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Game #129 Preview – Dash at Frederick

Game #129– Away Game #62
Winston-Salem Dash (25-33, 53-75) at Frederick Keys (28-30, 64-64)
Thursday, August 25 – 7:00 p.m. 
NYMEO Field (Frederick, Md.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Despite a 10-strikeout performance from Jordan Stephens, Winston-Salem dropped the middle match of its three-game series at Frederick, 2-0 the final from NYMEO Field. Stephens permitted a two-run blast off the bat of Aderlin Rodriguez in the first inning before cruising through five, during which he whiffed a career-high 10 Keys, including seven of the final nine he encountered. These two teams meet for the final time in 2016 in Thursday night’s rubber match.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Jordan Stephens logged a career-high 10 strikeouts on Wednesday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Michael Suiter – CF
Dante Flores – 2B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – LF
Zack Collins – DH
Toby Thomas – 3B
Marcus Davis – 1B
Brett Austin – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Jordan Stephens – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Because of the Dash’s loss at Frederick and Myrtle Beach’s 2-1, 10-inning victory at Carolina, the Pelicans eliminated Winston-Salem from the postseason conversation on Wednesday night. This marks just the fourth time in the Dash era (2009-present) that Winston-Salem will not suit up in the Carolina League playoffs. The Pelicans will meet first-half champion Salem in the best-of-three Southern Division Championship Series, which begins Wednesday, September 7.
  • For the first time this season, a Winston-Salem pitcher not named Matt Cooper registered a double-digit strikeout performance. Cooper, who led the Minors in strikeouts after his final start with the Dash on June 13, struck out 12 on May 27 at Potomac and followed that up with 11 punchouts on June 2 at home against Carolina. Otherwise, the Dash had not seen a double-digit strikeout showing since Yency Almonte whiffed 12 on August 30, 2015, against Frederick.
  • Stephens had been close to a 10-strikeout effort, as he had nine on both June 15 at Wilmington and July 4 vs. Myrtle Beach. The former Rice University star leads the CL with 136 strikeouts, 14 more than second-place Trevor Clifton of Myrtle Beach. Stephens is also second to Clifton (2.87) in earned run average at 3.71.
  • The Dash boast the two best qualified hitters in the Carolina League. Even though he is mired in a 3-for-22 slump, Mason Robbins paces the circuit with a .315 average. Nick Basto stands second at .309, though he is also limping a bit as of late (0-for-11 in his last three games). The next-closest competitor Frederick’s Rodriguez, who has a .301 average. If Robbins and Basto maintain their hold on the top two spots, it would be the second time in five years that a Dash duo would finish one-two in batting average. Carlos Sanchez and Dan Black finished with .315 marks in 2012, the last year the Dash reached the Mills Cup Championship Series.
  • Following Thursday’s finale in Maryland, the Dash will return to BB&T Ballpark for their final three home games of 2016. Winston-Salem will welcome the Carolina Mudcats, the Braves’ High-A club, for a three-game set that begins on Friday. The Dash claimed all three clashes with Carolina during the Mudcats’ last visit to the Triad from August 9-11.
  • When the Dash head back home, they will try to finish the BB&T Ballpark slate strongly after an uncharacteristically tough year at the downtown facility. Winston-Salem will record its worst home record since moving to BB&T Ballpark in 2010. The Dash’s only other losing season at home came in 2014, when the club was 34-35. The Dash’s 37 home losses are tied for the most in the Carolina League with Wilmington.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Thursday’s game will be broadcast live on 600 AM-WSJS in the Winston-Salem area, as is the case with every Thursday game throughout the season. The game is also available on wsjs.com, as well as wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn App. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m, with the first pitch at 7:00 p.m.

