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White Sox Minor League Update: June 6, 2018

Luis Robert steps into the spotlight at Kannapolis; One Barons batter falls just short of a cycle

Right on, Robert: Luis Robert had a memorable day for the Intimidators with his first hits, RBI and stolen base.
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Syracuse Chiefs 7, Charlotte Knights 0

Jacob May (.258): 1-for-4, 2B

Mason Robbins (.279): 2-for-3 ***MVP***

L: Jordan Stephens (2-2, 4.45 ERA), 4 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

A forgettable evening for the Knights who got shut out by the Chiefs, managing just five hits -- one for extra bases -- while striking out 12 times. The pitching was no better as Jordan Stephens really struggled, giving up seven runs in four innings of work -- including two home runs. RF Mason Robbins had two of Charlotte’s four hits, raising his batting average to a current team-high .279.

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 8, Birmingham Barons 4

Ryan Brett (.250): 3-for-5, 3B, 2B, 2 R ***MVP***

Zack Collins (.276): 0-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB

Eloy Jimenez (.324): 2-for-3, 1 RBI (40), 1 BB

Seby Zavala (.256): 0-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB

Trey Michalczewski (.263): 3-for-4, 1 R

Jameson Fisher (.260): 1-for-5, 3B, 1 RBI

Bryant Flete (.261): 1-for-5, 1 R

L: Jordan Guerrero (2-6, 6.55 ERA), 4 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Ryan Brett was not able to send a ball out of the ballpark and complete the cycle, finishing with a single, double and triple in the Barons loss. Leading 3-0 after four innings, the Jumbo Shrimp plated seven runs in the fifth inning to take a lead they would never relinquish. Starting pitcher Jordan Guerrero was cruising until that fifth frame, failing to record an out in the inning and finishing with six runs allowed on six hits in four innings. Trey Michalczewski also had a three-hit game -- all singles. Eloy Jimenez got back on track with a two-hit effort and drove in his 40th run of the season.

Salem Red Sox 9, Winston-Salem Dash 4

Luis Alexander Basabe (.265): 1-for-4, HR (8), 1 RBI ***MVP***

Blake Rutherford (.291): 3-for-4, 2B, 1 RBI, 1 R

Alex Call (.262): 2-for-4, 3B, 1 R

Yermin Mercedes (.246): 1-for-2, 1 RBI

L: Jimmy Lambert (3-6, 4.44 ERA), 3 IP, 6 H, 8 R (6 ER), 3 BB, 3 K

Starting pitcher Jimmy Lambert struggled early and often, giving up eight runs (six earned) in just three innings and the Dash could never get back in this one. Basabe hit his team-leading eighth home run of the season in the sixth inning to cut the deficit to 8-2. Blake Rutherford seems to be putting a rough stretch behind him with a three-hit night including a double, RBI and run scored. Rutherford now has 10 hits over his last 10 games and is five out of his last eight after the batting average fell to .276 on Sunday.

Kannapolis Intimidators 6, Hickory Crawdads 4

Luis Robert (.222): 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, SB (1) ***MVP***

Laz Rivera (.345): 2-for-5, 2B

Tate Blackman (.299): 1-for-5, 3B, 1 R

Justin Yurchak (.259): 2-for-3, 2B, 1 RBI, 2 R, 1 BB

Carlos Perez (.235): 2-for-4, 2B, 1 RBI, 1 R

Tyler Frost (.209): 1-for-4, 2B, 1 R

Luis Curbelo (.300): 2-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB

W: Lincoln Henzman (5-3, 2.56 ERA), 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

S: Jose Nin (3, 2.45 ERA), 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Luis Robert picked up his first hits as a professional in the White Sox’s system, including a double, drove in two runs and stole his first base. The I’s plated four in the fourth inning when Tate Blackman led off with a triple and Justin Yurchak doubled him in. After a single by Carlos Perez, Robert brought in the pair with a single to left field. Lincoln Henzman earned the win and quality start, hurling six innings of one-run ball while striking out six and Jose Nin picked up his third save. OF Luis Gonzalez went hitless in five at-bats as his 18-game hitting streak came to an end.

DSL Orioles 8, DSL White Sox 6

Jorgen Rosas (.222): 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 2 R, 1 BB

Jose Rodriguez (.421): 1-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

Jhoneiker Betancourt (.300): 3-for-5, 2B, 1 R ***MVP***

L: Jesus Rondon (0-1, 13.50 ERA), 1 1/3 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

A three-run ninth inning made the final score look better than the game actually was as the DSL White Sox trailed 8-3 entering the inning. DSL White Sox pitching struggled all day, allowing 11 hits and walking six batters while giving up seven earned runs. The offensive attack managed to plate six, but only three were credited as RBI. In addition, they struck out 11 times as their issues putting the ball in play continue.