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Game 105 Preview – Dash vs. Lynchburg

Game #105 – Home Game #55
Winston-Salem Dash (16-18, 44-60) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (21-12, 66-37)
Friday, July 29 – 7:00 p.m. 
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem scored eight runs in the fourth and never looked back in a 9-3 bashing of the Lynchburg Hillcats in Thursday’s series opener at BB&T Ballpark. During that big inning, the Dash sent 14 men to the plate and banged out nine hits. Winston-Salem goes for its first five-game winning streak of the season on Friday against Lynchburg.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Zach Thompson tossed seven solid innings on Thursday to pick up his second High-A win (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Landon Lassiter – CF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – LF
Marcus Davis – 1B
Telvin Nash – DH
Toby Thomas – 2B
Brett Austin – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Tanner Banks – LHP

DASH DOTS: 

  • One day after blasting back-to-back-to-back homers for the first time in the Dash era (2009-present), Winston-Salem matched a record with nine hits in a single inning. The Dash had only accomplished this one other time, and it also came during an eight-run frame on June 4, 2013, at Salem. Winston fell one run shy of the biggest inning, in runs, since the nickname change. The Dash’s only nine-run inning came on the road at Frederick on May 7, 2015.
  • For the second time this season, the Dash have strung together four consecutive wins. Winston-Salem also mustered a four-game winning streak from June 5-9 (three vs. Wilmington, off day, one at Carolina). The Dash’s last five-game winning streak came from August 20-24, 2015. Winston is also striving for its second five-game home surge of the year (June 5-17).
  • The Dash have increased their power since the start of July by slugging 27 home runs in 27 games this month (3rd in CL). Through June, Winston-Salem had only gone deep 40 times, fifth-most on the eight-team circuit. The Dash have not mustered more than 27 homers in a single month since July of 2013 (28), which immediately followed a 32-homer June. Nine different Dash hitters have at least one long ball.
  • Winston-Salem’s Marcus Davis has hit safely in 15 straight games since July 13, which is one shy of the longest by a Dash hitter this year. That 16-gamer also belongs to Davis, who only needed 18 hits to pull it off from May 21 to June 9. He hit only .277 during his past surge, but his current streak has included some marvelous numbers. Davis is hitting .426 (26-for-61) with two homers, 15 RBIs and nine runs scored. Only Lynchburg’s Francisco Mejia has a longer active streak in the Carolina League. He has hit safely in 16 straight games in the CL and 40 overall dating back to his time with Low-A Lake County.
  • Second baseman Toby Thomas and Davis are first and second, respectively, in the CL in average since the All-Star break, which ended on June 23. Thomas is at an even .400 (48-for-120) with two homers and 11 RBIs, while Davis stands at .378 (45-for-119) with four homers and 24 RBIs. Thomas and Davis are second and fourth in High-A in this category. Telvin Nash joined Winston-Salem when the second half began. Since then, the former Houston farmhand is tied for second in homers (9) and alone in second in RBIs (31) in High-A.
  • The White Sox announced Friday that Daniel Gonzalez has earned a promotion to the Dash from Low-A Kannapolis. This marks Gonzalez’s second stint with Winston-Salem (May 26-June 1). In a corresponding move, fellow catcher Joxelier Garcia has been assigned to the AZL White Sox. Brett Austin, who is hitting .333 in July, is the Dash’s other active catcher, while first-rounder Zack Collins is on the DL.
  • Mason Robbins (.320) and Basto (.317) stand first and second, respectively, in batting average amongst CL qualifiers. Robbins (118) and Davis (112) are first and third, respectively, in the CL in hits, while Robbins is fifth in total bases (167).

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 #104 Preview – Dash vs. Lynchburg

Game #104 – Home Game #54
Winston-Salem Dash (15-18, 43-60) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (21-11, 66-36)
Thursday, July 28 – 7:00 p.m. 
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem plated five in the first and never looked back in a 7-6, sweep-clinching victory over the Frederick Keys on Wednesday at BB&T Ballpark. In that huge first frame, Nick Basto, Marcus Davis and Telvin Nash strung together back-to-back-to-back home runs. The Dash now square for a four-game set at BB&T Ballpark against the Lynchburg Hillcats, whom they haven’t seen since late April.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Telvin Nash hit the final home run in the Dash’s first ever back-to-back-to-back home runs on Wednesday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Landon Lassiter – CF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – LF
Marcus Davis – DH
Telvin Nash – 1B
Toby Thomas – 2B
Brett Austin – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Zach Thompson – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Basto, Davis and Nash made history Wednesday by clubbing three straight home runs, something that had never happened before in the Dash era (2009-present). In fact, Winston-Salem only had back-to-back homers once before this season. Marcus Davis and Brett Austin accomplished the feat in the eighth inning on April 18, 2016. Basto is now tied for the team lead with 10 long balls, while Davis has hit four since the All-Star break. Since joining the Dash on June 23, Nash has amassed eight home runs, which are tied for the most by a Carolina Leaguer during this span.

