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White Sox Minor League Update: April 16, 2018

Catcher Kevan Smith begins rehab assignment at Charlotte; Dane Dunning struggles for Winston-Salem

On the Mend: Catcher Kevan Smith began his rehab assignment at Charlotte with a pair of hits.
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Despite man’s best friends being in the stands, Charlotte was one of three White Sox minor-league affiliates to take a loss on Monday.

Rochester Red Wings 6, Charlotte Knights 3

Charlie Tilson: 1-for-4, 2B, 1 RBI, BB ***MVP***

Daniel Palka: 1-for-3, 2B, 2 R, BB

Kevan Smith: 2-for-4, 2B

Matt Skole: 1-for-4, 1 R

Patrick Leonard: 1-for-4, 2B

L: Dylan Covey (1-1), 5 1/3 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 3 K

Robbie Ross Jr.: 2/3 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 3 BB

On “Bark in the Ballpark” night with fans bringing their dogs to the game, Charlotte got doubled up by Rochester, though they did manage to bring the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth. Catcher Kevan Smith began his rehab assignment by collecting a pair of hits, including a double. Dylan Covey struggled with his control, throwing 99 pitches but only 61 for strikes. Robbie Ross Jr. actually had even worse command of his stuff, issuing three walks in less than one inning.

Jackson Generals 5, Birmingham Barons 4

Ryan Brett: 2-for-5, 2B, 2 R

Matt Rose: 1-for-4, 2B, 1 RBI

Seby Zavala: 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 R

Nick Basto: 2-for-3, BB

Trey Michalczewski: 2-for-4, 2B, 1 RBI ***MVP***

Matt Tomshaw: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

L: Jorge Rondon (0-1), 1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 K

The Barons built a 4-0 lead early before the Generals cut the lead in half with two runs in the sixth inning. Birmingham’s bullpen couldn’t hold the lead after that, with Jorge Rondon getting pounded for five hits and three runs in the eighth inning. The Barons had 10 hits on the night, led by Brett, Rose and Michalczewski with two hits apiece.

Down East Wood Ducks 5, Winston-Salem Dash 1

Alex Call: 1-for-4, HR (1), 1 RBI ***MVP***

Luis Alexander Basabe: 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Yermin Mercedes: 2-for-4, 2B

L: Dane Dunning (1-1), 6 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K

After two strong starts to open the season in which he allowed one earned run combined, Dunning struggled in this one, allowing four earned runs over six innings as his ERA rose to 2.60. Left fielder Alex Call provided all the offense in this one, hitting his first homer of the season, a solo shot, in the third inning. The rest of the Dash lineup managed just five hits while striking out 10 times, with a golden sombrero (4 Ks) for SS Yeyson Yrizarri. The Dash committed four errors.

Kannapolis Intimidators 4, Augusta GreenJackets 2

Johan Cruz: 1-for-2, 1 R, 2 BB

Justin Yurchak: 3-for-4, 2B, 1 RBI, 1 R ***MVP***

Evan Skoug: 1-for-4, HR (1), 2 RBI

Laz Rivera: 1-for-4, HR (1), 1 RBI

W: Kade McClure (1-0), 6 1/3 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

S: Tyler Johnson (3), 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K

First baseman Justin Yurchak led a nine-hit I’s attack with a three-hit night with a double, RBI and run scored. Kannapolis also showed some power, with a pair of home runs, but struck out 15 times as a team, led by CF Luis Gonzalez with four punch outs. McClure pitched well into the seventh inning, and the Intimidators bullpen closed the door with Johnson earning his third save of the season.