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Game #75 Preview – Dash at Potomac

Game #75 – Away Game #36
Winston-Salem Dash (3-1, 31-43) vs. Potomac Nationals (3-0, 37-34)
Monday, June 27 – 7:05 p.m. 
Pfitzner Stadium (Woodbridge, VA)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Behind another strong pitching performance and three scoring innings, Winston-Salem knocked off Wilmington 5-1 on Sunday afternoon at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash now hit the road for seven games, beginning with a three-game set against the Potomac Nationals starting on Monday at Pfitzner Stadium.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Cleuluis Rondon smacked a two-run home run in the Dash’s 5-1 win on Sunday against Wilmington (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Hunter Jones – CF
Mason Robbins – RF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Nick Basto – LF
Marcus Davis – DH
Telvin Nash – 1B
Toby Thomas – 2B
Brett Austin – C
Danny Mendick – SS
Kelvis Valerio – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Since June 14, Winston-Salem’s rotation has submitted a remarkable string of dominant starts. During the Dash’s 10 games over this span, starters have given up just six earned runs in 66.1 frames, which calculates to an ERA of 0.81. In this short stretch, the rotation’s season-long ERA has dropped from 4.12 to 3.60.
  • Sunday starter Thad Lowry has recorded three of the 10 outings during this successful stretch for the Dash. In those outings, Lowry has permitted just three earned runs over 20.0 innings. Over his last five starts, Lowry has given up exactly one earned run each game after allowing two-plus in each of his first 10 at the High-A level. During Sunday’s effort, Lowry pushed his walk drought to 24.0 innings before a leadoff free pass in the second inning.
  • Righty Kelvis Valerio will attempt to prolong the rotation’s success in his second High-A start. Valerio surrendered just an unearned run over 5.1 innings on June 18 at home against Salem. The Dominican Republic native replaced All-Star Matt Cooper in the rotation. Cooper climbed to Double-A after leading MiLB in strikeouts at the time of his final start with the Dash (June 13).
  • Last season, Winston-Salem bounced back from a last-place finish (30-40) in the first half to claim the Southern Division’s second half title. The Dash started half two a year ago with five straight wins and went on to enjoy at least a share of first place on all but one day (August 19). This year’s unit has responded to a 28-42 first half with a 3-1 start and sole possession of the top spot in the Southern Division.
  • Winston-Salem outfielders Hunter Jones and Mason Robbins have been ping-ponging back and forth for the squad’s top batting average. Jones currently enjoys a narrow one-point advantage, with his .292 average good for sixth in the CL. Robbins’ .291 mark stands second on the circuit. Jones is also in the top five in the league in hits (84; 1st), at-bats (288; 1st), games (73; T-1st), triples (7; 2nd), runs (52; 4th) and stolen bases (27; T-4th). Robbins paces the CL in outfield assists (11), with Jones second (9).
  • Cleuluis Rondon’s two-run homer Sunday was his 10th as a professional and his second of the season. Since his stint in Low-A Kannapolis from April 26 to May 7, Rondon is hitting .232 with two home runs, nine RBIs and 13 runs scored in 43 games (.138, 0, 5, 5 in 16 games before the demotion). Gerson Montilla snapped a season-long seven-game RBI drought with his game-tying single in the fifth inning. The former Arizona farmhand has knocked home 44 runs, fifth-most in the CL.
  • Monday marks Winston-Salem’s first road game since June 15…Dash alumnus and White Sox ace Chris Sale collected his Major League-leading 13th win on Sunday at home against Toronto.
  • Winston-Salem and Potomac have split a pair of four-game series thus far this season.
  • The Dash will play 11 of their next 15 on the road before 21 of their next 28 games are at BB&T Ballpark from July 13 to August 11.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