  • Thanks to his first-inning homer, Davis pushed his hit streak to 14 games, the second-longest active run in the CL. Throughout this streak, he is a .421 swinger (24-for-57) with two homers, 14 RBIs and eight runs scored. The only hitting streak for a Dash hitter longer than Davis’ current one also belongs to the former San Diego farmhand. He hit safely in 16 consecutive games from May 21 to June 9, though he only had 18 hits during this stretch.

  • Winston-Salem second baseman Toby Thomas joins Davis in the top five of High-A baseball in average since the All-Star break. Thomas, who enjoyed an off day Wednesday, paces the CL and is second in High-A with a .397 mark (46-for-116, while Davis is third on the circuit and fifth in the classification at .374 (43-for-115).

  • Thanks to Wednesday’s narrow win, the Dash earned their first series sweep of the season. Winston-Salem was the second-to-last Carolina League club to use a broom in 2016. Now, only Wilmington has yet to pick up a sweep this year. Before this series against Frederick, the Dash had not earned a sweep since September 1-3, 2015, at Wilmington. This is the squad’s first brooming at BB&T Ballpark since August 21-23, 2015, versus Carolina. Winston-Salem has been on the wrong end of five sweeps this year.

  • During its sweep of the Keys, Winston-Salem only allowed eight runs, with six being earned. This immediately followed a five-game sweep by Potomac, during which the Nationals logged 29 runs. In the month of July, the Dash had owned a 6.02 earned run average until recording a 2.00 mark against the Keys, thus lowering the month-long figure to 5.53. Throughout the year, the Dash’s pitching staff possesses a 4.29 ERA, which is sixth-best on this eight-team circuit.

  • The Dash welcome the Lynchburg Hillcats for a four-game series that begins Thursday. Winston-Salem and Lynchburg have not squared off in exactly three months (April 28) when they meet on Thursday. Lynchburg won the first half Northern Division title and stand at 66-35, the second-best mark in full-season Minor League Baseball. The Hillcats took five of the seven meetings between the two clubs in the first half.

  • Mason Robbins (.319) and Basto (.316) stand first and second, respectively, in batting average amongst CL qualifiers.

  • Only one other active player has an average above .300 (Frederick’s Aderlin Rodriguez, .314).

  • Robbins also shares the top spot in the league in hits with Rodriguez (116), while Davis is alone in third (110). Over his last 12 games since July 16, Robbins boasts a .453 average (24-for-53).

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

Dash roster boasts many Pokémon trainers

After the Dash take batting practice, they have a couple hours to pass before a 7 p.m. game. Many used to play video games or a round of cards.

This was before the infiltration of Pokémon Go, the app downloaded more times in its first week than any other in the Apple store.

Now, a Dash player will set up an lure module to attract as many Pokémon as possible right after batting practice ends.

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The Dash are hosting Pokemon Go night on July 28 (Winston-Salem Dash).

“We’ve converted almost everyone in the clubhouse,” said second baseman Toby Thomas, who picked up the game after watching Connor Walsh wander up and down the bus in an attempt to catch Pokémon on a recent road trip.

Pokémon Go originated a few short weeks ago, jumping to the No. 1 spot of the iTunes charts. The app presents a virtual map of the player’s surroundings to capture and battle for Pokemon.

Left-handed pitcher Tanner Banks was not sold at first. After first downloading it, he deleted the app only a few hours later. But the game took off, and so did his motivation.

“If I was going to play, I had to be the best,” he said.

Banks currently owns one of the two Pokemon gyms at BB&T Ballpark, which will be on the line during Thursday’s Pokémon Go Night, and his teammates name him as one of the best players on the team. The other two Pokémon pros are Thomas and athletic trainer Josh Fallin.

There are the Pokémon enthusiasts: Banks, Thomas, and outfielder Mason Robbins, who played Pokémon as kids. Banks indulged in a version of the Pokémon game on his iPad in recent years, and Robbins just finished re-watching Pokemon: Indigo League, a series of 20-minute episodes.

“It’s like re-living your childhood,” Thomas said.

