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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

Game #25 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #25 – Home Game #11
Winston-Salem Dash (10-14) vs. Myrtle Beach (11-11)
Monday, May 2 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Four Frederick pitchers combined to limit the Dash to five hits in a 5-2 Keys victory on Sunday afternoon from NYMEO Field. The Dash kick off a seven-game homestand tonight at BB&T Ballpark against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Gerson Montilla is hitting .370 with 11 RBIs in his last 12 games (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Hunter Jones – CF
Toby Thomas – 2B
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Nick Basto – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Mason Robbins – LF
Brett Austin – C
Louie Lechich – RF
Grant Massey – SS
Blair Walters – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Even though they missed out on their first sweep of 2016, the Dash continued their great work away from home this season. Winston-Salem boasts an 8-6 road record and has rattled off three consecutive road series triumphs for the first time since June 13-30, 2013. Since April 12, the club is 7-2 away from home, which matches Winston-Salem’s best nine-game road run in the Dash era (2009-present).
  • The Dash have shined on the road, but they are in the basement of the Southern Division due to a rare funk at BB&T Ballpark. Winston-Salem has dropped eight of its first 10 home games, the franchise’s worst single-season 10-game stretch since this downtown facility opened in 2010. This week-long homestand features the same two opponents who sent the Dash to a 1-6 start at home from April 14-20. Salem handed Winston-Salem just its second four-game sweep at BB&T Ballpark before Myrtle Beach took two of three, with the Dash’s lone win a walk-off.
  • Several Dash hitters have shined as of late. Gerson Montilla is hitting .370 (17-for-46) with 11 RBIs and 12 runs in his last 12 games. Mason Robbins is 12-for-29 (.414) in his last six. Marcus Davis has two straight multi-hit tilts and is second on the team in that category (9).
  • The Dash’s hottest hitter all season long has been first baseman Nick Basto. Despite an 0-for-4 showing Sunday in Frederick, Basto still paces the Minor Leagues with 39 hits, one more than Stockton’s James Harris for the top spot. No other Minor Leaguer has more than 34 knocks. Basto’s .415 average trails only Fort Wayne’s Austin Allen (.462) among qualifiers. Only six Minor League hitters boast batting averages above the .400 mark.
  • The former fifth-round pick did see his nine-game hitting streak, the longest from a Dash hitter in 2016, come to an end Sunday. During this surge, Basto hit a ridiculous .538 (21-for-39) with three homers and eight RBIs. Overall in the Carolina League, Basto leads the way in batting average by .055, on-base percentage by .012, hits by seven and total bases by one.
  • Winston-Salem and Myrtle Beach renew what has been a remarkably even rivalry over the next three days. Since the start of the 2015 season, the Dash and Pelicans have played 35 times (regular season and playoffs), with the latter of the two owning a slight 18-17 lead. Each of the last 10 games have been decided by three runs or less, including five by a single tally. These two clubs will meet nine more times before the All-Star break, with this series being the final such clash in the Triad.
  • Jordan Stephens logged the shortest start by a Dash hurler thus far this season, though he only gave up two earned runs.
  • Dash alumnus Chris Sale became the first to six wins in Major League Baseball with a victory at Baltimore on Sunday. He is the first Sox pitcher to post a win in his first six outings since Jon Garland in 2005.
  • Myrtle Beach’s Sunday finale at home against Salem was postponed due to rain. The Birds also had a finale at Potomac washed out Thursday.

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 at 7 p.m.

