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White Sox Minor League Update: June 8, 2018

Kopech is back, baby — but the Knights are the only one of Chicago’s four top farms to lose tonight

Oui Oui: Zach Remillard’s grand slam put the Dash up four on Friday.
Winston-Salem Dash

Lehigh Valley IronPigs 2, Charlotte Knights 1

Matt Skole: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K

Casey Gillaspie: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 2 K

Dustin Garneau: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 0 K

Alex Presley: 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K

Michael Kopech: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 10 K **MVP**

Aaron Bummer: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

On the back of a much-improved Michael Kopech start, the Knights still lose. The fireballer still had trouble with his command, walking five batters, but his 10 punchouts kept him out of trouble. What is also encouraging was the six innings pitched Kopech was dialed in for. He will need to improve his command, but tonight was a step in the right direction. Alex Presley drove in the Knights’s lone run to fuel a 1-0 lead, but it was short-lived.

Birmingham Barons 6, Tennessee Smokies 3 (10)

Danny Mendick: 1-for-5, 0 BB, 1 K

Zack Collins: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K **MVP**

Seby Zavala: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 0 K

Jameson Fisher: 0-for-5, 0 BB, 1 K

Eloy Jimenez: 0-for-0, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K

Matt Tomshaw: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 9 K

The Barons got out to a quick 3-0 lead, scoring two in the second, with Zack Collins adding his ninth home of the year in the third. Collins’ OPS is now up to .931, behind only Eloy Jiménez on the team. However, Matt Tomshaw’s great start was reversed in the fifth, when he gave up the lead and the Smokies tied the game, 3-3. The bullpen was able to keep the Smokies off the board the rest of the game, and Barons’ bats finally came alive in the 10th. Eloy came in as a pinch hitter and walked. He was the last run of the three-run inning, as the Barons won in extras, 6-3.

Winston-Salem Dash 7, Carolina Mudcats 4

Joel Booker: 0-for-5, 0 BB, 1 K

Luis Alexander Basabe: 0-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 K

Blake Rutherford: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K

Micker Adolfo: 1-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K

Zach Remillard: 3-for-4, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Tanner Banks: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Matt Foster: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Another day, another win for the division-leading Dash. Tanner Banks was able to keep runners from scoring, allowing eight in five innings. It was a close game until Zach Remillard came to the plate with the bases loaded; he crushed a go-ahead grand slam to give W-S a 7-3 lead, and the bullpen held down the fort from there. Both Blake Rutherford and Micker Adolfo added hits today, but Remillard stole the show. Matt Foster closed out the game and earned the save.

Kannapolis Intimidators 8, Rome Braves 3

Luis Gonzalez: 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 0 K

Luis Robert: 2-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Laz Rivera: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K

Craig Dedelow: 2-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K

Tate Blackman: 2-for-5, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Evan Skoug: 1-for-5, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K

Yustin Yurchak: 1-for-5, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Luis Curbelo: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K

John Parke: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K **MVP**

Kannapolis wins again, as it inches closer to a playoff birth. John Parke continued his strong first half with a stellar start. He went seven innings, with only one earned run and no walks. However, I’s hitters did not need this caliber of start to win, collecting 12 hits and scoring eight runs, including four that Luis Robert was a part of. Tate Blackman added a three-run homer in the fourth and raised his average back over .300.

DSL Blue Jays 7, DSL White Sox 2

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

Enrique Felix: 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K

Jefferson Mendoza: 2-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K

Bryan Lara: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K **MVP**

The DSL White Sox are not off to a particularly good start — and that’s due mostly to their poor finishes. Thanks to 20-year old lefty, Bryan Lara, the DSL Sox once again got off to a lead, this time 1-0 in the sixth. The run came off the bat of Omar Martinez in the fifth, as he drove in Ulises Martinez. However, once Lara was lifted, the bullpen swiftly allowed seven runs to end the game. Enrique Felix would single in Ulises Martinez in the bottom of the ninth for the last DSL Sox run of the game.

College Super Regionals

Nick Madrigal: 1-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB