Results tagged ‘ Myrtle Beach Pelicans ’

Game #76 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #76 – Home Game #38
Winston-Salem Dash (4-0, 34-40) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (0-5, 41-33)
Tuesday, June 30 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

An eighth-inning single by Nolan Earley broke a 1-1 tie Monday and vaulted the Dash to a 2-1 victory. Winston-Salem bids for its first sweep of the season Tuesday.

Nolan Earley's RBI single brought home the go-ahead run Monday in the eighth inning. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Nolan Earley’s RBI single brought home the go-ahead run Monday in the eighth inning. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Toby Thomas – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Suiter – LF
Jordan Guerrero – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Winston-Salem is off to its best start in a half in at least a decade. Game-by-game results are only available since 2005, and no other Winston squad during that span has started the first or second half with four straight wins. In fact, this four-game surge is twice as long as any half-starting winning streak in the Dash era (2009-present). The previous high-water mark was 2-0, which the club accomplished in the second half of 2011 and 2014. All of this is subject to the suspended game from Saturday in Lynchburg. Even though it will be finished next month, all results will revert to the game’s original start date.
  • The Dash are on the precipice of their first series sweep of 2015. This marks just the third time all year that the Dash have played for a sweep, with the other two instances coming against Potomac in April. Winston-Salem has not used a broom since taking all three from Lynchburg at BB&T Ballpark August 1-3, 2014. The Dash have not swept Myrtle since August 24-26, 2013.
  • Winston has tied a season-high with five wins in a row. The Dash have won these five games by a combined six runs (22-16). The other five-game run in 2015 was from April 24-29. The Dash have not rattled off more than five straight since a 10-game run from August 19-29, 2013.
  • A key to Winston-Salem’s success during their five-game win streak has been the stellar work of its starting rotation. In these five wins, Dash starters boast a 2.40 earned run average (8 ER in 30.0 IP), and they have whiffed 27 (8.0 per nine innings). Winston-Salem’s 3.56 team ERA is only fifth-best in the eight-team Carolina League, but it would be the best in the Dash era if the season ended today.
  • Southpaw starter Jordan Guerrero will return to the hill for the first time since the second half opener at Lynchburg on Thursday. Against the Hillcats, Guerrero tossed a career-best eight and a third frames. He became the first Dash starter to pitch into the ninth since July 20, 2014, when Tony Bucciferro posted a one-hit shutout at Frederick. In his first three High-A outings, Guerrero had only worked 14.2 innings.
  • Dash infielder Jake Peter has been on a tear in the last month. Peter has hit safely in 27 of his last 29 games dating back to May 27. During this span, Peter is hitting .317 (35-for-109) with three homers and 19 RBIs. This trend began with a six-game hitting streak from May 27 to June 1. Following a hitless effort on June 2 (which was suspended to June 20), Peter hit safely in 14 straight games. He is currently riding a seven-game surge (9-for-29, 3 RBIs, 4 runs). On Monday, Peter posted his team high-tying 19th multi-hit game with a double and a single.
  • Before Monday’s victory, the Dash had logged a save in each of their previous six wins. Winston-Salem has not blown a save since June 7. They are 8-for-8 in save chances during this three-week span.
  • Catcher Jeremy Dowdy tied a career-high with three hits on Monday. In his first 13 games with the Dash, Dowdy was just 6-for-39 (.154).
  • Following this contest, the Dash invade Zebulon for a three-game series with Carolina before returning home for July 4.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

– Scott

Game #75 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #75 – Home Game #37
Winston-Salem Dash (3-0, 33-40) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (0-4, 41-32)
Monday, June 29 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash came back from an eighth-inning deficit Sunday to knock off Myrtle Beach 3-2. Winston-Salem is now 3-0 to begin the second half for the first time since 2006.