Game #74 Preview – Dash vs. Wilmington

Game #74 – Home Game #39
Winston-Salem Dash (2-1, 30-43) vs. Wilmington Blue Rocks (1-2, 28-44)
Sunday, June 26 – 2 p.m. 
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem plated four in the second and never looked back in a 4-1 win over Wilmington in front of 6,896 fans Saturday at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash look for their third series victory in four tries at home on Sunday against the Blue Rocks.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Mason Robbins registered his team-leading 22nd multi-hit game on Saturday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Hunter Jones – CF
Mason Robbins – RF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Nick Basto – LF
Marcus Davis – DH
Telvin Nash – 1B
Brett Austin – C
Ryan Leonards – 2B
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Thad Lowry – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Since June 14, Winston-Salem’s rotation has submitted a remarkable string of dominant starts. During the Dash’s nine games over this span, starters have given up just five earned runs in 59.1 frames, which calculates to an ERA of 0.76. In this short stretch, the rotation’s season-long ERA has dropped from 4.12 to 3.64.
  • Sunday starter Thad Lowry has recorded two of the excellent starts during this nearly two-week surge. On June 14 at Wilmington, the righty limited these Blue Rocks to one run over seven innings. Five days later, during the Dash’s first half finale with Salem, Lowry turned in another one-run effort over six innings. Both outings resulted in no-decisions for the Spring, Texas, native. Lowry is riding a formidable individual streak, too. He has issued a walk in 23.0 innings, which dates back to the fourth inning of his start against Carolina on June 3.
  • Mason Robbins recorded his team-leading 22nd multi-hit game on Saturday, while he matched a season-high with three RBIs. The Leakesville, Miss., native leads the Dash and is sixth among Carolina League qualifiers with a .293 average. Robbins has knocked home six runs during this two-series homestand after failing to pick up an RBI on the preceding seven-game road trip.
  • All-Star Hunter Jones’ 11-game hitting streak ended after an 0-for-3 effort on Saturday. While on the streak, Jones hit .304 (14-for-46) with six RBIs and six runs. The Dash’s only longer hitting streak came from Marcus Davis, who posted a 16-game run (the Dash’s best since 2012) from May 21 to June 9. Jones still stands seventh in the CL with a .292 average, while he places in the top five in several other offensive categories: at-bats (284; 1st), games played (72; T-1st), hits (83; T-1st); triples (7; T-1st), runs (51; 4th) and stolen bases (27; 4th).
  • Both Jones and Robbins have been jockeying for position in batting average, with Robbins owning a slight .001 edge entering Sunday. The duo has been battling for the club lead in outfield assists. One night after Jones climbed into a share of first place on the club with nine assists, Robbins gunned down two runners on Saturday. Not only do these two pace the Dash in outfield assists, but they are the top two in the CL.
  • The Dash have not played a road game since June 15, but that will change with a week-long road trip that begins Monday. Winston-Salem squares off with Potomac at beautiful Pfitzner Stadium from Monday through Wednesday before invading Wilmington for a four-game set that begins Thursday. That series with the Blue Rocks will mark the end of the two teams’ season series. Winston-Salem and Wilmington will have played 15 times from June 4 to July 3.
  • A crowd of 6,896, the fourth-largest at BB&T Ballpark this season, enjoyed the Dash’s win on Saturday. The Dash lead the Carolina League in overall attendance (158,676) and are second in average attendance (4,289).
  • In his Double-A debut Saturday, Matt Cooper rattled off three scoreless innings en route to a victory in an 11-inning triumph for Birmingham at Mobile.

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 #72 Preview – Dash vs. Wilmington

Game #72 – Home Game #37
Winston-Salem Dash (1-0, 29-42) vs. Wilmington Blue Rocks (0-1, 27-43)
Friday, June 24 – 7 p.m. 
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash emphatically kicked off their second half repeat bid with a 9-2 shellacking of the Wilmington Blue Rocks on Thursday at BB&T Ballpark. Winston-Salem looks to go 2-0 on Friday night against Wilmington.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Marcus Davis tied a career-high with four hits on Thursday (Jody Stewart/ W-S Dash).

