Results tagged ‘ Myrtle Beach Pelicans ’

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

Game #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

Game #34 Preview – Dash at Myrtle Beach

Game #34 – Road Game #17
Winston-Salem Dash (12-21) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (16-15)
Thursday, May 12 – 7:05 p.m.
TicketReturn.Com Field (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Behind another sterling outing from right-hander Matt Cooper, Winston-Salem upended Myrtle Beach 5-1 in Wednesday’s middle match from TicketReturn.Com Field. The Dash look to win their fourth consecutive road series on Thursday.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Louie Lechich capped the scoring in Winston-Salem’s 5-1 win on Wednesday at Myrtle Beach with a two-run single in the eighth (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
Sean O’Connell – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Thad Lowry – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • With his career high-tying nine strikeouts during Wednesday’s win, Cooper became the third Minor League hurler to reach 50 strikeouts on the season. He is one punchout shy of the top spot in the Minors, which currently belongs to the duo of Jon Perrin (Brewers) and Lucas Sims (Braves). Both of those hurlers, who have 51 whiffs, have pitched for two different teams in their respective systems. The former University of Hawaii star has accumulated at least five strikeouts in every outing. Before 2016, Cooper was exclusively a reliever as a professional.
  • Behind Cooper, Jacob Morris continued his outstanding start to 2016 with a pair of hitless frames out of the bullpen. Since joining the Dash on April 16, the converted outfielder has allowed just three hits and whiffed 11 in seven relief efforts spanning 12.2 scoreless innings.
  • The top-of-the-order duo of Adam Engel and Hunter Jones have been instrumental to the Dash’s offensive attack in this series. Engel, who is back with the club after some early-season struggles in Double-A Birmingham, has posted consecutive two-hit games to start his High-A work for 2016. He and Jones, who is a .316 (12-for-38) swinger this month and has hit safely in five straight, amassed an RBI on Wednesday.
  • While Winston-Salem is off to its worst home start in BB&T Ballpark’s seven-season history (3-14), the club has continued to shine while away from the Triad. The Dash moved to 9-7 on the road with Wednesday’s victory, and they have a chance to claim their fourth road series win in a row. The last time Winston accomplished that feat was from July 27 to August 18 of 2012, the year the club posted the best overall record in full-season Minor League Baseball (87-51-1).
  • On Wednesday, Winston-Salem snapped a five-game losing streak against the Pelicans. These two teams have played 40 times since the start of 2015, and the two teams each had 17 wins before the Pelicans rattled off that five-game surge. Not only did the Dash stop that trend, but they ended a streak of 14 consecutive meetings between the two clubs that were decided by three runs or less. The Dash return to Myrtle Beach next Tuesday through Thursday for the final first-half duel between these Southern Division rivals.
  • Between trips to the Grand Strand, the Dash will entertain the Potomac Nationals during a wrap-around four-game series inside BB&T Ballpark. Friday marks the first of 18 duels between the purple-clad Dash and the Red, White and Blue defenders of Woodbridge, Va. The P-Nats have claimed the season series between the two clubs in back-to-back seasons after Winston-Salem did not lose a season set to the Nationals from 2008-13. This included a 10-0 record for the Dash against Potomac in the Triad in 2012.
  • Infielder Cleuluis Rondon snapped an 0-for-19 slump at the High-A level with a third-inning single Wednesday.
  • Thad Lowry recorded his first High-A quality start and victory in the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader against Salem (6.0 IP/2 R).
  • Winston-Salem is a perfect 5-0 in road games when its hurler tosses a quality start.

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 #33 Preview – Dash at Myrtle Beach

Game #33 – Road Game #16
Winston-Salem Dash (11-21) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (16-14)
Wednesday, May 11 – 7:05 p.m.
TicketReturn.Com Field (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem threatened in the ninth inning, but Myrtle Beach survived for a 5-2 victory in Tuesday’s series opener at TicketReturn.Com Field. The Dash look to right the ship in the second game of a three-game set against the Pelicans.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Dash right-hander Matt Cooper leads the Carolina League this season with 41 strikeouts (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Adam Engel – CF
Hunter Jones – LF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Brett Austin – C
Louie Lechich – RF
Danny Mendick – 2B
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Matt Cooper – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • The new top two in the Dash’s order put together a strong showing on Tuesday. Outfielder Adam Engel went 2-for-5 and scored the Dash’s only two runs in his first game with the club after struggling in Double-A Birmingham to begin the season. Hunter Jones reached base in all but one of his five plate appearances. He fell one knock shy of his career high while also delivering his 10th RBI of 2016.

