinch winning record
#9: Comeback in Delaware
#8: 17 runs in six innings
#7: Buckner sets RBIs record
#6: Attendance record on July 4

Moment #5 – June 7 & August 26
Beck, Blough make history with gems

In Minor League Baseball, development trumps winning. Most pitchers, especially starters, are monitored with pitch counts, which means lengthy outings are the exception.

Among the 16 stateside minor leagues, only 67 pitchers logged at least two complete games in 2013, while no minor league hurler posted more than four. Many of these complete games are a bit different than the ones commonly seen in the big leagues because of the different doubleheader format in the minors (a pair of seven inning games).

Entering this season, the only nine-inning complete game shutout in the Dash era (2009-present) belonged to Matt Heidenreich, who befuddled Salem on June 25, 2012.

So, 556 games played. 1 complete game shutout of nine innings.

To put it into perspective, Winston-Salem has as many walkoff grand slams, no-hitters and 17-run offensive outputs as nine-inning complete game shutouts since the nickname change five years ago.

However, the 2013 season brought about two such outings, which just does not happen often in A-ball. Also, Winston-Salem had not recorded more complete games (6) as a team since 2001 (10).

Within the Carolina League, Chris Beck was a midseason All-Star and finished fifth among qualifiers in earned run average. During this breakout season for the former second-round pick, no start was better than his sterling effort on June 7 against Wilmington.

Beck scattered five hits over nine dominant innings, during which he only needed 90 pitches. He matched a career high with seven strikeouts and stretched his scoreless streak against the Blue Rocks to 17 innings in the 5-0 victory during a crucial time in the first half playoff hunt.

Bryan Blough took a no-hitter into the sixth Saturday (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

Bryan Blough’s best outing of 2013 came in the season’s final week (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

While Beck’s outing was tough to match, Bryan Blough did just that during the final homestand of the 2013 season. With a sweep on the line, Blough tossed an even 100 pitches and allowed just six hits during his nine-inning complete game shutout against Myrtle Beach on August 26. He did not walk a single Pelicans hitter in his fantastic outing.

This was Blough’s penultimate outing during his banner year. In his first full season as a starter, Blough finished second in all of Minor League Baseball with 172.2 innings pitched, and he clearly did not slow down in the dog days of the season.

There was no way to distinguish between these two tremendous starts, so they share the fifth-best moment of 2013. Four players fittingly combined to make our fourth-best moment of the year, and we will unveil that tomorrow.

– Brian

Suspended Twin Bill Preview – Dash vs. Potomac

Games #91 & 135 – Home Game #48 & 68
Winston-Salem Dash (30-33, 68-65) vs. Potomac Nationals (39-24, 30-33)
Wednesday, August 28 – 6 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)


Winston-Salem, winners of its last eight games, kick off its final home series of the season tonight at 6. First, the Dash and Potomac Nationals will finish their suspended game from July 11, which was tied at 4-4 in the bottom of the fourth inning. Then, the two clubs will square off in a seven-inning contest beginning approximately 30 minutes after the end of the suspended game.


Micah Johnson – 2B Jake Brown – SS
Joey DeMichele – SS 2B
Chris Curley – DH
Kevan Smith – C
Courtney Hawkins – CF
Rangel Ravelo – 1B Mark Haddow – RF
Jeremy Farrell – 3B
Grant Buckner – RF 1B
Adam Heisler Joe De Pinto – LF
Chris Beck Terance Marin – RHP


  • Two games into its last road trip, Winston-Salem was in the midst of an eight-game skid, the longest losing streak in the Dash era (2009-present). Since then, the Dash have won a season-high eight games in a row. Winston-Salem has not won more than eight straight games since the Dash era-record 10-game spurt from April 22 to May 1 of 2012.
  • All statistics from the suspended game, even those recorded tonight, will be applied back to July 11. Thus, the result of the first end of this de facto double dip will not affect the Dash’s current winning streak one way or the other.
  • Bryan Blough became the third pitcher in the Dash era to log a nine-inning complete game shutout by himself. Chris Beck accomplished the feat earlier this season with a gem at BB&T Ballpark against Wilmington on June 7, while Matt Heidrenreich became the first Dash hurler to pull it off on June 25, 2012, at home against Salem.
  • Blough also has become the first Dash pitcher to record three complete games, while Winston has five as a team for the first time since the franchise became the Dash in 2009. He also climbed to fourth in the minor leagues in innings pitched (165.2), a mark that leads all of High-A baseball.
  • With seven games remaining in the second half, Winston trails Salem by seven games for first place in the Southern Division. The Dash have an elimination number of one in the playoff hunt. If the Dash lose or Salem wins Wednesday, Winston-Salem will be eliminated from the playoff race.
  • Mark Haddow notched the 11th four-hit game by a Dash hitter this season. His effort Monday represented his third such effort in his minor league career.