Hunter Jones – CF
Mason Robbins – RF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Nick Basto – LF
Marcus Davis– DH
Telvin Nash – 1B
Toby Thomas – 2B
Brett Austin – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Spencer Adams – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Winston-Salem recorded its sixth run output of nine or more and matched its second-highest hit total (15) in Thursday’s win, which was one run away from the club’s most lopsided of 2016. The Dash plated at least one tally in six of their eight offensive innings. All nine men in Winston’s lineup reached at least once time, while eight delivered a hit and six notched an RBI.
  • Jordan Stephens continued a dominant surge from the Dash’s rotation by tossing 6.2 scoreless innings on Thursday night. Over the last seven games (since June 14), Winston-Salem starters have permitted just two earned runs in 46.0 innings, which calculates to an ERA of 0.39. Individually, Stephens has not given up a run in the last 15 innings he has begun dating back to June 10.
  • Two-thirds of the Dash’s 15 hits on Thursday came from three men. Marcus Davis matched a career-high with four hits, which came in his first four trips to the plate. Davis had an opportunity to tie the single-game hits record in the Dash era (2009-present), but he grounded out in the eighth and had to settle for the first four-hit showing by a Dash hitter since April 27.
  • Nick Basto submitted his team-leading ninth game of three or more hits with his 3-for-5 showing. Basto has only played 41 games with the Dash this year. Also, Toby Thomas went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles. He has 18 two-baggers on the year, which is good for a share of fifth in the CL.
  • Midseason All-Star Matt Cooper has earned his first career promotion to Double-A, the White Sox announced Friday. After his most recent start on June 13, Cooper led all of Minor League Baseball with 95 strikeouts. He still stands second to Tyler Glasnow of Indianapolis (Triple-A, Pittsburgh) even though he has not pitched in an official game in 11 days. Cooper, who did log a scoreless inning in Tuesday’s All-Star Game, leaves the Carolina League with the third-most innings (77.2) and the ninth-lowest ERA (3.36).
  • Flamethrower Zack Burdi, the 26th overall pick in this month’s MLB Draft, has joined the Dash from the AZL, where he made one appearance. The right-hander shined in three seasons at the University of Louisville, with whom he went 8-4 with a 2.44 earned run average in 60 relief efforts over three seasons. Burdi struck out 83 batters in 69.2 collegiate innings.
  • With a sixth-inning double Thursday, outfielder Hunter Jones pushed his season-long hitting streak to 10 games, the second-best run by a Dash hitter this year (Davis, 16 games from May 21 to June 9). During what is the longest active surge in the CL, Jones is hitting .310 (13-for-42) with six RBIs and six runs. Overall, Jones is first in at-bats (277), tied for first in games (70) and triples (7), second in hits (82), and fourth in stolen bases (27), runs (50) and average (.296).
  • Former Wake Forest All-American and nine-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul will be on hand during Friday’s Dash game at BB&T Ballpark. Paul, currently a member of the Los Angeles Clippers, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at approximately 6:45 p.m. A graduate of West Forsyth High School in Clemmons, the former North Carolina Mr. Basketball led Wake Forest to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances before becoming the fourth overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft (New Orleans Hornets). Paul is a four-time All-NBA First Team performer.
  • Righty Colin Kleven spun his first scoreless appearance since May 20 on Thursday by blanking the Blue Rocks in the ninth.
  • Winston-Salem amassed a season-high six doubles on Thursday.
  • Friday starter Spencer Adams leads the CL in innings with 87.2, or almost 6.1 frames per start.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Friday’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 set for 7:00 p.m.

-Joe

Game #71 Preview – Dash vs. Wilmington

Game #71 – Home Game #36
Winston-Salem Dash (0-0, 28-42) vs. Wilmington Blue Rocks (0-0, 27-42)
Thursday, June 23 – 7 p.m. 
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Behind a Yoan Moncada home run in the eighth inning, the Salem Red Sox knocked off Winston-Salem 2-1 in Sunday’s first-half finale at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash begin the second half of the season with a four-game series against Wilmington starting on Thursday night at home.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Jordan Stephens struck out a career-high nine batters against Wilmington in his last start (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Hunter Jones – CF
Mason Robbins – RF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Nick Basto – LF
Marcus Davis– 1B
Telvin Nash – DH
Toby Thomas – 2B
Brett Austin – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Jordan Stephens – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • For the second straight season, the Dash strive to climb from worst to first in the second half. Winston-Salem went just 30-40 in the first half of the 2015 season, but the club recorded the CL’s best second-half mark since 1987 by going 45-23 en route to a Southern Division title. The 28-42 first half is the worst half for Winston-Salem in the Dash era (2009-present).
  • Winston-Salem will begin the second half with a pair of new faces. The White Sox announced Thursday that they have signed first baseman Telvin Nash from the York Revolution of the independent Atlantic League. While with York, the former third-round pick of Houston led the league with 15 homers. Also, the Dash have added southpaw reliever Ryan Riga from Low-A Kannapolis, with whom he posted a 4.84 ERA in 19 appearances. Over his last nine outings, Riga gave up just one earned run in 19 frames. Also, Louie Lechich has been assigned to the AZL White Sox to be converted to a pitcher after hitting .159 in 39 games with the Dash.
  • In the losing effort Sunday, right-hander Thad Lowry permitted just one run in six-plus innings. Over the final six games of the first half, Dash starters posted a 0.46 earned run average (2 ER in 39.1 IP). Lowry has also strung together an impressive streak of 23.0 innings since his last walk, which came on June 3 against Carolina.
  • Two Winston-Salem products helped the Carolina League knock off the California League 6-4 in Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Lake Elsinore, Calif. Right-hander Matt Cooper worked around a double in a scoreless fifth inning, while Hunter Jones logged five innings in right field and went 0-for-2 with a pair of groundouts. Potomac’s Andrew Stevenson earned MVP honors after going 3-for-5 with a pair of triples and two RBIs. The all-time series is now even through 20 games at 9-9-2.
  • It was a rare sight at BB&T Ballpark on Sunday because Jones sat out for the first time this year. He became the last Carolina Leaguer to miss a game after playing in each of the Dash’s first 69 contests. Still, the former Indians farmhand is tied for first in the CL in games played, while he paces everyone in at-bats (274). Jones enters the second half with a nine-game hitting streak, while he stands tied for first in triples (7), second in hits (81), fourth in stolen bases (26) and tied for fourth in runs (48) in the Carolina League.
  • Winston-Salem will begin the second half with a home series against the Wilmington Blue Rocks. The Dash and Blue Rocks did not meet until June 4, but these two teams squared off in eight of the final 16 days of half one. Winston and Wilmington will tangle for four this weekend and four more next weekend (June 30 to July 3) to quickly cap the season series.
  • Marcus Davis emphatically snapped a 1-for-19 slump with a pair of hits in Sunday’s narrow loss to Salem.
  • Gerson Montilla enters the second half as the Dash’s leader in homers (8) and RBIs (43), both of which place him in the top five in the CL.
  • Thursday starter Jordan Stephens has given up three runs or less in his last five starts.
  • In his most recent outing on June 15 at Wilmington, Stephens whiffed a career-high nine.

