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White Sox Minor League Update: May 23, 2018

Michael Kopech took the mound in Charlotte; Gavin Sheets stayed hot for the Dash

KKKKKKKKopech on the mound: Michael Kopech struck out eight in five innings of work, but also walked four while throwing 100 pitches during that span.
(Laura Wolff/Charlotte Knights)

Norfolk Tides 6, Charlotte Knights 3

Charlie Tilson (.248): 3-for-5

Michael Saunders (.165): 1-for-4, 2B, 1 RBI

Mason Robbins (.231): 1-for-3, 2B, 1 R, 1 BB

Juan Perez (.208): 1-for-4, 3B, 1 RBI

Jacob May (.232): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB

Michael Kopech (3.97 ERA): 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 8 K ***MVP***

L: Rob Scahill (2-2, 3.43 ERA), 2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

All eyes were on RHP Michael Kopech as they always are when he takes the mound, and he brought his electric stuff as seen in the videos above. Kopech struck out eight in five innings, but he also walked four and threw 100 pitches in that time span. Kopech allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits and left trailing 3-2 before the Knights tied it in the sixth inning on Michael Saunders’ double. The bullpen kept the game tied until Rob Scahill gave up three runs in the top of the ninth inning to seal the loss. CF Charlie Tilson’s three hits boosted his batting average to .248 on the season.

Jackson Generals 9, Birmingham Barons 5

Danny Mendick (.262): 1-for-5, 1 RBI

Zack Collins (.248): 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB

Eloy Jimenez (.328): 1-for-3, 1 R, 2 BB

Matt Rose (.226): 1-for-5, 2B, 1 RBI

Trey Michalczewski (.288): 2-for-5, 2 RBI

Nick Basto (.173): 3-for-4, 2B, 2 R ***MVP***

L: Matt Tomshaw (0-2, 7.11 ERA), 5 IP, 10 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Starting pitcher Matt Tomshaw continued to struggle, burying the Barons in a 4-1 hole after one and a 7-3 deficit when he departed after five innings. Trey Michalczewski and Nick Basto combined for nearly half of Birmingham’s hits (5 of 11) with Michalczewski driving in a pair and Basto scoring a pair. Zack Collins contributed an RBI single in the sixth inning and drew a couple of walks. Eloy Jimenez now has eight hits in his last four games.

Game 1: Winston-Salem Dash 3, Buies Creek Astros 1 in 7 innings

Mitch Roman (.287): 1-for-3, 2B, 1 R

Gavin Sheets (.280): 3-for-3, HR (2), 3B, 2 R ***MVP***

Micker Adolfo (.303): 1-for-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB

W: Tanner Banks (2-2, 3.00 ERA), 7 IP (CG), 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Just hours after connecting on his first home run of the season, Gavin Sheets finished a double shy of the cycle. Sheets added his second homer of the season in the sixth inning and tripled as part of a three-hit day, driving in a pair of runs and leading the Dash to a win in Game 1 of Wednesday’s doubleheader. LHP Tanner Banks picked up the win with the fifth complete game of his career, tossing seven innings of one-run ball and lowering his ERA to an even 3.00 in the process.

Game 2: Buies Creek Astros 10, Winston-Salem Dash 4 in 7 innings

Joel Booker (.289): 1-for-4, HR (3), 2 RBI

Luis Alexander Basabe (.281): 3-for-4, HR (7), 1 RBI ***MVP***

Ti’Quan Forbes (.287): 2-for-4, 2B

Mitch Roman (.304): 2-for-3, 3B, 2 R

L: Danny Dopico (0-3, 6.86 ERA), 1 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Starting pitcher Danny Dopico allowed five runs in the first inning and the Dash trailed 9-0 after three before falling in the second game of Wednesday’s doubleheader. Luis Alexander Basabe connected for his seventh home run of the season as part of a three-hit affair. Joel Booker hit a two-run blast -- his third deep fly of the campaign -- in the seventh. Meanwhile, Forbes and Roman each contributed two hits to the Dash attack.

Kannapolis Intimidators 3, Greensboro Grasshoppers 2

Luis Gonzalez (.329): 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 SB (5)

Laz Rivera (.364): 2-for-5, HR (6), 1 RBI ***MVP***

Craig Dedelow (.289): 4-for-5, 1 R

Evan Skoug (.230): 1-for-3, 2B, 1 RBI

John Parke (3.02 ERA): 6 2/3 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K

W: Tyler Johnson (3-0, 1.80 ERA), 2 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Laz Rivera hit a solo home run -- his sixth of the season -- in the top of the eighth and the Intimidators scored two in the frame to come from behind and top the Grasshoppers in game three of their series. Craig Dedelow followed Rivera’s homer with his fourth hit of the afternoon, then two straight walks and a sacrifice fly sealed the deal. Starting pitcher John Parke struggled in the first inning, allowing two runs, but settled down to work into the seventh inning for a quality start. Tyler Johnson followed Parke with 2 1/3 innings of no-hit ball to secure the win.