Both ends of this de facto doubleheader will be heard on, while it can be seen on

– Brian

Beck befuddles the Blue Rocks


(Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

The Dash cruised past Wilmington 5-0 in the opener of a three-game series Friday night at BB&T Ballpark. Winston-Salem starter Chris Beck was the star of the evening. He tossed the second nine-inning complete game shutout in the Dash era (2009-present).

Here are some of Beck’s thoughts after the best outing of his minor league career, along with some more notes on his gem and the Dash’s big win.

  • Since 2009, the only other nine-inning complete game shutout by a Dash hurler came on June 25, 2012. Righty Matt Heidenreich, who was traded to Houston’s organization a month later, scattered four hits in an 8-0 win over Salem at BB&T Ballpark.
  • Beck became the third Dash pitcher to work nine innings in a single game, joining Heidenreich and Terry Doyle. Doyle allowed just one unearned run in nine innings on June 1, 2011, against Potomac, which resulted in just a no decision.
  • In 17 innings against Wilmington this season, Beck has yet to allow a run. During those two outings, both of which have come at home, Beck has scattered just nine hits.
  • Beck’s seven strikeouts matched a career high, which he also reached on August 7, 2012, while with rookie-level Great Falls. He had not surpassed the six-whiff mark in any of his previous 11 starts in 2013.
  • After dropping to 2-6 on the season on May 16, Beck has won four straight starts. In his first eight outings, Beck received only 23 runs of support, while the righty has gotten 44 runs in his last four outings.
  • Winston-Salem collected its league-leading seventh shutout win of the campaign on Friday night. The Dash are tied for second in High-A baseball in shutouts, trailing only Fort Myers (8).

What an effort from Chris Beck. We’ll talk to you tomorrow.

– Brian

More Countdown Fun

I’ve had a blast coming up with the daily countdown to the 2013 season. Every number from 100 to 53 has been represented, and we went through some of them a few weeks back.

If you have missed any, 100-86 can be found here, and 85-53 is available below:

85 – In ’85, Winston-Salem won the CL title despite a regular season record of just 58-81. (Still counts!)

Keenyn Walker is a speedster with some gaudy stolen base numbers.

Keenyn Walker is a speedster with some gaudy stolen base numbers.

84 – This past season, right-handed pitching prospect Jake Petricka struck out 84 men while with the Dash.

83 – 1983 was the final year of the Winston-Salem Red Sox, the team with the most wins (1635) & Carolina League titles (5) in Winston-Salem history.

82 – Five years after playing in Winston-Salem, Hall of Famer Wade Boggs made his MLB debut in 1982.

81 – Mike Blanke, who earned a non-roster invite to spring training, had 81 hits a year ago in Winston.

80 – In the Dash’s 80th PA of the game, Chase Blackwood’s RBI single gave the Dash a 4-3, 20-inning win on May 19, 2010, against Myrtle Beach.

79 – Bill Slack, the winningest manager in W-S and CL history, was the 1979 Manager of the Year.

78 – Winston-Salem hit a league-best .278 in 2012.

77 – 2011 first rounder Keenyn Walker has 77 stolen bases in just 165 minor league games.

The Dash played 76 games on this beautiful field last year.

The Dash played 76 games on this beautiful field last year.

76 – The Dash played 76 total games at beautiful BB&T Ballpark last season.

75 – Chris Bassitt struck out 75 in his 91 innings last season in Winston-Salem.

74 – Fan-favorite Dan Black led the Dash with 74 hits at BB&T Ballpark in his MVP season.

