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Games #120/121 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

UPDATE (7:40 p.m.)

Dash’s game two lineup:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – DH
Nick Basto – LF
Nolan Earley – RF
T.J. Williams – 1B
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Brett Austin – C
Andre Wheeler – LHP

Games #120/121 – Home Games #61/62
Winston-Salem Dash (31-18, 61-58) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (30-20, 71-48)
Wednesday, August 19 – 5:30 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash’s series opener with Myrtle Beach was postponed due to rain on Tuesday. Thus, the two clubs will play a doubleheader beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Adam Engel leads the Carolina League in runs scored. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Adam Engel is tied for the Carolina League lead in runs scored. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP (Game 1):

Adam Engel – CF
Eddy Alvarez – SS
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Omar Narvaez – C
T.J. Williams – DH
Nolan Earley – RF
Yency Almonte – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Even though Winston-Salem lost CL Pitcher of the Year candidate Matt Heidenreich to Double-A on Monday, the Dash still own a 3.27 earned run average, which is second-best on the circuit. Only the Dash’s current opponent, Myrtle Beach, has a better mark (3.00). The club’s bullpen has been especially effective. Winston relievers own a 2.71 mark and have successfully converted 16 straight save chances (last blown save: June 30 vs. Myrtle Beach) and 25 of their last 26.
  • Righty Yency Almonte and southpaw Andre Wheeler will start for Winston-Salem in game one and two, respectively, of Wednesday’s twin bill. Almonte had not given up an earned run in his first 16.2 frames of High-A work until Potomac rattled off one in the fourth and four in the fifth on Wednesday. Andre Wheeler, who is 3-0 with a 2.38 ERA against Myrtle Beach this season, will make his sixth start of 2015 in the nightcap.
  • Even though the Dash are seventh on the eight-team circuit in batting average (.242), many of their players are at or near the top of the CL in several relevant offensive categories. Adam Engel paces the league in games (117) and stolen bases (54), while he is tied for first in runs (80) and second in hits (117). Engel is also fourth in all of Minor League Baseball in steals, while teammate Eddy Alvarez is fifth (50). Jake Peter is third in hits (116) and fourth in runs (68). Trey Michalczewski (3rd, 64) and Keon Barnum (4th, 63) are in the top five in RBIs.
  • 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 55 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. The squad’s current first-place streak is the longest since Winston-Salem became the Dash in 2009.
  • The Dash are hoping to clinch a spot alongside Myrtle Beach in next month’s Southern Division Championship Series. Winston-Salem is 11-10 against the Pelicans, though the Dash are 6-1 in Myrtle Beach and 5-9 against the Birds at BB&T Ballpark. Winston and Myrtle boast the two best records in the CL since the All-Star break. This marks the first meeting since July 9, which is the largest gap between games this season.
  • While the Dash have not played Sunday or Tuesday, Carolina has collected a pair of wins to pull within four games of Winston-Salem for the final Southern Division playoff spot. The Mudcats invade BB&T Ballpark Friday through Sunday.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Wednesday’s twin bill will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 5:15 p.m., with the first pitch at 5:30 p.m.

– Scott

Game #120 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #120 – Home Game #61
Winston-Salem Dash (31-18, 61-58) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (30-20, 71-48)
Tuesday, August 18 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash’s series finale in Salem on Sunday was cancelled due to wet grounds. After Monday’s off-day, Winston-Salem begins a six-game homestand by hosting Myrtle Beach for a three-game series. The Pelicans are 1.5 games behind the Dash for first place in the Southern Division.

