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Game #102 Preview – Dash vs. Potomac

Game #102 – Home Game #51
Winston-Salem Dash (15-17, 45-56) vs. Potomac Nationals (16-13, 54-44)
Tuesday, July 22 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash dropped the rubber game of the series at Frederick, 6-3 on Monday afternoon. Winston-Salem returns home to begin a three-game set against Potomac, the Northern Division first-half champions.

Omar Narvaez is hitting .323 since joining the Dash last month. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Omar Narvaez is hitting .323 since joining the Dash last month. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Jacob May – CF
Keenyn Walker – DH
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Jason Coats – RF
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – 3B
Omar Narvaez – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
James Dykstra – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• The Dash stranded 11 runners on base in the final five innings against Frederick on Monday. That includes two frames in which Winston-Salem left the bases loaded.

• Outfielder Jason Coats registered two singles and an RBI in Monday’s contest. The Texas native ranks fourth in the Carolina League in RBIs with 61, and is batting .353 in 32 games since the All-Star Break.

• Catcher Omar Narvaez recorded his second straight multi-hit effort, going 2-for-3 with two singles and a run scored. Since he was promoted to Winston-Salem in mid-June, the 22-year-old is batting .323 in 21 games played.

• The Dash fell to 1-7 in rubber tilt matches this year, including an 0-5 margin away from BB&T Ballpark. The only time Winston-Salem won the deciding contest of a three-game series was on June 8 against Carolina.

• The Dash announced a pair of roster moves earlier today. Infielder Justin Jirschele returns to Winston-Salem from Triple-A Charlotte, while infielder Zach Voight has been sent to Low-A Kannapolis.

• The Dash and Nationals have met 14 times this season, which each team winning seven games. Winston-Salem has a 4-3 mark against Potomac at BB&T Ballpark this season. Since the start of the 2012 season, the Dash are 21-6 (.778) against the P-Nats at home.

• Right-hander James Dykstra will try to follow up on a sensational Dash debut. Last Thursday against Myrtle Beach, the 23-year-old pitched six and two-third innings, allowing three runs (two earned) while earning the win over the Pelicans. Dykstra went 6-8 with a 2.64 ERA while at Low-A Kannapolis, prior to his promotion to Winston-Salem on July 15.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 7.

- Dave

Game #101 Preview – Dash at Frederick

Game #101 – Road Game #51
Winston-Salem Dash (15-16, 45-55) at Frederick Keys (13-16, 45-51)
Monday, July 21 – 2 p.m.
Harry Grove Stadium (Frederick, Md.) 

GAME BACKGROUND:

Tony Bucciferro fell two outs shy of pitching a no-hitter as the Dash rolled to a 5-0 win over Frederick on Sunday night. The teams will play the rubber game of the series this afternoon.

Terance Marin will make just his second road start of the year on Monday (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

Terance Marin will make just his second road start of the year on Monday (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

Jacob May – DH
Keenyn Walker – CF
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Jason Coats – RF
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Grant Buckner – 3B
Omar Narvaez – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Terance Marin – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Glynn Davis’ one-out single in the ninth inning broke up Tony Bucciferro’s no-hit bid before the right-hander induced a double play to end the game. For more on Bucciferro’s accomplishments Sunday night, click here.
  • Outfielder Keenyn Walker extended his hitting streak to a season-best six games with an RBI triple in the sixth inning on Sunday. The extra-base hit broke a scoreless tie and helped propel the Dash to a four-run inning.
  • Outfielder Courtney Hawkins slugged his 15th homer of the season on Sunday, a two-run blast in the sixth inning. The 20-year-old is now tied for second in the Carolina League with Frederick’s Michael Burgess in home runs.
  • Shortstop Cleuluis Rondon registered three singles on Sunday. Since being promoted to the Dash from Low-A Kannapolis on July 2, the 20-year-old has five multi-hit efforts in 17 games with Winston-Salem.
  • Second baseman Joey DeMichele clubbed a solo homer in the sixth inning for his fourth round-tripper of the season. The Arizona native now has two home runs in 29 games since the All-Star Break, equaling his first half total (64 games).
  • The Dash logged their fourth shutout of an opponent this season and second away from BB&T Ballpark. Their last shutout win on the road was at Wilmington on April 13, a 1-0 triumph. By contrast, Winston-Salem has been blanked eight times in 2014.
  • The Dash have recently enjoyed a lot of success at Harry Grove Stadium. Since the start of the 2012 season, Winston-Salem has posted a 19-8 (.704) record in Frederick, including a 6-3 mark in 2014.
  • Right-hander Terance Marin will try to pitch the Dash to a series win in Frederick this afternoon. During his most recent start against Myrtle Beach last Wednesday, the California native allowed six runs (four earned) in five innings, suffering the loss in the 6-2 setback against the Pelicans. Overall, Marin is 3-1 with a 2.75 ERA this season.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Today’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 1:45 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 2.

- Dave

Bucciferro’s near no-no, a day later

The near miss still stings after an evening to digest what happened on Sunday in Frederick. Tony Bucciferro was two outs away from a no-hitter against the Keys. Here is the full ninth inning from Sunday’s broadcast.

Bucciferro talked about the outing shortly after the game.

Skipper Tommy Thompson beamed about Bucciferro’s showing, too.

Here are a few notes on the near miss:

  • Bucciferro was on the precipice of the first no-hitter by a Winston-Salem hurler since June 19, 2009, when Levi Maxwell tossed a seven-inning no-no in the opener of a twin bill at Wilmington. Winston-Salem has not twirled a nine-inning no-hitter since four pitchers combined on the gem against Myrtle Beach on April 15, 2001.

  • With just two more outs, Bucciferro would have earned the franchise’s first solo, nine-inning no-hitter since May 20, 1988 (Bill Kazmierczak versus Virginia). In 101 seasons of baseball in Winston-Salem, the franchise has thrown 14 no-hitters.

  • Though he fell short of history, Bucciferro did notch the fifth nine-inning complete game shutout of the Dash era (2009-present) and the second this year (Myles Jaye, May 28 vs. Potomac). 

  • Bucciferro also engineered Winston’s first one-hit shutout in a nine-inning contest since August 10, 2012, at Potomac. In the process, the former Michigan State star snapped a personal four-game skid, during which he owned an 8.18 ERA.

  • With his career-high nine frames on Sunday, Bucciferro is now third in the Minor Leagues with 123.1 innings in 2014. He trails Montgomery’s Dylan Floro (128.2) and Charlotte’s Chien-Ming Wang (125.1), while Bucciferro enjoys a 2.1-inning cushion on Visalia’s Spencer Arroyo for the top spot among High-A pitchers.

Something special can happen at any baseball game, which makes this the greatest sport in the world. Even though Bucciferro did not finish the no-hitter, few who watched or followed this outing will forget it.

- Brian

Game #99 Preview – Dash at Frederick

Game #99 – Road Game #49
Winston-Salem Dash (14-15, 44-54) at Frederick Keys (12-15, 44-50)
Saturday, July 19 – 6 p.m.
Harry Grove Stadium (Frederick, Md.) 

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash were downed by Myrtle Beach in the rubber game of the series at BB&T Ballpark, 10-1 on Friday night in front of 6,449 fans. An inside-the-park home run by the Pelicans’ Christopher Bostick and a six-run seventh inning led to the Winston-Salem setback. The Dash now embark on a three-game road series against Frederick.

J.B. Wendelken returns to the rotation after missing a start (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

J.B. Wendelken returns to the rotation after missing a start (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

STARTING LINEUP:

