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White Sox Minor League Update: June 30, 2018

Great Falls crushes their way to a doubleheader sweep, and Kopech and Flores toss gems

Flowers, Growing: Bernardo Flores had another stellar start, in the Barons 1-0 win.
Birmingham Barons

Gwinnett Stripers 5, Charlotte Knights 3

Jose Rondon: 1-for-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Eloy Jimenez: 1-for-3, 0 BB, 0 K

Matt Skole: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 1 K

Seby Zavala: 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Michael Kopech: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 8 K **MVP**

Thyago Vieira: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Thanks to a first inning error by Jose Rondón, the Knights were down early with two unearned runs. After that, Kopech shut down the Stripers bats, though he did struggle with command. He only allowed three hits, but the four walks are consistent with the rest of his outings lately. Rondón tried to make up for his error by providing a two-run homer in the third. However, it was not enough, as Jeanmar Gómez gave up two runs in his lone inning to put the game out of reach. After a rocky stint in his last outing, Thyago Vieira was back on the All-Star track, with two perfect innings

Birmingham Barons 1, Jackson Generals 0

Joel Booker: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 0 K

Luis Basabe: 1-for-3, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Zack Collins: 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K

Danny Mendick: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 1 K

Jameson Fisher: 0-for-2, 1 BB, 2 K

Bernardo Flores: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K **MVP**

Bernardo Flores is slowly becoming a household name among Sox fans, as he continues his stellar June. After his 72 game score start, Flores lowered his ERA 1.29 in Birmingham. The Barons were only able to muster one run of support, thanks to a Zack Collins RBI in the fourth inning. Overall, the Barons bats were dormant, as only four hitters had a hit. Matt Rose had two, but the pitching only needed one run of support as Flores and Colton Turner combined for the shutout.

Winston-Salem Dash 6, Wilmington Blue Rocks 3 (10)

Luis González: 4-for-5, 0 BB, 1 K **MVP*

Laz Rivera: 0-for-5, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Blake Rutherford: 0-for-5, 0 BB, 0 K

Gavin Sheets: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Micker Adolfo: 3-for-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K

Blake Battenfield: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Tyler Johnson: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

Two things have become almost certainties in Winston-Salem. Gavin Sheets will get a hit, and Blake Battenfield will pitch a quality start. Sheets was able to extend his hitting streak to 14, and Battenfield “inflated” his ERA to 1.93. Sheets is now hitting .280 after a hot end of June — somebody was mad he was not promoted! Meanwhile, Luis González is now hitting better than .400 as a member of the Dash, after his four-hit night. Micker Adolfo was also able to add another multi-hit night, that was capped by a 10th inning, two-run homer, his 10th of the year. Tyler Johnson had his best outing as a Dash, as he got another win on the season in closing down the win.

Kannapolis Intimidators 6, Rome Braves 4

Craig Dedelow: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Tate Blackman: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Evan Skoug: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 3 K

Tyler Frost: 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Drew Harrington: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K **MVP**

Now that all of the starting pitchers are either in Winston-Salem or injured, the I’s looked to Drew Harrington to take a spot in the rotation, and he announced his presence with authority. He went five innings of shutout baseball, leaving the game with a six-run lead. Those six runs all came from the I’s O in the sixth inning. Two of the runs were off the bat of Tyler Frost, and he also scored later in that inning after his double. In total, Kannapolis had five extra-base hits on the day to help them win 6-4, even though the bullpen tried to give the game away once Harrington left.

Game 1: Great Falls Voyagers 11, Helena Brewers 7

Ian Dawkins: 1-for-4, 2 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 SB

Ramon Beltre: 1-for-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI 0 BB, 0 K

Logan Sowers: 0-for-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K

Romy Gonzalez: 0-for-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K

Corey Zangari: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K

Jimmy Galusky: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Jonathan Stiever: 3 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Nick Johnson: 1 23 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K **MVP**

Jonathan Stiever finally had a bad start in his professional career. Thankfully for the Voyagers, their bats were ready to take the reins. Great Falls took advantage of Helena’s four errors, and added 10 hits to reach 11 runs in their win. Meanwhile, the team hit three homers, the first of which was off the bat of Ramon Beltre. Every hitter in the lineup reached base with either a hit or walk in the game. Nick Johnson closed out the game, and he still has not allowed a run this season.

Game 2: Great Falls Voyagers 8, Helena Brewers 6

Ian Dawkins: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K

Lenyn Sosa: 1-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K

Logan Sowers: 2-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K

Corey Zangari: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K **MVP**

Gunnar Troutwine: 1-for-3, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Jimmy Galusky: 1-for-3, 0 BB, 2 K

Matt Portland: 4 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

Again, the Voyagers were down early but came back swinging later in the game. Thanks to four errors by the Brewers, and a two-run homer by Corey Zangari, the Voyagers took the lead. Matt Portland ran into bad luck with his own defense: The Voyagers committed four errors, and Portland was only able to last four innings. Zangari played his first game in two years yesterday, and now has a home run in his second game. Lenyn Sosa would collect another hit to add on insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth. He reached base twice on errors and once on a two-RBI single.

AZL White Sox 4, AZL Cubs 3 (11)

Camilo Quinteiro: 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Luis Mieses: 0-for-5, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Ty Greene: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K

Anderson Comas: 1-for-4, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Cabrera Weaver: 1-for-4, 1 BB, 1 K

Kleyder Sanchez: 0-for-0, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K - came in as a pinch runner.

Aaron Soto: 4 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

Hector Acosta: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB. 0 K

The AZL Sox were down from the start, but Aaron Soto was able to keep the deficit manageable. However, the bats were silent. The Sox were only able to garner three hits. Micah Coffey and Sam Abbott both used their hits to help create runs. While neither have had successful starts to their seasons, Hector Acosta has. He was the first DSL player to get a promotion to the States. Acosta was a starter in the Dominican, but he came on in relief in today’s game. The AZL Sox were able to steal the game late. Kleyder Sanchez scored on a ground out from Anderson Comas to tie the game in the ninth. In the 11th, Luis Mieses started on second and then scored on an error after a sacrifice bunt, keying the 4-3 win.

DSL Blue Jays 4, DSL White Sox 1

Jose Rodriguez: 0-for-4, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K

Jefferson Mendoza: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 0 K

Samil Planco: 3-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K **MVP**

Yordi Rosario: 3 13 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

The DSL Sox drop another game, and this time, they blew a lead. Jose Rodriguez opened up the scoring with an RBI ground out in the third inning, but they could not cross the plate again in the frame. Yordi Rosario gave up the lead in the next inning with two earned runs, and the DSL Blue Jays never looked back. Samil Polanco closed out the month with the best batting average on the team after his 3-for-4 performance. He is currently hitting .300 and scored the lone run for the DSL Sox today.