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Game #128 Preview – Dash at Myrtle Beach

Game #128 – Road Game #62
Winston-Salem Dash (36-21, 66-61) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (35-23, 76-51)
Wednesday, August 26 – 7:05 p.m.
TicketReturn.Com Field (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

James Dykstra twirled six dominant innings, but the Dash bullpen couldn’t hold a 2-0 lead as Myrtle Beach topped Winston-Salem 4-2 on Tuesday to even the series. Winston-Salem’s lead on Myrtle Beach for the Southern Division crown is 1.5 games heading into Wednesday’s rubber match.

Spencer Adams, the No. 4 prospect in the White Sox system, makes the start Wednesday for the Dash. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Spencer Adams, the No. 4 prospect in the White Sox system, makes the start Wednesday for the Dash. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Brett Austin – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Danner – DH
Spencer Adams – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Winston-Salem’s playoff magic number is eight. Any combination of Dash victories or Mudcats losses that equals eight would give Winston-Salem its first playoff berth since 2012 and its fourth in the seven-season Dash era. Carolina gained a game on Winston-Salem thanks to a 7-4 victory over floundering Wilmington. Thus, the Mudcats are 4.5 games behind the Dash. Both clubs have 12 contests left on the schedule.
  • Not only does Wednesday serve as the rubber match of this three-game series, but it is the deciding game in the season set. The road team is a combined 18-8 in the 2015 series, with the Pelicans snapping Winston’s seven-game win streak on the Grand Strand on Tuesday. That run was the longest at one road site in the Dash era (2009-present). At home this year, Myrtle Beach is 2-7 against Winston-Salem and 36-19 (.655) against all other Carolina League foes.
  • The Dash are fighting with the Mudcats for the final Southern Division playoff spot, but they are also vying for their first division title since the second half of 2012. If the Dash can hold off Myrtle Beach, the first-half champions, Winston-Salem would host Game 1 of next month’s Southern Division Championship Series. If the Pelicans win another division title, all three potential SDCS tilts would be in South Carolina.
  • When Jefferson Olacio permitted the Pelicans’ four-run seventh, he also logged the Dash’s first blown save since June 30 (vs. Myrtle Beach). Winston-Salem had successfully converted 19 straight save chances before Tuesday night. Still, the Dash have cashed in on 28 of their last 30 saves since starting the year 8-for-15. In the CL, only Carolina (39-for-46, 85 percent) has a better conversion percentage than Winston-Salem (36-for-45, 80 percent).
  • Wednesday’s contest marks the Dash’s final regular season meeting with a Southern Division foe. The Dash boast the second-best divisional record in the CL (39-32), behind only Myrtle Beach (40-29). Over the previous two seasons, the Dash were a combined 51-69 (.425) within Southern Division play. The Dash finish the season with eight games against Frederick and three against Wilmington. Winston-Salem is 5-8 against the Keys and 8-6 versus the Blue Rocks.
  • At the All-Star break, Winston-Salem was a league-worst 30-40. However, the Dash enter Wednesday’s action with a 66-61 overall mark, which is tied with Carolina for the second-best on the circuit. A big key has been Winston-Salem’s work in games decided by three runs or less. This half, the Dash are 28-13 (.683) in such games, compared to 18-25 (.419) in the first half. Since the break, Winston is a league-best 14-2 in one-run contests (7-11 in the first half).
  • The Dash fell one win shy of their longest streak of the season. Winston-Salem won six in a row from July 26-31.
  • Nick Basto’s six-game RBI streak, which tied a career-high, came to an end on Tuesday.
  • Adam Engel leads the league and is fourth in the Minors with 58 stolen bases, while Eddy Alvarez owns a share of fifth with 51 (nine in 29 games with Winston-Salem. Alvarez is day-to-day with a shoulder injury that he suffered in the seventh inning on Monday.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Wednesday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:50 p.m., with the first pitch at 7:05 p.m.

