Results tagged ‘ SportsCenter ’

Finally, some bonus baseball

For the first time this season, the Dash spent some extra time in the dugout on Wednesday afternoon (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

For the first time this season, the Dash spent some extra time in the dugout on Wednesday afternoon (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

If you are a fan of free baseball, then the Winston-Salem Dash are not for you. For the second time in three years, Dash fans had to wait a long time for the club’s first extra-inning affair.

In fact, both Winston-Salem and Myrtle Beach had not needed more than nine innings in a game until Wednesday’s rubber match. Entering Wednesday’s action, the Dash and Pelicans were two of the seven teams among the 120 in full-season Minor League Baseball without an extra-inning game on their résumé thus far in 2014.

Only five teams remain in the chase for the longest wait before an extra-inning contest:

– Erie SeaWolves (Double-A, Detroit)
– Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A, St. Louis)
– Modesto Nuts (High-A, Colorado)
– West Virginia Power (Low-A, Pittsburgh)
– Wilmington Blue Rocks (High-A, Kansas City)

For comparison’s sake, the West Michigan Whitecaps (Low-A, Detroit) have needed extra innings EIGHT times in 33 games. Four other teams are tied for second in the Minors with six extra-inning tilts.

Two years ago, the Dash rattled off 37 games that ended in regulation before finally needed extra innings. Sure enough, it was a home game against Myrtle Beach that ultimately ended the lengthy string.

That season, Winston-Salem was the second-to-last club in full-season Minor League Baseball to go to extra innings. Only the Midland RockHounds (Double-A, Oakland) waited longer than the Dash.

Unfortunately, this statistically-interesting occurrence is not the top story in the Minor Leagues today. Check out what the Clinton LumberKings (Low-A, Seattle) did on Wednesday night at Burlington in Midwest League action.

You can catch all of the runs via their play-by-play broadcaster Cheyne Reiter on Deadspin here. Pretty neat stuff.

Stay tuned for a preview of the Dash’s series opener at Frederick. It will be here on the blog later today.

– Brian

Johnson’s catch, Sale’s start and much more

The White Sox are already two weeks into their exhibition slate in Arizona, and some former Dash players are doing their best to impress the big club.

Infielder Micah Johnson is not only batting .455 and leading the team in runs scored this spring, but the 2013 Dash alum is also turning some heads with his defense. Johnson made this spectacular diving catch against the Brewers on Monday:

That catch made SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays at #4. Pretty impressive stuff.

A few former Winston-Salem hurlers are throwing well in Glendale. Southpaw Charlie Leesman has posted a 1.69 ERA in 4 Cactus League appearances, tossing 5.1 innings while striking out 5 batters. Despite those numbers, the 2010 Dash alum was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte on Wednesday, possibly because he has minor league options remaining on his contract. However, the strong spring showing should keep Leesman on the White Sox radar for the future.

Righty Erik Johnson has thrived in two starts this spring, garnering a 2.57 ERA while striking out 7 batters in 7.0 innings. The 2012 Dash standout is making a bid to join the White Sox rotation in 2014, and manager Robin Ventura has taken notice. “With what he did last year and so far what you see, you like what you see,” Ventura recently told CSN Chicago.

Johnson is also getting some attention for his demeanor off the mound. Check out this recent Chicago Sun-Times article for more on that, which includes comments from fellow White Sox prospect and former Dash teammate Marcus Semien.

Four years ago, Chris Sale was in Winston-Salem. On Opening Day2014 , he will be on the hill for the White Sox.

Four years ago, Chris Sale was in Winston-Salem. On Opening Day, he will be on the hill for the White Sox.

Finally, here are a few roster notes. First, the Sox have tabbed Chris Sale as their Opening Day starter for a second straight year. The 25-year-old, who made his professional debut with the Dash in 2010, says he appreciates the opportunity, per this article: “As much as you sit here and say ‘Treat it like another start,’ it’s the first one of the year and you are obviously going to be amped up for it and excited for it.”

The White Sox also made several roster moves on Wednesday involving Dash alumni. Outfielders Jared Mitchell and Trayce Thompson were optioned to Double-A Birmingham, while catcher Miguel Gonzalez, pitcher Scott Snodgress and outfielder Keenyn Walker were reassigned to minor league camp. This is common during Spring Training, as youngsters get a chance to work with the big club. Here’s hoping these men use their experience well while continuing to climb the minor league ladder in 2014.

– Dave

Weaver’s Ties To Winston-Salem

Earl Weaver while with the Winston-Salem Cardinals in 1950 (Bob Lemke).

Earl Weaver while with the Winston-Salem Cardinals in 1950 (Bob Lemke).

It is a somber Saturday morning in the baseball world. Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver has passed away at the age of 82. According to the New York Daily News, Weaver died of an apparent heart attack early this morning on an Orioles fantasy cruise.

Weaver’s claim to fame is his tremendous success as the manager of the Baltimore Orioles. Weaver was 1480-1060 (.583) in 17 seasons, and he led the O’s to four American League pennants. The Hall of Famer led Baltimore to the 1970 World Series title.

A man who Tim Kurkjian called “one of the three greatest managers of all time” on ESPN’s SportsCenter this morning, Weaver contributed to the greatest season in Winston-Salem history.

In 1950, the Winston-Salem Cardinals posted a Carolina League-record 106-47 (.693) mark and won the league’s title. Weaver was the club’s second baseman and hit .276 during the season.

Weaver never reached the big leagues as a player, so he began his managerial career in the minor leagues in 1956. The St. Louis native reached Baltimore as the skipper in the middle of the 1968 season, and he led the O’s to the Fall Classic in each of his first three full seasons.

We send our condolences to the Weaver family. Earl has a special place in baseball history and in Winston-Salem history.

– Brian