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White Sox Minor League Update: June 20, 2018

Michael Kopech earned a victory, but did he solve his control issues? Meanwhile, Avisail Garcia homered for the second straight game while on his rehab assignment.

Effectively wild?: Michael Kopech struggled with his control again, but was good enough to earn the win on Wednesday night.
(Les Treagus/Norfolk Tides)

Charlotte Knights 6, Columbus Clippers 4

Leury Garcia (.429): 2-for-4, 2B, 1 R

Jacob May (.252): 1-for-3, 2B, 1 RBI, 2 R, 1 BB

Avisail Garcia (.360): 2-for-4, HR (3), 2 RBI, 2 R

Matt Skole (.263): 2-for-4, HR (7), 2B, 3 RBI ***MVP***

W: Michael Kopech (3-5, 5.08 ERA), 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 K

S: Thyago Vieira (4, 4.40 ERA), 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Avisail Garcia launched his third home run since starting the rehab assignment, and second in as many days -- a 407-foot blast -- as he looks to re-join the big club soon. Matt Skole hit his seventh home run of the Triple-A season and a two-run double in a big night at the plate for him. Meanwhile, Leury Garcia, also on a rehab assignment, had two hits including one double and one run scored. RHP Michael Kopech got credit for the win, pitching give innings while allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits with six strikeouts. For the fourth straight start, control was an issue as he issued for walks as he threw 40 of 89 pitches out of the strike zone. Over his last four starts (covering 16 innings pitched), Kopech has walked 21 batters (with 20 strikeouts).

Game 1: Great Falls Voyagers 6, Billings Mustangs 3 in 7 innings

Ian Dawkins (.294): 1-for-4, 2B, 1 RBI, 2 R, 1 SB (3)

Alex Destino (.231): 1-for-3, 1 RBI

Amado Nunez (.143): 1-for-3, 1 RBI

Adam McGinnis (.167): 1-for-3, HR (1), 3 RBI ***MVP***

Logan Sowers (.273): 1-for-2, 2B, 1 R, 1 BB

Jack Maynard (0.00 ERA): 2 2/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K

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

Tied at two in the sixth inning, C Adam McGinnis belted a three-run homer -- his first of the season -- as part of a four-run frame to give the Voyagers a 6-2 lead and a victory in Game 1 of Wednesday’s doubleheader. CF Ian Dawkins contributed with an RBI double, two runs and his third stolen base of the season. Jack Maynard pitched 2 2/3 innings of shutout ball in relief before Andrew Perez came on for the final two innings to pick up the win.

Game 2: Great Falls Voyagers 3, Billings Mustangs 2 in 7 innings

Ramon Beltre (.211): 1-for-3, 1 R

Jhoandro Alfaro (.222): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 SB (1)

Logan Sowers (.308): 1-for-2, 2 RBI

Jonathan Stiever (0.00 ERA): 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K ***MVP***

W: Michael McCormick (2-0, 6.00 ERA), 2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Scoreless through five innings, Billings plated one run in the top of the sixth inning but the Voyagers answered right back with a three-spot in the bottom half and held on for a 3-2 win to sweep the doubleheader. LF Logan Sowers was the hero with a two-run single in the frame that proved to be the game winner. Starting pitcher Jonathan Stiever was dominant, tossing three no-hit innings and striking out six Billings batters. Stiever threw 40 pitches (30 for strikes) finishing with a 62 game score.

AZL Indians 8, AZL White Sox 7 in 10 innings

Camilo Quinteiro (.833): 3-for-4, 2B, 1 RBI, 2 R

Luis Mieses (.286): 2-for-5, 3B, 2B, 3 RBI, 1 R ***MVP***

Micah Coffey (.364): 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB

Ty Greene (.400): 1-for-5, 1 R

Lency Delgado (.250): 1-for-5, 1 R

Josue Guerrero (.125): 1-for-5, 2B, 1 RBI

Harvin Mendoza (.333): 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB

Cabera Weaver (.222): 2-for-4, 1 R

Aaron Soto (9.00 ERA): 3 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

The AZL White Sox put up four runs in the seventh inning to turn a 6-3 deficit into a 7-6 ballgame before eventually falling in the 10th inning. RF Luis Mieses came through with a pair of hits, including a triple and a double, three RBI and one run scored. DH Camilo Quinteiro also had a big night with three hits, including a double, one RBI and two runs scored. Overall the AZL White Sox had a strong night at the plate with 13 hits and every player in the lineup having at least one hit.

DSL White Sox 6, DSL Blue Jays 5

Samil Polanco (.353): 3-for-5, 3B, 2B, 1 RBI, 2 R ***MVP***

Jose Rodriguez (.355): 3-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 R

Jhoneiker Betancourt (.262): 1-for-4, 1 RBI

Johnabiell Laureano (.164): 1-for-4, 2B

Jefferson Mendoza (.148): 1-for-3, 2B, 1 R, 1 BB

Edwin Peralta (.138): 2-for-4, 2B, 1 RBI, 2 R

Dionicio Jimenez (11.91 ERA): 4 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K

W: Erick Perez (1-0, 3.18 ERA), 2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

Tied 5-5 with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, Edwin Peralta doubled and Samil Polanco singled to put runners at the corners when a passed ball allowed Peralta to score giving the DSL White Sox a win on Wednesday. Polanco, in particular, had a massive day with three hits including a triple and a double, one RBI and two runs scored. 2B Jose Rodriguez also had three hits in this one, with a pair of doubles and two RBI. Peralta’s ninth-inning double was one of his two hits and the game-winning run was one of two runs scored -- he also had an RBI single earlier in the game.