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White Sox Minor League Update: April 28, 2018

Jimenez and Basabe drop bombs, again, and the I’s lose after two utterly bizarre extra innings

Advantage, Dash: W-S jumped out to a 1-0 lead behind Luis Alexander Basabe’s fourth homer of the season. He has 17 RBI in 20 games.
Winston-Salem Dash

Norfolk Tides 7, Charlotte Knights 6

José Rondón (.274): 2-for-4, 2B (3), picked off of 2nd

Matt Skole (.236): 1-for-3, R, 2B (5), RBI, BB

Patrick Leonard (.275): 2-for-4, R, 2B (6), RBI, K **MVP**

Donn Roach (3-1, 3.30): 6 IP, 9H, 6 R, BB, 4 K, 2 HR, loss, 30 GS, 81 pitches/54 strikes

Colton Turner (4.50): 2 IP, H, R, 2 K, HR

A mediocre effort overall for the Knights, with no true standout performances. Charlotte did rally for three runs in the bottom of the eighth, drawing to within 7-6 after Leonard’s RBI double, but Juan Perez grounded out to end the inning. Roach had his first poor start of the season, with a 30 game score. Turner made his Knights debut and it was OK, with two Ks in two innings, but a homer allowed.

Birmingham Barons 4, Biloxi Shuckers 2

Tito Polo (.214): 2-for-4, 2 R, 3B (3), K

Zack Collins (.170): 1-for-3, R, BB, K, caught runner on attempted steal of 2nd

Eloy Jimenez (.216): 1-for-4, R, HR (3), 4 RBI, K **MVP**

Seby Zavala (.308): 0-for-3, BB, 2 K

Jordan Stephens (2-3, 3.67): 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, win, 59 GS, 88 pitches/54 strikes

Ian Hamilton (4th save, 0.96): 2 IP, 2 K, 22 pitches/16 strikes

If the Barons offense hadn’t had 11 strikeouts and just two walks, perhaps this game would have been out of hand at some point. Jimenez had just one hit but drove in all four of Birmingham’s runs, and now has 11 RBI in 10 games. Hamilton was certainly deserving of an MVP on any other day, throwing just six called balls in two innings of work.

Wilmington Blue Rocks 3, Winston-Salem Dash 1

Joel Booker (.353): 0-for-4, 3 K

Luis Alexander Basabe (.316): 1-for-4, R, HR (4), RBI, K **MVP**

Blake Rutherford (.343): 1-for-4

Micker Adolfo (.322): 1-for-4, K

Nate Nolan (.156): 0-for-3, caught two of three runners stealing

Tanner Banks (0-1, 5.40): 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 6 K, loss, 51 GS, 83 pitches/53 strikes

Jose Ruiz (4.32): IP, H, 3 K, 21 pitches/17 strikes

Positives: the Dash batteries caught two runners stealing and picked off two runners. Negatives: 10 strikeouts for the W-S offense against just two walks. Basabe homered again, and now has 17 RBI in 20 games.

Lakewood BlueClaws 5, Kannapolis Intimidators 4 (11)

Laz Rivera (.329): 2-for-4, 2 R, BB

Michael Hickman (.246): 2-for-5, 2 RBI, K, CS (1)

Blake Battenfield (2.18): 6 IP, 3 H, R, BB, K, HR, 61 GS, 71 pitches/50 strikes **MVP**

Jake Elliott (2.70): 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 3 K, HR, BS (2)

Tyler Johnson (1.74): 2 IP, H, R, O ER, 4 K

Yosmer Soloranzo (0-2, 5.59): 23 IP, R, 0 ER, 2 BB, K, loss

Weird, wild one tonight. Johnson came on in the bottom of the ninth and struck out the side to send the game to extras. Carlos Perez hit a pinch-hit single in the top of the 10th to give Kanny a 4-3 lead, and then had a passed ball in the bottom of the 10th to allow the BlueClaws to tie the game back up. Finally, in the bottom of the 11th, WILD PITCH OFFENSE: Soloranzo uncorked a wild pitch that lost the game for the I’s.