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Varnell, Big Fifth Inning Push Rayados Past P-Nats on Sunday

August 18, 2019 - Carolina League (CarL) - Winston-Salem Dash News Release

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Taylor Varnell notched a quality start on Sunday afternoon, and the Rayados scored four runs in the fifth inning en route to a 4-1 victory over the Potomac Nationals at BB&T Ballpark.

Winston-Salem (27-28, 65-54) sported its Rayados uniforms for the fifth time this season as a part of Minor League Baseball's "Copa de la Diversi-?n" initiative. Making his second start at the High-A level, Varnell (1-1) allowed just one run on four hits across six innings while striking out five and walking none.

Potomac (29-27, 59-64) notched its only run against Varnell in the top of the first inning. With one out, Cole Freeman and KJ Harrison smacked back-to-back doubles to make it 1-0.

However, the Rayados got to P-Nats starter Jackson Tetreault (2-2) in the bottom of the fifth. With two outs, Tyler Frost lined a double into the left field corner before Mitch Roman singled through the right side to score him and tie the game at one. Then, Andrew Vaughn drew a walk to put runners at first and second.

To continue the rally, Craig Dedelow deposited a single into right field, scoring Roman to make it 2-1. The next batter, Carlos Perez, roped a two-run double down the left-field line to give Winston-Salem a 4-1 edge.

In relief of Varnell, Jose Nin, Jacob Lindgren and Will Kincanon combined to pitch three scoreless frames. Kincanon earned his eighth save of the season by pitching a perfect ninth.

After an off day on Monday, the Dash begin a three-game series with the Lynchburg Hillcats on Tuesday night at 6:30. Right-hander Zach Lewis (5-6, 6.23 ERA) will take the hill for Winston-Salem, while the starter for Lynchburg is to be announced. Pregame coverage begins at 6:15 p.m., and fans can catch all of the action on, and the TuneIn Radio App.

Following the off day and a six-game road trip to Lynchburg and Potomac, the Dash host the Salem Red Sox for the final four home games of the season from August 26-29. The series begins with a free food Monday on August 26. Tuesday's game will be the first-ever 336 Counts Community Day, with first pitch a 3:36 p.m., free parking and discounted food and beer prices.

The series with Salem continues with Winston Wednesday, with $10 presale tickets and the Dash wearing their retro Warthogs jerseys. Thursday, August 29 will be the final regular season home game of the 2019 season. The home finale is a Lowes Foods Thirsty Thursday and a Pups in the Park Night presented by Handy and Handy Orthodontics. Additionally, there will be a Food Truck Festival prior to the game. For tickets and more information, call the Dash at (336) 714-2287 or visit

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