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Game #42 Preview – Dash at Salem

Game #42 – Road Game #25
Winston-Salem Dash (17-24) at Salem Red Sox (20-21)
Friday, May 22 – 7:05 p.m.
LewisGale Field (Salem, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Robinson Leyer pitched six shutout innings to lead Winston-Salem to a 2-0 defeat of Wilmington Thursday. The Dash begin a four-game set at Salem Friday to close out their week-long roadtrip.

Robinson Leyer earned his first win of the season Thursday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Robinson Leyer earned his first win of the season Thursday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Keenyn Walker – RF
Nolan Earley – LF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
T.J. Williams – DH
Jake Cose – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Robinson Leyer and Euclides Leyer worked in the same game for the first time in the Minor Leagues. A year ago, Euclides was in the Dash’s bullpen until a late-season injury, while Robinson spent all of 2014 in the rotation with Low-A Kannapolis. When the Reds nabbed Euclides in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft, it seemed unlikely that the two would ever pitch in the same game for the same team. However, the Reds released Euclides at the end of Spring Training, and he rejoined the Dash on May 11.
  • Even though the Dash snagged a win on Thursday, the club still struggled in the strikeout column. Winston-Salem racked up 13 whiffs against three Wilmington hurlers, including 10 by starter Alec Mills during his five-inning outing. During the season’s first 20 games, Winston-Salem had only gone down on strikes a total of 124 times, or 6.2 strikeouts per game. In its last 21 contests, Winston-Salem has recorded 194 strikeouts, which are good for 9.2 per game.
  • The White Sox announced Thursday that Ryan Plourde has been promoted to Winston-Salem from Low-A Kannapolis. Plourde joins the Dash after Sean O’Connell left Wednesday’s game with an injury and had to be placed on the disabled list. This marks the first time since 2012 that Winston has had four different catchers on its roster at some point during the campaign.
  • Winston and Salem resume their busy stretch against one another with the first of four on Friday in the Roanoke Valley. The Dash will play eight of their next 11 games against the Red Sox after squaring off with their division rival six consecutive times from May 12-17. Thus, by June 2, the Dash and Sox will have played 14 of their previous 20 games against one another. Salem took four of six from the Dash a week ago, with Winston-Salem bookending the stretch with victories. The Red Sox are coming off a sweep at the hands of Lynchburg this week, which marks the first time this season that Salem has been on the wrong side of the broom.
  • Both Keenyn Walker and Adam Engel stole a base last Friday, but the two speedy outfielders have not recorded a swipe since. Walker (22) and Engel (20) still pace the Carolina League in stolen bases, though Lynchburg’s Bradley Zimmer is knocking on the doorstep with 19. The Dash remain atop the CL in stolen bases as a club with 57, nine more than Salem for the top spot. Walker remains tied for fourth in the Minor Leagues, while Engel is alone in ninth place.
  • The Dash have scored three or fewer runs in 22 of their first 41 games, which calculates to 54 percent. In those games, the Dash are just 4-18, with half of their wins coming in Delaware. Winston-Salem’s two victories against the Blue Rocks have come via 2-0 decisions (May 2 and May 21). Winston is fourth in runs per game (4.1) and seventh in average (.239) on the circuit.
  • Thursday marked the fifth win for the Dash when someone not named James Dykstra or Matt Heidenreich started the game. Winston is 12-1 when a member of that duo starts and 5-23 when anyone else takes to the hill.
  • After permitting 12 runs in his first two efforts against Salem, Jake Cose boasts a 1.35 ERA (3ER/20IP) in his last three starts versus the Red Sox.

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.

– Scott

Game #41 Preview – Dash at Wilmington

Game #41 – Road Game #24
Winston-Salem Dash (16-24) at Wilmington Blue Rocks (21-17)
Thursday, May 21 – 6:35 p.m.
Frawley Stadium (Wilmington, Del.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash bats were quiet in a 6-0 defeat Wednesday to the Blue Rocks. Winston-Salem looks to bounce back and avoid a sweep by the Blue Rocks Thursday.

