Results tagged ‘ Winston-Salem Dash ’

Game #25 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #25 – Home Game #11
Winston-Salem Dash (10-14) vs. Myrtle Beach (11-11)
Monday, May 2 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Four Frederick pitchers combined to limit the Dash to five hits in a 5-2 Keys victory on Sunday afternoon from NYMEO Field. The Dash kick off a seven-game homestand tonight at BB&T Ballpark against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Gerson Montilla is hitting .370 with 11 RBIs in his last 12 games (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Hunter Jones – CF
Toby Thomas – 2B
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Nick Basto – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Mason Robbins – LF
Brett Austin – C
Louie Lechich – RF
Grant Massey – SS
Blair Walters – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Even though they missed out on their first sweep of 2016, the Dash continued their great work away from home this season. Winston-Salem boasts an 8-6 road record and has rattled off three consecutive road series triumphs for the first time since June 13-30, 2013. Since April 12, the club is 7-2 away from home, which matches Winston-Salem’s best nine-game road run in the Dash era (2009-present).
  • The Dash have shined on the road, but they are in the basement of the Southern Division due to a rare funk at BB&T Ballpark. Winston-Salem has dropped eight of its first 10 home games, the franchise’s worst single-season 10-game stretch since this downtown facility opened in 2010. This week-long homestand features the same two opponents who sent the Dash to a 1-6 start at home from April 14-20. Salem handed Winston-Salem just its second four-game sweep at BB&T Ballpark before Myrtle Beach took two of three, with the Dash’s lone win a walk-off.
  • Several Dash hitters have shined as of late. Gerson Montilla is hitting .370 (17-for-46) with 11 RBIs and 12 runs in his last 12 games. Mason Robbins is 12-for-29 (.414) in his last six. Marcus Davis has two straight multi-hit tilts and is second on the team in that category (9).
  • The Dash’s hottest hitter all season long has been first baseman Nick Basto. Despite an 0-for-4 showing Sunday in Frederick, Basto still paces the Minor Leagues with 39 hits, one more than Stockton’s James Harris for the top spot. No other Minor Leaguer has more than 34 knocks. Basto’s .415 average trails only Fort Wayne’s Austin Allen (.462) among qualifiers. Only six Minor League hitters boast batting averages above the .400 mark.
  • The former fifth-round pick did see his nine-game hitting streak, the longest from a Dash hitter in 2016, come to an end Sunday. During this surge, Basto hit a ridiculous .538 (21-for-39) with three homers and eight RBIs. Overall in the Carolina League, Basto leads the way in batting average by .055, on-base percentage by .012, hits by seven and total bases by one.
  • Winston-Salem and Myrtle Beach renew what has been a remarkably even rivalry over the next three days. Since the start of the 2015 season, the Dash and Pelicans have played 35 times (regular season and playoffs), with the latter of the two owning a slight 18-17 lead. Each of the last 10 games have been decided by three runs or less, including five by a single tally. These two clubs will meet nine more times before the All-Star break, with this series being the final such clash in the Triad.
  • Jordan Stephens logged the shortest start by a Dash hurler thus far this season, though he only gave up two earned runs.
  • Dash alumnus Chris Sale became the first to six wins in Major League Baseball with a victory at Baltimore on Sunday. He is the first Sox pitcher to post a win in his first six outings since Jon Garland in 2005.
  • Myrtle Beach’s Sunday finale at home against Salem was postponed due to rain. The Birds also had a finale at Potomac washed out Thursday.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Monday’s game will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio App. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 7 p.m.

