Results tagged ‘ Matt Heidenreich ’

Game #23 Preview – Dash at Wilmington

Game #23 – Road Game #14
Winston-Salem Dash (11-11) at Wilmington Blue Rocks (11-11)
Sunday, May 3 – 1:35 p.m.
Frawley Stadium (Wilmington, Del.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Matt Heidenreich tossed seven innings and scattered five hits to lead the Dash to a 2-0 victory Saturday over Wilmington. Winston-Salem vies for at least a series split in this four-game set today.

Matt Heidenreich became the first Carolina League hurler to four wins. (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash)

Matt Heidenreich became the first Carolina League hurler to four wins. (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

  • Thanks to his seven-inning gem on Saturday, Heidenreich is the first Carolina League hurler to earn his fourth victory. The Coronado, Calif., native is one of nine pitchers in Minor League Baseball to reach that plateau, and he is one of five to win each of his first four starts. Since giving up a two-run homer to the second batter he faced this season, Heidenreich has permitted just two runs (one earned) in 23.2 innings.
  • Heidenreich may not be alone atop the circuit in wins. Teammate James Dykstra, the Dash’s Sunday starter, is 3-0 through his first four starts. Heidenreich (0.76) and Dykstra (0.78) are second and third in the Carolina League in ERA, respectively. In all of Minor League Baseball, the two are ninth and 10th. Winston-Salem is the only team in the Minors with a pair of pitchers in the top 10 in ERA among qualifiers. The White Sox are the only organization with more than one in this group, and they boast three. Lefty Jordan Guerrero is seventh with a 0.69 ERA in four stellar starts with Low-A Kannapolis.
  • Despite losing consecutive contests before Saturday’s shutout win, the Dash have won eight of their last 11. The pitching staff owns a 2.02 ERA (21 ER in 93.2 IP) during this stretch. As a result, Winston-Salem is within 1.5 games of Myrtle Beach for the Southern Division’s lead.
  • Winston-Salem outfielder Adam Engel pushed his hitting streak to seven games, the longest by a Dash player in 2015. It is also tied for the second-longest active streak in the Carolina League. The Loveland, Ohio, native is 11-for-27 (.407) with four RBIs and four runs scored during the run. Engel leads the league in hits (27), while he is tied for first in stolen bases (12), second in runs scored (17) and third in batting average (.321). He is one of three CL position players to have been in the field for every inning thus far this season, joining teammate Keenyn Walker and Myrtle Beach’s Jeimer Candelario.
  • Dash slugger Chris Jacobs has emphatically bounced back after a 2-for-30 slump from April 17-28. In his last three contests, Jacobs is 6-for-10 with one homer, four RBIs and two runs scored. In the process, the Winston-Salem native’s batting average has skyrocketed 70 points from .180 to .250. Jacobs became the fourth Dash player to record multiple doubles in Saturday’s victory in Delaware.
  • Almost four weeks into the 2015 season, the Carolina League is tremendously competitive. No team is more than three games above .500, while all four Southern Division clubs are at or above the break-even mark. The Dash did not gain any ground on their three divisional rivals, as all of them won on Saturday.
  • In its first 19 games, Winston-Salem did not strike out more than nine times, but the Dash have recorded double-digit strikeouts in each of the last three games. In all, the Dash have gone down on strikes 34 times since Thursday after averaging 5.9 per game beforehand.
  • Winston-Salem and Potomac are tied for the CL lead with three shutout wins. All six other clubs have exactly one shutout.
  • Ethan Wilson made his first start since August 30, 2010. He has returned to the Minors after a serious kidney disorder.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Sunday’s game will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 1:20 p.m., with the first pitch at 1:35 p.m.

– Scott

Game #22 Preview – Dash at Wilmington

Game #22 – Road Game #13
Winston-Salem Dash (10-11) at Wilmington Blue Rocks (11-10)
Saturday, May 2 – 7:05 p.m.
Frawley Stadium (Wilmington, Del.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Wilmington plated five in the seventh and one in the eighth to surge toward a 6-1 win Friday over the Dash. Winston-Salem has lost two in a row to drop under .500 on the season.