Trey Michalczewski is second in the Carolina League in RBIs. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Trey Michalczewski is second in the Carolina League in RBIs. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Eddy Alvarez – SS
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Omar Narvaez – C
T.J. Williams – DH
Nolan Earley – RF
Yency Almonte – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • The White Sox announced Monday that Carolina League All-Star and Pitcher of the Year candidate Matt Heidenreich was promoted to Double-A Birmingham. Heidenreich currently stands as the CL leader in wins (12) and at-bats against (508), while he shares first place in winning percentage (.800) and innings (130.2). The Coronado, Calif., native also stands third in ERA (2.76), third in strikeouts (103) and fifth in WHIP (1.16). The Dash boasted a 16-5 record when Heidenreich took to the hill, and he logged a quality start in 15 of his 21 outings with the Dash.
  • Heidenreich led the way for a Dash pitching staff that boasts a 3.27 earned run average. Only Myrtle Beach, the Dash’s opponent over the next three days, has a better mark (3.00). The club’s bullpen has been especially effective. Dash relievers own a 2.71 mark and have successfully converted 16 straight save chances (last blown save: June 30) and 25 of their last 26.
  • In addition to Heidenreich’s promotion, the White Sox announced three other Dash-related moves. Righty Spencer Adams, the fourth-best White Sox prospect per MLB.com, has joined the Dash for a second time. He was 9-5 with a 3.24 ERA with the Intimidators. Brett Austin, who was Carlos Rodon’s primary catcher at NC State, has also jumped up from Kannapolis, where he hit .201. To make room for Austin, fellow catcher Sean O’Connell was sent to Kannapolis.
  • Even though the Dash are seventh on the eight-team circuit in batting average (.242), many of their players are at or near the top of the CL in several relevant offensive categories. Adam Engel paces the league in games (117), runs (80) and stolen bases (54), while he is second in hits (117). Engel is also fourth in all of Minor League Baseball in steals, while teammate Eddy Alvarez is fifth with 50. Jake Peter is third in hits (116) and fourth in runs (68). Trey Michalczewski (2nd, 64) and Keon Barnum (4th, 63) are in the top five in RBIs. Barnum is tied for first in MiLB in RBIs since July 1 (40).
  • 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 54 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. The squad’s current first-place streak is the longest since Winston-Salem became the Dash in 2009.
  • The Dash are hoping to clinch a spot alongside Myrtle Beach in next month’s Southern Division Championship Series. Winston-Salem is 11-10 against the Pelicans, though the Dash are 6-1 in Myrtle Beach and 5-9 against the Birds at BB&T Ballpark. Winston and Myrtle boast the two best records in the CL since the All-Star break. This marks the first meeting since July 9, which is the largest gap between games this season.
  • Winston is a CL-best 17-7 against divisional foes in half two. The Dash were 17-22 in the division before the break.
  • Adams will take the rotation spot of Heidenreich and start Wednesday night.

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 7 p.m.

– Scott

Game #118 Preview – Dash at Salem

Game #118 – Road Game #58
Winston-Salem Dash (29-18, 59-58) at Salem Red Sox (17-30, 55-62)
Friday, August 14 – 7:05 p.m.
LewisGale Field (Salem, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash offense went 2-for-16 with runners in scoring position Thursday in their 5-1 rubber match loss at Potomac. With their lead over Carolina down to three games, Winston-Salem begins a three-game series Friday at Salem.

Nick Basto went 2-for-3 with an RBI single Thursday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Nick Basto went 2-for-3 with an RBI single Thursday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Eddy Alvarez – SS
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Omar Narvaez – C
T.J. Williams – DH
Nolan Earley – RF
Jordan Guerrero – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Right-hander Matt Heidenreich recorded his 15th quality start in 21 tries on Thursday, but he suffered his third loss of the season. Thus, the Coronado, Calif., native failed to become the eighth Minor League hurler to reach the 13-win mark in 2015. Heidenreich is still the Carolina League leader with 12 wins, while he is also tied for first in innings pitched (130.2), second in strikeouts (103), third in earned run average (2.76) and fifth in WHIP (1.16). The Dash are 16-5 (.762) when Heidenreich takes to the hill.
  • While Heidenreich fell short of another victory, Friday starter Jordan Guerrero will attempt to parlay his masterpiece last Saturday into another win. Guerrero scattered three hits over seven scoreless innings, his first zero-run effort while with Winston-Salem, in the Dash’s 1-0 win over Salem six days ago. This dazzling effort propelled the southpaw to the CL’s Pitcher of the Week honor. Guerrero also earned two South Atlantic League weekly honors with Low-A Kannapolis earlier this season (April 9-19 and May 11-17).
  • The Dash are second in the league with a 3.30 team ERA. Winston-Salem also stands second in overall strikeouts (841; 7.5 K per 9 IP), behind only Wilmington (849). The club’s bullpen has been especially effective. Dash relievers own a 2.70 mark and have successfully converted 15 straight save chances and 24 of their last 25.
  • Even though the Dash are seventh on the eight-team circuit in batting average (.243), many of their players are at or near the top of the CL in several relevant offensive categories. Adam Engel paces the league in games (115), runs (78) and stolen bases (53), while he is second in hits (115). Jake Peter is third in hits (113), fourth in games (111) and fourth in runs (68). Trey Michalczewski (T-2nd, 64) and Keon Barnum (4th, 62) are in the top five in RBIs, while the latter of the two is tied for the Minor League lead in this category since July 1 with 39.
  • 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 50 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. The squad’s current first-place streak is the longest since Winston-Salem became the Dash in 2009.
  • Both Myrtle Beach (9-3 W at Salem) and Carolina (4-3 W/10 at Wilmington) picked up a game on the Dash in the standings on Thursday. Winston has enjoyed sole possession of the Southern Division’s top spot since July 22, but that streak is in jeopardy on Friday with the Pelicans just a game out of first. However, the Dash just need to finish ahead of Carolina (3.0 GB) and Salem (12.0 GB) to clinch a playoff spot.
  • The Dash swept a three-game set versus Salem last weekend by a combined score of 16-6. This marks the final series between the two division rivals. The Dash have not invaded Salem since late May and are 2-5 against the Sox on the road.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