Peter Tago earned his team-best fifth save in Sunday's win. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Peter Tago earned his team-best fifth save in Sunday’s win. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Jeremy Dowdy – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Toby Thomas – LF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
T.J. Williams – DH
James Dykstra – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Winston-Salem is enjoying its best start to a half during the Dash era (2009-present). This marks the first time since 2006 that Winston-Salem has strung together three straight wins to begin a half. Since then, the only other two instances when Winston was 2-0 were the second half in 2011 and 2014 with two consecutive wins. The franchise has not kicked off a half with a 4-0 record in at least a decade.
  • Thanks to Sunday’s come-from-behind triumph, the Dash recorded their fifth last at-bat win. All five have come against Southern Division foes; however, this was the first against Myrtle Beach, whom Winston-Salem has played 16 times so far this year. Winston-Salem also pulled out its third victory of the season when trailing at any point after the seventh inning.
  • Dash infielder Jake Peter has been on a tear in the last month. Peter has hit safely in 26 of his last 28 games dating back to May 27. During this span, Peter is hitting .317 (33-for-105) with three homers and 19 RBIs. This trend began with a six-game hitting streak from May 27 to June 1. Following a hitless effort on June 2 (which was suspended to June 20), Peter hit safely in 14 straight games. He is currently riding a six-game surge (7-for-25, 3 RBIs, 3 runs).
  • Winston-Salem is enjoying a four-game winning streak, one shy of its highest of the campaign (April 24-29). One of the biggest keys to the club’s recent success has been its ability to buckle down when its opposition has a scoring opportunity. In these four contests, opposing hitters are a combined 8-for-36 (.222) with men in scoring position, and they have stranded 29 runners. In particular, Myrtle Beach struggled in these situations on Sunday. The Dash’s quartet of hurlers did not give up a base hit in 11 at-bats with runners in scoring position. Myrtle Beach is 5-for-41 (.122) in these “clutch” spots in half two.
  • One night after Matt Heidenreich returned from an 11-day absence to post a quality start, fellow All-Star James Dykstra will pitch in a Dash game for the first time in the exact same span. Dykstra did work an inning in this past Tuesday’s All-Star Game, but his most recent start was on June 17. On that day, Dykstra only allowed one hit in the first five frames before Myrtle scored three runs over his final two innings.
  • Including Sunday’s one-run victory, the Dash have logged a save in each of their last six wins. In fact, the Dash have not blown a save since June 7. During this stretch, Winston-Salem is a perfect 8-for-8 in save chances after beginning the season 8-for-15 (53 percent). Michael Ynoa and Peter Tago have logged three saves apiece during this streak of six “saved” wins in a row. They have alternated the closer role, with Tago collecting the save on Sunday.
  • The Dash had dropped five of their last six home games before Sunday’s win.
  • Winston-Salem catcher Omar Narvaez has hit safely in five straight games. This marks Narvaez’s fifth hit streak of five of more games this season. During this run, Narvaez is 8-for-17 (.471).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

– Scott

Game #74 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #74 – Home Game #36
Winston-Salem Dash (2-0, 32-40) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (0-3, 41-31)
Sunday, June 28 – 5 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem’s Saturday contest in Lynchburg was suspended due to rain with the Hillcats up 3-1 in the top of the second. Thus, the Dash will start a three-game series Sunday against Myrtle Beach.

