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Winston-Salem Dash: Game Notes (June 17 vs. Wilmington)

June 17, 2018 - Carolina League (CarL) - Winston-Salem Dash News Release

The first-half champion Dash wrap up their first-half slate on Sunday at BB&T Ballpark against Wilmington. First pitch is set for 2 p.m..


WINSTON-SALEM DASH (41-28) vs. Wilmington Blue Rocks (29-40)

RHP Blake Hickman (0-0, 4.88 ERA) vs. LHP Daniel Tillo (1-1, 3.86 ERA)

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

Game #70 (Home Game #35)


Despite a quality start from Jimmy Lambert, Winston-Salem fell to the Wilmington Blue Rocks 2-1 on Saturday night at BB&T Ballpark to snap the Dash's eight-game winning streak. Lambert cruised through the first six innings, striking out six while throwing just 66 pitches. But, in the top of the seventh, Wilmington plated its first run against Lambert. After Chris DeVito doubled with two outs, Vance Vizcaino stroked an RBI single to left field to make it a 1-0 contest. The Dash were unable to get a run across against Wilmington starter Cristian Castillo, who worked four innings. Meanwhile, Carter Hope replaced Castillo in the bottom of the fifth innings and continued to limit the Dash offense, pitching three scoreless innings while allowing just three hits and striking out three. Matt Foster took over for Lambert in the top of the ninth and struck out two, but the Blue Rocks plated an insurance via a Chris DeVito RBI single. Alex Call plated the Dash's only run in the ninth.


Thursday's postseason berth marks the fifth time Winston-Salem has earned a spot a playoff spot in the Dash era (2009-present). Winston-Salem has yet to claim a Carolina League championship, though, falling twice in the Mills Cup Finals and twice in the Southern Division Championship series. Last time the franchise won a CL title was 2003, when the team was named the Warthogs.


Due to Saturday's loss, the Dash's eight-game winning streak has come to a close. During the team's streak, Winston-Salem had outscored opponents 48-22. Prior to this run, the last time Winston-Salem won eight games or more in a row was back in 2013, when the team won 10 in a row from August 19-29.


The Dash are wrapping up their last homestand of the first half, with Sunday being the final game of a four-game set against the Wilmington Blue Rocks, who are 3-3 against Winston this year.


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 .502 slugging percentage.

Booker: Leads the Dash in on-base percentage (.387), runs scored (39) and steals (14).

Cease: Leads league in strikeouts (82) and is tied for the league lead in wins (nine), all while posting a 2.89 ERA

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

Foster: 40:7 strikeout-to-walk ratio; 1.27 ERA over his last 15 outings.


Through 69 games this year, the Dash are sitting near the top of many Carolina League leaderboards. On offense, the Dash lead the circuit in doubles (128) and triples (24). Meanwhile, the ballclub is second in the circuit in batting average (.262), on-base percentage (.340), slugging percentage (.411) and runs scored (335). On the mound, the Dash have the second-best ERA (3.36) in the circuit and have the third-most strikeouts (562).


Right-hander Blake Hickman will make his first start of the 2018 season on Sunday...The former Iowa Hawkeye made 17 starts for Low-A Kannapolis last year, going 4-6 with a 3.76 ERA...A seventh-round pick in 2015, Hickman missed his first two years of pro ball after undergoing Tommy John surgery on June 20, 2015...Hickman was named an All-American in 2015, marking the first selection for a Hawkeye since 1999...Fittingly, Hickman took part in the White Sox Amateur City Elite program as a Chicago youth.

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