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White Sox Minor League Update: April 25, 2018

Micker mashes, Zack Collins hits himself, and Michael Kopech and Parker Rigler pitch masterpieces

Micker Mash: Adolfo did the mash for an entire doubleheader, with two homers and six RBI all told.
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Louisville Bats 2, Charlotte Knights 1 (10)

Jacob May (.283): 0-for-2, 2 BB, CS (3)

Charlie Tilson (.211): 2-for-4, BB, SB (4)

Jose Rondón (.266): 2-for-4, R, BB, K

Ryan Brett (.000): PR in top of the 10th, game-losing error in bottom of the 10th

Casey Gillaspie (.214): 0-for-5, 3 K

Michael Kopech (2.14): 6 IP, H, R, 2 BB, 8 K, GS 75, 98 pitches/58 strikes **MVP**

Jeanmar Gomez (1.64): 2 IP, BB, 3 K

Weird game in Louisville, as the Bats earn a win on a game-ending error. In the top of the 10th, Matt Skole began extra innings on second base and was pitch-ran for by Ryan Brett, just up from Birmingham. Brett didn’t move all inning, as Gillaspie, Alfredo Gonzalez and Juan Perez all struck out swinging. In the bottom of the frame, Brett had a throwing error on Blake Trahan’s sacrifice bunt, scoring pinch-runner Steve Selsky. Not the most auspicious debut for Brett. The Knights had nine walks against nine Ks — not bad. The Knights lost despite their pitching giving up just three hits — bad. The Knights were 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position and left 14 men on base — real bad.

Pensacola Blue Wahoos 9, Birmingham Barons 8

Tito Polo (.222): 2-for-5, R, K, SB (8)

Zack Collins (.133): 2-for-4, R, HR (2), 2 RBI, BB **MVP**

Eloy Jimenez (.167): 0-for-3, RBI, BB, K

Matt Rose (.229): 2-for-5, R, 2 K

Jameson Fisher (.190): 1-for-3, HR (3), 2 RBI, BB, K, E (3), assist at 2B from LF

Ian Clarkin (4.57): 4 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, HR, GS 18, 70 pitches/47 strikes

It was a rather sloppy game in Pensacola, with 27 hits and four errors between the two teams. Clarkin was shelled in the third, fourth and fifth, finally knocked out of the box three batters into the fifth inning. Collins was a hero, bringing the Barons to within one run in the top of the eighth when he clocked a two-out, two-run homer off of his own image on the Blue Wahoos’ video board! Jimenez couldn’t extend the mini-rally, however, whiffing to end the inning.

Lynchburg Hillcats 4, Winston-Salem Dash 3 (7), Game 1

Winston-Salem Dash 9, Lynchburg Hellcats 3 (7), Game 2

(full doubleheader stats)

Joel Booker (.373): 2-for-6, 2 R, 2B (3), 2 BB, K, CS (2)

Alex Call (.255): 4-for-4, 3 R, 2 2B (4)

Luis Alexander Basabe (.348): 3-for-7, 2R, 2 2B (7), 2RBI, BB, K

Blake Rutherford (.339): 0-for-4, 2 K

Micker Adolfo (.338): 3-for-5, 4 R, 2B (7), 2 HR (5), 6 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K **MVP, Game 1** **MVP, Game 2**

Nate Nolan (.184): 3-for-4, K

Gavin Sheets (.295): 3-for-3, R, 2B (5), BB

Dylan Cease (2.79): 3 23 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 6 BB, 6 K, 39 GS, 88 pitches/51 strikes

Mike Morrison (3-1, 1.13): 0 IP, H, BB, loss

Danny Dopico (5.06): 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 7 K, 55 GS, 69 pitches/39 strikes

It was a quick ending to Game 1: In the Lynchburg seventh, Morrison came on and promptly gave up a walk and double to end it. Cease was not good today, burning through 88 pitches and unable to complete four innings. Sheets and Adolfo were neck-and-neck as offensive heroes. Game 2 was an offensive delight for Winston-Salem, as the team pounded out 16 hits and scored in every odd inning of the game. Adolfo went utterly bananas, with a double, another homer, two runs scored and five RBI. Not sure if there’s a DH vacancy at Birmingham, but Mr. Micker is tapping on the door. Alex Call started for Rutherford in the second game and went 4-for-4 with three runs and two doubles. Dopico had a crazy start, limited to just four innings (presumably a pitch count thing?), striking out seven.

Delmarva Shorebirds 3, Kannapolis Intimidators 0

Luis Gonzalez (.278): 1-for-4, K

Laz Rivera (.342): 2-for-4, 2B (6), 2 K

Tate Blackman (.324): 0-for-4, 3 K

Parker Rigler (1-1, 0.89): 6 IP, 3 H, R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, pickoff at 1B, loss (!), 67 GS, 70 pitches/43 strikes **MVP**

Tyler Johnson (2.16): IP, 2 H, ER, 2 K, HR

A somewhat ho-hum game for Kanny, with the lone true bright spot the outstanding start from Rigler, who was saddled with the loss in spite of being nearly perfect. Holy cow, what a game. Rivera continues to mash.