Matt Heidenreich starts for the Dash Sunday against Myrtle Beach. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Matt Heidenreich starts for the Dash Sunday against Myrtle Beach. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Toby Thomas – LF
T.J. Williams – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Suiter – RF
Matt Heidenreich – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • For the third time in the Dash era (2009-present), Winston-Salem has started a half with back-to-back victories. The Dash also began the second half in 2011 and 2014 with two consecutive wins. In both of those seasons, the third contest of the half did not go well. Frederick cruised to a 6-1 triumph in 2011, while Salem blasted Winston 13-4 a year ago. The franchise has not posted a 3-0 beginning to a half since 2006.
  • The Dash play Myrtle Beach more than any other Carolina League foe. The Pelicans, who claimed the first-half Southern Division title, won nine of the first 15 meetings in the season series. A big key to the Birds’ success against the Dash stemmed from an 8-3 mark at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash claimed three of four in their lone trip to the Grand Strand in half one (April 23-26). Sunday marks the first of 12 clashes in the second half, with each team hosting six. The Pelicans have hit .280 against Winston pitching, while the Dash own a .236 mark versus Myrtle.
  • Winston-Salem catcher Omar Narvaez has been on a tear in his last four games. Narvaez is 7-for-13 (.538) with five runs scored during this span. Narvaez’s .304 overall batting average is sixth among Carolina League qualifiers.
  • Sunday starter Matt Heidenreich has not pitched for Winston-Salem since June 16, a span of 11 days between outings. The White Sox allowed him to skip his scheduled turn in the rotation last Sunday in order to pitch in Tuesday’s All-Star Game, when he logged the final out for the Carolina League in its loss to the California League. Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., the site of this year’s All-Star Game, is about 120 miles from Heidenreich’s hometown of Coronado.
  • Heidenreich paces the Carolina League with eight wins. No other pitcher on the eight-team circuit has more than six personal victories. With a win Sunday, Heidenreich would become the ninth pitcher in all of Minor League Baseball to reach the nine-win mark. Within High-A, only Charlotte’s Jacob Faria (10) and Modesto’s Harrison Musgrave (9) have more victories. Heidenreich is seventh in the Carolina League with a 2.95 earned run average.
  • The Dash have logged a save in each of their last five wins. In fact, the Dash have not blown a save since June 7. During this stretch, Winston-Salem is a perfect 7-for-7 in save opportunities after beginning the season 8-for-15 (53 percent). Still, Winston-Salem is in the basement of the eight-team Carolina League with 15 saves. The next-closest club is Frederick (17), while Myrtle Beach paces the circuit (25).
  • The Dash have dropped five of their last six home games dating back to June 16. On the flip side, the club is riding a four-game road winning streak, its longest in 366 days (June 24-27, 2014)
  • Myrtle Beach suffered its first sweep of the season in its first series of the second half. Due to a delay of more than two hours, the Pelicans did not finish their finale at Carolina on Saturday night until after 11.
  • The Dash scored five runs by the end of the second inning in each of its two victories in Lynchburg this weekend.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Television coverage of Sunday’s contest will be available on My48 at 5 p.m. For a channel guide, please visit the Dash Broadcast Corner. 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.

– Scott

Game #66 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #66 – Home Game #31
Winston-Salem Dash (28-36) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (37-27)
Wednesday, June 17 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

A night after banging out 16 hits, the Dash mustered just three Tuesday in their 6-0 shutout defeat to Myrtle Beach. Wednesday’s contest will be the rubber match of the three-game set.

The Dash turn to James Dykstra Wednesday in search of their third straight series victory. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

The Dash turn to James Dykstra Wednesday in search of their third straight series victory. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Toby Thomas – 3B
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
T.J. Williams – DH
Michael Suiter – LF
James Dykstra – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • With a single in Tuesday’s first inning, Jake Peter pushed his hitting streak to 19 games. Since May 27, the former seventh-round pick is 24-for-72 (.333) with 12 RBIs and 15 runs. Among active streaks in Minor League Baseball, Peter’s 19-game surge is tied for the second-longest. Dalton Pompey of New Hampshire (Double-A, Toronto) has hit safely in 22 games in a row, including his day game on Wednesday when his lone hit came as a double in the 13th inning. Peter is even with Franklin Gutierrez of Tacoma (Triple-A, Seattle) for second.
  • Peter has extended his hit streak in the first inning in five of the last six games. Overall, the former Creighton star has come up with a hit in the opening frame in seven of the 19 games in this impressive streak. Only twice has Peter entered the seventh inning in search of his first base hit. This includes the only game over the last six when he did not hit safely in the first; on Sunday at Carolina, Peter delivered a go-ahead RBI double in the ninth inning.
  • Peter’s 19-game hit streak is tied for the second-longest in the Dash era (2009-present). With a hit Wednesday night, Peter will become the second Dash hitter to post a 20-game hit streak.
  • With a win Wednesday, Winston-Salem will earn its third consecutive series victory. The Dash took three of four from first-place Wilmington last week before escaping Carolina with a three-game series win this past weekend. The Dash dropped seven consecutive series from May 1-25, but they have a chance to win their fourth over the last five completed series, with the yet-to-be-completed set against Salem from May 30-June 2 still a potential win. The Dash and Red Sox will complete that series finale on Saturday with the Dash leading 3-0 in the game and 2-1 in the four-game series.
  • Former Dash utility player Justin Jirschele has been named the hitting coach for the system’s rookie-level affiliate in Great Falls, Mont. The White Sox released Jirschele while he was with Double-A Birmingham earlier this season. He spent part of the last two seasons with the Dash. Jirschele is replacing 2014 Voyagers hitting coach Greg Briley, who will miss the season due to back surgery. The Voyagers kick off their 2015 campaign on Thursday at Billings.
  • Trey Michalczewski is day-to-day with an unspecified injury. Before sitting out the Dash’s last four contests, Michalczewski had started every game of the year for the Dash.
  • The Dash will try to play spoiler against the Pelicans, who own a magic number of three in the division race.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

