Results tagged ‘ Matt Heidenreich ’

Game #101 Preview – Dash at Frederick

Game #101 – Road Game #50
Winston-Salem Dash (17-12, 47-52) at Frederick Keys (17-13, 49-51)
Sunday, July 26 – 4 p.m.
NYMEO Field at Harry Grove Stadium (Frederick, Md.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem fell 2-1 Saturday on a walk-off double in the 11th inning. The Dash and Keys will play the middle game of their three-game set on Sunday.

Matt Heidenreich fired eight innings of one-run ball Saturday in a no-decision. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Matt Heidenreich fired eight innings of one-run ball Saturday in a no-decision. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Eddy Alvarez – SS
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
T.J. Williams – DH
Nolan Earley – RF
Michael Danner – LF
James Dykstra – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Winston-Salem collected just three hits during Saturday’s loss, and the Dash did not muster a knock after the seventh inning. This marks the 11th time in 2015 that Winston-Salem has logged three hits or fewer. The Dash also dropped to 14-40 when scoring three runs or less. Within the eight-team Carolina League, Winston is in the basement in batting average at .240. 
  • Once again, the Dash were outstanding on the mound. Matt Heidenreich failed in his quest to become the fifth Minor League pitcher to reach 12 wins, but he did spin his second start of eight innings. In his last four outings, the Coronado, Calif., native boasts a 1.00 earned run average over 27.0 innings. In his 18 appearances this season, Heidenreich has worked six or more frames 14 times and posted a quality start 13 times. His 112.2 innings are the most in the CL. However, Mitch Horacek, Frederick’s Sunday starter, is in second place, only 5.1 innings away.
  • Winston-Salem boasts a 3.31 team earned run average, which is third-best in the CL (Myrtle Beach, 3.14; Wilmington, 3.20). At the All-Star Break, the Dash owned a 3.62 ERA, but their second-half mark is more than a full run lower (2.53). The bullpen has only permitted 18 earned runs in 86.2 innings (1.87 ERA) in half two. If the season ended today, Winston’s overall ERA would be the best in the Dash era (2009-now).
  • Thanks to a recent promotion, Winston-Salem boasts two of the six bast base stealers in the Minors. Infielder Eddy Alvarez, who joined the Dash on Wednesday, ripped off 42 stolen bases for Low-A Kannapolis. He has two thieveries in his first four games at the High-A level. His 44 are fifth-best in the Minor Leagues, while Adam Engel places sixth with 41. No other active player is within 14 of Engel in the CL. The White Sox are the only team with more than one prospect in the top 11, and they have three (Birmingham’s Tim Anderson, 11th with 35).
  • Winston-Salem was in last place in the Southern Division for the final 50 days of the season’s first half. However, the Dash have enjoyed at least a share of first place for the first 31 days of half two. In their previous five halves (2013 first half to 2015 first half), the Dash were in first for a combined 33 days. This current first-place streak is Winston’s longest since being in the top spot for the final 35 days of the second half in 2012.
  • The Dash boast the White Sox first-round pick, right-hander Carson Fulmer. In his Dash debut on Thursday, Fulmer blanked Carolina over two frames, during which he logged three strikeouts. He is expected to start for the Dash again on Tuesday at home against Wilmington. During his three-year career at Vanderbilt, Fulmer was 24-3 with a 1.99 ERA. He led the Commodores to the College World Series Finals twice (2014 and 2015) and helped the program win its first baseball national championship in 2014.
  • Within the CL, Jake Peter is tied for second in hits (99) and even in sixth in runs scored (56). Adam Engel shares the top spot in runs (64), while he stands sixth in hits (96).
  • Trey Michalczewski is second to Lynchburg’s Nellie Rodriguez (73) among active Carolina Leaguers in RBIs (56).
  • Jeremy Dowdy’s season-long nine-game hitting streak came to an end on Saturday.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Sunday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 3:45 p.m., with the first pitch at approximately 4 p.m.

– Scott

Game #96 Preview – Dash vs. Lynchburg

Game #96 – Home Game #48
Winston-Salem Dash (15-9, 45-49) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (10-15, 43-52)
Tuesday, July 21 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem plated five runs in the first inning Monday en route to a 6-3 victory. The Dash vie for their first home sweep of the season on Tuesday.

