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Winston-Salem Dash Game Notes (April 23 at Wilmington)

April 23, 2019 - Carolina League (CarL) - Winston-Salem Dash News Release

After a comeback win on Monday at Wilmington, the Dash continue their three-game set against the Blue Rocks on Tuesday at Frawley Stadium. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m..


WINSTON-SALEM DASH (9-10) at Wilmington Blue Rocks (11-8)

LHP Kyle Kubat (2-0, 1.59 ERA) vs. RHP Jackson Kowar (1-0, 1.80 ERA)

6:35 p.m. - Frawley Stadium (Wilmington, Del.)

Game #20 (Away Game #13)


Nick Madrigal stroked a go-ahead hit in the eighth inning on Monday night as Winston-Salem won 3-1 over the Wilmington Blue Rocks at Frawley Stadium. With the Dash down 1-0 heading into the eighth, the offense finally broke through against the Blue Rocks bullpen. After the Dash loaded the bases with one out, Madrigal smashed a two-run single to center to give Winston-Salem the lead for good.


The White Sox announced that Luis Robert was removed from Saturday's game two at Potomac for precautionary reasons due to soreness in his left hand. He is currently day-to-day with a contusion. 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. Robert is off to a hot start to 2019. In 15 games played, he is 28-for-59 with six homers, 18 RBIs and a batting line of .475/.530/.915. He has also already posted 11 multi-hit games this year. The 21-year-old leads the Carolina League in batting average, hits, home runs, runs, stolen bases, 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.


The Dash are in the midst of a three-game set against the Wilmington Blue Rocks, a team they had already faced six times this season prior to this series. Wilmington swept the Dash in a three-game set at Frawley Stadium from April 8-10, and the Blue Rocks took two of three against Winston-Salem from April 15-17 at BB&T Ballpark. Prior to last night, the Dash's lone win in the series came on April 15, when the club rallied back from a four-run deficit to come out with a 9-8 victory. The Blue Rocks, who have not made the postseason since 2015, currently have the best record in the Northern Division at 11-8.


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 eight days ago, 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.


Left-hander Kyle Kubat, who pitched for the Dash in 2017 and 2018, takes the hill in the middle match of the Dash's series at Wilmington on Tuesday. In back-to-back outings, Kubat did not allow a run in six innings of work against Potomac, earning two consecutive victories. Kubat was acquired by the White Sox in a trade from the Kansas City Royals for cash considerations in March of 2017. The southpaw has been put in the rotation full time after spending a majority of last season in a reliever role. Kubat was primarily a starter with the University of Nebraska, where he finished in the top 10 in innings pitched in Cornhuskers history by the time he graduated.


Right-hander Alec Hansen, who led all of Minor League Baseball in strikeouts in 2017, has dominated in 2019. In eight innings pitched, Hansen has allowed just one hit and two walks while striking out 14 batters. On Monday, Hansen struck out the side in the eighth inning. Rated as the 15th-best prospect in the White Sox system per MLB Pipeline, Hansen posted a 6.31 ERA between Double-A Birmingham and Winston last year after dealing with a forearm injury in Spring Training.


The Dash are currently third in the Carolina League in OPS (.725), home runs (13) and hits (155)...On the pitching side, the Dash are fifth in ERA (3.90).

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