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White Sox Minor League Update: April 13, 2018

No Sox baseball today, but the farm went 3-1 and Winston-Salem is on a roll with their fifth straight victory

Mudcats Flopped: Cease left Carolina howling, with no ER, two hits, two walks and five Ks in six innings.
Winston-Salem Dash

So the Chicago White Sox game was postponed, but their farm system did not disappoint, as top prospects Dylan Cease, Luis Alexander Basabe and Micker Adolfo put on a show in Winston-Salem. Tito Polo made history by swiping four bags in record time. The Charlotte Knights made it a second straight day on the farm where a runner starts on second to start an extra inning, and Kannapolis struggles to put the ball in play.

Charlotte Knights (6) vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRaiders (5)

Charlotte outdraws the Sox, AGAIN!

Charlie Tilson: 1-for-5, 1 BB, 1 K

Ryan Cordell: 1-for-4, 1 BB, 0 K

Jose Rondon: 2-for-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K ***MVP***

Casey Gillaspie: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 K

Daniel Palka: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K

Donn Roach: 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 3 K

Another Sox farm system game comes down to a runner on second to begin an extra inning. Yesterday in Winston-Salem, Joel Booker stole home. Today in Charlotte, Patrick Leonard delivered a walk-off sacrifice bunt. Daniel Palka went yard for the second straight day and Jose Rondon followed that up with a solo shot in the seventh to give Charlotte a 4-2 lead. However, Rob Scahill allowed two runs in the eighth as Charlotte went into extras and won in ugly fashion. Leonard put a bunt down, but thanks to an error, two runs crossed home plate and Charlotte won, 6-5.

Birmingham Barons (5) vs. Montgomery Biscuits (4)

Tito Polo: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 4 SB ***MVP***

Jameson Fisher: 0-for4, 0 BB, 2 K

Matt Rose: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K

Seby Zavala: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 RBI (SF), 1 BB, 1 K, CS

Bryant Flete: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 2 K

Keon Barnum: 1-for-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Jordan Guerrero: 4 IP, 3 ER, 8 H, 2 BB, 6 K

Ian Hamilton: 1 IP, 0 BB, 1 K, Save

After Keon Barnum’s three-run homer, Birmingham was set. It was up to the pen to keep the lead, and they did. Colton Turner, Jorge Rondon and Ian Hamilton threw five innings of shutout ball to keep the Barons’ one-run lead intact, as they won, 5-4. Meanwhile, Tito Polo was busy on base, as he stole four bags in four innings. Seby Zavala continued to find any way to be productive, finishing with a packed box score that included throwing out Nick Solak at second on a steal attempt.

Winston-Salem Dash (8) vs. Carolina Mudcats (1)

Joel Booker: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 3 K

Luis Alexander Basabe: 3-for-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Micker Adolfo: 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Gavin Sheets: 2-for-4, 1 Run, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K

Yeyson Yrizarri: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K

Alex Call: 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K

Dylan Cease: 6 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 5 K ***MVP***

The Dash are on a hot streak. It’s now five wins in a row for Winston-Salem, and the MVP of this game (among five strong cases) was Dylan Cease. In his short minor league career, the fourth and fifth innings have been the toughest for Cease. It is clear that once he goes through a lineup the second and third time he loses command, but he was able to weather that storm tonight. He pitched six shutout innings in what is a good sign for the top-five prospect. Basabe, Adolfo, Sheets, and Booker had nine of the 11 hits that helped the Dash to an 8-1 victory.

Kannapolis Intimidators (1) at Charleston RiverDogs (2)

Do not forget, Intimidator fans, Nelly has a concert tomorrow!

Luis Gonzalez: 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Justin Yurchak: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K

Craig Dedelow: 2-for-4, 1 RBI 0 BB, 0 K ***MVP***

Evan Skoug: 0-for-2, 2 BB, 1 K

Tate Blackman: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 3 K

John Parke: 5 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 6 K

John Parke and Craig Dedelow were the bright spots in what was an abysmal day for the Intimidators. Parke continues his strong start to this season, as he has only allowed one run in 12 innings, but his lead was squandered by Zach Lewis and Kevin Escorcia. Meanwhile, Dedelow was the lone bright spot on the hitting side for Kannapolis, with two extra-base hits (double and a triple). He was also the only batter that did not strike out in the game. As a team, Kannapolis struck out 16 times versus only three walks.