Results tagged ‘ Winston-Salem Dash ’

Game #15 Preview – Dash at Myrtle Beach

Game #15 – Road Game #9
Winston-Salem Dash (5-9) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (9-4)
Friday, April 24 – 7:05 p.m.
TicketReturn.com Field (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash gave up five unearned runs en route to dropping game one of their series with the Pelicans 6-0. With an 0-4 record against Myrtle Beach this year, Winston-Salem is bidding for their first win against the Pelicans on Friday night.

Adam Engel had three hits last night (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Adam Engel posted a three-hit game in Thursday’s series opener (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

  • The Dash surrendered only one earned run, but they dropped the opener of their three-game set at Myrtle Beach 6-0 on Thursday night inside TicketReturn.com Field. The game’s turning point transpired in the fifth inning, with the bases loaded and two outs. Jacob Rogers hit a one-hopper to shortstop Jake Peter, who threw wide to first base. That play brought two runners around, and two more Pelicans scored later in the frame to make it 5-0. Myrtle Beach added an unearned tally in the sixth and permitted just five Dash hits, with starter Daury Torrez rolling to his second consecutive win over the Dash (7IP/4H).
  • Even though opponents have held Winston-Salem to three runs or fewer in eight of its first 14 games, Thursday marked the first time the Dash were shutout. Winston is the second-to-last Carolina League club to endure a shutout defeat. Only Salem has avoided a blanking in the first two-plus weeks of the campaign. The Dash are stuck in the basement in the CL in batting average (.221), and they have only plated more than five runs once (13 on April 9).
  • Most of Winston-Salem’ s offense struggled on Thursday night, but Adam Engel thrived in the leadoff spot. Engel, who fell one hit shy of tying a professional career high, became the second Dash position player to log a three-hit game, joining Chris Jacobs (3, April 9 at Frederick). Engel was 3-for-3 against Myrtle Beach starter Daury Torrez, against whom the rest of the Dash starting nine was a combined 1-for-21.
  • Among CL qualifiers, Dash left-hander Jace Fry is 12th in earned run average (2.45). However, he and Carolina’s Yean Carlos Gil are the only two men in the league with three losses. In Fry’s three starts, the Dash have collected four runs, while his defense has amassed five errors. All Dash pitchers not named James Dykstra or Matt Heidenreich are 0-9.
  • Myrtle Beach starter Duane Underwood was on the precipice of history in his last outing, which took place in game one of Saturday’s double dip in Winston-Salem. Underwood took a no-hitter into the seventh and final inning of regulation, but Adam Engel led off the frame with a skimming single to center. Underwood was three outs shy of the first no-no against Winston since former big leaguer John Maine accomplished the feat with Frederick on July 3, 2003.
  • Myrtle Beach is a vacation spot for many, but the Dash have not enjoyed their recent visits to the Grand Strand. Dating back to the start of last year, Winston-Salem is 2-9 at TicketReturn.com Field. The Pelicans have outscored the Dash 65-24 in these 11 games, which averages out to 5.9-2.2 in favor of the Birds. The Dash have not won a series at Myrtle Beach since a rain-altered three-game set from July 30-31, 2013.
  • The Dash’s speedy outfield duo of Adam Engel and Keenyn Walker are tied for the Carolina League’s lead in stolen bases with seven, a number that places them in a tie for 10th place in all of Minor League Baseball. Winston-Salem is one of two Minor League teams with two men who own seven-plus stolen bases. Charleston, the Yankees’ Low-A affiliate in the SAL, boasts two of the top three base stealers in the Minors (Jorge Mateo, 14; Abiatal Avelino, 13).
  • In his first appearance since leaving after one pitch on April 12 at Frederick, Michael Ynoa worked around a leadoff single to notch a scoreless seventh in relief. Fellow right-hander Brad Goldberg became the first bullpen arm to whiff three batters in one appearance, and he did it in just one frame of work…Goldberg tossed a perfect eighth after struggling in his first three efforts (3.2 IP, 5 R/ER, 5H, 0K, 5 BB).
  • Starting Thursday, the Dash are in the midst of a 14-game stretch with 11 taking place on the road.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game will be broadcast live on on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:50, with the first pitch at 7:05.

– Scott

Game #14 Preview – Dash at Myrtle Beach

Game #14 – Road Game #8
Winston-Salem Dash (5-8) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (8-4)
Thursday, April 23 – 7:05 p.m.
TicketReturn.com Field (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

James Dykstra was tremendous for the Dash, giving up just one run in 7.0 innings to help Winston-Salem take two out of three from the Carolina Mudcats. The Dash go on the road for four games starting Thursday night, all against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.

James Dykstra's sterling effort Wednesday helped give the Dash a series win versus Carolina (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

James Dykstra’s sterling effort Wednesday helped give the Dash a series win versus Carolina (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

  • Wednesday starter James Dykstra turned in another tremendous start in the Dash’s 4-2, series-clinching win over the Carolina Mudcats in front of 6,254 fans at BB&T Ballpark. Dykstra permitted just one run on five hits over seven innings. He whiffed four and did not walk a batter for his third win in as many tries in 2015. Jose Brito followed Dykstra and earned Winston-Salem’s second save of the season (2.0 IP, 1R/ER, 3H). Offensively, the Dash plated all four of their runs in the first four frames.
  • Among Carolina League hurlers, only Dykstra and Salem’s Jacob Dahlstrand have won three games. In 20 innings of work, Dykstra has only given up one run on six hits. His earned run average (0.45) and WHIP (0.35) pace all CL hurlers, while those numbers place him 11th in ERA and second in WHIP among all Minor League qualifiers. Dykstra did not give up a hit for 12.0 innings (from the third inning on April 9 at Frederick through the end of the first inning on Wednesday against Carolina.
  • The Dash stand at 5-8 on the season, though two pitchers (Dykstra and fellow right-hander Matt Heidenreich) have combined to go 5-0 in their first five combined outings. Dykstra and Heidenreich have teamed up for a 0.87 earned run average (3 ER in 31.0 IP). Only the Potomac duo of Brian Rauh and Nick Pivetta has a better combined ERA (0.52). The rest of the Dash pitching staff has combined for a 4.81 ERA.
  • Winston-Salem’s offense amassed 14 runs in its two-out-of-three take against Carolina earlier this week. After blasting Frederick 13-0 in their opener, the Dash only scored 22 runs over the next 10 contests (2.2 runs per game) in advance of the aforementioned series with the Mudcats.  Still, the Dash stand fifth in runs per game (3.8), seventh in batting average (.226) and eighth in home runs (2) on the eight-team circuit.
  • The Dash invade Myrtle Beach for a four-game Southern Division series. The Pelicans have won five of six, including all three in a rain-shortened set at BB&T Ballpark last weekend. During that series, Winston-Salem hit just .205 (16-for-78) and was outscored 15-7. However, the franchise has struggled on the Grand Strand in recent years. The Pelicans claimed eight of the 10 meetings in Myrtle Beach a year ago, while the Dash have not had a winning record in South Carolina since the 2012 campaign (6-4).
  • Winston-Salem infielder Ethan Wilson replaced Trey Michalczewski early in Wednesday’s win over Carolina. Wilson had not played in a game since August 30, 2010, while with rookie-level Bristol, a team that is no longer in the White Sox farm system. Wilson learned in Spring Training in 2011 that his kidneys were failing him. He had a kidney transplant more than three years later. The former Indiana Hoosier went 0-for-3 on Wednesday, and he recorded his only putout on a strong backhand play near the line at third in the eighth inning.
  • Winston-Salem does own a share of the top spot in the Carolina League in stolen bases (17), largely thanks to the speedy tandem of Adam Engel and Keenyn Walker. Both men have swiped seven bases, which places them in a share of eighth place in all of Minor League Baseball. Winston-Salem is one of two Minor League teams with two men at seven stolen bases or more (Charleston; Low-A, NY Yankees).
  • The Dash will play 11 of their next 14 games away from BB&T Ballpark, with the lone home set coming April 28-30 against Potomac.
  • Even though he mustered only three RBIs during the six-game homestand, Keon Barnum’s 11 RBIs are still third-most in the league.
  • Southpaw Jace Fry gets another chance against the Pelicans after falling to them on Friday (5IP/3R).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’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, with the first pitch at 7:05.

– Scott

Game #13 Preview – Dash vs. Carolina

Game #13 – Home Game #6
Winston-Salem Dash (4-8) vs. Carolina Mudcats (6-5)
Wednesday, April 22 – 11 a.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Cleuluis Rondon knocked a two-run homer, and Matt Heidenreich gave up only one run in five innings to help lead the Dash to a 5-1 win over Carolina Tuesday night. That snapped Winston-Salem’s five-game losing streak and nine-game home skid at BB&T Ballpark, which dated to August 20, 2014. Wednesday is the rubber game of a three-game set between the Dash and Mudcats.

Cleuluis Rondon launched his first homer of the season in yesterday's 5-1 Dash win (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Cleuluis Rondon launched his first homer of the season in yesterday’s 5-1 Dash win (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
Chris Jacobs – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Keenyn Walker – RF
James Dykstra – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Starter Matt Heidenreich and infielder Cleuluis Rondon were the catalysts in Winston-Salem’s 5-1 victory over Carolina on Tuesday night at BB&T Ballpark. Heidenreich surpassed the 90-pitch mark in just five innings, but he limited the visitors to one run on five hits. He preceded a bullpen trio that combined to work four scoreless frames. Rondon launched a two-run bomb, the sixth homer of his Minor League career, to cap the Dash’s scoring.
  • For a second consecutive contest, Winston-Salem plated five runs. Before this two-game surge, the Dash had not scored more five or more tallies since Opening Day at Frederick on April 9, when Winston walloped the Keys 13-0. Still, the Dash are in the Carolina League’s basement in batting average (.226) and home runs (2), with Rondon’s blast representing the first Dash long ball since April 12 at Frederick (Keon Barnum), which calculates to a 65-inning span between Winston-Salem long balls.
  • Winston-Salem does own a share of the top spot in the Carolina League in stolen bases (17), largely thanks to the speedy tandem of Adam Engel and Keenyn Walker. Both men have swiped seven bases, which places them in a share of eighth place in all of Minor League Baseball. Winston-Salem is one of two Minor League teams with two men at seven stolen bases or more (Charleston; Low-A, NY Yankees).
  • Tuesday night’s wire-to-wire victory snapped the Dash’s five-game losing streak, and it also ended a nine-game home skid dating back to last season. Before this multi-season funk, the Dash had not lost more than five in a row inside BB&T Ballpark, the toughest place to play for visiting clubs in the Carolina League since its opening in 2010. The Dash boast the CL’s best home record during this span (206-149, .580).
  • For the first time since his no-hitter at Potomac last week, righty James Dykstra takes to the hill for the Dash. Dykstra logged the 15th no-hitter in Winston-Salem history and the first since June 19, 2009, when he did not allow a ball to leave the infield during his seven-inning gem exactly one week ago. The former sixth-round pick is one of four Minor League hurlers who have thrown at least 13 innings and have yet to allow their first run. Among pitchers with more than 11 innings of work, Dykstra is the only one who has permitted just one base hit.
  • Dykstra will oppose right-hander Lucas Sims, the fourth-best prospect in a revamped Braves farm system according to MLB.com. Despite the lofty ranking, Sims has struggled in the Carolina League. The former first-round selection has a 4.37 earned run average in his 30 High-A starts. However, he did throw well against Winston a year ago (0-0, 3.33 ERA in 24.1 IP)
  • Former Winston-Salem lefty Carlos Rodon made his Major League debut out of the White Sox pen in Chicago’s 6-2 loss to Cleveland on Tuesday night. Rodon surrendered two runs (both earned) on three hits in two and a third innings, while he also allowed a pair of inherited runners to score. The former NC State star only threw 29 of his 60 pitches for strikes. The top White Sox prospect, Rodon joined the big league club on Monday after just an 11-appearance run in the Minors. This included a four-outing stint with Winston-Salem in 2014.
  • Former Dash southpaw Blair Walters spun two scoreless innings and struck out three on Tuesday.
  • Winston improved to 3-1 versus left-handed starters (1-7 against righties).
  • Following this rubber match, the Dash hit the road for four against Myrtle Beach, who has won five in a row to seize the top spot in the Southern Division.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Today’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 11:00.

– Scott

Game #12 Preview – Dash vs. Carolina

Game #12 – Home Game #5
Winston-Salem Dash (3-8) vs. Carolina Mudcats (6-4)
Tuesday, April 21 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Mudcats sent the Dash to their fifth consecutive loss, scoring 10 runs from 17 baserunners for their 10-5 victory. Winston-Salem has now lost a franchise-record nine games in a row at BB&T Ballpark.

Kenyan Walker's seven steals are tied for the most on the Dash and fourth-highest in all of Minor League Baseball (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Kenyan Walker’s seven steals are tied for the most on the Dash and fourth-highest in all of Minor League Baseball (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
Chris Jacobs – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Keenyn Walker – RF
Matt Heidenreich – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Carolina posted five scoring frames, and the Mudcats reached base 17 times in a 10-5 victory over Winston-Salem in Monday’s series opener at BB&T Ballpark. Dash righty Tony Bucciferro permitted a career high-tying seven runs over five and a third innings. Then, Jefferson Olacio surrendered three runs in the seventh frame, which put the game out of reach. Thus, Winston has dropped five straight games, the club’s third skid of five or more games since August of 2014 (eight, August 5-13; seven, August 21-27).
  • The Dash did drop to 0-4 on their first homestand at BB&T Ballpark, but the offense did post a strong showing. Winston-Salem scored five runs, its highest total since kicking off the 2015 campaign with a 13-0 shellacking of Frederick. Both Adam Engel and Trey Michalczewski notched multi-RBI games.
  • Winston-Salem paces the Carolina League with 17 stolen bases, largely thanks to the speedy tandem of Adam Engel and Keenyn Walker. Both men have swiped seven bases, which places them in a share of sixth place in all of Minor League Baseball. Their combined 14 stolen bases are second among teammate duos in the Minor Leagues. Only Jorge Mateo (13) and Abiatal Avelino (12) of the Charleston RiverDogs (Low-A, Yankees) have more, and they have collected 25 in the squad’s 11 games.
  • Dating back to last season, the Dash have dropped nine home games in a row. This marks the longest losing streak since the club moved into BB&T Ballpark in April of 2010. In fact, the Dash have only suffered four home losing streaks of four or more games in the BB&T Ballpark era (2010-present). It is the longest home skid since at least 2004. Still, the Dash’s 205-149 (.579) home record in the last five-plus seasons paces all Carolina League teams.
  • Before this homestand began, Winston-Salem boasted a 2.65 earned run average, which was second-lowest in the Carolina League. However, the Dash’s ERA has jumped up to 4.12 (second-to-last in the CL) thanks to a tough first four home games, during which the club has logged a 6.75 ERA. The biggest increase has come from the starting rotation, which had a 1.70 ERA on the seven-game road trip and has an 8.38 mark thus far on the first homestand of 2015.
  • Former Winston-Salem lefty Carlos Rodon earned a promotion to the White Sox, the club announced Monday. Rodon skyrocketed through the Minor Leagues, making just 11 appearances and eight starts. In 2014, he pitched for the Dash four times, posting a 1.86 and striking out 15 over nine and two-thirds innings. The former North Carolina State star did not appear in his first big league game, a walk-off 4-3 win over Cleveland on Monday night.
  • After Matt Heidenreich makes his first start at BB&T Ballpark since July of 2012, right-hander James Dykstra, the reigning Carolina League Pitcher of the Week, will start in the homestand finale on Wednesday. He will face off with right-hander Lucas Sims, a top 100 prospect in the Minor Leagues and one of the Braves’ top pitching farmhands. Dykstra is one of four pitchers in the Minor Leagues with at least 13 innings of work and no runs on his resume. He has given up just one hit this season.
  • Outfielder Nick Basto registered a two-hit game on Monday. He had been mired in a season-long 2-for-33 (.061) funk before that showing.
  • Righty Zach Isler twirled his longest outing as a Winston-Salem hurler on Monday. He worked three perfect innings. In his last 16 outings dating back to mid-July of last year, Isler owns a 1.45 ERA (3 ER in 18.2 IP).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’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 7:00.

