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White Sox Minor League Update: July 10, 2018

Bernardo Flores flourishes again for Birmingham; Corey Zangari hits a pair of home runs

Power Surge: Great Falls DH Corey Zangari hit two home runs on Tuesday, giving him four in 10 games this season.
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Leading off: More bad news on the injury front as White Sox general manager Rick Hahn told the media on Tuesday that Winston-Salem OF/DH Micker Adolfo will undergo Tommy John surgery and be sidelined for 8-10 months. Adolfo finishes the season with a .283 batting average, .834 OPS, 11 HR and 50 RBI in 78 games with the Dash.

In addition, Hahn said Charlotte OF Eloy Jiménez should return in 7-10 days and that he is “progressing well” from his adductor strain.

Lastly, Hahn said 2018 first-round draft pick INF Nick Madrigal is dealing with a sore hamstring that should keep him sidelined until the weekend, before he starts playing again with the AZL White Sox. After a short time, he’ll report to Kannapolis.

Mississippi Braves 3, Birmingham Barons 1

Joel Booker (.284): 2-for-4, HR (2), 1 RBI

Luis Alexander Basabe (.213): 1-for-4

Trey Michalczewski (.252): 1-for-4

L: Bernardo Flores (2-2, 1.67 ERA), 7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K ***MVP***

This one started in the best possible way with OF Joel Booker leading off the game with a home run to left field — his second since joining Double-A — but that was all the offense the Barons could come up with. Booker had two of the squad’s five hits, with the homer serving as the only extra-base hit. LHP Bernardo Flores took the tough-luck loss despite hurling a gem. Flores went seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out seven and walking none. Flores has flourished since his promotion, with a 1.67 ERA, and has not allowed more than two runs in any of his four starts with Birmingham.

Salem Red Sox 8, Winston-Salem Dash 4

Luis Gonzalez (.319): 2-for-5, 2 R

Blake Rutherford (.304): 2-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 R ***MVP***

Gavin Sheets (.293): 1-for-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB

L: Blake Battenfield (1-1, 5.32 ERA), 5 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

The Dash fell behind 4-0 early before a three-run fourth-inning rally cut the deficit to one. But, Blake Battenfield would give up three more runs (seven total) in five innings and take the loss on Tuesday night. After a pair of strong starts following his promotion to Winston-Salem, Battenfield has struggled in his last two, allowing 10 earned runs in eight innings. At the plate, Blake Rutherford continues his hot stretch with a pair of hits and RBIs. Luis Gonzalez also had a pair of hits and runs scored as he has made a smooth transition to High-A ball, hitting .319 since his promotion. Gavin Sheets recorded another hit, and has now hit safely in 22 of his last 23 games.

Great Falls Voyagers 6, Orem Owlz 1

Ian Dawkins (.293): 2-for-4, HR (2), 1 RBI, 1 BB

Logan Sowers (.359): 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 1 R

Corey Zangari (.220): 2-for-4, 2 HR (4), 3 RBI ***MVP***

Ryan Fitzpatrick (.219): 1-for-2, 2 BB

W: Spencer Moran (2-1, 3.14 ERA), 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

Corey Zangari, a sixth-round pick in the 2015 draft by the White Sox, crushed two home runs to lead Great Falls to victory. Zangari, who missed the entire 2017 season due to injury, now has four home runs in his first 10 games. The Voyagers wasted no time with the bats in this one, scoring four runs in the first inning on a Zangari’s two-run bomb, an Ian Dawkins homer and Logan Sowers’ RBI double. Sowers added another hit, RBI and a run scored and is now hitting .359 this season. Starting pitcher Spencer Moran hurled seven terrific innings, allowing just one run on five hits while striking out four.

AZL Mariners 2, AZL White Sox 1

Camilo Quinteiro (.345): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 SB (7)

Cabera Weaver (.255): 1-for-4, 2B

Brayan Herrera (1.44 ERA): 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K ***MVP***

BS: Austin Conway (1, 2.13 ERA), 1 2/3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

The AZL White Sox scored their only run on a throwing error in the sixth inning and held a 1-0 lead into the ninth inning, but Austin Conway blew a save and the AZL Mariners plated a pair to steal the win on Tuesday. Starting pitcher Brayan Herrera was outstanding, departing with a shutout after the fifth inning. Leadoff hitter Camilo Quinteiro had a pair of hits, including a single in the sixth inning. Quinteiro then stole a base and scored the only AZL White Sox run of the game.

DSL White Sox vs DSL Orioles, Postponed due to rain