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White Sox Minor League Update: May 5, 2018

Stellar starts from all four affiliate hurlers pace a three-win night

TJ in the Hizzy: House wreaked revenge on his former team with possibly the best outing by any pitcher in the White Sox organization this year.
Laura Wolff Photo

What happens when the lowest game score in your farm system is 61? You bank three wins, easy.

Charlotte Knights 1, Columbus Clippers 0

Charlie Tilson (.210): 1-for-4, RBI, K

Eddy Alvarez (.323): 3-for-4, R, 2B (3), K

T.J. House (1-3, 6.29): 7 IP, H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, win, 78 GS, 80 pitches/51 strikes **MVP**

Tyler Danish (3.78): IP, 2 K, hold (1), 14 pitches/10 strikes

Rob Scahill (3.46): IP, H, 2 K, SV (2), 16 pitches/13 strikes

This pitcher’s battle was decided in the top of the eighth, when Alvarez doubled to center, and after a May ground out, Tilson singled him in. That’s all the Knights would need, as House came out of nowhere to pitch the best game of anyone in the White Sox organization this season. Charlotte pitching allowed just two hits, and relievers Danish and Scahill threw just seven called balls all night.

Tennessee Smokies 3, Birmingham Barons 1

Eloy Jimenez (.303): 2-for-4, R, 2 K

Seby Zavala (.270): 0-for-2, 2 BB, K, two SB against

Mason Robbins (.438): 2-for-4, 2 K

Jordan Guerrero (1-3, 6.49): 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, BB, 8 K, loss, 61 GS, 101 pitches/65 strikes

Connor Walsh (5.11): 1 23 IP, BB, 5 K, 24 pitches/17 strikes **MVP**

It was a tough night offensively for the Barons, with 14 strikeouts against six walks, 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position and eight left on base. With that hill to climb, Guerrero giving up three runs in the first inning pretty well buried Birmingham. Walsh kept it close in relief, though, striking out five of the six batters he faced.

Winston-Salem Dash 6, Buies Creek Astros 2

Joel Booker (.341): 1-for-5, R, 3 K

Luis Alexander Basabe (.302): 0-for-4, 3 K

Micker Adolfo (.327): 1-for-3, R, 2B (10), BB, K

Gavin Sheets (.276): 1-for-3, R, RBI, BB

Alex Call (.238): 1-for-3, R, HR (3), 2 RBI

Blake Rutherford (.352): 1-for-1, R, HR (1), 2 RBI

Bernardo Flores (2-2, 3.25): 7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, HR, win, 64 GS, 95 pitches/60 strikes **MVP**

José Ruiz (2.92): 2 IP, 4 K, SV (2), 27 pitches/20 strikes

It’s hard to keep the Dash down, no doubt. One out into the game, Abraham Toro took Flores deep for a two-run homer, and from there, Flores shut the Stros down. Winston-Salem stormed back to win, with six unanswered runs. Call got the game-winning RBI with a two-run homer in the sixth. Interestingly, the final two Dash runs came two innings later, when Rutherford pinch-hit for Call and hit a two-run homer of his own.

Kannapolis Intimidators 7, Hagerstown Suns 3

Nolan Brown (.325): 2-for-5, 2 R, K

Laz Rivera (.346): 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 K

Craig Dedelow (.277): 3-for-5, R, 3B (4), 2 RBI

Anthony Villa (.370): 3-for-5, 2B (9), 4 RBI, K

John Parke (4-1, 1.80): 6 IP, 5 H, R, 0 BB, 8 K, 71 GS, 80 pitches/57 strikes **MVP**

It’s another top-of-the-order romp for the I’s, as Brown and Rivera combine for four of Kanny’s 15 hits and four of the team’s seven runs. Dedelow cracks a triple in his second straight game, Evan Skoug cracks a homer in his second straight as well, and Villa has simply lost his mind. Parke claims the MVP with a stellar night, including eight Ks against zero walks.