Omar Narvaez is riding a six-game hitting streak (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Omar Narvaez is riding a six-game hitting streak (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – SS
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Chris Jacobs – DH
Omar Narvaez – C
Nick Basto – LF
Keenyn Walker – RF
Ethan Wilson – 2B
Matt Heidenreich – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Wilmington’s five-run seventh inning represents the largest single-inning output by a Dash opponent thus far this season. In fact, Winston had only surrendered five-plus runs in seven of its first 20 games. This marks the worst inning for Winston-Salem pitching since Myrtle Beach posted a six-run seventh in a blowout win over the Dash on July 18, 2014. It also matched the largest offensive frame for Wilmington in 2015.
  • Not only did the seventh inning drastically alter Friday’s contest, but it also sent the Dash from first to third in the Carolina League in team earned run average. Before this series opener, the Dash were atop the CL with a 3.03 mark. Now, Winston stands in third place at 3.20. The top five pitching units in this eight-team circuit are within 0.31 earned runs. The Blue Rocks now pace the league with a 3.05 mark, while Potomac checks in fifth with a 3.36 ERA.
  • Despite Friday’s loss, the Dash are still trending in the right direction. Winston-Salem has won seven of its last 10, while the pitching staff owns a 2.23 ERA (21 ER in 84.2 IP) during this stretch. This differs greatly from the team’s 4.12 mark in its first 11 games, which resulted in only three victories. Winston-Salem finds itself in the thick of the postseason chase, just 1.5 games behind Myrtle Beach. However, Winston was the only Southern Division club to lose Friday night.
  • Even though the Dash only collected one run on Friday, Adam Engel continued his tremendous work at the plate. Engel recorded his team-leading ninth multi-hit game. This pushed his batting average to .325, fourth-best in the CL. The Loveland, Ohio, native is riding a six-game hitting streak, during which he is 10-for-23 (.435) with four RBIs and four runs scored. Engel leads the league in hits (26), while he shares the top spot in runs (17) and stolen bases (12). He is one of three CL position players to have been in the field for every inning thus far this season, joining teammate Keenyn Walker and Myrtle Beach’s Jeimer Candelario.
  • Winston-Salem is in the bottom half of the CL in offensive strikeouts, but the Dash have gone down on strikes 12 times in each of their last two games. Before this sudden uptick, the Dash were averaging just 5.9 strikeouts per contest, and they had not accumulated more than nine whiffs in a single game all season.
  • Right-hander Matt Heidenreich has a chance to become the first Carolina League hurler to reach four victories. Heidenreich is one of six pitchers with three victories, though he is the only one within this group who has yet to make his fourth start. Only eight pitchers in all of Minor League Baseball have amassed four or more wins in 2015. In addition to his impressive win total, the Coronado, Calif., native also boasts the fourth-best earned run average in the league (1.08).
  • Winston-Salem outfielders Adam Engel and Keenyn Walker are tied for the league lead in stolen bases with 12. The duo is tied for seventh in the Minor Leagues in this category.
  • Omar Narvaez is riding his second six-game hitting streak, and he has recorded exactly one hit in every game during this current run.
  • Jake Peter saw his six-game hit streak end on Friday thanks to an 0-for-4, two-strikeout evening.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

– Scott

Game #21 Preview – Dash at Wilmington

Game #21 – Road Game #12
Winston-Salem Dash (10-10) at Wilmington Blue Rocks (10-10)
Friday, May 1 – 7:05 p.m.
Frawley Stadium (Wilmington, Del.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash had their five-game winning streak snapped by Potomac 5-4 Thursday night. Winston-Salem begins a seven-game road trip with four contests at Wilmington starting Friday.

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

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

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

  • The Dash had rattled off five consecutive wins before Thursday’s narrow loss. This streak marked Winston-Salem’s longest since a 10-game run from August 19-29, 2013. Last year, Winston did not post a win streak longer than four games, something the club accomplished three times. Still, the Dash have won seven of nine, propelling them from a league-worst 3-8 to a 10-10 mark that places the club in second, a half-game behind first-place Myrtle Beach.
  • Winston-Salem’s pitching staff has been critical to the squad’s recent surge. When the Dash were 3-8, the staff was near the bottom half of the Carolina League in earned run average (4.12). In the last nine contests, the Dash boast a 1.76 ERA (15 ER in 76.2 IP). This has thrust the Dash’s pitching staff to the top spot in the CL in ERA at 3.03. James Dykstra (0.78) and Matt Heidenreich (1.08) are second and fourth, respectively, in ERA, while the duo makes up half of the three-win club on the circuit.
  • In addition to strong pitching, the Dash have trended upward thanks to the great work of outfielder Adam Engel. In his last 13 games, the former Louisville star is hitting .400 (20-for-50) with 11 runs scored. His overall average of .316 paces the Dash and is sixth in the Carolina League. He also stands first in runs scored (17), tied for second in hits (24) and third in on-base percentage (.404).
  • Three Winston-Salem hitters possess a hit streak of at least five games entering Friday’s opener in Wilmington. Jake Peter has matched Omar Narvaez’s season-starting six-game hit streak as the longest for the team in 2015. Since last Friday, Peter is 9-for-25 (.360) with five RBIs. Engel (8-for-19, 4 RBIs, 4 R) and Narvaez (5-for-18, 4 RBIs, 2 R) hope to push their runs to a half-dozen.
  • Engel and Keenyn Walker are the top two base stealers in the CL. Walker leads the circuit and is tied for fourth in the Minor Leagues with 12, while Engel is tied for seventh in the Minors with 11. Remarkably, Walker has stolen a base in eight different games, and Engel has at least one swipe in each of those eight contests. The only time Engel has stolen a base and Walker did not was Saturday’s contest at Myrtle Beach. The White Sox organization contains three of the top nine base stealers in the Minors. Former Winston-Salem star Tim Anderson, now in Double-A Birmingham, is even with Engel at 11.
  • Wilmington, Del., plays host to the Dash’s next four games. Despite playing in a pitcher-friendly facility, the Blue Rocks pace the CL in team average (.263), while their pitching staff trails only the Dash’s in ERA (3.15). Last year, the Dash went 9-10 against the Blue Crew, which included a 4-6 record at Frawley Stadium. In 2012 and 2013, Winston-Salem went a combined 15-5 in the First State.
  • Eight of the Dash’s nine starters recorded at least one hit in Winston-Salem’s 5-4 loss on Thursday. The Dash’s 10 hits fell one shy of a single-game high for 2015. Winston’s offense did endure a season-worst 12 strikeouts.
  • Tony Bucciferro posted a respectable 3.97 ERA versus the Blue Rocks a year ago, but he went 0-3 in those four starts.
  • Friday begins a seven-game road trip, tied for the longest of the season.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