Keon Barnum drove in two runs Monday against Lynchburg. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Keon Barnum has driven in 11 runs in the last 16 games. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Omar Narvaez – DH
Nolan Earley – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Sean O’Connell – C
James Dykstra – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Matt Heidenreich became the fifth pitcher in Minor League Baseball to collect his 11th victory. In this category, he trails only Jacob Faria (Tampa Bay) and Angel Sanchez (Pittsburgh), both of whom have recorded 12 victories with two Minor League clubs. Sanchez is a former Winston-Salem pitcher (2014), as is Bowie’s Terry Doyle (2010 and 2011), who is one of the two men tied with Heidenreich for third place with 11 wins.
  • Winston-Salem is 14-3 in games that Heidenreich has started, and the right-hander has worked through six innings in 13 of those 17 outings. The Coronado, Calif., native not only leads the CL in victories with 11, but no other hurler has more than seven. Heidenreich also paces the circuit and is sixth in High-A in innings (104.2), while the Midseason All-Star is third in the CL and sixth in High-A in earned run average (2.49).
  • Once again, the Dash’s offense came through with a strong showing for Heidenreich, who has received 5.1 runs of support per game. The Dash plated five in the opening frame, their largest such showing in the first since ripping off eight against Salem on April 20, 2014. Winston-Salem has scored more runs in the first (60) than any other frame. In Monday’s opening inning, Winston-Salem sent all nine to the plate.
  • The Dash’s top two hitters–Adam Engel and Jake Peter–have thrived throughout the season. In the Carolina League, Engel shares fourth place in hits (92) and is tied for second in runs scored (60), while Peter places second in hits (96) and sixth in runs (52). Engel also paces the eight-team league in stolen bases with 37, which are tied for sixth-most in the Minor Leagues. Engel has 12 more swipes than the next-closest active Carolina Leaguer (Carolina’s Connor Lien, 25). Peter is second on the Dash and tied for 11th in the CL with 14 stolen bases.
  • The heart of the Dash’s order has also produced as of late. Three-hole hitter Trey Michalczewski has driven in a run in nine of his last 10 games. He stands third in the CL with 55 RBIs. Keon Barnum collected two more RBIs in Monday’s victory, giving him 11 in his last 16 contests. This does not include his three-run blast in Sunday’s continuation game from June 27. Also, Jeremy Dowdy and Nick Basto are riding season-long hit streaks of eight and six games, respectively.
  • Winston-Salem was in last place in the Southern Division for the final 50 days of the season’s first half. However, the Dash have enjoyed at least a share of first place for the first 26 days of half two. In their previous five halves (2013 first half to 2015 first half), the Dash were in first for a combined 33 days. This current first-place streak is Winston’s longest since being in the top spot for the final 35 days of the second half in 2012.
  • Tuesday starter James Dykstra is mired in a career-worst eight-game losing streak, though he has worked at least six innings and permitted no more than four runs in each of his last six starts. In those outings, Dykstra is 0-5, and the Dash are 1-5.
  • Following Tuesday’s finale against Lynchburg, Winston will entertain the Carolina Mudcats for a three-game set. This is the Muddies’ first visit to the Triad since April 20-22.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tuesday’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 approximately 7 p.m.

– Scott

Game #91 Preview – Dash at Carolina

Game #91 – Road Game #46
Winston-Salem Dash (11-7, 41-47) at Carolina Mudcats (9-11, 43-46)
Thursday, July 16 – 7 p.m.
Five County Stadium (Zebulon, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash took the opening game of their four-game set with Carolina Wednesday, 5-2. Winston-Salem looks to vie for, at worst, a series split with a win Thursday.