Jacob May – CF
Keenyn Walker – RF
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Jason Coats – DH
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – 3B
Omar Narvaez – C
Zach Voight – SS
J.B. Wendelken – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • The inside-the-park home run by Myrtle Beach’s Christopher Bostick was only the second in BB&T Ballpark history and the first by a visiting player. Former Winston-Salem outfielder Nick Ciolli was the first to accomplish the feat, a grand slam on August 2, 2011 against Wilmington.
  • With his fourth inning single on Friday, outfielder Jason Coats extended his hitting streak to ten consecutive games. During this span, the Texas native is batting .447 (17-for-38).
  • Coats has now amassed a hitting streak of double-digit games for the second time this season. The 24-year-old had a stretch of 11 consecutive games with at least one hit, from May 30 through the first game of a June 10 doubleheader against Wilmington.
  • Despite the loss, Tyler Danish pitched well for the Dash, surrendering two runs (one earned) while registering six strikeouts in six innings. Danish lowered his Winston-Salem season ERA from 3.95 to 3.64 in the process.
  • Outfielder Keenyn Walker went 1-for-3 with a single, hit-by-pitch and two stolen bases in Friday’s contest. The Utah native now has a four-game hitting streak, and has swiped seven bases during that stretch.
  • The Dash committed four errors on Friday night, pushing their season total to 151. That is the most in the Carolina League and second-highest total in Minor League Baseball, trailing only the Fort Wayne TinCaps (Low-A, San Diego) of the Midwest League, which has made 164 defensive miscues.
  • The Dash and Keys have met 14 times this season, with each club winning seven games. Winston-Salem has posted a 5-2 record at Harry Grove Stadium this season, including a three-game sweep from June 25-27.
  • Right-hander J.B. Wendelken comes off the disabled list to start this evening’s game. The 21-year-old last pitched on July 8 against Myrtle Beach, allowing nine runs (eight earned) in three and one-third innings. He ended up with a no-decision in the 13-9 Dash victory. Overall this season, Wendelken is 5-7 with a 5.02 ERA.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 5:45 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 6.

- Dave

Game #98 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #98 – Home Game #50
Winston-Salem Dash (14-14, 44-53) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (15-13, 59-37)
Friday, July 18 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash led wire-to-wire in an 8-3 win over Myrtle Beach at BB&T Ballpark Thursday night in front of 4,995 fans. Winston-Salem will try to earn a series win over the Pelicans tonight.

Tyler Danish has allowed two earned runs during his last three starts. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Tyler Danish has allowed two earned runs over his last three starts. (Dan Barber/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Jacob May – CF
Keenyn Walker – DH
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Jason Coats – RF
Grant Buckner – 3B
Keon Barnum – 1B
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Omar Narvaez – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Tyler Danish – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• Outfielder Jason Coats went 3-for-5 with a single, two doubles, an RBI and three runs scored in Thursday’s win. The Texas native is now riding a nine-game hitting streak, during which he is batting .471 (16-for-34).

• Right-hander James Dykstra had a strong debut for the Dash on Thursday, pitching six and two-third innings while allowing three runs (two earned). The 23-year-old kept Myrtle Beach scoreless through six innings, and at one point retired 12 straight Pelicans.

• For the 14th time this season, the Dash scored six or more runs in a game at BB&T Ballpark. Winston-Salem has a 13-1 record on those occasions, with the lone loss coming June 28 against Carolina.

• The Dash tallied the first run of the game on Thursday, improving to 32-17 when plating the initial run. By contrast, Winston-Salem is 12-36 when the opponent dents the scoreboard first.

• Tonight marks the final meeting between the Dash and Myrtle Beach at BB&T Ballpark this season. Winston-Salem has posted a 5-4 record at home against the Pelicans, but Myrtle Beach has won nine of 15 matchups. The clubs will conclude the season series August 26-29 at TicketReturn.com Field.

• Left-hander Chad James will make his Myrtle Beach debut tonight. The 23-year-old previously pitched with Evansville in the independent Frontier League, going 4-2 with a 5.05 ERA. Including tonight’s game, the Dash have faced 13 southpaw starters in 17 games this month. Overall, Winston-Salem is 14-23 against lefties this season.

• Right-hander Tyler Danish will look to continue his hot streak on the mound. During his most recent start last Saturday at Carolina, the 19-year-old allowed one run and five hits over five and one-third innings, finishing with a no-decision in the 2-1 setback against the Mudcats. Overall, Danish is 2-1 with a 3.95 ERA this season.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 7. Every Dash home game can be viewed on MiLB.tv.