– Scott

Game #18 Preview – Dash vs. Potomac

Game #18 – Home Game #7
Winston-Salem Dash (8-9) vs. Potomac Nationals (9-9)
Tuesday, April 28 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash took three out of four games in their series at Myrtle Beach, and after an off day Monday, begin a short three-game homestand against Potomac on Tuesday.

Adam Engel had three RB (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Adam Engel went 7-for-15 in the Dash’s four-game set at Myrtle Beach (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

  • Behind three RBIs from Adam Engel and a strong start from Matt Heidenreich, Winston-Salem bested Myrtle Beach 6-1 in a six-inning, rain-shortened contest on Sunday. Engel’s two-out, two-run double started the Dash’s scoring in the second. Two frames later, Winston-Salem strung together four consecutive scoring plays to pull away from the Pelicans. Heidenreich allowed just an unearned run in five and two-thirds innings. He was on the hill when strong rain started to pelt TicketReturn.Com Field. After a 52-minute delay, the game was officially called.
  • The Dash enjoyed a tremendous trip to Myrtle Beach. Winston-Salem snagged its first series victory in South Carolina since a rain-altered three-game set from July 30-31, 2013. Between these series triumphs, the Dash were 2-8 on the Grand Strand. Winston also rattled off three consecutive victories against a Pelicans squad that had claimed the first four matchups of the season series by a 21-7 margin.
  • Eight days ago, Winston-Salem dropped a 10-5 decision to Carolina that sent the club to a 3-8 record, the Carolina League’s worst at that time. Since then, the Dash have rattled off victories in five of their last six contests, the team’s best run since claiming seven of eight from July 27-August 3, 2014. As a result, the third-place Dash have pulled within a game and a half of Myrtle Beach in the Southern Division standings. Winston-Salem had been in sole possession of last place from April 17-24.
  • For the first time since Opening Day, the Dash surpassed the five-run plateau in Sunday’s finale at Myrtle Beach. The Dash have improved on the offensive end in recent games. Over their last seven games, the Dash are averaging 3.9 runs per game, compared to 2.0 in the previous nine. Still, the Dash are seventh in runs per game (3.6) and average (.225) in the eight-team CL.
  • Dash right-hander James Dykstra has been the best pitcher in the Carolina League through three starts. In 20.0 innings of work, Dykstra has permitted just one run on six hits. He paces the league in earned run average (0.45), WHIP (0.35) and opponent batting average (.097). Among Minor League qualifiers, Dykstra is seventh in ERA, first in WHIP and second in opponent average. He will face off with Potomac for a second time this season. In the opener of a doubleheader on April 15 at Potomac, Dykstra logged the 15th no-hitter in franchise history.
  • The Dash’s bullpen has dominated in recent days. Over Winston-Salem’s last six games, its bullpen has surrendered just three runs (two earned) on 12 hits over 16.2 innings. Thus, the ‘pen boasts a 1.08 earned run average in the Dash’s last six games after the bullpen bunch had a 4.32 ERA in the season’s first 11 affairs. The ‘pen was not needed on Sunday at Myrtle Beach, though, as Matt Heidenreich recorded a rain-shortened complete game.
  • Both Keenyn Walker and Adam Engel swiped a base in Sunday’s win. Walker (11) and Engel (10) pace the Carolina League in stolen bases, with Lynchburg’s Bradley Zimmer in third with nine. Winston-Salem is one of two teams in the Minors with two players who have reached 10 stolen bases. Charleston, the Yankees’ Low-A affiliate in the South Atlantic League, features two of the top three base stealers in the Minors (Jorge Mateo, 15; Abiatal Avelino, 13).
  • The Dash enjoyed their first scheduled off day on Monday, while Potomac completed its four-game set at home against Lynchburg with a 4-3 defeat.
  • Adam Engel was 7-for-15 in the series at Myrtle. He posted three-hit games on Friday and Sunday. Engel also paces the league in runs (14).
  • Nick Basto posted a two-hit game on Sunday (entered the game hitting .074, 4-for-54).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tuesday’s game will be broadcast live on on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 7 p.m.

– Scott

Game #17 Preview – Dash at Myrtle Beach

Game #17 – Road Game #11
Winston-Salem Dash (7-9) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (9-6)
Sunday, April 26 – 5:05 p.m.
TicketReturn.Com Field (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash used a four-run first inning Saturday to vault themselves over Myrtle Beach 4-2. Winston-Salem is looking to take the series on Sunday against the Pelicans.

Omar Narvaez tucked a three-run home run inside the left field foul pole Saturday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Omar Narvaez tucked a three-run home run inside the left field foul pole Saturday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

  • Winston-Salem’s four-run first frame proved to be enough in a 4-2 victory over Myrtle Beach on Saturday night inside TicketReturn.Com Field. Chris Jacobs’ RBI infield single began the scoring, and Omar Narvaez followed with a three-run bomb that snuck inside the left field foul pole. From there, the Dash only mustered two hits, but the damage had been done. Tony Bucciferro (W; 6IP/1R), Brian Clark (H; 1IP/1R) and Sean Hagan (S; 2IP/0R) combined to hold Myrtle Beach to two runs for a second consecutive contest, both being Dash victories.
  • The Dash’s pitching trio did yeomen’s work in Saturday’s win. Winston-Salem stranded 10 Pelicans runners, and Myrtle Beach was 0-for-15 with men in scoring position. Entering that contest, the Birds were hitting .305 in those situations. The Pelicans stranded a runner at second or third in all but two of their offensive innings, and they had the tying run at the plate in each of the last three frames.
  • For the sixth time this season, Winston-Salem logged a victory when scoring five or fewer runs on Saturday night. The Dash and Frederick Keys, the league’s best team thus far this year, are the only two teams with that many victories when scoring no more than five runs. The squad’s offense has yet to catch fire, with the exception of its 13-0 bombardment of Frederick on April 9. The Dash are sixth in runs per game (3.5) and eighth in average (.218) in the CL.
  • Normally a power-heavy unit, the Dash are also in the basement of the eight-team circuit in home runs, though Omar Narvaez did deliver a long ball in Saturday’s opening frame. It was just the club’s third on the season (Keon Barnum, April 12; Cleuluis Rondon, April 21) and the Venezuelan’s fifth in the Minors. Narvaez had not gone yard since his two-homer Dash debut on June 19, 2014, against Salem in the Triad.
  • The Dash have rattled off wins in four of their last five games. Winston-Salem had not posted a better five-game run since winning seven of eight from July 27-August 3, 2014. Winston has also collected back-to-back triumphs at Myrtle Beach for the first time since July 30-31, 2013, which also represents the last time the Dash earned a series win on the Grand Strand. This is something the Dash can change on Sunday thanks to a pair of narrow wins on Friday and Saturday. Before these strong efforts, the Dash had dropped nine of their previous 11 at Myrtle Beach by a combined score of 65-24.
  • The Dash’s bullpen has dominated in recent days. Over Winston-Salem’s last five games, its bullpen has surrendered just three runs (two earned) on 12 hits over 16.2 innings. Thus, the ‘pen boasts a 1.08 earned run average in the Dash’s last four games after the bullpen bunch had a 4.32 mark in the season’s first 11 affairs.
  • Adam Engel pulled within one stolen base of teammate Keenyn Walker for the Carolina League’s top spot with his ninth swipe in Saturday’s second inning. Not only do the Dash lead the CL with 22 stolen bases, but Winston-Salem is one of two Minor League teams that boasts two players with nine or more stolen bases.
  • Following Sunday’s finale in South Carolina, the Dash will enjoy their first scheduled off day before a three-game home series with Potomac, from whom Winston-Salem took two of three April 13-15.
  • The Dash are out of fourth place in the Southern Division for the first time since April 17.
  • In his two outings against the Pelicans in 2012, Matt Heidenreich worked eight innings, but he did not win either start (both Dash losses).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game will be broadcast live on on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 4:50, with the first pitch at 5:05.

– Scott

Game #15 Preview – Dash at Myrtle Beach

Game #15 – Road Game #9
Winston-Salem Dash (5-9) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (9-4)
Friday, April 24 – 7:05 p.m.
TicketReturn.com Field (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash gave up five unearned runs en route to dropping game one of their series with the Pelicans 6-0. With an 0-4 record against Myrtle Beach this year, Winston-Salem is bidding for their first win against the Pelicans on Friday night.