Keon Barnum went 2-for-3 with an RBI double Wednesday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Keon Barnum went 2-for-3 with an RBI double Wednesday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Omar Narvaez – C
T.J. Williams – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Nolan Earley – RF
James Dykstra – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Matt Heidenreich collected his 10th victory of the season on Wednesday. Not only does he pace the Carolina League in wins, but no other hurler has more than seven. Heidenreich is the third High-A pitcher and 13th Minor Leaguer to reach 10 triumphs. Only three pitchers in the Minors have more wins than Heidenreich, who also stands second in the CL in innings pitched (98.2) and third in earned run average (2.46).
  • A three-year Major Leaguer, Nate Jones made his third rehab appearance with Winston-Salem on Wednesday. He gave up a solo shot to Carlos Franco, which was Jones’ only blemish in an eight-pitch inning. During his three appearances with the Dash, Jones has only logged 24 pitches in three innings. The day and location of his next rehab appearance has yet to be announced. Jones, who pitched for Winston from 2008-10, underwent Tommy John surgery in July of 2014.
  • Two critical offensive cogs are riding significant hit streaks. Trey Michalczewski, who is third in the league with 50 RBIs, has hit safely in eight straight games since July 6. During this surge, he is hitting .400 (12-for-30) with six RBIs, including one in each of his last five games. Adam Engel, the CL’s leader with 34 stolen bases, is on a six-game hit streak. Engel is 9-for-24 (.375) with five runs scored.
  • On June 12, the Dash were 11-22 away from BB&T Ballpark. Since then, Winston-Salem has won nine of its last 11 road contests, including five in a row since July 3. This road winning streak matches the second-longest in the Dash era (2009-present). Winston won five in a row away from the Triad from August 19-23, 2013. The Dash’s longest road surge was a six-game win streak from April 18 to May 1 of 2012.
  • Winston-Salem enjoys a three-game lead on all three Southern Division foes in the second half. The Dash had not enjoyed more than a one-game lead at any point during the 2013 or 2014 seasons. This is the club’s biggest divisional advantage since winning the second-half crown in 2012. The Dash have owned at least a share of first place entering 19 of the first 21 days of half two. In each of the last two seasons, the Dash were in first on only 31 days.
  • For the third time in about a month, the Dash are invading Zebulon for a series against Carolina. Winston took two of three from the Mudcats from June 12-14, while Carolina returned the favor during the first three days of July. The Dash will return to Five County Stadium from August 4-6, while Carolina will invade the Triad two more times (July 22-24 and August 21-23). The Dash have claimed six of the two clubs’ first 10 tilts, which have been pitcher-friendly (36-35 Dash).
  • Former Winston-Salem hurler Erik Johnson posted two scoreless innings in Wednesday’s Triple-A All-Star Game. Johnson punched out two and gave up one hit in the International League’s 4-3 win.
  • Catcher Jeremy Dowdy has hit safely in five consecutive games (7-for-20).
  • Thursday starter James Dykstra has not won since April 22, when he moved to 3-0 in three starts.
  • The White Sox top three affiliates are in first place. This includes Double-A Birmingham, winners of seven straight and 12 of 13.

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 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch at approximately 7 p.m.

– Scott

Game #86 Preview – Dash vs. Potomac

Game #86 – Home Game #42
Winston-Salem Dash (9-5, 39-45) vs. Potomac Nationals (9-5, 42-42)
Friday, July 10 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash earned their first sweep of the 2015 season Thursday by blanking the Myrtle Beach Pelicans for the second straight night. Winston-Salem returns home to begin a four-game series with the Potomac Nationals.