– Scott

Game #65 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #65 – Home Game #30
Winston-Salem Dash (28-35) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (36-27)
Tuesday, June 16 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem blasted out 16 hits Monday, with each Dash starter chipping in at least one, in the Dash’s 7-4 victory over Myrtle Beach. Winston searches for a third consecutive series win Tuesday.

Adam Engel drove in four runs Monday in Winston-Salem's 7-4 triumph. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Adam Engel drove in four runs Monday in Winston-Salem’s 7-4 triumph. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Toby Thomas – 3B
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
T.J. Williams – DH
Michael Suiter – LF
Matt Heidenreich – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Dash outfielder Adam Engel has reclaimed his swing in recent games. On Monday, Engel went 3-for-5 with four RBIs, one shy of a professional-high. Over his last nine games, five of which have been multi-hit showings, Engel is 12-for-33 (.364) with five RBIs, nine runs scored and six stolen bases. In his previous 16 contests, the Ohioan was 6-for-62 (.097) with three RBIs, three runs and one swipe. Engel has climbed back to the top of the CL in stolen bases with 27, one more than Lynchburg’s Bradley Zimmer.
  • With a single in Monday’s first inning, Jake Peter pushed his hitting streak to 18 games. Since May 27, the pride of Mason City, Iowa, is 23-for-68 (.338) with 12 RBIs and 15 runs. Among active streaks in Minor League Baseball, Peter’s 17-game run is tied for the third-longest. New Hampshire’s Dalton Pompey boasts a 20-game streak. In four of his last five games, Peter has banged out a hit in his first at-bat.
  • Peter’s 18-game hit streak is tied for the third-longest in the Dash era (2009-present). With a hit Tuesday, Peter will jump into a share of second place.
  • Tuesday starter Matt Heidenreich has been one of the Carolina League’s best pitchers thus far this season. Heidenreich leads the CL and is tied for fourth in Minor League Baseball with eight victories. In fact, only one other CL hurler has more than five personal wins (Wilmington’s Eric Skoglund, 6). Heidenreich is tied for fifth in both ERA (2.62) and innings pitched (68.2) on the circuit. In his lone outing against Myrtle Beach this season, Heidenreich tossed a rain-shortened complete game on April 26 in South Carolina (5.2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER).
  • Winston-Salem’s 16 hits tied a season-high for the club. The Dash also mustered 16 in a seven-inning victory at Frederick on May 7. Winston had not posted more hits in a single game since July 8, 2014. On that night, the Dash banged out 18 hits in a wacky 13-9 win over Myrtle Beach inside BB&T Ballpark. Thanks to Monday’s explosion, the Dash raised their team batting average from .242 to .245, though they are still in the basement here in the CL.
  • First baseman Chris Jacobs has earned a promotion to Double-A Birmingham, the White Sox announced Tuesday. Jacobs, a native of Winston-Salem, hit .279 with three homers and 27 RBIs in his 58 games with the Dash. This marks his first trip to Double-A since 2013 while with the Dodgers system. In a corresponding move, fellow slugger Keon Barnum (oblique) has been activated from the disabled list. The White Sox 27th-best prospect according to MLB.com, Barnum hit .245 with two homers and 17 RBIs in his 31 games before his trip to the DL.
  • Trey Michalczewski is day-to-day with an unspecified injury. Before sitting out the Dash’s last three contests, Michalczewski had started every game of the year for the Dash.
  • The Dash will try to play spoiler against the Pelicans, who own a magic number of four in the division race.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

– Scott

Game #64 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #64 – Home Game #29
Winston-Salem Dash (27-35) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (36-26)
Monday, June 15 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Jake Peter’s go-ahead double in the ninth Sunday extended his hitting streak to 17 games and propelled the Dash to a 5-2 series-clinching victory over the Carolina Mudcats. Winston-Salem begins a week-long homestand Monday with the start of a three-game series with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.