– Scott

Game #117 Preview – Dash at Potomac

Game #117 – Road Game #57
Winston-Salem Dash (29-17, 59-57) at Potomac Nationals (20-25, 53-62)
Thursday, August 13 – 12:05 p.m.
Pfitzner Stadium (Woodbridge, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Behind seven shutout innings from Reynaldo Lopez, Potomac cruised past Winston-Salem 8-2 on Wednesday night at Pfitzner Stadium. Lopez, one of the top prospects in the Nationals system, whiffed a career-high 11 in his longest scoreless outing of 2015. As a result, the Dash and P-Nats will meet in the rubber match in the series on Thursday, which also serves as the deciding duel in the 13-game season set.

Winston-Salem Dash pitcher Matt Heidenreich (32)

Dash righty Matt Heidenreich leads the CL in wins and ERA (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Eddy Alvarez – 2B
Jake Peter – DH
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Nolan Earley – RF
Sean O’Connell – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Matt Heidenreich – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Due to Wednesday’s loss, the Dash’s five-game winning streak is no more. Winston-Salem outscored its opposition 20-6 during these five contests. The Dash fell one triumph shy of their longest winning streak of 2015. Winston won six in a row from July 26-31. Still, this was the club’s third win streak of five-plus games since the All-Star break, something it accomplished only once during the first half (April 24-29).
  • The Dash avoided their eighth shutout loss of 2015 with a pair of runs in the ninth inning. Both Trey Michalczewski (groundout) and Keon Barnum (single) drove home a run in the frame. Michalczewski is tied with Lynchburg’s Clint Frazier for second place in the CL in RBIs (64).
  • Barnum has jumped into fourth place on the circuit (62), and he leads all of Minor League Baseball with 39 RBIs since July 1. Before July began, Barnum was a .235 hitter with 23 RBIs.
  • The Dash’s top three hitters have thrived as of late. Within the CL, Adam Engel is first in runs (78) and second in hits (115), while Jake Peter is fourth in runs (68) and third in hits (113). Since joining the Dash last month, only Frazier (.383) has a better average than Eddy Alvarez (.375), who has hit safely in 15 of his 19 games with Winston-Salem. Engel (52) and Alvarez (49) are also fourth and fifth, respectively, in the Minor Leagues in stolen bases.
  • Thursday starter Matt Heidenreich leads the Carolina League in wins (12) and earned run average (2.67). He also stands second in innings pitched (124.2), third in strikeouts (100) and fourth in WHIP (1.15). The Pitcher of the Year candidate became the first man in High-A to reach 12 victories with a 10-strikeout effort against Salem on Friday.
  • With a win Thursday afternoon, Heidenreich can become the eighth Minor League hurler to reach 13 wins. No one has surpassed the 13-win mark in 2015.
  • Heidenreich has worked through five innings in all of his 20 starts, while the Coronado, Calif., native has logged at least six frames in 15 of those outings. Winston-Salem is 16-4 (.800) in games that Heidenreich has started. Potomac has not seen Heidenreich since his 2015 debut on April 13, when he gave up just a two-run homer in the first (Wilmer Difo) over six innings.
  • Following Thursday’s finale at Pfitzner Stadium, the Dash invade the Roanoke Valley for a three-game set with Salem, whom Winston swept last weekend.
  • The Dash matched their most lopsided loss in Wednesday’s six-run verdict, which has happened 10 times this year.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Thursday’s game will be available on 600 AM-WSJS and wsjs.com, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 11:50 a.m., with the first pitch at 12:05 p.m.