– Scott

Game #127 Preview – Dash at Myrtle Beach

Game #127 – Road Game #61
Winston-Salem Dash (36-20, 66-60) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (34-23, 75-51)
Tuesday, August 24 – 7:05 p.m.
TicketReturn.com Field (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Behind Yency Almonte’s eight sterling innings, the Dash knocked off the Pelicans 5-1 in Monday’s series opener. Winston-Salem holds a 2.5-game lead over Myrtle Beach for the Southern Division’s second half crown heading into action on Tuesday.

Nick Basto's bat has been back of late, as he smashed a home run on Monday in Myrtle Beach. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Nick Basto’s bat has been back of late, as he has knocked in a run in six straight games. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Omar Narvaez – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Danner – DH
James Dykstra – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Winston-Salem’s playoff magic number is eight. Any combination of Dash victories or Mudcats losses that equals eight would give Winston-Salem its first playoff berth since 2012 and its fourth in the seven-season Dash era. With a 7-0 triumph at Wilmington on Monday, the Mudcats remained 5.5 games behind the Dash with 13 to go in the second-half standings.
  • The Dash are not only playing for a postseason ticket, but they are on top of the second-half Southern Division standings. Winston enjoys a 2.5-game lead on Myrtle Beach. If the Dash can hold off the Pelicans for their first division crown since the second-half title in 2012, the club would earn a home game (Game 1) in next month’s Southern Division Championship Series. If the Birds rally for another division crown, all three SDCS games would take place in Myrtle Beach.
  • Myrtle Beach’s 37-26 home record is second to Carolina (40-25) for the best in the CL. However, the Dash have won seven in a row on the Grand Strand after dropping their first contest there this season. This streak represents the longest win streak for Winston-Salem at one road site during the Dash era (2009-present), breaking the six-game run the Dash posted at Lynchburg in 2010. The Dash’s best road mark versus one club in a season is 8-2 (Lynchburg in 2010, Wilmington in 2012).
  • Dash outfielder Nick Basto launched his third home run in five games during Monday’s series-opening win at Myrtle Beach. He is also riding a six-game RBI streak, which matches a career-best for the Davie, Fla., native. Basto also strung together six consecutive games with at least one RBI from June 25 to July 2 of 2014 while with the AZL White Sox.
  • In these six games, Basto boasts a .400 average (8-for-20) with the three aforementioned home runs and nine RBIs. In his previous 66 games with Winston-Salem, Basto was a .181 hitter with three homers and 18 RBIs.
  • The Dash have recorded a five-game winning streak, one shy of their 2015 high (July 26-31). Monday marked the first time during this run that the Dash did not trail at any point in the contest. Winston-Salem’s opponents have hit .119 (5-for-42) with men in scoring position. In the most recent four games of this surge, they have just one hit in 30 such at-bats (.033).
  • Here are a few of the reasons Winston-Salem has climbed from the league’s worst overall record at the All-Star Break (30-40) to the second-best overall mark entering Tuesday (66-60). Winston-Salem is 28-12 (.700) in games decided by three runs or less this half. During this span, the Dash are a league-best 14-2 in one-run contests. Winston-Salem’s bullpen has successfully converted 19 straight save chances, with its last blown save coming on June 30. The Dash have matched a single-half record with six sweeps in their first 18 series of half two.
  • Outfielder Adam Engel logged his second two-steal game in a row on Monday. Engel’s 58 stolen bases lead all other Carolina Leaguers by at least 26. He is fourth in all of Minor League Baseball in this category.
  • Eddy Alvarez, who left Monday’s game with a shoulder injury, is tied for fifth with 51 swipes. Alvarez is listed as day-to-day.
  • Right-hander James Dykstra will start for the first time since August 1. In his last outing, he blanked the Pelicans over 4.2 innings on Thursday in a winning effort.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tuesday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:50 p.m., with the first pitch at 7:05 p.m.