Adam Engel had three hits last night (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Adam Engel posted a three-hit game in Thursday’s series opener (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

  • The Dash surrendered only one earned run, but they dropped the opener of their three-game set at Myrtle Beach 6-0 on Thursday night inside TicketReturn.com Field. The game’s turning point transpired in the fifth inning, with the bases loaded and two outs. Jacob Rogers hit a one-hopper to shortstop Jake Peter, who threw wide to first base. That play brought two runners around, and two more Pelicans scored later in the frame to make it 5-0. Myrtle Beach added an unearned tally in the sixth and permitted just five Dash hits, with starter Daury Torrez rolling to his second consecutive win over the Dash (7IP/4H).
  • Even though opponents have held Winston-Salem to three runs or fewer in eight of its first 14 games, Thursday marked the first time the Dash were shutout. Winston is the second-to-last Carolina League club to endure a shutout defeat. Only Salem has avoided a blanking in the first two-plus weeks of the campaign. The Dash are stuck in the basement in the CL in batting average (.221), and they have only plated more than five runs once (13 on April 9).
  • Most of Winston-Salem’ s offense struggled on Thursday night, but Adam Engel thrived in the leadoff spot. Engel, who fell one hit shy of tying a professional career high, became the second Dash position player to log a three-hit game, joining Chris Jacobs (3, April 9 at Frederick). Engel was 3-for-3 against Myrtle Beach starter Daury Torrez, against whom the rest of the Dash starting nine was a combined 1-for-21.
  • Among CL qualifiers, Dash left-hander Jace Fry is 12th in earned run average (2.45). However, he and Carolina’s Yean Carlos Gil are the only two men in the league with three losses. In Fry’s three starts, the Dash have collected four runs, while his defense has amassed five errors. All Dash pitchers not named James Dykstra or Matt Heidenreich are 0-9.
  • Myrtle Beach starter Duane Underwood was on the precipice of history in his last outing, which took place in game one of Saturday’s double dip in Winston-Salem. Underwood took a no-hitter into the seventh and final inning of regulation, but Adam Engel led off the frame with a skimming single to center. Underwood was three outs shy of the first no-no against Winston since former big leaguer John Maine accomplished the feat with Frederick on July 3, 2003.
  • Myrtle Beach is a vacation spot for many, but the Dash have not enjoyed their recent visits to the Grand Strand. Dating back to the start of last year, Winston-Salem is 2-9 at TicketReturn.com Field. The Pelicans have outscored the Dash 65-24 in these 11 games, which averages out to 5.9-2.2 in favor of the Birds. The Dash have not won a series at Myrtle Beach since a rain-altered three-game set from July 30-31, 2013.
  • The Dash’s speedy outfield duo of Adam Engel and Keenyn Walker are tied for the Carolina League’s lead in stolen bases with seven, a number that places them in a tie for 10th place in all of Minor League Baseball. Winston-Salem is one of two Minor League teams with two men who own seven-plus stolen bases. Charleston, the Yankees’ Low-A affiliate in the SAL, boasts two of the top three base stealers in the Minors (Jorge Mateo, 14; Abiatal Avelino, 13).
  • In his first appearance since leaving after one pitch on April 12 at Frederick, Michael Ynoa worked around a leadoff single to notch a scoreless seventh in relief. Fellow right-hander Brad Goldberg became the first bullpen arm to whiff three batters in one appearance, and he did it in just one frame of work…Goldberg tossed a perfect eighth after struggling in his first three efforts (3.2 IP, 5 R/ER, 5H, 0K, 5 BB).
  • Starting Thursday, the Dash are in the midst of a 14-game stretch with 11 taking place on the road.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

– Scott

Game #14 Preview – Dash at Myrtle Beach

Game #14 – Road Game #8
Winston-Salem Dash (5-8) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (8-4)
Thursday, April 23 – 7:05 p.m.
TicketReturn.com Field (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

James Dykstra was tremendous for the Dash, giving up just one run in 7.0 innings to help Winston-Salem take two out of three from the Carolina Mudcats. The Dash go on the road for four games starting Thursday night, all against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.

James Dykstra's sterling effort Wednesday helped give the Dash a series win versus Carolina (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

James Dykstra’s sterling effort Wednesday helped give the Dash a series win versus Carolina (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

