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White Sox Minor League Update: June 4, 2018

Eloy Jimenez adds another award, but hit streak ends; Dane Dunning struggles

Down Night for Dunning: Barons RHP Dane Dunning struggled on Monday, taking a loss after allowing four runs in five innings.
(Courtney LeSueur)

Leading off: Barons OF Eloy Jimenez was named Southern League Player of the Month for May. You can see his ridiculous stats for the month in the tweet above. In addition, Matthew Tomshaw was named Southern League Pitcher of the Week for May 28-June 3, in which Tomshaw had two quality starts (including a complete-game victory) with 16 innings pitched, allowing one earned run on eight hits, with one walk and 12 strikeouts.

Knights OF Jacob May claimed an award as well, winning International League Batter of the Week.

Also, a few roster moves on the farm: RHP Cameron Seitzer skips Winston-Salem and gets promoted to the Barons from Kannapolis, while the Knights activated LHP Colton Turner from the disabled list and demoted him to Birmingham. Birmingham also placed LHP Ian Clarkin on the 7-day DL retroactive to June 1. The White Sox also optioned both INF Matt Skole and C Alfredo Gonzalez back to Triple-A Charlotte, with C Kevan Smith promoted to the White Sox and Juan Minaya covering the White Sox as its 26th man for Tuesday’s doubleheader at the Minnesota Twins.

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 9, Birmingham Barons 2

Zack Collins (.282): 2-for-4, 2B, 1 RBI ***MVP***

Eloy Jimenez (.324): 0-for-4

Seby Zavala (.266): 1-for-4, 1 R

Jameson Fisher (.267): 2-for-3, 1 BB

Tito Polo (.247): 0-for-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB (16)

L: Dane Dunning (3-2, 3.50 ERA), 5 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 8 K

Coming off his most dominant outing at Double-A, in which he pitched seven innings of one-run ball, RHP Dane Dunning struggled on Monday. Dunning allowed four earned runs over five innings to take the loss. On the bright side, he struck out eight Jumbo Shrimp. Eloy Jimenez was hitless in four at-bats to end his 13-game hitting streak. C Zack Collins got his batting average over .280 with a pair of hits, including an RBI double in the eighth inning.

DSL Padres 11, DSL White Sox 2

Jose Rodriguez (.333): 1-for-4, 1 R

Ulises Martinez (1.000): 2-for-2, 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB ***MVP***

Omar Martinez (.556): 1-for-4, 1 R

Richard Garcia (.667): 1-for-1, 1 RBI, 1 BB

Jerrick Francees (.333): 1-for-3, 1 BB

Francisco Benitez (0.00 ERA): 2 2/3 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

L: Dionicio Jimenez (0-1, 27.00 ERA), 1 IP, 1 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

After Francisco Benitez departed in the third inning with a no-hitter it was all downhill for the pitching staff, who would go on to allow 11 runs on 10 hits over the remaining 6 1/3 innings. On the bright side, DSL White Sox pitchers struck out 14 batters; however, they also issued 11 walks, which came back to haunt them throughout. DSL White Sox plated both of their runs in the sixth inning to draw within 3-2, but the DSL Padres answered back with six runs in the seventh inning to put the game out of reach. 1B Ulises Martinez led the charge at the plate with a pair of hits for the DSL White Sox, including an RBI triple.