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White Sox Minor League Update: May 26, 2018

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Eloy Jiménez with a game-winning grand slam? Yeah, like you’re surprised

O Superman: Jiménez’s latest feat? Oh, a ninth-inning grand slam to provide the eventual winning margin for the Barons.
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Indianapolis Indians 6, Charlotte Knights 2

Alex Presley: 0-for-4 ✫ 0 BB ✫ 1 K

Matt Skole: 1-for-3 ✫ 1 BB ✫ 0 K

Patrick Leonard: 0-for-1 ✫ 1 R ✫ 3 BB ✫ 0 K

Michael Saunders: 1-for-4 ✫ 1 RBI ✫ 0 BB ✫ 0 K

Jordan Stephens: 6 IP ✫ 5 H ✫ 2 ER ✫ 2 BB ✫ 5 K ✫ **MVP**

Another day, another unimpressive game from the Knights’s lackluster offense. It should come as no surprise, since Charlotte hitters are neither young enough to be prospects nor good enough with the bat. However, the pitching staff has interesting options, including Jordan Stephens. In three starts with the Knights, Stephens has a 2.45 ERA and three quality starts, including tonight, but the bullpen and lineup could not keep the game close.


Birmingham Barons 8, Jackson Generals 5

Zack Collins: 0-for-2 ✫ 3 BB ✫ 2 K ✫ 1 SB

Eloy Jimenez: 2-for-5 ✫ 1 HR ✫ 4 RBI ✫ 0 BB ✫ 2 K ✫ **MVP**

Matt Rose: 0-for-5 ✫ 0 BB ✫ 0 K

Jameson Fisher: 2-for-3 ✫ 1 HR ✫ 2 R ✫ 1 BB ✫ 1 K

Jordan Guerrero: 5 IP ✫ 7 H ✫ 4 ER ✫ 1 BB ✫ 4 K

Jordan Guerrero has become an anomaly. To many fans, Guerrero is not doing well and seems to be regressing after outings like this game because of his 6.46 ERA. However, coming into today’s game, he has a 2.77 FIP and a 3.50 xFIP, largely because of a .404 BABIP. It seems Guerrero is getting unlucky — very unlucky. Collins did not collect a hit in the 8-5 win, but with three walks, his .447 OBP rises. The game finally ramped up in the ninth, when the Barons loaded the bases for Eloy Jiménez and he worked his magic. Jiménez crushed a grand slam to take the 8-5 lead and the eventual win for the Barons.


Winston-Salem Dash 4, Potomac Nationals 2 (11)

Luis Alexander Basabe: 0-for-2 ✫ 1 R ✫ 1 BB ✫ 1 K

Alex Call: 1-for-4 ✫ 1 K ✫ 1 SB ✫ 1 CS

Blake Rutherford: 1-for-5 ✫ 3 K

Micker Adolfo: 0-for-5 ✫ 1 K

Gavin Sheets: 0-for-5 ✫ 2 K

Yeyson Yrizarri: 2-for-3 ✫ 1 2B ✫ 1 RBI ✫ 1 SB

Bernardo Flores: 6 IP ✫ 5 H ✫ 2 ER ✫ 0 BB ✫ 8 K ✫ **MVP**

The Dash and Nationals were neck-and-neck the entire game. For the first seven innings, when the Nationals scored the Dash would tie the game in the next inning. The top prospects’ bats were silent most of the game, but Ti’Quan Forbes and Yeyson Yrizarri were able to provide the early offense. The MVP, Bernardo Flores, threw his fifth consecutive quality start. Flores is at the point where two earned runs in six innings raised his ERA to 2.91. The game was decided in the 11th, as the Dash used the rare 1-2 punch of throwing error offense and wild pitch offense to plate the eventual deciding two runs. Chalk one up for manager Omar Vizquel’s wacky aggressiveness, as the Dash might have scored more in the 12th, but for Alex Call being thrown out stealing home to end the inning!


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