However, there were Pokémon nonbelievers, those who were not avid players as children, like catcher Brett Austin, who swore against the app. That is, until he asked Banks for Pokémon advice only a few days later.

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The appearance of the forever-popular Squirtle made several Dash players wander aimlessly into a shopping center.

“They were really against it at first,” Thomas said.

Thomas and Robbins have watched players from the opposing dugout wander out to the outfield at BB&T Ballpark in hopes of seizing the gym just past the fence. The opposing teams are involved, but not as a second contest between the players off the field. Once a Pokémon player makes it to level five, he or she can pick his team: yellow, red or blue. Many opposing players are on the same team in the Pokémon world.

The current crop of Dash players have yet to walk miles at a time for a Pokémon – though Banks and Colin Kleven, who is now in Double-A Birmingham, wandered into a shopping center while the team was in Frederick, Md., because a Squirtle popped up.

They each have their preferred Pokemon, personal favorites picked throughout their childhood. Robbins has yet capture his favorite Pokemon, Onyx.

“I haven’t caught Onyx yet,” Robbins said, “but that’d be awesome to get.”

Maybe by the next end of this Dash homestand. After all, you “gotta catch ’em all.”

-Jackie

Game #103 Preview – Dash vs. Frederick

Game #103 – Home Game #53
Winston-Salem Dash (14-18, 42-60) vs. Frederick Keys (16-15, 52-49)
Wednesday, July 27 – 1:00 p.m. 
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem limited Frederick to just three hits in a 2-1 Dash win Tuesday night at BB&T Ballpark. Robinson Leyer spun his first quality start of the year by holding the Keys to just one run over six innings. Connor Walsh followed with two perfect frames before Yelmison Peralta stranded a man at third in the ninth for his second save. The Dash will try and secure their first series sweep of the season on Wednesday afternoon.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Robinson Leyer spun six solid innings in the Dash’s 2-1 win on Wednesday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Landon Lassiter – CF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – LF
Marcus Davis – DH
Telvin Nash – 1B
Brett Austin – C
Ryan Leonards – 2B
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Jordan Stephens – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Leyer, Walsh and Peralta teamed up to record one of Winston-Salem’s best performances on the hill in 2016. The Keys’ three hits were one shy of the fewest by a Dash opponent this year. The trio of Brandon Brennan (4.0 IP), Manny Martinez (4.0 IP) and Danny Dopico (1.0 IP) only permitted two hits on the road against the first half Southern Division champion Salem Red Sox on May 21 (6-0 Dash victory).

  • Five Dash pitchers have combined to befuddle Frederick in the first two games of this series. Winston-Salem has limited the Keys to a single run both nights, marking the first time the Dash have held their opposition without multiple runs since June 25-26 (both against Wilmington). The Keys are hitting .152 (10-for-66) overall and .091 (1-for-11) with runners in scoring position during this stop in the Triad.

  • Wednesday starter Jordan Stephens will try to keep the good times rolling on the hill. Stephens is ninth amongst Carolina League qualifiers with a 3.81 earned run average, which is the best mark on Winston-Salem’s staff. Through the month of May, Stephens was 1-6 with a 4.94 ERA. Since then, the right-hander is 3-1 with a 2.77 ERA. However, the Dash are just 5-14 overall when Stephens appears in a game.

  • Marcus Davis recorded another hit, a first-inning single, in Tuesday’s win. He is third on the circuit in hits this year (109). Since the All-Star break ended on June 23, Davis is third in the CL and fifth in High-A in average. He boasts a .378 mark (42-for-111) with three homers, 23 RBIs and 20 runs in 27 contests. Davis is also riding a 13-game hit streak, during which he is a .434 swinger (23-for-53) with 14 RBIs and seven runs. This run is the CL’s third-longest current streak, and it is the second-best by a Dash hitter this year. Only Davis’ 16-game surge from May 21 to June 9, which featured just 18 hits, has been longer.

  • Dash infielder Toby Thomas happens to be one of the two men in front of Davis in average since the All-Star break. He paces the CL and is second in High-A with a .397 (46-for-116) mark. Only Lancaster’s Ramon Laureano(.409) has a better average over this span than Thomas. Telvin Nash stands second in the CL and fourth in High-A in RBIs (27) since the start of the second half, when the former Houston farmhand joined the Dash from the independent ranks.