Brian Clark's three hitless innings of relief Sunday earned him the win. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Brian Clark’s three hitless innings of relief Sunday earned him the win. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Toby Thomas – 3B
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
T.J. Williams – DH
Michael Suiter – LF
Brandon Brennan – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Peter’s 17-game hit streak is the longest by a Carolina Leaguer in 2015 by four games. Since May 27, the pride of Mason City, Iowa, is 22-for-64 (.344) with 11 RBIs and 15 runs scored. Among active streaks in Minor League Baseball, Peter’s 17-game run is tied for the third-longest. A pair of Eastern League hitters (Altoona’s Willy Garcia and New Hampshire’s Dalton Pompey) are riding 19-game streaks into Monday’s action. Peter had posted a hit in the first in three straight games before Sunday’s ninth-frame save.
  • Peter’s 17-game hit streak is the longest by a Winston hitter since current Oakland infielder Marcus Semien recorded an 18-game run in 2012. In the Dash era (2009-present), Peter’s current surge is tied for the fifth-best hit streak.
  • For the fourth time this season, Winston-Salem claimed a victory in its last at-bat on Sunday. The Dash’s first three came against Salem. The Dash have suffered seven last at-bat defeats. Still, the club has not earned a walk-off victory.
  • After missing the first 63 games of the Dash’s season due to injury, right-hander Brandon Brennan will make his 2015 debut on Monday night. Brennan takes the place of Jake Cose in the rotation. Cose will now pitch out of the Dash’s bullpen. A year ago, Brennan made 14 appearances over three levels (Great Falls, Kannapolis and Winston-Salem) as he worked back from Tommy John surgery. In his six starts with the Dash to complete the season, Brennan went 2-0 with a 2.93 ERA (22 K in 30.2 IP).
  • The Dash’s bullpen was outstanding in the club’s two victories in Zebulon this weekend. After Jordan Guerrero’s ejection on Saturday, three relievers (Euclides LeyerBrad Goldberg and Peter Tago) combined to give up just one run on five hits over six innings. Brian Clark and Michael Ynoa one-upped this trio in the rubber tilt, combining to keep Carolina hitless in four frames.
  • Trey Michalczewski is day-to-day with an unspecified injury. Before sitting out the final two games of the series in Carolina, Michalczewski had started every game of the season for the Dash.
  • To make room for Brennan on the roster, the White Sox announced Monday that right-hander Jose Brito has been assigned to Low-A Kannapolis. In his 16 efforts with the Dash, Brito charted a 2-3 record and a 4.66 earned run average.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

– Scott

Game #32 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #32 – Home Game #14
Winston-Salem Dash (14-17) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (19-12)
Monday, May 11 – 11 a.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem scored three runs in the fifth inning to grab a 3-2 lead Sunday over Myrtle Beach, but the Pelicans scored a run in the sixth to tie the game and a run in the seventh to win 4-3. Monday’s contest will act as the rubber game of this five-game series.

Brad Goldberg worked two scoreless innings Sunday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Brad Goldberg worked two scoreless innings Sunday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