- Dave

Game #97 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #97 – Home Game #49
Winston-Salem Dash (13-14, 43-53) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (15-12, 59-36)
Thursday, July 17 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash dropped the opener of a three-game series against Myrtle Beach, 6-2 at BB&T Ballpark on Wednesday night. Winston-Salem has lost four of its last five contests.

Nick Basto had two hits and a run scored on Wednesday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Nick Basto had two hits and a run scored on Wednesday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Jacob May – CF
Keenyn Walker – DH
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Jason Coats – RF
Grant Buckner – 1B
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Nick Basto – 3B
Michael Marjama – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
James Dykstra – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• Outfielder Jason Coats extended his hitting streak to eight games with a third-inning RBI double on Wednesday. The Texas native is batting 13-for-29 (.448) during this recent tear, and ranks fourth in the Carolina League with 59 RBIs.

• Third baseman Nick Basto collected two hits and scored a run in Wednesday’s setback against Myrtle Beach. The 20-year-old now has at least one hit in three of his last four games.

• Despite the loss, the Dash received a tremendous effort from the bullpen arms of Sean Hagan, Euclides Leyer and Dave Putman, who combined to toss four scoreless innings while allowing just one hit and two walks.

• Catcher Omar Narvaez went 1-for-3 with a single and walk on Wednesday. Since he was promoted to Winston-Salem from Low-A Kannapolis on June 18, the 22-year-old has reached base in 15 of 17 games.

• Myrtle Beach has won nine of 14 meetings against the Dash this season, but Winston-Salem has posted a 4-4 record at BB&T Ballpark. That includes last week’s series in the Triad, where the Dash won three-of-four games.

• Left-hander Victor Payano will get the start for Myrtle Beach. Including tonight’s game, the Dash have faced 12 southpaw starters in 16 games this month. Overall, Winston-Salem is 13-23 against lefties this season.

• Right-hander James Dykstra will make his Dash debut on the mound tonight. The 23-year-old made 16 starts with Low-A Kannapolis this season, posting a 6-8 record and 2.64 ERA in 99 innings.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’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 Pregame Dash will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 7. Every Dash home game can be viewed on MiLB.tv.

- Dave

Game #96 Preview – Dash vs. Myrtle Beach

Game #96 – Home Game #48
Winston-Salem Dash (13-13, 43-52) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (14-12, 58-36)
Wednesday, July 16 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash lost three of four games at Carolina, falling 6-4 to the first-place Mudcats on Monday afternoon to conclude the series in Zebulon. Winston-Salem returns home to begin a three-game set against Myrtle Beach tonight.

Courtney Hawkins ranks second in the Carolina League in RBI. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Courtney Hawkins ranks second in the Carolina League in RBI. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Jacob May – CF
Keenyn Walker – RF
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Jason Coats – DH
Keon Barnum – 1B
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Nick Basto – 3B
Omar Narvaez – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Terance Marin – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• Outfielder Courtney Hawkins had a single, RBI and run scored in Monday’s contest. The 20-year-old ranks second in the Carolina League with 63 RBIs, trailing only Michael Burgess of Frederick (67) for the top spot.

• Outfielder Jason Coats had a run-scoring triple in Monday’s setback against Carolina. The Texas native is fourth in the Carolina League with 58 RBIs, and is currently riding a seven-game hitting streak.

• Outfielder Keenyn Walker matched a career-high with three stolen bases on Monday. The Utah native now has 135 swipes in his four-year professional career.

• Left-hander Jefferson Olacio pitched two and one-third scoreless innings in relief on Monday, surrendering only a hit and a hit batter. The 20-year-old has now made three straight appearances without allowing a run, spanning six innings.

• The Dash and Pelicans have met 13 times this season, with Myrtle Beach coming out on top on eight occasions. Winston-Salem has a 4-3 record against the Pelicans at BB&T Ballpark in 2014.

• Right-hander Terance Marin will look to keep things rolling for the Dash tonight. During his most recent outing against Myrtle Beach last Thursday, the California native pitched seven and one-third innings, allowing one run and six hits while striking out seven.