Robinson Leyer gets the start for Winston-Salem Thursday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Robinson Leyer gets the start for Winston-Salem Thursday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Keenyn Walker – RF
Nolan Earley – LF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
T.J. Williams – DH
Robinson Leyer – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • On Sunday afternoon, the Dash amassed 12 runs and went yard four times, the club’s highest single-game total in more than three years. However, the Dash have only mustered one run on 14 hits in 21 offensive innings in their last two games. In the eight-team Carolina League, Winston-Salem is seventh in average (.239), but the Dash are tied for third in runs per game (4.1), narrowly behind first-place Lynchburg (4.3).
  • During the season’s first 20 games, Winston-Salem had only gone down on strikes a total of 124 times, or 6.2 strikeouts per game. Only once did the Dash delve into double figures in a single game during this stretch. In its last 20 contests, Winston-Salem has recorded 181 offensive strikeouts, which are good for 9.1 per game. As a result, the Dash are now second to Lynchburg (326) in team strikeouts with 305.
  • Despite Wednesday’s rough day at the yard, the Dash boast a 3.37 earned run average, which would be the best mark in the Dash era. Since the nickname change in 2009, Winston-Salem’s lowest team ERA came in 2012, when the squad boasted a 3.74 mark. Every other season, the Dash have been between 3.91 and 4.30. The Carolina League has been a pitching-strong circuit thus far, though. Winston’s 3.37 mark is only sixth-best in the CL, though it is just 0.55 runs away from first-place Wilmington and 0.19 from third-place Potomac.
  • Wilmington’s Frawley Stadium is notorious for being a difficult place to hit, and this notion has been especially true during the Dash’s first six visits. These six contests have featured only 30 total runs, with Wilmington claiming four of the first five meetings and outscoring the Dash 22-8. Winston-Salem is hitting an even .199 (40-for-201) in these five contests, and the Dash are 2-for-44 (.045) with men in scoring position. In all other games, the Dash are hitting .274 in these run-scoring situations.
  • For a third straight game, neither Keenyn Walker nor Adam Engel stole a base in the Wednesday matinee in Wilmington. Still, the speedy duo enjoys the top two spots in the stolen base category within the CL. Walker paces the circuit with 22 stolen bases, while Engel is next with 20. Walker is tied for fourth place in the Minors in swipes, while Engel is alone in eighth place. Fellow White Sox prospect Jacob May is deadlocked with Walker at 22. Charleston’s Jorge Mateo paces the Minors with 29. The outfield duo has accounted for 74 percent of Winston’s CL-leading 57 stolen bases.
  • Thursday starter Robinson Leyer submitted his best start with Winston-Salem in his last effort on Friday against Salem. He took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, and he gave up just one hit over a season-high six frames. Leyer lowered his 2015 earned run average more than a full run (5.86 to 4.81). Still, the Dash wasted a late lead and dropped to 1-6 when Leyer starts. In fact, Winston is 12-1 when James Dykstra or Matt Heidenreich start and 4-23 in all other games.
  • Following this series finale in Wilmington, the Dash invade Salem for four games starting on Friday.
  • The Dash will not play in Delaware again until September 1-3, which kicks off the club’s final road trip.
  • Winston has failed to post more than three runs in 21 of its first 40 games.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Thursday’s game will be broadcast live on 600 AM-WSJS and wsjs.com, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:20 p.m., with the first pitch at 6:35 p.m.

– Scott

Game #40 Preview – Dash at Wilmington

Game #40 – Road Game #23
Winston-Salem Dash (16-23) at Wilmington Blue Rocks (20-17)
Wednesday, May 20 – 10:35 a.m.
Frawley Stadium (Wilmington, Del.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

The Dash came back to tie the game at one in the eighth before falling 2-1 in extra innings Tuesday to open their three-game series at Wilmington. Winston-Salem and the Blue Rocks tangle in a morning contest Wednesday.