  • Winston-Salem enjoyed its best offensive week of the month-old season, but the majority of the production took place during the early portion of the week. From Tuesday to Friday, the Dash amassed 40 runs, their best four-game offensive showing since April 28-May 1, 2012 (45 runs). However, in the last three games, Myrtle Beach has limited Winston-Salem to 11 runs and an average of .189 (17-for-90). Still, the Dash shot from worst to first in runs per game thanks to a run of 51 runs in seven games (from 3.5 to 4.4).
  • This series features the two best candidates to take home the Carolina League’s Player of the Week honor, which will be announced Monday. Dash infielder Trey Michalczewski recorded 15 RBIs, tied with El Paso’s Cody Decker for the most in the Minor Leagues this week. In eight games, Michalczewski hit .323 (10-for-31) with two homers and seven runs. He submitted three games of four or more RBIs and launched the CL’s second grand slam of 2015 on Tuesday at Frederick. Myrtle Beach’s Billy McKinney posted a .433 average (13-for-30) with one homer, 12 RBIs and nine runs in nine games.
  • Following Monday’s rubber match with Myrtle Beach, the Dash will get to know division rival Salem quite well. Winston and Salem will battle in 14 of the two club’s next 20 games. The Dash have not played the Red Sox yet in 2015.
  • For just the third time in 11 games this month, the Dash failed to steal a base in Sunday’s one-run loss. Winston-Salem leads the Carolina League with 27 stolen bases in May, which has thrust them into fourth place in Minor League Baseball with 53. Winston-Salem is trailing only three South Atlantic League teams–Charleston (70; NY Yankees), Asheville (67; Colorado), and Lexington (60; Kansas City). Within the Carolina League, Frederick is the closest competition, but the Keys have swiped 15 fewer bags.
  • Two Dash outfielders have accounted for 39 of the Dash’s 53 stolen bases (74%). Keenyn Walker collected two stolen bases in Saturday’s doubleheader to jump ahead of teammate Adam Engel at the top of the Carolina League. Walker’s 20 swipes are third in the Minors, while Engel is alone in fourth with 19. Charleston’s Jorge Mateo leads the way with 25. No other Carolina League player has more than 14 (Lynchburg’s Bradley Zimmer).
  • Monday starter Jake Cose pitched for the first time in 613 days on Wednesday at Frederick. He missed all of 2014 and the first month of 2015 with a significant back injury that forced him into surgery in the middle of last season. He worked three innings (51 pitches) and gave up just one run despite two hits and four walks.
  • Former Dash right-hander Mike Recchia, who pitched for Winston-Salem in 2013 and 2014, has retired from baseball. Recchia was with Double-A Birmingham.
  • The Dash have scored three or fewer runs in 15 of their first 31 games this season.
  • Myrtle Beach led off three straight innings with a triple on Sunday (sixth, seventh and eighth). Two of those three batters came around, with Brad Goldberg inducing a fielder’s choice at the plate in the eighth.
  • Myrtle Beach righty Daury Torrez has given up just one run in 12 innings over two starts against the Dash (2-0).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Monday’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 a.m.

– Scott

Game #31 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #31 – Home Game #13
Winston-Salem Dash (14-16) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (18-12)
Sunday, May 10 – 2 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash and Pelicans split a doubleheader Saturday, with Myrtle Beach taking game one of the twin bill 3-2 in 10 innings. Winston-Salem won 6-1 in the second contest, meaning a win Sunday would give the Dash a series victory.

Trey Michalczewski has driven in 15 runs over his last six games. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Trey Michalczewski has driven in 15 runs over his last six games. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Jeremy Dowdy – C
Keenyn Walker – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Nolan Earley – DH
Robinson Leyer – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • In Saturday’s second game, third baseman Trey Michalczewski continued his torrid stretch this week. Michalczewski finished a double short of a cycle in a 3-for-3 effort that included a game-tying, two-run triple in the third and a solo shot down the right field line in the fifth. Since Tuesday night, Michalczewski is hitting .391 (9-for-23) with two homers and a Minor League-leading 15 RBIs. No other hitter has more than 11 RBIs during this span. He has recorded three games of four or more RBIs after logging two such efforts in his first 214 Minor League games.
  • Through 24 games, Winston-Salem was at the bottom of the Carolina League in team batting average (.225) and runs per game (3.5). The Dash have drastically differed in their last six contests. Winston-Salem has amassed 48 runs, or 8.0 per game, in its last six games. Because of this surge, the Dash have jumped from worst to first in runs per game (4.4) within the CL.
  • The Dash’s bats have busted out in a big way over the last six games, and their team speed has contributed to the offense’s success. During this stretch, Winston-Salem has ripped off a remarkable 23 stolen bases, surging to the top spot in the Carolina League in swipes with 53. Second-place Frederick has just 39. Within Minor League Baseball, Winston is in fourth place, trailing only three South Atlantic League teams–Charleston (69; NY Yankees), Asheville (63; Colorado), and Lexington (58; Kansas City).
  • Two Dash outfielders have accounted for 39 of the Dash’s 53 stolen bases (74%). Keenyn Walker collected two stolen bases in Saturday’s doubleheader to jump ahead of teammate Adam Engel at the top of the Carolina League. Walker’s 20 swipes are third in the Minors, while Engel is alone in fourth with 19. Charleston’s Jorge Mateo leads the way with 25, including four on Saturday. No other CL player has more than 14 (Lynchburg’s Bradley Zimmer).
  • The rest of the White Sox organization enjoyed a tremendous day. During the White Sox twin bill finale against Cincinnati, Carlos Rodon made his first Major League start. Rodon posted a quality start in a winning effort (6.0 IP, 2 R-ER, 8 K), while former Dash right-hander Chris Beck earned his first promotion to the big leagues as the 26th man for the double dip finale. Triple-A Charlotte snapped a five-game skid at Toledo with an 8-4 win. Tim Anderson recorded a cycle in Double-A Birmingham’s 8-7 victory on the road in Montgomery. Low-A Kannapolis plated eight in the ninth to stun Lexington 13-8.
  • The Dash have won five of their last six games against Myrtle Beach after the Pelicans snagged wins in each of the first four matchups of 2015.
  • In the Carolina League, Adam Engel is seventh in average (.298), tied for first in hits (34) and alone in first in runs scored (24).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Television coverage of Sunday’s contest will be available on My48 at 2 p.m. For a channel guide please visit the Dash Broadcast Corner. The game will also be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 1:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 2 p.m.

