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White Sox Minor League Update: June 10, 2018

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Winston-Salem and Kannapolis continue their trek toward first-half titles

Spence, Off the Fence: Adams threw six innings of one-run ball Sunday, and is looking like a top prospect again.
Birmingham Barons

Lehigh Valley Ironpigs 6, Charlotte Knights 2

Patrick Leonard: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K

Mason Robbins: 1-for-4, 1 HR, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Casey Gillaspie: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 0 K

Dustin Garneau: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 1 K

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

Carson Fulmer: 5 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Aaron Bummer: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Fulmer did not have a feel for the ball again today. He came into today’s game with a 2.12 ERA, but that was not indicative of how he was pitching. Because he had a 7.41 BB/9 with a 5.16 xFIP, his ERA was an untrue indicator of his success — and it showed today. Fulmer only went five innings, and allowed six runs. Mason Robbins provided his second home run of the year in the seventh, but there was no late-inning heroics for the Knights tonight.


Tennessee Smokies 3, Birmingham Barons 2

Danny Mendick: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K

Zack Collins: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 3 K

Eloy Jimenez: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K

Seby Zavala: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K

Matt Rose: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 3 K

Trey Michalczewski: 1-for-3, 1 HR, 0 BB, 1 K

Spencer Adams: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K **MVP**

Ian Hamilton: 1 IP, 3 H , 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Spencer Adams had his third straight great start, as he continues to turn around his season. His ERA has fallen to 4.59, and he’s looking like a top prospect once again. The strikeouts were not there tonight, but Adams works best when he induces ground ball outs, and that’s what he did today. The Bham bats had trouble with Smokies’ pitchers, striking out 12 times and notching only five hits. Trey Michaelczewksi provided the big offensive hit in the seventh, on a solo homer to take the lead. Unfortunately, Ian Hamilton blew the lead in the eighth inning, and was then credited with the loss in the ninth after allowing the game-winning run. It was Hamilton’s first blown save of the season.


Winston-Salem Dash 2, Carolina Mudcats 1 (11)

Joel Booker: 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Luis Alexander Basabe: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 1 K

Micker Adolfo: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K

Alex Call: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K

Blake Rutherford: 0-for-0, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K (pinch-runner)

Luis Martinez: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K **MVP**

Matt Foster: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

This game was a pitcher’s duel from the get-go. W-S’s Luis Martinez was as close to perfect as can be through six shutout innings. Micker Adolfo and Joel Booker were able to provide early hits, but neither could get across home plate. The game went nine innings without a score. Finally, in the 10th, Yermin Mercedes drove in Blake Rutherford, but the Mudcats tied it again in the bottom of the inning. However, the 11th was when the Dash broke through to win. Matt Foster earned his sixth save of the season.


Kannapolis Intimidators 4, Rome Braves 1

Luis Gonzalez: 1-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Laz Rivera: 2-for-5, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 SB

Craig Dedelow: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 0 K

Tate Blackman: 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K

Evan Skoug: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 3 K

Luis Curbelo: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 3 K

Luis Robert: 1-for-1, 0 BB, 0 K - pinch hitter

Parker Rigler: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K **MVP**

Tyler Johnson: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Another great start on the farm: Parker Rigler went for six shutout innings, letting only five runners on base. Kannapolis stranded a multitude of baserunners (13) but rode four runs in the first three innings to victory. Johan Cruz provided the his first bomb of the year in the second, with a runner on. Laz Rivera continued his tear at the plate and is closer to becoming a legitimate prospect than any non-Top 30 player, as he is now hitting .350 on the season with his two hits this afternoon. Tyler Johnson earned his seventh save of the season.