Jose Brito worked three scoreless innings Tuesday out of the bullpen. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Jose Brito worked three scoreless innings Tuesday out of the bullpen. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Keenyn Walker – RF
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Nolan Earley – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Ethan Wilson – 2B
Michael Suiter – LF
Sean O’Connell – C
Jace Fry – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Winston-Salem’s bullpen trio of Jose BritoDevon Davis and Zach Isler were fantastic on Tuesday night. They combined to punch out six and scatter seven hits over those 8.2 innings behind starter Andre Wheeler, who began 2015 as a reliever. Wheeler worked three frames and permitted just one run on one hit. Brito recorded his longest scoreless outing of the season (3.0 IP) before Davis whiffed four in three dominant innings in his High-A debut. Isler worked around some damage in the 10th and 11th before giving up the winning run with two down in the 12th.
  • The Dash boast a 3.29 earned run average, which would be the best mark in the Dash era. Since the nickname change in 2009, Winston-Salem’s lowest team ERA came in 2012, when the squad boasted a 3.74 mark. Every other season, the Dash have been between 3.91 and 4.30. The Carolina League has been a pitching-strong circuit thus far, though. Winston’s 3.29 mark is only fifth-best in the CL, though it is just 0.39 runs away from first-place Wilmington and 0.10 from third-place Potomac.
  • Wednesday starter Jace Fry has been one of the Dash’s best pitchers in 2015. His 2.72 ERA is 11th-best in the CL, though Winston-Salem is 1-6 when he works. The Dash have scored just 15 runs in those seven games (2.1 per game).
  • Wilmington’s Frawley Stadium is notorious for being a difficult place to hit, and this notion has been especially true during the Dash’s first five visits. These five contests have featured only 24 total runs, with Wilmington claiming four of the first five meetings and outscoring the Dash 16-8. Winston-Salem is hitting an even .200 (34-for-170) in these five contests, and the Dash are 2-for-40 (.050) with men in scoring position. In all other games, the Dash are hitting .274 in run-scoring situations.
  • Neither Keenyn Walker nor Adam Engel stole a base in Tuesday’s opener at Wilmington. Still, the speedy duo still enjoys its stranglehold on the stolen base lead within the Carolina League. Walker paces the circuit with 22 stolen bases, while Engel is next with 20. Walker is tied for third place in the Minors in swipes, while Engel is alone in eighth place. Charleston’s Jorge Mateo paces the Minors with 29. The outfield duo has accounted for 74 percent of Winston’s CL-leading 57 stolen bases. Salem is the closest competitor to the Dash with 47 swipes.
  • Engel paces the Carolina League in both hits (44) and runs (29), while his .286 average is good for 11th place, and he owns a share of fourth in total bases (66). For just the 12th time in 39 games, Engel went hitless on Tuesday. He is the only Carolina Leaguer who has played in every inning that his club has logged in 2015.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Wednesday’s game will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 10:20 a.m., with the first pitch at 10:35 a.m.

– Scott

Game #39 Preview – Dash at Wilmington

Game #39 – Road Game #22
Winston-Salem Dash (16-22) at Wilmington Blue Rocks (19-17)
Tuesday, May 19 – 6:35 p.m.
Frawley Stadium (Wilmington, Del.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

After trouncing Salem 12-1 Sunday to salvage their three-game set, the Dash enjoyed a scheduled off-day Monday. Winston-Salem starts a seven-game roadtrip Tuesday by beginning a three-game series with the Wilmington Blue Rocks.

Trey Michalczewski earned the Carolina League Player of the Week. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Trey Michalczewski was named the Carolina League Player of the Week for May 11-17. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Keenyn Walker – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Nolan Earley – LF
T.J. Williams – DH
Andre Wheeler – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • In Saturday’s loss to Salem, Winston-Salem recorded just two hits, matching a Dash-era record for fewest knocks in a nine-inning game. Less than 24 hours later, the Dash posted their fifth double-digit offensive output and fell one hit shy of their high-water mark for 2015 (16, May 7 at Frederick). Adam Engel’s day was so strong that he almost made history. Engel only needed a double to record the first cycle by a Winston-Salem hitter since Brandon Allen accomplished the feat on May 14, 2008, against Lynchburg.
  • Before Sunday’s offensive onslaught, the Dash had amassed just 12 home runs in their first 37 games. In that 11-run victory, four men–Chris Jacobs (1st, 2-run), Adam Engel (2nd, 3-run), Ethan Wilson (4th, 2-run) and Trey Michalczewski (4th, 3-run)–went yard. This marked the highest single-game home run output for the squad since April 30, 2012, when Winston-Salem ripped off five bombs in a blowout win at Potomac.
  • Salem had a chance to become the first CL club with multiple sweeps over the Dash at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash have only endured four home sweeps since the facility opened its doors in 2010. Winston won at least one game in each of its first 81 series inside BB&T Ballpark before Salem notched a three-game sweep from August 14-16, 2013. Frederick, Carolina and Myrtle Beach have the other three broomings.
  • Matt Heidenreich became the fourth Minor League hurler to record his sixth personal win after matching a season high with seven innings of work. The Coronado, Calif., native was also the fourth man to collect win number five within the Minors. In the Carolina League, Heidenreich is second in innings pitched (43.2) and seventh in earned run average (2.06) on the circuit. No other CL hurler has won more than four times. The Dash are 7-0 in games he starts, and they are just 9-22 (.290) in all other contests.
  • Thanks to the lopsided result, neither Keenyn Walker nor Adam Engel notched a stolen base on Sunday. Still, the speedy duo maintained its stranglehold on the stolen base lead within the Carolina League. Walker paces the circuit with 22 stolen bases, while Engel is next with 20. Walker is tied for third place in the Minors in swipes, while Engel is alone in eighth place. Charleston’s Jorge Mateo paces the Minors with 27. The outfield duo has accounted for 74 percent of Winston’s CL-leading 57 stolen bases.
  • The Dash have traveled to Wilmington for the second time this month for a three-game series that kicks off a week-long road trip. The Blue Rocks took three of four from Winston-Salem during the first four days of May. The set only featured 21 total runs, with the Dash coming up with just seven. Winston-Salem banged out just 26 hits (.198 average) in the four contests.
  • Dash infielder Trey Michalczewski was named the CL’s Player of the Week for May 11-17. He hit .400 with two homers and five RBIs during the week. It marks his second weekly honor in the Minor Leagues.
  • Ethan Wilson tattooed his first home run and logged his first multi-RBI game in Sunday’s win. He missed all of 2011-14 due to a kidney disorder.
  • Andre Wheeler will make his fourth start of 2015. He has given up nine runs (four earned) in his first three (8.0 IP).