-Joe

Game #24 Preview – Dash at Frederick

Game #24 – Away Game #14
Winston-Salem Dash (10-13) at Frederick Keys (7-16)
Sunday, May 1 – 2 p.m.
Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium (Frederick, MD)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Trailing 7-2 through seven innings, Winston-Salem sent 11 men to the plate and scored seven times in the eighth en route to a shocking 9-8 victory in Frederick on Saturday afternoon at NYMEO Field. The Dash go for their first sweep of the year and a season-high fourth straight win.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Marcus Davis capped a seven-run eighth with a 2-run double in Winston-Salem’s 9-7 win on Saturday at Frederick (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Hunter Jones – CF
Toby Thomas – 2B
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Nick Basto – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Mason Robbins – LF
Brett Austin – C
Louie Lechich – RF
Danny Mendick – SS
Jordan Stephens – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • The Dash’s seven-run frame was one shy of the club’s best single-inning performance of the year (eight in the 13th at Lynchburg on April 7) and two shy of the Dash-era record (nine in the 7th at Frederick on May 7, 2015). Mason Robbins’ two-run double and Grant Massey’s two-run single set up Montilla and Davis’ heroics. Thanks to this eighth-inning surge, the Dash mustered their biggest come-from-behind win since erasing a six-run hole to stun Salem 9-8 on June 1, 2015.
  • Winston-Salem continues its strong play away from BB&T Ballpark. The Dash boast an 8-5 road record, including wins in seven of their last eight. This matches the franchise’s best eight-game road stretch since the nickname change in 2009. The other two instances of a 7-1 surge on the road came during the first half of Winston-Salem’s 81-win season of 2010. Since 2012, the Dash possess a 30-16 (.652) record in Frederick.
  • The Dash’s offense is second in the league in batting average, and several key cogs delivered in Saturday’s win. Davis snapped an 0-for-8 funk with the game-winning double. With two more hits, Montilla is hitting .386 (17-for-44) in his last 11 games. Robbins is 11-for-25 (.440) over the last six contests, including 3-for-5 on Saturday.
  • With another three-hit showing, already his seventh in 2016, Nick Basto jumped back atop the hits leaderboard in Minor League Baseball with 39. He enjoys a single-hit advantage over Stockton’s James Harris for the top spot, while no other Minor Leaguer has more than 33 knocks. Basto’s .433 average trails only Fort Wayne’s Austin Allen (.460) among qualifiers, while his 1.147 OPS is fifth-best in the Minors.
  • The former fifth-round pick is riding a nine-game hitting streak, the longest from a Dash hitter in 2016 and the fourth-longest active run in the Carolina League. During this surge, Basto is hitting .538 (21-for-39) with three homers and eight RBIs. Overall on the circuit, Basto leads the way in average by .073, on-base percentage by .030, hits by seven and total bases by one. Basto did see his three-game home run streak, the first of its kind by a Winston hitter since July of 2012 (Trayce Thompson), come to an end.
  • Following this series finale, the final game for the Dash in Frederick in the first half, the club returns to BB&T Ballpark for three against Myrtle Beach and four against Salem. Against those two teams on their first homestand, the Dash went 1-6, tied for their worst multi-set homestand in BB&T Ballpark history.
  • Hunter Jones leads the CL in games (23) and at-bats (95).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Sunday’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 p.m.

-Joe

Game #23 Preview – Dash at Frederick

Game #23 – Away Game #13
Winston-Salem Dash (9-13) at Frederick Keys (7-15)
Saturday, April 30 – 2 p.m.
Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium (Frederick, MD)

GAME BACKGROUND:

One of Minor League Baseball’s most prolific hitters delivered the game-winning knock Friday night. Nick Basto’s leadoff homer in the ninth thrust the Dash past the Frederick Keys 3-2 in the first of three at NYMEO Field. The Dash look for their third straight win on Saturday, which would match their longest winning streak of the season.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Thad Lowry searches for his first win of the season on Saturday against Frederick (Jody Stewart / W-S Dash).

Hunter Jones – CF
Danny Mendick – 2B
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Nick Basto – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Brett Austin – C
Louis Silverio – RF
Mason Robbins – LF
Grant Massey – SS
Thad Lowry – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  •  Basto’s ninth-inning home run gives him 36 hits for the season. He is tied with Stockton’s James Harris for the Minor League lead in hits, though Basto would have been alone at 37 if not for a scoring change after the game turned a sixth-inning single into an error on Frederick shortstop Anthony Caronia. Basto’s .424 average trails only Fort Wayne’s Austin Allen (.460) among qualifiers. Thanks to his homer, Basto’s OPS jumped to 1.167, which is second to Tacoma’s Mike Zunino (1.220) in the Minors.
  • The former fifth-round pick is riding an eight-game hitting streak, tied for the longest by a Winston-Salem hitter this season. During this run, Basto is hitting .529 (18-for-34).  Also, Basto has gone deep in three consecutive games for the first time in his professional career. He is the first Dash slugger to accomplish this feat since Trayce Thompson did it from July 24-26, 2012.
  • Thanks to all of this great work, Basto’s name is splattered throughout the CL’s leaderboard. Basto enjoys a lead of .068 in batting average, six in hits and .010 in on-base percentage atop the CL. He also stands tied for first in total bases (58), second in slugging percentage (.682) and fourth in extra-base hits (12).
  • Dash right-hander Matt Cooper bested a career-high he set six days prior with a seven-inning gem on Friday in Frederick. During this outing, Cooper struck out eight, including three in a 10-pitch sixth inning, to push his 2016 total to 35. He is second in all of Minor League Baseball in whiffs, trailing only Atlanta prospect Lucas Sims. Sims has struck out 42 between Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett. Cooper, who has logged 17 strikeouts in his last two outings, is the only High-A hurler with more than 32 strikeouts on the season.
  • The Dash’s 2-8 home start is the franchise’s worst since moving into BB&T Ballpark in 2010, but the club is staying close to .500 due to its great work on the road. Winston-Salem is 7-5 away from the Triad, with three of those wins coming in its last at-bat. The Dash have claimed six of their last seven road games. Since 2012, Winston-Salem boasts a 29-16 (.644) record in Frederick. Remarkably, no team in the CL has a road record worse than a game below .500.
  • Over the last eight days, Winston-Salem has recorded two cycles: Montilla on Friday at Salem and Mason Robbins on Wednesday at home against Lynchburg. Montilla’s cycle was the franchise’s first since May 14, 2008 (Brandon Allen), a 2,900-day wait. Five days later, Robbins earned the first cycle for a Dash hitter in BB&T Ballpark history. Winston-Salem boasts two of the three cycles in Minor League Baseball this year, with Indianapolis’ Josh Bell (April 22 vs. Louisville) owning the other one.
  • Kleven had given up a run in six of his first seven outings with the Dash before tossing two scoreless innings Friday.
  • Grant Massey went 1-for-3 in his High-A debut (started at shortstop).
  • Gerson Montilla is hitting .375 (15-for-40) with 9 RBIs and 12 runs in his last 10 games.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Saturday’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 p.m.