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 Warthog will begin at 6:45 p.m, with the first pitch at 7:00 p.m.

-Joe

Game #70 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

Game #70 – Home Game #35
Winston-Salem Dash (28-41) vs. Salem Red Sox (42-26)
Sunday, June 19 – 2:00 p.m. 
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem took a 2-1 lead into the eighth inning, but Salem plated two in the eighth and one in the ninth to pull past the Dash 4-2 in front of 5,550 fans at BB&T Ballpark. Winston-Salem can earn a series win against the first-place Red Sox with a victory on Sunday.

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Hunter Jones is the final CL player to receive a day off. (Jody Stewart/ W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

Michael Suiter – CF
Mason Robbins – RF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Nick Basto – 1B
Marcus Davis– DH
Toby Thomas – 2B
Brett Austin – C
Zach Fish – LF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Thad Lowry – RHP

 

DASH DOTS:

  • In a spot start, Kelvis Valerio tossed 5.1 innings and gave up just one run (no earned runs). Salem’s first-inning tally ended a string of 21 straight scoreless innings from Dash starters, though the rotation has not allowed an earned run since the seventh inning on Tuesday night at Wilmington (Thad Lowry), an impressive span of 27.2 innings. In the last go-around in the rotation, Winston-Salem’s starting staff boasts a 0.27 earned run average (1 ER in 33.1 IP/5 GS).
  • Danny Dopico stretched his scoreless streak to six outings and 6.2 frames by facing the minimum over 1.2 innings before Connor Walsh and Colin Kleven gave up three combined runs.
  • Sunday marks the final game of the season’s first half, and Winston-Salem has a chance to earn its second series win against Salem, the Southern Division’s first half champion. However, the Dash did clinch a dubious distinction with Saturday’s loss. In the Dash era (2009-present), Winston’s 28-41 record is the worst single-half showing. The Dash’s previous low-water mark was last year’s first half, when the club went 30-40. Winston-Salem bounced back remarkably  in the second half by posting a 45-23 mark, the best half of the Dash era and the top second half record in the Carolina League since 1987.
  • While most Dash players will enjoy three days off following Sunday’s contest, two will head to Lake Elsinore, Calif., for the California-Carolina League All-Star Game, which will take place on Tuesday night. Outfielder Hunter Jones will start in right field and hit third, while right-hander Matt Cooper is expected to pitch at some point as a reliever in the game. This marks the 20th meeting between the two High-A leagues, with the California League enjoying a slight 9-8-2 advantage thanks to back-to-back victories.
  • Jones enters Sunday as the only CL player who has suited up in every game for his team thus far this season. Myrtle Beach’s Yasiel Balaguert missed his first game in Saturday’s doubleheader finale at Potomac. However, Jones is not in the lineup for Sunday’s game against Salem. In addition to leading the league in games played, Jones is tied for first in triples (7), second in hits (81), fourth in runs (48), fourth in stolen bases (26), tied for fifth in total bases (115) and fifth in batting average (.296). Jones is currently riding a season-long nine-game hitting streak.
  • Cooper’s regular turn in the rotation was set for Saturday, but the White Sox elected to skip his start because of his significant workload in the season’s first half. He is second to teammate Spencer Adams (87.2) among CL hurlers in innings pitched (77.2) after spending his first two professional seasons as a reliever. Cooper’s new role has not limited his strikeouts. He leads all of Minor League Baseball with 95 strikeouts, which works out to 11.01 whiffs per nine innings.
  • In his return from Triple-A Charlotte, Ryan Leonards reached in all four plate appearances Saturday (two 1B and two BB).
  • Mason Robbins is fourth in the CL in batting average (.296).
  • For the first time, the Dash lost a home game Saturday when leading after seven innings.

