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Winston-Salem Dash Game Notes (April 15 vs. Wilmington)

April 15, 2019 - Carolina League (CarL) - Winston-Salem Dash News Release

WINSTON-SALEM DASH (5-6) vs. Wilmington Blue Rocks (8-3)

RHP Zach Lewis (1-1, 4.00 ERA) vs. LHP Daniel Lynch (0-1, 7.11 ERA)

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

Game #12 (Home Game #5)


Winston-Salem fell short in the first Rayados game of the 2019 season, as Potomac came out with a 8-3 win on Sunday afternoon at BB&T Ballpark. Winston was sporting its Rayados jerseys as part of Minor League Baseball's "Fun Cup" initiative, during which each participating team celebrates its local Latin American community. Nick Banks hit an opposite-field grand slam and David Masters smashed two home runs to lead the Nationals to a series split.


Luis Robert, who is ranked the 38th-best prospect in all of baseball per MLB Pipeline, was named the Carolina League Player of the Week for April 4-14, the league office announced on Monday. Robert is off to a hot start to 2019. In nine games played, he is 19-for-40 with five homers, 15 RBIs and a batting line of .475/.512/1.025. He has also already posted eight multi-hit games this year. The 21-year-old leads the Carolina League in batting average, hits, home runs, slugging percentage, OPS, extra-base hits and total bases. Robert was inked to a $26 million signing bonus by the White Sox in May of 2017. It was the second-largest bonus given to an amateur, behind only Yoan Moncada's deal with the Boston Red Sox ($31 million). Robert posted an .813 slugging percentage in big league Spring Training this year after earning his second straight non-roster invite.


Justin Jirschele is the 48th manager in Winston-Salem's franchise history, and he is the first former Dash player to become the team's skipper. Despite celebrating his 29th birthday on Monday, Jirschele is still the youngest manager in full-season Minor League Baseball this year. He previously served as the manager of the Low-A Kannapolis Intimidators, helping the team reach the playoffs in 2017 and 2018. Before joining the coaching ranks, Jirschele, the son of Kansas City Royals third base coach Mike Jirschele, played in the White Sox system from 2012-2015. Jirschele played for the Dash in 2014 and 2015.


Right-hander Zach Lewis will get the ball in Monday's series opener at BB&T Ballpark. Lewis has temporarily replaced Lincoln Henzman in the starting rotation after Henzman left the game in the season opener at Frederick on April 6 with tightness in his right hamstring. Lewis, who is from Palos Heights, Illinois, is pitching for the organization he grew up loving as a kid. When he was younger, he was a big fan of White Sox third baseman Joe Crede, a key member of the 2005 Chicago White Sox team that won a World Series. Lewis dominated in a long man role against the Keys, tying a career-high with eight strikeouts in 6.2 innings of one-run ball.


Last Thursday's game against the Potomac Nationals marked the beginning of the 10th anniversary season at BB&T Ballpark. Coincidentally, the ballpark opener on April 13, 2010, was against the Potomac Nationals.


After an 0-for-7 start the season, Nick Madrigal has found his stroke at the plate. The former first-round pick out of Oregon State is 10-for-26 over his last six games, which includes three multi-hit performances and four multi-RBI games. On Saturday, Madrigal tied a career-high with four hits by going 4-for-4 in a 4-0 win over the Potomac Nationals. On Sunday, Madrigal recorded his first career triple in the bottom of the sixth. Overall, Madrigal is posting a .303/.333/.394 line in eight games played.


Dash alumnus Tim Anderson hit his first career grand slam on Sunday at Yankee Stadium as part of a 5-2 win for the White Sox...Anderson suited up for Winston-Salem in 2014, just two years prior to making his Major League debut...Dylan Cease, another Dash alum, earned his second victory at the Triple-A level on Sunday, going five scoreless innings and allowing two hits...A first-half CL All-Star with the Dash in 2018, Cease has not allowed a run in 10 innings pitched this season with the Knights.

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