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White Sox Minor League Update: June 5, 2018

Carson Fulmer cruises in Charlotte; Luis Robert makes debut for Kannapolis

Carson cruises again: RHP Carson Fulmer is proving he really wants another shot at the major leagues with his second straight terrific start for the Knights.
(Laura Wolff/Charlotte Knights)

Leading off: That’s White Sox No. 3 overall prospect (No. 25 in MLB) OF Luis Robert taking batting practice prior to his first professional game Tuesday night. Robert was assigned to Kannapolis to see his first actual game action after starting the season with a sprained thumb ligament.

Five Barons were named to the Southern League All-Star Game:

Charlotte Knights 4, Syracuse Chiefs 1

Jake Elmore (.277): 1-for-4, 1 R

Alex Presley (.259): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB

Matt Skole (.258): 1-for-4, 2B

Patrick Leonard (.234): 1-for-3, 2B, 3 RBI

Dustin Garneau (.133): 1-for-3, HR (1), 1 RBI

W: Carson Fulmer (2-1, 2.12 ERA), 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K ***MVP***

S: Gregory Infante (4, 6.75 ERA), 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Carson Fulmer is sure pitching like a guy who wants another shot with the White Sox. Fulmer earned the quality start on Tuesday, pitching a shutout through six innings while allowing just two hits and striking out three, though he did walk four. In three starts since his demotion, Fulmer has allowed four earned runs in 17 innings, though he has walked 14 in that time span. 3B Patrick Leonard’s three-run double in the fourth inning was the backbreaker the Knights needed. C Dustin Garneau hit his first home run of the season in the third inning.

Earlier in the day, C Kevan Smith was promoted to the White Sox.

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 2, Birmingham Barons 1

Danny Mendick (.247): 1-for-4, 1 SB (8)

Zack Collins (.281): 1-for-4

Eloy Jimenez (.318): 0-for-3

Seby Zavala (.261): 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB

Spencer Adams (4.88 ERA): 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 6 K ***MVP***

L: Ryan Burr (2-1, 5.16 ERA), 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Spencer Adams was phenomenal yet again, but the Barons offense couldn’t give him any support and he departed after seven innings to take a no-decision. In his last two starts, covering 15 innings pitched, Adams has not allowed a single earned run while striking out 12 and walking two. Birmingham could only muster three hits while striking out nine times. Seby Zavala scored their only run, despite going hitless. Eloy Jimenez was also held without a hit. Zack Collins singled for one of the three Barons hits.

Winston-Salem Dash 6, Salem Red Sox 5

Joel Booker (.287): 1-for-4, HR (5), 2 RBI, 1 BB

Luis Alexander Basabe (.266): 1-for-4, 1 BB

Alex Call (.256): 1-for-4, walk-off 1B, 1 RBI, 1 BB

Blake Rutherford (.281): 2-for-4, 1 R

Zach Remillard (.279): 3-for-4, HR (5), 1 RBI ***MVP***

Yeyson Yrizarri (.249): 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 1 R, 1 SB (7)

Luis Martinez (4.64 ERA): 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R (4 ER), 3 BB, 2 K

W: Matt Foster (2-1, 2.63 ERA), 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Alex Call launched a line drive single off Salem’s pitcher in the ninth inning and Ti’Quan Forbes came in to score, giving the Dash a walk-off win over the Red Sox on Tuesday night. The Dash got homers from Joel Booker and Zach Remillard -- the fifth home run of the season for both players -- in an 11-hit attack. Three of the 11 hits came off the bat of Remillard, while Yeyson Yrizarri had a pair of hits and RBI. RHP Luis Martinez struggled over his five innings, allowing four earned runs on seven hits.

Game 1: Hickory Crawdads 8, Kannapolis Intimidators 6 in 9 innings (Makeup of May 18 suspended game)

Luis Gonzalez (.329): 1-for-5, 1 R

Laz Rivera (.364): 1-for-4, 1 R

Tate Blackman (.292): 2-for-4, 3 RBI ***MVP***

Evan Skoug (.226): 1-for-5, 2 R

Justin Yurchak (.269): 2-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI, 1 R

Nolan Brown (.333): 1-for-2, 1 R

Tyler Johnson (1.83 ERA): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

L: Will Kincanon (0-1, 18.00 ERA): 1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 K

This one picked up in the sixth inning of a 5-5 game and needed extras to finally finish as Hickory plated three in the ninth inning off of Will Kincanon after Tyler Johnson continued to dominate for two innings. 2B Tate Blackman (two hits, three RBI) and 1B Justin Yurchak (two hits, one triple, two RBI) led the offensive charge for the I’s. OF Luis Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to 17 games.

Game 2: Hickory Crawdads 11, Kannapolis Intimidators 10

Luis Gonzalez (.327): 2-for-6, 2B, 5 RBI ***MVP***

Luis Robert (.000): 0-for-4, 1 BB

Craig Dedelow (.289): 2-for-5, 2 R

Tate Blackman (.302): 2-for-4, 2B, 1 R

Evan Skoug (.233): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB

Justin Yurchak (.251): 2-for-3, 2 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB

Luis Curbelo (.259): 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB

Parker Rigler (5.03 ERA): 3 2/3 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 8 K

L: Aron McRee (2-1, 3.38 ERA), 1 1/3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER

Trailing 9-6 entering the ninth inning, the I’s offense put up a big, crooked number hanging four on Hickory to take a 10-9 lead. After a Justin Yurchak single brought in Craig Dedelow, Luis Curbelo hit a two-run double to put the I’s ahead. Unfortunately, it didn’t last long as the Crawdads plated a pair in the bottom of the ninth for a walk-off win. Starting pitcher Parker Rigler was hammered for seven runs in 3 2/3 innings. In his first professional game in the White Sox organization, OF Luis Robert went hitless in four at-bats, but did draw one walk. OF Luis Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to 18 games and drove in a career-high five runs.

DSL Orioles 9, DSL White Sox 5

Johnabiell Laureano (.214): 1-for-5, 2B, 2 R, SB (1)

Jose Rodriguez (.500): 4-for-5, 2B, 1 R, 2 SB (2) ***CO-MVP***

Enrique Felix (.500): 3-for-4, 3B, 2 2B, 2 RBI ***CO-MVP***

Hector Acosta (4.15 ERA): 4 1/3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

L: Jorge Ferrer (1-1, 0.00 ERA), 2 2/3 IP, 3 H, 3 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 5 K

DSL White Sox took a 4-3 lead in the fifth inning but a three-spot by the DSL Orioles in the seventh inning proved to be the difference in this one. The DSL White Sox struck out a whopping 17 times but got a couple of spectacular performances at the plate from SS Jose Rodriguez and LF Enrique Felix who combined for seven hits in nine at-bats including one triple and three doubles. Rodriguez stole a couple of bases and scored a run, while Felix drove in two. Four DSL White Sox pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts.