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White Sox Minor League Update: April 22, 2018

If you like watching big-time hitting, tune into the farm system, as they combined for 39 hits today

Warming Up: Blake Rutherford’s sacrifice fly in the fifth put the Dash ahead, 3-2.
Winston-Salem Dash

Well hey, the White Sox lost, but the farm system did well again, winning two of three completed games — nothing new for a Sox fan.

The North Carolina teams, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, and Kannapolis, all collected more than 10 hits in their games, led by Joel Booker, who went 4-for-5.

Charlotte Knights (7) Indianapolis Indians (2)

Charlie Tilson: 0-for-6, 0 BB, 0 K

Daniel Palka: 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K

Casey Gillaspie: 1-for-5, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K

Matt Skole: 2-for-5, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K

Eddy Alvarez: 1-for-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K

Dylan Covey: 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 5 BB, 3 K ***MVP***

Dylan Covey is continuing his oddly-successful 2018 campaign with six shutout innings. Meanwhile, Charlotte batters were on fire today, as seven of the nine in the lineup collected a hit, for a total of 13 on the day. As a team, the Knights only struck out just once more than they walked (7-6). Daniel Palka is looking to put his name on Sox fans’ minds after Ryan Cordell’s injury with a 3-for-4 performance, as he is now the second-best outfielder in Charlotte. Eddy Alvarez came off of the disabled list and added his first home run of the season.

Pensacola Blue Wahoos (4) Birmingham Barons (1) (suspended in third Inning)

Tito Polo: 0-for-2, 0 BB, 0 K

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

Eloy Jimenez: 0-for-1, 0 BB, 0 K

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

Jameson Fisher: 0-for-1, 0 BB, 1 K

Spencer Adams: 2 13 IP, 4 ER, 8 H, 1 BB, 1 K

The game was suspended in the third, and that mightily benefits Birmingham. Spencer Adams was having trouble keeping hitters off the bases, with eight hits allowed in less than three innings. The game will be picked up tomorrow, as Birmingham will most likely bullpen the rest of the game.

Salem Red Sox (6) Winston-Salem Dash (4)

Joel Booker: 4-for-5, 1 RBI 0 BB, 0 K, 1 SB ***MVP***

Alex Call: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Blake Rutherford: 1-for-4, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Micker Adolfo: 1-for-5, 0 BB, 1 K

Gavin Sheets: 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K

Yeyson Yrizarri: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 1 K

Bernardo Flores: 5 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 3 K

Matt Foster: 1 IP, 2 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 0 K

Another day, another game where a runner started on second to begin an inning. Like Charlotte, Winston-Salem Dash hitters were able to barrel up the ball well, but couldn’t get any runners home. In the first inning, it looked like the Dash were on their way to another winning streak after they jumped out to a 2-0 lead. However, Salem was able to keep runners on base as they clawed back to tie the game, 3-3. But in the 10th inning, it was all Salem, as they won, 6-4. The Dash outfield continued to shine, as Joel Booker collected four hits and Alex Call and Blake Rutherford added a hit of their own.

Kannapolis Intimidators (11) Greenville Drive (1)

Luis Gonzalez: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Justin Yurchak: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Craig Dedelow: 2-for-5, 1 R, 3 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K

Evan Skoug: 0-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Tate Blackman: 3-for-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Tyler Frost: 2-for-3, 1 HR, 3 R, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K ***MVP***

Lincoln Henzman: 6 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 4 K

Kannapolis continued the North Carolina trend with another hitting barrage. Eight of the nine players in the starting lineup left the day with a hit, including Tyler Frost who had a home run in the 8th inning. Even more impressive, the Intimidators only struck out five times today. Evan Skoug was the lone batter to not reach base on a hit, as he continues to struggle at the plate this season. Lincoln Henzman, Luis Ledo, and Yelmison Peralta shut down the Drive, not allowing an earned run in an 11-1 victory. The I’s are an organization-best 11-6 on the season.