  • Following Wednesday’s series finale, the Dash welcome the Lynchburg Hillcats for a four-game series that begins Thursday. Winston-Salem and Lynchburg will have not squared off in exactly three months (April 28) when they meet on Thursday. Lynchburg won the first half Northern Division title and stand at 66-35, the second-best mark in full-season Minor League Baseball.

  • Winston-Salem can clinch its first series sweep since September 1-3, 2015, at Wilmington. This would be the squad’s first brooming at BB&T Ballpark since August 21-23, 2015, against Carolina.

  • Mason Robbins (.318) and Nick Basto (.315) stand first and second, respectively, in batting average amongst CL qualifiers.

  • The Dash are 18-10 at home since June 1.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Wednesday’s contest will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 12:45 p.m., with the first pitch set for 1:00 p.m.

-Joe

Game #102 Preview – Dash vs. Frederick

Game #102 – Home Game #52
Winston-Salem Dash (13-18, 41-60) vs. Frederick Keys (16-14, 52-48)
Tuesday, July 26 – 7:00 p.m. 
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Behind 17 hits and four scoring frames, Winston-Salem pummeled the Frederick Keys 10-1 in the lid-lifter of a week-long homestand on Monday night at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash go for their fifth series win at home on Tuesday night against Frederick.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Mason Robbins set a new career-high with five hits on Monday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Michael Suiter – CF
Gerson Montilla – 3B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – LF
Marcus Davis – DH
Telvin Nash – 1B
Toby Thomas – 2B
Joxelier Garcia – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Robinson Leyer – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Mason Robbins logged Winston-Salem’s first five-hit performance since April 27, 2014, when Joey DeMichele accomplished the feat at Salem. Robbins is now the 10th player in the Dash era (2009-present) to amass five hits in one game, and he did it in just five at-bats, all of which resulted in singles. The former Mr. Baseball in the state of Mississippi, Robbins paces the club with 35 multi-hit games, eight more than second-place (Marcus Davis and Hunter Jones).

  • Robbins and Nick Basto, who went 3-for-5 in Monday’s dominant win, are the top two qualified hitters in the Carolina League. Robbins leads the way with a .318 mark, while Basto is at .315. Robbins and Basto represent one of three teammate duos to stand first and second in their leagues in batting average, joining Brandon Nimmo(.338) and T.J. Rivera (.338) of Las Vegas (Triple-A Pacific Coast League) and Tomas Nido (.314) and Amed Rosario (.309) of St. Lucie (High-A Florida State League).

  • Thad Lowry seized the CL’s innings lead (112.1) with a strong six-frame effort, jumping former teammate Spencer Adams (107.2). Lowry did not allow an earned run for the first time since July 8, 2015, while with Low-A Kannapolis en route to his team-best 10th quality start.

  • Marcus Davis continued his remarkable second half with a career-high four RBIs Monday. Since the All-Star break ended on June 23, Davis is second in the CL and fourth in High-A in average. He boasts a .383 mark (41-for-107) with three homers, 23 RBIs and 20 runs in 26 contests. Davis is also riding a 12-game hit streak, during which he is a .449 swinger (22-for-49) with 14 RBIs and seven runs. This run is the CL’s third-longest current streak, and it is the second-best by a Dash hitter this year. Only Davis’ 16-game surge from May 21 to June 9, which featured just 18 hits, is longer than his active streak.

  • The only Carolina Leaguer with a better average since the All-Star break is Dash infielder Toby Thomas, who is second in High-A with a .398 (45-for-113) mark. Only Lancaster’s Ramon Laureano (.409) has a better average over this span than Thomas, who clocked a home run on Monday. Telvin Nash stands second in the CL and tied for third in High-A in RBIs (27) since the start of the second half, which is when the former Houston farmhand joined Winston-Salem.

  • Monday kicked off a home-heavy period for the Dash. Including that 10-1 thumping of Frederick, Winston-Salem will play 14 of its next 17 games at BB&T Ballpark, where the club is 22-29 this year. While that mark is seventh on the eight-team circuit (Wilmington, 16-33), the Dash have posted a 17-10 home record since the start of June. Winston-Salem’s 5-19 mark at BB&T Ballpark through May was the worst home showing in Minor League Baseball. Following this 17-game span, the Dash will finish with 17 of their last 23 games on the road.

  • Righty Euclides Leyer was activated from the seven-day disabled list Tuesday.