– Scott

Game #11 Preview – Dash vs. Carolina

Game #11 – Home Game #4
Winston-Salem Dash (3-7) vs. Carolina Mudcats (5-4)
Monday, April 20 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

After yesterday’s series finale against Myrtle Beach was postponed, the Dash begin a three-game set with the Carolina Mudcats tonight. Winston-Salem hopes to snap a four-game losing skid.

Tony Bucciferro gets the start tonight against Carolina, hoping to help snap the Dash's four-game losing streak (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Tony Bucciferro gets the start tonight against Carolina, hoping to help snap the Dash’s four-game losing streak (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
Chris Jacobs – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Keenyn Walker – RF
Tony Bucciferro – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Winston-Salem’s wet week continued on Sunday afternoon. The Dash’s series finale against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans was postponed due to rain. It will be made up on Saturday, May 9, as part of a doubleheader. This twin bill will begin at 4:30 p.m., and it will feature a pair of seven-inning contests. The Dash’s last six days (Tuesday-Sunday) have played out in the following fashion: postponement, doubleheader, postponement, single game, doubleheader and postponement, with the first two days in this list coming at Potomac.
  • After three seasons as the High-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, the Carolina Mudcats made the switch to the Atlanta Braves. Lynchburg and Carolina essentially flipped affiliations, with the Hillcats inking the Indians to a four-year Player Development Contract. Thus, the Mudcats boast the Hillcats’ previous skipper, former big leaguer Luis Salazar. He had managed with the Hillcats for four seasons, during which he went 269-287 (.484). He led Lynchburg to the Mills Cup title in 2012 with a win over the Dash in the Finals.
  • Myrtle Beach clinched a rain-shortened series sweep via Sunday’s postponement. This marks just the fourth sweep by an opponent in BB&T Ballpark’s six-season history. The Dash did not suffer their first brooming at the downtown facility until August 14-16, 2013, snapping a streak of 81 home sets without at least one victory. Winston-Salem has recorded 20 home sweeps since BB&T Ballpark opened, and the Dash are the best home squad in the Carolina League since 2010, its first year (205-148, .581).
  • Dating back to last season, the Dash have dropped eight consecutive home games. This marks the longest losing streak since the club moved into BB&T Ballpark in April of 2010. It is the longest home skid since at least 2004.
  • Former Winston-Salem lefty Carlos Rodon earned a promotion to the White Sox, the club announced Monday. Rodon skyrocketed through the Minor Leagues, making just 11 appearances and eight starts. He pitched for the Dash four times, posting a 1.86 and striking out 15 over nine and two-thirds innings. Rodon enjoyed a stellar career at North Carolina State, which included a trip to the College World Series in 2013, the program’s first visit to Omaha since 1968. He is scheduled to join the White Sox bullpen, and the Sox open a three-game series with Cleveland on Monday at 8:10 p.m.
  • Dash right-hander James Dykstra earned the Carolina League’s first Pitcher of the Week honor for 2015, the league office announced Monday. On Wednesday at Potomac, Dykstra tossed the 15th no-hitter in Winston-Salem history in the opener of a twin bill. The Nationals did not get a ball out of the infield against Dykstra, who recorded 14 groundball outs. It was the first no-hitter by a Winston-Salem hurler since June 19, 2009, when Levi Maxwell accomplished the feat at Wilmington. Dykstra is one of three pitchers in the Minor Leagues with at least 13 innings of work and no runs on his resume. He has given up just one hit this season.
  • The White Sox announced on Monday afternoon that outfielder CJ Beatty has been placed on the seven-day disabled list. The Winston-Salem native has played in two games with the Dash in 2015. Fellow outfielder Nolan Earley has joined the club from Low-A Kannapolis. He is the younger brother of former Dash outfielder and Carolina League All-Star Michael Earley.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’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 7:00.