• Marin has been dazzling since his return to Winston-Salem on June 19. In five starts with the Dash, the 24-year-old is 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA, logging seven or more innings in four of those starts. Overall, Marin is 3-0 with a 2.10 ERA this season.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 6:45 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 7. Every Dash home game can be viewed on MiLB.tv.

- Dave

Game #95 Preview – Dash at Carolina

Game #95 – Road Game #48
Winston-Salem Dash (13-12, 43-51) at Carolina Mudcats (15-10, 44-48)
Monday, July 14 – 11 a.m.
Five County Stadium (Zebulon, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

A three-run homer by Courtney Hawkins in the eighth inning lifted the Dash to a thrilling 5-4 win over Carolina on Sunday afternoon. The victory moved Winston-Salem within two games of the first-place Mudcats in the Southern Division.

Kyle Hansen threw two and one-third scoreless innings to earn the win on Sunday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Kyle Hansen’s nearly flawless relief work resulted in a win on Sunday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Jacob May – DH
Keenyn Walker – CF
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Jason Coats – RF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Nick Basto – 3B
Omar Narvaez – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Tony Bucciferro – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• With his dramatic dinger on Sunday, Courtney Hawkins is now alone in third place in the Carolina League in home runs, with 14. The 20-year-old ranks second in the circuit with 62 RBIs, trailing only Frederick’s Michael Burgess (67).

• After learning that he was making a spot start 90 minutes before Sunday’s game, Brad Goldberg tied a season-high for strikeouts with six. The right-hander worked three and two-third innings, allowing two runs and finishing with a no-decision.

• Reliever Kyle Hansen pitched two and one-third scoreless innings, surrendering only a walk while striking out two. The New York native earned the win to improve to 6-4 this season.

• With his 2-for-4 performance on Sunday with two doubles and a run scored, outfielder Jason Coats extended his hitting streak to six games. The Texas native now has 22 doubles this year, which ranks third among Dash players.

• Second baseman Joey DeMichele tallied two hits and an RBI on Sunday. The 23-year-old now has hits in 19 of 23 games since the All-Star Break, and 22 multi-hit games in 2014.

• Before Sunday’s comeback win, the Dash had dropped four straight games at Five County Stadium by a combined margin of 28-11. Carolina has won 11 of 16 meetings with Winston-Salem in Zebulon since the start of the 2013 season.

• Right-hander Tony Bucciferro will look to get back on track today. The former Michigan State star has only pitched four and two-third innings in each of his last two starts, allowing five earned runs on both occasions. Overall, Bucciferro is 6-8 with a 4.06 ERA this season.

• Despite his recent struggles, Bucciferro ranks second in the Carolina League in innings pitched with 108.2. He is second to Carolina’s Ryan Merritt for the innings lead in the Carolina League, and stands fourth in all of High-A baseball.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Today’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 10:45 a.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 11.

- Dave

Game #94 Preview – Dash at Carolina

Game #94 – Road Game #47
Winston-Salem Dash (12-12, 42-51) at Carolina Mudcats (15-9, 44-47)
Sunday, July 13 – 2 p.m.
Five County Stadium (Zebulon, N.C.) 

GAME BACKGROUND:

Despite another strong outing from Tyler Danish, the Dash were edged by Carolina 2-1 on Saturday night. It was the fifth straight win for the Mudcats, who currently reside in first place in the Southern Division.

