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White Sox Minor League Update: May 28, 2018

Michael Kopech pitches a gem; the affiliates combine for five homers, three wins in three games

Kopech in a Comfort Zone: Michael Kopech was smooth in six innings of work to earn the win on Memorial Day.
(Laura Wolff/Charlotte Knights)

Leading off: Matt Skole got promoted to the White Sox on Monday, becoming the 12th Charlotte player to get a call-up so far this season. Skole wasted no time contributing with his first career home run in his second at-bat against the Cleveland Indians. In addition, there was some progress on the injury front as OF Luis Robert played in an extended spring training game early Monday, his first action since suffering the injury to his thumb ligament in spring training.

Charlotte Knights 7, Indianapolis Indians 5

Jacob May (.239): 2-for-5, HR (2), 2 RBI, SB (10)

Jake Elmore (.275): 2-for-5, 2B, 1 R

Mason Robbins (.227): 1-for-4, 3B, 1 R, 1 BB

Casey Gillaspie (.237): 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Johnny Giavotella (.500): 2-for-4, 1 R

Eddy Alvarez (.267): 1-for-4, 3B, 3 RBI, 1 R

W: Michael Kopech (2-2, 3.86 ERA), 6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K ***MVP***

S: Rob Scahill (4, 3.86 ERA), 1 1/3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Michael Kopech turned in a quality start to earn his second win of the season, tossing six innings of three-hit ball and allowing two earned runs while striking out seven. Kopech threw 97 pitches (57 for strikes) and finished with a game score of 61. The righthander departed with the Knights holding a 6-2 lead, with some bullpen struggles making the final score closer than the game really was. OF Jacob May had a pair of hits, including his second home run of the season, and stole his 10th base. SS Eddy Alvarez cleared the bases in the second inning with a three-run triple. Overall, Charlotte’s offense had 10 hits — five for extra bases — while striking out just five times and taking four free passes.

Birmingham enjoyed the day off on Memorial Day, but OF Eloy Jimenez was recognized for his outstanding work at the plate last week:

Winston-Salem Dash 10, Potomac Nationals 1

Joel Booker (.277): 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 R

Zach Remillard (.272): 3-for-5, HR (3), 2 2B, 1 RBI, 3 R

Alex Call (.248): 1-for-3, 2B, 3 RBI

Blake Rutherford (.287): 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB

Yermin Mercedes (.229): 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 BB

Ti’Quan Forbes (.282): 1-for-4, HR (2), 3 RBI, 2 R

Mitch Roman (.274): 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 R

W: Tanner Banks (3-2, 2.61 ERA), 8 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K ***MVP***

Starter Tanner Banks was brilliant, hurling eight innings of one-run ball while striking out eight to earn his third straight win. Banks has allowed just two earned runs over his last three starts. His outstanding performance allowed the Dash offense to get on track in the later stages of the game, as they plated eight runs over the final four innings. Zach Remillard led the offensive charge with three hits, including his third home run of the season and a pair of doubles. Ti’Quan Forbes drove in three runs with his second homer of the campaign, while Alex Call doubled and drove in three. After OF Luis Alexander Basabe struck out to end the top of the first inning, Basabe and manager Omar Vizquel were ejected by home plate umpire Jason Johnson.

Kannapolis Intimidators 2, West Virginia Power 1 (5-plus innings)

Luis Gonzalez (.339): 1-for-2, HR (8), 1 RBI, 1 BB

Laz Rivera (.362): 2-for-3

Anthony Villa (.337): 2-for-3, HR (3), 1 RBI ***MVP***

W: John Parke (5-2, 2.73 ERA), 5 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

A pair of homers were all the I’s needed to grab a victory in this rain-shortened affair. Luis Gonzalez crushed his team-leading eighth homer of the season in the third inning to tie the game and Anthony Villa hit his third home run — which proved to be the game-winner — in the fourth. Starting pitcher John Parke got credit for a complete game in which he allowed one unearned run on six hits over five frames. The I’s did struggle defensively, committing three errors in the five innings they were in the field.