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Game #124 Preview – Dash at Myrtle Beach

Game #124 – Away Game #60
Winston-Salem Dash (24-29, 52-71) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (34-19, 70-53)
Thursday, August 18 – 7:05 p.m. 
TicketReturn.Com Field (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem plated a pair in the top of the ninth inning, but Myrtle Beach nipped the Dash 6-5 on Wednesday night at TicketReturn.Com Field. The Dash hope to avoid a sweep at the hands of Myrtle Beach on Thursday.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Drew Hasler threw a perfect 1.1 frames on Wednesday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Landon Lassiter – CF
Gerson Montilla – 2B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – LF
Zack Collins – DH
Marcus Davis – 1B
Toby Thomas – 3B
Daniel Gonzalez – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Tanner Banks – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Last season, Winston-Salem went 17-3 in one-run games en route to the Southern Division’s second-half championship. This year, the Dash have been unable to continue their magic in close games. The club is 21-37 (.362) in games decided by one or two runs, including seven straight losses in these types of contests against the Birds. This week, the Dash have lost three  straight in Myrtle Beach by a combined five runs, including back-to-back one-run defeats.
  • The Dash now find themselves 10 games back of the Pelicans in the Southern Division’s standings. Only 17 games remain for both clubs, which means that Myrtle Beach’s magic number to clinch a spot in the Carolina League playoffs is eight. Any combination of Dash losses or Pelicans wins that reaches eight will eliminate Winston-Salem from postseason contention. In the Dash era (2009-present), Winston-Salem has reached the playoffs four times.
  • Through May, the Dash were a respectable 14-14 on the road. Since then, however, Winston is just 8-23 away from BB&T Ballpark. The Dash are 6-17 on the road in the second half (with six walk-off defeats), including 13 losses in their last 16 tries. Winston-Salem’s overall road mark of 22-37 is sixth in the eight-team Carolina League.
  • In Wednesday’s loss, Gerson Montilla delivered three RBIs for the fifth time this season. He paces the Dash with 63 RBIs, though three other Winston-Salem sluggers have at least 55 RBIs: Nick Basto (59), Marcus Davis (59) and Mason Robbins (55). Montilla feasts on scoring chances with less than two outs. With men in scoring position and zero or one down, Montilla is a .351 hitter (27-for-77). With two away in these situations, the former Arizona farmhand is 4-for-50 (.080).
  • Even though he only whiffed three Wednesday, right-hander Jordan Stephens still paces the Carolina League with 126 strikeouts, 14 more than second-place Trevor Clifton of Myrtle Beach. In his league-leading 24th start, Stephens did surrender an earned run in the first inning for the first time this year. To avoid the sweep, the Dash turn to southpaw Tanner Banks, who has punched out 22 in his last four outings spanning 22.0 innings. However, he has labored against the Birds this year, giving up 10 runs (all earned) on 15 hits in 7.1 innings (12.27 ERA).
  • Following Thursday’s road trip finale, the Dash head back to BB&T Ballpark for a quick three-game series with the Salem Red Sox, the first half Southern Division champions. After playing 20 times in the first half, the Dash and Red Sox have yet to lock horns since the All-Star break. Salem owns a 12-8 edge in the season series, including nine wins in 12 tries at BB&T Ballpark.
  • Robbins’ eight-game hitting streak, one shy of his longest of the season, came to an end with a 0-for-5 effort on Wednesday. Still, Robbins leads the CL in average (.321) and hits (142).
  • Basto is second in the league in average (.315), and he has hit safely in six in a row. The Dash added infielder Dante Flores, a former USC standout, from the AZL White Sox Wednesday.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Thursday’s game will be broadcast live on 600 AM-WSJS in the Winston-Salem area, as is the case with every Thursday game throughout the season. The game is also available on wsjs.com, as well as wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn App. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:50 p.m, with the first pitch at 7:05 p.m.

