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Winston-Salem Rayados: Game Notes (August 18 vs. Potomac)

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

Sporting its Rayados jerseys for the final time this year, Winston-Salem wraps up its three-game set against Potomac on Sunday afternoon at BB&T Ballpark. First pitch is set for 2 p.m..


WINSTON-SALEM DASH (26-28, 64-54) vs. Potomac Nationals (29-26, 59-63)

LHP Taylor Varnell (0-1, 5.79 ERA) vs. RHP Jackson Tetreault (2-1, 1.23 ERA)

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

Game #119 (Home Game #61)


With the Dash trailing by a run in the bottom of the ninth on Saturday night, Steele Walker was thrown out at home plate to end the ballgame after trying to score on a Tyler Frost single, as the Dash fell 4-3 to the Potomac Nationals in front of 6,381 fans at BB&T Ballpark. With two outs and the Dash down by a run, Walker bounced a high chopper to the left side to reach on an infield single. Then Frost laced a single into center field and the ball was bobbled by center fielder Cole Freeman. But, Freeman threw to the second baseman Osvaldo Abreu, whose relay home was in time to get Walker at the plate and end the contest.


Andrew 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 16 games played with the Dash, the first-rounder has recorded at least one RBI in 10 games. Prior to joining the White Sox system, Vaughn had an incredible career at Cal, winning he 2018 Golden Spikes Award as the best amateur baseball player in the United States.


For the final time this season, the Dash will be wearing their "Winston-Salem Rayados" jerseys as part of Minor League Baseball's "Copa de la Diversión" or "Fun Cup" initiative, a season-long event series specifically designed to embrace the culture and values that resonate most with participating teams' local Hispanic/Latino communities. "Rayados" translates to "The Striped Ones," and is born out of a collaboration with the baseball team and the Hispanic League of Winston-Salem.


Walker has been a steady presence at the top of the lineup. Over his last 17 games played, Walker is 27-for-69 with a homer, seven doubles, a triple and 13 runs.


Left-hander Taylor Varnell will be making his second start in a Dash uniform on Sunday afternoon at BB&T Ballpark. A 29th-round pick out of Oral Roberts University in 2018, Varnell has impressed in his short time in the White Sox farm system. Last year, Varnell posted a 1.97 ERA in 10 starts with the AZL White Sox. This season with Low-A Kannapolis, Varnell yielded a 3.23 in 20 starts with the Intimidators. The left-hander grew up in Elk City, Oklahoma, but he went to high school in Sayre, Oklahoma. Before Varnell went to Oral Roberts, he went to Western Oklahoma State College in Altus, Oklahoma.


After dropping last night's game, Winston-Salem sits 4.5 games back of Fayetteville with 15 games remaining in the second-half Southern Division wild card race. 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).


Outside of four games, the Dash have only played contests where the margin of victory or defeat was less than four runs in the second half. Here is the breakdown of the Dash's record in those 50 games:

One-run games: 6-12

Two-run games: 9-6

Three-run games: 6-4

Four-run games: 3-4


The Dash are the only team in the Carolina League that is in the top four in batting average (3rd, .252), on-base percentage (2nd, .332) and slugging percentage (2nd, .382).


So far this year, Winston-Salem is 1-3 in Rayados games.

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