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White Sox Minor League Update: June 11, 2018

Dash bats put on a show; Danny Mendick’s three-run homer not enough for Barons

Blake’s bases-clearing triple: Blake Rutherford had a triple, double, 3 RBI and a run scored as Winston-Salem lit up the scoreboard in Monday’s victory.
(Clinton Cole/FutureSox)

Leading off: Five members of the Dash were named to the 2018 Carolina League All-Star Game including Luis Basabe, Joel Booker, Dylan Cease, Bernardo Flores and Matt Foster. Plus, here is an in-depth look at the recent dominance of the Winston-Salem starting rotation.

In terms of promotions and call-ups, White Sox GM Rick Hahn told the media that OF Eloy Jimenez will see time at Triple-A Charlotte before a promotion to MLB. Plus, OF Luis Robert will get promoted from Kannapolis to Winston-Salem in 7-10 days.

On the injury front, RHP Alec Hansen, who has not pitched yet this season due to a forearm injury, will make his first start for Double-A Birmingham sometime over the weekend. Also, Dash OF/DH Micker Adolfo (elbow) will begin throwing after a positive medical evaluation.

Tennessee Smokies 5, Birmingham Barons 3

Danny Mendick (.250): 2-for-4, HR (8), 2B, 3 RBI ***MVP***

Zack Collins (.273): 1-for-2, 2 BB

Eloy Jimenez (.319): 1-for-4

Jordan Guerrero (6.35 ERA): 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

L: Jake Johansen (1-2, 4.84 ERA), 1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

The Barons jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning thanks to SS Danny Mendick’s eighth home run of the season and held a 3-1 lead until the seventh inning when starting pitcher Jordan Guerrero got into trouble and reliever Jake Johansen couldn’t rescue him, allowing Tennessee to plate four runs. Guerrero did earn a quality start, allowing three runs in six innings of work. Other than Mendick’s pair of hits, the Barons only managed three other hits -- one each by Zack Collins, Eloy Jimenez, and Ryan Brett.

Winston-Salem Dash 10, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 7

Joel Booker (.285): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB

Blake Rutherford (.295): 2-for-5, 3B, 2B, 3 RBI, 1 R ***MVP***

Luis Alexander Basabe (.267): 3-for-5, 3B, 1 R

Micker Adolfo (.273): 1-for-5, 2B, 1 RBI

Ti’Quan Forbes (.271): 3-for-4, 3B, 2B, 3 R

Mitch Roman (.281): 1-for-1, 2 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB

Nate Nolan (.165): 3-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 R

Yeyson Yrizarri (.250): 2-for-4, 2B, 1 RBI, 1 R

W: Jimmy Lambert (4-6, 4.45 ERA), 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

An offensive masterpiece by the Dash with 10 runs on 16 hits and seven extra-base hits proved to be enough in a victory over Myrtle Beach on Monday night. Three Dash hitters -- Basabe, Forbes, and Nolan -- had three hits with Forbes finishing a home run shy of the cycle. Every batter in the lineup had at least one hit except 1B Gavin Sheets. Leading 4-3 in the sixth inning, the Dash broke things open by plating five runs. Yeyson Yrizarri got the scoring started by bringing Mitch Roman home with an RBI single to shortstop. After a Joel Booker single loaded the bases, Blake Rutherford cleared them with a triple. Basabe followed with an RBI single and Micker Adolfo’s double to right field plated Basabe. RHP Jimmy Lambert picked up the win by allowing three earned runs in six innings of work. Winston-Salem’s win puts them two games up in their division with six games remaining in the first half.

DSL D-Backs 9, DSL White Sox 1

Jose Rodriguez (.382): 1-for-4, 2B, 1 R

L: Hector Acosta (0-1, 4.82 ERA), 5 IP, 7 H, 7 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 4 K

It’s never a good day at the ballpark when the team commits double the amount of errors as they manage hits, and that’s exactly what the DSL White Sox did on Monday. The team made six (SIX!) errors -- two each by Jhoneiker Betancourt, Hector Acosta, and Jose Rodriguez -- while only managing three hits. Acosta, Monday’s starting pitcher, allowed seven runs in five innings but only three were earned (granted two of the errors belonged to him). Rodriguez, Jefferson Mendoza, and Enrique Felix had the only hits on the afternoon. There’s no “MVP” of this game, as the only logical choice would be Rodriguez for his double and run scored but he also committed two errors.