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White Sox Minor League Update: May 17, 2018

Birmingham’s boys don’t quit, win in walk-off fashion

Trey’s Day: Barons 3B Trey Michalczewski had himself a night with three hits, a walk-off double, one triple and four RBI.
(Michael Wade)

Leading off: White Sox LHP Carlos Rodón will make his first rehab start Saturday for Kannapolis. Rodón, who last pitched on September 2 after having his 2017 debut delayed until June 28, underwent shoulder surgery in late September and was expected to be out of action six to eight months. In 63 starts over his first three seasons, the No. 3 overall pick of the 2014 draft is 20-21 with a 3.95 ERA and 383 strikeouts in 373 2/3 innings. In addition, OF Luis Robert (sprained left thumb ligament) will not play for Winston-Salem until mid-June at the earliest. RHP Alec Hansen continues to throw bullpen sessions in extended spring training and has no timetable for when he will begin making starts, according to The Athletic’s James Fegan.

Toledo Mud Hens 3, Charlotte Knights 2

Charlie Tilson (.230): 2-for-4, 1 RBI

Patrick Leonard (.267): 2-for-3, 2 2B, 1 R, 1 BB ***MVP***

Mason Robbins (.233): 1-for-4, 2B, 1 RBI

Jake Elmore (.280): 2-for-4, 2B

Jacob May (.213): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 SB (9)

L: TJ House (1-5, 6.06 ERA), 6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Despite outhitting the Mud Hens 9-7, the Knights could only plate two runs and another ninth-inning comeback attempt fell just short. Charlotte began the ninth with back-to-back doubles, but left the tying run on base in the one-run loss. 3B Patrick Leonard reached base three times, with a pair of doubles, one walk and a run scored. LHP TJ House gets credit for a quality start, allowing three runs in six innings of work while throwing an economical 75 pitches.

Birmingham Barons 12, Montgomery Biscuits 11

Ryan Brett (.250): 1-for-5, HR (2), 1 RBI, 2 R

Zack Collins (.241): 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 R

Eloy Jimenez (.309): 0-for-4, RBI sac fly

Seby Zavala (.256): 3-for-4, 2B, 3 R, 1 BB

Matt Rose (.235): 0-for-2, 2 R, 3 BB

Trey Michalczewski (.299): 3-for-5, 3B, 2B, 4 RBI, 1 R ***MVP***

Johnny Giavotella (.200): 2-for-4, 3 RBI, 1 R

Danny Mendick (.283): 1-for-4, 2B, 1 RBI, 1 R

Matt Tomshaw (5.75 ERA): 5 IP, 10 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Down 11-9 in the 9th, Trey Michalczewski hit a bases-loaded, walk-off double into the left-field corner to clear the bases and give the Barons a 12-11 win over Montgomery. Michalczewski also tripled, and finished the night with four RBI. Prior to the walk-off, Eloy Jimenez picked up an RBI with a sacrifice fly for his league-leading 28th RBI of the season.

After quickly falling behind 4-0, Birmingham plated five in the second inning to take a brief lead, before giving up three more in the third inning to fall behind again. The Barons would get themselves into a 10-5 hole before rallying back.

Seby Zavala, mired in a 0-for-18 slump, had three hits and scored three runs to get back on track. Zack Collins had a pair of hits, including an RBI single. Ryan Brett connected for his second home run of the season. Starting pitcher Matt Tomshaw struggled, allowing seven runs on 10 hits in five innings of work.

Winston-Salem Dash vs Buies Creek Astros: postponed due to rain

Game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Wednesday, May 23.

Hickory Crawdads 5, Kannapolis Intimidators 3

Luis Gonzalez (.331): 2-for-5

Laz Rivera (.364): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB (5)

Evan Skoug (.215): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB (3)

Justin Yurchak (.254): 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB

Michael Hickman (.255): 1-for-3, HR (1), 2 RBI, 1 BB ***MVP***

L: John Parke (4-2, 3.07 ERA), 5 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

Jake Elliott (1.54 ERA): 3 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

Starting pitcher John Parke gave up five runs over the first two innings and the I’s could never get any closer than the final score indicates. Jake Elliott was outstanding in relief, tossing three no-hit innings and striking out six of the 10 batters he faced. DH Michael Hickman belted his first home run of the season, a two-run blast, in the second inning. CF Luis Gonzalez and C Evan Skoug each had a pair of hits. Overall, the I’s struck out 15 times while drawing five walks.