Game #128 Preview – Dash at Frederick

Game #128– Away Game #61
Winston-Salem Dash (25-32, 53-74) at Frederick Keys (27-30, 63-64)
Wednesday, August 24 – 7:00 p.m. 
NYMEO Field (Frederick, Md.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Behind White Sox first-rounder Zack Collins‘ first professional multi-homer game, Winston-Salem snapped its seven-game slide by trouncing Frederick 9-5 on Tuesday night at NYMEO Field. The Dash go for a series win over the Keys on Wednesday.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Dash catcher Zack Collins has hit three home runs in his last three games (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Landon Lassiter – CF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – LF
Zack Collins – DH
Toby Thomas – 2B
Marcus Davis – 1B
Brett Austin – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Jordan Stephens – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Collins, who won the 2016 Johnny Bench Award while with the University of Miami, has been red-hot at the plate. Thanks to his two bombs on Tuesday, the 21-year-old has three home runs and four RBIs in his last three contests. During this short span, Collins is slashing a line of .400/.500/1.300. Prior to this stretch, the Dash backstop had a homerless drought spanning 15 games from August 1-August 20. His effort against the Keys marked the 40th time in the Dash era (2009-present) that a player has hit two homers in the same contest. The last player to accomplish the feat was Telvin Nash, who also hit two against Frederick on July 10.
  • While Winston-Salem picked up the win, its playoff hopes became slimmer. The team is still 11.0 games back of the Pelicans for the Southern Division’s final playoff spot after Myrtle Beach won 7-0 against Carolina at Five County Stadium. Thus, the Dash’s elimination number is two with 12 games remaining for both clubs. Any combination of Dash losses or Pelicans wins that reaches two will eliminate Winston-Salem from playoff contention. In the Dash era (2009-present), Winston-Salem has reached the postseason four times, with its most recent appearance coming in 2015.
  • The Dash boast the two best individual batting averages in the Carolina League. Mason Robbins, who registered his league-leading 145th hit on Tuesday, paces the circuit with a .317 mark. Nick Basto stands second, just .006 behind with a .311 average. The next-closest competitor is Aderlin Rodriguez of Frederick, who has a .301 average. If Robbins and Basto maintain their hold on the top two spots, it would be the second time in five years that a Dash duo would finish one-two in batting average. Carlos Sanchez and Dan Black finished with .315 marks in 2012, the last year the Dash reached the Mills Cup Championship Series.
  • Dash starter Jordan Stephens will look to add to his Carolina League-leading strikeout total tonight against the Keys. The former Rice Owl leads the league with 126 punchouts, four more than the next highest competitor in Myrtle Beach’s Trevor Clifton. The right-hander turned up the notch in the strikeout department during a four-start stretch from June 15-July 4. In that span, Stephens struck out 32 batters in 24.2 innings.
  • Winston-Salem’s win against the Keys snapped a season-high seven-game slide that dated back to August 14. Prior to the team’s recent funk, the Dash had not dropped seven in a row since an eight-game slump in mid-August of 2014. While Winston-Salem scored an aforementioned nine runs Tuesday, the team had mustered just 14 runs in its previous seven games.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Wednesday’s contest 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 set for 7:00 p.m.

-Joe

Game #127 Preview – Dash at Frederick

Game #127– Away Game #60
Winston-Salem Dash (24-32, 52-74) at Frederick Keys (27-29, 63-63)
Tuesday, August 23 – 7:00 p.m. 
NYMEO Field (Frederick, Md.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Dash first baseman Marcus Davis homered early, but a six-run fourth inning propelled Salem to a dominant 12-1, sweep-clinching victory over Winston-Salem at BB&T Ballpark. Winston-Salem will try and snap its season-high seven-game losing streak in the first of three at Frederick on Tuesday.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Marcus Davis stroked his seventh home run of the season on Sunday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Landon Lassiter – LF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – 1B
Zack Collins – C
Toby Thomas – 2B
Marcus Davis – DH
Michael Suiter – CF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Robinson Leyer – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • The Dash are 11.0 games back of the Pelicans for the Southern Division’s final playoff spot. Myrtle Beach won 7-6 in extras at home to Lynchburg on Sunday. Thus, the Dash’s elimination number is three with 13 games remaining for both clubs. Any combination of Dash losses or Pelicans wins that reaches three will eliminate Winston-Salem from playoff contention. In the Dash era (2009-present), Winston-Salem has reached the postseason four times.
  • Not only is this the last series for Winston-Salem against Frederick, but it will also be its final set versus any Northern Division team. After this three-game series, the Dash round out their schedule with ten contests against Southern Division foes. Winston-Salem is 28-36 against the Northern Division this season and 7-10 against Frederick.
  • Tuesday will mark Robinson Leyer’s fourth outing against Frederick this season. The 23-year-old struggled in his first appearance against the Keys in 2016, allowing three earned runs in 1.2 frames. However, in two starts versus Frederick, the Dominican Republic native has combined to post a 1.42 ERA in 12.2 innings.
  • The Dash boast the two best qualified hitters in the Carolina League. Even though he is mired in a 2-for-14 slump, Mason Robbins paces the circuit with a .319 average. Nick Basto stands second, just .004 behind with a .315 mark. The next-closest competitor is Aderlin Rodriguez of Frederick, who has a .304 average. If Robbins and Basto maintain their hold on the top two spots, it would be the second time in five years that a Dash duo would finish one-two in batting average. Carlos Sanchez and Dan Black finished with .315 marks in 2012, the last year the Dash reached the Mills Cup Championship Series.
  • With Salem’s two wins in Saturday’s twin bill, the Dash have clinched just their second losing home record in the seven seasons at BB&T Ballpark. Winston-Salem went 34-35 at home in 2014, meaning that this year’s club will record the worst home mark since the move downtown. Winston-Salem had not lost 37 home games in a single season since 2007, when the Warthogs went 32-37 at Ernie Shore Field.
  • Winston-Salem is in the midst of its longest losing streak of the season, a seven-game run that started last Sunday at Lynchburg. A five-game winning streak, tied for their longest of the year, preceded this skid. The Dash had not dropped seven in a row since an eight-game slump in mid-August of 2014. During this stretch, Winston has mustered just 14 runs (2.0 per game).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tuesday’s contest 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 set for 7:00 p.m.