– Brian

Game #113 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

Game #113 – Home Game #59
Winston-Salem Dash (26-15, 56-55) vs. Salem Red Sox (16-26, 54-58)
Saturday, August 8 – 6:30 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem rallied by the Red Sox 5-3 to take Friday’s series opener. The Dash are 10.5 games ahead of Salem in the Southern Division.

Jake Cose earned his first career save Friday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Jake Cose earned his first career save Friday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Eddy Alvarez – SS
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
T.J. Williams – DH
Michael Danner – RF
Sean O’Connell – C
Jordan Guerrero – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Matt Heidenreich became the first High-A pitcher and the 10th in Minor League Baseball to reach 12 personal victories. In addition to owning the top spot in wins in the Carolina League, Heidenreich boasts the best earned run average (2.67), and he is second to Frederick’s Mitch Horacek in both innings (125.1 to 124.2) and strikeouts (120 to 100). When Heidenreich takes to the hill, Winston-Salem is 16-4 (.800).
  • Overall, the Dash’s team ERA stands at 3.29, which trails only Myrtle Beach (3.08) on the eight-team circuit. In the second half, Winston’s staff boasts a 2.68 ERA, which is almost a run better than its 3.62 mark in half one. In particular, the Dash’s bullpen has dominated as of late. Winston relievers own a 2.60 ERA this season and a 1.84 mark in the second half (26 earned runs in 127.1 innings). After starting the season with seven blown saves in its first 15 chances, Winston’s bullpen has successfully converted 22 of its last 23 save opportunities. This run includes a string of 13 successes in a row since July 1.
  • The Dash have added another strong piece to the bullpen. Right-hander Matt Cooper joined the club from Kannapolis on Friday. He finished his time in Low-A with 15 scoreless innings and whiffed 14 of the final 17 men he faced. Cooper was 11-for-12 in save opportunities.
  • 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 44 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. The squad’s current first-place streak is the longest since Winston-Salem became the Dash in 2009.
  • Once again Friday, the Dash’s speedy 1-2 punch struck again. Adam Engel went 3-for-5 with a run scored. In his last five games, Engel is 8-for-19 (.421) with five runs scored. Though Eddy Alvarez’s six-game hit streak ended, he did collect his 48th stolen base of 2015. Alvarez is fifth in the Minors in swipes, one place and one steal away from Engel (4th place with 49).
  • For the ninth time since July 1, Dash slugger Keon Barnum recorded a multi-RBI game on Friday, something he only accomplished five times through the end of June. Since the start of last month, Barnum has collected 32 RBIs, which are second-most in High-A during that span (Lancaster’s Ronnie Mitchell, 33). Overall, Barnum now stands fifth in the CL with 55 RBIs.
  • Winston-Salem is two wins away from its 500th since becoming the Dash in 2009. The club’s 498-447-1 (.527) mark since the nickname change is the best in the Carolina League during this seven-year span.
  • In addition to leading the CL in stolen bases by 17, Engel paces the circuit in runs scored (75) and trails only Lynchburg’s Clint Frazier in hits (111).
  • Jake Peter is fourth in both hits (108) and runs (64).
  • First-round pick Carson Fulmer is slated to start Sunday’s finale.

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 6:30 p.m.

– Scott

Game #112 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

Game #112 – Home Game #58
Winston-Salem Dash (25-15, 55-55) vs. Salem Red Sox (16-25, 54-57)
Friday, August 7 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash blanked Carolina 3-0 Thursday to take the series and extend their lead over the Mudcats to 3.5 games. Winston-Salem enters play Friday 9.5 games ahead of Salem.