-Joe

Game #22 Preview – Dash at Frederick

Game #22 – Away Game #12
Winston-Salem Dash (8-13) at Frederick Keys (7-14)
Friday, April 29 – 7 p.m.
Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium (Frederick, MD)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Behind Spencer Adams’ six strong innings and Nick Basto’s three-run homer, Winston-Salem avoided a sweep with a 4-1 victory over visiting Lynchburg on Thursday night at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash now begin a three-game set on the road against Frederick on Friday.

STARTING LINEUP:

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The Dash are now 4-1 when Spencer Adams pitches (Jody Stewart/ W-S Dash).

Hunter Jones – CF
Toby Thomas – 2B
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Nick Basto – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Brett Austin – C
Mason Robbins – LF
Louie Lechich – RF
Grant Massey – SS
Matt Cooper– RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • With another three-hit showing Thursday, Basto pushed his hit total to 35, which leads all of Minor League Baseball. Basto enjoys a two-hit lead on Stockton’s James Harris, while only one other Minor Leaguer has more than 30 hits (Hickory’s Andy Ibanez).
  • Only Fort Wayne’s Austin Allen (.483) has a better batting average among qualifiers in the Minor Leagues than Basto (.432), who has a .055 advantage on the next-closest High-A hitter (High Desert’s Luke Tendler). Basto also places seventh in OPS (1.138) in the Minor Leagues.
  • Basto has stormed to the top of the Minors in hits thanks to a ridiculous seven-game hitting streak, during which the former fifth-round pick is hitting .567 (17-for-30). This has thrust him to the top of the CL in average by .060, on-base percentage by .028 and hits by six. Last season, Basto did not reach 35 hits at the High-A level until August 1, his 53rd game. He hit .203 (61-for-300) in 83 games with the Dash a year ago.
  • Basto can match the longest hitting streak by a Winston-Salem player with a knock in his next game. Marcus Davis posted at least one hit in eight straight games from April 13-20. Gerson Montilla’s eight-game surge, during which he hit .394 with 12 runs scored, ended Thursday.
  • Winston-Salem limited Lynchburg, one of the CL’s best offenses, to just one run, its best single-game effort of 2016. This great showing immediately followed a 23-run explosion for the Hillcats over the previous two games, marking the first time since August 8-9, 2013, that the Dash had permitted 10 or more runs in back-to-back games.
  • Adams became the first Dash hurler with multiple quality starts and three victories. The Dash are 4-1 when he pitches and 4-12 when he does not. Out of the bullpen, Jacob Morris pushed his scoreless streak since joining the club to 6.2 innings. Euclides Leyer earned his 10th professional save and just the Dash’s second in 21 games in 2016.
  • Over the last seven days, Winston-Salem has recorded two cycles: Montilla on Friday at Salem and Mason Robbins on Wednesday at home against Lynchburg. Montilla’s cycle was the franchise’s first since May 14, 2008 (Brandon Allen), a 2,900-day wait. Five days later, Robbins earned the first cycle for a Dash hitter in BB&T Ballpark history. Winston-Salem boasts two of the three cycles in Minor League Baseball this year, with Indianapolis’ Josh Bell (April 22 vs. Louisville) owning the other one.
  • The White Sox announced two roster moves affecting the Dash on Friday. Ryan Leonards, who was 5-for-22 (.227) in six games with the Dash, has earned a promotion to Double-A Birmingham. Fellow infielder Grant Massey jumps to High-A for the first time after going 21-for-70 (.300) in 18 games with Low-A Kannapolis.
  • Friday marks the first of 20 meetings between the Dash and Frederick Keys. Over the last four seasons, Winston-Salem boasts a 28-16 (.636) record at Nymeo Field.
  • Friday starter Matt Cooper recorded his first professional quality start six days ago at Salem (6.0 IP, 2 R-ER).