– Scott

Games #9/10 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

UPDATE (6:30 p.m.)

Dash game two lineup:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Chris Jacobs – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Keenyn Walker – RF
Sean O’Connell – C
Sean Hagan – LHP

Games #9/10 – Home Games #2/3
Winston-Salem Dash (3-5) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (4-3)
Saturday, April 17 – 4:30 p.m. (doubleheader)
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem put the tying run in scoring position in both the eighth and ninth innings against Myrtle Beach last night, but were unable to overcome a three-run Pelicans third to drop their home opener 3-2. The Dash and Pelicans tangle in a doubleheader today that includes a makeup of Thursday’s postponement between the two clubs.

Keon Barnum drove in his league-leading eighth RBI last night (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Keon Barnum drove in his league-leading eighth RBI last night (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

  • In front of an Opening Night crowd of 5,671 fans at BB&T Ballpark, Myrtle Beach plated three in the second and held on from there for a 3-2 win over Winston-Salem on Friday night. The Dash could not come up with a big hit; they went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on the bases. In the eighth and ninth, Winston could not push a runner home from scoring position. The Dash’s two tallies came on sacrifice flies–Jake Peter in the first and Keon Barnum in the eighth.
  • Winston-Salem’s offense is in the upper half of the Carolina League in runs per game (3.8, fourth). However, the Dash have squandered some great chances to score since their season-opening outburst at Frederick. That night, the Dash collected 13 runs, but they have only come up with 17 over the last seven contests. A big reason why is the struggles with men in scoring position. The Dash are hitting .191 (13-for-68) on the season in those spots. No other CL club is hitting under .200 in this category. Omit the season-opening 6-for-16 showing, and the Dash are 7-for-52 over the last seven games (.135).
  • Despite falling Friday night, the Dash did receive strong and timely pitching from a quartet of arms. In his second High-A outing, southpaw Jace Fry bounced back from the three-run second to work through the fifth. Then, Brian Clark (2IP), Jefferson Olacio (1IP) and Zach Isler (1IP) combined to blank the Pelicans over the final four frames. Myrtle Beach stranded 12 and was 3-for-14 with men in scoring position.
  • Catcher Omar Narvaez extended his season-opening hitting streak to six games on Friday. His .391 batting average (9-for-23) paces all qualifying CL hitters. The Dash boast three of the top 10 marks: Narvaez, Chris Jacobs (.333, fifth) and Keon Barnum (.310, 10th).
  • Dating back to last season, the Dash have dropped six consecutive home games. This marks the longest losing streak since the franchise moved into BB&T Ballpark in April of 2010. It is also the longest home skid since at least 2004. In the first three-plus seasons of the BB&T Ballpark era, the Dash had only dropped four straight games once. However, since August of 2013, Winston-Salem has endured three skids of five or more games, with this current one being the longest. Still, the Dash’s 205-146 (.584) home record since 2010 remains the best in the league over that time period.
  • The Dash are now 2-4 in the lid-lifter of the home slate at BB&T Ballpark. The club has dropped three consecutive home openers–9-7 to Carolina in 2013, 3-1 to Wilmington in 2014 and 3-2 on Friday night to Myrtle Beach.
  • Left-hander Sean Hagan, the Dash’s scheduled game two starter, will make his first professional start. This marks his 60th Minor League outing since the White Sox made him their 31st-round pick in 2013.
  • Keon Barnum leads the league in RBIs (8) in the season’s early going.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Today’s twinbill 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.

– Scott

Game #8 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #8 – Home Game #1
Winston-Salem Dash (3-4) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (3-3)
Friday, April 16 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

After last night’s game was postponed due to rain, the Dash host the Pelicans to open up their four-game set tonight.

James Dykstra tossed the 15th no-hitter in franchise history yesterday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

James Dykstra tossed the 15th no-hitter in franchise history Wednesday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP (updated as of 2:25 p.m. Friday):

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

DASH DOTS:

