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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
Brett Ballantini started at South Side Sox in 2018 after 20 years of writing on basketball, baseball and hockey, including time on the Blackhawks and White Sox beats. Follow him on Twitter @BrettBallantini and email your site feedback to

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.