  • Wednesday starter James Dykstra turned in another tremendous start in the Dash’s 4-2, series-clinching win over the Carolina Mudcats in front of 6,254 fans at BB&T Ballpark. Dykstra permitted just one run on five hits over seven innings. He whiffed four and did not walk a batter for his third win in as many tries in 2015. Jose Brito followed Dykstra and earned Winston-Salem’s second save of the season (2.0 IP, 1R/ER, 3H). Offensively, the Dash plated all four of their runs in the first four frames.
  • Among Carolina League hurlers, only Dykstra and Salem’s Jacob Dahlstrand have won three games. In 20 innings of work, Dykstra has only given up one run on six hits. His earned run average (0.45) and WHIP (0.35) pace all CL hurlers, while those numbers place him 11th in ERA and second in WHIP among all Minor League qualifiers. Dykstra did not give up a hit for 12.0 innings (from the third inning on April 9 at Frederick through the end of the first inning on Wednesday against Carolina.
  • The Dash stand at 5-8 on the season, though two pitchers (Dykstra and fellow right-hander Matt Heidenreich) have combined to go 5-0 in their first five combined outings. Dykstra and Heidenreich have teamed up for a 0.87 earned run average (3 ER in 31.0 IP). Only the Potomac duo of Brian Rauh and Nick Pivetta has a better combined ERA (0.52). The rest of the Dash pitching staff has combined for a 4.81 ERA.
  • Winston-Salem’s offense amassed 14 runs in its two-out-of-three take against Carolina earlier this week. After blasting Frederick 13-0 in their opener, the Dash only scored 22 runs over the next 10 contests (2.2 runs per game) in advance of the aforementioned series with the Mudcats.  Still, the Dash stand fifth in runs per game (3.8), seventh in batting average (.226) and eighth in home runs (2) on the eight-team circuit.
  • The Dash invade Myrtle Beach for a four-game Southern Division series. The Pelicans have won five of six, including all three in a rain-shortened set at BB&T Ballpark last weekend. During that series, Winston-Salem hit just .205 (16-for-78) and was outscored 15-7. However, the franchise has struggled on the Grand Strand in recent years. The Pelicans claimed eight of the 10 meetings in Myrtle Beach a year ago, while the Dash have not had a winning record in South Carolina since the 2012 campaign (6-4).
  • Winston-Salem infielder Ethan Wilson replaced Trey Michalczewski early in Wednesday’s win over Carolina. Wilson had not played in a game since August 30, 2010, while with rookie-level Bristol, a team that is no longer in the White Sox farm system. Wilson learned in Spring Training in 2011 that his kidneys were failing him. He had a kidney transplant more than three years later. The former Indiana Hoosier went 0-for-3 on Wednesday, and he recorded his only putout on a strong backhand play near the line at third in the eighth inning.
  • Winston-Salem does own a share of the top spot in the Carolina League in stolen bases (17), largely thanks to the speedy tandem of Adam Engel and Keenyn Walker. Both men have swiped seven bases, which places them in a share of eighth place in all of Minor League Baseball. Winston-Salem is one of two Minor League teams with two men at seven stolen bases or more (Charleston; Low-A, NY Yankees).
  • The Dash will play 11 of their next 14 games away from BB&T Ballpark, with the lone home set coming April 28-30 against Potomac.
  • Even though he mustered only three RBIs during the six-game homestand, Keon Barnum’s 11 RBIs are still third-most in the league.
  • Southpaw Jace Fry gets another chance against the Pelicans after falling to them on Friday (5IP/3R).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’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, with the first pitch at 7:05.

– Scott

Game #13 Preview – Dash vs. Carolina

Game #13 – Home Game #6
Winston-Salem Dash (4-8) vs. Carolina Mudcats (6-5)
Wednesday, April 22 – 11 a.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Cleuluis Rondon knocked a two-run homer, and Matt Heidenreich gave up only one run in five innings to help lead the Dash to a 5-1 win over Carolina Tuesday night. That snapped Winston-Salem’s five-game losing streak and nine-game home skid at BB&T Ballpark, which dated to August 20, 2014. Wednesday is the rubber game of a three-game set between the Dash and Mudcats.

Cleuluis Rondon launched his first homer of the season in yesterday's 5-1 Dash win (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Cleuluis Rondon launched his first homer of the season in yesterday’s 5-1 Dash win (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
Chris Jacobs – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Keenyn Walker – RF
James Dykstra – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Starter Matt Heidenreich and infielder Cleuluis Rondon were the catalysts in Winston-Salem’s 5-1 victory over Carolina on Tuesday night at BB&T Ballpark. Heidenreich surpassed the 90-pitch mark in just five innings, but he limited the visitors to one run on five hits. He preceded a bullpen trio that combined to work four scoreless frames. Rondon launched a two-run bomb, the sixth homer of his Minor League career, to cap the Dash’s scoring.
  • For a second consecutive contest, Winston-Salem plated five runs. Before this two-game surge, the Dash had not scored more five or more tallies since Opening Day at Frederick on April 9, when Winston walloped the Keys 13-0. Still, the Dash are in the Carolina League’s basement in batting average (.226) and home runs (2), with Rondon’s blast representing the first Dash long ball since April 12 at Frederick (Keon Barnum), which calculates to a 65-inning span between Winston-Salem long balls.
  • Winston-Salem does own a share of the top spot in the Carolina League in stolen bases (17), largely thanks to the speedy tandem of Adam Engel and Keenyn Walker. Both men have swiped seven bases, which places them in a share of eighth place in all of Minor League Baseball. Winston-Salem is one of two Minor League teams with two men at seven stolen bases or more (Charleston; Low-A, NY Yankees).
  • Tuesday night’s wire-to-wire victory snapped the Dash’s five-game losing streak, and it also ended a nine-game home skid dating back to last season. Before this multi-season funk, the Dash had not lost more than five in a row inside BB&T Ballpark, the toughest place to play for visiting clubs in the Carolina League since its opening in 2010. The Dash boast the CL’s best home record during this span (206-149, .580).
  • For the first time since his no-hitter at Potomac last week, righty James Dykstra takes to the hill for the Dash. Dykstra logged the 15th no-hitter in Winston-Salem history and the first since June 19, 2009, when he did not allow a ball to leave the infield during his seven-inning gem exactly one week ago. The former sixth-round pick is one of four Minor League hurlers who have thrown at least 13 innings and have yet to allow their first run. Among pitchers with more than 11 innings of work, Dykstra is the only one who has permitted just one base hit.
  • Dykstra will oppose right-hander Lucas Sims, the fourth-best prospect in a revamped Braves farm system according to MLB.com. Despite the lofty ranking, Sims has struggled in the Carolina League. The former first-round selection has a 4.37 earned run average in his 30 High-A starts. However, he did throw well against Winston a year ago (0-0, 3.33 ERA in 24.1 IP)
  • Former Winston-Salem lefty Carlos Rodon made his Major League debut out of the White Sox pen in Chicago’s 6-2 loss to Cleveland on Tuesday night. Rodon surrendered two runs (both earned) on three hits in two and a third innings, while he also allowed a pair of inherited runners to score. The former NC State star only threw 29 of his 60 pitches for strikes. The top White Sox prospect, Rodon joined the big league club on Monday after just an 11-appearance run in the Minors. This included a four-outing stint with Winston-Salem in 2014.
  • Former Dash southpaw Blair Walters spun two scoreless innings and struck out three on Tuesday.
  • Winston improved to 3-1 versus left-handed starters (1-7 against righties).
  • Following this rubber match, the Dash hit the road for four against Myrtle Beach, who has won five in a row to seize the top spot in the Southern Division.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Today’s game will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 10:45 a.m., with the first pitch at 11:00.