  • Due to consistent showers throughout the area on Thursday night, the Dash’s home opener against Myrtle Beach was postponed. Thus, the sixth season at BB&T Ballpark will begin on Friday with the regularly-scheduled 7 p.m. contest. Saturday becomes a doubleheader (two seven-inning games) that will begin at 4:30 p.m.
  • Dash right-hander James Dykstra notched the 15th no-hitter in Winston-Salem history in the opener of Wednesday’s twin bill at Potomac. The Nationals did not get a ball out of the infield against Dykstra, who recorded 14 groundball outs. Only one man reached (Rafael Bautista via a fourth-inning walk), and Dykstra picked him off at first before throwing his next pitch, which means he never threw from the stretch. The former sixth-round pick needed just 71 pitches, and he faced the minimum of 21 P-Nats. In his two outings this season, Dykstra has permitted one hit in 13 scoreless frames.
  • Dykstra logged the first no-hitter by a Winston-Salem hurler since June 19, 2009, when Levi Maxwell accomplished the feat at Wilmington. That gem, like Dykstra’s, came in the opener of a doubleheader, and it is the only other one within the Dash era (2009-present). Of the 15 Winston-Salem no-hitters, 13 have involved just one pitcher. Also, Wednesday marked the first time that Winston-Salem pitching coach J.R. Perdew was involved in a no-hitter during his professional coaching career. Perdew is in his 19th season with the White Sox organization.
  • With Dykstra leading the way, the Dash boast a 2.65 earned run average (second in the CL) and a 0.99 WHIP (first in the CL). Winston-Salem starters boast a 1.70 earned run average (7 ER in 37.0 IP). The Dash own three quality starts, which coincide with the club’s three victories thus far this season.
  • In addition to strong pitching, Winston-Salem is near the top of the Carolina League in several offensive categories. The Dash are in a three-way tie for the highest runs-per-game showing. Winston, Frederick and Salem all average 4.0 runs per contest. It has been a low-scoring start throughout the league; there have been only 204 runs in the 29 games (7.0 combined runs per game). Winston paces the circuit with 11 stolen bases, and three of the top seven individual batting averages belong to Dash hitters.
  • The Dash open their sixth season inside BB&T Ballpark on Friday night. Since its opening on April 13, 2010, Winston-Salem boasts a 205-145 (.586) home mark. The Dash entered last year with the third-best home record among all 120 full-season Minor League Baseball during that span. However, Winston-Salem recorded their first losing home record in the new facility in 2014 (34-35), including five straight losses to finish the home slate.
  • In BB&T Ballpark’s five seasons, the Dash are 2-3 in the lid-lifter of the home schedule. The club has dropped consecutive home openers– 9-7 to Carolina in 2013 and 3-1 to Wilmington in 2014. Winston-Salem’s last home opener win came in a 1-0 decision against Carolina in 2012.
  • Since BB&T Ballpark’s opening, the Dash have welcomed 1,531,255 fans. Winston-Salem has finished either first or second among all Class A-Advanced teams every season since the move downtown.
  • Friday marks the first meeting between the Dash and Pelicans since Myrtle Beach joined forces with the Chicago Cubs. Myrtle had been under the Texas Rangers’ control over the previous four seasons.
  • Starter Jace Fry did not give up an earned run over five strong innings in his High-A debut on Friday at Frederick (1R, 4H, 5K).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’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 7:00.

– Scott

Game #6/7 Preview – Dash at Potomac

UPDATE – 12:40 p.m. 
Game two lineup

Adam Engel – CF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Keon Barnum – DH
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Keenyn Walker – RF
CJ Beatty – LF
Jeremy Dowdy – C
Justin Jirschele – 2B
Andre Wheeler – LHP

Games #6/7 – Road Games #6/7
Winston-Salem Dash (2-3) at Potomac Nationals (2-3)
Tuesday, April 15 – 10:35 a.m. (doubleheader)
Pfitzner Stadium (Woodbridge, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The middle game of a three-game set between Winston-Salem and Potomac was postponed due to rain last night so the teams will play a seven-inning doubleheader to find their series on Wednesday.

Sean Hagan matched a career-high with 3.0 innings pitched Monday for the save in the Dash's 4-3 win (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Sean Hagan matched a career-high with 3.0 innings pitched Monday for the save in the Dash’s 4-3 win (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP (GAME 1):

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

DASH DOTS:

  • Infielder Jake Peter bounced back from a hitless Opening Night to record four consecutive two-hit games. He is 8-for-20 (.400) over his last four starts. Overall, his .348 average is good for ninth-best in the Carolina League. He joins Omar Narvaez (.438, first) and Chris Jacobs    (.385, third) in the top 10 in the Carolina League in batting average. Winston-Salem’s team mark of .253 is third-best on the circuit.
  • Winston-Salem boasts the CL’s best team earned run average, and its starting rotation is primarily responsible. The quintet has posted a 1.30 ERA (four earned runs in 27.2 innings), and all five men have worked at least five innings. Matt Heidenreich logged the second Winston-Salem quality start on Monday (6IP, 2R, 1ER). The other belongs to James Dykstra, who befuddled Frederick over six shutout innings on Opening Night. Dykstra begins the second turn in the rotation on Tuesday.
  • The White Sox announced a pair of roster moves affecting the Dash’s roster on Tuesday. Right-hander Cody Winiarski, who recorded 10 saves with the Dash in 2013, returns to the club from Double-A Birmingham, where he finished 2013 and resided all of 2014. Winiarski pitched once for the Barons this year (1IP, 1R/ER, 2H on April 9 vs. Mobile). Last year, he struggled to the tune of an 8.34 ERA in 34 appearances. To make room for Winiarski, Michael Ynoa has been placed on the seven-day disabled list. Ynoa, who worked two scoreless innings on Thursday, left Sunday’s game at Frederick after throwing one pitch in the bottom of the 10th.
  • After hitting .375 (6-for-16) in the first four games, Keon Barnum recorded his first hitless showing on Monday (0-for-4).
  • Sean Hagan matched a career-high with his three innings of work for the save.
  • LHP Andre Wheeler will get the start in Game 2 of the doubleheader. Wheeler fired 2.1 scoreless innings in relief Friday at Frederick, allowing just one hit while striking out two. The Austin, Texas native made 16 starts a year ago with Low-A Kannapolis, going 3-3 with a 3.04 ERA and 83 strikeouts against 23 walks in 74.0 innings in a starting role.
  • The Dash have struggled in recent games with men in scoring position. Winston-Salem went 2-for-9 (.222) with men in scoring position on Monday at Pfitzner Stadium, but they strung together three straight two-out hits in the third for a run and unconventionally added three more in the fifth. They pushed across those runs on a throwing error, a wild pitch and a Jake Peter triple. Since going 6-for-16 with runners in scoring position in Thursday’s opener, the Dash are just 5-for-36 (.139) in those spots.
  • Winston-Salem is averaging five runs per game, which leads the way in the Carolina League. Overall, the CL has skewed toward the pitchers. The next-closest challenger for the top spot is Wilmington at an even four runs per night. The league has produced only 148 runs in 21 games (3.5 per team, per game).
  • The Dash have not swiped a base since Sunday, but Winston still shares fourth place in the Minors in stolen bases. The Dash trail only Charleston (22; Low-A, NY Yankees), Asheville (17; Low-A, Colorado), Arkansas (12; Double-A, LA Angels) and Peoria (12; Low-A, St. Louis).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Today’s twin bill will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 10:20 a.m., with the first pitch at 10:35.

