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White Sox Minor League Update: June 16, 2018

No wins today, but Jimmy Lambert and Spencer Adams provided encouraging starts

Heartbreaker: Jimmy Lambert threw eight innings of one-run ball ... but the Dash lost, 4-3.
Winston-Salem Dash

Norfolk Tides 4, Charlotte Knights 3

Leury Garcia: 1-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Matt Skole: 1-for-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 0 K

Casey Gillaspie: 0-for-2, 1 BB, 1 K

Alex Presley: 1-for-0, 4, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Spencer Adams: 7 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Thyago Vieira: 1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Spencer Adams had another brilliant performance on the mound, only this time he did so in his AAA debut. He went seven strong innings and only put six runners on base. Adams did not record a strikeout, but only two of his hits allowed were for hard contact (both solo homers). It is still a long shot that White Sox fans will see him on the South Side this season, but his obvious improvement is welcome after Kopech and Fulmer continue to falter in Charlotte.

Chattanooga Lookouts 12, Birmingham Barons 2

Danny Mendick: 2-for-3, 2 R, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP**

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

Seby Zavala: 1-for-2, 0 BB, 2 K

Jameson Fisher: 0-for-2, 0 BB, 0 K

Matt Rose: 0-for-2, 0 BB, 0 K

Alec Hansen: 4 23 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

This was not a debut Alec Hansen will remember fondly. He allowed more hits and runs than innings pitched, as he was hit hard today. Hansen was able to command the strike zone, but he left too many hittable pitches in the zone. The Lookouts took advantage for six earned runs, including one home run. Danny Mendick provided Birmingham’s only offensive spark, as he raised his batting average to .253 and scored both Barons runs on his two hits. Seby Zavala also added a hit.

Wilmington Blue Rocks 2, Winston-Salem Dash 1

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

Blake Rutherford: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 SB

Alex Call: 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K

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

Jimmy Lambert: 8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K **MVP**

Matt Foster: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Jimmy Lambert was outstanding today, but his offense failed him. He threw eight innings of one-run ball and allowed fewer runners (six) than innings pitched (eight). It was Lambert’s best outing in the month, and he lowered his ERA to 4.02. The Dash were only able to collect four hits and one walk on the day, but no runs. Blake Rutherford and Gavin Sheets both singled but could not score. Rutherford was also able to add his eighth stolen base of the year, and holds the second-best team batting average at .290. Alex Call provided the only offense, with an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. It was his 28th RBI of the year. The good thing? The Dash already clinched a playoff birth, so game results don’t matter too much.

Greensboro Grasshoppers 4, Kannapolis Intimidators 1

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

Luis Robert: 2-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2 SB **MVP**

Laz Rivera: 1-for-3, 0 BB, 27ygv K

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

Tate Blackman: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 2 K

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

Yosmer Soloranzo: 5 23 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

Kannapolis just cannot put away their division title. Tonight, Luis Robert starred, raising his average to .262 and adding his third and fourth stolen bases. Yosmer Soloranzo did all he could to keep the I’s in the game, but thanks to 10 strikeouts by Grasshoppers pitchers Kannapolis could only muster one run. Luis Gonzalez was able to get his first hit since his personal time off, but could not provide much run production, just like the rest of the lineup. Robert was the only hitter to score, and he came in on an overthrow when after he stole third base. For the I’s, it comes down to the last day of the first half, on Sunday, to see if they can clinch a playoff berth.

Great Falls Voyagers

DSL Orioles 3, DSL White Sox 1

Jhoeneiker Betancourt: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K

Jefferson Mendoza: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 3 K

Enrique Felix: 2-for-3, 0 BB, 1 K

Omar Martinez: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 0 K

Hector Acosta: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K **MVP**

The DSL Sox drop a tough one to the Orioles, 3-1. Hector Acosta had a good, four-inning outing, and was tabbed with the only earned run in the game. The Sox hitters were outmatched today, as only four batters collected hits. On top of that, the team were sent off on strikes 11 times and never walked. It seems like with every DSL matchup, only one aspect of the game goes well for the White Sox, and today that was the pitching. Acosta and the bullpen allowed one earned run with 10 strikeouts and only three walks.