Brad Goldberg will make a spot start for Winston-Salem on Sunday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Brad Goldberg will make a spot start for Winston-Salem on Sunday (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Jacob May – DH
Keenyn Walker – CF
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Jason Coats – RF
Keon Barnum – 1B
Nick Basto – 3B
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Michael Marjama – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Brad Goldberg – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Right-hander Tyler Danish pitched five and one-third innings on Saturday, allowing one run and five hits while finishing with a no-decision. The 19-year-old has surrendered only two earned runs in his last three starts, spanning 15 and two-third innings.
  • Between Winston-Salem (9 starts) and Low-A Kannapolis (7 starts), Danish is 5-1 with a 2.39 earned run average. This ERA is good for 23rd-best among qualifiers in full-season Minor League Baseball. Danish is the youngest hurler in the top 30 (19 years, 10 months, 1 day).
  • Nick Basto launched a solo homer in the second inning for the only Dash run. Since returning from the disabled list on July 3, the 20-year-old has homered twice in nine games. He now has three on the season.
  • Outfielder Courtney Hawkins has three doubles in two games since returning from the disabled list, and 20 on the season. The 20-year-old from Texas is now tied for second in the Carolina League with 37 extra-base hits in 2014.
  • Outfielder Jason Coats extended his hitting streak to five games with a 2-for-2 outing on Saturday. During this stretch, the Texas native is batting .500 (9-for-18) with three RBIs and four runs scored.
  • Since the Mudcats joined the Carolina League in 2012, the Dash have posted a 27-24 (.529) record against their in-state rivals. But this season, Carolina has won seven of the first eleven meetings in 2014, including four of five games at Five County Stadium.
  • The Dash have a winning record on Sundays, going 8-6 so far this season. It is one of two days in which Winston-Salem is above the .500 mark, having gone 7-4 on Tuesdays.
  • The Dash will face one of the top pitchers in the Carolina League this afternoon, with Mudcats’ left-hander Ryan Merritt getting the ball. Winston-Salem has struggled against southpaws this season, going 12-22 against lefty starters in 2014. That includes a 3-13 mark away from BB&T Ballpark.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Today’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 1:45 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 2.

- Dave

Game #93 Preview – Dash at Carolina

Game #93 – Road Game #46
Winston-Salem Dash (12-11, 42-50) at Carolina Mudcats (14-9, 43-47)
Saturday, July 12 – 6 p.m.
Five County Stadium (Zebulon, NC)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash fell 9-2 in the opener of a four-game series at Carolina on Friday night. Winston-Salem is now two games behind the Mudcats for first place in the Southern Division.

Tyler Danish had one of his best starts of the year on Monday. (Dan Barber/W-S Dash)

Tyler Danish blanked Myrtle Beach over six innings on Monday. (Dan Barber/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Jacob May – CF
Joey DeMichele – 2B
Courtney Hawkins – LF
Jason Coats – RF
Grant Buckner – 1B
Nick Basto – DH
Michael Marjama – C
Zach Voight – 3B
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Tyler Danish – RHP

DASH DOTS:

• Outfielder Courtney Hawkins made an impressive return from the disabled list on Friday, going 2-for-4 with two doubles. The 20-year-old had been sidelined since July 2 with a concussion.

• Second baseman Joey DeMichele continues to sizzle with the bat, going 2-for-4 on Friday with two singles and a run scored. The Arizona native now has hits in 18 of 21 games since the All-Star Break, and has registered 21 multi-hit games this season.

• For just the fourth time in his professional career (221 games), outfielder Jason Coats struck out three times in a game on Friday night. The Texas native had a single in the contest against Carolina as well, and now has hits in four straight games.

• After rattling off 30 consecutive errorless innings, Winston-Salem has committed 12 defensive miscues in the last four games. Overall, the Dash lead the Carolina League and are second in Minor League Baseball with 141 errors.

• Since the Mudcats joined the Carolina League in 2012, the Dash have posted a 27-23 (.540) record against their in-state rivals. But this season, Carolina has won six of the first ten meetings, including three of four games at Five County Stadium.

• The Dash will look to even their record on Saturdays this season. Winston-Salem has a 7-8 record on Saturdays in 2014, including a 3-3 mark on the road.

• The Dash will face Carolina left-hander Shawn Morimando tonight, and Winston-Salem has struggled against southpaws this season. The Dash are just 12-21 against lefty starters in 2014, posting a 3-12 mark away from BB&T Ballpark.

• Right-hander Tyler Danish will look to keep the momentum rolling from one of his best starts of the year. During his last outing against Myrtle Beach on Monday, the 19-year-old scattered three hits over six scoreless innings while striking out seven. Since joining Winston-Salem from Low-A Kannapolis in mid-May, Danish has a 2-1 record and 4.29 ERA.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Tonight’s game is available live on wsdash.com/broadcast. The Pregame Dash begins at 5:45 p.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 6.

- Dave

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