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White Sox Minor League Update: June 15, 2018

The farm takes four of six, as Kannapolis barely hangs on to its division lead and Great Falls takes its opener

Blake Rakes: Rutherford provided the go-ahead run in the sixth for the Dash.
Winston-Salem Dash

Charlotte Knights 7, Norfolk Tides 2

Avisail Garcia: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K

Matt Skole: 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Casey Gillaspie: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 0 K

Dustin Garneau: 1-for-4, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K

Carson Fulmer: 5 13 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 6 BB, 1 K

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

On the surface, Carson Fulmer had a successful start. He made it to the fifth inning and got the win (yes, a very low bar). However, he put 13 runners on base in less than six full innings pitched. He still cannot find his command, and is looking more and more like a reliever with every start. He should still be a starter for the rest of the year, but there needs to be a complete pitching motion overhaul in the offseason. Meanwhile, Matt Skole, Eddy Alvarez and Dustin Garneau provided the bulk of the offense for the Knights as they had six RBI combined (two each). Avisail Garcia added the seventh run in what may be his last rehab game, after Gregory Infante was optioned off the 40-man roster.

Birmingham Barons 4, Chattanooga Lookouts 1

Danny Mendick: 2-for-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 SB

Zack Collins: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 2 K

Eloy Jimenez: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K

Seby Zavala: 1-for-4, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K **MVP**

Jameson Fisher: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K

It was a bullpen day for the Barons, because Spencer Adams was promoted to Charlotte. Brian Clark started the game and threw two shutout innings to set the tone. Danny Mendick reached base multiple times and added a stolen base. Seby Zavala added the big offense with a two-RBI knock in the seventh. Eloy Jimenez added another base hit; even though he is technically in a slump, he still has a .935 OPS.

Winston-Salem Dash 4, Wilmington Blue Rocks 2

Micker Adolfo: 0-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K

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

Luis Alexander Basabe: 0-for-1, 1 R, 2 BB, 0 K

Joel Booker: 2-for-2, 1 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Luis Martinez: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

The Dash were behind quickly, as Luis Martinez allowed two runs in the top of the first. However, for the rest of his outing he did not allow a run, and the Dash took advantage. They tied the game in the fifth, and Blake Rutherford drove in a run on a double in the sixth to take the lead. Joel Booker added another multi-hit game to his season, reaching base three times in the win.

Greensboro Grasshoppers 7, Kannapolis Intimidators 1

Luis Gonzalez: 0-for-5, 0 BB, 3 K

Luis Robert: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB **MVP**

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

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

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

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

Evan Skoug: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 2 K

Parker Rigler: 4 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

With the division lead now down only to one game, Kannapolis lost again. The I’s were down 4-0 after a rough first inning from Parker Rigler. Craig Dedlow was able to add a run in the first inning, but the lead kept growing for the Grasshoppers throughout the game. Luis Gonzalez returned after being out for personal reasons, but did not have any good at-bats. Luis Robert, who will almost assuredly be promoted after the end of the first half, added his second stolen base of the season and reached base multiple times. Despite the loss, the I’s still hold on to their one-game lead.

Great Falls Voyagers 6, Helena Brewers 5

Ian Dawkins: 1-for-5, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K

Ramon Beltre: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K

Lenyn Sosa: 3-for-4, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Logan Sowers: 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Romy Gonzalez: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1, RBI, 2 BB, 0 K

Travis Moniot: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K

Chris Comito: 5 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 5 K

Andrew Perez: 1 13 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Bennett Sousa: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Seems to be a trend today for the farm system, because Great Falls also fell behind early, in their season opener. Chris Comito did not walk a batter, but got hit around and allowed four runs. The 17-year-old Lenyn Sosa collected the first hit for the Voyagers, and then their first RBI in the seventh, which sparked a five-run inning to tie the game. Romy Gonzalez also added an RBI triple in the inning. Thanks to the bullpen, led by Perez and Sousa, the Voyagers were able to come back to win the game, 6-5.

DSL Padres 6, DSL White Sox 1

Jose Rodriguez: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 SB

Ulises Martinez: 0-for-0, 1 BB, 0 K — left the game

Jefferson Mendoza: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K

Jerrick Francees: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 3 K

Jairo Labourt: 13 IP, 1 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 1 K

Francisco Benitez: 3 23 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 4 K **MVP**

Another tough one in the Dominican. the Sox were down from the start. Starter Jairo Labourt could not get out of the first inning, as he allowed three runs. The 17-year-old Francisco Benitez was able to quiet the storm for the most part when he relieved Labourt. One run crossed the plate under his watch, but it was unearned. Benitez had command issues, but he’s 17 and is now sporting a 0.90 ERA on the season. Robert Barreras provided all of the offense in the bottom of the ninth, smoking a double to left field to score the lone run for the Sox.