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

– Scott

Game #38 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

Game #38 – Home Game #17
Winston-Salem Dash (15-22) vs. Salem Red Sox (20-17)
Sunday, May 17 – 2 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Jake Cose tossed the third consecutive quality start for a Winston-Salem pitcher Saturday but the Dash were blanked 4-0 by the Salem Red Sox. Winston attempts to salvage their three-game set with the Red Sox Sunday.

Brian Clark worked a scoreless seventh inning Saturday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Brian Clark worked a scoreless seventh inning Saturday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Omar Narvaez – C
Keenyn Walker – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Nolan Earley – LF
Ethan Wilson – DH
Matt Heidenreich – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Salem enters Sunday’s game with a chance to sweep the Dash. If the Red Sox complete the brooming, they would become the first team to collect two sweeps of the Dash at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash have only endured four home sweeps since the downtown facility opened its doors in 2010. Winston won at least one game in each of its first 81 series inside BB&T Ballpark before Salem notched a three-game sweep from August 14-16, 2013. Both Frederick and Carolina accomplished the feat a season ago, while Myrtle Beach took all three of a rain-shortened set from April 17-18 of this year.
  • Winston-Salem’s two-hit showing matched a Dash-era record for fewest hits in a nine-inning contest. Only once since the nickname change in 2009 has Winston-Salem failed to record multiple hits in a contest. Potomac permitted just one hit against the Dash in a seven-inning contest on May 12, 2013, at Pfitzner Stadium. This was the regularly-scheduled game that was played after the conclusion of a suspended affair.
  • Winston-Salem is a season-worst 8.5 games back of first-place Myrtle Beach. When the month of May began, the Dash were just a half-game away from the Pelicans, but the squad has lost 12 of its first 17 this month. A critical reason for this is the Dash’s struggles against divisional foes at home. Winston is just 4-9 against the Southern Division at BB&T Ballpark.
  • Neither Keenyn Walker nor Adam Engel reached base on Saturday night, but the duo maintained their stranglehold on the stolen base lead within the Carolina League. Walker paces the circuit with 22 stolen bases, while Engel is next with 20. Walker is tied for third place in the Minors in swipes, while Engel shares sixth place in the category. Charleston’s Jorge Mateo paces the Minors with 27. The outfield duo has accounted for 74 percent of the Dash’s 57 stolen bases, which are good for sixth-most among the 120 full-season Minor League Baseball teams.
  • Both Engel and Walker also represent the top two scorers on the circuit. Engel has touched home a league-best 26 times, while Walker is tied for second with Frederick’s Brenden Webb and Lynchburg’s Bradley Zimmer at 24. Engel’s 40 hits are one shy of the league’s best mark. Both Dosch and Wilmington’s Frank Schwindel have collected 41 hits thus far this season.
  • Sunday starter Matt Heidenreich can become the Minor Leagues’ fourth member of the six-win club. Heidenreich won each of his first five starts before recording a no decision on Tuesday at Salem. The Coronado, Calif., native’s 2.21 earned run average is eighth-lowest on the circuit, and he boasts a 3-0 record and a 1.88 ERA in his four career starts against Salem. Against the Red Sox five days ago, Heidenreich became the first Dash hurler to pitch into the eighth, but he did allow a season-high five runs.
  • Following Sunday’s game, the Dash will enjoy their second scheduled off day of 2015 before embarking on a week-long road trip. Winston will play three at Wilmington and four at Salem before returning to BB&T Ballpark for a seven-game homestand.
  • The Dash have recorded three straight quality starts, though they have lost the game each time. Winston had won eight of its first nine when receiving a quality start.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Television coverage of Sunday’s contest will be available on My48 at 2 p.m. For a channel guide please visit the Dash Broadcast Corner. The game will also be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast and the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 1:45 p.m., with the first pitch at 2 p.m.