-Joe

Game #14 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #14 – Home Game #7
Winston-Salem Dash (4-9) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (6-7)
Wednesday, April 20 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Behind Toby Thomas’ walk-off single in the ninth, Winston-Salem stunned Myrtle Beach 6-5 to end its five-game losing streak. The Dash now go for their second series win of the season against the Pelicans on Wednesday night.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Marcus Davis has hit safely in seven games in a row (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Hunter Jones – CF
Toby Thomas – 2B
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Nick Basto – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Brett Austin – C
Louie Lechich – RF
Ryan Leonards – SS
Michael Danner – LF
Jordan Stephens – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Thomas’ heroics ended Winston-Salem’s worst home start since BB&T Ballpark opened in 2010 (0-5). The Dash also avoided the longest single-season home losing streak since entering this downtown facility. Winston-Salem has endured five home skids of five games, but the club has avoided a six-game funk. Since 2010, the Dash’s 245-181 (.575) record at home is the best in the Carolina League.
  • Three of Winston-Salem’s four victories this season have come in its last at-bat. The Dash plated eight in the 13th inning at Lynchburg on Opening Night (April 7) before plating a pair in the ninth at Myrtle Beach on April 13 to break a 2-2 tie. Thomas did deliver the Dash’s first walk-off hit since July 4, 2015, when Omar Narvaez sunk Frederick with a single in the 11th inning.
  • Thomas is one of multiple Dash hitters who have shined as of late. He is riding a five-game hit streak, during which the Alabama native is 8-for-21 (.381) with two RBIs and four runs. The only Winston-Salem hitter with a longer streak is Marcus Davis, who has hit safely in seven in a row (9-for-29 [.310], seven RBIs, two runs). Also, Nick Basto stands third in average (.367) and fourth in hits (18) on the circuit.
  • Winston-Salem has played 13 games thus far this season, and 11 of them have been decided by one or two runs. The Dash are just 3-8 in those games, but all three of those victories have come against the Pelicans. Dating back to the start of the 2015 season, Winston and Myrtle have split 34 meetings (including postseason). Each of the last nine clashes have been either one- or two-run affairs. These two clubs still have three more series in the first half, with the next one set for May 2-4 in the Triad.
  • Even though the Dash are just 4-9, they have received strong pitching from most members of their staff. The Dash’s 3.65 earned run average is fourth-best in the CL. Only once has a Dash starter surrendered more than two earned runs, and the rotation boasts a 3.08 ERA. Out of the bullpen, Connor Walsh had not given up a hit in his first 8.1 innings in High-A before Yasiel Balaguert went deep in the eighth on Tuesday.
  • Following Wednesday’s rubber match against Myrtle Beach, the Dash hit the road for a four-game set against the first-place Salem Red Sox. Salem dealt the Dash just their fifth home sweep in BB&T Ballpark’s seven seasons this past weekend. The four games were decided by a combined six runs. The Red Sox finished a perfect road trip with a sweep-clinching win at Carolina on Wednesday afternoon. Salem, who has not won a first-half crown since 1988, will enjoy at least a three-game lead in the division standings when the series begins Thursday.
  • The Dash claimed a rubber match win against the Birds last Wednesday at TicketReturn.Com Field with a 4-2 win.
  • Starter Jordan Stephens has worked exactly four innings in his first two High-A outings.
  • The Dash have committed three errors in their last two games after just one over their previous eight.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Wednesday’s game will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. It is also available via MiLB.tv (subscription required). The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 7 p.m.

-Joe

Game #13 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #13 – Home Game #6
Winston-Salem Dash (3-9) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (6-6)
Tuesday, April 19 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Despite back-to-back home runs from Marcus Davis and Brett Austin in the eighth, Winston-Salem dropped the opener of its three-game series with Myrtle Beach 6-4 on Monday night at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash search for their first home win of the season on Tuesday against the Pelicans.

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Toby Thomas smashed a season-high three hits against Myrtle Beach on Monday (Jody Stewart/ W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

Hunter Jones – CF
Toby Thomas – 2B
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Nick Basto – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Louie Lechich – RF
Chris O’Dowd – C
Mason Robbins – LF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Thad Lowry – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • The last three times Winston-Salem has hit back-to-back home runs, the Pelicans have been in the other dugout. Davis and Austin’s offensive exploits marked the first time the Dash had gone back-to-back in the regular season since July 7, 2013, when Rangel Ravelo and Courtney Hawkins did it at BB&T Ballpark. However, Trey Michalczewski and Keon Barnum did string together consecutive home runs in the first inning in Game 1 of last year’s Southern Division Championship Series.
  • At 0-5, Winston-Salem is off to its worst start at home since BB&T Ballpark opened in 2010. If they lose tonight, the Dash will post their longest single-season skid in the downtown facility’s history. Winston-Salem did have a nine-game skid from the final five home games of 2014 through the first four of last season. The Dash are currently mired in the fifth single-season home losing streak of five games, all of which have occurred since August of 2013.
  • In the second half of 2015, the Dash were 26-10 (.722) in games decided by one or two runs. While some thought this would even out down the stretch last year, the recalibration seems to be taking place now. All but two of the Dash’s first 12 games have been decided by one or two runs, and the Dash are 2-8 in those contests.
  • On Monday night, a Dash starter permitted more than two earned runs for the first time all year. Matt Cooper, who had logged five innings and gave up two earned runs in each of his first two outings, let three come around in a losing effort against the Pelicans in the series opener. The Dash’s rotation owns a 3.05 earned run average and has spun 56.0 total innings, or exactly four and two-thirds innings per game.
  • The Dash’s lengthy errorless streak came to an end Monday. Before a ninth-inning error on a pickoff attempt, Winston-Salem had recorded 58 consecutive innings without an error, a streak that began after Cleuluis Rondon’s throwing error in last Tuesday’s fifth inning at Myrtle Beach. In the last nine games, the Dash have posted just two defensive miscues after a league-worst 10 in the first three games of 2016. Winston-Salem’s .975 fielding percentage is good for fourth-place on the eight-team circuit.
  • Even though the Dash could only scratch out four runs Monday, multiple hitters posted big nights. Toby Thomas amassed three hits for the first time in his High-A career. With a pair of knocks, Davis pushed his hitting streak to six, which is now the longest active run on the club. Nick Basto’s seven-game surge ended due to an 0-for-3 showing. Still, Basto remains in the top 10 in the Carolina League in hits (4th; 16), total bases (T-9th; 22), RBIs (T-9th; 8), at-bats (T-10th, 46) and batting average (10th; .348).
  • Low-A Kannapolis suffered an 8-7 loss at West Virginia in 16 innings on Monday. The game took five hours and one minute, the third-longest in franchise history and the longest in the White Sox system, clipping the Dash’s season opener in Lynchburg by two minutes.
  • Since the start of 2015, the Dash and Pelicans have played 33 times, and Myrtle Beach owns a 17-16 edge.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tuesday’s game will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. It is also available via MiLB.tv (subscription required). The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 7 p.m.

