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White Sox Minor League Report: June 22, 2018

Memorable nights from Blake Rutherford and Joel Booker — but a relief pitcher in Birmingham might have started a trend Sox fans foresaw long ago

Wicked Micker: Adolfo adds to his second half success, with a multi-hit game in an 8-2 win.
Winston-Salem Dash

Toledo Mud Hens 4, Charlotte Knights 0

Jose Rondon: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 2 K

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

Matt Skole: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Seby Zavala: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 3 K

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

Spencer Adams: 6 13 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K

Ian Hamilton: 1 13 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K **MVP**

It was an ominous start for Spencer Adams; he gave up two runs through the first two innings. However, the next four innings were perfect and it included 11 hitters set down in a row, giving Adams another quality start. Meanwhile, on the hitting side, Charlotte did not impress. They only collected three hits — and none against the Mud Hens’ bullpen. Former White Sox Jacob Turner was able to stifle Sox hitters, including new Knights Eloy Jiménez and Seby Zavala. Ian Hamilton made his debut today, and only put one runner on base (a walk) and struck out three batters.

Birmingham Barons 8, Montgomery Biscuits 2

Joel Booker: 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Luis Basabe: 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Zack Collins: 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K

Danny Mendick: 1-for-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K

Jameson Fisher: 0-for-4, 1 BB, 2 K

Alex Call: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 0 BB, 1 K

Alec Hansen: 4 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 K

Jordan Guerrero: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

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

This start was much better for Alec Hansen, but he was still not sharp, with four walks in four innings. Zack Collins drove in Joel Booker in the first inning to open up the scoring. Booker had another multi-hit day, his second in as many games in AA. There is also depth chart news from this game: Jordan Guerrero, a starting pitcher, relieved Hansen in the fifth. Hansen and Guerrero may have been tabbed to piggyback the game, but this could be the first sign of Sox starting pitching prospects shifting to the bullpen. Danny Mendick and Alex Call both added home runs to help the Barons extend their lead. It was Call’s first in AA. Matt Foster and Zach Thompson made their AA debuts to close down the last two innings.

Winston-Salem Dash 8, Down East Wood Ducks 2

Luis Robert: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Laz Rivera: 2-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Blake Rutherford: 3-for-4, 1 HR, 3 R, 4 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 SB **MVP**

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

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

Luis Martinez: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

This was a dominant win by Winston-Salem, even with double-digit strikeouts for the hitters. Eight of the nine batters in the lineup collected a hit, and batters No. 1-4 in the lineup each had multiple hits, including Blake Rutherford. For the second straight day, Rutherford clobbered a home run, as one of his three hits, three runs scored, and four RBIs. He also showed off his speed, with a stolen base. Luis Martinez left the game after six innings and no earned runs, for a 65 game score. He has lowered his ERA on the season to 3.76.

Kannapolis Intimidators 3, Delmarva Shorebirds 1

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

Craig Dedelow: 1-for-5, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K

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

Parker Rigler: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K **MVP**

The I’s bats were not at their best, but Parker Rigler and the bullpen did not need much help. Parker left the game with a 64 game score, rebounding from a bad ending to the first half. Meanwhile, Kannapolis hitters struck out (10) more than they reached base on a hit (six). The hitters did show patience with five walks, especially Tate Blackman, who walked twice but did not record a hit.

Missoula Osprey 8, Great Falls Voyagers 5

Ian Dawkins: 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K

Lenyn Sosa: 1-for-2, 0 BB, 0 K

Romy Gonzalez: 0-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K

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

Alex Destino: 1-for-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP**

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

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

Codi Heuer: 2 13 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

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

Codi Heuer did not have a productive start, as Great Falls was down early. Heuer left the game in the third inning, with a 19 game score. However, with a four-run fourth, capped by a two-run wild pitch and an Alex Destino two-run homer, the Voyagers were able to come back to tie the game, 5-5. However, the bullpen gave away any hope of a comeback win in the next inning, and the Voyagers could not fight back a second time.

AZL White Sox 9 AZL Cubs 3

Camilo Quinteiro: 1-for-2, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB

Kleyder Sanchez: 0-for-4, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K

Micah Coffey: 1-for-5, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K

Lency Delgado: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K **MVP**

Ty Greene: 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 0 K

Harvin Mendoza: 2-for-5, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Cabrera Weaver: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 0 K

Sean Thompson: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Austin Conway: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

The AZL Sox got out in front in the first inning when Luis Mieses drove in Camilo Quinteiro. The next inning, after Lency Delgado hit a ground-rule double, Harvin Mendoza drove him in with a single. Kleyder Sanchez would add another RBI in the inning after a hit-by-pitch. Meanwhile, Sean Thompson threw three shutout innings to start the game, holding the 3-0 lead. Once the bullpen took over, the Sox allowed three runs, but were able to tack on one run as well. After that, it was all Sox. They scored five unanswered runs and take the win 9-3 as six of the nine batters in the starting lineup are hitting above .300.

DSL Diamondbacks 5, DSL White Sox 4

Samil Polanco: 1-for-4, 1 BB, 0 K

Jose Rodriguez: 0-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K

Edwin Peralta: 2-for-4, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Yordi Rosario: 2 13 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Hector Acosta: 4 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

The DSL Sox are back on the losing track. They got out to a quick lead in the first inning off of a sac fly from Jose Rodriguez. However, Yordi Rosario could not keep the lead in the second and third innings. Hector Acosta would eventually take over and he did fare better, but still allowed two runs over four innings. The White Sox almost made the comeback in the top of the ninth: Edwin Peralta drove in two runners with a double to make it a one-run ballgame, but the Sox fell short with the next batter.

College World Series

Nick Madrigal: 3-for-5 (.399 BA), 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K, 2 SB