73 – All-Star Michael Earley drove in 73 runs with the Dash in 2012 (T-4th in the CL).

72 – On July 4th, 2012, a single-game record 7,285 fans enjoyed a Dash game at BB&T Ballpark.

71 – MLB Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson started 71 games in 1956, the final season of his amazing 10-year career (this was the fact on January 31, Robinson’s birthday).

BB&T Ballpark hosted a record crowd on July 4 of last season.

BB&T Ballpark hosted a record crowd on July 4 of last season.

70 – In 70 innings pitched with the White Sox last year, rookie Hector Santiago posted a 3.33 ERA.

69 – In game 69 of 2012, the Dash clinched the 1st-half title with a 9-5 win at Wilmington June 16.

68 – On July 17, 1968, Ed Phillips tossed the first perfect game in CL history. It is still Winston-Salem’s only perfecto in franchise history.

67 – In 67 innings in Winston-Salem last season, Terance Marin recorded an impressive 2.42 earned run average.

66 – Reliever Kevin Vance boasted a 1.66 ERA in 11 outings with Winston-Salem in 2012.

65 – Winston-Salem was 65-23 when hitting at least one home run in 2012. This record was the best on the circuit.

64 – If you attended every regular season game at BB&T Ballpark in 2012, you watched an even 640 innings of baseball!

63 – Winston-Salem’s single-season batting average record is .363, set by 8-year MLB vet Ray Jablonski in 1951.

62 – All-Star Matt Heidenreich whiffed 62 batters with the Dash before a July trade to the Houston organization.

The Dash's offense did plenty of this in 2012.

The Dash’s offense did plenty of this in 2012.

61 – Winston led the Carolina League with a 61-22 mark when scoring first in 2012.

60 – In 1960, Ed Olivares hit 35 home runs for Winston-Salem, which still remains a single-season franchise record

59 – Both Marcus Semien and Brady Shoemaker drove in 59 runs for Winston-Salem last season.

58 – Carlos Sanchez, who is currently in big league camp with the White Sox, scored 58 times for the Dash in ’12.

57 – 57 different players suited up for the Dash in 2012, and they posted full-season Minor League Baseball’s best mark (87-51)!

56 – Outfielder Keenyn Walker led all White Sox farmhands with a combined 56 stolen bases between Low-A Kannapolis and Winston-Salem last year.

55 – Since becoming the Dash prior to the ’09 season, Winston boasts a .554 winning percentage (317-255). This includes regular season and postseason games.

54 – Trayce Thompson hit .254 with CL-bests in homers (22) and RBI (90) with the Dash a year ago.

53 – The Dash boasted 5 year-end All-Stars (Dan Black, Michael Earley, Carlos Sanchez, Brady Shoemaker and Trayce Thompson) and 3 midseason All-Stars (Earley, Shoemaker and Matt Heidenreich).

That’s another installment of “Countdown Catch-Up.” Stay tuned to our social media sites (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) for the rest of our daily countdowns. The home opener is only 52 days away!

– Brian

52 Days Later…

The Dash are back in Wilmington for the first of three against the Blue Rocks at Frawley Stadium. While walking from the clubhouse to the broadcast booth, I couldn’t help but reminisce back to the Dash’s last trip to Delaware.

Winston-Salem arrived June 14 with a three-game cushion on Salem with four days left in the first half. The Dash’s magic number was two. After a series-opening loss Thursday night, the Dash corralled a thrilling 2-1 victory Friday to set up a clinch chance on a Saturday night in Wilmington.

That night was 52 days ago, and it was a memorable one for the Dash. Despite spoiling an early five-run advantage, Winston-Salem pulled away for a 9-5 victory that officially punched the Dash’s ticket to the Carolina League playoffs for the 25th time in franchise history.

Since that euphoric Saturday night in the First State, nine of the 24 players have left the active roster. The White Sox plan is working well because seven of those nine have advanced to Double-A Birmingham (Spencer Arroyo, Miguel Gonzalez, Nick McCully, Jake Oester, Jake Petricka, Carlos Sanchez and Brady Shoemaker), while another (Matt Heidenreich) is in Double-A with Houston’s organization after a deadline deal.

