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Winston-Salem Dash: Game Notes (June 14 vs. Wilmington)

June 14, 2018 - Carolina League (CarL) - Winston-Salem Dash News Release

With a magic number of two, Winston-Salem can clinch a first-half Southern Division championship with a win over Wilmington on Thursday, coupled with a Buies Creek loss against Potomac. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.


WINSTON-SALEM DASH (39-27) vs. Wilmington Blue Rocks (29-37)

RHP Dylan Cease (8-2, 2.97 ERA) vs. RHP Ofreidy Gomez (2-4, 3.88 ERA)

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

Game #67 (Home Game #32)


Tanner Banks recorded a quality start on Wednesday, tossing seven strong innings to lead the Dash to a 3-2 win over Myrtle Beach at BB&T Ballpark. With the win, the Dash sweep the Pelicans and earn their sixth straight victory. The Dash jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning against Myrtle Beach starter Cory Abbott. After Joel Booker led off with a double, he came in to score on a triple from Alex Call. Next, Blake Rutherford lofted a deep fly ball to center, bringing in Call on a sacrifice fly. The Astros plated one in the third, but the Dash got a run back via a Ti'Quan Forbes RBI single. Banks ended up allowing just two runs through seven frames, and Matt Foster locked down his seventh save.


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 (.383), runs scored (38) and steals (13).

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

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

Foster: 38:7 strikeout-to-walk ratio; 0.90 ERA over his last 14 outings.


If the Dash win and the Buies Creek Astros lose on Thursday, Winston-Salem will clinch a first-half Southern Division title. The Dash are in first place in the Southern Division, leading by 2.5 games over the Astros with four games left to play in the first half. Winston last won a first-half title in 2012.


The Dash are in the midst of a seven-game homestand, with Thursday being the first game of a four-game set against the Wilmington Blue Rocks. Wilmington took two of three against the Dash from April 27-29 at Frawley Stadium. The Blue Rocks have been eliminated from postseason contention, sitting 6.5 games back of first-place Potomac. The Blue Rocks will be sending four All-Stars to the Midsummer Classic - right-hander Bryan Brickhouse, infielder D.J. Burt and outfielders Khalil Lee and Kort Peterson.


Through 66 games this year, the Dash are sitting near the top of many Carolina League leaderboards. On offense, the Dash lead the circuit in doubles (122) and triples (23). Meanwhile, the ballclub is second in the circuit in batting average (.263), on-base percentage (.341), slugging percentage (.414) and runs scored (322). On the mound, the Dash have the second-best ERA (3.43) and the second-most strikeouts (566).


Right-hander Dylan Cease will make his final first-half start on Thursday at BB&T Ballpark. Cease has been one of the best pitchers in the Carolina League this year, posting an 8-2 record with a 2.97 ERA in 12 starts. Last time out at the downtown facility, the former Cubs farmhand allowed just one hit in six stellar innings against Carolina. His All-Star nod with the Dash marks the third time he has been named to a Midseason All-Star team. Cease earned a South Atlantic League All-Star nod with Low-A South Bend in 2017 and a Northwest League All-Star selection with Class A short-season Eugene.


The Dash last clinched a postseason berth in 2015, completing an improbable worst-to-first turnaround that season...After finishing a league-worst 30-40 in the first half, Winston-Salem went 45-23 in the second half to win a second-half Southern Division title.

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