– Scott

Game #12 Preview – Dash vs. Carolina

Game #12 – Home Game #5
Winston-Salem Dash (3-8) vs. Carolina Mudcats (6-4)
Tuesday, April 21 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Mudcats sent the Dash to their fifth consecutive loss, scoring 10 runs from 17 baserunners for their 10-5 victory. Winston-Salem has now lost a franchise-record nine games in a row at BB&T Ballpark.

Kenyan Walker's seven steals are tied for the most on the Dash and fourth-highest in all of Minor League Baseball (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Kenyan Walker’s seven steals are tied for the most on the Dash and fourth-highest in all of Minor League Baseball (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
Chris Jacobs – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Keenyn Walker – RF
Matt Heidenreich – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Carolina posted five scoring frames, and the Mudcats reached base 17 times in a 10-5 victory over Winston-Salem in Monday’s series opener at BB&T Ballpark. Dash righty Tony Bucciferro permitted a career high-tying seven runs over five and a third innings. Then, Jefferson Olacio surrendered three runs in the seventh frame, which put the game out of reach. Thus, Winston has dropped five straight games, the club’s third skid of five or more games since August of 2014 (eight, August 5-13; seven, August 21-27).
  • The Dash did drop to 0-4 on their first homestand at BB&T Ballpark, but the offense did post a strong showing. Winston-Salem scored five runs, its highest total since kicking off the 2015 campaign with a 13-0 shellacking of Frederick. Both Adam Engel and Trey Michalczewski notched multi-RBI games.
  • Winston-Salem paces the Carolina League with 17 stolen bases, largely thanks to the speedy tandem of Adam Engel and Keenyn Walker. Both men have swiped seven bases, which places them in a share of sixth place in all of Minor League Baseball. Their combined 14 stolen bases are second among teammate duos in the Minor Leagues. Only Jorge Mateo (13) and Abiatal Avelino (12) of the Charleston RiverDogs (Low-A, Yankees) have more, and they have collected 25 in the squad’s 11 games.
  • Dating back to last season, the Dash have dropped nine home games in a row. This marks the longest losing streak since the club moved into BB&T Ballpark in April of 2010. In fact, the Dash have only suffered four home losing streaks of four or more games in the BB&T Ballpark era (2010-present). It is the longest home skid since at least 2004. Still, the Dash’s 205-149 (.579) home record in the last five-plus seasons paces all Carolina League teams.
  • Before this homestand began, Winston-Salem boasted a 2.65 earned run average, which was second-lowest in the Carolina League. However, the Dash’s ERA has jumped up to 4.12 (second-to-last in the CL) thanks to a tough first four home games, during which the club has logged a 6.75 ERA. The biggest increase has come from the starting rotation, which had a 1.70 ERA on the seven-game road trip and has an 8.38 mark thus far on the first homestand of 2015.
  • Former Winston-Salem lefty Carlos Rodon earned a promotion to the White Sox, the club announced Monday. Rodon skyrocketed through the Minor Leagues, making just 11 appearances and eight starts. In 2014, he pitched for the Dash four times, posting a 1.86 and striking out 15 over nine and two-thirds innings. The former North Carolina State star did not appear in his first big league game, a walk-off 4-3 win over Cleveland on Monday night.
  • After Matt Heidenreich makes his first start at BB&T Ballpark since July of 2012, right-hander James Dykstra, the reigning Carolina League Pitcher of the Week, will start in the homestand finale on Wednesday. He will face off with right-hander Lucas Sims, a top 100 prospect in the Minor Leagues and one of the Braves’ top pitching farmhands. Dykstra is one of four pitchers in the Minor Leagues with at least 13 innings of work and no runs on his resume. He has given up just one hit this season.
  • Outfielder Nick Basto registered a two-hit game on Monday. He had been mired in a season-long 2-for-33 (.061) funk before that showing.
  • Righty Zach Isler twirled his longest outing as a Winston-Salem hurler on Monday. He worked three perfect innings. In his last 16 outings dating back to mid-July of last year, Isler owns a 1.45 ERA (3 ER in 18.2 IP).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 7:00.

