Winston-Salem Dash: Game Notes (July 18 vs. Wilmington)
The Dash continue their three-game set against the Wilmington Blue Rocks on Thursday at BB&T Ballpark. First pitch is set for 7 p.m..
WINSTON-SALEM DASH (11-16, 49-42) vs. Wilmington Blue Rocks (14-12, 58-37)
RHP Zach Lewis (5-4, 5.83 ERA) vs. LHP Austin Fox (1-2, 2.42 ERA)
7 p.m. - BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)
Game #92 (Home Game #46)
DEDELOW HOMERS IN 4-1 LOSS
Craig Dedelow notched his 11th home run of the season on Wednesday night, but the Warthogs fell to the Wilmington Blue Rocks 4-1 at BB&T Ballpark. Sporting its retro Warthogs jerseys, Winston-Salem got on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning. With one out, Dedelow crushed a 3-2 pitch from Wilmington starter Kris Bubic into the right field seats. However, that was the only run Winston-Salem could muster, as Blue Rocks pitching combined to retire the final 15 Warthogs hitters in order. Bubic was strong throughout the night, as he fanned 11 Winston-Salem hitters. The left-hander has allowed just one earned run over his last 13 innings of work. Meanwhile, Collin Snider and Walker Sheller combined to retire the final nine Warthogs hitters in order.
RECAPPING THE FIRST HALF
With a victory against Carolina on June 16, Winston-Salem clinched its third-best first-half winning percentage (.594) in the Dash era (2009-present). The Dash also ended the first half in second place in the Southern Division. By posting a .594 winning percentage, the 2019 team trailed only the 2012 club (.637) and 2010 team (.614) in first-half finishes.
FIVE OUT OF 10 IN THE SECOND HALF
In the Dash's history (2009-present), Winston-Salem has had the best second-half record in the Southern Division five separate times. These years include 2009 (tied with Salem), 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2018 (tied with Buies Creek).
AN ALUMNUS SHINES AT A NEW LEVEL
Luis Robert, who began the season with Winston-Salem, made his Triple-A debut last Thursday and is now 11-for-25 with three homers and nine RBIs in six games with the Charlotte Knights. Rated the fifth-best prospect in baseball per MLB Pipeline, Robert posted a .453/.512/.920 batting line in 19 games for the Dash before earning a promotion to Double-A Birmingham. Across three levels, the 21-year-old is hitting .356 with 19 homers in 81 games this year.
LENDING A HAND IN TWO ROLES
Right-hander Zach Lewis will get the ball in Thursday's contest against Wilmington. Lewis, who is from Palos Heights, Illinois, is pitching for the organization he grew up loving as a kid. When he was younger, he was a big fan of White Sox third baseman Joe Crede, a key member of the 2005 Chicago White Sox team that won a World Series. Lewis has pitched in the bullpen and in the rotation for Winston-Salem this season. In his first outing of the season, he replaced an injured Lincoln Henzman on Opening Day to earn a victory over the Frederick Keys by tossing 6.2 strong innings. As a reliever this year, Lewis has thrived, posting a 3.38 ERA in 10 appearances. Meanwhile, in a starting role, the right-hander is 1-3 with a 7.31 ERA in 10 starts. More information is available on page 3.
THE GIVE AND TAKE ON OFFENSE
Despite scoring just 59 runs over the last 20 games, the Dash are the only team in the Carolina League that is in the top four in batting average (4th, .249), on-base percentage (3rd, .332) and slugging percentage (2nd, .383). Meanwhile, the Dash are third in homers (67) and sixth in runs scored (403). In the second half, the Dash have struggled with runners in scoring position, hitting at a .219 (48-for-219) clip.
NOT A LOT OF SEPARATION
Through the first 27 games of the second half, the Dash have not played a contest where the margin of victory or defeat was more than four runs. Here's the breakdown of the Dash's record in these games:
One-run games: 4-7
Two-run games: 3-4
Three-run games: 3-3
Four-run games: 1-2
Dedelow is now tied for the team lead in homers with Tyler Frost...Tyler Johnson, who posted a 1.45 ERA last year in half a season for the Dash, tossed two scoreless innings on Wednesday, striking out five...The former fifth-rounder is posting a 1.80 ERA over seven High-A appearances.
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