-Joe

Game #123 Preview – Dash at Myrtle Beach

Game #123 – Away Game #59
Winston-Salem Dash (24-28, 52-70) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (33-19, 69-53)
Wednesday, August 17 – 7:05 p.m. 
TicketReturn.Com Field (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem led 3-1 through seven innings on Tuesday, but Myrtle Beach scored exactly one run in each of the final three frames to earn a 4-3, 10-inning victory at TicketReturn.Com Field. After losing the first two games of this pivotal series, the Dash will try and rebound on Wednesday against the Pelicans.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Robinson Leyer yielded one run in 5.2 strong frames on Tuesday night (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Landon Lassiter – CF
Gerson Montilla – 2B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – LF
Zack Collins – DH
Marcus Davis – 1B
Toby Thomas – 3B
Brett Austin – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Jordan Stephens – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Last season, Winston-Salem went 17-3 in one-run games en route to the Southern Division’s second-half championship. This year, the Dash have been unable to continue their magic in close games. The club is 21-36 (.368) in games decided by one or two runs, including six straight losses in these types of games against the Birds. Winston-Salem is 8-15 in games decided in the last at-bat, while the Dash have suffered eight walk-off losses, six of which have come since the start of the second half.
  • The Dash now find themselves nine games behind Myrtle Beach in the Southern Division’s standings. Only 18 games remain for both clubs, which means that the Pelicans’ magic number to clinch a postseason spot is 10. Any combination of Dash losses or Pelicans wins that reaches 10 will eliminate Winston-Salem from postseason contention. In the Dash era (2009-present), Winston has reached the playoffs four times.
  • Winston-Salem will attempt to surge back with more road games than home games down the stretch. Including the first five games of this road trip, during which the club is 2-3, the Dash will finish the season with 17 of their last 23 games on the road (so, 12 of 18 remaining on the slate).
  • With a first-inning single Tuesday, Winston-Salem outfielder Mason Robbins pushed his hitting streak to eight games, one shy of his high-water mark of the season. During this red-hot run, Robbins is 17-for-35 (.486) with eight RBIs and five runs scored. This surge has propelled the former Mr. Mississippi to the top spot in the Carolina League in both batting average (.324) and hits (142). He is also fifth in total bases (197).
  • Robbins is one of four Dash hitters who are in the top 10 within the Carolina League in batting average. After a 3-for-5 effort on Tuesday, his 13th game of three-plus hits with Winston-Salem, Nick Basto bumped his average to .316, which is second-best on the circuit. Frederick’s Aderlin Rodriguez is in third place, but he is 13 points behind Basto at .303. Midseason All-Star Hunter Jones still qualifies, and his .286 mark stands seventh. Marcus Davis’ .284 average is tied with Lynchburg’s Anthony Santander for 10th. As a team, the Dash are third in the CL at .263.
  • Dash right-hander Jordan Stephens will make his team-leading 24th start on Wednesday. He paces the Carolina League with 123 strikeouts, while his 3.57 earned run average is second-best amongst qualified pitchers. Stephens has not given up an earned run in the first inning all season, while he has fanned at least six in eight of his last 11 outings (four times – exactly six). However, Winston-Salem is just 7-16 when the former Rice Owl takes to the hill.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Wednesday’s contest will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:50 p.m., with the first pitch set for 7:05 p.m.

-Joe

Game #122 Preview – Dash at Myrtle Beach

Game #122 – Away Game #58
Winston-Salem Dash (24-27, 52-69) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (32-19, 68-53)
Tuesday, August 16 – 7:05 p.m. 
TicketReturn.Com Field (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem led 1-0 through six innings, but a five-run seventh inning pushed Myrtle Beach past the Dash 5-1 in the first of a four-game set on Monday night at TicketReturn.Com Field. The Dash look to stay in the playoff hunt on Tuesday against the Pelicans.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Yelmison Peralta pitched two innings in the Dash’s series opener against Myrtle Beach (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Landon Lassiter – CF
Gerson Montilla – 2B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – LF
Zack Collins – C
Telvin Nash – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Toby Thomas – 3B
Ryan Leonards – SS
Robinson Leyer – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • In Monday’s loss, Mason Robbins recorded half of Winston-Salem’s six hits, pushing his Carolina League-leading batting average to .326. This would be the best qualified average by a CL hitter since 2010, when current Kansas City star Eric Hosmer hit .354 with Wilmington. Robbins also paces the circuit with 141 hits and has collected 16 hits in 30 at-bats during his current eight-game hitting streak, which is one shy of his longest of the season.
  • Over the last two games, the Dash have only mustered 12 hits and one run, which came on a Robbins RBI single in Monday’s third inning. Before this two-game funk, the club’s first such drought in a pair of nine-inning games since May 4 and May 6, Winston had strung five straight wins together. During that streak, which is tied for the club’s longest this year, the Dash scored 41 runs (8.2/game) on 59 (11.8/game) hits.
  • Even though Lowry’s outing ended abruptly in the seventh, he still surged to the top of the Carolina League in innings pitched. His 135.1 frames are 5.0 more than Salem’s Matt Kent, who is slated to pitch against the Dash on Friday at BB&T Ballpark, for the circuit’s lead. 
  • The Dash will try to cut into Myrtle Beach’s lead in the Southern Division’s second-half standings. The Pelicans have rattled off 19 wins in their last 24 games, surging to an 8.0-game advantage on the Dash for the final postseason spot out of the Southern Division. With Monday’s decision, the Dash can pull no closer than 5.0 games by the end of this series, which marks the final head-to-head duel between the two rivals in the regular season. The Dash are 9-15 against the Pelicans this year, including a 4-6 mark in Myrtle Beach.
  • Not only is Robbins the top hitter in the Carolina League, but Winston-Salem boasts four of the circuit’s top 10 qualified hitters (by average). Nick Basto is second with a .312 mark, which means Robbins and Basto have a chance to become the second Dash duo in five years to finish first and second in average (2012, Carlos Sanchez and Dan Black). Basto is also third in on-base percentage (.390) and fourth in slugging percentage (.490) in the league. Former Dash outfielder Hunter Jones still qualifies with a .286 mark, seventh-best in the CL, while Marcus Davis is 10th at .284.
  • The Dash had only committed two errors in their previous 11 games before Monday’s four-error effort versus the Birds. Two of the defensive miscues were from shortstop Cleuluis Rondon, who leads the club with 18. Lowry and Robbins had the other two errors on Monday.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tuesday’s contest will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:50 p.m., with the first pitch set for 7:05 p.m.

