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White Sox Minor League Update: May 7, 2018

Birmingham bats continue to blast homers; hitting streaks continue for Eloy Jimenez

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Hit Machine: Barons RF Eloy Jimenez extended both his normal hitting streak as well as his multi-hit hitting streak on Monday.
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Leading off: Birmingham RF Eloy Jimenez won Southern League Player of the Week honors, with 13 hits in six games, and multiple hits in every game of the week. Jiménez had a slash line of .481/.500/.852, as he carried a 10-game hitting streak into action on Monday. Meanwhile, Winston-Salem RHP Dylan Cease took home Carolina League Pitcher of the Week honors. Cease went 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 13 innings over his two starts last week.

Charlotte Knights 5, Gwinnett Stripers 4

Jacob May (.225): 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 R

Charlie Tilson (.211): 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 1 R

Matt Skole (.278): 3-for-4, 2 2B, 1 R ***MVP***

Patrick Leonard (.257): 2-for-4

Juan Perez (.229): 1-for-4, 1 R

Eddy Alvarez (.308): 1-for-4, 1 R

W: Matt Tomshaw (2-0, 7.47 ERA), 5 2/3 IP, 11 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

S: Gregory Infante (2, 8.53 ERA), 1 IP, 1 K

The Knights put up a crooked number in the third inning, with a four-spot, and never looked back, adding another run in the sixth inning that proved to be the game-winner. First baseman Matt Skole had three hits, including a pair of doubles, and scored the winning run. In six games this month, Skole is hitting .429 with two HR and three RBI. Center fielder Charlie Tilson drove in two runs and scored a run of his own. Starting pitcher Matt Tomshaw struggled, allowing four runs on 11 hits in less than six innings of work, but still picked up the victory. Gregory Infante earned his second save, with a clean inning of work.

Birmingham Barons 9, Pensacola Blue Wahoos 6

Tito Polo (.241): 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 SB (11)

Zack Collins (.247): 2-for-3, HR (4), 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB ***MVP***

Eloy Jimenez (.324): 2-for-5, 2B, 1 RBI

Seby Zavala (.277): 2-for-5, HR (7), 2 RBI

Jameson Fisher (.234): 2-for-5, 1 R

Bryant Flete (.300): 2-for-4, 1 R

Danny Mendick (.270): 1-for-4, HR (5), 3 RBI

Dane Dunning: 5 2/3 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

W: Brandon Brennan (2-0, 3.78 ERA), 1 2/3 IP, 1 H

S: Jake Johansen (1, 1.23 ERA), 1 IP, 3 H, 1 K

Another banner night at the plate for Birmingham, who recorded 13 hits — three of them leaving the ballpark. DH Zack Collins stayed hot with his fourth home run of the season, C Seby Zavala belted his team-high seventh homer, and SS Danny Mendick hit his fifth. Eloy Jimenez now has seven straight multiple-hit games and is riding an 11-game hitting streak. RHP Dane Dunning wasn’t as sharp as he had been previously, giving up 10 hits and three runs in 5 2/3 innings while striking out six and taking a no-decision.

Winston-Salem Dash 6, Salem Red Sox 4

Micker Adolfo (.330): 3-for-5, 3B, 2B, 1 RBI, 1 R ***MVP***

Gavin Sheets (.277): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB

Alex Call (.238): 1-for-4, 2B, 1 R, 1 BB

Nate Nolan (.190): 1-for-4, HR (3), 3 RBI

Ti’Quan Forbes (.230): 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

W: Luis Martinez (2-1, 3.95 ERA), 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R (0 ER), 5 BB, 4 K

S: Drew Hasler (1, 2.16 ERA), 1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER

That’s now six wins in the last seven games for the Dash. DH Micker Adolfo continues to rake at the plate, with three hits (including a triple and a double) raising his batting average to .330. C Nate Nolan hit his third home run of the season, a three-run blast in the second inning, giving the Dash a lead they would never relinquish. Third baseman Ti’Quan Forbes added a pair of hits and two RBI. Meanwhile, starting pitcher Luis Martinez was solid in his five shutout innings, allowing only two hits. However, Martinez did struggle with his control, only throwing 52 of his 93 pitches for strikes.

Hagerstown Suns 2, Kannapolis Intimidators 0

Anthony Villa (.367): 1-for-3, 1 BB

Evan Skoug (.188): 1-for-3, 1 BB

L: Kade McClure (3-1, 2.63 ERA), 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 9 K ***MVP***

A forgettable day at the ballpark for the I’s, who couldn’t dent the scoreboard and made a critical error that contributed to both of the Suns’s runs. Starting pitcher Kade McClure pitched a gem, striking out nine and allowing five hits and no earned runs over seven innings. On the bright side for the I’s, every member of the starting lineup except RF Tyler Frost managed one hit. On the other hand, not a single player had more than one hit, and not one hit went for extra bases — while the squad struck out 10 times.