-Joe

Game #126 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

Game #126 – Home Game #67
Winston-Salem Dash (24-31, 52-73) vs. Salem Red Sox (34-21, 77-47)
Sunday, August 21 – 2:00 p.m. 
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Salem pushed its winning streak to nine, while the Dash dropped their fifth and sixth straight games during Saturday’s doubleheader inside BB&T Ballpark. The Red Sox broke a 2-2 tie with two in the sixth inning en route to a 4-2 victory in the opener. Salem mustered a come-from-behind 3-2 triumph in the nightcap behind a pair of runs in the seventh–a Jordan Betts solo shot and a Rafael Devers RBI triple. Winston and Salem will meet (and likely complete) their third game in 24 hours on Sunday at 2 p.m. from the Triad.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Zack Collins crushed his fourth home run of the season in Saturday’s twin bill finale (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Landon Lassiter – CF
Gerson Montilla – 2B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – LF
Zack Collins – DH
Marcus Davis – 1B
Toby Thomas – 3B
Brett Austin – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Kelvis Valerio – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • The Dash are 10.0 games back of the Pelicans for the Southern Division’s final playoff spot. Myrtle Beach lost at home to Lynchburg on Saturday. Thus, the Dash’s elimination number remains at five with 14 games remaining for both clubs. Any combination of Dash losses or Pelicans wins that reaches five will eliminate Winston-Salem from playoff contention. In the Dash era (2009-present), Winston-Salem has reached the postseason four times.
  • For a moment, it looked like Winston-Salem had momentum during Saturday’s finale. With the game tied at one apiece in the sixth, Zack Collins clubbed a mammoth blast beyond the home run porch in right, his first home run since July 24 at Potomac. Collins, the 10th-overall pick in this June’s MLB Draft, has reached safely in 20 of his first 25 games at the High-A level and owns a .247 average with four homers and 15 RBIs. However, Salem responded to Collins’ homer with the aforementioned two-run seventh, thus clinching its Minor League-leading 31st one-run win of the season.
  • Southpaw Tanner Banks, the Dash’s game one starter, spun his second professional complete game and the sixth by a Winston-Salem hurler in 2016. His first came with Low-A Kannapolis in a nine-inning effort at West Virginia on April 20.
  • The Dash boast the two best qualified hitters in the Carolina League. Even though he is mired in a 1-for-11 slump, Mason Robbins paces the circuit with a .318 average. Nick Basto stands second, but he is less than a point away from Robbins (.3184 to .3178). The next-closest competitor isAderlin Rodriguez of Frederick, who has a .304 average. If Robbins and Basto maintain their hold on the top two spots, it would be the second time in five years that a Dash duo would finish one-two in batting average. Carlos Sanchez and Dan Black finished with .315 marks in 2012, the last year the Dash reached the Mills Cup Championship Series.
  • With Salem’s doubleheader sweep on Saturday, the Dash have clinched just their second losing home record in the seven seasons at BB&T Ballpark. Winston-Salem went 34-35 at home in 2014, meaning that this year’s club will record the worst home mark since the move downtown. Winston-Salem has not lost more than 36 home games in a single season since 2007, when the Warthogs went 32-37 at Ernie Shore Field.
  • Winston-Salem is in the midst of its longest losing streak of the season, a six-game run that started last Sunday at Lynchburg. A five-game winning streak, tied for their longest of the year, preceded this skid. The Dash had not dropped six in a row since an eight-game slump in mid-August of 2014. During this stretch, Winston has mustered just 13 runs (2.2 per game).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Television coverage of Sunday’s contest will be available on My48 at 2 p.m. A full channel guide is available here. The game will also be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 1:45 p.m., with the first pitch set for 2 p.m.