Behind seven shutout innings from Matt Heidenreich, the Dash completed their sweep Thursday over Myrtle Beach. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Behind seven shutout innings from Matt Heidenreich, the Dash completed their sweep Thursday over Myrtle Beach. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Toby Thomas – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Suiter – LF
James Dykstra – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Winston-Salem logged its first sweep of the year on Thursday night. The Dash, who failed on three other sweep chances this season, had not used the broom since August 1-3, 2014, at home against Lynchburg. This marks the first sweep for Winston against the Pelicans since August 24-26, 2013, while the Dash had not won every game of a series in South Carolina since a rain-shortened set from July 30-31, 2011. The Dash have won six consecutive contests in Myrtle Beach for the first time since at least 2004.
  • During the three-game series, Winston-Salem pitching held Myrtle Beach to just one run, which came around in the third inning of Tuesday’s opener on a bases-loaded walk. Myrtle Beach did not score in the series’ final 24 innings, and the Pelicans mustered only 15 hits. The Dash have logged back-to-back shutouts for the first time since May 21 and 22, while Winston-Salem had not given up just a single run in three games since August 26-28, 2012.
  • Matt Heidenreich became the third pitcher at the High-A level to reach nine personal victories, and Thursday’s was his first since June 11. The Coronado, Calif., native is tied for 10th in the Minors in wins, and he is two shy of the top spot.
  • Winston-Salem and Potomac enter this series in a two-way tie for the Carolina League’s best second half record. Winston is off to the second-best 14-game start to a half in the Dash era (2009-present). In 2010, the Dash began the first half with an 11-3 mark, while they also sat at 9-5 at this point of half two. This year, the Dash have soared to the top of the eight-team circuit despite only owning a 42-41 edge in the second half. Winston has posted an 8-2 record in one- or two-run games since the All-Star break. In the first half, the Dash were 15-19 in such situations.
  • Potomac spoiled BB&T Ballpark’s debut on April 13, 2010, but that result belies how the Nationals have faired inside the Dash’s new home. The Dash boast a 38-15 (.717) record against the P-Nats at BB&T Ballpark. Winston-Salem has had a winning record against the Nationals in each of its first five seasons at the downtown facility, including a perfect 10-0 record in 2012. This season, the Dash took two of three at home from Potomac on the final three days of April. This set marks the P-Nats’ final visit to the Triad.
  • The top three men in the Dash’s order have been incredible as of late. Leadoff man Adam Engel is 8-for-21 (.381) with three RBIs and four runs in his last five games. Even though he went hitless on Thursday, Jake Peter has hit safely in 34 of his last 38 games since May 27. During this span, Peter is hitting .329 (47-for-143) with three homers, 21 RBIs and 26 runs scored. Three-hole hitter Trey Michalczewski is 7-for-15 (.467) with two RBIs in his last four contests. His 46 RBIs are third-most in the Carolina League.
  • Winston-Salem has not hit a home run since June 30, a span of 88 homerless frames. The Dash are last in the CL with 22 home runs, which are tied for fourth-fewest in the Minor Leagues. Mississippi and West Michigan are tied for the fewest at 17, while Fort Myers has 19.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Friday’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 approximately 7 p.m.

– Scott

Game #85 Preview – Dash at Myrtle Beach

Game #85 – Road Game #44
Winston-Salem Dash (8-5, 38-45) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (5-9, 46-37)
Thursday, July 9 – 7:05 p.m.
TicketReturn.com Field (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Ethan Wilson’s RBI single started the scoring for the Dash in a five-run ninth inning as Winston-Salem snapped a scoreless tie Wednesday en route to a 5-0 victory. The Dash bid for their first sweep of the 2015 season Thursday.

Ethan Wilson knocked in his first run Wednesday since June 7 to begin a five-run ninth inning. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Ethan Wilson knocked in his first run Wednesday since June 7 to begin a five-run ninth inning. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Toby Thomas – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Suiter – LF
Matt Heidenreich – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Even though the Dash have the same number of runs (41) as their opposition in the second half, they are tied with Wilmington for the league’s best second half record. Even though the game was tied in the ninth, Winston logged its most lopsided victory of half two on Wednesday. In fact, the Dash had not defeated a team by more than two runs since June 15. In games decided by one or two runs, Winston-Salem is 7-2 (.778) since the All-Star break. The squad was just 15-19 (.441) in those games during the first half.
  • In the last three games, Winston-Salem starters have posted a 0.95 ERA (19.0 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 11 H). Robinson Leyer has tossed consecutive seven-inning, zero-run starts. Before this surge, he only had one such outing professionally. His 14-inning scoreless streak is second to James Dykstra (15 innings from April 9-22) for the longest by a Dash hurler in 2015. Behind Leyer, the Dash’s two-hit shutout was their best in a nine-inning game since July 20, 2014, at Frederick (one).
  • Righty Matt Heidenreich will attempt to continue the Dash’s great work on the hill. With a win on Thursday, he would become the third High-A pitcher to hit nine wins. He trails only Charlotte’s Jacob Faria and Modesto’s Harrison Musgrave.
  • The Dash collected their fifth straight win at Myrtle Beach on Wednesday. Winston-Salem claimed the final three of a four-game series on the Grand Strand in late April, the club’s first and only other visit before the current set. This marks the first time since September 7, 2009 to April 22, 2010, that Winston-Salem has strung together five consecutive road wins over the Pelicans. Winston has not accomplished a five-game win streak at Myrtle Beach in one season since at least 2004. This year, the Dash are 5-1 at TicketReturn.Com Field after going a combined 6-14 in South Carolina in 2013 and 2014.
  • Winston-Salem infielder Jake Peter has hit safely in 34 of his last 37 games since May 27. During this span, the former Creighton star is hitting .336 (47-for-140) with three homers, 21 RBIs and 26 runs scored. Peter, who missed his first game since May 25 on Wednesday night, went 3-for-4 in Tuesday’s opener, one day after his 13-game hit streak came to an end. He is tied for first in the Carolina League in hits with 87, while his .296 batting average is sixth-best.
  • From June 30 to July 5, Dash third baseman Trey Michalczewski was mired in an 0-for-20 funk. In his last three games, however, the top prospect on the Dash roster has been on fire. Michalczewski is 6-for-11 (.545) during this span. His 45 RBIs are good for third-most in the CL, trailing only Lynchburg’s Nellie Rodriguez (62) and Myrtle Beach’s Jacob Rogers (51).
  • Winston-Salem posted its sixth shutout victory on Wednesday night, though the club had not recorded one since May 22 at Salem. The Dash are fourth on the eight-team circuit in team ERA (3.44), but they are just 0.11 away from second-place Myrtle Beach.

