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Dash vs. Blue Rocks - Game Notes - June 7, 2013

June 7, 2013 - Carolina League (CarL) - Winston-Salem Dash News Release

WINSTON HOLDS ON FOR NARROW WIN

The Dash edged the Salem Red Sox 5-4 on Thursday night in the finale of a five-game, four-day series at LewisGale Field. Thanks to a three-run second inning and a Jeremy Farrell solo homer in the third, the Dash enjoyed a 4-1 lead until Salem plated a run in each of the three middle innings. Winston-Salem used inning-ending double plays in the sixth and seventh to keep the game tied. Ironically, a twin killing pushed across the go-ahead run in the eighth, and the bullpen duo of Jeremy Erben and Cody Winiarski held the Sox off the board down the stretch to earn a win and save, respectively.

ALL SQUARE

For the first time since April 23 when they were 10-8, the Dash own a share of first place in the Southern Division standings. Myrtle Beach's game with Potomac on Thursday was tied at five apiece when the game was suspended due to rain. Because the two teams do not play again in the first half, the game will likely be ruled a tie, which happened to the Dash in 2012 at Salem thanks to a power outage with the game tied in the fifth. That game was also the two squads' final meeting of the first half.

TALE OF THE TAPE

Both the Dash and Pelicans have only two teams remaining on their first-half slates. Winston plays Wilmington seven times and Lynchburg three times, while Myrtle has eight games left against Carolina and three versus Frederick. The Dash boast a 6-1 mark against the Blue Crew, but they are just 2-6 against the defending champion Hillcats. The Birds are 5-1 against the Muddies and 5-3 when battling the Keys.

ROCKING THE BLUE CREW

After going 15-5 against Wilmington in 2012, Winston-Salem has won six of its first seven meetings with the Blue Crew this year because of great pitching. The Blue Rocks are hitting only .198 with 12 total runs against a Dash staff that owns a 1.80 ERA against Wilmington.

BECK, CURLEY, FARRELL NAMED TO ASG

Right-handed starter Chris Beck, shortstop Chris Curley and third baseman Jeremy Farrell will represent the Dash in the 2013 California-Carolina League All-Star Game in San Jose, Calif., on Tuesday, June 18. Beck is 10th in the CL with a 3.19 ERA. Curley is in the top six in the league in average, homers, RBIs, hits and runs. Farrell, who claimed the Carolina League's Topps Player of the Month award for May, paces the circuit with 42 RBIs. In last year's Midsummer Classic, three Winston-Salem All-Stars (OF Michael Earley, RHP Matt Heidenreich and OF Brady Shoemaker) led the Carolina League to a 9-1 victory at BB&T Ballpark.

FORMER YANKEE, NC STATE RIGHTY HERE

Right-hander Andrew Brackman, who pitched briefly for the Yankees in 2011, was activated from the disabled list on Wednesday. Brackman signed with the White Sox during the offseason after spending 2012 in Cincinnati's minor league system. The former NC State product was the 30th overall pick in the 2007 draft after leading the Wolfpack to three straight NCAA Tournament trips. Brackman, who will pitch out of the club's bullpen, has yet to pitch for the Dash in 2013.

HEISLER'S MiLB-BEST STREAK ENDS

Outfielder Adam Heisler went 0-for-3 Thursday, which brought his 43-game on-base streak to an end. It was the longest active on-base streak in Minor League Baseball. After reaching base in his final three games of 2012 with rookie-level Great Falls, Heisler found his way aboard in all 19 games with Low-A Kannapolis and his first 21 with the Dash this season. The Mobile, Ala., native hit .301 (50-for-166) with 18 RBIs and 30 runs scored during the run.

CURLEY'S CLIMB

Chris Curley is one of two men in the Carolina League (Lynchburg's Robby Hefflinger) who is in the top six in batting average (.290, 6th), home runs (9, T-4th), RBIs (40, T-2nd), hits (65, T-3rd) and runs (38, T-4th).


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