– Scott

Game #5 Preview – Dash at Potomac

Game #5 – Road Game #5
Winston-Salem Dash (1-3) at Potomac Nationals (2-2)
Monday, April 13 – 7 p.m.
Pfitzner Stadium (Woodbridge, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

After dropping the final three games of their series at Frederick, the Dash start the second leg of their roadtrip by taking on Potomac on Monday.

Keenyn Walker's four stolen bases are tied with teammate Adam Engel for the lead in the Carolina League (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Keenyn Walker’s four stolen bases are tied with teammate Adam Engel for the lead in the Carolina League (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

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

DASH DOTS:

  • Winston-Salem led by a run through seven, but the Frederick Keys knotted the score in the eighth. Three frames later, Frederick’s Brenden Webb launched a walk-off two-run homer in the Keys’ 5-3 victory. Austin Wynns coaxed a two-out walk in the 11th against Brad Goldberg, with the 3-2 pitch narrowly missing off the outside corner. On the next pitch, Webb went yard to left-center field to clinch the season-opening series for the Keys. Drew Dosch’s two-out RBI double that snuck inside the bag at third knotted the contest in the eighth.
  • Once again Sunday, Winston-Salem’s offense scuffled in run-scoring chances. The Dash were 1-for-9 (.111) with runners in scoring position in their first extra-inning affair, and they have gone just 4-for-27 (.148) in the last three tilts. Thus, the Dash have only pushed across eight runs in those three games after a 13-0 drubbing of the Keys on Thursday night, during which the Dash were 6-for-16 (.375) with men in scoring position and scored in five different innings (seven in the seventh).
  • Tony Bucciferro picked up right where he left off within the Carolina League. He worked into the sixth inning and left with a chance to win, with the margin sitting at 3-2. Bucciferro made his first start at Frederick since his near no-hitter on July 20, 2014, when he fell two outs shy of the first solo, nine-inning no-no by a Winston-Salem pitcher since 1988. In his 22 starts within the Carolina League, Bucciferro has now worked into the sixth inning in 18 of them.
  • Bucciferro continued an early trend for Dash starting pitchers. James DykstraJace FryRobinson Leyer and Bucciferro have combined to surrender just three earned runs over 21.2 frames (1.25 earned run average). Overall, the Dash limited the Keys to just a .210 average and 3.5 runs per game.
  • Winston-Salem first baseman Keon Barnum enjoyed his visit to Frederick. The slugger was 6-for-16 (.375) with five RBIs and two runs scored. Barnum crushed the Dash’s first long ball of 2015, a bullet beyond the wall in right-center field. He also stands atop in RBIs in the Carolina League. Barnum limped out of the gates last year (.213 in the first half) before surging late (.289 in the second half).
  • Winston-Salem swiped another four bases on Sunday afternoon, pushing its 2015 total to 11 through four contests. The Dash are third among the 120 teams in Minor League Baseball in this category. They trail only South Atlantic League outfits Charleston (NY Yankees) and Asheville (Colorado). The Carolina League’s seven other squads have combined to steal just 23 bases. Both Adam Engel and Keenyn Walker have stolen four bases, while no other CL player has more than two.
  • Winston tangles with Potomac, the defending Mills Cup champions, over the next three days in one of the Dash’s two trips to Pfitzner Stadium. In the Dash era (2009-present), the Dash have fared better against the P-Nats than any other CL foe (69-51, .575). Potomac split its first set of 2015 with Lynchburg. Both teams combined for just 23 runs (5.75 per game) and 40 hits (10.0).
  • Three of the top qualifying hitters in the CL suit up for Winston-Salem. Chris Jacobs (.444, 4-for-9), Omar Narvaez (.417, 5-for-12) and Keon Barnum (.375, 6-for-16) are second, third and tied for ninth, respectively.
  • Former Dash infielder Tim Anderson logged a walk-off single for Double-A Birmingham on Sunday .In that game, Frankie Montas whiffed eight over five and a third innings in his second career Double-A outing.
  • The Dash lead the Carolina League in runs scored (21, 5.25 per game).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Today’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 7:00.