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 6:50 p.m., with the first pitch at approximately 7:05 p.m.

– Scott

Game #80 Preview – Dash vs. Frederick

Game #80 – Home Game #39
Winston-Salem Dash (5-3, 35-43) vs. Frederick Keys (3-6, 35-44)
Saturday, July 4 – 6:30 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash return home for their Fourth of July extravaganza on Saturday. BB&T Ballpark has welcomed a record crowd on Independence Day in each of the last three years.

Jake Peter has hit safely in 11 straight games and 31 of his last 33 (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Jake Peter has hit safely in 11 straight games and 31 of his last 33 (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Toby Thomas – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Suiter – LF
Matt Heidenreich – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • The Fourth of July has been special for the franchise. Over the last three years, Winston-Salem has set a new BB&T Ballpark attendance record on Independence Day. However, the Dash have dropped all three of those games in front of 7,285 (2012), 7,576 (2013) and 8,184 (2014) fans.
  • The attendance figure from July 4, 2014, remains the highest single-game mark in BB&T Ballpark’s six years. The Dash have not won on Independence Day since 2010 (6-4 at Lynchburg), while Winston’s last home win on the holiday was 2007 (13-2 vs. Frederick). The Dash are 0-4 at BB&T Ballpark on July 4.
  • With a capacity crowd expected, Winston-Salem will turn to All-Star righty Matt Heidenreich, who is hoping to become the third High-A pitcher to reach nine victories this season. Heidenreich paces the Carolina League with his eight wins, two more than any other hurler on the circuit. His 2.68 earned run average is sixth-best among CL qualifiers. Winston-Salem is 10-3 when the Coronado, Calif., native takes to the mound.
  • Heidenreich will attempt to continue the Dash’s strong pitching. The Dash posted a 1.44 earned run average during their series at Carolina from Wednesday to Friday. All three starters recorded quality starts. Winston’s 3.53 team ERA would be the best in the Dash era (2009-present).
  • Dash infielder Jake Peter has continued to swing a hot bat for more than a month. Peter has hit safely in 31 of his last 33 games dating back to May 27. During this span, Peter is hitting .328 (41-for-125) with three homers and 20 RBIs. This trend began with a six-game hitting streak from May 27 to June 1. Following a hitless effort on June 2 (which was suspended to June 20), Peter hit safely in 14 straight games.
  • Peter’s 14-game hit streak ended with an 0-for-3 effort on June 18, the only game all month he failed to reach base. Since then, the Mason City, Iowa, native has hit safely in 11 straight games. Not only is this the longest active streak in the Carolina League, but Peter now possesses the second-longest run by a Dash hitter in 2015, trailing only his aforementioned 14-gamer last month. During his current surge, Peter is 15-for-45 (.333) with four RBIs and five runs. Overall, Peter is tied for second in hits (81) and even for 10th in batting average (.290) in the CL.
  • Due to a new, imbalanced schedule format in the CL, this marks Frederick’s first trip to BB&T Ballpark in 2015. It is the latest that a team has made its first trip to BB&T Ballpark. The two teams squared off seven times in Maryland in the first half, with Frederick amassing five wins.
  • However, the Dash have outscored the Keys 51-35, with their two victories coming by scores of 13-0 (April 9) and 14-2 (May 7). In the latter of those two contests, Winston set a Dash-era record with nine runs in the seventh inning.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Saturday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:15 p.m., with the first pitch at approximately 6:40 p.m.