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 at 7 p.m.

-Joe

Game #21 Preview – Dash vs. Lynchburg

Game #21 – Home Game #10
Winston-Salem Dash (7-13) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (16-4)
Thursday, April 28 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Dash outfielder Mason Robbins hit for the cycle, but the Lynchburg Hillcats plated 10 runs in the fifth inning en route to a 12-6 victory Wednesday at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash look to salvage the final game of the three-game set against Lynchburg.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Mason Robbins notched the first cycle ever for a Dash player at BB&T Ballpark on Wednesday against Lynchburg (Jody Stewart / W-S Dash).

Hunter Jones – CF
Toby Thomas – 2B
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Nick Basto – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Brett Austin – C
Mason Robbins – LF
Louie Lechich – RF
Danny Mendick – SS
Spencer Adams– RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Despite the loss, Robbins made some history with his cycle, the first for a Dash hitter at BB&T Ballpark. The only other cycle came from former Lynchburg Hillcat Matt Lipka, who accomplished the feat on April 25, 2013. Robbins came up with a cycle despite only four trips to the plate. He doubled in the second, homered in the fourth, singled in the sixth and tripled in the eighth. His triple, the first of his season and 13th as a Minor Leaguer, banged off the middle portion of the 20-foot center field wall.
  • Winston-Salem has recorded a pair of cycles here in 2016. Only one other player in Minor League Baseball has a cycle (Indianapolis’ Josh Bell on April 22 vs. Louisville). Dash infielder Gerson Montilla hit for the cycle this past Friday at Salem. It was the franchise’s first cycle since May 14, 2008, the final season of the Warthogs era (Brandon Allen vs. Lynchburg). Thus, Winston-Salem waited 2,900 days for a cycle after Allen’s did it in 2008 and just five days between Montilla and Robbins’ efforts.
  • With his fifth-inning single Wednesday, Montilla pushed his hitting streak to eight, tied for the longest by a Dash hitter in 2016 (Marcus Davis) and tied for the third-longest active run in the Carolina League. During this surge, Montilla is 13-for-33 (.394) with seven RBIs and 12 runs.
  • Thanks to another 2-for-3 effort, including a leadoff homer in the second, Dash infielder Nick Basto pushed his batting average to .416, which is fifth-best in all of Minor League Baseball. Basto paces all High-A qualifiers by at least 37 points. The former fifth-round pick has amassed 32 hits, one more than James Harris of the Stockton Ports (High-A, Oakland) for the most in the Minor Leagues. In the CL, Basto stands first in on-base percentage (.471), third in total bases (46) and fourth in slugging percentage (.597).
  • Lynchburg’s 10-run fifth inning matched the biggest single-inning output for a Winston-Salem opponent during the Dash era (2009-present). The only other 10-run frame came from the bats of the Potomac Nationals in the eighth inning on July 25, 2010. Winston-Salem has not posted a double-digit offensive inning in the Dash era.
  • Lynchburg plated 11 runs on Tuesday before bettering that by one on Wednesday. This marks the first time that the Dash have surrendered 10 or more runs in back-to-back games since August 8-9, 2013 at Salem. Winston had not permitted double digit run outputs in consecutive home contests since July 7-8, 2012, against the Hillcats. In the last two games, the Dash’s team ERA has jumped from 3.83 to 4.59, which is seventh in the eight-team Carolina League.
  • Infielder Toby Thomas matched a career-high with four hits in Wednesday’s loss thanks to two singles and two doubles.
  • Winston-Salem is 3-1 when Spencer Adams, the third-best prospect in the White Sox system, pitches and 4-12 when he does not.
  • The Dash have only suffered five sweeps in the seven-season history of BB&T Ballpark, with the fifth coming against Salem in the first home set of 2016 (April 14-17).
  • After Thursday’s finale, the Dash travel to Frederick for a three-game series that begins Friday night. 

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 p.m.