– Scott

Game #126 Preview – Dash at Myrtle Beach

Game #126 – Road Game #60
Winston-Salem Dash (35-20, 65-60) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (34-22, 75-50)
Monday, August 24 – 7:05 p.m.
TicketReturn.com Field (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Brian Clark came out of the bullpen to fire six innings of one-run ball and the Dash completed a three-game sweep of Carolina on Sunday with a 3-1 victory. The victory extended Winston-Salem’s lead to 5.5 games over Carolina for the final Southern Division playoff spot. The Dash enter this three-game series at Myrtle Beach with a 1.5 game lead on the Pelicans for the second half Southern Division title.

Brian Clark earned the win in relief in Sunday's win over Carolina. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Brian Clark earned the win in relief in Sunday’s victory over Carolina. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Eddy Alvarez – SS
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Omar Narvaez – C
Nolan Earley – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – RF
Yency Almonte – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Thanks to this weekend’s sweep of Carolina, Winston-Salem’s playoff magic number is nine. Any combination of Dash victories or Mudcats losses that equals nine would give Winston-Salem its first playoff appearance since 2012 and its fourth in the seven-year Dash era. The Mudcats open a three-game home series with playoff-bound Wilmington on Monday night.
  • The Dash are not only playing for a postseason spot, but they are on top of the second-half Southern Division standings. Winston-Salem enjoys a 1.5-game lead on Myrtle Beach, the Dash’s opponent over the next three days. If the Dash can hold off the Pelicans, the club would earn a home game (Game 1) in next month’s Southern Division Championship Series. If the Birds rally for another division crown, all three SDCS games would take place in Myrtle Beach.
  • The Dash and Pelicans have split the first 24 contests of their season series, which culminates with this three-game set. However, Winston-Salem has claimed six of the first seven duels inside TicketReturn.Com Field, the club’s best such stretch at Myrtle Beach in the Dash era. Myrtle (3.04) and Winston (3.25) boast the top two ERAs in the Carolina League, while the Pelicans (4.3, 2nd) also own a slight advantage in runs per game on the Dash (3.9, 4th).
  • Winston-Salem did not sweep a series during the first half, but the club has won every game in six of its first 18 sets in the second half. The Dash have swept every CL club except for Frederick and Potomac during this stretch. As a result, Winston-Salem has matched a single-half high for sweeps in the Dash era (2009-present). The Dash also amassed six broomings in the first half of the 2010 and 2012 seasons. Both of those clubs went to the Mills Cup Finals.
  • The Dash are last in the CL in average (.242), and they have scored three runs or less in 67 of their 125 games (54 percent). As a result, they have needed to eek out some close games, which they have done frequently since the All-Star break. Winston-Salem is 28-12 (.700) in games decided by three runs or less this half. During this span, the Dash are a league-best 14-2 in one-run contests. In the first half, the Dash were just 18-25 (.419) in games decided by three runs or less and 7-11 in one-run tilts.
  • Right-hander Matt Cooper extended a team and an individual streak with his scoreless ninth inning Sunday. Winston-Salem has converted 19 consecutive save opportunities. The club’s last blown save was June 30 against Myrtle Beach, which followed a streak of nine successes in a row. The Dash are 36-for-44 (82 percent) in save chances. Also, Cooper has not given up a run in his last 21 innings, six of which have come since his promotion from Low-A Kannapolis.
  • Winston-Salem limited Carolina to an .040 (1-for-25) average with runners in scoring position during its three-game sweep.
  • Adam Engel’s sixth-inning triple on Sunday was the Dash’s first three-bagger since July 31 (17 games between triples).
  • Nick Basto’s bat is back over the last seven games, during which he is hitting .409 (9-for-22) with two homers and eight RBIs. Basto has driven in a run in his last five games.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Monday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:50 p.m., with the first pitch at 7:05 p.m.

– Scott

Game #122 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #122 – Home Game #63
Winston-Salem Dash (31-20, 61-60) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (32-20, 73-48)
Thursday, August 20 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Myrtle Beach swept Wednesday’s doubleheader from Winston-Salem, ending the Dash’s 55-day run with at least a share of first place to start the second half. Winston seeks to salvage the three-game series Thursday.

