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White Sox Minor League Update: June 27, 2018

Eloy Jimenez homers as Charlotte plays two; Barons RHP Dane Dunning will miss significant time due to an elbow injury

Eloy’s Dozen: Eloy Jimenez hit his second home run with Charlotte and homer No. 12 this minor-league season in Game 1 of Wednesday’s doubleheader.
(Laura Wolff/Charlotte Knights)

Leading off: The White Sox announced that Barons RHP Dane Dunning (elbow) has a moderate elbow sprain that will not require surgery but he will be out 6-8 weeks.

Due to the injury, a couple of roster moves were made as RHP Jimmy Lambert moves from Winston-Salem to Birmingham and LHP John Parke goes from Kannapolis to Winston-Salem.

Game 1: Charlotte Knights 5, Durham Bulls 1

Alex Presley (.238): 1-for-4, 1 RBI

Eloy Jimenez (.280): 1-for-4, HR (2), 1 RBI

Mason Robbins (.275): 1-for-3, 1 R

Patrick Leonard (.222): 1-for-4, 1 R

Dustin Garneau (.216): 2-for-4, HR (2), 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R ***CO-MVP***

W: Donn Roach (9-2, 2.65 ERA), 8 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K ***CO-MVP***

Holding a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning, Eloy Jimenez and Dustin Garneau each homered as the Knights put up four runs and cruised to victory over Durham in Game 1 of Wednesday’s doubleheader. Jimenez hit a solo blast for his second home run in seven games since joining Charlotte. Garneau’s home run was a three-run bomb for his second of the season, he also doubled in this one. Starting pitcher Donn Roach continues his spectacular season, pitching eight innings of one-run ball while striking out five. Over his last nine starts since May 8, Roach has given up just eight earned runs in 54 2/3 innings pitched.

Game 2: Durham Bulls 5, Charlotte Knights 1

Eloy Jimenez (.276): 1-for-4

Matt Skole (.256): 1-for-4, 2B

Patrick Leonard (.228): 2-for-3, 2B, 1 R ***MVP***

Eddy Alvarez (.289): 1-for-3, 1 RBI

L: Spencer Adams (0-2, 4.43 ERA), 7 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Durham flipped the script on the Knights in Game 2 of the doubleheader to get a split on the day and in the four-game series. RHP Spencer Adams struggled early, allowing four of the five runs in the first inning. Though, he did rebound after that first frame to hurl six more innings while only allowing one run over that time. Meanwhile, the bats were quiet in Game 2. Patrick Leonard had two of the team’s seven hits, including one double and a run scored. Eddy Alvarez drove Leonard in with a RBI single for the Knights’ only run in the third inning.

Frederick Keys 3, Winston-Salem Dash 2

Laz Rivera (.360): 2-for-4, 2B, 1 SB (1)

Luis Robert (.208): 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB

Micker Adolfo (.280): 1-for-4, 1 R

Gavin Sheets (.267): 2-for-4, 1 RBI ***CO-MVP***

Mitch Roman (.285): 2-for-4, 1 RBI ***CO-MVP***

L: John Parke (0-1, 4.50 ERA), 6 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

In his Winston-Salem debut after getting a promotion earlier in the day, John Parke notched a quality start by going six innings and allowing just three runs but it wasn’t enough as the Dash fell to Frederick. The Dash fell behind 3-0 in the first inning and rallied for a couple of runs in the eighth inning but couldn’t manage to plate the game-tying run. Gavin Sheets and Mitch Roman each had a pair of hits and drove in a run during the eighth inning rally. Laz Rivera stayed hot with two hits, including a double, and his first stolen base with the Dash.

Kannapolis Intimidators 4, Lexington Legends 1

Luis Curbelo (.287): 2-for-4, 2B, 1 R

Michael Hickman (.244): 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 1 R

Tyler Frost (.212): 1-for-3, 2 RBI, 1 BB

W: Parker Rigler (5-3, 4.23 ERA), 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K ***MVP***

S: Drew Harrington (1, 6.39 ERA), 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Starting pitcher Parker Rigler was terrific in this one, tossing seven innings of one-run ball while allowing just five hits and striking out six batters to earn win No. 5 on the season. C Michael Hickman came through at the plate with two hits, one double, two RBI and a run scored. Tyler Frost also drove in a pair of runs and Luis Curbelo added a pair of hits. All four I’s runs came in the sixth inning. Drew Harrington pitched two scoreless innings to earn his first save of the season.

Great Falls Voyagers 9, Billings Mustangs 1

Ian Dawkins (.302): 2-for-5, 1 RBI, 2 R, 1 SB (4)

Logan Sowers (.375): 1-for-5, HR (2), 2 RBI

Romy Gonzalez (.313): 3-for-5, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 2 R, 1 SB (3) ***MVP***

Ramon Beltre (.219): 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SB (1)

Jhoandro Alfaro (.190): 2-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 R

Codi Heuer (7.36 ERA): 3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

W: Greg Minier (1-1, 4.66 ERA), 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

Voyagers bats were on fire throughout Wednesday’s game, leading to a series sweep of Billings in lopsided fashion. The Voyagers plated at least one run in six different innings, including three in the eighth. LF Logan Sowers stayed red hot, hitting his second home run of the season, a two-run blast in the third inning. Likewise, DH Romy Gonzalez had a massive night at the plate with three hits, including two doubles, one RBI, two runs scored and his third stolen base. C Jhoandro Alfaro had a pair of hits and RBI, while CF Ian Dawkins continues to shine in the leadoff spot with two hits (raising his batting average over .300), two runs scored and his fourth stolen base of the season. Starting pitcher Codi Heuer had a much better outing, giving up one run on three hits in three innings of work, while reliever Greg Minier came in to toss four shut out innings to earn the win.

AZL Indians 3, AZL White Sox 0

Luis Mieses (.361): 2-for-4, 2 2B ***MVP***

Anderson Comas (.214): 1-for-3

L: Sean Thompson (0-1, 1.35 ERA), 3 2/3 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

Quiet night for the AZL White Sox as they got shut out and managed just three hits while committing two errors in a loss. CF Luis Mieses had two of the AZL White Sox’s three hits -- both doubles. Starting pitcher Sean Thompson had a strong outing, allowing just one earned run on six hits in 3 2/3 innings, while striking out four.

DSL Padres 4, DSL White Sox 2

Jhoneiker Betancourt (.250): 1-for-4, 1 R

Ulises Martinez (.235): 2-for-4, 2B

Andres Rosario (.154): 0-for-2, 1 R, 2 BB

Jefferson Mendoza (.186): 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Enrique Felix (.206): 1-for-2, 2B, 1 BB

Yoelvin Silven (3.21 ERA): 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K ***MVP***

L: Jairo Labourt (0-2, 4.76 ERA), 1 1/3 IP, 0 H, 3 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 2 K

Leading 2-1 in the eighth inning, poor relief pitching and that defense bit the DSL White Sox as the DSL Padres plated three runs (all unearned) over the last two innings to escape with the win. After starting pitcher Daneuris Lagrange was removed following one inning, reliever Yoelvin Silven pitched six innings of one run ball, striking out seven to earn MVP honors. C Jefferson Mendoza drove in the only DSL White Sox runs with a two-run double in the fourth inning.