-Joe

Game #20 – Dash vs. Lynchburg

Game #20 – Home Game #9
Winston-Salem Dash (7-12) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (15-4)
Wednesday, April 27 – 11 a.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Lynchburg scored 11 times from the fourth to the eighth en route to a series-opening 11-6 victory over Winston-Salem on Tuesday night at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash look to rebound bright and early on Wednesday against the Hillcats.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Gerson Montilla extended his hitting streak to seven with a 2-for-4 effort Tuesday. (Jody Stewart / W-S Dash)

Hunter Jones – CF
Toby Thomas – 2B
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Nick Basto – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Louis Silverio – RF
Mason Robbins – LF
Danny Mendick – SS
Sean O’Connell – C
Blair Walters – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • The Dash are off to their worst home start since BB&T Ballpark opened in 2010. Winston-Salem has dropped seven of its first eight games in the Triad, with Tuesday’s decision representing the most lopsided of those losses. All six losses on the first homestand were by three runs or less. Before this year began, Winston-Salem boasted the best home record in the Carolina League since 2010 (244-176, .581 winning percentage).
  • Infielder Gerson Montilla is thriving at the plate in recent games. He launched a solo shot, his 72nd professional home run, to give the Dash a first-inning run for the fifth straight game. It also pushed his hitting streak to seven games, during which he is 12-for-28 (.429) with seven RBIs and 12 runs. This great work includes Friday’s cycle at Salem, which was the franchise’s first such accomplishment since 2008.
  • After going 11-for-19 (.579) during the four-game trip to Salem, Nick Basto collected another base hit on Tuesday. He paces the circuit with a .405 batting average, which is 18 points better than Wilmington’s Ryan O’Hearn for first place. It also stands eighth in all of Minor League Baseball. Basto’s 30 total hits are tops in the CL and tied for first in the Minors. Also, the former fifth-round pick is tied for first in on-base percentage (.463), fourth in total bases (40) and fifth in slugging percentage (.541) in the league.
  • The Chicago White Sox announced six moves affecting the Dash’s roster before Tuesday’s game. Infielder Danny Mendick, catcher Sean O’Connell and outfielder Louis Silverio have earned promotions from Low-A Kannapolis. Both Mendick (0-for-2, two walks) and O’Connell (1-for-3) played on Tuesday. To make room for this trio, catcher Chris O’Dowd was promoted to Double-A Birmingham, infielder Cleuluis Rondon was assigned to Kannapolis and utility man Michael Danner was released.
  • Southpaw Chris Sale, who pitched for the Dash in 2010, became Major League Baseball’s first five-game winner with a gem at Toronto on Tuesday. Sale needed just 100 pitches to toss eight innings, during which he surrendered one run on four hits. Sale’s 0.68 WHIP paces all American League qualifiers, while his 1.66 ERA is fifth-best in the league. The White Sox own the A.L.’s best record at 15-6. Only the Cubs and Nationals have better marks in the Majors.
  • Before Tuesday, the Dash had not given up 11 runs in a game since an 11-5 home loss against Wilmington on June 11, 2015. Winston-Salem had not allowed more than that in almost a year (12 runs at Frederick on May 5, 2015). The Dash’s bullpen let eight runs come across and now possesses a 4.95 ERA as a unit. Overall, Winston’s staff ERA stands sixth in the CL (4.20).
  • Catcher Brett Austin left Tuesday’s game after four innings. He has started 13 of the Dash’s first 19 games and leads the team with three home runs.
  • Dash starter Blair Walters pitched for Lynchburg down the stretch in the 2014 season, the final year for the Hillcats under the Braves’ umbrella. The ‘Cats joined forces with the Indians in 2015, while Carolina claimed the Braves. Walters pitched for Carolina in 2015 and worked against his former team three times.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Wednesday’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 a.m.

-Joe

Game #19 Preview – Dash vs. Lynchburg

Game #19 – Home Game #8
Winston-Salem Dash (7-11) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (14-4)
Tuesday, April 26 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

After collecting three high-scoring victories, the Dash dropped a pitcher-friendly finale at Salem on Sunday by a score of 3-2. Winston-Salem now begins the first of a three-game homestand against the Lynchburg Hillcats at BB&T Ballpark on Tuesday night.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Dash first baseman Nick Basto leads the Carolina League in average with a .414 mark (Jody Stewart / W-S Dash)

