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White Sox Minor League Update: June 29, 2018

The farm wins five of seven, capped by two debuts in Charlotte and Birmingham and an offensive explosion in Winston-Salem

Dash Splash: Winston-Salem collected the most hits of its season, 23, in a 12-10 win.
Winston-Salem Dash

Charlotte Knights 5, Gwinnett Stripers 4

Jose Rondon: 2-for-5, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Eloy Jimenez: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Seby Zavala: 1-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Jordan Guerrero: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K

Jordan Guerrero was called up from Birmingham before the game and returned to his starting role. He start was almost as average as it could get, with a 49 game score. His command was not there, but he was able to scuffle and leave the game with a lead thanks to his offense’s four-run fourth inning. The scoring started with a two-run double by Trayce Thompson that scored Eloy Jimenez and Seby Zavala. Later in the inning, Jiménez came up again and this time, drove in a run of his own. Ricardo Pinto, formerly on the 40-man roster, went two scoreless innings in the win.

Birmingham Barons 8, Jackson Generals 1

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

Luis Basabe: 1-for-5, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Zack Collins: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 0 K

Danny Mendick: 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Matt Rose: 1-for-4, grand slam, 0 BB, 2 K

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

Jimmy Lambert: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K **MVP**

As Guerrero made his Triple-A debut in Charlotte, Jimmy Lambert did the same in Double-A Birmingham — and Lambert’s start was much better. He left with a quality start, and a game score of 66. The walks were a little high, at three, but Lambert was able to work around them. Meanwhile, the Barons only collected eight hits, but they led to eight runs. The big hit was from Matt Rose, in the eighth inning. He crushed a grand slam, a late-June highlight to what so far has been a largely disappointing season. Rose is hitting .199, which is far under expectations, as he has not been able to recover since his DL stint.

Winston-Salem Dash 12, Frederick Keys 10

Luis Gonzalez: 2-for-6, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K

Laz Rivera: 1-for-5, 2 R, 1 BB, 0 K

Blake Rutherford: 3-for-6, 2 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K

Gavin Sheets: 3-for-6, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K

Ti’Quan Forbes: 4-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Blake Hickman: 5 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 0 K

Well, it wasn’t 19 runs, but 23 hits with 12 runs is still mighty good. All nine Dash batters reached base in the game, and seven of the nine Dash hitters collected multiple hits. To go along with the 23 hits, the Dash only struck out six times in the game. Luis Gonzalez is now hitting .364 with the Dash, and Blake Rutherford keeps raising his average, now to .293. However, the best prospect in the game was Ti’Quan Forbes. He collected four hits, along with a two-run homer in the fifth inning. He has put a nice season together, with a .284 average.

Lexington Legends 1, Kannapolis Intimidators 0 (11)

No, not that Jose Bautista.

Luis Curbelo: 0-for-5, 0 BB, 2 K

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

Tate Blackman: 0-for-4, 1 BB, 3 K

Justin Yurchak: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Evan Skoug: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 2 K

Zach Lewis: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K **MVP**

The Intimidators lose in a snoozefest that went 11 innings, with both teams getting four hits apiece. Zach Lewis had his second straight excellent start, with a 73 game score, bringing his ERA is down to 3.02 on the season. Meanwhile, on the offensive side, of the top prospects, only Craig Dedelow was able to reach base with a hit. Jake Elliott and Jose Nin combined for five shutout innings out of the bullpen but, alas, the pesky runner that started on second base in the 11th scored the winning run.

Great Falls Voyagers 3, Missoula Osprey 0

Ian Dawkins: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K

Lenyn Sosa: 2-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K

Logan Sowers: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 2 K

Corey Zangari: 0-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Travis Moniot: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 SB

Spencer Moran: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K **MVP**

The Voyagers only needed two pitchers to shut out the Osprey tonight. Spencer Moran went seven strong innings, with a 70 game score that lowered his ERA to 2.30. Moran hopes to see a promotion this year. Meanwhile, none other than Corey Zangari made his 2018 debut. He was drafted in the sixth round out of high school in 2015, but he has not played since 2016 because of injury. He did not collect a hit today, but honestly, a healthy season with no hits would be a win for him at this point. Lenyn Sosa, unsurprisingly, led the team in hits, with two. The 18-year-old is hitting .353 on the year.

AZL White Sox 3, AZL Dodgers 2

Camilo Quinteiro: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 3 K

Luis Mieses: 1-for-4, 1 BB, 1 K

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

Harvin Mendoza: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K

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

Brayan Herrera: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K **MVP**

The AZL Sox score another win for the farm system. Thanks to the great five-inning start by Brayan Herrera, the Sox were able to get to a 3-0 lead. Ramon Pineda allowed two runs after that, but the rest of the bullpen safeguarded the lead. Cabrera Weaver and Anderson Comas knocked in the three runs for the offense, both with doubles. Ty Greene also added another hit, to keep his average at .333. He also added his first professional stolen base, which he should enjoy, because he probably will not have many more.

DSL Orioles 6, DSL White Sox 4

Jose Rodriguez: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K

Jefferson Mendoza: 2-for-4, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Cristofer Melendez: 5 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K **MVP**

The DSL Sox are ... not good. They are now 3-21 on the season after this 6-4 loss. They were down the whole day, and could not score a run until the ninth. That is when Jefferson Mendoza collected his two RBI, during the four-run ninth. Meanwhile, Cristofer Melendez threw a no-hitter in his five innings. A run crossed the plate during his outing but it was unearned, like a lot of runs are against the DSL Sox.