Check out some of the links below that take us all back to that incredible final weekend of the first half:

Setting the tone the night before the clinch

Highlights from the division-clinching win

Post-game interviews after the victory

The first half’s theme: “Best team I’ve ever been on…”

The Dash won’t be clinching anything over the next three days, but today begins a long stretch of mostly road games. Winston-Salem will play 14 of its next 17 away from home. Once this run is over, more clinching opportunities will present themselves with the playoffs on the horizon.

– Brian


Dash Alumni Update

Matt Heidenreich will make his first professional start outside the White Sox system tonight (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Over the last few weeks, the Dash’s roster has gone through drastic changes. Winston-Salem has endured 29 roster moves this month, with some of its bigger names leaving the Triad.

How have some of these former Dash players fared elsewhere? It’s time to find out.

Miguel Gonzalez (promoted to Double-A July 24): Gonzalez just joined the Barons after spending the entire season with the Dash. He started his first Southern League game last night and went 1-for-4 with a double during the Barons’ loss at Chattanooga.

Matt Heidenreich (promoted to Double-A July 4; traded to Houston July 21): After a starting spot in the All-Star Game and a team-leading eight wins in Winston-Salem, Heidenreich earned his first promotion to Double-A on our nation’s birthday. In three starts, the righty struggled a bit (1-2, 5.89 ERA). However, the White Sox saw a chance to improve their big league roster and shipped Heidenreich and Blair Walters to Houston for big league reliever Brett Myers. Heidenreich, now with Double-A Corpus Christi in the Texas League, makes his debut in the Astros’ system tonight against San Antonio.

Jake Petricka (promoted to Double-A July 21): The number five prospect in the White Sox minor league system according to Baseball America, Petricka was challenged with a promotion to Birmingham after having an up-and-down season in Winston-Salem. So far, so good for the right-hander, who recorded a quality start in his first appearance since the promotion. He held Montgomery to a pair of runs in six innings of action.

Carlos Sanchez has hit safely in all four games with Double-A Birmingham this season (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

Carlos Sanchez (promoted to Double-A July 21): Sanchez, who still leads the Carolina League with 115 hits, has begun his Double-A career tremendously. The 20-year-old infield prospect is hitting .500 (8-for-16) with two runs scored through four games. He has hit safely in all of those contests, including a pair of three-hit showings. Sanchez went 3-for-4 in his Double-A debut Saturday.

Brady Shoemaker (promoted to Double-A July 2): A triple crown candidate in the Carolina League, Shoemaker is hitting .288 with two homers and 10 RBI in 20 games with the Barons. His power numbers may be a bit down, but the Brazil, Ind., native is still hitting .303 with a 1.023 OPS with runners on base.

Blair Walters (traded to Houston July 21): The other prospect shipped to Houston for Brett Myers, Walters was assigned to High-A Lancaster in the California League. He has yet to pitch for the JetHawks, but he is close to his home town of Oak Park, Calif., which is just an hour and a half away from his new home.

It was fun watching these guys, and many other former Dash players, compete in the Carolina League. Good luck to them in Alabama, California, Texas and beyond.

– Brian

Another Day, Another Roster Move

Scott Snodgress went to Stanford before the White Sox nabbed him in the fifth round last year (Stanford athletics).

Over the last five days, the White Sox have moved 13 players. It began with three moves Wednesday, highlighted by the first High-A promotion for Keenyn Walker. Friday, a pair of Kevin’s–Kevin Moran and Kevin Vancejoined the Dash’s bullpen.

Also Friday, we learned that Brent Morel would begin a rehab that continues today. Morel will play at third base for five innings this afternoon.

There were some huge moves on Saturday as well, with Jake Petricka and Carlos Sanchez heading to Double-A Birmingham and Erik Johnson and Daniel Wagner coming to Winston-Salem. Also yesterday, news broke that the White Sox had dealt now former Dash arms Matt Heidenreich and Blair Walters to Houston for big league closer Brett Myers.

Today, the White Sox released two more moves, placing Moran on the disabled list and receiving left-hander Scott Snodgress from Low-A Kannapolis.

Moran made his High-A debut Saturday night at BB&T Ballpark and worked two-thirds of an inning, allowing two runs thanks to four walks.