-Joe

Game #124 & #125 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

UPDATE – 7:10 p.m.

Dash’s game two lineup:

Landon Lassiter – CF
Gerson Montilla – 2B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – LF
Zack Collins – DH
Toby Thomas – 3B
Marcus Davis – 1B
Daniel Gonzalez – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Zach Thompson – RHP

Game #124/#125 – Home Game #65/#66
Winston-Salem Dash (24-29, 52-71) vs. Salem Red Sox (32-21, 75-47)
Saturday, August 20 – 5:00 p.m. 
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

After rain forced the cancellation of the Dash’s road trip finale at Myrtle Beach on Thursday, the opener between Winston-Salem and the Salem Red Sox was postponed due to rain on Friday night at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash will play a doubleheader against Salem on Saturday, with the first contest starting at 5 p.m.

STARTING LINEUP (Game one):

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Tanner Banks and Zach Thompson (above) will start game one and two, respectively (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Landon Lassiter – LF
Gerson Montilla – 2B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – 1B
Zack Collins – C
Toby Thomas – 3B
Brett Austin – DH
Michael Suiter – CF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Tanner Banks – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • The Dash are 9.5 games back of the Pelicans in the Southern Division’s standings. Myrtle Beach lost at home to Lynchburg on Friday night. Thus, the Dash’s elimination number remains at seven with 31 combined games remaining for the Dash (16) and Pelicans (15). Any combination of Dash losses or Pelicans wins that reaches seven will eliminate Winston-Salem from playoff contention. In the Dash era (2009-present), Winston-Salem has reached the postseason four times.
  • Winston-Salem has played three doubleheaders in the second half, and all three have resulted in sweeps. Most recently, the Dash took a pair from Carolina on August 11, including a Marcus Davis walk-off single in the finale. The first two twin bills of the second half went the other way, with Myrtle Beach sweeping Winston-Salem at BB&T Ballpark on July 6 before Potomac earned a couple of wins on July 23 at Pfitzner Stadium.
  • Winston-Salem returns home for the first time since last Thursday. After enduring a 5-19 (.208) start at home through May, the worst mark in Minor League Baseball at the time, the Dash have bounced back with a 25-15 (.625) record at BB&T Ballpark. However, the Dash have been unable to make up ground in the playoff race due to an 8-23 record on the road since June 1.
  • The Dash boast the two best qualified hitters in the Carolina League. Even though his eight-game hitting streak ended on Wednesday at Myrtle Beach, Mason Robbins paces the circuit with a .321 average. He also leads the way with 142 hits. Fellow outfielder Nick Basto stands second at .315, 11 points better than third-place Aderlin Rodriguez of Frederick. If Robbins and Basto maintain their hold on the top two spots, it would be the second time in five years that a Winston-Salem duo would finish one-two in batting average. Carlos Sanchez and Dan Black finished with .315 marks in 2012, the last year the Dash reached the Mills Cup Finals.
  • In Saturday’s opener, the Dash turn to southpaw Tanner Banks, who has punched out 22 in his last four outings spanning 22.0 innings. In his last five outings, the Utah native has allowed just five earned runs over 27.1 innings (1.65 ERA). Before this surge, Banks owned a 6.00 ERA in his first seven starts at the High-A level. Righty Zach Thompson gets the call in game two. Thompson is 2-1 with a 4.32 ERA in three starts at BB&T Ballpark (0-3, 9.90 ERA in four road efforts).
  • The White Sox announced Friday that righties Thad Lowry and Connor Walsh have earned their first promotions to Double-A Birmingham. Lowry leads the CL with 135.1 innings of work, during which he is 8-8 with a 4.06 ERA. Walsh leads the Dash with five saves and posted a 3.40 ERA in 25 relief appearances. The Dash did receive one new pitcher, southpaw Aaron Bummer from rookie-level Great Falls.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Coverage for the suspended game on Saturday will begin at 4:45 p.m on wsdash.com/broadcast, MiLB.tv, or the TuneIn App. First pitch is schedule for 5:00 p.m. Saturday’s regularly scheduled contest will begin thirty minutes after the suspended game ends.

