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White Sox Minor League Update: May 30, 2018

Dunning dominates for Barons, I’s win in thrilling fashion, and McClure lost for season after knee surgery

Dunning Domination: On turn-back-the-clock day for the Barons, Dane Dunning turned in a pitching performance that would have made some all-time greats proud.
(Michael Wade)

Lehigh Valley IronPigs 5, Charlotte Knights 0

Jake Elmore (.276): 2-for-4

Casey Gillaspie (.232): 1-for-3

Jacob May (.247): 1-for-3

L: Carson Fulmer (1-1, 3.27 ERA), 6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 7 K ***MVP***

Carson Fulmer continues to try and work his way back to Chicago by turning in a quality start in this one. The righthander pitched six innings, allowing three runs on five hits while walking four — though he did strike out seven. Fulmer threw 96 pitches (59 for strikes). The Knights offense could only muster four singles on the evening, two coming from Jake Elmore.

Birmingham Barons 7, Chattanooga Lookouts 1

Danny Mendick (.258): 3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 1 R

Zack Collins (.275): 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB

Seby Zavala (.268): 3-for-5, 1 R

Jameson Fisher (.248): 1-for-2, 1 R, 3 BB

Nick Basto (.170): 2-for-3, 3 RBI, 1 R

W: Dane Dunning (3-1, 3.03 ERA), 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K ***MVP***

RHP Dane Dunning was simply sensational and the Barons pounded out 14 hits to earn a victory in the 22nd Annual Rickwood Classic at historic Rickwood Field. Dunning pitched seven innings, allowing just one run on five hits while striking out nine — and, maybe most impressively, didn’t issue a single walk. He got plenty of support as well, starting in the second inning when Nick Basto got the scoring started with an RBI single to center. Danny Mendick and Zack Collins then each recorded a double — with Collins driving in a pair of runs — to give the Barons an early 4-0 lead. Seby Zavala returned from the disabled list with a three-hit performance. Eloy Jimenez was given the day off.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans 3, Winston-Salem Dash 0

Luis Alexander Basabe (.270): 1-for-3, 3B, 1 BB

Alex Call (.253): 2-for-4

Micker Adolfo (.285): 1-for-4

L: Luis Martinez (3-4, 4.37 ERA), 7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K ***MVP***

RHP Luis Martinez erased back-to-back poor outings with a quality start in this one, but got no support from Dash bats and suffered his fourth loss of the season. Winston-Salem only managed six hits, and couldn’t plate a single run in the loss. LF Luis Alexander Basabe tripled with one out in the fifth inning, but was stranded at third. CF Alex Call’s pair of singles raised his batting average to .253, while DH Micker Adolfo got back up to .285 with a hit.

Kannapolis Intimidators 9, Delmarva Shorebirds 8 in 10 innings

Luis Gonzalez (.335): 1-for-5, 2B, 1 R

Laz Rivera (.359): 1-for-4, 2B, 2 R

Craig Dedelow (.290): 2-for-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, 1 BB

Tate Blackman (.295): 2-for-5, 2 RBI

Justin Yurchak (.238): 2-for-4, 2B, 2 R

Carlos Perez (.236): 2-for-3, 2B, 1 RBI, 1 R

Tyler Frost (.215): 1-for-3, HR (7), 3 RBI, 1 BB ***MVP***

Parker Rigler (4.14 ERA): 4 1/3 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

W: Tyler Johnson (5-0, 1.64 ERA), 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 K

Starting pitcher Parker Rigler struggled to get out of the first inning, allowing four runs in the frame, then had the I’s buried in a 7-2 hole when he departed in the fifth inning. But the Intimidators wouldn’t go away, battling back to tie the game in the ninth inning. After back-to-back leadoff singles from Justin Yurchak and Carlos Perez in the bottom of the ninth, Tyler Frost belted his seventh homer of the season, to right-center. After Delmarva took the lead back in the top of the 10th, Craig Dedelow got down a sacrifice bunt that wound up bringing Laz Rivera in to score, tying the game on an error. Tate Blackman’s second hit, a single to left, plated Dedelow for the walk-off win. Four Intimidators combined for eight of the squad’s 11 hits, in a stellar night overall at the plate. Tyler Johnson continued his dominance out of the Kannapolis bullpen to earn win No. 5 on the season and remain perfect.

On a sad note, Kannapolis RHP Kade McClure (knee) will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery. McClure, a sixth-round pick in the 2017 draft, finished the season 3-1, with a 3.02 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 41 2/3 innings covering eight starts.