– Scott

Game #37 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

Game #37 – Home Game #16
Winston-Salem Dash (15-21) vs. Salem Red Sox (19-17)
Saturday, May 16 – 6:30 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Winston-Salem got a great start from Robinson Leyer, who yielded only one hit in 6.0 innings, but the Red Sox rallied to send the game into extra innings before winning 6-3 in 11 frames. The Dash will try to bounce back Saturday from their third loss in a row.

Robinson Leyer didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning Friday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Robinson Leyer didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning Friday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Chris Jacobs – DH
Nick Basto – LF
Keenyn Walker – RF
Jeremy Dowdy – C
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
T.J. Williams – 1B
Jake Cose – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Friday starter Robinson Leyer submitted his best outing of the season. He puzzled Salem through a season-high six stellar innings, during which he whiffed four. Salem’s lone hit against Leyer came in the fifth when Aneury Tavarez led off with a double. This marks the second consecutive quality start that the Dash have wasted. In Thursday’s rubber match at Salem, Jace Fry worked seven innings and gave up just one run. Before these two outings, the Dash were 8-1 when receiving a quality start.
  • For just the second time in 17 games, Winston-Salem native Chris Jacobs failed to collect a base hit on Friday night. Still, Jacobs is sixth in the Carolina League with a .297 batting average. In his last 17 games, Jacobs is hitting .393 (24-for-61) with 13 RBIs. In his first 16 games, Jacobs was a .180 hitter with three RBIs.
  • Dash catcher Omar Narvaez had hit safely in nine consecutive games until his 0-for-4 effort on Friday. During this run, Narvaez had only recorded a multi-hit game once. He was a .286 hitter (10-for-35) with three RBIs and three runs scored. He fell one game shy of matching the longest hit streak by a Carolina Leaguer in 2015. The aforementioned Jacobs posted a 10-game run from April 29-May 9.
  • For the 13th time this season, Winston-Salem speedsters Keenyn Walker and Adam Engel swiped a base in the same game. Walker leads the CL with 22 stolen bases, while Engel is next with 20. Walker is alone in third place in the Minors in swipes, while Engel shares fifth place in the category. Charleston’s Jorge Mateo paces the Minors with 27. The outfield duo has accounted for 74 percent of the Dash’s 57 stolen bases, which are good for the top spot in the CL and fourth place in the Minors. Asheville (Low-A, Colorado) leads the Minor Leagues with 77.
  • Both Engel and Walker also represent the top two scorers on the circuit. Engel has touched home a league-best 26 times, while Walker is tied for second with Frederick’s Brenden Webb at 24. Engel also enjoys a share of the CL’s top spot with another Key–infielder Drew Dosch–in hits (40), while he is fifth in total bases (57).
  • The Chicago White Sox announced Friday that first baseman Keon Barnum has been placed on the disabled list due to an oblique injury. Barnum is tied for the team lead with two home runs, and his 17 RBIs are third-most on the club. In a corresponding move, Winston-Salem has added fellow infielder T.J. Williams. He was hitting .273 with nine RBIs and 13 runs scored in 25 games with Low-A Kannapolis this season. Williams made his High-A debut as the Dash’s first baseman and nine-hole hitter on Friday.
  • By June 2, the Dash will have played Salem 14 times in 22 days, including seven in the Triad (May 15-17; May 30-June 2).
  • Saturday marks Jake Cose’s third start of the season. He had not made a Minor League appearance in 613 days prior to this three-outing stretch.
  • The Dash were just 2-for-15 with men in scoring position during Friday’s loss.
  • Winston-Salem committed a season-worst five errors, two more than its previous low-water mark defensively.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

– Scott

Game #36 Preview – Dash vs. Salem

Game #36 – Home Game #15
Winston-Salem Dash (15-20) vs. Salem Red Sox (18-17)
Friday, May 15 – 7 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Jace Fry allowed only one run in 7.0 innings, but the Dash were shut out in the rubber match of a three-game set on Thursday. The two clubs pack up and begin a three-game set Friday in Winston-Salem.

Jace Fry dazzled Thursday at Salem but suffered the loss. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Jace Fry dazzled Thursday at Salem but suffered the loss. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Chris Jacobs – DH
Nick Basto – LF
Omar Narvaez – C
Keenyn Walker – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
T.J. Williams – 1B
Robinson Leyer – RHP

DASH DOTS:

  • Despite mustering just two runs in the final two contests of their series at Salem, the Dash still pace the Carolina League in runs per game at 4.3, though three teams are within a tenth of a run (Myrtle Beach, Lynchburg and Frederick). Before this two-game drought, Winston-Salem had amassed 66 runs in its previous nine games, good for 7.3 per night.
  • The Dash boast two of the top 12 hitters in the league. Winston-Salem native Chris Jacobs is fourth with a .306 batting average, and has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games, during which he is hitting .414 (24-for-58) with 13 RBIs. In his first 16 games, Jacobs was a .180 hitter with three RBIs. Despite an 0-for-4 effort Thursday, Adam Engel boasts a .287 average, 12th-best on the circuit. Engel has played every inning of the Dash’s season. The Loveland, Ohio, native paces the CL in runs (25), and he is tied for first with Frederick’s Drew Dosch in hits (39).
  • Dash catcher Omar Narvaez has hit safely in nine consecutive games dating back to May 4. During this run, Narvaez has only recorded a multi-hit game once. He is hitting .286 (10-for-35) with three RBIs and three runs scored. With a knock in his next game, Narvaez would match teammate Chris Jacobs for the longest hitting streak in the CL this season. Jacobs recorded his 10-game surge from April 29-May 9.
  • Keenyn Walker added to his Carolina League-leading stolen base total by snagging second in the second inning on Thursday. Walker’s 21 swipes are two better than teammate Adam Engel for the league’s top spot. Walker is tied for third in the Minors, while Engel shares sixth place. Winston-Salem’s 55 swipes pace the CL by 13 over second-place Salem. Among the 120 teams in full-season Minor League Baseball, Winston-Salem is tied for fourth place as a club, 21 behind first-place Asheville (Low-A, Colorado).
  • Dash fans have been flocking to BB&T Ballpark thus far this season. Through 12 openings, the Dash lead all 30 Class A-Advanced teams with 4,827 fans per game, which represents a 21-percent increase from a year ago at this juncture of the home slate. The attendance has eclipsed the 5,000 mark in half of those 12 contests. If the season ended today, the Dash would boast their best per-game average for a season in the BB&T Ballpark era (2010-present).
  • The Chicago White Sox have announced that first baseman Keon Barnum has been placed on the disabled list due to an oblique injury. Barnum is tied for the team lead with two home runs, and his 17 RBIs are third-most on the club. In a corresponding move, Winston-Salem has added fellow infielder T.J. Williams. He was hitting .273 with nine RBIs and 13 runs scored in 25 games with Low-A Kannapolis this season.
  • By June 2, the Dash will have played Salem 14 times in 22 days, including seven in the Triad (May 15-17; May 30-June 2).
  • Southpaw Jace Fry has only received 15 runs of support in his seven starts (2.1/game). Fry collected his team high-tying third quality start on Thursday. The Dash are 1-2 when he records a quality start and 7-0 when any other pitcher accomplishes the feat.

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.

– Scott

How to steal a base with Dash OF Keenyn Walker

The Dash are in the midst of playing the Salem Red Sox 14 times in 20 games, a matchup of the two top base stealing teams in the Carolina League. Perhaps no player on either club epitomizes the threat that speed can bring on the bases more than Winston-Salem outfielder Keenyn Walker, who has stolen 20 bases on the season, a figure that tops the circuit and is tied for third in all of Minor League Baseball.

Keenyn Walker is one of the most prolific base stealers in High-A. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Keenyn Walker is one of the most prolific base stealers in High-A. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Walker’s raw stolen base totals are impressive, but so is his efficiency. Weighted stolen bases (wSB) estimates the number of runs a player contributes to his team by stealing bases, as compared to the average player. With just five times caught stealing, Walker has contributed 1.8 runs to the Dash on his stolen bases alone, which ranks second in all of Class A-Advanced.

For Walker, who has batted in the bottom third of the order in each of his 34 games, the time before he goes to bat is not only valuable in evaluating what the pitcher is throwing, but also his delivery to the plate, specifically from the stretch. Walker looks for what he calls “keys” on when the pitcher will throw towards the plate, and as a baserunner, when he can take off for second.

“It’s really all based off how he sets up,” Walker said. “If he sets up wide, usually it’s the back shoulder, if he sets up narrow, usually it’s his front foot.

“Hitting nine-hole, you’ve got eight batters to really look at the keys for the pitcher, whether he’s picking his foot up or moving his shoulder before he goes to the plate. And really, whenever I’m in the dugout, that’s all I look for is what his key is to when he goes to the plate.”

Walker’s base stealing philosophy entails that stealing a base comes more against the pitcher than the catcher. Nevertheless, he does believe there is an unintended consequence from the catcher, who calls the pitch, if either he or Dash outfield Adam Engel, who has swiped 19 bags, are on base.

Kenyan Walker believes a base stealing threat gives the batter more fastballs to hit. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Kenyan Walker believes a base stealing threat gives the batter more fastballs to hit. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

“Catcher-wise, you have to realize what the situation is. Who’s on base, who’s hitting,” said Walker. “Normally with me or Engel on base, they’re going to throw more fastballs to the hitter.”