-Joe

Game #124 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

Game #124 – Home Game #65
Winston-Salem Dash (24-29, 52-71) vs. Salem Red Sox (32-21, 75-47)
Friday, August 19 – 7:00 p.m. 
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Steady rain in the Myrtle Beach area prompted the cancellation of Thursday night’s series finale between Winston-Salem and the Pelicans from TicketReturn.Com Field. Because this game marked the final scheduled regular season matchup, it will not be made up. The Dash now begin a three-game home series against the Salem Red Sox on Friday.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Dash right-handers Thad Lowry (above) and Connor Walsh were called up to Double-A on Friday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Landon Lassiter – LF
Gerson Montilla – 2B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – 1B
Zack Collins – DH
Toby Thomas – 3B
Michael Suiter – CF
Daniel Gonzalez – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Tanner Banks – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • The Dash followed consecutive impressive wins at Lynchburg with four straight losses (three at Myrtle Beach), thus ending their road trip at 2-4. The Pelicans’ rain-shortened three-game sweep over the Dash featured a margin of just five runs, including two one-run Pelicans victories. Last year, Winston-Salem went 17-3 in one-run games en route to the Southern Division’s second half championship. This year, the Dash have been unable to continue their magic in close games. The club is 21-37 (.362) in games decided by one or two runs.
  • The Dash find themselves 10 games back of the Pelicans in the Southern Division’s standings. Only 16 games remain for both clubs, which means that Myrtle Beach’s magic number to clinch a spot in the Carolina League playoffs is seven. Any combination of Dash losses or Pelicans wins that reaches eight will eliminate Winston-Salem from postseason contention. In the Dash era (2009-present), Winston-Salem has reached the playoffs four times.
  • Winston-Salem returns home for the first time since last Thursday. After enduring a 5-19 (.208) start at home through May, the worst mark in Minor League Baseball at the time, the Dash have bounced back with a 25-15 (.625) record at BB&T Ballpark. However, the Dash have been unable to make up ground in the playoff race due to an 8-23 record on the road since June 1.
  • The Dash boast the two best-qualified hitters in the Carolina League. Even though his eight-game hitting streak ended on Wednesday at Myrtle Beach, Mason Robbins paces the circuit with a .321 average. He also leads the way with 142 hits. Fellow outfielder Nick Basto stands second at .315, 11 points better than third-place Aderlin Rodriguez of Frederick. If Robbins and Basto maintain their hold on the top two spots, it would be the second time in five years that a Winston-Salem duo would finish one-two in batting average. Carlos Sanchez and Dan Black finished with .315 marks in 2012, the last year the Dash reached the Mills Cup Finals.
  • In Friday’s series opener, the Dash turn to southpaw Tanner Banks, who has punched out 22 in his last four outings spanning 22.0 innings. In his last five outings, the Utah native has surrendered just five earned runs over 27.1 innings (1.65 ERA). Before this surge, Banks owned a 6.00 ERA in his first seven starts at the High-A level.
  • After playing 20 times in the first half, the Dash and Red Sox have yet to lock horns since the All-Star break. This will change on Friday, which marks the first of six meetings in the second half (also, August 30 to September 1 at LewisGale Field). Salem owns a 12-8 edge in the season series, including nine wins in 12 tries in the Triad.
  • The White Sox announced Friday that righties Thad Lowry and Connor Walsh have earned their first promotions to Double-A Birmingham. Lowry leads the CL with 135.1 innings of work, during which he is 8-8 with a 4.06 ERA. Walsh leads the Dash with five saves and posted a 3.40 ERA in 25 relief appearances. The Dash did receive one new pitcher, southpaw Aaron Bummer from rookie-level Great Falls.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Friday’s contest 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 set for 7:00 p.m.

