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White Sox Minor League Update: June 9, 2018

The farm wins three, as the Knights bullpen, Dane Dunning, Dylan Cease and Tate Blackman have big games

Breaking, Bad: Dylan Cease added another quality start — but allowed three solo homers.
Winston-Salem Dash

Charlotte Knights 8, Lehigh Valley Ironpigs 6

Matt Skole: 1-for-5, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Casey Gillaspie: 1-for-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K

Patrick Leonard: 2-for-5, 0 BB, 2 K

Alex Presley: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 0 K

TJ House: 2 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 1 K

Tyler Danish: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K **CO-MVP**

Ricardo Pinto: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K **CO-MVP**

Thyago Vieira: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K **CO-MVP**

Jeanmar Gomez: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K **CO-MVP**

Today was not a good day for TJ House. He only recorded six outs and allowed seven base runners, with five scoring. Charlotte was down most of the game, 6-1 — until the last three innings. Charlotte added runs on Jake Elmore and Mason Robbins RBI singles. But the big blows came in the bottom of the ninth with the Knights down, 6-3. Robbins hit a two-RBI double to make it a one-run game. Down to the last out of the game, Casey Gillaspie clobbered a game-winning, three-run homer to take the game, 8-6. Thanks to the bullpen, the Knights offense had a chance to come back; the pen only allowed one run on three hits, and recorded six strikeouts in seven innings.

Birmingham Barons 3, Tennessee Smokies 1

Danny Mendick: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K

Zack Collins: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 3 K

Eloy Jimenez: 1-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Seby Zavala: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Jameson Fisher: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 3 K

Dane Dunning: 6 23 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K **MVP**

Not much offense in this one, but the Barons still win to stave off first-half playoff elimination for another day. Only four Barons batters were able to garner a hit in this contest, with Bryant Flete and Ryan Brett adding two each. Flete provided most of the offense in just the fifth inning, hitting a two-run shot to give the Barons a 2-0 lead. Dane Dunning had another phenomenal start. He only allowed seven runners on base in 6 23 innings pitched and lowered his ERA to 3.22. Dunning now has seven outings allowing three runs or less since joining Birmingham.

Winston-Salem Dash 10, Carolina Mudcats 4

Joel Booker: 3-for-5, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Blake Rutherford: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K

Micker Adolfo: 2-for-5, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K

Gavin Sheets: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K

Alex Call: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K

Dylan Cease: 6 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 9 K **MVP**

It did not take long for Winston-Salem to strike. Micker Adolfo hit a three-run homer to open up the scoring in the first. Dylan Cease got off to a dominant start, with three no-hit innings, before allowing two solo homers in the fourth. Cease would allow one more solo home run, but the Knights we able to sprint to a 7-3 lead. Cease only allowed three hits, with no walks, over six innings. Yeyson Yrizarri also added a solo blast his own in the eighth. Blake Rutherford and Joel Booker had three hits apiece. Rutherford is first on the team in average (.292), Booker second (.281). Zach Remillard went deep again with men on base; in the top of the ninth, he clocked a three-run homer. Remillard has eight RBIs in two games.

Rome Braves 5, Kannapolis Intimidators 4

Luis Gonzalez: 1-for-5, 0 BB, 2 K

Luis Robert: 2-for-5, 0 BB, 2 K

Laz Rivera: 2-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Craig Dedelow: 1-for-4, 1 BB, 0 K

Tate Blackman: 3-for-5, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K **MVP**

Justin Yurchak: 0-for-0, 0 BB, 0 K

Luis Curbelo: 2-for-4, 0 BB, 2 K

Yosmer Soloranzo: 4 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Kannapolis was down most of the game despite 12 hits, with Luis Robert, Laz Rivera, and Luis Curbelo pocketing multi-hit games. However, only Curbelo was involved in a run. Robert was caught stealing twice. Yosmer Soloranzo did not do well in his four innings, allowing four runs and just as many hits. The big offensive inning for the I’s came in the fourth, when Tate Blackman and Tyler Frost both hit their eighth homers of the year. Blackman is now sporting an .869 OPS.

DSL Diamondbacks 9, DSL White Sox 4

Enrique Felix: 0-for-2, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Omar Martinez: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Jose Rodriguez: 0-for-0, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Jerrick Francees: 1-for-2, 1, 1 R, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Dionicio Jimenez: 3 13 IP, 6 H, 8 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

This game only lasted five innings, yet the two teams scored 13 total runs. The Sox were ahead 3-2 at the end of two innings, but Jimenez could not keep the lead. Jerrick Francees was involved in three of the four runs, recording his second and third RBI of the season. Jose Rodriguez was put in to pinch-run, and never ended up getting to the plate. Omar Martinez doubled in the game, scored his sixth run and recorded his fourth RBI.

College Super Regionals

Micah Coffey: 1-for-3, 1 RBI 0 BB, 1 K

Konnor Pilkington: 5 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

Nick Madrigal: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K