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White Sox Minor League Update: June 28, 2018

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Matt Skole and Luis Robert explode with big offensive nights

Skolded: Matt Skole had 10 total bases, including the eventual game-winning RBI on a home run in the seventh.
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Charlotte Knights 6, Gwinnett Stripers 5

Eddy Alvarez (.287, .329 in June), 1-for-5, 2B

Jose Rondon (.255, .194 in June), 2-for-5, R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Eloy Jimenez (.250, .250 in June), 0-for-3, BB

Matt Skole (.264, .250 in June), 3-for-4, 3 R, 2B, 2 HR, BB **MVP**

Seby Zavala (.167, .167 in June) , 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Trayce Thompson (.000, .000 in June), 0-for-3, BB

Mason Robbins (.275, .291 in June), 1-for-4

Casey Gillaspie (.221, .213 in June), 1-for-4

Jake Elmore (.276, .291 in June), 1-for-2, R, 2B, 2 BB

Jordan Stephens (3.83 ERA, 5.04 ERA in June), 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4ER, 2 , BB, 6 K

W Aaron Bummer (1-2, 5.00 ERA, 5.00 ERA in June), 1 IP, 2 H, 2 K

S—Ian Hamilton (2nd Save, 0.00 ERA, 0.00 ERA in June), 1 IP, 1K

A good day from the offense helped salvage a mediocre start by Jordan Stephens. Charlotte got off to a 4-0 lead after three innings, thanks to an RBI double by Zavala and homers by Rondon (7) and Skole (8). However, Stephens hit a rough patch in the fourth and fifth and surrendered the lead. Zavala hit a sac fly in the bottom half of the 5th, tying the game at four. Tyler Danish came on in relief, but allowed Gwinnett to tie the game in the 6th; the rest of the bullpen (Bummer, Jeanmar Gomez and Hamilton) shut down the Stripers from there. Skole drilled his ninth homer of the year to right-center in the bottom of the seventh to win the game.

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Jackson Generals 13, Birmingham Barons 1

Joel Booker (.387): 1-for-4, R, 2B

Luis Alexander Basabe (.250): 0-for-3

Zack Collins (.260, .233 in June): 1-for-3, RBI, BB **MVP**

Trey Michalczewski (.246, .232 in June): 1-for-4, 2B

Danny Mendick (.251, .235 in June): 1-for-4, 2B

L-Alec Hansen (0-2, 8.03): 3.2 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 4 K

Jose Ruiz (2.86, 4.09 in June): 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 K

Matt Foster (5.40): 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K

Mama always said there’d be days like this. Collins knocked Booker in with a single to right in the bottom of the first for a brief 1-0 lead. After that, the wheels fell off. Hansen had another rocky outing, which is not totally unexpected after such a long layoff. A tall righthander is bound to have his mechanics out of whack, and hopefully with more repetition, Hansen should be able to rebound and pitch like he did last year. Zach Thompson, Jose Ruiz and Brian Clark all struggled in mop-up duty. On the bright side, everyone in the lineup but Basabe got hits tonight.

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Winston-Salem Dash 10, Frederick Keys 8

Luis Gonzalez (.370), 2-for-5, R, 2B, 1 BB

Luis Robert (.300), 4-for-6, 2B, 3 RBI

Blake Rutherford (.288, .304 in June), 2-for-6, 3 RBI

Yermin Mercedes (.251, .291 in June), 1-for-5, 2B

Gavin Sheets (.270, .290 in June), 2-for-5, 2 HR, 2 RBI **MVP**

Laz Rivera (.400), 3-for-5, 2 R, SB

Ti’Quan Forbes (.272, .265 in June), 2-for-5, 2 R

Yeyson Yrizarri (.245, .246 in June) , 0-for-5, SB

Mitch Roman (.291, .333 in June), 2-for-3, 3 R, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, SB

W: Luis Martinez (5-4, 4.12, 3.67 in June), 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 2 HR

Lincoln Henzman (4.50), 1 IP, 2 H

Danny Dopico, (4.32, 0.00 in June), 2 IP, 3 K

Tyler Johnson (13.50), 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 K, 1 HR

The Dash offense has been tearing up the league this year, and tonight was no exception. All but Yrizarri contributed in the 18-hit attack, with Sheets narrowly winning MVP honors with his third and fourth homers of the season. Robert had his best game this year with four hits, including his first Dash extra-base hit. Laz Rivera is proving his season with Kannapolis was no fluke, as he got three more hits to raise his Dash average to .400. Luis Gonzalez had another solid game from the leadoff spot and Mitch Roman continues to hit well. The pitching wasn’t great today, but Martinez did settle down a bit after allowing three runs in the first inning. Dopico pitched well in middle relief, and he’s allowed just five hits, two walks and an unearned run in his eight June innings. Johnson, as many closers do, made his mop-up role more exciting than most fans would like, by allowing three runs in the ninth.