Hunter Jones – CF
Toby Thomas – 2B
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Nick Basto – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Brett Austin – C
Louie Lechich – RF
Danny Medick – SS
Mason Robbins – LF
Jordan Stephens – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Despite Sunday’s narrow loss, there were many positives to take from the Dash’s trip to Salem. In the first three games, the Dash plated 29 runs, their best three-game run since May 6-8, 2015 (31). Winston-Salem narrowly missed out on its second road sweep of four games since becoming the Dash in 2009. Thus, a four-game brooming of Myrtle Beach from April 19-22, 2010, remains the only such instance. The Dash also missed out on their first six-game road win streak since April 18 to May 1 of 2012.
  • Infielder Nick Basto submitted an incredible series in Salem over the weekend. He was 11-for-19 (.579) with two RBIs and three runs in those four games, vaulting him to the top of the Carolina League in average. His .414 mark is 36 points better than Wilmington’s Ryan O’Hearn for first place, and it stands sixth in all of Minor League Baseball. Basto also paces the CL with 29 hits, which are good for third in the Minors.
  • Basto was not the only person to shine in Salem. Hunter Jones reached in nine of his final 11 trips to the plate. Brett Austin, who sat out the series finale, is riding a six-game hit streak and five-game RBI streak. Gerson Montilla was 7-for-16 with six RBIs and nine runs scored, and he recorded the franchise’s first cycle since 2008 in Friday’s 13-8 victory.
  • The Dash will take the field at BB&T Ballpark for the first time since last Wednesday, the last day of a forgettable week-long homestand. Winston-Salem matched the worst multi-series homestand since the downtown facility opened in 2010. The Dash went just 1-6, and Salem earned just the fifth sweep by an opponent at BB&T Ballpark. It was only the second four-game sweep by a visitor. The Dash’s lone win came in walk-off fashion on Tuesday, 6-5 over Myrtle Beach. Winston plated three in the eighth to tie before Toby Thomas’ game-winning single in the ninth.
  • It will not be an easy three-game series with the Lynchburg Hillcats in town. The Hillcats had won 10 in a row before Sunday’s loss to Frederick. Lynchburg’s 14-4 record is three games better than the next-best CL club (Potomac/Salem, 11-7), and the Hillcats are tied with four other teams for the best mark in the Minors. Plus, the ‘Cats will send Julian Merryweather to the bump in Tuesday’s opener. He is one of three MiLB qualifiers who has yet to permit a run.
  • The White Sox made a couple of moves on Tuesday that affected the Dash roster. Chicago promoted catcher Chris O’Dowd to Double-A Birmingham, sent infielder Cleuluis Rondon to Low-A Kannapolis and released outfielder Michael Danner. Winston-Salem received three players from Kannapolis as part of the transactions: catcher Sean O’Connell, infielder Dan Mendick and outfielder Louis Silverio.
  • The Dash have scored first in 10 of their first 11 road games, but they only netted the game’s first tally in two of their first seven at home.
  • The Hillcats took three of four from Winston-Salem in Lynchburg on Opening Weekend, with the Dash taking the opener in 13 innings (14-6).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tuesday’s game will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio App. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 7 p.m.

-Joe

Game #17 Preview – Dash at Salem

Game #17 – Away Game #10
Winston-Salem Dash (6-10) at Salem Red Sox (10-6)
Saturday, April 23 – 6:05 p.m.
LewisGale Field (Salem, VA)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Gerson Montilla’s cycle propelled the Dash to a 13-8 win in Salem on Friday night at LewisGale Field. Winston-Salem goes for their third straight victory and a series win against the Salem Red Sox on Saturday night.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Gerson Montilla became the first player in the Dash era (2009-present) to hit for the cycle (Jody Stewart/ W-S Dash).