-Joe

Game #12 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #12 – Home Game #5
Winston-Salem Dash (3-8) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (5-6)
Monday, April 18 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Even though Salem only outscored the Dash by five runs in this past weekend’s four-game set, the Red Sox earned a sweep, finishing it with a 3-1 victory on Sunday afternoon. The Dash look to regroup on Monday night against the Pelicans.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Jacob Morris threw two hitless innings in his first appearance with the Dash on Sunday (Ray Marsden).

Hunter Jones – CF
Toby Thomas – 2B
Ryan Leonards – 3B
Nick Basto – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Brett Austin – C
Louie Lechich – RF
Mason Robbins – LF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Matt Cooper – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • As a result of Sunday’s victory, Salem clinched the fifth sweep for an opponent in BB&T Ballpark history. It also marked just the second four-game sweep for a visitor, joining Carolina’s brooming from August 22-25, 2014. The Red Sox became the first team to sweep the Dash multiple times since the downtown facility opened in 2010. Winston-Salem had not been swept at BB&T Ballpark until its 82nd regular season series in mid-August of 2013. The Dash have earned 23 series sweeps at BB&T Ballpark.
  • In the first three games of their series with Salem, the Dash had ample run-scoring chances but simply did not take advantage of enough of them. The Dash left 31 runners from Thursday to Saturday and went 7-for-36 (.194) with men in scoring position. However, the Dash only left two men aboard on Sunday, and they had one at-bat with men in scoring position.
  • Nick Basto has hit safely in seven consecutive games, one shy of the longest 2016-only active hitting streak in the CL. During this stretch, the Davie, Fla., native is 11-for-29 (.379) with five RBIs and four runs scored. Overall this season, Basto is tied for second in hits (16), tied for fifth in total bases (22) and RBIs (8) and tied for sixth in batting average (.372) in the Carolina League.
  • A starting pitcher’s main responsibility is to keep his club in the game, and Winston-Salem’s rotation has done just that in 2016. Dash starters collectively own a 2.82 earned run average, and none have permitted more than two earned runs in an outing thus far this season. On Sunday, Spencer Adams limited Salem to one run over five innings, during which he struck out eight (one shy of a career-high). The rotation has averaged only about four and two-thirds innings per start, but this is common early in the season because pitch ceilings are lower than normal.
  •  Winston-Salem’s defense struggled mightily in its first three games of the season. The Dash logged 10 errors, including five in the final game of that stretch (April 9 at Lynchburg). Since then, the Dash have only committed one error in their last eight games (Cleuluis Rondon throwing error on Tuesday at Myrtle Beach). The Dash, who were well behind the rest of the CL in fielding percentage through three games, have jumped all the way to third place (.975).
  • For a second season in a row, the Dash have begun their home slate at 0-4. Winston-Salem kicked off its work at BB&T Ballpark in 2015 with three losses to Myrtle Beach and a defeat at the hands of Carolina before snapping their streak. Unless the Dash knock off Myrtle Beach on Monday, they will match the longest single-season home skid in BB&T Ballpark history, which was last suffered from June 16-20, 2015.
  • Offensively, the Dash did not strike out, and they did not coax a walk on Sunday. Before the game, Winston was averaging 9.1 strikeouts and 3.1 walks per contest.
  • The Dash took two of three against Myrtle Beach last Monday through Wednesday.
    These two teams have split their last 32 regular season and postseason games since the start of the 2015 season.

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 at 7 p.m.

-Joe

 

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