Nick Basto clubbed three doubles in Wednesday's doubleheader. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Nick Basto clubbed three doubles in Wednesday’s doubleheader. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Eddy Alvarez – 2B
Jake Peter – DH
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Omar Narvaez – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Nolan Earley – RF
Spencer Adams – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • With Wednesday’s sweep, the Pelicans jumped the Dash in the Southern Division’s second half standings. This marks the first time all half that Winston-Salem does not own at least a share of first place. Winston-Salem’s 55-day run atop the division represents the longest such streak in the Dash era (2009-present) by 13 days (42 in 2009). Winston was in last place for the final 50 days of the first half of 2015, and the club was in first for a combined 33 days from the start of 2013 to the end of this season’s first half.
  • Before Wednesday night, Winston-Salem was 24-10 (.706) in games decided by three runs or less since the All-Star break, including a league-best 13-2 mark in one-run contests. However, Winston-Salem dropped two-run and three-run decisions on Wednesday to drop their record to 24-12 (.667) in such situations. In the first half, the Dash were just 18-25 (.419) in games decided by three runs or less.
  • Winston-Salem has played in close games due to its strong pitching and its inconsistent offense. The Dash are second in the CL with a 3.27 ERA, but their .242 team batting average is last on the eight-team circuit. Winston-Salem has logged no more than three runs in 66 of its first 121 games (55 percent), while Dash pitching has given up three runs or less in 60 contests (49.6 percent).
  • Right-hander Spencer Adams, the fourth-best prospect in the White Sox system according to MLB.com, will make his second High-A start in Thursday’s finale. Adams blanked the powerful Lynchburg lineup over six innings in a winning effort on July 19 at BB&T Ballpark (4 H, 4 K, 1 BB). In 19 starts with Low-A Kannapolis, the 19-year-old logged a 9-5 record and a 3.24 ERA. Adams permitted three earned runs or less in all but three of his outings with the Intimidators.
  • The Dash have two potential ways to reach the Carolina League postseason for the first time since 2012. Winston-Salem can win the division outright or finish second to Myrtle Beach in the second half standings. Even though the Dash have dropped out of first place, the squad still leads Carolina by two-and-a-half games for the final Southern Division postseason spot.
  • Following Thursday’s finale, when the Dash will attempt to avoid their third sweep of the year, Winston-Salem will entertain Carolina for the final matchup between the two clubs in 2015. The Dash are 11-8 against the Mudcats thus far this season. Winston-Salem has only hit .225 and scored 3.4 runs per game against the Muddies, though the Dash’s 2.89 ERA in the season series is the club’s second-best against any team (Wilmington, 2.78). Carolina has rattled off three consecutive victories, and the Muddies are eyeing a home sweep of struggling Salem on Thursday at Five County Stadium.
  • Winston-Salem pitching had not uncorked more than three free passes in a single inning this season before a five-walk ninth inning in the nightcap of Wednesday’s doubleheader.
  • Matt Cooper extended his scoreless streak to 20 innings with a career-high three innings of work (15 with Low-A Kannapolis; five with Winston-Salem).
  • Against the Pelicans this year, Winston is 5-11 at home and 6-1 on the road.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Thursday’s game will be available on 600 AM-WSJS and wsjs.com, 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

Games #120/121 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

UPDATE (7:40 p.m.)

Dash’s game two lineup:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – DH
Nick Basto – LF
Nolan Earley – RF
T.J. Williams – 1B
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Brett Austin – C
Andre Wheeler – LHP

Games #120/121 – Home Games #61/62
Winston-Salem Dash (31-18, 61-58) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (30-20, 71-48)
Wednesday, August 19 – 5:30 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash’s series opener with Myrtle Beach was postponed due to rain on Tuesday. Thus, the two clubs will play a doubleheader beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

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

Adam Engel is tied for the Carolina League lead in runs scored. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP (Game 1):