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 #69 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

Game #69 – Home Game #34
Winston-Salem Dash (28-40) vs. Salem Red Sox (41-26)
Saturday, June 18 – 6:30 p.m. 
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem earned its second straight wire-to-wire victory over first-place Salem in a 6-1 decision at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash seized the lead for good thanks to a Mason Robbins two-run double in the third, while starter Tanner Banks blitzed the Red Sox over seven shutout innings. Winston-Salem looks to win their sixth straight at BB&T Ballpark on Saturday night.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Mason Robbins drove in two runs in the Dash’s 6-1 victory on Friday night (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Hunter Jones – CF
Mason Robbins – LF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Nick Basto – 1B
Marcus Davis– DH
Toby Thomas – 2B
Brett Austin – C
Zach Fish – LF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Kelvis Valerio – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Winston-Salem moved to 7-2 at home in the month of June with Friday’s lopsided win over Salem. This includes a five-game winning streak at BB&T Ballpark, the club’s longest since rattling off seven in a row late last year (August 20-29). Before the month began, the Dash were just 5-19 at BB&T Ballpark, which was the worst home mark in all of Minor League Baseball. The Dash had suffered three home sweeps in the season’s first two months after only four in the first six years of the BB&T Ballpark era.
  • Banks recorded Winston-Salem’s third straight scoreless outing dating back to Wednesday at Wilmington.Jordan Stephens kicked if off with six shutout innings before Spencer Adams blanked the Red Sox over eight frames on Thursday. After Banks’ gem on Friday, Winston-Salem starters have recorded 21 consecutive scoreless innings. Immediately before this streak began, Thad Lowry gave up only one run in seven innings Tuesday, meaning Dash starters have an ERA of 0.32 in the last four games.
  • In the Dash’s nine home games this month, Winston-Salem starters have averaged more almost 7.2 innings per start (68.0 total innings), and all but one of these efforts have been quality starts. During this home stretch, the bullpen has only tossed 13.0 frames.
  • Dash outfielder Mason Robbins delivered his team-leading 21st multi-hit game in Friday’s 6-1 triumph. Nine of those 21 showings have come in Robbins’ last 15 games, including six in a row from May 30 to June 7. Robbins’ overall average stands at .297, which is fourth-highest among Carolina League qualifiers. The former 25th-round pick has been particularly productive at BB&T Ballpark (.359 average in 27 games). Carolina’s Joey Meneses paces the CL at .335, while Salem’s dynamic middle infield of Mauricio Dubon (.313) and Yoan Moncada (.304) are second and third, respectively.
  • All-Star outfielder Hunter Jones has posted at least one hit in eight straight games and 16 of his last 17 dating back to May 30. One of two Carolina Leaguers who has played in all of his team’s games (Myrtle Beach’s Yasiel Balaguert), Jones is tied for the circuit’s top spot in hits (79) with Meneses. Jones also stands fourth in stolen bases (26), fourth in runs (48), tied for fourth in total bases (113) and seventh in average (.293).
  • Jones and righty Matt Cooper are Winston-Salem’s two All-Star representatives. This year’s California-Carolina League All-Star Game will take place in Lake Elsinore, Calif., on Tuesday. Cooper, who leads the Minors with 95 strikeouts, will not take his regular turn in the rotation because this marks his first professional season as a starter. Thus, Kelvis Valerio will toe the rubber for his first High-A start. Valerio is 1-2 with a 3.95 ERA in 17 relief outings with Winston this year. A year ago with Low-A Kannapolis, Valerio made four starts and had a 5.82 ERA.
  • Utility man Ryan Leonards has rejoined the Dash from Triple-A Charlotte, the White Sox announced Saturday.
  • Leonards is hitting .186 in 20 games across three levels this year (Winston-Salem, Birmingham and Charlotte).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:15 p.m., with the first pitch set for 6:30 p.m.