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 #101 Preview – Dash vs. Frederick

Game #101 – Home Game #51
Winston-Salem Dash (12-18, 40-60) vs. Frederick Keys (16-13, 52-47)
Monday, July 25 – 7:00 p.m. 
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem scored in five different innings and banged out 14 hits, but Potomac rallied for a 7-6, sweep-clinching win on Sunday at Pfitzner Stadium. The Dash now return to BB&T Ballpark for a seven-game homestand, beginning with a three-game set against the Frederick Keys on Monday.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Zack Collins smashed his third professional home run on Sunday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

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

DASH DOTS:

  • Toby Thomas had never posted a four-hit game in the Minor Leagues before this season. The red-hot second baseman logged his fourth of the campaign on Sunday. He finished a homer shy of the cycle in his five at-bats. Thomas pushed his batting average in the second half to .404 (44-for-109), which paces the Carolina League and is second in High-A to Lancaster’s Ramon Laureano (.409). During this 29-game stretch since June 23, Thomas has eight RBIs and 20 runs scored. His overall average has jumped from .231 to .286, an increase of .055.
  • Marcus Davis is third in the CL and fifth in High-A in average since the start of the second half. He boasts a .373 mark with three homers, 19 RBIs and 19 runs in 25 contests. Thanks to his ninth-inning single Sunday, Davis has pushed his hit streak to 11 games, during which he is .432 hitter (19-for-44). This run is the third-longest current streak in the CL, and it is tied for the second-best by a Dash hitter this year. Only Davis’ 16-game surge from May 21 to June 9, which only featured 18 hits, is longer.
  • First-rounder Zack Collins launched a leadoff homer in Sunday’s fifth inning. The former Miami (FL) star, the 10th overall pick in last month’s Draft, is hitting .294 (10-for-34) with three home runs and 10 RBIs in his first nine High-A games. Collins was placed on the seven-day disabled list Monday due to a concussion that is not expected to keep him out long.
  • Monday begins a home-heavy period for the Dash. Winston-Salem will play 14 of its next 17 games at BB&T Ballpark, where the club is 21-29 this year. While that mark is seventh on the eight-team circuit (Wilmington, 16-33), the Dash have posted a 16-10 home record since the start of June. Winston-Salem’s 5-19 mark at BB&T Ballpark through May was the worst home showing in Minor League Baseball. Following this 17-game span, the Dash will finish with 17 of their final 23 games on the road.
  • Even though Winston-Salem outhit Potomac over the weekend, the Nationals claimed a five-game, four-day sweep. Thus, Winston has lost seven consecutive road games, which is one shy of the longest such funk in the Dash era (2009-present). The Dash also dropped their final seven games at Pfitzner Stadium this year, marking the worst single-season slump at one road park since the nickname change. Through May, the Dash were 14-14 on the road, but they have only won five of their last 22 away tilts.
  • In Monday’s opener with Frederick, the Dash will turn to right-hander Thad Lowry, who is second on the circuit in innings pitched (106.1). He is just 1.1 frames shy of former teammate Spencer Adams, who earned a promotion to Double-A Birmingham on Thursday. The Keys have fared well against Lowry in two previous meetings (9.0 IP, 9 R, 9 ER, 3 K, 8 BB).
  • Winston-Salem has dropped five in a row for the fifth time this season, though this is the first such instance in the second half.
  • The Dash matched a season-high with five errors Sunday, with the other five-error effort April 9 at Lynchburg.
  • Winston-Salem ended a 24-game triple drought with two on Sunday.The Dash’s previous triple came on June 27 at Potomac (Mason Robbins).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Monday’s contest will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch set for 7:00 p.m.

-Joe

Game #100 Preview – Dash at Potomac

Game #100 – Road Game #50
Winston-Salem Dash (12-17, 40-59) at Potomac Nationals (19-9, 53-43)
Sunday, July 24 – 6:05 p.m. 
Pfitzner Stadium (Woodbridge, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Potomac handed Winston-Salem a pair of losses on Saturday night at Pfitzner Stadium. Behind a three-run homer from big league rehabber Ryan Zimmerman in the first, the P-Nats cruised to a wire-to-wire 6-2 victory in the opener. In the nightcap, the Dash were able to escape multiple jams until Jose Marmolejos allowed the P-Nats to break through with a walk-off single in the seventh of a 3-2 decision. The Dash hope to snap a six-game road skid and avoid a sweep in Sunday’s finale at Potomac before returning to BB&T Ballpark for a week-long homestand.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Nick Basto went 2-for-3 with an RBI in Saturday’s doubleheader finale (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

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

DASH DOTS:

  • Dating back to July 10, the Dash have lost six consecutive road games. This is the longest such skid in 2016 and two games shy of the worst in the Dash era (2009-present). Winston-Salem has endured two road losing streaks of eight games since the nickname change: August 5-16, 2014, and May 23-June 12, 2015. After posting a 14-14 (.500) road record through the end of May, the Dash are just 5-16 (.238) away from BB&T Ballpark since June 1.
  • During this difficult stretch on the road, Winston-Salem has lost all six of its games at Pfitzner Stadium. It is the second time in the Dash era that Winston-Salem has lost six straight games at one road stadium in a single year. The club also lost six in a row at Myrtle Beach in 2010 (June 7-9; July 30-31, with a doubleheader on July 30). This is the longest streak overall since the Dash dropped seven straight games in Lynchburg (August 8-10, 2014; June 5-7, 2015, with a doubleheader on June 5).
  • A pair of disappointing trends rolled along during Saturday’s doubleheader. Winston-Salem fell to 2-6 in doubleheader games this season, and the squad has been swept in back-to-back twin bills. In Saturday’s doubleheader finale, the Dash also suffered their sixth walk-off loss in their last 19 road games dating back to June 12.
  • Marcus Davis pushed his hitting streak to 10 games with a knock in both ends of Saturday’s doubleheader. During this span, Davis boasts an average of .450 (18-for-40) with 10 RBIs and five runs scored. Davis’ current streak is the third-longest by a Winston-Salem hitter this year. He also owns the longest, a 16-game run from May 21 to June 9. All-Star Hunter Jones, who is now in Double-A Birmingham, strung 11 games together from June 10-24.
  • Davis and Dash second baseman Toby Thomas are the top two hitters, in terms of average, in the first month of the second half in the CL. Since the All-Star break ended on June 23, Thomas has a slight edge on Davis with a .385 mark (40-for-104) to go along with one home run, eight RBIs and 18 runs. Davis owns a .378 average (37-for-98) with three homers, 19 RBIs and 18 runs during this span. Thomas and Davis are third and fourth, respectively, in all of High-A in batting average since June 23.
  • The Dash’s bullpen did not surrender an earned run over four innings of action in Saturday’s doubleheader. In the previous seven games, Dash relievers had a 7.52 ERA (30 R, 27 ER in 32.1 IP).
  • Following Sunday’s finale at Potomac, Winston-Salem will play 14 of its next 17 games at BB&T Ballpark (17 of final 23 are road games).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Sunday’s contest 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 set for 6:05 p.m.

-Joe

Doubleheader Preview – Dash at Potomac

UPDATE: 7:15 p.m.

Game two Dash lineup:

Michael Suiter – CF
Toby Thomas – 2B
Mason Robbins – RF
Nick Basto – LF
Marcus Davis – 1B
Telvin Nash – DH
Brett Austin – C
Ryan Leonards – 3B
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Kelvis Valerio – RHP

Game #98 & 99 – Road Game #48 & 49
Winston-Salem Dash (12-15, 40-57) at Potomac Nationals (17-9, 51-43)
Saturday, July 23 – 5 p.m. (doubleheader)
Pfitzner Stadium (Woodbridge, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Telvin Nash gave the Dash a one-run lead with a pinch-hit grand slam in the top of the ninth, but Drew Vettleson capped a six-RBI effort with a two-run walk-off homer in the bottom half to propel Potomac past Winston-Salem 9-8 on Friday night at Pfitzner Stadium. The Dash will try to bounce back in Saturday’s doubleheader, which will help to make up for a postponement on June 28.

STARTING LINEUP (Game 1):

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Marcus Davis delivered his fourth home run of the season in Friday’s loss (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

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

DASH DOTS:

  • Nash’s grand slam was the first pinch-hit home run in the Dash era (2009-present). In fact, in recorded Winston-Salem franchise history (2005-now), this marks the team’s first pinch-hit home run. Before Friday, Nash was just 2-for-13 (.154) with no home runs as a pinch hitter in the Minor Leagues. In 24 games with Winston-Salem, Nash has clubbed seven home runs and driven home 25 runs over 74 at-bats.

  • Before this week, a Dash player had not hit a grand slam since Trey Michalczewski’s bomb on May 5, 2015, at Frederick. However, Winston-Salem has clocked a pair of grand slams over the last three games. Mason Robbins delivered the Dash’s first home grand slam since August 24, 2013, when Joey DeMichele walked-off with that blast against Myrtle Beach. Before Tuesday, Winston-Salem was the only Carolina League club without a grand slam in 2016.