Snodgress has been a solid starter for the Intimidators throughout the season. The southpaw was 3-3 with a 3.64 earned run average in 19 starts. Over 99 innings of action, the Yucaipa, Calif., native struck out 84 men and held South Atlantic League swingers to a .233 batting average.

Winston-Salem and Frederick meet in a rubber match today at 5:00 p.m. Pre-game begins at 4:45 here. Talk to you then.

– Brian

Collop Takes No-Hitter Into Sixth Inning

Photo courtesy of Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash.

Winston-Salem starter Justin Collop took a no-hitter into the sixth inning during his start Friday at Myrtle Beach. Teodoro Martinez’s double down the left field line ended the run with two away and the bases clean in the home half of the sixth.

It was the longest no-hit bid of the season by a Dash pitcher. Two other pitchers have taken a no-hitter into the sixth inning, with both of those instances also coming against Myrtle. Matt Heidenreich tossed five and a third innings of no-hit baseball May 17, while Spencer Arroyo’s bid ended against the leadoff hitter in the sixth inning against the Pelicans in a double dip opener May 15.

Collop entered the outing 6-2 with a 4.39 earned run average in 20 appearances, seven of which were starts. He had only tossed one inning against the Pelicans this season, recording a scoreless inning of relief May 16 at BB&T Ballpark.

Winston’s defense robbed Myrtle Beach multiple times before the no-no bid came to an end. Carlos Sanchez threw out Brett Nicholas from the outfield grass for a 4-3 putout to end the first. Ross Wilson’s leaping catch at the left field wall robbed Tomas Telis of extra bases in the second. In the third, David Herbek’s stabbed a hot shot bouncer near the third base bag and threw out Santiago Chirino at first base. Finally, Michael Earley made a galloping catch to once again cost Telis a hit in the fifth.

When the no-hitter ended, the Dash had a 5-0 lead over Myrtle Beach. Catch the end of the play-by-play call here.

– Brian

Two More Pitchers Moving Up

Matt Heidenreich earned his first promotion to Double-A (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

The Dash’s pitching staff looks much different now than it did one month ago, and the changes continued today with two more promotions.

The White Sox have announced that right-handed starter Matt Heidenreich has been promoted to Double-A Birmingham, while righty reliever J.R. Ballinger is heading to Triple-A Charlotte. The Dash are also receiving Ryan Buch from Low-A Kannapolis.

Heidenreich has been one of the Carolina League’s best starters this season. The circuit’s starter in the All-Star Game two weeks ago, Heidenreich went 8-2 with a 3.57 earned run average in 15 starts.

The Coronado, Calif., native is the first Winston-Salem pitcher to toss two complete games in one season since 2005, and he is currently tied for the league lead in wins. Heidenreich also places third in innings pitched (93.1), sixth in WHIP (1.08) and 11th in ERA (3.57). He is scheduled to make his Birmingham debut Thursday night at Pensacola.

Ballinger has been a solid option out of the Dash’s productive bullpen. Since being activated off the disabled list in late April, Ballinger has gone 0-2 with a 4.70 earned run average in 16 appearances. This is Ballinger’s second trip to Triple-A after appearing in one game with the Knights last year.

Finally, Buch is back with in Winston-Salem after going 4-5 with a 5.98 ERA in 13 appearances (10 starts) with the Dash to start the season. He had been with Low-A Kannapolis, where he threw 10 innings and allowed just one run.

The Dash and Myrtle Beach Pelicans open up a three-game series tonight at 7:00 from BB&T Ballpark. We’ll have the game on My 48 tonight, and Mike has the audio call here.

– Brian

Heidenreich Talks About His Gem

Winston-Salem blanked Salem 8-0 Monday night thanks to Matt Heidenreich’s complete game. Heidenreich faced two more than the minimum while scattering four hits.

Heidenreich is tied for the league lead with two complete games, but he has an eight-inning complete game and tonight’s nine-inning gem. All but one other Carolina League complete game–Potomac’s Matt Swynenberg’s nine-inning effort April 29 against Myrtle Beach–have been seven innings or less. In other words, this was a big deal.

We caught up with Heidenreich immediately after his 98-pitch masterpiece. Here are his thoughts:

– Brian


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