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White Sox Minor League Update: April 19, 2018

Eloy Jimenez returns from injury; Blake Rutherford is sizzling at the plate

Welcome, welcome, welcome: The White Sox’s top prospect, Eloy Jimenez, made his season debut for Double-A Birmingham.
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Jackson Generals 8, Birmingham Barons 3

Tito Polo: 1-for-4, 2B, 1 RBI ***MVP***

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

Eloy Jimenez: 0-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB

Matt Rose: 1-for-4, 2B

Trey Michalczewski: 1-for-3, 1 R

Danny Mendick: 1-for-3, 2 R

L: Jordan Guerrero (1-1), 3 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

All eyes were on White Sox top prospect Eloy Jimenez, making his 2018 debut after dealing with a minor injury to start the season. Jimenez went hitless but did contribute with an RBI groundout, one walk, and a run scored. C Zack Collins, with two walks, was the only Baron to reach base against Jackson starter Sam Lewis. The Generals jumped all over Birmingham starting pitcher Jordan Guerrero early and often, plating six runs over the first three innings.

Winston-Salem Dash 9, Salem Red Sox 5

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

Blake Rutherford: 4-for-5, 4 RBI, 1 R, SB ***MVP***

Micker Adolfo: 1-for-4, HR (3), 2 RBI, 1 BB

Gavin Sheets: 1-for-4, 1 RBI

Mitch Roman: 1-for-2, 2 R, 2 BB, SB

W: Ricardo Pinto (1-0), 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R (unearned), 3 BB, 4 K

Luis Martinez: 3 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 6 BB, 4 K

A day after Rutherford’s three doubles didn’t even earn him co-MVP honors here, he left no doubt with four hits, four RBI, and a stolen base. His four ribbies are a career-high as his batting average soars to .404 on the season. Adolfo belted his third home run of the season and 1B Gavin Sheets added an RBI to the balanced Dash attack. Pinto pitched five solid innings, but Martinez struggled in relief, issuing six free passes in three innings of work.

Kannapolis Intimidators 8, Greenville Drive 3

Luis Gonzalez: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB

Craig Dedelow: 2-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 R

Tate Blackman: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 2 R

Laz Rivera: 3-for-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 1 R ***MVP***

Tyler Frost: 1-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI

W: John Parke (2-0), 5 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Greenville plated three in the top half of the first and the I’s were having none of it, answering with a five-spot of their own and never looking back. Three more runs in the third inning would seal the deal. SS Laz Rivera raised his average to .365 with a three-hit effort which included a couple of doubles, 3 RBI and a run scored. CF Tyler Frost tripled and drove in two. Starting pitcher John Parke settled down after the first inning, allowing zero runs over the next four frames.