  • Engel emphatically snapped a 1-for-28 funk with a scalded single in the fifth inning, which was part of his first multi-hit game since April 25 and his fifth all season. In his first game in right field since September 6, 2015, Jones made a dazzling catch to rob Daniel Lockhart of extra bases in the fifth. He also remained the lone Carolina Leaguer to play in 32 games this season. Jones, who is hitting .333 with two homers and four RBIs in the month of May, is tied with Davis for the CL lead in at-bats (128). Jones also stands fifth on the circuit in stolen bases (13).

  • The Dash’s other starting outfielder submitted another strong effort. Mason Robbins chimed in with his seventh multi-hit game (2-for-4). He has hit safely in 16 of his last 19 games, during which the Mississippi native boasts a .338 (25-for-74) average with eight RBIs and five runs.

  • Winston-Salem starter Matt Cooper will attempt to add to his Carolina League-leading strikeout total of 41. Only two pitchers–Wilmington’s Josh Staumont (38) and Potomac’s Phillips Valdez (36) are within seven strikeouts of the former Hawaii star. Cooper is tied for ninth in all of Minor League Baseball in this category. Atlanta prospect Lucas Sims leads the way with 51. Cooper has punched out at least five in all six of his previous starts, and he is averaging 10.9 whiffs per nine innings. This marks Cooper’s first season as a starter in the pros. He struck out 12.8 per nine innings in his first two Minor League seasons as a reliever.

  • For just the second time all season, Winston-Salem has strung together back-to-back multi-error games (April 24 & 26). Still, the Dash stand second in the CL in fielding percentage (.977), just behind Salem (.978). Winston committed 10 defensive miscues in its first three games, but the club has only amassed 18 since then.

  • Myrtle Beach is starting to take charge in a rivalry that has been very tightly contested since the start of last season. These two teams have played 39 times since the start of 2015, and the two teams each had 17 wins before the Pelicans rattled off the five most recent duels, including a sweep for Myrtle Beach at BB&T Ballpark last week. It was just the sixth sweep by an opponent since the ballpark opened in 2010. The last 14 tilts between the Southern Division combatants have been decided by three runs or less.

  • First baseman Keon Barnum is 3-for-9 in his first two games back with the club after spending the season’s first month on the disabled list.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Wednesday’s game 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 at 7:05 p.m.

-Joe

Game #32 Preview – Dash at Myrtle Beach

Game #32 – Road Game #15
Winston-Salem Dash (11-20) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (15-14)
Tuesday, May 10 – 7:05 p.m.
TicketReturn.Com Field (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Despite a two-run bomb from Gerson Montilla, the Dash fell in Sunday’s series finale with Salem 8-3 at BB&T Ballpark. For the second time this year, the Dash hit the road for a three-game against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Winston-Salem took two of three from the Pelicans on the Grand Strand from April 11-13.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Adam Engel is back with Winston-Salem for the first time since last season’s postseason run (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

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

DASH DOTS:

  • The reigning Carolina League Player of the Month is no longer on the circuit. The White Sox announced Monday that Nick Basto has earned his first ever promotion to Double-A Birmingham. Basto hit .345 with five homers and 18 RBIs in 30 games with the Dash. He led the Minors with 39 hits in the month of April, which led to the club’s first monthly honoree since 2013. In his Double-A debut Monday, the former fifth-round pick went 2-for-5 with an RBI in the Barons’ 9-8 home win over Jackson.
  • The corresponding move netted Winston-Salem one of its best players during last season’s run to the Carolina League postseason. Outfielder Adam Engel returns to the Dash from Double-A Birmingham, with whom he hit .170 with six RBIs and 12 stolen bases. Last season with Winston-Salem, Engel hit .251 with seven homers and 43 RBIs in a league-leading 136 games, the highest total by a CL player since 2011. The Louisville product was third in the Minors with 65 steals.
  • While Engel did struggle in Double-A, he had a phenomenal fall with the Glendale Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League, a prospect showcase in October and November. Engel hit .403 (27-for-67) with nine RBIs and 10 stolen bases en route to the MVP award, joining the likes of Kris Bryant (Cubs) and Nolan Arenado (Rockies) as past Fall League honorees.
  • Tuesday’s pitching matchup is a rematch of the deciding Game 3 of last year’s Southern Division Championship Series. Myrtle Beach’s Jonathan Martinez surrendered just an Engel two-run homer over six frames for the win, while Brandon Brennan surrendered four runs in 6.2 innings in a losing effort. The Pelicans clipped the Dash 4-3 to advance to the Mills Cup Finals, during which they swept Wilmington 3-0.
  • The Dash and Pelicans square off for a fourth series on the young season from Tuesday to Thursday. Last week in the Triad, Myrtle Beach earned just the sixth sweep for an opponent at BB&T Ballpark since the facility opened in 2010. Despite the Birds’ strong showing last week, the season series is still very close since the start of last season. Myrtle Beach possesses a 21-17 edge during this time frame, and the last 13 games have been decided by three runs or less.
  • After posting a 244-178 (.581) record at BB&T Ballpark in the facility’s first six seasons, the Dash are off to a 3-14 start at home this year. Two of the six all-time sweeps for opponents have come this month, while the Dash have lost five straight home series at the facility for the first time ever. In fact, this marks the first time that Winston-Salem had lost more than two consecutive home series since at least 2004 (MiLB records are available from 2005-present).
  • Mason Robbins’ eight-game hit streak came to an end on Sunday after an 0-for-4 effort. During his hitting streak, Robbins was 11-for-31 (.355) with three RBIs…It was one game shy of the longest by a Winston-Salem hitter this season (Basto, April 21-30).
  • Brennan left his last start on Wednesday against Myrtle Beach in the fifth inning after a line drive hit his right hand.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tuesday’s game 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 at 7:05 p.m.