Throwing fastballs over an off-speed or breaking pitch obviously allows the ball to reach the catcher more quickly, which in theory would allow them a few more split seconds to throw out a potential base stealer.

This information is certainly no secret to the batter, who can decide to sit on a fastball to drive for a base hit to the outfield. A premiere and aggressive base stealing threat like Walker also can distract a pitcher, taking away some of his focus on dealing with the batter and instead placing it on trying to slow down the running game.

Walker’s job, with the information he’s gathered from observing the pitcher in the dugout, is to make sure that, even if a fastball is thrown and he doesn’t get the best start towards second or third, his lead is extended enough to give him another advantage towards a stolen base while also not being too big to draw a pickoff attempt.

“It’s really just getting a lead where you’re comfortable and where you know you can steal the bag with getting even an okay jump,” Walker said.

All of this strategy goes into the roughly 3.25 seconds it takes to steal second base. It’s an exhilarating rush, and one that Keenyn Walker has excelled at in his professional career.

– Scott

Game #35 Preview – Dash at Salem

Game #35 – Road Game #21
Winston-Salem Dash (15-19) at Salem Red Sox (17-17)
Thursday, May 14 – 7:05 p.m.
LewisGale Field (Salem, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

A six-run second propelled the Salem Red Sox to an 8-2 victory Wednesday over Winston-Salem. Thursday’s meeting between the two clubs will act as the rubber game of the three-game series.

Nick Basto plated an RBI single Wednesday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Nick Basto plated an RBI single Wednesday. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – SS
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Nick Basto – LF
Omar Narvaez – C
Keenyn Walker – DH
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Nolan Earley – RF
Jace Fry – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • In Wednesday’s losing effort, Winston-Salem still had some opportunities to score. Seven hitters recorded at least one base hit, with Trey Michalczewski amassing a pair of doubles. Despite a two-run effort, the Dash finished play Wednesday leading the Carolina League in runs per game at 4.4. Nine days ago, Winston-Salem was last on the circuit in this category, but the club has averaged 6.5 runs per contest in its last 10 games over this nine-day span.
  • Two individuals have been the primary catalysts of this offensive revival. Chris Jacobs, who is fourth in the Carolina League with a .305 batting average, has hit safely in 14 of his last 15 games, during which he is hitting .418 (23-for-55) with 13 RBIs. Before this run, Jacobs was a .180 hitter with three RBIs in 16 games. Adam Engel boasts a .295 average, seventh-highest on the circuit. Engel has played every inning of the Dash’s season in center field, and the Loveland, Ohio, native has collected a hit in all but nine of the club’s 34 games. He leads the CL in both hits (39) and runs scored (25).
  • In his first Minor League effort since August 9, 2014, right-hander Euclides Leyer tossed 2.1 scoreless innings Wednesday. Leyer resigned with the Sox in April after the Reds released him at the end of Spring Training. Cincinnati nabbed Leyer in the Triple-A Phase of the Rule 5 Draft.
  • Both of Winston-Salem’s prolific thieves were caught stealing on Wednesday night. Keenyn Walker leads the league with 20 stolen bases, and Adam Engel is one back at 19. Walker is tied for third in the Minors, while Engel shares fifth place. Salem catcher Jake Romanski gunned down both men, Engel in the first and Walker in the sixth.
  • Still, Winston-Salem’s 54 swipes pace the CL and are tied for fifth place in the Minors. The Dash are tied with New Britain (Double-A, Colorado). The Low-A South Atlantic League boasts the top three base-stealing clubs–Asheville (72; Colorado). Charleston (71; NY Yankees), and Lexington (63; Kansas City), while Peoria (Low-A, St. Louis) is fourth with 55.
  • Even though Thursday marks the rubber match of this three-game series, Winston and Salem will not part ways. The Red Sox will invade BB&T Ballpark for a three-gamer that begins Friday night. By June 2, the Dash and Sox will have played 14 of their 20 games against one another, the busiest such stretch for Winston-Salem against any other CL foe in the Dash era. Since that nickname change in 2009, no team has enjoyed more success against Winston than Salem, who is 64-57-1 (.529) versus the Dash.
  • Wednesday snapped a run of six consecutive decisions going to a Dash reliever, and Andre Wheeler was making a spot start for the injured James Dykstra (back). Before this run, Winston-Salem relievers had only picked up four of the Dash’s first 21 decisions in 2015. Winston-Salem relievers are 5-5, while starters are 10-14.
  • First baseman Keon Barnum has missed back-to-back games with an oblique injury. Barnum, who is hitting .245 with two homers and 17 RBIs in 31 games, was a late scratch from Tuesday’s game.
  • Winston-Salem has only scored 15 runs in the six games Jace Fry has started, a big reason why he is 1-4 despite a 3.03 ERA.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

Thursday’s game will be broadcast live on 600 AM-WSJS and wsjs.com, along with the TuneIn Radio app. The Pregame Dash will begin at 6:50 p.m., with the first pitch at 7:05 p.m.

