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White Sox Minor League Update: May 3, 2018

Jimenez, Collins stay hot for Birmingham; Adolfo, Basabe homer for Winston-Salem

Another homer for Adolfo: Dash DH Micker Adolfo hit his league-leading sixth home run of the season on Thursday night.
(Clinton Cole/FutureSox)

Leading off: Dash OF Micker Adolfo has been named the Carolina League Player of the Month for April. In 24 games, the 21-year-old Adolfo hit .308/.369/.549 with 5 HR, 21 RBI. Adolfo is currently rated by MLB Pipeline as the No. 10 prospect in the White Sox system.

Columbus Clippers 4, Charlotte Knights 2

Matt Skole (.246): 1-for-3, HR (1), 1 RBI, 1 BB

Casey Gillaspie (.200): 1-for-2, 2B, 1 R, 1 BB

Todd Cunningham (.162): 0-for-2, 1 RBI

Donn Roach (3.16 ERA): 7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K ***MVP***

L: Gregory Infante (0-2, 10.13 ERA), 1 1/3 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 K

Charlotte fell in this one on a walk-off home run by Columbus SS Yu Chang off of reliever Gregory Infante. The Knights offense simply couldn’t provide enough support for Donn Roach who provided a quality start with two earned runs allowed in seven innings. Matt Skole hit his first home run of the season, a solo blast in the second inning. But the Knights only managed three hits, while striking out seven times. Knights SS Jose Rondon extended his hit streak to eight games; he has 12 hits over that span.

Tennessee Smokies 8, Birmingham Barons 5

Zack Collins (.229): 2-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB

Eloy Jimenez (.263): 2-for-5, 2B, 1 R

Matt Rose (.290): 1-for-4, 2B, 1 BB

Trey Michalczewski (.293): 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 R

Mason Robbins (.417): 2-for-4, HR (1), 2 RBI ***MVP***

L: Spencer Adams (1-3, 7.56 ERA), 3 1/3 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Adams struggled early and often, allowing the Smokies to plate two in the first and second innings and three more in the fourth. The Barons tried to claw their way back into it, tailing 7-5 after five innings but that was as close as they would get. LF Mason Robbins connected on his first homer of the season. C Zack Collins and RF Eloy Jimenez each contributed with a pair of hits as their batting averages continue to climb. Birmingham had 10 hits in this one with just six strikeouts and three walks.

Winston-Salem Dash 5, Lynchburg Hillcats 3

Luis Alexander Basabe (.315): 1-for-3, HR (5), 3 RBI, 1 BB ***MVP***

Blake Rutherford (.341): 2-for-4, 2B

Micker Adolfo (.327): 2-for-4, HR (6), 2 RBI

Nate Nolan (.173): 1-for-3, 1 R

Kyle Kubat (1.29 ERA): 3 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 K

S: Mike Morrison (1, 0.90 ERA), 1 IP, 1 K

Trailing 3-1 entering the fifth inning, the Dash put a three-spot on the board to complete the sweep of Lynchburg. DH Micker Adolfo, April’s Player of the Month in the Carolina League, and LF Luis Alexander Basabe homered as part of a seven-hit attack. Adolfo’s homer to dead center traveled 413 feet. RF Blake Rutherford also contributed a pair of hits, sending his average up to .341. Starting pitcher Kyle Kubat surrendered six hits in three innings but limited the damage to just one earned run. Zach Thompson added two scoreless frames out of the bullpen, and Mike Morrison shut the door in the ninth to pick up his first save of the year.

Kannapolis Intimidators 7, Hickory Crawdads 5

Luis Gonzalez (.340): 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 1 R

Laz Rivera (.333): 3-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 R

Craig Dedelow (.265): 2-for-4, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 R

Tate Blackman (.309): 1-for-3, HR (4), 2 RBI, 1 BB

Evan Skoug (.174): 1-for-4, HR (2), 1 RBI

Carlos Perez (.278): 1-for-4, 2B, 1 R

W: Lincoln Henzman (2-2, 2.53 ERA), 7 IP, 3 H, ER, 6 K ***MVP***

S: Jake Elliott (1, 2.35 ERA), 2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 K

The Intimidators completed the three-game sweep of Hickory in impressive fashion, plating all seven of their runs in the third inning and cruising until the Crawdads plated four runs in the eighth inning. Lincoln Henzman was dominant for his seven innings, carrying a no-hitter into the fifth inning and limiting the Crawdads to three hits and one earned run while striking out six. Tate Blackman’s fourth home run and Evan Skoug’s second deep fly highlighted a solid night at the plate for the I’s who only struck out six times as a team (three by 3B Anthony Villa).