Hunter Jones – CF
Toby Thomas – 2B
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Nick Basto – DH
Marcus Davis – 1B
Brett Austin – C
Louie Lechich – RF
Michael Danner – LF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Matt Cooper – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • In the Dash era (2009-present), no Winston-Salem hitter had recorded a cycle until Friday night. The franchise’s last cycle took place in the final season under the Warthogs moniker when Brandon Allen accomplished the feat against Lynchburg on May 14, 2008. It was the first cycle in the Carolina League since Carolina’s Jerrud Sabourin on July 19, 2014.
  • In addition to his first cycle, Montilla matched a career-high with four hits. He also scored four times, the most by a Winston-Salem hitter since Joey DeMichele posted a Dash-record five on April 27, 2014, also at Salem. Playing in his 766th Minor League game, Montilla collected his 71st home run and 15th triple, both of which were his first such hits in the White Sox system.
  • Montilla was not the only Winston-Salem hitter to churn out a huge performance. Nick Basto amassed four hits for the first time in a Minor League game. He and Montilla became the first Dash hitters with four-hit showings since Omar Narvaez on September 1, 2015. Thanks to this huge night, Basto now leads the CL with a .403 average, which is 13th-best among all Minor League qualifiers. His 25 hits are even with Wilmington’s Ryan O’Hearn for the top spot on the circuit and tied for fifth in the Minors.
  • The Dash banged out 20 base hits, their highest single-game total since a 23-knock effort in a 15-3 shellacking of Potomac on August 21, 2011. Marcus Davis went 3-for-5 with a career high-tying three RBIs. Louie Lechich logged a three-hit game, which ties his professional high-water mark. Ryan Leonards matched a career-high with three runs scored even though he did not muster a base hit. His three runs came from reaching twice on an error and a hit by pitch.
  • Before this series, Winston-Salem had scored just four runs in the first inning over its first 14 contests. However, the Dash have plated eight runs in the first frame, and they took the lead for good after two batters on Thursday and three batters on Friday. Winston-Salem is now +5 in run differential against Salem, though the Red Sox own a 4-2 advantage in the standings due to their four-game sweep of the Dash last week.
  • Even though Spencer Adams surrendered a career-high six earned runs Friday, he became the first Dash hurler to earn his second victory. He also owns a share of second place in the Carolina League with 22 strikeouts, including three on Friday. Adams became the first Dash starter to give up more than three earned runs this season. Winston-Salem’s starting rotation boasted a 2.91 ERA before Friday’s outing.
  • Salem had won seven straight and had limited every opponent to no more than six runs before this series.
  • Winston-Salem has strung together 20 runs in a two-game span for the first time since a 24-run outburst on May 7 and 8 of last year.
  • Hunter Jones swiped his 10th base on Friday, propelling him into a tie for third in the CL in that category. In all of Minor League Baseball, Jones is tied for fifth.
  • The Dash have scored first in eight of their first nine road games in 2016 (just two of seven home contests).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 5:50 p.m., with the first pitch at 6:05 p.m.

-Joe

Game #16 Preview – Dash at Salem

Game #16 – Away Game #9
Winston-Salem Dash (5-10) at Salem Red Sox (10-5)
Friday, April 22 – 7:05 p.m.
LewisGale Field (Salem, VA)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem seized the lead two batters into Thursday’s contest and never looked back en route to a 7-2 victory over Salem at LewisGale Field. The Dash will try to put together their second winning streak of the season on Friday night against Salem.

STARTING LINEUP:

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After drilling a homer Thursday, Brett Austin now has three of the Dash’s six dingers this year (Jody Stewart / W-S Dash).

Hunter Jones – CF
Ryan Leonards – 2B
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Nick Basto – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Brett Austin – C
Louie Lechich – RF
Mason Robbins – LF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Spencer Adams – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Most of the Dash’s production came from the top four men in the order. Hunter Jones (2-5, 2R), Toby Thomas (2-4, 2RBI, R), Gerson Montilla (1-3, RBI, 2R) and Nick Basto (3-5, RBI) combined to go 8-for-17 with five of the Dash’s seven runs scored. The bottom five were still strong (5-for-22 with two RBIs and two runs). In all, it added up to the Dash’s biggest offensive output since their 14-run showing in a 13-inning victory at Lynchburg on Opening Night.
  • Two of those five hits from the bottom of the order came from Brett Austin, who provided the exclamation point on Thursday’s win with a solo shot to right. Austin has half of Winston-Salem’s six homers, and he is one behind Wilmington’s Ryan O’Hearn and Lynchburg’s Mike Papi for the Carolina League lead. Austin has played just 10 games, while O’Hearn has logged 15 and Papi 13. A former NC State star, Austin trails only Tacoma’s Mike Zunino (6 in 12 G) and Akron’s Jeremy Lucas (4 in 10 G) among catchers in Minor League Baseball in homers.
  • While almost every Dash hitter had a good night on Thursday, Marcus Davis saw his eight-game hit streak end after an 0-for-5 showing. During the run, the longest by a Dash hitter in 2016, Davis was 10-for-33 (.303) with seven RBIs.
  • Southpaw Blair Walters recorded the longest outing by a Winston-Salem starter this season. He also continued a tremendous trend for the Dash’s pitching staff. In all 15 starts this year, Winston’s rotation has limited its opposition to three earned runs or less, and all but one have ended with two earned runs or fewer. Winston-Salem starters boast a 2.91 earned run average. Walters recorded the club’s second quality start in a row after Jordan Stephens (6.0 IP, 1 R) befuddled Myrtle Beach on Wednesday night.
  • Before this run of back-to-back quality starts, the only Winston-Salem hurler who earned one was Spencer Adams, the third-ranked prospect in the White Sox system according to multiple outlets. Adams, who earned that quality start on April 12 at Myrtle Beach, has only given up one run over his last two starts spanning 11 innings. The 20-year-old is third in strikeouts (19) and sixth in ERA (1.80) in the Carolina League.
  • Several other Dash players are among the cream of the crop in the Carolina League in various categories. Basto is second in batting average (.375) and tied for second in hits (21) on the circuit. Jones is tied for first in at-bats (63) and fourth in stolen bases (9). Austin is second in home-run-to-at-bat ratio (1/13.0). On the bump, Walters is third in opponent batting average (.192) and ninth in ERA (2.25). Matt Cooper is tied for fourth in strikeouts (18).
  • The Dash’s season series with Salem is now even in run differential, as both teams
    have 17 runs against the other. Salem swept Winston in a four-game series last weekend at BB&T Ballpark that only featured a five-run differential.
  • The Dash scored more runs in a game against Salem than any team has thus far this season.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

