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White Sox Minor League Update: Sept. 7, 2017

Willy Garcia helps Kannapolis earn its first playoff win since 2005

Willy Garcia is back in North Carolina, a little north of Charlotte.
Jim Margalus

The Kannapolis Intimidators guaranteed themselves at least two more games with a 4-0 shutout over the Greensboro Grasshoppers on Thursday night.

The extended season allows Willy Garcia to get some reps as he works his way back from the concussion and broken jaw suffered while getting the worst of a collision with Yoan Moncada. Based on the Kannapolis game recap, Garcia was able to give an all-out effort:

Willy Garcia, who joined the Intimidators on a Major League rehab assignment prior to the game, legged out a 2-out infield single and moved to second base on a Gavin Sheets walk. White Sox first round pick Jake Burger followed with an RBI-single up the middle, and Garcia slid head-first home ahead of the throw for a 1-0 lead.

It’s the first Kannapolis playoff victory since 2005, and it can advance to the South Atlantic League Championship Series with a win either today or Saturday.

Kannapolis 4, Greensboro 0

  • Joel Booker singled twice, struck out thrice and stole a base.
  • Blake Rutherford was 1-for-5 with a double and a strikeout.
  • Willy Garcia went 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Gavin Sheets, 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.
  • Jake Burger was 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Luis Gonzalez, 1-for-3 with a homer and a walk.
  • Kade McClure: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Andre Davis: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Great Falls 10, Missoula 8

  • Craig Dedelow went 0-for-3 with a walk.
  • Justin Yurchak, 0-for-5 with a strikeout.
  • Franklin Reyes went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • And even with all this, they scored 10 runs.


*Great Falls moves back into a first-place tie with Missoula with two games remaining, and needs to win one game to earn a playoff berth.