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Winston-Salem Rayados: Game Notes (June 23 vs. Lynchburg)

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

For the third time this season, the Dash will be wearing their "Winston-Salem Rayados" jerseys as part of Minor League Baseball's "Copa de la Diversión" initiative. Winston-Salem wraps up its four-game set against Lynchburg on Sunday at BB&T Ballpark.


WINSTON-SALEM RAYADOS (1-2, 39-28) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (2-1, 34-36)

RHP Jorgan Cavanerio (3-0, 3.31 ERA) vs. LHP Juan Hillman (3-6, 2.93 ERA

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

Game #68 (Home Game #35)


With the Dash and Hillcats tied at six in the top of the 10th inning, Mitch Reeves hit an opposite-field, two-run homer to propel Lynchburg past Winston-Salem 8-6 on Saturday night at BB&T Ballpark. After Gavin Collins was placed at second base to start the inning, Reeves smacked a 1-1 pitch from Bennett Sousa over the right-field wall to give Lynchburg the lead. The Dash did threaten in the bottom fo the 10th. Mitch Roman started the frame as the placed runner at second, but he reached third on a flyout by Steele Walker. Then, Jameson Fisher drew a walk to put runners at the corners. However, Yapson Gomez struck out Zach Remillard and Riley Echols forced a groundout from Craig Dedelow to end the ballgame.


With last Sunday's victory against Carolina, Winston-Salem clinched its third-best first-half winning percentage (.594) in the Dash era (2009-present). The Dash also won 20 of their final 26 games to end the first half in second place in the Southern Division. By posting a .594 winning percentage, the 2019 team trails only the 2012 club (.637) and 2010 team (.614) in first-half finishes.


Walker was named the Carolina League's Player of the Week for June 10-16, the league office announced Monday. Over six games played last week, Walker went 10-for-23 (.435) with two homers, two doubles, five runs scored and nine RBIs. After logging three hits and three RBIs over the course of a doubleheader against Salem on Tuesday, June 11, Walker saved his biggest day for Friday, June 14, at Carolina. As part of a 6-2 win for Winston, the 22-year-old hit for the third cycle in Dash history, going 4-for-5 with four RBIs. Prior to Walker's cycle, the last Dash player to accomplish the feat was Mason Robbins on April 27, 2016, against the Lynchburg Hillcats. Rated the 10th-best prospect in Chicago's system per MLB Pipeline, Walker is now 15-for-33 over his last eight contests. Walker was selected in the second round last year out of the University of Oklahoma.


The Chicago White Sox announced five roster moves on Thursday affecting the Dash. Right-hander Codi Heuer and left-hander John Parke have earned promotions to Double-A Birmingham, while southpaws Bennett Sousa and Andrew Perez and right-hander Jonathan Stiever were promoted to Winston-Salem from Low-A Kannapolis. Heuer, a former sixth-round pick out of Wichita State, posted a 2.82 ERA over 20 appearances with the Dash, striking out 43 batters in 38.1 innings pitched. Parke, who pitched in the Carolina League All-Star Game on Tuesday, logged seven quality starts with the Dash and yielded a 3.65 ERA in 12 outings.


For the third 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. In their Rayados jerseys last year, the Dash went 4-1, with two of those victories being credited to 2018 MLB Pipeline Pitcher of the Year Dylan Cease. Winston-Salem will sport white jerseys with red and blue stripes and "Winston-Salem Rayados" written in the front.


After dropping back-to-back games in its current series against Lynchburg, Winston has now lost two consecutive contests for first time since May, when the Dash lost six straight from May 10-15. Even with their current two-game slide, the Dash are 21-8 since entering play on May 16.


Jorgan Cavanerio will get the ball in the series finale for Winston...The Dash are 5-1 in Cavanerio's starts.

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