– Scott

Games #29/30 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

UPDATE: 7:45 p.m.

Game two Dash lineup:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – DH
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Jeremy Dowdy – C
Keenyn Walker – RF
Andre Wheeler – LHP

Games #29/30 – Home Games #11/12
Winston-Salem Dash (13-15) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (17-11)
Saturday, May 9 – 4:30 p.m. (doubleheader)
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash plated five in the second and five in the third to roar past the Pelicans 10-6 in Friday’s series opener. Trey Michalczewski ripped three doubles and drove in four. Winston-Salem and Myrtle Beach tangle in a doubleheader Saturday that includes the makeup of Sunday, April 19’s contest.

Trey Michalczewski cranked three doubles and plated four Friday against Myrtle Beach. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Trey Michalczewski cranked three doubles and plated four Friday against Myrtle Beach. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP (Game 1):

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

DASH DOTS:

  • Through 24 games, Winston-Salem was at the bottom of the Carolina League in team batting average (.225) and runs per game (3.5). The Dash have drastically differed in their last four contests. Winston-Salem has amassed 40 runs in its last four games, the club’s best four-game offensive surge since plating 45 runs from April 28-May 1, 2012. That 45-run stretch came during the 10-game winning streak, while this current one has only netted two victories.
  • The Dash collected a season-high six doubles in the four-run win on Friday night, and all of these two-base knocks came in the game’s first three innings. This marks the highest single-game double total since July 30, 2014, when the Dash blasted Frederick 12-2. Trey Michalczewski recorded three of them, becoming the first Dash swinger to reach three doubles since Joey DeMichele on May 28, 2013 (17-5 W vs. FRE).
  • The three longest active hitting streaks in the Carolina League belong to Dash hitters. Chris Jacobs (9 G, 15-for-34, .441, HR, 8 RBI, 5 R) and Cleuluis Rondon (9 G, 11-for-33, .333, HR, 4 RBI, 6 R) have hit safely in nine consecutive games. These streaks are the longest by a Dash player thus far this season. Keon Barnum (7 G, 9-for-29, .310, HR, 6 RBI, 3 R) has also hit safely in seven straight games.
  • The Dash’s bats have busted out in a big way over the last four games, and their team speed has contributed to the offense’s success. During this stretch, Winston-Salem has ripped off a remarkable 20 stolen bases, surging to the top spot in the Carolina League in swipes with 50. Second-place Salem has just 37. In all of Minor League baseball, Winston is in fourth place, trailing only three South Atlantic League teams– Asheville (63; Colorado), Charleston (61; NY Yankees) and Lexington (54; Kansas City).
  • Two Dash outfielders have accounted for 37 of the Dash’s 50 stolen bases. With six stolen bases in his last three games, Adam Engel has jumped to the top spot in the Carolina League with 19, while Keenyn Walker is one behind him at 18. Within Minor League Baseball, Engel is in third place, two behind the first place duo of Charleston’s Jorge Mateo and Asheville’s Wes Rogers. Walker shares fourth place with two others. No other CL player has more than 14 (Lynchburg’s Bradley Zimmer), while Dash infielder Jake Peter is tied for fifth with eight.
  • The 2015 season began exactly one month ago, and the Dash have not spent much time in Winston-Salem thus far this year. In advance of Saturday’s doubleheader, the Dash have played only 10 games at BB&T Ballpark. Only Norfolk (Triple-A, Baltimore Orioles) and Tennessee (Double-A, Chicago Cubs) have played fewer home games than the Dash. Both the Tides and Smokies have suited up at home nine times.
  • Winston-Salem improved to 10-1 when either James Dykstra or Matt Heidenreich start the contest. On the flip side, the Dash are 3-14 when someone else gets the starting pitching assignment.
  • Winston-Salem native CJ Beatty asked for his release from the White Sox organization Saturday. He played in two games for the Dash before going on the DL on April 20.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Saturday’s twin bill will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 4:15 p.m., with the first pitch at 4:30 p.m.

