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Winston-Salem Warthogs Game Notes (May 26 vs. Frederick)

May 26, 2016 - Carolina League (CarL1)
Winston-Salem Dash News Release

On a Throwback Thursday at BB&T Ballpark, Winston-Salem will sport commemorative Warthogs jerseys in honor of the franchise's nickname from 1995-2008. This marks the first time in 2,819 days that Winston-Salem has sported Warthogs jerseys. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.

**Thursday's Warthogs game will air live on 600 AM-WSJS and, with pregame coverage starting at 6:45 p.m.**



RHP Brandon Brennan (1-1, 4.20 ERA) vs. David Richardson (1-1, 4.20 ERA)

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

Game #48 (Home Game #24)


Winston-Salem whittled an early four-run deficit down to a single tally, but Frederick added an insurance run in the ninth and held on for a 7-5 victory at BB&T Ballpark. The Keys plated four in the second after the first six men reached versus Spencer Adams, who gave up five runs (all earned) on 10 hits over five innings. Adams did push his CL-leading innings total to 57.0 in the loss. Offensively, Winston mustered 11 hits, and eight of its nine starters collected a hit. Brett Austin launched a solo shot in the second.


For the first time since BB&T Ballpark opened in 2010, Winston-Salem will wear commemorative Warthogs jerseys. The franchise has not sported the Warthogs logo in 2,819 days (September 6, 2008). Before the nickname change to Dash in 2009, the Warthogs enjoyed a successful 14-year run from 1995-2008. During this stretch, Winston-Salem posted a 944-1004 (.485) record and claimed its most recent Mills Cup crown (2003). Eight former Warthogs became MLB All-Stars (year in W-S), including Joe Crede (1998), Bobby Jenks (2008), Carlos Lee (1997), Aaron Rowand (1999) and Gio Gonzalez (2005).


Warthogs outfielder Hunter Jones has shined thus far in May. Jones boasts a .359 average (33-for-92) with three homers, 11 RBIs and 18 runs in 24 games. In 23 April games, he hit .242 with no homers, six RBIs and 18 runs. Jones has amassed at least two hits in four of his last five games and eight of the Warthogs' last 12.


Jones is one of four men in the Carolina League who has yet to miss a game, joining Myrtle Beach sluggers Yasiel Balaguert (44) and Ian Happ (44) and P-Nats infielder Jose Marmolejos (42). Within the CL, Jones is first in games (47) and hits (56), second in triples (6) and total bases (85), tied for third in runs (36), fourth in steals (22) and eighth in batting average (.299).


Before the 2016 season began, the Warthogs boasted a 244-176 (.581) record in the club's six years at BB&T Ballpark. During that stretch, the Warthogs collected 23 series sweeps, while their opposition had only earned four. However, the Warthogs have already clinched their sixth home series loss in seven tries, and Frederick can finish off the third sweep for a visitor in the Triad in 2016 with a victory on Thursday. Salem posted the second four-game sweep for an opponent during the first series of 2016 from April 14-17, and Myrtle Beach broomed Winston-Salem in a three-game set from May 2-4.


Here are some notable occurrences during the Warthogs era, which stretched from 1995-2008:

1994: Winston-Salem played its final season with the nickname Spirits (1984-94).

1995: In the first year of the Warthogs era, Winston-Salem went 69-68 with the help of future MLB All-Star Aaron Boone.

1997: The Warthogs shifted affiliates from the Cincinnati Reds to the Chicago White Sox. Winston-Salem has been with the White Sox ever since this change.

2003: Winston-Salem claimed its 11th all-time Mills Cup. The Warthogs went 71-67 in the regular season and swept both Kinston and Lynchburg in the Carolina League Playoffs.

2005: Leo Daigle recorded the CL's second Triple Crown (.341, 29 HR, 112 RBIs). The only other Triple Crown belongs to fellow Winston slugger Ray Jablonski (.363, 28, 127 in 1950).

2008: Winston-Salem was 71-68 in the final season of the Warthogs era. The organization announced the change to Dash on December 4.


The White Sox announced Thursday that Sean O'Connell has earned a promotion to Double-A Birmingham...Fellow catcher Daniel Gonzalez and infielder Zach Fish, both of whom were with Low-A Kannapolis, have joined the Warthogs, giving them the CL maximum of 25 players.

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