– Scott

Game #4 Preview – Dash at Frederick

Game #4 – Road Game #4
Winston-Salem Dash (1-2) at Frederick Keys (2-1)
Sunday, April 12 – 2 p.m.
NYMEO Field at Harry Grove Stadium (Frederick, Md.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

An early surge Saturday led Frederick by the Dash for the second consecutive day. Winston-Salem vies for the series split against the Keys on Sunday afternoon.

Tony Bucciferro nearly no-hit the Keys in his last start against Frederick (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Tony Bucciferro nearly no-hit the Keys in his last start against Frederick (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
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
CJ Beatty – DH
Keenyn Walker – RF
Tony Bucciferro – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • The Frederick Keys plated five runs in the first three innings en route to a 6-3 triumph on Saturday afternoon at NYMEO Field at Harry Grove Stadium. Dash starter Robinson Leyer permitted two runs in the second, and a pair of errors led to three unearned tallies one frame later. Trailing by five through seven, Winston-Salem did tally a run in each of the final two innings and brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth. However, Keon Barnum flied out just shy of the track to end the contest.
  • Even though Winston-Salem is off to a 1-2 start in 2015, its rotation has thrown well. The trio of James DykstraJace Fry and Robinson Leyer has given up just two earned runs over 16 frames. Only Salem’s rotation has eaten up more innings over the season’s first three games (17.1 IP). Overall, Dash hurlers have limited the Keys to a .191 batting average (6th in the CL) and only 3.0 runs per game (tied for 5th).
  • In Thursday night’s opener, Winston-Salem took advantage of almost every offensive opportunity. The Dash were 6-for-16 (.375) with men in scoring position and pushed across at least one run in five different innings. However, the last two contests have vastly differed. The Dash are a combined 3-for-18 (.167) with men in scoring position, and they have stranded 10 runners. As a result, Winston-Salem has only led for one inning over the last two games, both defeats.
  • Dash first baseman Keon Barnum has swung the bat well in this series. He leads the club and is tied for sixth on the circuit with a .417 average (5-for-12). His four RBIs are tied for first with Myrtle Beach’s Victor Caratini and teammate Adam Engel, who has reached that mark despite starting the campaign 1-for-12. Barnum limped out of the gates last year (.213 in the first half) before surging late (.289 in the second half).
  • Two of the most notable pitchers from the 2014 Dash notched victories in their 2015 debuts on Saturday night. The top prospect in the White Sox system, southpaw Carlos Rodon, punched out nine and gave up just one earned run over five innings in Triple-A Charlotte’s 4-2 victory against Norfolk. Right-hander Tyler Danish, a consensus top 10 White Sox farmhand, also worked five frames in Birmingham’s 2-1 triumph over Mobile. He whiffed three BayBears and surrendered only one run in his Double-A debut.
  • The Dash’s bullpen consists of four returners and four newcomers, and the newbies have performed better thus far. Jose Brito’s High-A debut resulted in two hitless innings on Saturday. On Friday, Andre Wheeler logged two and a third scoreless in his Dash debut, while Michael Ynoa held the Keys without a knock in two frames Thursday. On the flip side, the three returners who have pitched in this series have combined to give up three runs in two and two-thirds innings. Only Sean Hagan (1.0 IP Thursday) has posted a scoreless outing within this group. Zach Isler (returner) and Brian Clark (newcomer) are the only two bullpen arms who have yet to throw this year.
  • On July 20, 2014, at Harry Grove Stadium, Tony Bucciferro fell two outs shy of history. Bucciferro took a no-hitter into the ninth inning against Frederick. However, Glynn Davis slapped a one-out single to left field in the ninth inning. On the next pitch, Bucciferro induced a game-ending double play to wrap up his first professional complete game.
  • Levi Maxwell’s seven-inning gem on June 19, 2009, is the most recent Dash no-no, while Bucciferro was tantalizingly close to what would have been the first solo, nine-inning no-hitter for a Winston-Salem pitcher since Bill Kazmierczak accomplished the feat on May 20, 1988, against Virginia.
  • After making 21 strong starts in Winston-Salem a year ago, Bucciferro earned his first career promotion to Double-A in late July. The righty worked through five innings in each of his six starts with the Barons, and he was 2-2 with a 5.00 earned run average. He was a bit shaky in his first four starts, but the former Michigan State star closed the campaign strongly. Bucciferro worked into the seventh inning and permitted just two tallies in his final two outings, both no-decisions.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Today’s game will 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 2:00.

– Scott

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