– Scott

Game #28 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #28 – Home Game #10
Winston-Salem Dash (12-15) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (17-10)
Friday, May 8 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem set a Dash-era record with nine runs in the seventh inning of their 14-2 blitz of Frederick to finish off a seven-game road trip. Matt Heidenreich became the first pitcher in the Carolina League to five wins. Winston begins a five-game, four-day series with Myrtle Beach Friday.

Keon Barnum smashed a two-run home run to cap a nine-run seventh. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Keon Barnum smashed a two-run home run to cap a nine-run seventh. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

  • In the first 861 games of the Dash era, Winston-Salem had never exceeded eight runs in a single inning, even though that had hit the eight-run mark on 10 different occasions. The franchise had not experienced a nine-run offensive inning since August 23, 2006, when the Dash posted that figure in the fifth inning of a 14-9 win at Lynchburg. Remarkably, Frederick executed two great plays defensively, or the inning could have been worse. The Keys recorded a 9-6 fielder’s choice, and shortstop Jeff Kemp made a diving snag on a liner from Jake Peter.
  • The Dash recorded season highs in runs (14) and hits (16) in their 12-run win. All nine starters recorded at least one RBI, while eight different men posted one or more hits and scored at least once. During their series in Frederick, the Dash have amassed 30 runs, their best three-game stretch since May 26-28, 2013 (32). Winston managed just seven runs in its four-game set at Wilmington at the beginning of the road trip.
  • While the offense stole the headlines late on Thursday, righty Matt Heidenreich submitted yet another gem. Heidenreich held the Keys to just two runs over six innings for his fifth win in five starts. He is the first pitcher in the CL and the fourth in the Minors to reach five victories.
  • Heidenreich and Friday starter James Dykstra make up one of the toughest pitching duos in all of Minor League Baseball. Heidenreich’s 1.21 ERA is good for 15th among Minor League qualifiers, while Dykstra’s 1.29 mark checks in at 22nd. Also, Dykstra boasts a 0.68 WHIP, which is 4th-best in the Minors. Winston-Salem is 9-1 when one of these two talented righties take to the hill and 3-14 in all other contests.
  • Since 2010, Winston has had a stranglehold on the home run lead in the Carolina League. From 2010-2014, the Dash went yard 572 times (one every 1.2 games) and led the circuit in every individual season except for 2014. However, the Dash only hit four home runs in their first 24 games through Monday. At that time, Winston-Salem was tied for second-last in the Minors in homers (Rome, 3). In their last three games, though, the Dash have blasted five homers, including three in Tuesday’s 12-10 loss. As a result, the Dash are no longer alone in last place in the CL in the long ball category (Wilmington).
  • Winston-Salem boasts the Carolina League lead in stolen bases (43), while Keenyn Walker (17) and Adam Engel (16) are first and second within the circuit. In the Minors, Walker and Engel are fifth and tied for sixth, respectively. The Dash have done the majority of their thievery against Frederick. Winston-Salem has swiped 24 bases in its seven games against the Keys (3.4/game) and 19 in its other 20 games.
  • Dykstra defeated Myrtle Beach in his High-A debut on July 17, 2014, at BB&T Ballpark (6.2 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 8 K).
  • Myrtle Beach enters with the Carolina League’s best record (17-10). The Pelicans claimed a 2-1, series-clinching win over Salem on Thursday via Billy McKinney’s walk-off homer in the 10th inning. The Dash have won three consecutive games over the Pelicans, all of which came in Myrtle Beach (April 24-26).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Friday’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.

– Scott

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