Lexington Legends 6, Kannapolis Intimidators 4

Luis Curbelo (.283): 1-for-5, K

Craig Dedelow (.275): 2-for-5, R, HR (5), 2 RBI, K **MVP**

L: Yosmer Soloranzo (1-5, 4.98): 6 13 IP, 6H, 6 ER, BB, 4 K, HR, 44 GS, 83 pitches/56 strikes

Joe Mockbee (0.00): 1 23 IP, H, 3 K

Down 3-0 in the sixth, Kanny rallied to tie on the strength of a two-run shot from Craig Dedelow and an RBI single from Tyler Frost, as well as the rally caps in the press box. But Lexington came right back in their seventh to put a three-spot up and knock starter Yosmer Soloranzo out of the box. Joe Mockbee continues to deal out of the pen, with another scoreless outing.

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Great Falls Voyagers 4, Missoula Osprey 3

Ian Dawkins (.313): 2-for-5, R, 2B (3), RBI, K, SB (5) **MVP**

Lenyn Sosa (.340): 2-for-5, R

Romy Gonzalez (.306): 1-for-4, R, HR (1), 2 RBI

Amado Nunez (.129): 0-for-3, GWRBI, BB, K

Jason Bilous (4.91): GS, 3 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K, 54 GS

S: Bennett Sousa (2, 0.00): 2 IP, K

The Voyagers rallied in unorthodox fashion, to take the lead in the seventh. After filling the bases, Romy Gonzalez — who had hit a solo shot earlier — grounded out to drive in the tying run. The next hitter, Amado Nunez, duplicated the feat, grounding out and earning the RBI. With the 4-3 lead, Great Falls called on Bennett Sousa to save the win, and he did just that, with two hitless innings. Great Falls struck out just five times, and walked five in winning its fourth straight and raising its record above .500, to 7-6.


AZL White Sox 3, AZL Brewers 1

Camilo Quinteiro (.385): 2-for-4, R, BB, E (1)

Luis Mieses (.317): 0-for-5

Cabera Weaver (.286): 1-for-4, 2B (1), RBI, 2 K, SB (1, 3rd base)

W: Taylor Varnell (1-0, 0.00): 5 IP, 2 BB, 7 K, 73 GS

SV: Devon Perez (2, 0.00): 2 IP, H, 6 K **MVP**

The AZL White Sox throttled the Brewers on Thursday, holding them to two hits, while striking out 16 against just four walks. The White Sox themselves didn’t put up a ton of offense, with just seven hits, with 11 Ks and three walks. Cabera Weaver stole his first base, and it was third, at that. But offense can be put on the back burner when you’re throwing the ball like the Sox did at Maryvale. Starter Taylor Varnell was devastating, but how can you ignore a relief effort like Devon Perez, who did allow one hit but earned every out in his two frames via the punchout?


DSL Orioles 1, DSL White Sox 0

Jose Rodriguez (.294), 1-for-4

Jorgen Rosas (.176), 2-for-4

Jhoneiker Betancourt (.265), 2-for-4

Ulises Martinez (.222), 0-for-3, 1 BB

Andres Rosario (.159), 1-4

Richard Garcia (.219), 1-3

L: Jesus Rondon (0-2, 7.36 ERA), 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

Luis Rodriguez (4.11 ERA), 4 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 8 K **MVP**

Fernando Caro (4.15 ERA), 2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K

A solid day on the mound went for naught, as the DSL Sox lost 1-0 to the DSL Orioles in a pitcher’s duel. The Sox did have seven hits, but they were all singles and were scattered throughout. An error by shortstop Edwin Peralta in the fourth came around to score on a two-out double. The best opportunity for the Sox came in the sixth, when they had two singles and a walk, but was thwarted partly because Rosas was out trying to stretch a one-out single into a double. After a Betancourt single and Ulises Martinez walk, Rosario struck out swinging to end the threat. Luis Rodriguez had a terrific game score of 70, allowing just one walk in his four frames, with eight strikeouts. In his three starts this year (encompassing 8.1 innings), he’s allowed no runs and just two hits while striking out 12; in four bullpen outings (7 IP), he’s allowed seven earned runs and six hits while punching out seven. It seems this 18-year-old righthander may prefer starting!