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Winston-Salem Dash: Game Notes (June 13 vs. Myrtle Beach)

June 13, 2018 - Carolina League (CarL) - Winston-Salem Dash News Release

Winston-Salem's magic number to clinch a first-half Southern Division championship sits at three entering's Wednesday's action against Myrtle Beach.

The ballclub looks to continue its #DashToThePostseason and expand its lead over the Buies Creek Astros in the Southern Division, who trail the Dash by 2.5 games. First pitch is set for 7 p.m..

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WINSTON-SALEM DASH (38-27) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (33-31)

LHP Tanner Banks (5-2, 2.94 ERA) vs. RHP Cory Abbott (1-0, 3.00 ERA)

7 p.m. - BB&T Ballpark (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

Game #66 (Home Game #31)

KNIGHTS IN SHINING ARMOR

Bernardo Flores fired seven shutout innings, and Blake Rutherford and Luis Basabe each hit a home run to lead Winston-Salem in a 4-0 win over Myrtle Beach on Tuesday night at BB&T Ballpark. Rutherford's blast - his fourth of the season, came in the first inning off of Myrtle Beach starter Alex Lange. In the third inning, Basabe curled a two-run shot around the right-field foul pole to give the Dash a 3-0 lead. Flores recorded his eighth consecutive quality start, allowing just five total baserunners across his seven innings of work. Joe Mockbee, who was making his High-A debut on Wednesday, tossed a perfect eighth inning, Mike Morrison tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

CITY'S FINEST

Dash outfielders Luis Basabe and Joel Booker, right-handers Dylan Cease and Matt Foster, and left-hander Bernardo Flores have been named Carolina League All-Stars, the league office announced on Monday. The five players will be a part of the Southern Division team in the 2018 All-Star Classic, which will take place at Five County Stadium, the home of the Carolina Mudcats. Here's a look at what each player has done so far:

Basabe: Leads the Dash with nine home runs and a .518 slugging percentage.

Booker: Leads the Dash in on-base percentage (.376), runs scored (37) and steals (13).

Cease: Leads league in strikeouts (78) and is tied for the lead in wins (eight), all while posting a 2.97 ERA

Flores: Second in the CL in IP (77.2); tossed 10 quality starts and posted a 2.55 ERA

Foster: 36:7 strikeout-to-walk ratio; 0.95 ERA over his last 13 outings.

BRICK BY BRICK

Winston-Salem has built a team contending for a first-half championship. The Dash are in first place in the Southern Division, leading by 2.5 games over the Buies Creek Astros with five games left to play in the first half. Their magic number currently stands at three. Winston last won a first-half title in 2012.

SETTLING A SCORE

The Dash are in the midst of a seven-game homestand, with the final game of a three-game set on Wednesday against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Despite playing sub-.500 ball for most of the first half, the Birds are currently the hottest team in the circuit, having won nine of their last 11 games. They sit 4.5 games of Winston for first place.

LARGEST ARMY

Through 65 games this year, the Dash are sitting near the top of many Carolina League leaderboards. On offense, the Dash lead the circuit in doubles (119) and triples (22). Meanwhile, the ballclub is second in the circuit in batting average (.262), on-base percentage (.340), slugging percentage (.412) and runs scored (319). On the mound, the Dash have the second-best ERA (3.47) and the second-most strikeouts (561).

TAKING IT TO THE BANK(S)

Left-hander Tanner Banks gets the start for the Dash with a chance to secure a series sweep of the Pelicans. Banks has been outstanding in his last five starts, compiling a 5-0 record and a 1.36 ERA (5ER, 33.0IP) with 31 strikeouts and five walks in that span. The southpaw has also reeled off six consecutive quality starts. Banks was a 2017 Carolina League All-Star with Winston-Salem, posting a 7-3 record with a 3.05 ERA in 14 starts. Banks was an 18th-round selection by the White Sox in 2014 out of the University of Utah. This is Banks' third season in Winston-Salem. The 26-year-old started the season in extended spring training, due to the logjam in Winston's rotation.

DASH DOTS

Stupendously, the Winston-Salem ball club has a chance to clinch a first-half championship, even though Buies Creek trails by just 2.5 games. Part of the team's success is due to energetic skipper Omar Vizquel, who has the reins. Prior to joining Winston-Salem, the Detroit Tigers had Vizquel has a coach.

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