-Joe

Game #112 Preview – Dash vs. Frederick

Game #112 – Home Game #59
Winston-Salem Dash (19-22, 47-64) vs. Frederick Keys (17-22, 53-56)
Friday, August 5 – 7:00 p.m. 
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash’s trio of Thad Lowry, Taylore Cherry and Connor Walsh combined to limit Frederick to just one hit in a 3-1 victory Thursday night at BB&T Ballpark. Winston-Salem goes for its third straight win on Friday against Frederick.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Connor Walsh secured his team-best fifth save on Thursday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Landon Lassiter – CF
Gerson Montilla – 2B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – LF
Zack Collins – DH
Marcus Davis – 1B
Toby Thomas – 3B
Brett Austin – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Robinson Leyer – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Over the last two games, Winston-Salem’s staff has permitted just two runs on six hits. The Dash faced four more than the minimum on Thursday after encountering just two more than what is required on Wednesday, which also was a 3-1 win. The Dash’s duo of Tanner Banks (77) and Yelmison Peralta (11) tossed just 88 pitches Wednesday before Lowry (86), Cherry (19) and Walsh (11) combined for 116. Thus, the Dash have averaged 11.3 pitches per inning and 3.4 pitches per batter in their last two games.

  • Lowry, the White Sox 21st-best prospect per MLB Pipeline, added seven more innings to his Carolina League-leading total. He paces the circuit with 121.0 innings of work, which are sixth-most in all of High-A baseball. The Spring, Texas, native is fifth among CL qualifiers in earned run average (3.71), while he leads the way in starts (22) and batters faced (540).

  • Winston’s one-hitter marked the first time the club held a team to one hit or less since James Dykstra’s seven-inning no-hitter at Potomac on April 15, 2015. The last instance at home was the finale of a twin bill against Wilmington on April 20, 2013. In 2011, the Dash recorded four one-hitters. Since then, Winston-Salem has only done it five times, exactly once in each season.

  • In his first game since Friday against Lynchburg, Marcus Davis was a perfect 3-for-3 during the Dash’s win Thursday. Davis had missed the previous five games due to a minor undisclosed injury. This three-hit performance, Davis’ 10th of the year, pushed his second-half batting average to .381, which paces all of High-A baseball. In these 31 games, Davis has four homers, 24 RBIs and 24 runs scored. Within the Carolina League, teammate Toby Thomas is second in average since the All-Star break ended on June 23. Thomas boasts a .363 mark, fifth in High-A.

  • Not only does Winston-Salem have the top two hitters in the Carolina League, but the duo of Mason Robbins and Nick Basto are first and second, respectively, in the CL in this category for the season. Robbins enjoys the top spot with a .313 average, while Basto is right behind him at .309. However, both Robbins and Basto went hitless in four at-bats apiece Thursday. This was just the fourth time all year that both men were in the Dash’s lineup and neither registered a hit.

  • Through Tuesday, Winston-Salem was just 3-44 when scoring three runs or less. However, the Dash have strung together consecutive 3-1 triumphs. The Dash had not won back-to-back games when scoring three runs or less in both of them since edging Myrtle Beach 3-2 and 2-1 on June 28 and June 29 of last season.

  • Friday starter Robinson Leyer befuddled the Keys in his last meeting with Frederick on July 26, when he held them to one run on two hits in six innings. In his three previous duels with the Keys, Leyer had allowed 17 runs (13 earned) in 9.1 innings over three appearances, two of which were starts (12.54 ERA).