Adam Engel – CF
Eddy Alvarez – SS
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Omar Narvaez – C
T.J. Williams – DH
Nolan Earley – RF
Yency Almonte – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Even though Winston-Salem lost CL Pitcher of the Year candidate Matt Heidenreich to Double-A on Monday, the Dash still own a 3.27 earned run average, which is second-best on the circuit. Only the Dash’s current opponent, Myrtle Beach, has a better mark (3.00). The club’s bullpen has been especially effective. Winston relievers own a 2.71 mark and have successfully converted 16 straight save chances (last blown save: June 30 vs. Myrtle Beach) and 25 of their last 26.
  • Righty Yency Almonte and southpaw Andre Wheeler will start for Winston-Salem in game one and two, respectively, of Wednesday’s twin bill. Almonte had not given up an earned run in his first 16.2 frames of High-A work until Potomac rattled off one in the fourth and four in the fifth on Wednesday. Andre Wheeler, who is 3-0 with a 2.38 ERA against Myrtle Beach this season, will make his sixth start of 2015 in the nightcap.
  • Even though the Dash are seventh on the eight-team circuit in batting average (.242), many of their players are at or near the top of the CL in several relevant offensive categories. Adam Engel paces the league in games (117) and stolen bases (54), while he is tied for first in runs (80) and second in hits (117). Engel is also fourth in all of Minor League Baseball in steals, while teammate Eddy Alvarez is fifth (50). Jake Peter is third in hits (116) and fourth in runs (68). Trey Michalczewski (3rd, 64) and Keon Barnum (4th, 63) are in the top five in RBIs.
  • Winston-Salem was in last place in the Southern Division for the final 50 days of the season’s first half. However, the Dash have enjoyed at least a share of first place for the first 55 days of half two. In their previous five halves (2013 first half to 2015 first half), the Dash were in first for a combined 33 days. The squad’s current first-place streak is the longest since Winston-Salem became the Dash in 2009.
  • The Dash are hoping to clinch a spot alongside Myrtle Beach in next month’s Southern Division Championship Series. Winston-Salem is 11-10 against the Pelicans, though the Dash are 6-1 in Myrtle Beach and 5-9 against the Birds at BB&T Ballpark. Winston and Myrtle boast the two best records in the CL since the All-Star break. This marks the first meeting since July 9, which is the largest gap between games this season.
  • While the Dash have not played Sunday or Tuesday, Carolina has collected a pair of wins to pull within four games of Winston-Salem for the final Southern Division playoff spot. The Mudcats invade BB&T Ballpark Friday through Sunday.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Wednesday’s twin bill will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 5:15 p.m., with the first pitch at 5:30 p.m.

– Scott

Game #120 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #120 – Home Game #61
Winston-Salem Dash (31-18, 61-58) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (30-20, 71-48)
Tuesday, August 18 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash’s series finale in Salem on Sunday was cancelled due to wet grounds. After Monday’s off-day, Winston-Salem begins a six-game homestand by hosting Myrtle Beach for a three-game series. The Pelicans are 1.5 games behind the Dash for first place in the Southern Division.