  • The Dash’s offense continued its torrid July with eight more runs Friday. The Dash are averaging 6.95 runs per game this month (139 runs in 20 games), including 11 games of seven or more runs and six games of 10 or more runs. Winston is second to Lynchburg (7.25) in this category, along with July average (LYN – .317; W-S – .315).

  • The Dash suffered their sixth walk-off loss of the campaign, and five of them have come in their last 17 road games dating back to June 12. On the flip side, Winston-Salem had not endured a walk-off home run since April 12, 2015, when Brenden Webb lifted Frederick to an 11-inning win over Winston-Salem with a two-run blast. In all this year, the Dash are just 6-12 in games decided in a team’s last at-bat.

  • Marcus Davis continued his outstanding second half with three hits and his fourth home run of the season on Friday. Since June 23, the first game of half two, the former Padres farmhand boasts a .380 batting average (35-for-92) with three homers, 19 RBIs and 18 runs scored.

  • Davis’ batting average during this span is fourth-best in all of High-A baseball and second to teammate Toby Thomas (.388; 38-for-98) in the Carolina League. Davis is riding an eight-game hitting streak, during which he boasts a .471 mark (16-for-34) with 10 RBIs and five runs scored.

  • Winston-Salem’s bullpen has allowed two or more runs in six of the club’s last seven games, including six over just 2.1 innings in Friday’s loss at Potomac. During these seven contests, the bullpen has logged 32.1 innings and given up 30 runs, 27 of which have been earned (7.52 ERA). Overall this year, the Dash’s bullpen has a 4.63 ERA and has walked 5.3 batters per nine innings.

  • Winston is just 2-4 in doubleheader games this year, including a sweep at the hands of Myrtle Beach in its last twin bill on July 6.

  • In his last start Sunday against the Pelicans, game one starter Zach Thompson earned his first High-A win (5.2 IP, 1 ER). Kelvis Valerio, who gets the call in the nightcap, is 2-1 with a 4.64 ERA in his four previous starts this year.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Saturday’s doubleheader will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 4:45 p.m., with the first pitch set for 5 p.m. The stream will remain on throughout both games, including the 30-minute gap between contests.

-Brian

Game #97 Preview – Dash at Potomac

Game #97 – Road Game #47
Winston-Salem Dash (12-14, 40-56) at Potomac Nationals (16-9, 50-43)
Friday, July 22 – 7:05 p.m. 
Pfitzner Stadium (Woodbridge, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Four Potomac pitchers held Winston-Salem to seven hits in a 4-2 Nationals victory Thursday.  The Dash will attempt to halt a three-game slide at Pfitzner Stadium in the second contest of this five-game, four-day series.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Manny Martinez threw two hitless innings on Thursday. His road ERA now sits at 2.11 (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

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

DASH DOTS:

  • Five of the Dash’s seven hits came from their one- and three-hole hitters, Landon Lassiter and Mason Robbins. Lassiter scored both of Winston-Salem’s runs after a pair of base hits, giving him five runs in the last two games. Robbins went 3-for-4 to post his team-leading 32nd multi-hit game. The Mississippi native now boasts a .310 average, which is third-best in the Carolina League. Among active, qualified CL hitters, only Frederick’s Aderlin Rodriguez (.311) has a better mark, with Winston-Salem’s Nick Basto a sliver behind Robbins in third (.310). 

  • Winston-Salem’s offense has had a remarkable run since the start of July. After finishing last in the eight-team Carolina League in average in June (.242), the Dash boast a .319 mark in their 18 games this month, which is sixth-highest in the Minor Leagues. Here are the top seven:

    1. Idaho Falls (rookie, Kansas City) – .341
    2. Ogden (rookie, LA Dodgers) – .326
    3. Albuquerque (Triple-A, Colorado) – .325
    4. El Paso (Triple-A, San Diego) – .324
    5. Orem (rookie, LA Angels) – .321
    6. WINSTON-SALEM – .319
    7. Lynchburg (High-A, Cleveland) – .317

  • Even though they mustered two runs Thursday, the Dash are still averaging 6.9 runs per game in July (131 runs in 19 games), including 10 games of seven or more runs and six of 10 or more.

  • Friday starter Jordan Stephens has surged all the way to 10th place amongst Carolina League qualifiers in earned run average (3.76). In his last six appearances, Stephens has lowered his overall ERA by 0.92. During this stretch, the former fifth-round pick has surrendered just eight runs (all earned) over 33.2 innings, calculating to a 2.14 ERA. The right-hander has struck out 39 men during these six starts (10.4 strikeouts per nine innings).

