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White Sox Minor League Update: May 4, 2018

I’s romp and the Barons squeak out a win in a 50/50 affiliates day

Sorry, Folks: I just don’t get it. But the Intimidators do, and it spurred them to an 11-0 win, so wear ’em on the May the Fifth be with you, too.
Kannapolis Intimidators

Sweet hell, Eloy Jimenez wants to be promoted.

Columbus Clippers 7, Charlotte Knights 5

Jose Rondón (.286): 1-for-5, R, HR (4), RBI, 3 K

Jacob May (.247): 2-for-5, R, 2 2B (6), RBI, K

Kevan Smith (.300): 2-for-5, R, HR (4), 2 RBI, K **MVP**

Matt Skole (.265): 2-for-3, R, HR (2), RBI, BB

Dylan Covey (3.08): 5 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 4 K, HR, 35 GS, 76 pitches/43 strikes

Thyago Vieira (0-1, 6.92): 2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, loss

Generally ugly game for Charlotte, with a poor start from Covey and a horrendous relief outing for Vieira (another three walks). The defense was a mixed bag: three errors, but five double plays and one outfield assist (Todd Cunningham cutting down a runner at second).

Birmingham Barons 5, Tennessee Smokies 4

Trey Michalczewski (.298): 1-for-2, R, 2 RBI

Zack Collins (.236): 1-for-2, R, 3 BB, K

Eloy Jimenez (.290): 3-for-5, R, 2B (4), HR (5), 3 RBI, K **MVP**

Seby Zavala (.276): 0-for-5, K

Jameson Fisher (.244): 3-for-5, 2B (4), CS (2), picked off first

Jordan Stephens (3-3, 3.48): 6 23 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, BB, 8 K, win, 61 GS, 93 pitches/64 strikes

Ian Hamilton (0.79): IP, 2 K, SV (5)

The Barons never trailed in the game, dominated by Jimenez and his bid for a cycle. In any other game, Collins and his four times on base, Stephens and a quality start, or Hamilton with another lights-out save could have earned the MVP. Zavala continues his slump, oddly coinciding with Collins heating up, although he did nail a baserunner at second on a steal attempt. Polo was removed for a defensive replacement after two at-bats, banged up a bit after while picked off of first base in the game.

Buies Creek Astros 10, Winston-Salem Dash 6

Joel Booker (.350): 1-for-4, R, 3 K

Luis Alexander Basabe (.315): 1-for-3, R, 2B (8), 2 BB, threw out a runner at 3rd from CF **MVP**

Blake Rutherford (.344): 2-for-5, R, K

Micker Adolfo (.327): 1-3, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB, K

Gavin Sheets (.274): 1-for-4, R, 2B (7), 3 RBI, BB, K

Yeyson Yrizarri (.225): 2-for-4, 2B (5), 2 RBI, K

Tanner Banks (0-2, 5.79): 4 13 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 3 ER, BB, K, loss, 23 GS, 85 pitches/56 strikes

Not the best effort for W-S, who were 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position. A lot of nice offensive highlights, but the pitching and defense allowed crooked numbers in three separate frames for the Astros.

Kannapolis Intimidators 11, Hagerstown Suns 0

Nolan Brown (.314): 3-for-5, 3 R, 2B (2), RBI **MVP**

Laz Rivera (.340): 2-for-4, 2 R

Craig Dedelow (.262): 1-for-5, R, 3B (3), 2 RBI

Anthony Villa (.347): 3-for-5, R, 2B (8), RBI, K

Tate Blackman (.323): 3-for-5, 2 RBI, K

Evan Skoug (.178): 1-for-4, 2 R, HR (3), 3 RBI, BB, 3 K

Blake Battenfield (2-1, 1.75): 5 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 K, win, 63 GS, 76 pitches/44 strikes

Three I’s with three-hit games, as the top of the batting order rocked a 5-for-9 night. The Dash get all the press, but don’t sleep on the Intimidators, either. Battenfield had another strong start, effectively wild for a 63 GS. Skoug was hot and cold, three Ks but a big homer as well.