  • The Dash are 22-12 (.647) at BB&T Ballpark since June 1, including four wins in as many tries against the Keys during this span.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Friday’s contest 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 set for 7 p.m.

-Joe

Game #95 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #95 – Home Game #50
Winston-Salem Dash (11-13, 39-55) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (13-12, 49-46)
Tuesday, July 19 – 12:00 p.m. 
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans plated six in both the second and third innings to cruise past Winston-Salem 15-2 in Monday night’s contest at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash go for the series split on Tuesday afternoon against Myrtle Beach.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Toby Thomas has the second-highest second half average in all of High-A (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Landon Lassiter – CF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – LF
Zack Collins – C
Telvin Nash – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Toby Thomas – 2B
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Thad Lowry – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Winston-Salem permitted season-highs in both runs (15) and hits (18). The club fell one run shy of the worst single-game showing in the Dash era (2009-present). The Dash have surrendered 16 runs on two occasions, with the most recent coming on August 27, 2014, at Myrtle Beach. The Pelicans also posted the most recent hits total that eclipsed the 18 they posted on the Dash on Monday. Winston gave up 20 hits to the Birds in a nine-run loss on July 9, 2014.
  • Despite Monday’s loss, two red-hot Winston-Salem hitters continued their recent tear. Mason Robbins delivered his team-leading 31st multi-hit game (2-for-4), marking his eighth in 17 contests this month. During July, the former Mr. Baseball in Mississippi boasts a .365 average, which is sixth-best in the Carolina League. Toby Thomas also went 2-for-4, pushing his second-half average to .420. During this stretch, which dates back to June 23, Thomas is second in High-A and ninth in the Minor Leagues in average.
  • On the flip side, catcher Brett Austin’s season-long eight-game hitting streak came to an end with an 0-for-4 effort Monday. Austin was 14-for-30 (.467) with 10 RBIs and seven extra-base hits during this strong run. Still, the former NC State star is hitting .378 this month after posting a .203 average in May and a .125 mark in June.
  • Winston-Salem’s starting rotation contains the top two workhorses in the Carolina League. Tuesday starter Thad Lowry is second on the circuit in innings pitched (102.1), 5.1 shy of teammate Spencer Adams (107.2), who has the edge despite a stint on the disabled list from July 7-14. Lowry has worked at least six innings in seven of his last eight starts, though he has surrendered 14 runs in his last three outings spanning 16.2 innings. Before that, Lowry gave up exactly one earned run in each of his previous five starts (June 9-26).
  • Outfielder Landon Lassiter, a midseason South Atlantic League All-Star, joined the Dash from Low-A Kannapolis Sunday and made his High-A debut as a defensive replacement Monday. He popped out in his lone at-bat in the contest. Lassiter is an alumnus of North Davidson High School and a native of High Point who played three years at the University of North Carolina. In 77 games with the Intimidators, Lassiter posted a .283 average with two homers and 24 RBIs. He took the place of CL All-Star Hunter Jones, who was promoted to Double-A.
  • Following Tuesday’s finale, the Dash will enjoy an off day Wednesday before squaring off with Potomac five times over four days, including a doubleheader Saturday. These meetings mark the final duels between the two clubs this year. Potomac owns a slight 7-6 edge thus far in 2016, which includes a 4-2 mark against the Dash at beautiful Pfitzner Stadium.
  • Dash infielder Nick Basto’s .313 average is second overall and first among active Carolina League qualifiers, though he has endured a modest 2-for-17 slump.
  • Thomas’ 26th double inched him into a share of third place in the CL, although he is seven away from the top spot.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tuesday’s contest will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 11:45 p.m., with the first pitch set for 12:00 p.m.