– Scott

Game #75 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #75 – Home Game #37
Winston-Salem Dash (3-0, 33-40) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (0-4, 41-32)
Monday, June 29 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash came back from an eighth-inning deficit Sunday to knock off Myrtle Beach 3-2. Winston-Salem is now 3-0 to begin the second half for the first time since 2006.

Peter Tago earned his team-best fifth save in Sunday's win. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Peter Tago earned his team-best fifth save in Sunday’s win. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Jeremy Dowdy – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Toby Thomas – LF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
T.J. Williams – DH
James Dykstra – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Winston-Salem is enjoying its best start to a half during the Dash era (2009-present). This marks the first time since 2006 that Winston-Salem has strung together three straight wins to begin a half. Since then, the only other two instances when Winston was 2-0 were the second half in 2011 and 2014 with two consecutive wins. The franchise has not kicked off a half with a 4-0 record in at least a decade.
  • Thanks to Sunday’s come-from-behind triumph, the Dash recorded their fifth last at-bat win. All five have come against Southern Division foes; however, this was the first against Myrtle Beach, whom Winston-Salem has played 16 times so far this year. Winston-Salem also pulled out its third victory of the season when trailing at any point after the seventh inning.
  • Dash infielder Jake Peter has been on a tear in the last month. Peter has hit safely in 26 of his last 28 games dating back to May 27. During this span, Peter is hitting .317 (33-for-105) with three homers and 19 RBIs. This trend began with a six-game hitting streak from May 27 to June 1. Following a hitless effort on June 2 (which was suspended to June 20), Peter hit safely in 14 straight games. He is currently riding a six-game surge (7-for-25, 3 RBIs, 3 runs).
  • Winston-Salem is enjoying a four-game winning streak, one shy of its highest of the campaign (April 24-29). One of the biggest keys to the club’s recent success has been its ability to buckle down when its opposition has a scoring opportunity. In these four contests, opposing hitters are a combined 8-for-36 (.222) with men in scoring position, and they have stranded 29 runners. In particular, Myrtle Beach struggled in these situations on Sunday. The Dash’s quartet of hurlers did not give up a base hit in 11 at-bats with runners in scoring position. Myrtle Beach is 5-for-41 (.122) in these “clutch” spots in half two.
  • One night after Matt Heidenreich returned from an 11-day absence to post a quality start, fellow All-Star James Dykstra will pitch in a Dash game for the first time in the exact same span. Dykstra did work an inning in this past Tuesday’s All-Star Game, but his most recent start was on June 17. On that day, Dykstra only allowed one hit in the first five frames before Myrtle scored three runs over his final two innings.
  • Including Sunday’s one-run victory, the Dash have logged a save in each of their last six wins. In fact, the Dash have not blown a save since June 7. During this stretch, Winston-Salem is a perfect 8-for-8 in save chances after beginning the season 8-for-15 (53 percent). Michael Ynoa and Peter Tago have logged three saves apiece during this streak of six “saved” wins in a row. They have alternated the closer role, with Tago collecting the save on Sunday.
  • The Dash had dropped five of their last six home games before Sunday’s win.
  • Winston-Salem catcher Omar Narvaez has hit safely in five straight games. This marks Narvaez’s fifth hit streak of five of more games this season. During this run, Narvaez is 8-for-17 (.471).

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 #74 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #74 – Home Game #36
Winston-Salem Dash (2-0, 32-40) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (0-3, 41-31)
Sunday, June 28 – 5 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem’s Saturday contest in Lynchburg was suspended due to rain with the Hillcats up 3-1 in the top of the second. Thus, the Dash will start a three-game series Sunday against Myrtle Beach.