-Joe

Game #15 Preview – Dash at Salem

Game #15 – Road Game #8
Winston-Salem Dash (4-10) at Salem Red Sox (10-4)
Thursday, April 21 – 7:05 p.m.
LewisGale Field (Salem, VA)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Thanks to a three-run eighth inning, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans earned a 4-1 win over the Dash in Wednesday’s rubber match at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash look for their first win of the season against the Salem Red Sox, who swept Winston-Salem in a four-game set at BB&T Ballpark and have won seven in a row.

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Jordan Stephens threw six strong innings against Myrtle Beach on Wednesday  (Jody Stewart/ W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

Hunter Jones – CF
Toby Thomas – 2B
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Nick Basto – 1B
Marcus Davis – DH
Brett Austin – C
Louie Lechich – RF
Mason Robbins – LF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Blair Walters – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • The Dash and Pelicans played another nailbiting series. Wednesday’s three-run decision marked the most lopsided contest in the last 10 tilts between the two division rivals. Since the start of the 2015 season, Winston and Myrtle have met 35 times, and the Birds possess a slight 18-17 advantage. The Dash still have nine games against Myrtle Beach in the first half (3 home/6 road), and all of them take place from May 2-20.
  • The Dash dropped six of seven on their first homestand of the season. This matches the worst multi-series homestand in BB&T Ballpark’s seven-year history. The only other time the Dash failed to collect multiple wins during a homestand of at least six games was from April 16-21, when Frederick swept Winston-Salem in a weather-condensed three-game set and Salem followed with a three-out-of-four take.
  • The Salem Red Sox, Winston-Salem’s opponent this weekend, contributed significantly to the Dash’s frustrating start at home. Salem left the Triad with just the fifth sweep for an opponent at BB&T Ballpark. It was only the second brooming of four games at a facility that has hosted 23 sweeps for the home team. A franchise that has not won a first half crown since 1988, Salem ended up posting a perfect 7-0 road trip after sweeping Carolina in Zebulon earlier this week.
  • Even though the Dash are 4-10 through the first two weeks of the season, they are shining in some key areas. Winston-Salem starters boast a 2.94 earned run average, and only once has an opponent scratched across more than two earned runs against a member of the team’s rotation (Matt Cooper, 3 ER on Monday against Myrtle Beach). On Wednesday night, Jordan Stephens logged the Dash’s second quality start in a career-high six innings of work (1 ER, 4 H, 7 K). Defensively, the Dash have committed just five errors in their last 11 games after amassing 10 defensive miscues in the first three.
  • Thanks to his fourth-inning single Wednesday, Marcus Davis pushed his hitting streak to eight games, the longest by a Winston-Salem hitter in 2016. During this surge, the former San Diego farmhand is 10-for-33 (.303) with seven RBIs and two runs scored. Davis has reached in 12 of his first 13 games with Winston-Salem.
  • Several Dash players are among the cream of the crop in the Carolina League in various categories. Infielder Nick Basto, who had a seven-game hit streak snapped on Monday, is fourth in hits (18) and sixth in average (.353) on the circuit. Outfielder Hunter Jones is tied for second in at-bats (58) and fourth in stolen bases (8). On the bump, Spencer Adams is seventh in earned run average (1.80), while he and Cooper are second and third in the CL in strikeouts with 19 and 18, respectively.
  • After an 0-for-4 showing Wednesday, Toby Thomas’ five-game hit streak came to an end.
  • His ninth-inning single propelled the Dash to a walk-off win over Myrtle Beach on Tuesday.
  • The Dash’s 4-1 loss on Wednesday marked the third-most lopsided game of the season.
  • So far this year, the Dash have played 11 games decided by two runs or less.

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.

-Joe

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