-Joe

Game #93 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

5Game #93 – Home Game #48
Winston-Salem Dash (10-12, 38-54) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (12-11, 48-45)
Sunday, July 17 – 5:00 p.m. 
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem rallied for three in the bottom of the ninth to force extras, but Myrtle Beach edged the Dash 12-10 in 12 innings in Saturday’s series opener. The Dash look to put on another strong offensive showing against Myrtle Beach on Sunday at BB&T Ballpark.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Marcus Davis accumulated four hits in the Dash’s wacky 12-10 loss in 12 innings on Saturday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Michael Suiter – CF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – LF
Zack Collins – C
Telvin Nash – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Toby Thomas – 2B
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Zach Thompson – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Winston-Salem has scored 10 runs in each of its last two games, marking the franchise’s first run of back-to-back double-digit run outputs since May 7-8 of 2015. The Dash blasted Frederick 14-2 before downing Myrtle Beach 10-6. Winston boasts a .331 average in July, which paces the Carolina League (2nd – Lynchburg, .321). Only the Albuquerque Isotopes (Triple-A, Colorado) have a better July average in the Minors (.338). In the club’s 15 games this month, Winston-Salem is averaging 7.1 runs per game (107 total), which is second to Lynchburg in the CL.
  • One night after matching a season-high for runs in an inning (eight in the fourth against Potomac), the Dash set a new single-game mark for hits in a 2016 contest. Winston-Salem banged out 21 hits, one more than its previous high-water mark on April 22 at Salem. This marked the Dash’s biggest offensive effort in hits since August 21, 2011, a 23-knock explosion at Potomac. The Dash-era record for hits is 26, which also took place against Potomac on July 23, 2010.
  • Of the Dash’s 21 base hits, Marcus Davis and Mason Robbins recorded four apiece, which matched career-highs for both men. Davis, who tied the game with an RBI double in the ninth, is hitting .347 with two homers and 14 RBIs in 17 games since the All-Star break. Robbins notched his team-leading 29th multi-hit game Saturday, pushing his average to .302 (7th-best in the CL).
  • The White Sox announced Sunday that All-Star outfielder Hunter Jones has earned his first career promotion to Double-A Birmingham. The former Cleveland farmhand leaves as the CL leader in hits (104), while he is second in runs (62) and fourth in stolen bases (31). He was the last player on the circuit to miss one of his team’s games (the 70th and final contest of the first half). Overall, Jones was a .286 hitter with five home runs and 34 RBIs in 90 games.
  • Even though the Dash lost an All-Star, they did receive an All-Star Sunday. Outfielder Landon Lassiter, who was a midseason South Atlantic League honoree, has joined the Dash from Low-A Kannapolis. Lassiter is a North Davidson High School alumnus and a High Point native who played three seasons at the University of North Carolina. In 77 games with the Intimidators, Lassiter hit .283 with two homers and 24 RBIs.
  • Thanks to a 3-for-4 effort that included a two-run homer in the sixth, Brett Austin pushed his season-long hit streak to eight games. During the surge, the former NC State star is 14-for-30 (.467) with 10 RBIs and seven extra-base hits. Fellow catcher Zack Collins, the White Sox top pick in last month’s MLB Draft, is 4-for-10 (.400) with five RBIs in his first two games with the Dash. Toby Thomas leads the CL and is second in High-A with a .425 average (34-for-80) since the All-Star break (6-for-9 in his last two games).
  • Because of their 12-inning defeat Saturday, the Dash dropped to 2-5 in extras, which stands under all other Carolina League clubs in that baseball category.
  • Righty Zach Thompson, Sunday’s starter, gave up a career high-tying seven runs against Frederick in his High-A debut on Monday.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Television coverage of Sunday’s contest will be available on My48 at 2 p.m. A full channel guide is available here. The game will also be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 4:45 p.m., with the first pitch set for 5 p.m.

-Joe

Game #92 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #92 – Home Game #47
Winston-Salem Dash (10-11, 38-53) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (11-11, 47-45)
Saturday, July 16 – 6:30 p.m. 
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

