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White Sox Minor League Update: May 22, 2018

Matt Skole slugs a pair of homers for Charlotte; Gavin Sheets hits his first home run

Skole Crusher: Knights 1B Matt Skole had a perfect night at the plate including two home runs — his fourth and fifth of the season.
(Laura Wolff/Charlotte Knights)

Leading off: A video above that made me chuckle because if you don’t read the explanation first and just start watching, it genuinely appears as though Winston-Salem Dash manager Omar Vizquel is having a pretty animated conversation with a basket of baseballs.

In addition, RHP Alec Hansen pitched for the extended spring training team and according to one observer, his fastball was 92-95 MPH with a high-70s curveball in one inning of work.

Norfolk Tides 9, Charlotte Knights 3

Charlie Tilson (.237): 2-for-4

Matt Skole (.267): 3-for-3, 2 HR (5), 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB ***MVP***

Juan Perez (.207): 1-for-4, HR (3), 1 RBI

Jacob May (.230): 1-for-3, 2B

L: TJ House (1-6, 5.97 ERA), 2 IP, 7 H, 7 R (1 ER), 1 BB

A critical error by SS Juan Perez in the second inning opened the floodgates and starting pitcher TJ House couldn’t close them as the Tides plated six in the second inning and Charlotte would never recover. Perez did try to make up for it by cranking out his third home run in the seventh inning, but it was too little too late. 1B Matt Skole was the MVP of this one with two home runs, a double and two RBI. Prior to the game, Charlotte placed C Kevan Smith on the disabled list and activated C Brett Austin.

Buies Creek Astros 12, Winston-Salem Dash 4

Ti’Quan Forbes (.276): 1-for-5, 1 R

Zach Remillard (.290): 1-for-4, HR (2), 3 RBI ***MVP***

Blake Rutherford (.307): 1-for-3, 2B, 1 BB

Gavin Sheets (.264): 1-for-3, HR (1), 1 RBI

L: Jimmy Lambert (3-4, 4.06 ERA), 6 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 8 K

DH Gavin Sheets finally flashed some power with his first home run of the season and 2B Zach Remillard hit a three-run blast, but it wasn’t enough as Dash pitchers struggled throughout the affair in a lopsided loss. Starting pitcher Jimmy Lambert struck out eight but also allowed five runs in his six innings of work to take the loss. Reliever Mike Morrison gave up five runs in two innings of work to finish the game.

Kannapolis Intimidators 9, Greensboro Grasshoppers 3

Craig Dedelow (.274): 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 BB

Tate Blackman (.302): 3-for-4, HR (5), 2B, 2 RBI, 4 R, 1 BB, 1 SB (2) ***MVP***

Anthony Villa (.360): 2-for-5, HR (2), 2 RBI

Evan Skoug (.228): 1-for-5, 1 RBI

Carlos Perez (.253): 3-for-5, 2B, 1 RBI

Nolan Brown (.348): 2-for-3, 2B, 1 R, 1 BB

W: Blake Battenfield (4-1, 1.77 ERA), 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K

The I’s put up a crooked number in four innings for a healthy win over the Grasshoppers on Tuesday night. 2B Tate Blackman started his three-hit night with an RBI double in the first inning and added his fifth home run of the season in the seventh, touching home plate four times and adding a stolen base for good measure. 1B Anthony Villa hit his second home run as part of a 14-hit attack in which the I’s hit .283 as a team. Starting pitcher Blake Battenfield was superb in this one, cruising through the first four frames without allowing a run and finishing with a quality start by allowing just two earned runs in six innings while striking out eight.