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White Sox Minor League Update: June 17, 2018

Nobody wins, for the second straight day — and Kannapolis’ collapse is especially painful, costing the Intimidators a playoff berth

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Find Your Way Back: Avi Garcia had another productive rehab game down in Charlotte, with two runs driven in.
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Norfolk Tides 11, Charlotte Knights 4

Leury Garcia: 2-for-3, 2 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Avisail Garcia: 2-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K **MVP**

Matt Skole: 2-for-5, 0 BB, 1 K

Casey Gillaspie: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K

Jordan Stephens: 4 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

Ricardo Pinto: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Aaron Bummer: 1 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K

Tyler Danish: 13 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

The Knights were up early, thanks to the rehabbing Garcías: Avi was able to drive in two runs, and Leury crossed home plate twice. However, starter Jordan Stephens and the rest of the Charlotte staff were off the mark. In total, Knights pitching walked eight batters, allowed 15 hits, and were tabbed with 11 earned runs. Aaron Bummer and Rob Scahill combined to allow eight unanswered runs in the eighth.

Birmingham Barons

Wilmington Blue Rocks 10, Winston-Salem Dash 1

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

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

Blake Rutherford: 1-for-5, 0 BB, 2 K

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

Alex Call: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 2 K

The playoff-bound Dash lost their last game of the first half. They were able to reach base 14 times (eight walks and six hits), but could only muster one run. Winston-Salem went with a bullpen day, and it did not start well with Blake Hickman. He allowed seven runs before the fourth inning. Joel Booker collected another two hits in his final tuneup before his All-Star Game appearance. His batting average is back up to a team-leading .297. Next step: promotions.

Greensboro Grasshoppers 3, Kannapolis Intimidators 1

Luis Gonzalez: 1-for-5, 0 BB, 1 K

Luis Robert: 2-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K

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

Craig Dedelow: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K

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

Evan Skoug: 0-for-1, 0 BB, 1 K - pinch hitter

Lincoln Henzman: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K **MVP**

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

In the biggest game of the year for Kannapolis, Lincoln Henzman was lights-out. He went six strong innings and only allowed one earned run. He lowered his ERA to 2.23, and is primed for a second-half promotion. The game was close all the way through, and tied for five innings after Anthony Villa drove in Tate Blackman in the fourth. Just how important was this game? Kanny’s closer, Tyler Johnson, relieved Henzman in the seventh inning and then pitched multiple innings. However, once Johnson was taken out of the game, the I’s let in two runs and lost the game, 3-1. They blew their division lead with five straight losses to end the first half, and will need to win the second half division title to make it to the playoffs.

Game 1: Helena Brewers 9, Great Falls Voyagers 8

Ian Dawkins: 2-for-5, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Ramon Beltre: 2-for-5, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Lenyn Sosa: 3-for-4, 3 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Logan Sowers: 1-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Gunnar Troutwine: 2-for-3, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Jimmy Galusky: 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K

Codi Heuer: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

The opener was the Voyagers’ first loss of the season, a 9-8 walk-off. The offense was the highlight for Great Falls. Slugging catcher Gunnar Trouwine hit a two-run shot in the second inning, in his first action of the season. He would go on to add one more run and RBI. Lenyn Sosa had his second straight good game at the plate, with three hits and is hitting .750 on the season. I’m sure it will keep up, right? Codi Heuer got his first professional action, in a two-inning start. Shorter outings to begin this season will be common, so short starts aren’t necessarily an indication that a pitcher isn’t dong well. Heuer left the game with a 42 game score.

Game 2: Helena Brewers 9, Great Falls Voyagers 1

Ian Dawkins: 1-for-3, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 SB

Ramon Beltre: 1-for-3, 1 HR, 0 BB, 1 K **MVP**

Lenyn Sosa: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 1 K

Logan Sowers: 1-for-2, 0 BB, 1 K

Romy González: 2-for-3, 0 BB 0 K

Travis Moniot: 0-for-2, 0 BB 0 K

Spencer Moran: 2 23 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Lane Ramsey: 1 13 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

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

Bennett Sousa: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Great Falls fell for a second time today, and this time it was not close. The Voyagers lost 9-1, but many 2018 draft picks had a cameo. Romy González had two singles, while Ian Dawkins added his second stolen base of the year. The bullpen was filled with draft picks, and Lane Ramsey, Nick Johnson and Bennett Sousa combined for 3 13 innings, with six strikeouts. However, the big play was by Ramon Beltre, with a solo home run.