In his Winston-Salem debut, first-rounder Zack Collins logged three hits, including a three-run blast during an eight-run fourth, in the Dash’s 10-4 thumping of Potomac at BB&T Ballpark. On Friday, the Dash begin a four-game set against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, who invade the Triad for the final time this season.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Zack Collins smashed a three-run blast in his High-A debut on Friday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Hunter Jones – CF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – LF
Zack Collins – DH
Marcus Davis – 1B
Toby Thomas – 2B
Brett Austin – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Jordan Stephens – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • During its eight-run fourth, Winston-Salem sent four men to the plate twice. It marked the club’s second eight-run inning of 2016, with the other coming in the deciding 13th on Opening Day at Lynchburg (April 7; 14-6 Dash win). Since the nickname change to Dash in 2009, Winston has scored more than eight runs only once. The Dash amassed nine runs in the seventh inning of a 14-2 rout at Frederick on May 7, 2015. Despite the massive run total, the Dash only logged four hits in Friday’s tie-breaking fourth.
  • Collins’ three-run blast, a majestic shot to the Foothills Brew Pen, was his first professional long ball. After going 1-for-11 with seven whiffs in the AZL, Collins produced Friday like he did so often at the University of Miami during his remarkable college career. Collins won the 2016 Johnny Bench Award, given to the best catcher in college baseball, after hitting .363 with 16 home runs, 59 RBIs and 54 runs in 62 games. He helped Miami reach the College World Series before becoming the 10th overall pick.
  • The fifth through eighth hitters in the Dash’s order reached base in 16 of their 20 trips to the plate via two home runs, two doubles, seven singles and five walks. The rest of Winston’s lineup went a combined 3-for-20.
  • Collins was the five-hole hitter in his Dash debut, while Telvin Nash reached via three walks in his five trips to the plate out of the six spot. Thomas reached safely in all five trips to the plate and logged his fourth career four-hit game. Since June 23, the start of the second half, Toby Thomas is hitting .427 (32-for-75), which leads the CL, is second in High-A and is ninth-best in all of Minor League Baseball.
  • Eight-hole hitting Michael Suiter also mustered four hits in his first game since Sunday. It was his second career four-hit showing and his first since July 22, 2014, when he was with the AZL White Sox.
  • On May 31, Winston-Salem was 5-19 (.208) at BB&T Ballpark, the worst home mark in the Minor Leagues. The Dash had lost six of their first seven home series, with the other being a four-game split with Potomac from May 13-16. Since the start of June, Winston is 14-8 (.636) at home, and the club is undefeated in home sets. The Dash’s overall home mark of 19-27 (.413) is still second-worst in the CL (Wilmington, 16-29).
  • Carson Fulmer, a key cog to the Dash’s playoff push a year ago, earned his first promotion to the Majors, the White Sox announced Friday. Fulmer is the first member of the 2015 MLB Draft class to reach the Show. He did not appear in the White Sox 7-0 loss to the Angels on Friday. Fulmer is the 347th Winston-Salem alumnus to reach the Major Leagues (39th in the Dash era).
  • Friday starter Jordan Stephens had allowed just a single run in his last four outings over 27.1 IP until his most recent outing Monday. Frederick collected three runs on six base hits, ultimately knocking Stephens out after four innings.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Saturday’s contest will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:15 p.m., with the first pitch set for 6:30 p.m.

-Joe

Game #81 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #81 – Home Game #40
Winston-Salem Dash (5-5, 33-47) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (5-6, 41-40)
Monday, July 4 – 7:00 p.m. 
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Two Wilmington errors turned into five Winston-Salem unearned runs in the Dash’s 7-3 victory over the Blue Rocks in Sunday’s series finale at Frawley Stadium. The Dash return home for the Fourth of July game at BB&T Ballpark, which has drawn more than 8,000 fans each of the last two years.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Omar Narvaez delivered a walk-off single in last year’s memorable Fourth of July game at BB&T Ballpark (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Hunter Jones – CF
Mason Robbins – RF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Nick Basto – LF
Marcus Davis – DH
Telvin Nash – 1B
Toby Thomas – 2B
Brett Austin – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Jordan Stephens – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • The Dash return home Monday for the Fourth of July. Over the last two years on Independence Day, BB&T Ballpark has welcomed more than 8,000 fans, the only two such occurrences since the downtown facility opened in 2010. The all-time single-game record took place on July 4, 2014, when 8,184 fans watched the Dash lose to Wilmington. Last season, a crowd of 8,009 enjoyed the Dash’s walk-off win over Frederick, with Omar Narvaez playing the role of hero with an 11th-inning RBI single.

  • The top three men in the Dash’s lineup Sunday delivered eight of the club’s 12 base hits. Hunter Jones went 2-for-5, pushing his CL-leading hits total to 90. He also stands tied for second in runs (57), fourth in steals (29) and ninth in average (.287). With two hits and two runs, Chris O’Dowd capped a huge road trip, during which he hit .467 (7-for-15) with five RBIs and five runs. Robbins matched a career-high with his four hits, pushing his overall average to .299, (7th in the CL). During his eight-game hit streak, Robbins is 13-for-36 (.361) with eight RBIs.

  • Toby Thomas delivered nine hits in his 17 at-bats this weekend in Delaware (.529). In his nine games since the All-Star break, Thomas is 18-for-34 (.567), pushing the Alabama native’s 2016 average from .231 to .269 (+ .038).

  • Righty Jordan Stephens has strung together five consecutive quality starts entering Monday’s outing against Myrtle Beach. Dating back to his fifth inning of work at Carolina on June 10, the former Rice Owl has given up just one run over 21.1 frames, a Max Schrock solo homer in the sixth inning Wednesday at Potomac. Stephens has punched out 23 over his last three starts (18.2 innings). Winston’s rotation as a whole has been outstanding since June 14. During this 16-game stretch, Dash starters boast a 2.08 earned run average (23 ER in 99.1 IP).

