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White Sox Minor League Update: April 15, 2018

The farm system has a down day on the field, but Zack Collins, Micker Adolfo, and Ian Clarkin salvage the rainy day

Getting Better: Clarkin upped the ante for the stable of starters on the farm, going seven innings and surrendering just a single earned run.
Birmingham Barons

Games were played today in the farm system, but none at full length. Weather withered down the play in Charlotte (five innings), Winston-Salem (eight innings), and Kannapolis (postponed). It was an unsuccessful day overall, but Zack Collins and Micker Adolfo added pop on a day that was won by Ian Clarkin.

Charlotte Knights (3) vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRaiders (4)

Charlie Tilson: 2-for-3, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 SB

Ryan Cordell: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 2 K

Jose Rondon: 1-for-2, 1 R 0 BB, 0 K

Juan Perez: 1 HR, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K ***MVP***

TJ House: 5 IP, 4 ER, 8 H, 1 BB, 2 K

Like everywhere else in baseball, the weather dictated the end of this game. In Charlotte, the Knights lost to the RailRaiders, 4-3, in a shortened, five inning game. Charlie Tilson was able to add his third stolen base and second multi-hit game of the season. Juan Perez added the offense with a two-run homer, but TJ House was not able to fool RailRaider hitters. In his shortened complete game, he allowed nine runners on base, as the Knights could not recover from a 4-0 deficit.

Game 1: Birmingham Barons (2) vs. Montgomery Biscuits (1)

Tito Polo: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 0 K

Jameson Fisher: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 0 K

Matt Rose: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 0 K

Zack Collins: 1-for-3, 1 HR, 0 BB, 0 K

Seby Zavala: 1-for-3, 0 BB, 0 K

Ian Clarkin: 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 6 K ***MVP***

In another shortened complete game for the farm system, Ian Clarkin was even better in his second start of 2018. He has only allowed one run so far this season, with only two walks in 12 1/3 innings. There was not much on the hitting side, but Zack Collins finally hit his first bomb of the season, a 408-footer to straightaway center. Mr. Forgotten Prospect Courtney Hawkins drove in the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh, giving the Barons a 2-1 victory.

Game 2: Birmingham Barons (2) vs. Montgomery Biscuits (9)

Tito Polo: 1-for-3, 0 BB, 1 K

Jameson Fisher: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Matt Rose: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 2 K

Zack Collins: 0-for-2, 1 BB, 0 K

Bryant Flete: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 0 K

Trey Michalczewski: 2-for-3, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K ***MVP***

Brian Clark: 3 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 4 K

The second game of the doubleheader did not go well for Birmingham. For starters, it was a bullpen game, and each pitcher out of the pen gave up at least one run in the 9-2 loss. After Zack Collins hit a home run in his first at-bat of the day, he only reached base one more time on a walk, and was charged with an error — but at least he never struck out. Trey Michalczewski accounted for both runs for the Barons, on two singles, but the bullpen could not stave off Biscuits hitters.

Winston-Salem Dash (2) vs. Carolina Mudcats (6)

Luis Alexander Basabe: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K

Blake Rutherford: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 0 K, 2 SB

Alex Call: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 2 K

Gavin Sheets: 1-for-3, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Micker Adolfo: 2-for-3, 1 HR ***MVP***

Jimmy Lambert: 5 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 6 K

Matt Foster: 1 23 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 2 K

Another team, another shortened game, and a 6-2 loss for the Dash. Their six-game winning streak is over, but Micker Adolfo continued his hot hitting. He hit a home run for the second straight day, but that was the last of the fireworks for Winston-Salem. Only one player, Alex Call, struck out in the game, so contact was made but the hits did not fall. Jimmy Lambert allowed two hits and two runs, but Matt Foster had his worst outing of the season and the Dash could not recover.

Kannapolis Intimidators vs. Charleston RiverDogs

Game was postponed.