-Joe

Game #68 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

Game #68 – Home Game #33
Winston-Salem Dash (27-40) vs. Salem Red Sox (41-25)
Friday, June 17 – 7:00 p.m. 
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Righty Spencer Adams tossed eight shutout innings, and Winston-Salem smacked three home run in a 7-1 thumping of first-place Salem on Thursday night at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash eye their fifth straight home win on Friday against the Salem Red Sox.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Toby Thomas hit one of three home runs for the Dash in Thursday’s 7-1 win (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Hunter Jones – CF
Mason Robbins – LF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Nick Basto – 1B
Marcus Davis– DH
Toby Thomas – 2B
Chris O’Dowd – C
Zach Fish – LF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Tanner Banks – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Winston’s three homers marked a season-high, and it was the franchise’s biggest power surge since a four-homer effort at home against Salem on May 17, 2015. The Dash had only gone deep twice in a game five times before Thursday’s offensive explosion.
  • Hunter Jones kicked off the contest with a leadoff homer in the first, marking the first such occurrence since Adam Engel accomplished the feat on August 29, 2015, at home against Frederick. Nick Basto and Toby Thomas clubbed solo shots in the fourth, giving the Dash their second two-homer frame of 2016 (eighth inning on April 18 vs. Myrtle Beach).
  • This offensive surge was plenty for Adams, who recorded his fourth outing of eight-plus innings in the last seven starts since May 14. Before this run, the former second-round pick had never worked more than seven innings in his Minor League career. Adams leads the Carolina League with 87.2 innings, exactly 10 more than fellow Dash righty Matt Cooper, who is in second place. In the Minors, Adams only trails Jason Wheeler of Rochester (90.1) in innings.
  • The Warthogs made their return to the Triad on Thursday. Winston had not donned the Warthogs emblems and colors in 2,819 days before May 26, and this Thursday marked the second time. One more Warthogs night is set for July 14.
  • Winston-Salem moved to 6-2 at home in the month of June with Thursday’s emphatic win over Salem. This includes a four-game winning streak at BB&T Ballpark, the club’s longest since rattling off seven in a row late last year (August 20-29). Before the month began, the Dash were just 5-19 at BB&T Ballpark, which was the worst home mark in all of Minor League Baseball. The Dash had suffered three home sweeps in the season’s first two months after only four in the first six years of the BB&T Ballpark era.
  • All-Star outfielder Hunter Jones drove home three runs in the first two innings of Thursday’s win, giving him his first three-RBI showing of 2016. Jones’ three hits also thrust him back atop the CL in hits with 78, one more than Carolina’s Joey Meneses for the top spot. One of two Carolina Leaguers who has played in all of his team’s games (Myrtle Beach’s Yasiel Balaguert), Jones also stands tied for third in total bases (112), fourth in runs (48), fourth in stolen bases (26) and sixth in average (.294) in the CL.
  • Friday starter Tanner Banks tries to parlay the momentum he gained from the second half of his High-A debut on Sunday at Carolina. After giving up five runs in the first three innings, Banks settled in and held the Mudcats scoreless from the fourth to the sixth. The southpaw was assigned to Winston-Salem on June 8 from Low-A Kannapolis, where he went 6-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 69.0 innings en route to an All-Star nod.
  • Dash infielder Gerson Montilla not only leads the club in home runs (8) and RBIs (43), but he paces all of Minor League Baseball with nine sacrifice flies.
  • Winston-Salem claimed just its second home win over Salem in nine tries this season on Thursday.
  • The Dash have a 5-3 road record against the Red Sox, who clinched the first-half Southern Division title on Monday.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Friday’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 set for 7:00 p.m.

-Joe

Game #67 Preview – Warthogs vs. Salem

Game #67 – Home Game #32
Winston-Salem Warthogs (26-40) at Salem Red Sox (23-39)
Thursday, June 16 – 7:00 p.m. 
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem surrendered three runs in the ninth inning but survived for a sweep-avoiding 4-3 victory over Wilmington on Wednesday night at Frawley Stadium. Thursday is also the second of three Throwback Thursdays, presented by Parr Investments, at 7 p.m. The Warthogs welcome Salem for the first of a four-game set to conclude the first half. from BB&T Ballpark.

STARTING LINEUP:

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After tossing six shutout innings on Wednesday, Jordan Stephens has posted three straight quality starts (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Hunter Jones – CF
Mason Robbins – LF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Nick Basto – 1B
Marcus Davis– DH
Toby Thomas – 2B
Chris O’Dowd – C
Michael Suiter – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Spencer Adams – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Wednesday starter Jordan Stephens was the key to Winston-Salem’s victory. The fifth-round pick in 2015 scattered three hits over six frames, during which he struck out a career-high nine. Stephens has worked at least six innings in each of his last four starts after doing so in only two of his first nine efforts in 2016. He and fellow righty Thad Lowry have turned on the jets as of late. Lowry has posted a 1.35 earned run average (3 ER in 20.0 IP) in his last three outings. 