-Joe

Game #26 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #26 – Home Game #12
Winston-Salem Dash (10-15) vs. Myrtle Beach (12-11)
Tuesday, May 3 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem and Myrtle Beach squared off in yet another nailbiting contest, with the Pelicans nipping the Dash 3-2 in 11 innings on Monday at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash look to rebound in the middle game of a three-game set against Myrtle Beach on Tuesday night.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Blair Walters was promoted to Double-A Birmingham after Monday’s start against (Brian Westerholt/Four Seam Images).

Hunter Jones – CF
Toby Thomas – 2B
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Nick Basto – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Mason Robbins – LF
Louie Lechich – RF
Danny Mendick – SS
Sean O’Connell – C
Spencer Adams – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Since the start of the 2015 season, the Dash and Pelicans have played 36 times (regular season and playoffs), with the latter of the two owning a slight 19-17 lead. Each of the last 11 games have been decided by three runs or less, including six by a single tally. These two clubs will meet eight more times in the first half, including six in South Carolina later this month.
  • The Dash have won three straight road series for the first time since June 13-30, 2013, but they are in the basement of the Southern Division due to a rare funk at BB&T Ballpark. Winston-Salem has dropped nine of its first 11 home games, the club’s worst single-season 11-game stretch since the downtown facility opened in 2010. Winston-Salem is 1-7 against divisional foes Myrtle Beach and Salem at home in 2016.
  • Wednesday marks the 1000th regular season game for Winston-Salem as the “Dash.” The franchise assumed this nickname prior to the 2009 season and has posted a 527-470-1 (.529) since changing from Warthogs. During these eight seasons, Winston-Salem has reached the Carolina League postseason four times and the Mills Cup Finals twice. Plus, the team has hosted an exhibition game with the Chicago White Sox (2011) and the California-Carolina League All-Star Game (2012).
  • First baseman Nick Basto continued his surge with a game-tying home run during Monday’s seventh inning. With that blast, Basto became the first Minor Leaguer to reach 40 hits this season. Basto enjoys a two-hit advantage on Stockton’s James Harris for the top spot. No other Minor Leaguer has more than 35 knocks. Basto’s .412 average trails only Fort Wayne’s Austin Allen (.456) among qualifiers. Basto is one of three Minor Leaguers with an overall batting average over .400.
  • Thanks to his outstanding efforts in 2016, Basto has announced that he is back as a White Sox prospect. Last season, the former fifth-round pick did not collect his 40th High-A hit until his 63rd game with Winston-Salem (August 13 at Potomac). Currently, Basto is atop the CL in average by .052, on-base percentage by .013, hits by eight and total bases by five.
  • Winston-Salem ace Spencer Adams will make his sixth start of 2016 on Tuesday night. He is tied for second in the Carolina League with three personal victories. The Dash are 4-1 when he takes the mound and 6-14 when he does not pitch. Adams entered this season as the third-best prospect in the White Sox system, per both Baseball America and MLB Pipeline.
  • Right-hander Jacob Morris matched a season-high for a Dash reliever by working three frames on Monday…Morris has not given up a run in his first 9.2 innings at the High-A level.
  • After sitting one point shy of .300 for his overall average on Thursday, Toby Thomas has gone just 1-for-10 in the last three games, slimming his average to .276.
  • The White Sox announced Tuesday that southpaw Blair Walters has earned his first career promotion to Double-A. Righty Brandon Brennan has been assigned to the Dash.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tuesday’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 p.m.

-Joe

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