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White Sox Minor League Update: June 12, 2018

Birmingham’s offense explodes in a wild affair; Lincoln Henzman flirts with perfection as Intimidators sweep doubleheader

Oh, so close: Lincoln Henzman retired the first 14 batters he faced and one single prevented him from a perfect game, but he still managed a complete-game shutout in Game 1 of the I’s doubleheader.
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Leading off: RHP Spencer Adams got promoted to from Double-A Birmingham to Triple-A Charlotte. In 13 starts for the Barons this season, Adams went 3-6 with a 4.59 ERA. Also, White Sox OF Avisail Garcia, out since April 23 with a hamstring strain, begins a rehab assignment with Charlotte on Tuesday.

Charlotte Knights 6, Durham Bulls 2

Jacob May (.251): 2-for-5, 2B, 1 SB (12)

Avisail Garcia (.500): 1-for-2, 1 BB

Matt Skole (.249): 1-for-5, HR (6), 1 RBI

Mason Robbins (.286): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB

Jake Elmore (.277): 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SB (4)

Alex Presley (.244): 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB

Dustin Garneau (.138): 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

W: Jordan Stephens (3-2, 3.67 ERA), 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K ***MVP***

RHP Jordan Stephens cruised through six innings of shutout ball, allowing just three hits while striking out seven as the Knights took down Durham. Stephens threw 61 of 98 pitches for strikes, finishing with a game score of 73. Matt Skole’s sixth home run of the season, in the third inning, got the scoring started and the Knights carried a 4-0 lead into the ninth inning. A two-run single by Alex Presley in the ninth inning put the game truly out of reach. Dustin Garneau came through with a pair of hits and RBI, including a double.

Birmingham Barons 11, Tennessee Smokies 10 in 11 innings

Zack Collins (.275): 2-for-6, 2B, 2 R

Eloy Jimenez (.321): 2-for-5, 2B, 2 R

Trey Michalczewski (.260): 1-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 R

Jameson Fisher (.238): 1-for-4, 1 RBI

Bryant Flete (.278): 4-for-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R

Ryan Brett (.271): 2-for-5, 1 R

Keon Barnum (.187): 3-for-5, 2 HR (7), 2B, 5 RBI ***MVP***

Connor Walsh (9.00 ERA): 2 1/3 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

W: Jose Ruiz (2-0, 2.50 ERA), 2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

S: Ian Hamilton (11, 1.85 ERA), 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K

A wild affair in The Volunteer State as the Barons battled back from 4-0 and 7-4 deficits to win it in 11 innings. Down two in the top of the eighth inning, Bryant Flete’s two-run double tied the game at seven. It was part of a big night for Flete, who had four hits and three RBI -- which is normally good enough for MVP honors. But not on this night as Keon Barnum was the hero with two home runs, including the game-winner in the 11th inning, and five RBI. Zack Collins and Eloy Jimenez each had a pair of hits, including one double, and scored two runs. Closer Ian Hamilton picked up his 11th save of the season.

Winston-Salem Dash 4, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 0

Luis Alexander Basabe (.271): 2-for-4, HR (9), 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R ***CO-MVP***

Alex Call (.261): 2-for-4, 3B, 1 RBI, 1 SB (4)

Blake Rutherford (.296): 1-for-3, HR (4), 1 RBI

Ti’Quan Forbes (.276): 2-for-4

Mitch Roman (.282): 1-for-3, 1 R

W: Bernardo Flores (5-4, 2.55 ERA), 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K ***CO-MVP***

LHP Bernardo Flores was brilliant once again, pitching seven shutout innings to drop his ERA to 2.55. Flores threw 56 of 94 pitches for strikes, struck out five and finished with a game score of 77. Luis Basabe’s big night -- including his ninth home run of the season, a double, and a pair of RBI and runs -- along with Blake Rutherford’s fourth homer provided the fireworks offensively for the Dash. Alex Call also had a pair of hits, including a triple, drove in a run and stole his fourth base.

Game 1: Kannapolis Intimidators 5, Delmarva Shorebirds 0 in 7 innings

Laz Rivera (.350): 1-for-3, 3B, 1 R

Craig Dedelow (.293): 2-for-3, 2B, 1 RBI, 1 R

Tate Blackman (.310): 1-for-3, 1 RBI

Evan Skoug (.228): 1-for-3, 2B, 1 R

Luis Curbelo (.292): 1-for-3, 3B, 2 R

W: Lincoln Henzman (6-3, 2.30 ERA), 7 IP (CG), 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K ***MVP***

Starting pitcher Lincoln Henzman flirted with perfection, retiring every batter he faced for the first 4 2/3 innings before allowing the only hit of the game for Delmarva. Henzman pitched all seven innings in Game 1 of the doubleheader, striking out six while throwing a very economical 67 pitches (52 for strikes) for an 86 game score. The I’s scored at least one run in each of the first four innings as four of their six hits went for extra bases -- two doubles, two triples. Laz Rivera and Luis Curbelo each had three-baggers with Curbelo coming in to touch home twice. Craig Dedelow had a pair of hits including a double and an RBI single. Justin Yurchak and Tyler Frost didn’t have a hit, but each had one RBI.

Game 2: Kannapolis Intimidators 5, Delmarva Shorebirds 2 in 7 innings

Luis Robert (.276): 1-for-3, 2B, 1 R

Tate Blackman (.313): 1-for-1, HR (9), 1 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB ***MVP***

Justin Yurchak (.254): 1-for-2, 2B, 1 RBI, 1 R

Tyler Frost (.220): 1-for-3, 2B, 1 RBI, 1 R

Carlos Perez (.229): 2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI

Zach Lewis (3.24 ERA): 3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

W: Jake Elliott (1-1, 2.70 ERA), 2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

S: Aron McRee (1, 1.93 ERA), 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Tate Blackman hit his ninth home run of the season in the second inning and the I’s cruised to a doubleheader sweep of Delmarva on Tuesday. C Carlos Perez contributed a pair of hits, including a double and drove in a pair of runs. Luis Robert smacked a double and scored a run in this one. Of the I’s seven hits, five went for extra bases. Three Intimidators pitchers combined to allow just two runs on six hits.

DSL White Sox 4, DSL Reds 2

Johnabiell Laureano (.188): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB

Jose Rodriguez (.368): 1-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 SB (4)

Ulises Martinez (.176): 1-for-4, 2B, 1 RBI

Enrique Felix (.290): 1-for-4, 3B

Richard Garcia (.235): 2-for-4

Andres Rosario (.071): 0-for-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SB (1)

W: Cristofer Melendez (1-0, 1.13 ERA), 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 6 K ***MVP***

Fernando Caro (3.86 ERA): 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K

S: Erick Perez (2, 3.18 ERA), 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

The DSL White Sox dodged several bullets in this one as their defense continues to resemble that of a little league squad. They committed eight (8!!!) errors but somehow their pitching was able to limit the damage all day. Starting pitcher Cristofer Melendez tossed five innings, allowing only two runs -- both unearned -- while striking out six while relievers Fernando Caro and Erick Perez tossed four hitless innings in relief. DSL White Sox pitchers struck out 14 DSL Reds batters. At the plate, Johnabiell Laureano and Richard Garcia each had a pair of hits. SS Jose Rodriguez continues to shine, with a two-run single in the fifth inning and his fourth stolen base of the season.