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White Sox Minor League Update: May 24, 2018

Dylan Cease dominates for the Dash; Eloy Jimenez plays hero for the Barons; Carlos Rodon’s rehab start ends early

Domination by Dylan: Dash RHP Dylan Cease was outstanding on Thursday, striking out nine and allowing just one run while pitching into the eighth inning.
(Robert Hill/Winston-Salem Dash)

Leading off: A plethora of roster moves throughout the organization stemming from White Sox C Welington Castillo’s 80-game suspension for PED use and OF Leury Garcia getting placed on the disabled list. Charlotte Knights OF Charlie Tilson and C Alfredo González got the call up to “the show” while C Yermin Mercedes gets promoted from Winston-Salem to Charlotte. In addition, with Castillo’s absence being a lengthy one, general manager Rick Hahn said both Knights C Kevan Smith and Barons C Seby Zavala are options to join the major-league club once their injuries are healed and they get off the DL.

Norfolk Tides 5, Charlotte Knights 4 in 10 innings

Jacob May (.238): 2-for-5

Alex Presley (.272): 1-for-5, 1 R

Patrick Leonard (.268): 2-for-5

Matt Skole (.257): 1-for-5, 1 R

Jake Elmore (.276): 2-for-4, 3B, 2B, 3 RBI, 1 R ***MVP***

Brett Austin (.444): 3-for-4, 1 RBI

Carlos Rodon: 2 2/3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K

Carlos Rodon’s second rehab start got cut short after he took a line drive off of his head in the third inning and was removed from the game. Trailing by one in the ninth inning, Jake Elmore got a rally started with a leadoff double, after a sac bunt by Juan Perez, Brett Austin’s RBI single tied the game to send it to extra innings where they would eventually fall. With the Knights trailing 4-0, Elmore plated three runs with a bases-clearing triple in the sixth inning to bring his squad within one.

Birmingham Barons 9, Jackson Generals 8 in 10 innings

Danny Mendick (.261): 1-for-4, HR (7), 1 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 SB (3)

Zack Collins (.265): 3-for-3, 2 R, 3 BB, 1 SB (2) ***MVP***

Eloy Jimenez (.323): 1-for-5, 2 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB

Matt Rose (.224): 1-for-6, HR (8), 2 RBI

Trey Michalczewski (.285): 1-for-5, 3B, 2 RBI, 1 R

Bryant Flete (.259): 3-for-4, 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB

Ryan Brett (.256): 1-for-3, 2B, 1 R

Dane Dunning (3.41 ERA): 5 IP, 3 H, 4 R (2 ER), 4 BB, 7 K

W: Ian Hamilton (2-0, 1.50 ERA), 2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Eloy Jimenez came up clutch with a two-run single in the 10th inning to give the Barons a victory in their first extra-inning game of the season. Zack Collins was a thorn in Jackson’s side all night, reaching base six times (three hits, three walks) and scoring two runs. Bryant Flete also had three hits, including a double and one RBI. Hitting in the leadoff spot, Danny Mendick began the game in impressive fashion with his seventh home run followed two batters later by Matt Rose belting his eighth home run of the season. RHP Dane Dunning allowed four runs -- two earned -- and struck out seven in five innings. But, Dunning’s control has been a bit of an issue of late as he has issued 10 free passes in his last 14 innings.

Winston-Salem Dash 3, Buies Creek Astros 1

Micker Adolfo (.300): 1-for-4, 1 R

Gavin Sheets (.275): 1-for-4, 1 R

Yeyson Yrizarri (.241): 1-for-3, 1 RBI

Nate Nolan (.157): 1-for-3, 1 RBI

W: Dylan Cease (6-2, 2.83 ERA), 7 1/3 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K ***MVP***

S: Kyle Kubat (1, 1.54 ERA), 1 2/3 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Absolute dominance by Dylan Cease carried the Dash to victory in this affair. Cease was simply sensational, pitching into the eighth inning while allowing just one run on four hits and striking out nine. After a rough outing in which he gave up seven runs over two innings on May 11, Cease has now allowed just one run over his last 13 1/3 innings pitched. Dash bats needed this performance, too, as they managed just four hits -- all singles -- in this one. SS Yeyson Yrizarri and C Nate Nolan each plated a run with their singles.

Greensboro Grasshoppers 5, Kannapolis Intimidators 2

Luis Gonzalez (.333): 2-for-4, 2B

Craig Dedelow (.288): 1-for-4, 2B

Justin Yurchak (.250): 1-for-4, 1 R

Nolan Brown (.342): 1-for-4, 2 RBI ***MVP***

L: Zach Lewis (1-1, 3.91 ERA), 3 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 1 K

After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, the I’s bounced right back behind RF Nolan Brown’s two-run single in the second. Unfortunately, that was all the Intimidators offense could muster on Thursday. Starting pitcher Zach Lewis struggled with his control, walking for Grasshoppers in three innings. CF Luis Gonzalez had a pair of hits, including a double, to raise his average to .333 on the season.