  • Sunday marked the Dash’s final regular season meeting with Wilmington. The Dash and Blue Rocks started and finished their 15-game slate against one another in 30 days (June 4 to July 3), with Winston claiming a 9-6 advantage. On Monday, the Dash rekindle a Southern Division rivalry. Myrtle Beach is in the other dugout for the first time since May 19, at which point the Dash and Pelicans had played 15 of their first 41 games against one another. The Birds claimed 10 of those games during the first half. Winston-Salem and Myrtle Beach will play eight times at BB&T Ballpark over the next 16 days.

  • First-rounder Zack Burdi spun a perfect sixth inning in his fourth High-A outing Sunday. Dating back to Thursday night, Burdi has retired seven in a row after surrendering a two-run homer to former big leaguer Raul Mondesi. In five Minor League outings, the flamethrower has given up three runs on seven hits in six innings.

  • Dash infielder Nick Basto has jumped into second in the CL in average (.307) after reaching league qualification this weekend.

  • The Dash came up with three steals Sunday, which is unlike the club. Winston had not swiped three bags since May 22, matching Winston-Salem’s season-high in team stolen bases.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Monday’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 set for 7:00 p.m.

-Joe

Game #41 Preview – Dash at Myrtle Beach

Game #41 – Road Game #20
Winston-Salem Dash (15-25) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (21-17)
Thursday, May 19 – 7:05 p.m.
TicketReturn.Com Field (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

An early offensive surge propelled the Dash to a 9-5 victory in Wednesday’s opener before Myrtle Beach blanked Winston-Salem 2-0 in the finale at TicketReturn.Com Field. The Dash go for their fourth road series win of the season on Thursday night against the Pelicans.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Dash outfielder Hunter Jones is 12-for-20 in his last five contests (Jody Stewart/ W-S Dash).

Adam Engel – CF
Hunter Jones – RF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Mason Robbins – LF
Toby Thomas – 2B
Brett Austin – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Jordan Stephens – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Outfielder Adam Engel continued his fantastic run since rejoining the Dash. Engel, who began the season in Double-A Birmingham, boasts an average of .389 (14-for-36) with five RBIs. The former Louisville star has scored 12 times, tied for the second-highest total in Minor League Baseball since his first game with the Dash (May 10-present). Former Dash star Tim Anderson (13), the reigning International League Player of the Week with Triple-A Charlotte, is the only player with more runs over this nine-day span.

  • Engel and Gerson Montilla combined to drive in six of the Dash’s nine runs in Wednesday’s game one victory. Since Friday, Montilla has collected a Minor League-leading 12 RBIs. He has posted a pair of four-RBI contests in his last four starts, including game one on Wednesday. The former Arizona farmhand is fourth in the Carolina League with 30 RBIs, though he did follow up his four-RBI explosion early in game one with six straight whiffs to end the twin bill.

  • Engel and Montilla are not the only two Dash hitters who have shined in recent days. Over the last five days, Hunter Jones is 12-for-20 (.600) with eight runs scored. Jones paces the Minors during this brief span in both hits and runs, and his batting average is fourth-best.

  • Thursday marks the 15th and final meeting of the first half between Winston-Salem and Myrtle Beach, who have played 43 times since the start of the 2015 season. During this period, the Pelicans own a 24-19 advantage, including seven of the last nine after it was even at 17-17. Most games have been close, as the last 23 games have been decided by four runs or less. After playing the Birds in 37 percent of their first 41 games, the Dash will not tangle with Myrtle Beach again until July 4-7 at BB&T Ballpark.

  • Winston-Salem will turn from one familiar foe to another on the second leg of this week-long road trip. Following Thursday’s rubber match, the Dash will invade Salem for a four-game set that begins Friday. Winston and Salem have already met 12 times, and the road team has claimed 10 of those meetings. The Red Sox enjoy a 7-1 mark at BB&T Ballpark, while the Dash seized three of four at LewisGale Field from April 21-24. By the end of the first half, the Dash will have played first-place Salem 20 times.

  • Thursday starter Jordan Stephens logged a career-high seven frames in a no-decision Friday against Potomac. It was only the former fifth-round pick’s second outing longer than four innings as a professional. With a scoreless sixth in Wednesday’s nightcap, Jacob Morris pushed his season-starting scoreless streak to 14.2 innings, during which he has struck out 13.

  • Davie High School product Whit Merrifield, who played against the Dash while with Wilmington in 2011 and 2012, made his Major League debut for Kansas City on Wednesday. He delivered his first big league hit with a fifth-inning single against David Price. His father Bill was a two-time ACC Player of the Year at Wake Forest (1982 and 1983).

