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White Sox Minor League Update: July 1, 2018

Charlotte is the lone win of the day for the farm, but there’s a dark side — Eloy was lifted from the game due to an apparent injury

Pig Pen: Dylan Cease had his best start in AA, but the Barons fell short when his relief couldn’t hold the lead.
Birmingham Barons

Charlotte Knights 7, Gwinnett Stripers 6

Eloy Jimenez: 1-for-2, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K

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

Carson Fulmer: 1 23 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

Tyler Danish: 4 13 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K **MVP**

Aaron Bummer: 1 23 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Ian Hamilton: 1 13 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Another tough outing for Carson Fulmer, as he could not make it out of a five-run second inning. The short outing left Fulmer with a miniscule 17 Game Score. Tyler Danish and the bullpen came on to salvage the game, as the Knights crept back to win. Danish has put together a successful season, with a 3.48 ERA, as he looks to be remembered among the White Sox pitching prospects. Unfortunately, the news of the day is Eloy Jimenez. After his single, he seemed to hurt his leg on a swing, per Chuck Garfien. This is not welcome news, but then, there has not been an official announcement as of yet. Ian Hamilton was able to get the win when he took over for Aaron Bummer. Hamilton has not allowed a run in Charlotte (after Eloy, we had to end on good news).

Jackson Generals 4, Birmingham Barons 3 (11)

Joel Booker: 0-for-5, 0 BB, 3 K

Luis Basabe: 0-for-5, 0 BB, 3 K

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

Alex Call: 2-for-4, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K

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

Dylan Cease: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K **MVP**

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

An extra-inning loss continued the Sox farm system woes in Birmingham. However, Dylan Cease had his best AA start of the season, with a 66 game score. Cease was able to keep runners off the basepaths in this outing, unlike his previous, and his command was much better. His ERA is still more than four, which indicates how bad his earlier outings were, but this is a step in the right direction. Alex Call and Zack Collins provided the bulk of the offense for the Barons. Collins blasted his 10th homer of the season in the sixth inning and Call added two RBIs as well. Matt Foster was on the mound for the Ryan Brett error that led to two unearned runs, but Foster has not found much success in his new home yet.

Wilmington Blue Rocks 4, Winston-Salem Dash 3

Luis González: 1-for-4, 1 BB, 0 K

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

Blake Rutherford: 1-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Micker Adolfo: 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Gavin Sheets: 2-for-2, 0 BB, 0 K

Tanner Banks: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K **MVP**

Lincoln Henzman: 1 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K

The Dash were tied all game thanks to starter Tanner Banks. He left in the seventh inning with a 72 game score, and with a 2-1 lead by the eighth. However, converted starter because of innings workload, Lincoln Henzman, has not taken his stint as a reliever in stride. He gave up three runs in the eighth, and Wilmington took the lead and eventually won, 4-3. Luis Gonzalez added another hit to keep his High-A ball batting average over .400. Gavin Sheets also continued his hitting streak as he raises his batting average to .287 on the year. Disturbing news outside the lines, Luis Robert is on the 7-day DL after he aggravated his thumb injury from earlier this season while making a catch at the outfield wall last week.

Rome Braves 6, Kannapolis Intimidators 5

Luis Curbelo: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Craig Dedelow: 1-for-4, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K

Justin Yurchak: 1-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Jhoan Quijada: 6 IP, 10 H, 6 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

This game, to the I’s dismay, was cut short in the eighth inning due to rain. Jhoan Quijada did not do well in his start, as he let a 5-2 lead get away. Most of the top pitchers have left Kannapolis, which is a good thing for the White Sox, just not the I’s. Meanwhile, Luis Curbelo had a good day at the plate. He had two two doubles, one that drove in two runs in the second inning. Justin Yurchak added a hit, as both Curbelo and Yurchak look to improve on their above-average Junes and help Kannapolis reach the playoffs.

Helena Brewers 5, Great Falls Voyagers 4

Ramon Belre: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

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

Logan Sowers: 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Romy Gonzalez: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K

Jimmy Galusky: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K

Chris Comito: 5 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Bennett Sousa: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K **MVP**

Chis Comito failed the Voyagers in this matchup. Great Falls was able to take a 3-2 lead in the third inning, but Comito kept allowing runs from there. Ramon Beltre and Lenyn Sosa provided the third inning scoring, with two singles. However, that was half of the Voyagers hits, as they could not muster any sort of offense outside of the third inning. The Voyagers did threaten to tie the game in the ninth, but fell short after scoring one run. Bennett Sousa has impressed since he was drafted: The LOOGY has not allowed a run so far this season, and should find himself in Kannapolis sooner than later.