Matt Heidenreich starts for the Dash Sunday against Myrtle Beach. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Matt Heidenreich starts for the Dash Sunday against Myrtle Beach. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Toby Thomas – LF
T.J. Williams – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Suiter – RF
Matt Heidenreich – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • For the third time in the Dash era (2009-present), Winston-Salem has started a half with back-to-back victories. The Dash also began the second half in 2011 and 2014 with two consecutive wins. In both of those seasons, the third contest of the half did not go well. Frederick cruised to a 6-1 triumph in 2011, while Salem blasted Winston 13-4 a year ago. The franchise has not posted a 3-0 beginning to a half since 2006.
  • The Dash play Myrtle Beach more than any other Carolina League foe. The Pelicans, who claimed the first-half Southern Division title, won nine of the first 15 meetings in the season series. A big key to the Birds’ success against the Dash stemmed from an 8-3 mark at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash claimed three of four in their lone trip to the Grand Strand in half one (April 23-26). Sunday marks the first of 12 clashes in the second half, with each team hosting six. The Pelicans have hit .280 against Winston pitching, while the Dash own a .236 mark versus Myrtle.
  • Winston-Salem catcher Omar Narvaez has been on a tear in his last four games. Narvaez is 7-for-13 (.538) with five runs scored during this span. Narvaez’s .304 overall batting average is sixth among Carolina League qualifiers.
  • Sunday starter Matt Heidenreich has not pitched for Winston-Salem since June 16, a span of 11 days between outings. The White Sox allowed him to skip his scheduled turn in the rotation last Sunday in order to pitch in Tuesday’s All-Star Game, when he logged the final out for the Carolina League in its loss to the California League. Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., the site of this year’s All-Star Game, is about 120 miles from Heidenreich’s hometown of Coronado.
  • Heidenreich paces the Carolina League with eight wins. No other pitcher on the eight-team circuit has more than six personal victories. With a win Sunday, Heidenreich would become the ninth pitcher in all of Minor League Baseball to reach the nine-win mark. Within High-A, only Charlotte’s Jacob Faria (10) and Modesto’s Harrison Musgrave (9) have more victories. Heidenreich is seventh in the Carolina League with a 2.95 earned run average.
  • The Dash have logged a save in each of their last five wins. In fact, the Dash have not blown a save since June 7. During this stretch, Winston-Salem is a perfect 7-for-7 in save opportunities after beginning the season 8-for-15 (53 percent). Still, Winston-Salem is in the basement of the eight-team Carolina League with 15 saves. The next-closest club is Frederick (17), while Myrtle Beach paces the circuit (25).
  • The Dash have dropped five of their last six home games dating back to June 16. On the flip side, the club is riding a four-game road winning streak, its longest in 366 days (June 24-27, 2014)
  • Myrtle Beach suffered its first sweep of the season in its first series of the second half. Due to a delay of more than two hours, the Pelicans did not finish their finale at Carolina on Saturday night until after 11.
  • The Dash scored five runs by the end of the second inning in each of its two victories in Lynchburg this weekend.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Television coverage of Sunday’s contest will be available on My48 at 5 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 4:45 p.m., with the first pitch set for 5 p.m.

– Scott

Game #72 Preview – Dash at Lynchburg

Game #72 – Road Game #37
Winston-Salem Dash (1-0, 31-40) at Lynchburg Hillcats (0-1, 33-38)
Friday, June 26 – 6:30 p.m.
Calvin Falwell Field (Lynchburg, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Jordan Guerrero pitched into the ninth inning and the Dash led wire-to-wire Thursday to knock off the Hillcats 5-4. Winston-Salem has now won three straight road contests.

Robinson Leyer starts Friday for the Dash in Lynchburg. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Robinson Leyer starts Friday for the Dash in Lynchburg. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Nolan Earley – RF
T.J. Williams – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Suiter – LF
Robinson Leyer – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Not only did Guerrero post a new career-high in innings, but he also became the first Winston-Salem starter to pitch more than eight innings since July 20, 2014, when Tony Bucciferro took a no-hitter into the ninth at Frederick before settling for a complete game shutout. Guerrero fell two outs short of becoming the seventh Winston pitcher in the Dash era (2009-present) to toss nine innings in a single game.
  • For just the second time this season, the Dash have rattled off three consecutive road victories. The other such surge took place from April 24-26, when the Dash rallied for a four-game series win at Myrtle Beach. This most recent mini-streak has immediately followed an eight-game road skid, the longest for the franchise since 2006. That funk included a four-game sweep at the hands of the Hillcats from June 5-7. The Dash are 14-22 on the road, which is the second-worst mark in the Carolina League.
  • Several Dash players find themselves at or near the top of some categories in the Carolina League. Adam Engel is tied for first in stolen bases (28) and third in runs scored (44). Trey Michalczewski shares second in RBIs (42). Omar Narvaez is fifth in batting average (.303). On the pitching side, Matt Heidenreich is first in wins (8) and sixth in earned run average (2.77).
  • For a third straight half, Winston-Salem earned a win in the opener. The Dash blasted Salem 12-4 to begin last year’s second half before obliterating Frederick to kick off this season. Before this recent uptick, the Dash had dropped five half lid-lifters in a row. Since the nickname change in 2009, Winston-Salem is 6-8 to begin the half.
  • Dash utility man Toby Thomas logged another strong showing on Thursday. Thomas went 2-for-4 with an RBI, his sixth at the High-A level. Thomas has hit safely in 11 of his first 14 games within the Carolina League. Of his 15 base hits, nine of them have gone for extra bases (seven doubles, one triple and one home run). Plus, the Alabama native has produced well despite playing in both the infield and outfield and hitting anywhere from sixth to ninth in the lineup.
  • Former Dash infielder Carlos Sanchez carried the White Sox past Detroit on Thursday with a three-run triple in the 10th inning of an 8-7 win on Thursday.
  • Winston-Salem improved to 24-10 (.706) when scoring more than three runs.
  • Friday starter Robinson Leyer posted a quality start in his only appearance against Lynchburg on May 27 (6.0 IP, 3 R, 5 H), which did result in a loss for both the Dash and Leyer.
  • Despite the series-opening win on Thursday night, the Dash are just 10-25 (.286) in Lynchburg since the start of the 2012 season. This does not include a pair of losses in the Mills Cup Finals in 2012.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Friday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:15 p.m., with the first pitch at 6:30 p.m.