  • Winston-Salem’s bullpen has given up two or more runs in five of its last six games, including a pair of runs in 4.1 innings in Thursday’s opener at Potomac. During these six games, the bullpen has logged 30.0 innings and given up 24 runs, 21 of which are earned (6.30 ERA). Overall this year, the Dash’s bullpen has a 4.49 ERA and has walked 5.2 batters per nine innings.

  • Following Friday’s contest, the Dash and P-Nats will play a doubleheader to make up for the postponement on June 28.

  • For just the second time in his six High-A games, Zack Collins did not record a hit Thursday. He is still hitting .292 (7-for-24) with two homers, eight RBIs and six runs scored with Winston-Salem.

  • Right-hander Connor Walsh (oblique) was activated from the disabled list Thursday (2.56 ERA in 19 games).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

-Joe

Game #96 Preview – Dash at Potomac

Game #96 – Road Game #46
Winston-Salem Dash (12-13, 40-55) at Potomac Nationals (15-9, 49-43)
Thursday, July 21 – 7:05 p.m. 
Pfitzner Stadium (Woodbridge, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Mason Robbins’ grand slam was the highlight of a six-run fourth inning that propelled the Dash in front of Myrtle Beach for good in a 13-7 victory in Tuesday’s homestand finale at BB&T Ballpark. After a league-wide off day on Wednesday, Winston-Salem begins a five-game, four-day series against the Potomac Nationals on Thursday night at Pfitzner Stadium.

STARTING LINEUP:

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Staff ace Spencer Adams was promoted to Double-A Birmingham on Thursday (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:

  • Before Robbins’ grand slam, Winston-Salem had not gone deep with the bases loaded since May 5, 2015, when Trey Michalczewski did it at Frederick. The Dash’s most recent grand slam at BB&T Ballpark had been Joey DeMichele’s walk-off slam on August 24, 2013, which also took place against Myrtle Beach.
  • Winston-Salem’s offense has had a remarkable run since the start of July. After finishing last in the eight-team Carolina League in average in June (.242), the Dash boast a .324 mark in their 18 games this month, which is third-highest in all of Minor League Baseball. Here is the top six:
    1. Idaho Falls (rookie, Kansas City) – .346
    2. Albuquerque (Triple-A, Colorado) – .331
    3. WINSTON-SALEM – .324
    4. Orem (rookie, LA Angels) – .323
    5. Ogden (rookie, LA Dodgers) – .3221
    6. Lynchburg (High-A, Cleveland) – .3220
  • The Dash have scored 129 runs in their 18 games this year, which calculates to 7.2 runs per contest. Winston-Salem has scored seven runs or more 10 times in July, including six double-digit efforts. Nine players have suited up in at least 10 games for the Dash in July, and six of them are hitting above .300. However, Winston-Salem is just 9-9 this month.
  • Many Dash hitters are riding impressive surges. Brett Austin is a .378 (14-for-37) hitter with two homers and 10 RBIs in his last 10 games. Fellow catcher Zack Collins is 7-for-20 (.350) with two homers, eight RBIs and five runs scored in his first five games with Winston-Salem. Marcus Davis has a .348 average and 15 RBIs in 16 games this month, while Telvin Nash has 16 RBIs in his 16 July contests. Toby Thomas boasts a .409 batting average since the All-Star break, which is second in High-A and 12th in the Minor Leagues throughout this span (since June 23).
  • Right-hander Spencer Adams, the third-best prospect in the White Sox system per MLB Pipeline, has earned his first promotion to Double-A Birmingham, the White Sox announced Thursday. Adams exits the Carolina League as its innings leader (107.2), while he went 8-7 with a 4.01 earned run average during his 18 starts. The 20-year-old was the youngest player on the roster by more than a year. Right-handed reliever Yelmison Peralta, who was born on March 3, 1995, now assumes that title (21 years old). Adams’ turn in the rotation was Thursday, so Robinson Leyer will make the start instead.
  • Winston-Salem and Potomac will begin its final series of the regular season on Thursday. This is a five-game, four-day set with a doubleheader scheduled for Saturday as the make-up date for the postponement on June 28. Thus far this year, Potomac owns a slight 7-6 edge in the season series, including a 4-2 mark against the Dash at beautiful Pfitzner Stadium.
  • With Tuesday’s win, Winston-Salem improved to 16-10 at home since the start of June. This includes a 4-0-3 mark in series during this span.The Dash were 5-19 in April and May at BB&T Ballpark (worst home mark in the Minors).

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 6:50 p.m, with the first pitch at 7:05 p.m.

-Joe

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