Winston-Salem Dash: Game Notes (August 24 at Potomac)
After winning in extras on Friday to secure an eighth win in 10 games, the Dash continue their three-game set against the Potomac Nationals at Pfitzner Stadium on Saturday. After winning eight out of its last 10 games, Winston-Salem sits 2.5 games back of Fayetteville for the second-half Southern Division wild card race with 10 games remaining on the schedule.
First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m..
WINSTON-SALEM DASH (30-29, 68-55) at Potomac Nationals (30-29, 60-66)
RHP Jonathan Stiever (6-3, 2.44 ERA) vs. LHP Carson Teel (6-3, 3.46 ERA)
6:35 p.m. - Pfitzner Stadium (Woodbridge, Va.)
Game #124 (Away Game #63)
DASH TAKE OPENER IN EXTRAS
Thanks to a five-run 10th inning, Winston-Salem outlasted the Potomac Nationals 9-4 on Friday night at Pfitzner Stadium to secure its eighth win in 10 games. With the game tied at four in the 10th and JJ Muno on second with nobody out, pinch-hitter Carlos Perez grounded a go-ahead, run-scoring double against Ryan Tapani down the left-field line to put the Dash on top 5-4. After Tapani retired Tyler Frost, Johan Cruz lofted an RBI single to left-center to make it a two-run contest. After an Andrew Vaughn single, Craig Dedelow ripped his fourth hit of the night, smoking a run-scoring double to right to bring home Cruz and move Vaughn to third. Mitch Roman capped the scoring with a two-run double to right field to make it a 9-4 contest.
THE FIRST-ROUNDER IS HERE
Vaughn, who was picked by the Chicago White Sox out of the University of California-Berkeley with the third overall selection in the 2019 Draft, joined the Dash's roster on July 31. In 21 games played with the Dash, the first-rounder has recorded at least one RBI in 13 games.
WALKER, REMILLARD NAMED ALL-STARS
Steele Walker and former Dash utility infielder Zach Remillard earned CL Year-End All-Star honors, the league office announced on Thursday. Walker has won CL Player of the Week on two separate occasions this season (June 10-16 and July 29- August 4), and hit for the third cycle in Dash history on June 14 at Carolina. Before his promotion to Double-A Birmingham on July 31, Remillard was one of the most consistent players in the league. The former Coastal Carolina star led Winston-Salem with a .289 batting average.
WALKING ALL OVER CL PITCHING
Walker has been a steady presence at the top of the lineup. Over his last 20 games played, Walker is 30-for-81 with two homers, eight doubles, a triple and 15 runs. Rated the sixth-best prospect in the White Sox system per MLB Pipeline, Walker ranks fourth in the CL with a 133 WRC+.
THEY CALL HIM "VERLANDER"
Right-hander Jonathan Stiever will make his 11th start with the Dash on Saturday. Stiever has posted eight quality starts out of his first 10 outings to begin his Dash tenure. Last time out, Stiever went six innings against the P-Nats, allowing just two runs in a victory on August 16. Stiever's run of dominant outings have prompted teammates to nickname him "Verlander" as a homage to eight-time All-Star Justin Verlander. A fifth-round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, Stiever was promoted to Winston-Salem from Low-A Kannapolis at the start of the second half. Before his time at Indiana, Stiever was a star football player at Cedarburg High School. In 2014, he was named the state Football Player of the Year in Wisconsin by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
GUNNING FOR THE PLAYOFFS
After winning eight out of its last 10 games, Winston-Salem sits 2.5 games back of Fayetteville for the second-half Southern Division wild card race with 10 games remaining on the schedule. This comes after finishing second in the first half with a 38-26 record. In the Dash's history (2009-present), Winston has had the best second-half record in the Southern Division five separate times. These years include 2009 (tied with Salem), 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2018 (tied with Buies Creek).
NOT A LOT OF SEPARATION
Outside of six games, the Dash have only played contests in the second half where the margin of victory or defeat was four runs or less. Here is the breakdown of the Dash's record in those 53 games:
One-run games: 6-13
Two-run games: 9-6
Three-run games: 8-4
Four-run games: 3-4
The Dash are the only team in the Carolina League that is in the top three in batting average (3rd, .252), on-base percentage (1st, .332) and slugging percentage (2nd, .383). Winston-Salem's 83 homers rank fourth in the Carolina League.
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