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White Sox Minor League Update: May 13, 2018

Outfielders ruled the day, leading the affiliates to three wins

On Call: Alex Call is on fire this week, including a 2-for-4 performance on Sunday that included a home run.
Winston-Salem Dash

Charlotte Knights 3, Durham Bulls 2

Jacob May: 1-for-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 SB **MVP**

Matt Skole: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 2 K

Patrick Leonard: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K

Casey Gillaspie: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 2 K

Jake Elmore: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K

Donn Roach: 6 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

With most of the top prospects in the lower minors, today’s Charlotte game was played by the major league castoffs. Jacob May provided the initial run production with a two-run homer in the sixth inning. Donn Roach’s one earned run is his least since April 18, but he is an innings-eater regardless of runs earned. In Roach’s eight starts with Charlotte, he has completed the sixth inning seven times. Casey Gillaspie has improved in the month of May. After his 1-for-3 performance today, he is hitting .269 this month. The game was tied in the ninth inning, and then got weird. Jake Elmore singled. He then reached third off of an error and scored the game-winner on a passed ball.

Mobile BayBears 3, Birmingham Barons 2

Zack Collins: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K

Eloy Jimenez: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Matt Rose: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 2 K

Jameson Fisher: 2-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K

Spencer Adams: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K

The lone team in the organization to lose was the Birmingham Barons, who fell 3-2 despite Eloy Jiménez’s day at the plate. One day after losing his 15-game hitting streak, Jiménez has started a new one, with a 3-for-4 performance including an RBI in the third that gave Birmingham the lead. What doomed the Barons was a three-run bottom of the fourth. Spencer Adams started to lose his control the inning before, when he walked three batters, but the bats got to Adams in the fourth. He allowed four hits that led to three runs for the BayBears, and the Barons could not come back.

Winston-Salem Dash 11, Down East Wood Ducks 3

Luis Alexander Basabe: 1-for-5, 0 BB, 1 K

Alex Call: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 3 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Blake Rutherford: 1-for-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB

Micker Adolfo: 0-for-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K

Gavin Sheets: 0-for-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K

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

Bernardo Flores: 6 23 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K **MVP**

The Dash played a complete game today. Their hitters reached base 17 times (eight walks and nine hits) and every batter reached base at least once. The outfielders are continuing their tear, but Alex Call is truly reporting for duty. Call is hitting .393 in the past week, with five extra-base hits after today’s 2-for-4. His first-inning home run opened up the scoring, but the Dash put away the game with a seven-run seventh. That inning was capped off by a bases-clearing triple by Ti’Quan Forbes. The pitching staff, led by Bernardo Flores, did not allow an earned run in the 11-3 win. This is the fourth straight game that Flores has allowed two or less runs in a start. He has an ERA of 1.46 in that timespan.

Kannapolis Intimidators 7, Asheville Tourists 5

Luis Gonzalez: 3-for-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Laz Rivera: 1-for-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K

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

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

Kade McClure: 23 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K — left because of injury

Kevin Escoria: 1 13 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Another game, another offensive gem for Kannapolis. After their 18-hit game yesterday, the I’s backed it up with 12 in today’s 7-5 win. McClure left the game early after a liner back to the pitcher, but he was not having a typical start (two earned runs before the second inning). The top of the lineup saved him, and the I’s. Gonzalez, Rivera, Anthony Villa and Blackman (all four players are hitting above .300 on the season) went a combined 8-for-16. Gonzalez and Rivera both went yard for the second consecutive day, Gonzalez leading off the game with a solo homer. Rivera added his two-run homer in the fifth inning to take back the lead. Rivera is hitting .413 this month. Gonzalez missed some time in May, but he is hitting .419 so far.