– Scott

Game #71 Preview – Dash at Lynchburg

Game #71 – Road Game #36
Winston-Salem Dash (0-0, 30-40) at Lynchburg Hillcats (0-0, 33-37)
Thursday, June 25 – 6:30 p.m.
Calvin Falwell Field (Lynchburg, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The second half of the season begins Thursday, when the Dash start a three-game series at Lynchburg. Winston-Salem will compete with Salem and Carolina for the right to battle Myrtle Beach in the Southern Division Championship Series in September.

Trey Michalczewski begins the second half of the season in a tie for second in the Carolina League in RBIs. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Trey Michalczewski begins the second half of the season in a tie for second in the Carolina League in RBIs. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Toby Thomas – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Suiter – LF
Jordan Guerrero – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • During the season’s first 70 games, Winston-Salem recorded the worst single-half record during the Dash era (2009-present). In fact, Winston-Salem three most recent halves have been the franchise’s three worst since the nickname change. A year ago, the Dash were 30-39 and 31-39 in the first and second half, respectively. Since 2009, the Dash are still 40 games over .500 (472-432-1). Only Potomac owns a better record in the CL during this span.
  • This three-game set marks the Dash’s second and final trip to Lynchburg in the regular season. The Hillcats claimed all four games of a weather-condensed four-game series from June 5-7. It marked the franchise’s first four-game road sweep since June 2-5, 2008, the final season of the Warthogs. In the series finale, Lynchburg overcame a 7-0 Winston-Salem advantage, the biggest lead the club had ever surrendered in a loss since the Dash era began six years ago.
  • Several Dash players found themselves at or near the top of some categories in the Carolina League. Adam Engel is tied for first in stolen bases (28) and tied for second in runs (44). Trey Michalczewski shares second in RBIs (42). Omar Narvaez is sixth in batting average (.299). On the pitching side, Matt Heidenreich is sixth with a 2.95 earned run average, while his eight wins are two better than any other CL hurler.
  • The California League cruised to a 9-2 victory in the 19th California-Carolina League All-Star Game on Tuesday in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Omar Narvaez went 1-for-2 with a run scored, while both James Dykstra (1.0 IP, 2 ER) and Matt Heidenreich (0.1 IP, 0 R) appeared on the mound. With the victory, the men from the West Coast snagged a 9-8-2 edge in the all-time series. The 2016 Midsummer Classic will take place in Lake Elsinore, Calif., in a celebration of the California League’s 75th anniversary.
  • The Dash only had two roster moves in advance of the season’s second half. Euclides Leyer has rejoined the club from Low-A Kannapolis, while fellow righty Yency Almonte was assigned to the Intimidators from Winston-Salem.
  • On Sunday, the Dash improved to 10-0 at home when scoring six-plus runs.
  • Jordan Guerrero will make his fourth High-A start in the stadium where he made his first (5.0 IP, 4 R on June 7).

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 6:15 p.m., with the first pitch at 6:30 p.m.

– Scott

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