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Dash Top 10 – #7: Heidenreich wins Pitcher of the Year

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

Previous moments:
#10 – Four-homer outburst sinks Salem
#9 – Fulmer debuts with Winston-Salem
#8 – Peter’s 14-game hitting streaks

Moment #7 – August 29
Heidenreich named CL Pitcher of the Year

Matt Heidenreich became the first Winston-Salem hurler to win the league's Pitcher of the Year honor since Dave Pavlas in 1986. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Matt Heidenreich became the first Winston-Salem hurler to win the league’s Pitcher of the Year honor since Dave Pavlas in 1986. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

The Winston-Salem franchise is dripping with history. The lone charter member remaining in the Carolina League, Winston-Salem has won 11 Mills Cups, while almost 400 alumni have reached the Major Leagues.

However, the club had not produced a Pitcher of the Year since 1986. Winston-Salem only boasted a pair of pitching honorees in franchise history.

That is, until Matt Heidenreich returned to the Triad in 2015.

Before this season began, Heidenreich had embarked on a unique Minor League journey. The White Sox fourth-round pick in 2009, Heidenreich climbed to the Dash by the start of the 2012 season.

That season was a wild one for the California native, who was so strong in the first half that he started for the Carolina League in the All-Star Game here in the Triad. Few Minor Leaguers have had as cool of a moment as that–starting an All-Star Game in your own home ballpark.

A few weeks after his All-Star nod, Heidenreich moved to Double-A Birmingham, but his stint was a short one. Three starts into Heidenreich’s stint in Birmingham, the White Sox sent him, along with left-hander Blair Walters, to Houston for the services of big league righty Brett Myers.

Heidenreich did not experience much success with the Astros’ organization. At the end of the 2014 season, the Astros released him, and the White Sox called soon thereafter.

It was an easy decision for Heidenreich, who regularly referred to the White Sox organization as “home.” His return home was a special one.

Heidenreich paced the CL with 12 victories. He also placed in the top five on the circuit in earned run average (2.76, 2nd) and WHIP (1.16, 4th). The Dash were 16-5 in games that Heidenreich started.

Even beyond his statistics, Heidenreich’s leadership and competitiveness aided the entire staff. He was an innings eater, even if he did not possess his best stuff. Though he earned a well-deserved promotion to Double-A in mid-August, Heidenreich became a Dash fan down the stretch. He kept in touch with players and followed each of Winston’s postseason games.

After a few years of unique twists and turns, everything seemed to click in 2015 for Heidenreich, who helped the Winston-Salem franchise do something that was long overdue.

The sixth-best moment of 2015 is on the horizon for Friday, and it involves a non-Dash player. Stay tuned.

– Brian

Dash Top 10 – #10: Four-homer outburst sinks Salem

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

Moment #10 – May 17
Winston pummels Salem behind four home runs

Ethan Wilson clubbed his first Minor League home run during the Dash's 12-1 win over Salem on May 17 (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Ethan Wilson clubbed his first Minor League home run during the Dash’s 12-1 win over Salem on May 17 (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

This countdown will mostly feature second-half memories, which is what happens when a team bounces back from a 30-40 first half to a 45-23 second half. However, one of the marquee moments before the All-Star break was a Sunday smashing of Salem in mid-May.

The Dash were a Southern Division-worst 15-22 entering their clash with the Red Sox on May 17. Traditionally a power-hitting club, Winston-Salem had only hit 12 home runs in its first 37 contests, and the Dash had dropped four of their first five against Salem.

In this finale with the Sox, the Dash looked like the postseason team that they would eventually become. Winston-Salem plated three in each of the first two innings before turning it into a blowout with a five-run fourth.

Not surprisingly, this was more than enough support for Matt Heidenreich, who became the fourth pitcher in Minor League Baseball to reach six personal victories.

In particular, what made this game special was the Dash’s power surge. Winston swatted four home runs, which proved to be its high-water mark for a game this season. Adam Engel, Chris Jacobs and Trey Michalczewski, all of whom were key cogs to the Dash’s attack this season, went deep in the blowout win.

