Winston-Salem Dash: Game Notes (July 2 at Wilmington)
Following a 4-3 loss to Wilmington on Sunday, the Dash look to clinch a winning road trip with a victory on Monday night against the Blue Rocks. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m..
WINSTON-SALEM DASH (7-4, 48-33) at Wilmington Blue Rocks (6-4, 37-43)
LHP John Parke (0-1, 4.50 ERA) vs. RHP Ofreidy Gomez (2-6, 4.29 ERA)
6:35 p.m. - Wilmington, Del. (Frawley Stadium)
Game #82 (Away Game #43)
DASH DROP SUNDAY AFTERNOON TILT
Gavin Sheets continued his hot hitting on Sunday, and the Dash had the tying run at second base in the ninth inning, but Winston-Salem fell 4-3 to Wilmington at Frawley Stadium. Sheets finished the game 2-for-4, tallying his sixth consecutive multi-hit contest. However, down 2-1 in the eighth inning, Wilmington took the lead for good against Lincoln Henzman. Following back-to-back walks to Angelo Castellano and Blake Perkins, D.J. Burt stroked a single into right field to bring home the tying run. Then, Perkins scored on a sacrifice fly from Gabriel Cancel to give Wilmington a 3-2 lead. The Blue Rocks added a key insurance run later in the inning with an RBI single from Travis Jones.
NOTHING BETTER THAN NEW SHEETS
Sheets has hit safely in 15 straight games, the longest hitting streak of his career and the longest active hitting streak in the Carolina League. Over the last 15 games, Sheets is batting .400 (26-for-65) with five doubles, two home runs and eight RBIs. Sheets' streak continues a torrid start to the second half, which has seen him post a .429 average in 11 games, including six straight multi-hit games. In his last six games, Sheets is batting .517 (15-for-29) with three doubles, two home runs and five RBIs.
BRINGING OUT THE BIG LUMBER
Thanks to their strong second-half start, Dash are atop the Carolina League in several offensive categories, including runs (408), hits (736), RBIs (384) and slugging percentage (.421). While Sheets has been the hottest of the bunch, several other Dash players have performed well since the All-Star Break, including:
OF Micker Adolfo: 13-for-35 with three homers and 12 RBIs
OF Luis Gonzalez: 17-for-42 with nine runs scored and six doubles
INF Laz Rivera: 13-for-43 with 11 runs, four doubles, one homer and three RBIs
OF Blake Rutherford: 11-for-34 with three doubles, two home runs and 12 RBIs
The Dash currently have seven of the White Sox top 30 prospects on their roster, including Luis Robert, who is ranked third in the White Sox organization and 24th in all of baseball per MLB Pipeline. While Robert is on the disabled list, the Dash roster also includes Blake Rutherford (No. 7), Micker Adolfo (No. 10), Gavin Sheets (No. 11), Luis Gonzalez (No. 18), Tyler Johnson (No. 25) and Lincoln Henzman (No. 26).
ANOTHER HONOR FOR BOOKER
Former Dash outfielder and current Birmingham Baron Joel Booker has been named the White Sox Minor League Player of the Month for June. A 22nd-round pick by Chicago out of the University of Iowa in 2016, Booker batted .391 with a homer, eight doubles and seven RBIs in 12 games played with the Dash in June. As one of five All-Star representing Winston-Salem at the Carolina League All-Star Game in Zebulon, N.C., Booker went 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs, helping the Southern Division squad beat the Northern Division 7-6. For his efforts, Booker earned the BUSH'S All-Star MVP award. Following the All-Star Break, Booker was promoted to Double-A Birmingham, where he went 13-for-38 in June.
PARKE IT LIKE IT'S HOT
Left-hander John Parke will make his second High-A start on Monday against the Blue Rocks. A 21st-round selection out of the University of South Carolina, Parke logged a quality start in his first time out with the Dash. On June 27, the southpaw went six innings and allowed three runs in a loss against the Keys. Despite giving up an early three-run homer, Parke finished his outing by retiring 17 of the last 18 batters he faced. Prior to joining the Dash, Parke went 7-4 with a 2.82 ERA with the Intimidators. More information is available on page 3.
Former Dash pitcher Dylan Cease allowed just one run in seven innings of work on Sunday with the Barons.
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