  • Winston-Salem snapped a five-game skid on Wednesday, thus avoiding the club’s first slide of six or more games since August 21-27 of 2014 (seven). From 2009-15, the first six years of the Dash era, Winston-Salem had only endured nine losing streaks of five-plus contests. However, the skid that just ended was already the squad’s fourth five-gamer of 2016.

  • Winston-Salem is one loss from recording its worst single-half showing of the Dash era (2009-present). Including this half, the four worst halves in the Dash era have come in the most recent five halves. In 2014, Winston went 30-39 and 31-39 in the first half and second half, respectively. The worst half of the Dash era came in the first half of 2015 (30-40), though Winston did rebound with a 45-23 half two.

  • The second of three Throwback Thursdays, presented by Parr Investments, is set for this series opener with Salem. Winston-Salem had not sported the Warthogs logo in 2,819 days (September 6, 2008) until May 26 of this year at home against Frederick, a 9-4 loss. Before the nickname change to Dash in 2009, the Warthogs enjoyed a successful 14-year stretch from 1995-2008. During this span, Winston-Salem posted a 944-1004 (.485) record and claimed its most recent Mills Cup crown (2003).

  • Winston-Salem is just 1-7 against Salem, the first-half champions in the Southern Division, at BB&T Ballpark thus far this season.

  • Thursday starter Spencer Adams leads the Carolina League in innings pitched (79.2), two frames more than teammate Matt Cooper.

  • Cooper and Hunter Jones, the CL’s leader in games, are the Dash’s two Midseason All-Stars.

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 Warthog will begin at 6:45 p.m, with the first pitch at 7:00 p.m.

-Joe

Game #66 Preview – Dash at Wilmington

Game #66 – Away Game #35
Winston-Salem Dash (25-40) at Wilmington Blue Rocks (23-39)
Wednesday, June 15 – 6:35 p.m. 
Frawley Stadium (Wilmington, Del.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem’s losing streak reached five due to Wilmington’s 3-2, 14-inning win on Tuesday at Frawley Stadium. The Dash will try and salvage the finale of their week-long road trip on Wednesday from Wilmington.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Dash starter Jordan Stephens goes for his third straight quality start on Wednesday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

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

DASH DOTS:

  • Tuesday’s middle match was the longest game, in innings, for Winston-Salem this year. In the Dash era (2009-present), only one game has required more innings, a 20-inning Dash victory over Myrtle Beach on May 19, 2010, at BB&T Ballpark. It also marked the club’s first extra-inning road game since Opening Night, which is the only Dash contest that has spanned a longer period of time (4:59) than the Dash’s 14-inning loss on Tuesday night (3:45).
  • Tuesday starter Thad Lowry surrendered just one run in seven strong innings en route to a tough-luck no decision. In his three outings over 20.0 innings this month, Lowry boasts a 1.35 earned run average (4R/3ER) after entering June with a 4.75 ERA. His overall mark has dropped almost a full run (3.82), while he has recorded back-to-back seven-inning starts after notching one in his first 11 efforts. Wednesday hurler Jordan Stephens is on a similar uptick as he searches for his third straight quality start.
  • For the 29th time this season, Winston-Salem scored three runs or less in a game on Tuesday. The Dash are 2-27 (.069) in those games, while they own a 23-13 (.639) record when plating four or more runs. Winston-Salem is seventh in the CL in runs per game (3.94). 
  • Winston-Salem is in the midst of its fourth losing streak of five or more games this season. The Dash have followed up a season-long four-game win streak with five consecutive losses since Friday. The Dash have not dropped more than five in a row since a seven-game slide from August 21-27 of 2014. Since becoming the Dash in 2009, Winston had never recorded more than three skids of five-plus games until this season. In fact, the first seven years of the Dash era featured only nine slides of five or more games, with three apiece coming in 2011 and 2014.
  • Outfielder Hunter Jones is one of two men in the Carolina League who has played all of his team’s games, joining Myrtle Beach’s Yasiel Balaguert. Jones paces the CL in games (65) and at-bats (257), while he stands tied for first in triples (7), tied for second in hits (75), fourth in stolen bases (26), tied for fourth in runs (46) and sixth in batting average (.291). Jones is one of two Dash players heading to next week’s All-Star Game in Lake Elsinore, Calif. (Cooper).
  • Following Wednesday’s finale in Wilmington, the Dash return to BB&T Ballpark for a four-game series with Salem to conclude the first half. The Red Sox finished off a first-half Southern Division title on Monday for the first time since 1988. Winston is just 1-7 at home against Salem. The opener is a Throwback Thursday, presented by Parr Investments, and the club will wear Warthogs jerseys for the second time. Winston-Salem lost to the Frederick Keys by a score of 9-4 in the first Warthogs night on May 26.
  • Both Jones and Mason Robbins recorded their team-leading 19th multi-hit games on Tuesday.
  • Robbins (.296) barely edges Jones for the top average on the club, and he places fifth among Carolina League qualifiers.
  • Zach Fish logged his first High-A hit and RBI on Tuesday night.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Wednesday’s game will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:20 p.m., with the first pitch set for 6:35 p.m.