The other home run belonged to a man who had waited quite a long time for his first professional long ball. Ethan Wilson, who had missed four seasons with a kidney disorder that required a transplant, hit his first and, to this point, only Minor League home run in the fourth.

Wilson’s story is an incredible one, and it is worth telling, and retelling, and retelling. The 2010 White Sox draftee worked all the way back to the Minors, and this was a moment that he and his family will not soon forget.

The first half was filled with teases of the Dash’s surge in half two. This was as emphatic as any, with a great moment for a resilient player adding to the fun afternoon.

Stay tuned to the Dash Board Blog for our ninth-best moment, which we will unveil on Tuesday. Here’s a hint: it involves a certain pitcher’s Dash debut.

– Brian

Game #130 Preview – Dash vs. Frederick

Game #130 – Home Game #69
Winston-Salem Dash (38-21, 68-61) vs. Frederick Keys (29-32, 61-70)
Saturday, August 29 – 6:30 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Carson Fulmer and Jake Cose each fired three scoreless frames Friday to propel the Dash to a 6-3 victory. With a win and a Carolina loss on Saturday, Winston-Salem can punch its first playoff ticket since 2012.

Carson Fulmer has allowed just one run in his last 12 innings. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Carson Fulmer has allowed just one run in his last 12 innings. (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
Nolan Earley – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Danner – DH
Brandon Brennan – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • With nine games remaining on the schedule, the Dash own a magic number of two to clinch a postseason spot for the first time since 2012. As a result, Winston-Salem can clinch a playoff spot on Saturday with a win over Frederick and a Carolina loss at home against Lynchburg. The Mudcats have lost back-to-back games to the Hillcats and are now seven games behind the Dash for the final Southern Division playoff spot.
  • Since BB&T Ballpark opened in 2010, the Dash boast a 243-175 (.581) home record, which is the best in the Carolina League during this span. However, the Dash have never guaranteed themselves a playoff spot at BB&T Ballpark. In 2010, Winston officially clinched a postseason berth while riding the bus back to the Triad after a series at Wilmington. Two years later, the Dash clinched the division on the second-to-last day of the first half with a win at Wilmington.
  • The Dash also have a division title on their radar, and their magic number is down to six. Winston-Salem increased its lead on Myrtle Beach in the race for first place to 3.5 games thanks to the Dash’s win and the Pelicans’ 3-2 loss at home to Wilmington. If the Dash clinch the division crown, Winston-Salem would host Game 1 of next month’s Southern Division Championship Series. If the Pelicans rally to claim their fourth straight division title, all three potential SDCS games would be at Myrtle Beach.
  • Right-hander Matt Heidenreich, who pitched for the Dash for most of the 2015 season, has won the Carolina League’s Pitcher of the Year award, the CL office announced Saturday. Heidenreich becomes the first Winston-Salem hurler to earn the circuit’s top pitching honor since 1986. Heidenreich still leads the Carolina League with 12 victories. The Coronado, Calif., native also places in the top five on the circuit in earned run average (2.76, 3rd), WHIP (1.16, 4th) and opponent batting average (.254, 5th).
  • The Carolina League released its Year-End All-Star roster on Saturday, and a league-leading five Winston-Salem players made the team: right-hander Matt Heidenreich, outfielder Adam Engel, catcher Omar Narvaez and infielders Jake Peter and Trey Michalczewski.
  • The Dash are two wins away from hitting 40 for the second half. If they accomplish this feat, the Dash would become the first Carolina League unit to follow up a 40-loss first half with a 40-win second half since 2008, when Winston-Salem (then the Warthogs) pulled it off (29-40 to 42-28). Winston also turned the trick in 2004 (29-41 to 45-25). The last CL unit not in the Triad to go from 40 losses to 40 wins was the Prince William Cannons (now Potomac) in 1998.
  • During his six-game hitting streak, Michael Danner is hitting .474 (9-for-19).
  • On Friday, the Dash moved to 29-13 (.690) in second-half games decided by three runs or less. This includes a 15-2 (.882) mark in one-run tilts.
  • Engel (62) and Eddy Alvarez (51) are third and tied for sixth, respectively, in MiLB in steals.

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 6:30 p.m.

– Scott

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

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