  • The Dash suffered their fifth shutout in Wednesday’s finale (T-most in CL).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Thursday’s game will be broadcast live on 600 AM-WSJS in the Winston-Salem area, as is the case with every Thursday game throughout the season. The game is also available on wsjs.com, as well as wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn App. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:50 p.m, with the first pitch at 7:05 p.m.

– Joe

Game #39/40 Preview – Dash at Myrtle Beach

Game two Dash lineup:

Adam Engel – CF
Hunter Jones – LF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Keon Barnum – DH
Marcus Davis – 1B
Louie Lechich – RF
Ryan Leonards – 2B
Sean O’Connell – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Andre Wheeler – LHP

Game #39 & #40 – Road Game #18 & #19
Winston-Salem Dash (14-24) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (20-16)
Wednesday, May 18 – 5:05 p.m. (doubleheader)
TicketReturn.Com Field (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Steady rain in the Myrtle Beach area prompted the postponement of Winston-Salem’s series opener against the Pelicans at TicketReturn.Com Field. Thus, the Dash and Pelicans will duel in a twin bill on Wednesday for the first time since April 18, 2015, when Myrtle swept both ends at BB&T Ballpark.

STARTING LINEUP (Game 1):

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Thad Lowry will get the ball for game one of the doubleheader, while Andre Wheeler (above) will start the second contest (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Adam Engel – CF
Hunter Jones – RF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Mason Robbins – LF
Brett Austin – C
Toby Thomas – 2B
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Thad Lowry – RHP

DASH DOTS

  • Outfielder Adam Engel has shined in his first week back with Winston-Salem. Engel, who began the year with Double-A Birmingham, is hitting an even .400 (12-for-30) with three RBIs and four doubles in seven games with the Dash. The former Louisville star has scored 10 times, tied for the fourth-highest total in Minor League Baseball during this span (May 10-present). Former Dash star Tim Anderson (12), the reigning International League Player of the Week with Triple-A Charlotte, is one of the three ahead of Engel since last Tuesday.
  • Engel and Hunter Jones, who competed against one another while growing up in Southwest Ohio, have formed an outstanding one-two punch at the top of Winston-Salem’s lineup. The only Carolina Leaguer who has played 38 games this year, Jones’ season batting average (.283) is at its highest point since April 15 thanks to an 8-for-11 surge in the last three games. The former Cleveland farmhand is fourth on the circuit in hits (43), stolen bases (16) and triples (4), while his 28 runs scored are good for fifth.
  • Engel, Jones and Ryan Leonards all swiped a base in Monday’s loss, marking the first time since Opening Night (April 7 at Lynchburg) that the Dash amassed three stolen bases. Within the Carolina League, the Dash are last in stolen bases (22), five shy of seventh-place Wilmington.
  • Once again, Winston-Salem and Myrtle Beach will renew their rivalry over the next two nights at TicketReturn.Com Field. Since the start of the 2015 season, the Dash and Pelicans have met 41 times (regular season and postseason), with Myrtle Beach owning a narrow 23-18 advantage.  The final margin has been three runs or less in 15 of the last 16 matchups, with the exception being this past Wednesday (5-1 Dash win). There will be a fairly significant idle period for this season series after this three-game set, which marks the end of the clubs’ 15-game slate against each other in the first half. The next series takes place July 4-7 at BB&T Ballpark.
  • Even though Matt Cooper set a new career-high in runs on Monday, he also earned a share of the top spot in the Minors in strikeouts by logging five. Cooper has punched out 55, which are even with Atlanta prospect Lucas Sims. and Toronto farmhand Francisco Rios for the top spot. Cooper has struck out an average of 11 batters per nine innings thus far this season.
  • Speaking of Dash hitters near the top of the Carolina League, infielder Gerson Montilla drove home eight runs in the four-game set with Potomac, giving him a team-high 26 RBIs on the season. He is sixth in the CL in that category and only two away from a share of third place.
  • Due to an 0-for-4 effort Monday, Toby Thomas’ eight-game hitting streak came to an end. He was 9-for-29 (.310) with four RBIs during the streak, which was tied for the second-longest by a Dash hitter this season (9 by Nick Basto from April 21-30).
  • Righty Manny Martinez matched a season-best by a Winston-Salem reliever with five strikeouts over three shutout innings on Monday.
  • The Dash will play 11 of their next 14 games away from BB&T Ballpark, with the lone stop at home coming May 24-26 when Frederick invades the Triad for the first time this year.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Game one of Wednesday’s doubleheader will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 4:50 p.m., with the first pitch set for 5:05 p.m.

– Joe

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