Trey Michalczewski is second in the Carolina League in RBIs. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Trey Michalczewski is second in the Carolina League in RBIs. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Eddy Alvarez – SS
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Omar Narvaez – C
T.J. Williams – DH
Nolan Earley – RF
Yency Almonte – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • The White Sox announced Monday that Carolina League All-Star and Pitcher of the Year candidate Matt Heidenreich was promoted to Double-A Birmingham. Heidenreich currently stands as the CL leader in wins (12) and at-bats against (508), while he shares first place in winning percentage (.800) and innings (130.2). The Coronado, Calif., native also stands third in ERA (2.76), third in strikeouts (103) and fifth in WHIP (1.16). The Dash boasted a 16-5 record when Heidenreich took to the hill, and he logged a quality start in 15 of his 21 outings with the Dash.
  • Heidenreich led the way for a Dash pitching staff that boasts a 3.27 earned run average. Only Myrtle Beach, the Dash’s opponent over the next three days, has a better mark (3.00). The club’s bullpen has been especially effective. Dash relievers own a 2.71 mark and have successfully converted 16 straight save chances (last blown save: June 30) and 25 of their last 26.
  • In addition to Heidenreich’s promotion, the White Sox announced three other Dash-related moves. Righty Spencer Adams, the fourth-best White Sox prospect per MLB.com, has joined the Dash for a second time. He was 9-5 with a 3.24 ERA with the Intimidators. Brett Austin, who was Carlos Rodon’s primary catcher at NC State, has also jumped up from Kannapolis, where he hit .201. To make room for Austin, fellow catcher Sean O’Connell was sent to Kannapolis.
  • Even though the Dash are seventh on the eight-team circuit in batting average (.242), many of their players are at or near the top of the CL in several relevant offensive categories. Adam Engel paces the league in games (117), runs (80) and stolen bases (54), while he is second in hits (117). Engel is also fourth in all of Minor League Baseball in steals, while teammate Eddy Alvarez is fifth with 50. Jake Peter is third in hits (116) and fourth in runs (68). Trey Michalczewski (2nd, 64) and Keon Barnum (4th, 63) are in the top five in RBIs. Barnum is tied for first in MiLB in RBIs since July 1 (40).
  • Winston-Salem was in last place in the Southern Division for the final 50 days of the season’s first half. However, the Dash have enjoyed at least a share of first place for the first 54 days of half two. In their previous five halves (2013 first half to 2015 first half), the Dash were in first for a combined 33 days. The squad’s current first-place streak is the longest since Winston-Salem became the Dash in 2009.
  • The Dash are hoping to clinch a spot alongside Myrtle Beach in next month’s Southern Division Championship Series. Winston-Salem is 11-10 against the Pelicans, though the Dash are 6-1 in Myrtle Beach and 5-9 against the Birds at BB&T Ballpark. Winston and Myrtle boast the two best records in the CL since the All-Star break. This marks the first meeting since July 9, which is the largest gap between games this season.
  • Winston is a CL-best 17-7 against divisional foes in half two. The Dash were 17-22 in the division before the break.
  • Adams will take the rotation spot of Heidenreich and start Wednesday night.

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 #85 Preview – Dash at Myrtle Beach

Game #85 – Road Game #44
Winston-Salem Dash (8-5, 38-45) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (5-9, 46-37)
Thursday, July 9 – 7:05 p.m.
TicketReturn.com Field (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Ethan Wilson’s RBI single started the scoring for the Dash in a five-run ninth inning as Winston-Salem snapped a scoreless tie Wednesday en route to a 5-0 victory. The Dash bid for their first sweep of the 2015 season Thursday.

Ethan Wilson knocked in his first run Wednesday since June 7 to begin a five-run ninth inning. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Ethan Wilson knocked in his first run Wednesday since June 7 to begin a five-run ninth 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
Matt Heidenreich – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Even though the Dash have the same number of runs (41) as their opposition in the second half, they are tied with Wilmington for the league’s best second half record. Even though the game was tied in the ninth, Winston logged its most lopsided victory of half two on Wednesday. In fact, the Dash had not defeated a team by more than two runs since June 15. In games decided by one or two runs, Winston-Salem is 7-2 (.778) since the All-Star break. The squad was just 15-19 (.441) in those games during the first half.
  • In the last three games, Winston-Salem starters have posted a 0.95 ERA (19.0 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 11 H). Robinson Leyer has tossed consecutive seven-inning, zero-run starts. Before this surge, he only had one such outing professionally. His 14-inning scoreless streak is second to James Dykstra (15 innings from April 9-22) for the longest by a Dash hurler in 2015. Behind Leyer, the Dash’s two-hit shutout was their best in a nine-inning game since July 20, 2014, at Frederick (one).
  • Righty Matt Heidenreich will attempt to continue the Dash’s great work on the hill. With a win on Thursday, he would become the third High-A pitcher to hit nine wins. He trails only Charlotte’s Jacob Faria and Modesto’s Harrison Musgrave.
  • The Dash collected their fifth straight win at Myrtle Beach on Wednesday. Winston-Salem claimed the final three of a four-game series on the Grand Strand in late April, the club’s first and only other visit before the current set. This marks the first time since September 7, 2009 to April 22, 2010, that Winston-Salem has strung together five consecutive road wins over the Pelicans. Winston has not accomplished a five-game win streak at Myrtle Beach in one season since at least 2004. This year, the Dash are 5-1 at TicketReturn.Com Field after going a combined 6-14 in South Carolina in 2013 and 2014.
  • Winston-Salem infielder Jake Peter has hit safely in 34 of his last 37 games since May 27. During this span, the former Creighton star is hitting .336 (47-for-140) with three homers, 21 RBIs and 26 runs scored. Peter, who missed his first game since May 25 on Wednesday night, went 3-for-4 in Tuesday’s opener, one day after his 13-game hit streak came to an end. He is tied for first in the Carolina League in hits with 87, while his .296 batting average is sixth-best.
  • From June 30 to July 5, Dash third baseman Trey Michalczewski was mired in an 0-for-20 funk. In his last three games, however, the top prospect on the Dash roster has been on fire. Michalczewski is 6-for-11 (.545) during this span. His 45 RBIs are good for third-most in the CL, trailing only Lynchburg’s Nellie Rodriguez (62) and Myrtle Beach’s Jacob Rogers (51).
  • Winston-Salem posted its sixth shutout victory on Wednesday night, though the club had not recorded one since May 22 at Salem. The Dash are fourth on the eight-team circuit in team ERA (3.44), but they are just 0.11 away from second-place Myrtle Beach.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Thursday’s game will be broadcast live on 600 AM-WSJS and wsjs.com, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:50 p.m., with the first pitch at approximately 7:05 p.m.