-Joe

Game #124 Preview – Dash at Myrtle Beach

Game #124 – Away Game #60
Winston-Salem Dash (24-29, 52-71) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (34-19, 70-53)
Thursday, August 18 – 7:05 p.m. 
TicketReturn.Com Field (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem plated a pair in the top of the ninth inning, but Myrtle Beach nipped the Dash 6-5 on Wednesday night at TicketReturn.Com Field. The Dash hope to avoid a sweep at the hands of Myrtle Beach on Thursday.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Drew Hasler threw a perfect 1.1 frames on Wednesday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Landon Lassiter – CF
Gerson Montilla – 2B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – LF
Zack Collins – DH
Marcus Davis – 1B
Toby Thomas – 3B
Daniel Gonzalez – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Tanner Banks – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Last season, Winston-Salem went 17-3 in one-run games en route to the Southern Division’s second-half championship. This year, the Dash have been unable to continue their magic in close games. The club is 21-37 (.362) in games decided by one or two runs, including seven straight losses in these types of contests against the Birds. This week, the Dash have lost three  straight in Myrtle Beach by a combined five runs, including back-to-back one-run defeats.
  • The Dash now find themselves 10 games back of the Pelicans in the Southern Division’s standings. Only 17 games remain for both clubs, which means that Myrtle Beach’s magic number to clinch a spot in the Carolina League playoffs is eight. Any combination of Dash losses or Pelicans wins that reaches eight will eliminate Winston-Salem from postseason contention. In the Dash era (2009-present), Winston-Salem has reached the playoffs four times.
  • Through May, the Dash were a respectable 14-14 on the road. Since then, however, Winston is just 8-23 away from BB&T Ballpark. The Dash are 6-17 on the road in the second half (with six walk-off defeats), including 13 losses in their last 16 tries. Winston-Salem’s overall road mark of 22-37 is sixth in the eight-team Carolina League.
  • In Wednesday’s loss, Gerson Montilla delivered three RBIs for the fifth time this season. He paces the Dash with 63 RBIs, though three other Winston-Salem sluggers have at least 55 RBIs: Nick Basto (59), Marcus Davis (59) and Mason Robbins (55). Montilla feasts on scoring chances with less than two outs. With men in scoring position and zero or one down, Montilla is a .351 hitter (27-for-77). With two away in these situations, the former Arizona farmhand is 4-for-50 (.080).
  • Even though he only whiffed three Wednesday, right-hander Jordan Stephens still paces the Carolina League with 126 strikeouts, 14 more than second-place Trevor Clifton of Myrtle Beach. In his league-leading 24th start, Stephens did surrender an earned run in the first inning for the first time this year. To avoid the sweep, the Dash turn to southpaw Tanner Banks, who has punched out 22 in his last four outings spanning 22.0 innings. However, he has labored against the Birds this year, giving up 10 runs (all earned) on 15 hits in 7.1 innings (12.27 ERA).
  • Following Thursday’s road trip finale, the Dash head back to BB&T Ballpark for a quick three-game series with the Salem Red Sox, the first half Southern Division champions. After playing 20 times in the first half, the Dash and Red Sox have yet to lock horns since the All-Star break. Salem owns a 12-8 edge in the season series, including nine wins in 12 tries at BB&T Ballpark.
  • Robbins’ eight-game hitting streak, one shy of his longest of the season, came to an end with a 0-for-5 effort on Wednesday. Still, Robbins leads the CL in average (.321) and hits (142).
  • Basto is second in the league in average (.315), and he has hit safely in six in a row. The Dash added infielder Dante Flores, a former USC standout, from the AZL White Sox Wednesday.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Thursday’s game will be broadcast live on 600 AM-WSJS in the Winston-Salem area, as is the case with every Thursday game throughout the season. The game is also available on wsjs.com, as well as wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn App. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:50 p.m, with the first pitch at 7:05 p.m.

