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White Sox Minor League Update: June 7, 2018

Knights, Barons earn victories as pitchers shine throughout the farm

Barnum’s back-to-back blast: Keon Barnum and Nick Basto hit back-to-back homers in Birmingham’s win over the Jumbo Shrimp. 
(Michael Wade)

Charlotte Knights 3, Syracuse Chiefs 1

Jacob May (.258): 1-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 SB (11)

Matt Skole (.258): 2-for-4, 3B, 1 R

Mason Robbins (.284): 1-for-2, 2B, 1 RBI, 1 R

Alfredo Gonzalez (.176): 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 BB

W: Donn Roach (6-2, 3.25 ERA), 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 2 K ***MVP***

S: Thyago Vieira (3, 4.39 ERA), 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Jacob May’s two-run single in the seventh inning broke a 1-1 tie and the Knights hung on for the victory over the Chiefs on Thursday. Donn Roach earned his sixth win of the season with his fifth straight quality start, allowing one run (unearned) on four hits in seven innings. Matt Skole had a pair of hits, including a triple, and scored a run. Mason Robbins’ average jumped to .284 after an RBI double in the second inning.

Birmingham Barons 5, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 2

Danny Mendick (.257): 3-for-5, 1 R

Bryant Flete (.271): 2-for-4, 3B, 1 RBI

Seby Zavala (.262): 2-for-4, 1 R

Trey Michalczewski (.263): 1-for-4, 2B

Ryan Brett (.267): 3-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 R

Keon Barnum (.169): 1-for-4, HR (5), 2 RBI ***MVP***

Nick Basto (.171): 1-for-4, HR (1), 1 RBI

Connor Walsh (8.77 ERA): 3 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

S: Ian Hamilton (10, 1.61 ERA), 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Keon Barnum and Nick Bastro hit back-to-back jacks in a three-run second inning and the Barons never looked back vs the Jumbo Shrimp on Thursday. Add on a three-hit, RBI night from Ryan Brett and the lower-third of the order proved to be a nightmare for Jacksonville in this one. Overall, it was a quality night at the plate for Birmingham with 13 hits -- four for extra bases -- and just nine strikeouts. Connor Walsh started the game by striking out six Jumbo Shrimp in three innings and Ian Hamilton closed the door with a perfect inning for his 10th save of the season, dropping his ERA to 1.61. Danny Mendick also contributed three hits and scored a run in the affair.

Salem Red Sox 7, Winston-Salem Dash 3

Luis Alexander Basabe (.266): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB

Ti’Quan Forbes (.263): 1-for-4, 2 RBI ***MVP***

Alex Call (.260): 0-for-1, 3 BB

Micker Adolfo (.271): 1-for-4, 1 R

Mitch Roman (.272): 2-for-3, 1 R

L: Bernardo Flores (4-4, 2.80 ERA), 7 IP, 7 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 4 K

The Dash took a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning after a Ti’Quan Forbes two-run single and Luis Basabe scoring on a passed ball, but that was all they could score in this one and Salem put up five runs over the final three frames to take the win. Bernardo Flores gets credit for the quality start -- his ninth in 11 games -- pitching seven strong innings and allowing three earned runs but takes the loss. Micker Adolfo, in his first game since Sunday, singled and scored a run.

Hickory Crawdads 2, Kannapolis Intimidators 1 in 10 innings

Luis Robert (.167): 0-for-3

Craig Dedelow (.284): 1-for-3, 1 BB

Justin Yurchak (.260): 1-for-3, 2B

Johan Cruz (.220): 1-for-4, 1 RBI

Blake Battenfield (1.58 ERA): 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K ***MVP***

L: Jose Nin (2-2, 2.40 ERA), 1/3 IP, 1 H 1 R (0 ER)

Blake Battenfield was terrific once again, but I’s bats were quiet all night in an extra-innings defeat. Battenfield compiled a 57 game score with six innings of one-run ball and departed trailing 1-0 before Kannapolis plated their only run in the eighth inning on a Johan Cruz single. After having his 18-game hitting streak come to an end on Wednesday, OF Luis Gonzalez went hitless for the second straight game. Luis Robert was also held hitless one day after collecting the first two hits of his professional career.

DSL Blue Jays 7, DSL White Sox 6

Jorgen Rosas (.304): 3-for-5, 2B, 2 R ***CO-MVP***

Jose Rodriguez (.458): 3-for-5, 3B, 1 RBI, 1 R ***CO-MVP***

Jhoneiker Betancourt (.333): 2-for-5

Jerrick Francees (.200): 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 R

Edgar Navarro (2.00 ERA): 5 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

Cristopher Batista (19.80 ERA): 3 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

L: Fernando Caro (0-1, 8.10 ERA), 2/3 IP, 3 H, 3 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 1 K

The DSL White Sox managed to lose a game in which their opponent -- in this case, the DSL Blue Jays -- committed five (FIVE!) errors in an epic meltdown in the bottom of the ninth inning. Holding a 6-2 lead with just three outs to go, reliever Cristopher Batista issued a leadoff walk followed by a single before getting replaced by Fernando Caro. After recording the first out of the inning on the first hitter he faced, a wild pitch and a triple that plated two runs would follow. Another wild pitch brought in another run to make it 6-5. Following a strikeout for the second out of the inning, Caro hit a batter then SS Edwin Peralta committed an error and a hit by pitch loaded the bases. Finally, a single plated the winning runs. On the bright side, starting pitcher Edgar Navarro pitched five shutout innings while striking out seven. 3B Jorgen Rosas and 2B Jose Rodriguez each had three hits and the DSL White Sox did not reach double digits in strikeouts managing to “K” only eight times.