-Joe

Game #65 Preview – Dash at Wilmington

Game #65 – Away Game #34
Winston-Salem Dash (25-39) at Wilmington Blue Rocks (22-39)
Tuesday, June 14 – 6:35 p.m. 
Frawley Stadium (Wilmington, Del.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Wilmington’s duo of Josh Staumont and Jake Newberry struck out 16 in the Blue Rocks’ 3-1 victory in Monday’s series opener at Frawley Stadium.  The Dash try to snap a four-game skid in Tuesday’s middle match at Wilmington.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Dash reliever Danny Dopico threw two perfect innings on Monday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Hunter Jones – CF
Mason Robbins – LF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Nick Basto – 1B
Toby Thomas – 2B
Michael Suiter – RF
Brett Austin – C
Zach Fish – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Thad Lowry – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Right-hander Matt Cooper kept Winston-Salem in the game by giving up three runs in five innings, but Cooper suffered the loss and posted a season-low three strikeouts. Still, Cooper is the top strikeout pitcher in all of Minor League Baseball with 95, five more than Blake Snell of Durham (Triple-A, Tampa Bay). Only five other Minor Leaguers have logged more than 80 whiffs thus far this season. Cooper still enjoys a 23-strikeout lead in the Carolina League, with Staumont surging into second with 72 after his 12-strikeout gem on Monday.
  • Normally, when Cooper takes the mound, the Dash’s opponent endures a rough night in the strikeout department. However, Winston-Salem’s offense stumbled to a 16-strikeout showing on Monday night. The Dash had not racked up 16 offensive strikeouts since May 6, 2015, in a 7-6, 10-inning loss at Frederick. This marked the club’s worst strikeout performance in a nine-inning game a shutout loss at Kinston on July 17, 2011, that featured 17 Dash strikeouts. Basto was the only Dash starter who did not go down on strikes in the entire contest.
  • For the 28th time this season, Winston-Salem scored three runs or less in a game. The Dash are 2-26 in those games, while they own a 23-13 record when plating four or more runs. Winston is seventh in the CL in runs per game (3.97).
  • Winston-Salem is in danger of suffering its fourth losing streak of five or more games. The Dash have followed up a season-long four-game win streak with four consecutive losses since Friday. The Dash have not dropped more than five in a row since a seven-game slide from August 21-27 of 2014. Since becoming the Dash in 2009, Winston-Salem has never recorded more than three skids of five-plus games, something that happened in both 2011 and 2014.
  • After giving up two or more earned runs in each of his first 12 efforts at the High-A level, Tuesday starter Thad Lowry had permitted exactly one earned run in each of his last two outings, both of which came against Carolina. In these 13 innings, Lowry has scattered nine hits and struck out eight. The Dash have a better record with Lowry on the bump (6-5) than any other hurler this year. Tuesday marks Lowry’s first duel with the Blue Rocks.
  • Outfielder Hunter Jones is one of two men in the Carolina League who has played all of his team’s games, joining Myrtle Beach’s Yasiel Balaguert. Jones paces the CL in games (64) and at-bats (251), while he stands tied for first in triples (7), third in hits (73), fourth in runs (46), fourth in stolen bases (26) and seventh in batting average (.291). Jones is one of two Dash players heading to next week’s All-Star Game in Lake Elsinore, Calif. (Cooper).
  • After posting six straight multi-hit games from May 30 to June 6, Mason Robbins has been mired in a 2-for-20 funk in his last four games. Robbins still stands fifth in the Carolina League in batting average (.292), though he was atop the circuit in average before this recent slide.
  • Michael Suiter set a new career-high with four strikeouts in Monday’s loss.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tuesday’s game will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:20 p.m., with the first pitch set for 6:35 p.m.

-Joe

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