-Joe

Game #123 Preview – Dash at Myrtle Beach

Game #123 – Away Game #59
Winston-Salem Dash (24-28, 52-70) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (33-19, 69-53)
Wednesday, August 17 – 7:05 p.m. 
TicketReturn.Com Field (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem led 3-1 through seven innings on Tuesday, but Myrtle Beach scored exactly one run in each of the final three frames to earn a 4-3, 10-inning victory at TicketReturn.Com Field. After losing the first two games of this pivotal series, the Dash will try and rebound on Wednesday against the Pelicans.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Robinson Leyer yielded one run in 5.2 strong frames on Tuesday night (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Landon Lassiter – CF
Gerson Montilla – 2B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – LF
Zack Collins – DH
Marcus Davis – 1B
Toby Thomas – 3B
Brett Austin – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Jordan Stephens – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Last season, Winston-Salem went 17-3 in one-run games en route to the Southern Division’s second-half championship. This year, the Dash have been unable to continue their magic in close games. The club is 21-36 (.368) in games decided by one or two runs, including six straight losses in these types of games against the Birds. Winston-Salem is 8-15 in games decided in the last at-bat, while the Dash have suffered eight walk-off losses, six of which have come since the start of the second half.
  • The Dash now find themselves nine games behind Myrtle Beach in the Southern Division’s standings. Only 18 games remain for both clubs, which means that the Pelicans’ magic number to clinch a postseason spot is 10. Any combination of Dash losses or Pelicans wins that reaches 10 will eliminate Winston-Salem from postseason contention. In the Dash era (2009-present), Winston has reached the playoffs four times.
  • Winston-Salem will attempt to surge back with more road games than home games down the stretch. Including the first five games of this road trip, during which the club is 2-3, the Dash will finish the season with 17 of their last 23 games on the road (so, 12 of 18 remaining on the slate).
  • With a first-inning single Tuesday, Winston-Salem outfielder Mason Robbins pushed his hitting streak to eight games, one shy of his high-water mark of the season. During this red-hot run, Robbins is 17-for-35 (.486) with eight RBIs and five runs scored. This surge has propelled the former Mr. Mississippi to the top spot in the Carolina League in both batting average (.324) and hits (142). He is also fifth in total bases (197).
  • Robbins is one of four Dash hitters who are in the top 10 within the Carolina League in batting average. After a 3-for-5 effort on Tuesday, his 13th game of three-plus hits with Winston-Salem, Nick Basto bumped his average to .316, which is second-best on the circuit. Frederick’s Aderlin Rodriguez is in third place, but he is 13 points behind Basto at .303. Midseason All-Star Hunter Jones still qualifies, and his .286 mark stands seventh. Marcus Davis’ .284 average is tied with Lynchburg’s Anthony Santander for 10th. As a team, the Dash are third in the CL at .263.
  • Dash right-hander Jordan Stephens will make his team-leading 24th start on Wednesday. He paces the Carolina League with 123 strikeouts, while his 3.57 earned run average is second-best amongst qualified pitchers. Stephens has not given up an earned run in the first inning all season, while he has fanned at least six in eight of his last 11 outings (four times – exactly six). However, Winston-Salem is just 7-16 when the former Rice Owl takes to the hill.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Wednesday’s contest will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:50 p.m., with the first pitch set for 7:05 p.m.

-Joe

Game #122 Preview – Dash at Myrtle Beach

Game #122 – Away Game #58
Winston-Salem Dash (24-27, 52-69) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (32-19, 68-53)
Tuesday, August 16 – 7:05 p.m. 
TicketReturn.Com Field (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem led 1-0 through six innings, but a five-run seventh inning pushed Myrtle Beach past the Dash 5-1 in the first of a four-game set on Monday night at TicketReturn.Com Field. The Dash look to stay in the playoff hunt on Tuesday against the Pelicans.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Yelmison Peralta pitched two innings in the Dash’s series opener against Myrtle Beach (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Landon Lassiter – CF
Gerson Montilla – 2B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – LF
Zack Collins – C
Telvin Nash – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Toby Thomas – 3B
Ryan Leonards – SS
Robinson Leyer – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • In Monday’s loss, Mason Robbins recorded half of Winston-Salem’s six hits, pushing his Carolina League-leading batting average to .326. This would be the best qualified average by a CL hitter since 2010, when current Kansas City star Eric Hosmer hit .354 with Wilmington. Robbins also paces the circuit with 141 hits and has collected 16 hits in 30 at-bats during his current eight-game hitting streak, which is one shy of his longest of the season.
  • Over the last two games, the Dash have only mustered 12 hits and one run, which came on a Robbins RBI single in Monday’s third inning. Before this two-game funk, the club’s first such drought in a pair of nine-inning games since May 4 and May 6, Winston had strung five straight wins together. During that streak, which is tied for the club’s longest this year, the Dash scored 41 runs (8.2/game) on 59 (11.8/game) hits.
  • Even though Lowry’s outing ended abruptly in the seventh, he still surged to the top of the Carolina League in innings pitched. His 135.1 frames are 5.0 more than Salem’s Matt Kent, who is slated to pitch against the Dash on Friday at BB&T Ballpark, for the circuit’s lead. 
  • The Dash will try to cut into Myrtle Beach’s lead in the Southern Division’s second-half standings. The Pelicans have rattled off 19 wins in their last 24 games, surging to an 8.0-game advantage on the Dash for the final postseason spot out of the Southern Division. With Monday’s decision, the Dash can pull no closer than 5.0 games by the end of this series, which marks the final head-to-head duel between the two rivals in the regular season. The Dash are 9-15 against the Pelicans this year, including a 4-6 mark in Myrtle Beach.
  • Not only is Robbins the top hitter in the Carolina League, but Winston-Salem boasts four of the circuit’s top 10 qualified hitters (by average). Nick Basto is second with a .312 mark, which means Robbins and Basto have a chance to become the second Dash duo in five years to finish first and second in average (2012, Carlos Sanchez and Dan Black). Basto is also third in on-base percentage (.390) and fourth in slugging percentage (.490) in the league. Former Dash outfielder Hunter Jones still qualifies with a .286 mark, seventh-best in the CL, while Marcus Davis is 10th at .284.
  • The Dash had only committed two errors in their previous 11 games before Monday’s four-error effort versus the Birds. Two of the defensive miscues were from shortstop Cleuluis Rondon, who leads the club with 18. Lowry and Robbins had the other two errors on Monday.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tuesday’s contest will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:50 p.m., with the first pitch set for 7:05 p.m.