– Scott

Game #84 Preview – Dash at Myrtle Beach

Game #84 – Road Game #43
Winston-Salem Dash (7-5, 37-45) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (5-8, 46-36)
Wednesday, July 8 – 7:05 p.m.
TicketReturn.com Field (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Jeremy Dowdy’s two-run single snapped a 1-1 tie Tuesday and pushed the Dash to a 3-1 series-opening victory over the Pelicans. A win Wednesday would give Winston-Salem its second series victory in the Grand Strand in as many tries.

Jeremy Dowdy's ninth-inning single Tuesday propelled the Dash to a 3-1 victory. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Jeremy Dowdy’s ninth-inning single Tuesday propelled the Dash to a 3-1 victory. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Toby Thomas – LF
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Nolan Earley – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
T.J. Williams – DH
Ethan Wilson – 2B
Robinson Leyer – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Despite being outscored 41-36 since the All-Star Break, the Dash are tied with Potomac and Wilmington for the best record in half two, and they have soared this high thanks to some close wins. All of the Dash’s seven victories have come by either one or two runs. In games decided by one or two runs, Winston-Salem is 7-2 (.778) since the All-Star break. The club was just 15-19 (.441) in those spots during half one.
  • Winston-Salem infielder Jake Peter saw his 13-game hit streak come to an end on Monday. He emphatically began another surge with a 3-for-4 effort Tuesday at TicketReturn.Com Field. Peter, who matched a season high with those three hits, has hit safely in 34 of his last 37 games since May 27. During this span, the former Creighton star is hitting .336 (47-for-140) with three homers, 21 RBIs and 26 runs scored.
  • Peter’s team-leading 23rd multi-hit effort pushed his overall batting average to .295, which is good for sixth place among Carolina League qualifiers. The White Sox seventh-round pick a year ago, Peter has not possessed a higher batting average since the 10-game mark (.308 on April 20). He has also surged into a share of the CL’s top spot in hits (87). Peter is even with Lynchburg’s Luigi Rodriguez in this category.
  • The Dash collected their fourth consecutive win at Myrtle Beach on Tuesday. Winston-Salem claimed the final three of a four-game series on the Grand Strand in late April, the club’s first and only other visit before the current set. This marks the first time since July 12-27 that the Dash have strung together four straight road wins over the Pelicans. Overall this year, the Dash are 4-1 at TicketReturn.Com Field after going a combined 6-14 in South Carolina in 2013 and 2014. After dropping their first four to the Birds overall this season, Winston-Salem has gone 9-5 against the first half champions.
  • Wednesday starter Robinson Leyer dominated in his last outing, which took place Friday night at Carolina. Leyer scattered four hits over seven scoreless innings, during which he whiffed six. That effort marked just the second time in his Minor League career that Leyer tossed seven frames and did not allow a run. The righty also worked seven scoreless innings with Low-A Kannapolis on June 10, 2014, against Savannah.
  • In his last two outings, Tuesday starter Brandon Brennan has given up just three earned runs in 11 innings.
  • Peter Tago, who struck out three in two scoreless frames on Tuesday, has punched out at least two batters in eight of his last 10 appearances (25 strikeouts in 14.2 innings).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Wednesday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:50 p.m., with the first pitch at approximately 7:05 p.m.