Brad Goldberg earned his fifth save Thursday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Brad Goldberg earned his fifth save Thursday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Eddy Alvarez – SS
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Omar Narvaez – C
T.J. Williams – DH
Nolan Earley – RF
Matt Heidenreich – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Winston-Salem recorded its 10th shutout victory on Thursday night, largely due to Almonte’s gem. The former Angels farmhand has not given up an earned run in his first two High-A efforts spanning 13.2 innings. The Dash are one blanking away from the top spot in the Carolina League. Both Potomac and Salem have 11 shutouts in 2015. Overall, the Dash’s team ERA stands at 3.29, which trails only Myrtle Beach (3.08) on the eight-team circuit. In the second half, Winston’s staff boasts a 2.73 ERA, which is almost a run better than its 3.62 mark in half one.
  • In particular, the Dash’s bullpen has dominated as of late. Dash relievers own a 2.61 ERA this season, and that figure has dropped 0.40 thanks to a second-half showing of 1.87 (26 earned runs in 125.0 innings). After starting the season with seven blown saves in its first 15 chances, Winston’s bullpen has successfully converted 21 of its last 22 save opportunities. This run includes a string of 12 successes in a row since July 1.
  • For the first time this half, the Dash are not alone in last place in the CL in team home runs. With Barnum’s team high-tying seventh long ball, the Dash have drawn even with Potomac at 41. The Dash, who have hit eight homers in their last eight games, are just eight shy of third place.
  • 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 43 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. The squad’s current first-place streak is the longest since Winston-Salem became the Dash in 2009.
  • For the first time this half, Winston tangles with division rival Salem. The Dash and Red Sox met 18 times in the first half, with Salem claiming 11 of those clashes. After contending until the final weekend of the first half (38-32, 3.5 GB of Myrtle Beach), Salem has dropped to the basement in the Southern Division in half two. These two teams will play six times in the next 10 days, a stretch that represents the final duels of 2015.
  • Dash starter Matt Heidenreich leads the CL in wins (11) and earned run average (2.60). With a victory on Friday, Heidenreich would become the 10th pitcher in the Minors and the first in High-A to reach the 12-win mark. The Dash boast a 15-4 (.789) record when the Coronado, Calif., native takes to the mound. Winston-Salem has averaged 5.0 runs per game in his 19 outings.
  • Dash infielder Eddy Alvarez, who did not play Thursday, is 9-for-23 (.391) with two home runs, eight RBIs and six runs scored during his current six-game hit streak, the longest active run on the Dash.
  • Winston-Salem is three wins away from its 500th since becoming the Dash in 2009. The club’s 497-447-1 (.526) mark since the nickname change is the best in the Carolina League during this seven-year span.

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 #110 Preview – Dash at Carolina

Game #110 – Road Game #53
Winston-Salem Dash (24-14, 54-54) at Carolina Mudcats (21-18, 55-53)
Wednesday, August 5 – 7 p.m.
Five County Stadium (Zebulon, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Strong pitching by Carson Fulmer and Brian Clark carried the Dash to a 4-2 victory in Tuesday’s series opener with the Mudcats. Winston-Salem could extend its lead in the Southern Division to 4.5 games with a win on Wednesday.

Brian Clark did not allow an earned run in six innings of work on Tuesday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Brian Clark did not allow an earned run in six innings of work on Tuesday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Eddy Alvarez – SS
Jake Peter – DH
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Omar Narvaez – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – 2B
Brandon Brennan – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Thanks to Tuesday’s triumph, the Dash pushed their lead on Carolina to three-and-a-half games. Winston-Salem would clinch a spot alongside first-half champion Myrtle Beach in the Southern Division Championship Series by finishing the second half ahead of Carolina and Salem. The Dash and Mudcats tangle five more times, including Wednesday and Thursday night.
  • The Dash’s pitching staff stands second in the Carolina League in earned run average (3.29), behind only the aforementioned Pelicans. Due to Clark’s six-inning, zero-earned run showing, the Dash’s bullpen dropped its second-half ERA to 1.75 (23 ER in 118.1 IP). In their 17 games against Carolina, the Dash boast a 2.86 ERA.
  • The Dash’s typical top two hitters have been on fire as of late. Adam Engel is riding a season-long nine-game hit streak, during which he is 12-for-32 (.375) with 10 runs. Engel also became the first Dash hitter to blast a home run to begin the game since Jacob May accomplished the feat on July 10, 2014. Eddy Alvarez is 8-for-19 (.421) with two homers, seven RBIs and six runs scored in the last five games. In his first 12 games with Winston, Alvarez is hitting .375 (15-for-40) with two homers, nine RBIs and 10 runs. In addition to their surges at the plate, Engel (48) and Alvarez (46) are fourth and fifth, respectively, in the Minors in stolen bases.
  • 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 41 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. The squad’s current first-place streak will become the longest since Winston-Salem became the Dash in 2009. The Dash are guaranteed to be atop the Southern Division for at least the next two days.
  • Winston-Salem became the first team to muster more than three runs against Carolina southpaw Blair Walters (4 R-ER in 4.2 IP), who was a member of the Dash in 2012. As a result, Walters no longer leads active CL qualifiers in ERA. That distinction now belongs to Winston-Salem righty Matt Heidenreich (2.60). The White Sox traded Heidenreich and Walters for big league righty Brett Myers in 2012.
  • Speaking of Heidenreich, he will be pushed back a day to Friday to make room for right-hander Yency Almonte, who will make his first High-A start in Thursday’s finale. Almonte, who was promoted from Low-A Kannapolis on Tuesday, takes the rotation slot of James Dykstra, who will head to the bullpen for the first time since his first six Minor League outings with Great Falls.
  • The Dash have gone deep seven times in their last seven games after hitting just 33 in their first 101 contests (one homer every 3.1 games). Winston-Salem is last in the CL with 40 homers, though the Dash are one home run from seventh (Potomac) and eight from third (Wilmington).
  • Winston is 38-14 when scoring four or more runs.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Wednesday’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 #106 Preview – Dash vs. Lynchburg