-Joe

Game #121 Preview – Dash at Myrtle Beach

Game #121 – Away Game #57
Winston-Salem Dash (24-26, 52-68) at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (31-19, 67-53)
Monday, August 15 – 7:05 p.m. 
TicketReturn.Com Field (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem missed out on a second straight sweep due to Lynchburg’s 6-0 victory on Sunday at Calvin Falwell Field. The Dash only mustered six hits against four Hillcats pitchers, led by Matt Esparza’s 5.2 strong frames. Winston-Salem now begins a pivotal four-game series against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on Monday at TicketReturn.Com Field.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Mason Robbins, who is currently riding a six-game hitting streak, leads the Carolina League with a .322 average (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Landon Lassiter – CF
Gerson Montilla – 2B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – LF
Zack Collins – DH
Marcus Davis – 1B
Toby Thomas – 3B
Brett Austin – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Thad Lowry – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • With Sunday’s shutout loss, the club’s ninth such defeat of the season, Winston-Salem’s five-game winning streak came to an end. It was tied for the longest surge of the campaign. Winston also rattled off five straight victories from July 25-29. Winston-Salem had scored 41 runs (8.2/game) on 59 (11.8/game) hits in these five games, while the pitching staff limited its foes to two runs or less in three of the five games. Still, the Dash did earn their first road series win since April 29 to May 1 at Frederick.
  • The Dash’s five-game winning streak was not the only impressive run to culminate on Sunday. Lynchburg’s Francisco Mejia saw his 50-game hitting streak, the longest by a catcher in Minor League Baseball history, end with an 0-for-3 showing one day after an official scoring change prolonged his streak on Saturday. Mejia was close to a hit in the seventh, but Dash center fielder Michael Suiter made a diving catch in right-center on a ball that was tailing away due to strong winds as part of the rain shower that eventually prompted a 29-minute delay.
  • The Dash will try to bounce back in Monday’s series opener at Myrtle Beach with Thad Lowry on the bump. Lowry is just one inning shy of Salem’s Matt Kent (130.1) for the Carolina League lead in innings with 129.1. Lowry’s 3.97 ERA is eighth-best among CL qualifiers.
  • The Dash will try to cut into Myrtle Beach’s lead in the Southern Division’s second-half standings. The Pelicans have rattled off 18 wins in their last 23 games, surging to a 7.0-game advantage on the Dash for the final postseason spot out of the Southern Division. Depending on the results of the series, the Dash will be three, five, seven, nine or 11 games behind the Birds after these four games in Myrtle Beach, the final matchups between the two rivals in the regular season. Thus far this year, the Dash are 9-14 against the Pelicans, though they have held their own at TicketReturn.Com Field (4-5).
  • Dash outfielder Mason Robbins enjoys the top spot in the CL in both batting average (.322) and hits (138). Teammate Nick Basto is the only other qualified hitter in the CL with an average north of .302 (.313). If Robbins can maintain his current average, he would post the highest average for a CL qualifier since 2010, when current Kansas City star Eric Hosmer hit .354 for Wilmington in 2010. The last time a Winston-Salem hitter paced the circuit in average was 2012, when the Dash had the top two hitters both at .315 (Carlos Sanchez and Dan Black).
  • The Dash are in the midst of a run of 17 road games in their final 23 contests of 2016. Winston is just 22-34 on the road this season (sixth in the CL). However, the Dash did claim just the fourth series win for a visitor at Lynchburg in 2016.
  • Even though the Dash lost on Sunday, southpaw Alex Katz enjoyed a strong High-A debut by ripping off 2.1 scoreless innings of relief against Lynchburg. In 30 Low-A appearances, Katz yielded just 21 runs (19 earned runs) over 49.2 bullpen innings.
  • Righty Euclides Leyer spun two scoreless in his Double-A debut on Sunday for Birmingham.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Monday’s contest will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:50 p.m., with the first pitch set for 7:05 p.m.

-Joe

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