– Scott

Game #83 Preview – Dash at Myrtle Beach

Game #83 – Road Game #42
Winston-Salem Dash (6-5, 36-45) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (5-7, 46-35)
Tuesday, July 7 – 7:05 p.m.
TicketReturn.com Field (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash dropped the rubber match of their three-game set with Frederick Monday. Winston-Salem begins a three-game series  Tuesday at Myrtle Beach.

Keon Barnum delivered an RBI single in Monday's 3-1 loss to Frederick. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Keon Barnum delivered an RBI single in Monday’s 3-1 loss to Frederick. (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
T.J. Williams – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Michael Suiter – LF
Brandon Brennan – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Winston-Salem infielder Jake Peter finished Monday’s game 0-for-4, marking his first hitless effort since June 18. Peter was riding a 13-game hit streak, during which he recorded a .346 average (18-for-52) with five RBIs and seven runs. Thanks to a suspended game from June 27 at Lynchburg, this streak will become a 14-gamer once that contest is completed on July 19 because Peter already has a single. The former Creighton Bluejay recorded a 14-game streak from June 5-17. These surges represent the two longest in the Carolina League thus far this year.
  • Despite Monday’s hitless showing, Peter has hit safely in 33 of his last 36 games dating back to May 27. During this span, Peter is hitting .324 (44-for-136) with three homers, 21 RBIs and 24 runs scored. The White Sox seventh-round pick a year ago, Peter boasts a .289 average, which is ninth-best in the CL. Peter’s 84 hits are also second to Lynchburg’s Nellie Rodriguez (87).
  • For the fourth time in his Minor League career, Barnum has logged three multi-hit games in a row. Barnum had not accomplished this feat in almost a year (July 8-10, 2014). The Tampa, Fla., native has dominated Frederick this season to the tune of a .366 average. Barnum has amassed two of his three homers and 13 of his 25 RBIs in 10 games against the Keys in 2015.
  • Outfielder Adam Engel, the Dash’s primary leadoff hitter, was not in the starting lineup for the first time all season on Monday. He played in 80 consecutive games to begin the campaign. Engel had been the only player in the Carolina League to play in all of his team’s games once teammate Trey Michalczewski missed his first one on June 13. Monday marked the first time since August 29, 2014, that Engel was not the Dash’s leadoff hitter (83 straight games). In his last game, Engel emphatically snapped out of a 3-for-43 funk with his fifth three-hit game of 2015.
  • For a fourth straight season, former Winston-Salem southpaw Chris Sale will represent the White Sox in Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game, which is next Tuesday in Cincinnati. Sale is 7-4 with a 2.80 ERA in 16 starts, during which he has punched out 147 batters. He is tied with Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw for the most strikeouts in the Majors. On Monday night, Sale missed out on becoming the first pitcher in MLB history with 10 or more strikeouts in nine straight outings. His string of eight in a row is tied with Pedro Martinez (1999) for the best run ever.
  • In their first and only trip to the Grand Strand this season, the Dash took three of four from the Birds (April 23-26).
  • Brandon Brennan logged a quality start on Wednesday at Carolina (6.0 IP, 4 R, 2 ER), but he did suffer the loss.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tuesday’s game will be available on wsdash.com/broadcast, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:50 p.m., with the first pitch at approximately 7:05 p.m.

– Scott

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

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