– Scott

Game #34 Preview – Dash at Salem

Game #34 – Road Game #20
Winston-Salem Dash (15-18) at Salem Red Sox (16-17)
Wednesday, May 13 – 7:05 p.m.
LewisGale Field (Salem, Va.)

GAME BACKGROUND:

Adam Engel cranked a two-run home run in the ninth to complete a furious comeback and lift the Dash to a 7-5 victory in the series opener Tuesday over Salem. A victory over the Red Sox today would put the two clubs in a tie for third place in the Carolina League Southern Division.

Adam Engel's two-run homer Tuesday broke a ninth-inning tie. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

Adam Engel’s two-run homer Tuesday broke a ninth-inning tie. (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash)

STARTING LINEUP:

Adam Engel – CF
Jake Peter – 2B
Trey Michalczewski – 3B
Chris Jacobs – 1B
Nick Basto – DH
Omar Narvaez – C
Keenyn Walker – RF
Cleuluis Rondon – SS
Nolan Earley – LF
Andre Wheeler – LHP

DASH DOTS:

  • For the first time this season, Winston-Salem overcame a four-run deficit to win a game. This marks the biggest comeback by the club since July 8, 2014, when the Dash scored the game’s final 10 runs to turn a 9-3 deficit into a 13-9 win over Myrtle Beach. Before Tuesday, the Dash were a league-worst 0-16 when trailing after seven innings. This also marked Winston’s first last at-bat win since August 28, 2013, at Myrtle.
  • The Dash’s top two hitters delivered in their series-opening win at Salem. Chris Jacobs, who is sixth in the Carolina League with a .301 average, went 2-for-5 with a pair of RBIs. The Winston-Salem native has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games, during which he is hitting .415 (22-for-53) with 13 RBIs. Before this run, Jacobs was a .180 hitter with three RBIs in 16 games. Adam Engel jumped to seventh on the circuit in average (.299) with a 2-for-5 effort. He also leads the CL in runs (25), while his 38 hits are even with Frederick’s Drew Dosch for the top spot.
  • Nolan Earley was added to the lineup less than two hours before first pitch, with Keon Barnum sitting out on Tuesday. Earley delivered to the tune of a 2-for-3, two-RBI, two-run performance. After starting his High-A career 0-for-8, Earley is 4-for-6 with four runs and three RBIs in his last three games (two starts).
  • Thanks to a Cleuluis Rondon stolen base in the seventh inning, the Dash added to their league-leading total. Winston-Salem’s 54 swipes are 14 better than second-place Salem within the CL and fourth-most in the Minors. The Dash are trailing only three South Atlantic League teams–Asheville (72; Colorado). Charleston (71; NY Yankees), and Lexington (63; Kansas City). The Dash boast the CL’s top two thieves. Keenyn Walker is tied for third in the Minors with 20, while Adam Engel is alone in fifth with 19.
  • Even though Matt Heidenreich became the first Dash hurler to reach the eighth inning this season, he did not become the Minors’ third six-game winner. Heidenreich’s jumped an even run to 2.21 after giving up five runs on nine hits in seven-plus frames en route to his first no-decision of the campaign. Still, the Coronado, Calif., native is one of three men in High-A and 13 in the Minors with five wins. In his four career starts against Salem, Heidenreich is 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA, and the Dash have won all four times.
  • For the third time, southpaw Andre Wheeler has been pressed into a starting role, though Wednesday will mark the first time he has started a nine-inning contest. Wheeler takes the rotation spot of James Dykstra, who was placed on the disabled list this weekend with a back injury. Wheeler struggled in his first start on April 15 at Potomac (2.1 IP, 3 R-ER), which came less than an hour after Dykstra’s no-hitter against the P-Nats. However, Wheeler bounced back in his most recent start and outing on Saturday against Myrtle Beach (4.0 IP, 0 R).
  • Omar Narvaez is riding a seven-game hit streak (8-for-27, .296), which is tied for the longest active run in the CL.
  • Jake Peter’s eight-game hit streak ended on Tuesday. He was 11-for-30 (.367) with six RBIs during this surge.
  • Winston-Salem is 4-1 in road games against division foes.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

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

– Scott

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