– Scott

Game #6/7 Preview – Dash at Potomac

UPDATE – 12:40 p.m. 
Game two lineup

Adam Engel – CF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – DH
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Keenyn Walker – RF
CJ Beatty – LF
Jeremy Dowdy – C
Justin Jirschele – 2B
Andre Wheeler – LHP

Games #6/7 – Road Games #6/7
Winston-Salem Dash (2-3) at Potomac Nationals (2-3)
Tuesday, April 15 – 10:35 a.m. (doubleheader)
Pfitzner Stadium (Woodbridge, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The middle game of a three-game set between Winston-Salem and Potomac was postponed due to rain last night so the teams will play a seven-inning doubleheader to find their series on Wednesday.

Sean Hagan matched a career-high with 3.0 innings pitched Monday for the save in the Dash's 4-3 win (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Sean Hagan matched a career-high with 3.0 innings pitched Monday for the save in the Dash’s 4-3 win (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP (GAME 1):

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

DASH DOTS:

  • Infielder Jake Peter bounced back from a hitless Opening Night to record four consecutive two-hit games. He is 8-for-20 (.400) over his last four starts. Overall, his .348 average is good for ninth-best in the Carolina League. He joins Omar Narvaez (.438, first) and Chris Jacobs    (.385, third) in the top 10 in the Carolina League in batting average. Winston-Salem’s team mark of .253 is third-best on the circuit.
  • Winston-Salem boasts the CL’s best team earned run average, and its starting rotation is primarily responsible. The quintet has posted a 1.30 ERA (four earned runs in 27.2 innings), and all five men have worked at least five innings. Matt Heidenreich logged the second Winston-Salem quality start on Monday (6IP, 2R, 1ER). The other belongs to James Dykstra, who befuddled Frederick over six shutout innings on Opening Night. Dykstra begins the second turn in the rotation on Tuesday.
  • The White Sox announced a pair of roster moves affecting the Dash’s roster on Tuesday. Right-hander Cody Winiarski, who recorded 10 saves with the Dash in 2013, returns to the club from Double-A Birmingham, where he finished 2013 and resided all of 2014. Winiarski pitched once for the Barons this year (1IP, 1R/ER, 2H on April 9 vs. Mobile). Last year, he struggled to the tune of an 8.34 ERA in 34 appearances. To make room for Winiarski, Michael Ynoa has been placed on the seven-day disabled list. Ynoa, who worked two scoreless innings on Thursday, left Sunday’s game at Frederick after throwing one pitch in the bottom of the 10th.
  • After hitting .375 (6-for-16) in the first four games, Keon Barnum recorded his first hitless showing on Monday (0-for-4).
  • Sean Hagan matched a career-high with his three innings of work for the save.
  • LHP Andre Wheeler will get the start in Game 2 of the doubleheader. Wheeler fired 2.1 scoreless innings in relief Friday at Frederick, allowing just one hit while striking out two. The Austin, Texas native made 16 starts a year ago with Low-A Kannapolis, going 3-3 with a 3.04 ERA and 83 strikeouts against 23 walks in 74.0 innings in a starting role.
  • The Dash have struggled in recent games with men in scoring position. Winston-Salem went 2-for-9 (.222) with men in scoring position on Monday at Pfitzner Stadium, but they strung together three straight two-out hits in the third for a run and unconventionally added three more in the fifth. They pushed across those runs on a throwing error, a wild pitch and a Jake Peter triple. Since going 6-for-16 with runners in scoring position in Thursday’s opener, the Dash are just 5-for-36 (.139) in those spots.
  • Winston-Salem is averaging five runs per game, which leads the way in the Carolina League. Overall, the CL has skewed toward the pitchers. The next-closest challenger for the top spot is Wilmington at an even four runs per night. The league has produced only 148 runs in 21 games (3.5 per team, per game).
  • The Dash have not swiped a base since Sunday, but Winston still shares fourth place in the Minors in stolen bases. The Dash trail only Charleston (22; Low-A, NY Yankees), Asheville (17; Low-A, Colorado), Arkansas (12; Double-A, LA Angels) and Peoria (12; Low-A, St. Louis).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Today’s twin bill will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 10:20 a.m., with the first pitch at 10:35.

– Scott

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