Game #106 – Home Game #55
Winston-Salem Dash (22-12, 52-52) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (19-16, 52-53)
Friday, July 31 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem completed a series sweep of Wilmington with a 7-3 victory on Thursday. The Dash begin a three-game set Friday against fellow first-place squad Lynchburg.

Keon Barnum has driven in a High-A-best 24 RBIs in July. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Keon Barnum has driven in a High-A-best 24 RBIs in July. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Eddy Alvarez – SS
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – DH
Nick Basto – LF
Omar Narvaez – C
T.J. Williams – 1B
Nolan Earley – RF
Matt Heidenreich – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • The Dash’s sweep of Wilmington was its first at BB&T Ballpark in almost a year. Winston-Salem broomed Lynchburg from August 1-3, 2014. The club’s current five-game winning streak matches its longest of the season. Winston has not won more than five in a row since its 10-game surge from August 19-29, 2013. The Dash have also rattled off five consecutive home wins since July 23, their longest such run in more than a year.
  • Thanks to a 22-12 mark in the second half, the Dash have returned to the .500 mark for the first time since May 2, when the squad was 11-11. Winston-Salem’s low-water mark came on the penultimate day of the first half (June 20) when the Dash dropped to 29-40. The Dash, who had been mired in the basement of the Carolina League for much of the season, are now tied with Carolina and Wilmington for the second-best overall record on the circuit (52-52). Not only is the Dash’s record at .500, but their run differential is even, too (405-405).
  • The Dash have jumped to second in the CL in team ERA (3.28), a mark that trails only Myrtle Beach (3.14). At the All-Star Break, the Dash owned a 3.62 ERA, but their second-half mark is more than a full run lower (2.54). The Dash’s bullpen has only permitted 21 earned runs in 99.1 innings in the second half (1.90 ERA).
  • 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 36 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. The squad’s current first-place streak represents the third-longest since Winston-Salem became the Dash in 2009.
  • Multiple Dash hitters have shined beyond the context of the Carolina League. This month, first baseman Keon Barnum has logged 24 RBIs, which pace all High-A hitters. In the Dash’s sweep of Wilmington, Barnum was 7-for-10 with one homer and five RBIs. Speedsters Adam Engel and Eddy Alvarez have swiped 47 and 45 bases, respectively. Engel, who is tied for second in the Minors with 19 swipes this month, is alone in fourth overall in the Minor Leagues. Alvarez, who collected 42 of his steals with Low-A Kannapolis, owns a share of fifth place.
  • Friday Dash starter Matt Heidenreich hopes to become the sixth Minor Leaguer to earn his 12th victory. He leads all High-A hurlers in wins with 11, while the Coronado, Calif., native stands second in the CL in ERA (2.40) and innings (112.2). In his last four outings, Heidenreich boasts a 1.00 ERA (3 ER in 27.0 IP).
  • Winston-Salem’s bullpen has converted 20 of its last 21 save opportunities. The Dash have claimed seven of their last eight contests, and all of their victories during this span have been accompanied by a save.
  • With seven runs on Thursday, the Dash matched their best offensive effort in a single game this half. They also moved to 15-0 at home when scoring six or more runs.

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 #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

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