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White Sox Minor League Update: July 11, 2018

Basabe, Banks shine for Barons; Great Falls’ bats continue to dominate

Basabe Bomb: Barons OF Luis Basabe hit his first Double-A home run — No. 10 overall this minor-league season — in Birmingham’s loss on Wednesday.
(Birmingham Barons)

Leading off: Barons RHP Dylan Cease and OF Luis Basabe were selected to play in the MLB All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on Sunday. Cease was scratched from his scheduled start on Wednesday night so that he could pitch in the Futures Game.

Also, the White Sox purchased the contract of RHP Jeanmar Gómez from Charlotte and designated RHP Bruce Rondón for assignment. Gómez is the 16th player promoted to White Sox from Charlotte in 2018.

Mississippi Braves 9, Birmingham Barons 2

Joel Booker (.286): 1-for-3, 1 R

Luis Alexander Basabe (.215): 1-for-4, HR (1), 2 RBI

Nicky Delmonico (.200): 2-for-4

Trey Michalczewski (.255): 2-for-4, 2B

L: Tanner Banks (0-1, 4.50 ERA), 6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 10 K ***MVP***

The Barons trailed 3-2 as late as the eighth inning when Mississippi put up a six spot to put the game out of reach. LHP Tanner Banks, making his first start at Double-A after a promotion earlier in the day was dominant in striking out 10 batters, but did allow three runs while earning a quality start. Banks joins Dane Dunning as the only Barons pitchers with 10 strikeouts in a game this season. Luis Basabe hit his first Double-A home run, No. 10 overall in his minor-league season, a two-run blast in the third inning. Nicky Delmonico and Trey Michalczewski each had a pair of hits to combine for half of the Barons’ eight hits in the ballgame.

Salem Red Sox 5, Winston-Salem Dash 4

Luis Gonzalez (.325): 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 1 R ***MVP***

Laz Rivera (.286): 0-for-4, 1 RBI

Blake Rutherford (.299): 0-for-4, 1 RBI

Mitch Roman (.290): 2-for-2, 2 BB, 1 SB (13)

Yermin Mercedes (.270): 1-for-2, 2 BB

Yeyson Yrizarri (.236): 1-for-4, 2B, 1 R

Lincoln Henzman (7.88 ERA): 3 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

L: Mike Morrison (4-3, 3.74 ERA), 1 2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

A three-run fifth inning gave the Dash a 4-3 lead, but they couldn’t hold on and Salem won in walk-off fashion on Wednesday night. OF Luis Gonzalez continues to shine at the plate with a pair of hits including a double, two RBI and a run scored. 2B Mitch Roman reached base four times -- two hits and two walks -- and swiped his 13th base. Starting pitcher Lincoln Henzman only lasted three innings, allowing three runs on four hits and throwing 45 pitches. Relief pitcher Mike Morrison got saddled with the loss, dropping his record to 4-3 this season.

Greensboro Grasshoppers 6, Kannapolis Intimidators 2

Nolan Brown (.286): 2-for-4

Craig Dedelow (.271): 2-for-4, 1 R

Tate Blackman (.258): 1-for-4, HR (10), 2 RBI ***MVP***

Carlos Perez (.265): 2-for-4

L: Zach Lewis (2-3, 3.35 ERA), 4 1/3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 7 BB, 3 K

The Intimidators jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning courtest of Tate Blackman’s 10th home run of the season, but those were the only runs they would score in a loss to Greensboro on Wednesday. Starting pitcher Zach Lewis struggled with his control all game, walking seven Grasshoppers and failing to get out of the fifth inning. Lewis threw 77 pitches, 41 for balls. Nolan Brown, Craig Dedelow and Carlos Perez each had multi-hit affairs in this one.

Great Falls Voyagers 10, Orem Owlz 1

Ian Dawkins (.292): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 SB (8)

Logan Sowers (.366): 2-for-4, 2B, 1 R, 1 BB

Corey Zangari (.227): 1-for-3, 3B, 2 RBI, 1 R

Romy Gonzalez (.274): 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 2 R

Amado Nunez (.258): 1-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 R

Jhoandro Alfaro (.257): 3-for-4, HR (1), 2B, 4 RBI ***MVP***

Maiker Feliz (.222): 1-for-4, 2B, 1 R

Jonathan Stiever (2.77 ERA): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

W: Matt Portland (1-0, 4.35 ERA), 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K

The only negative from this one is that C Jhoandro Alfaro did not triple to complete the cycle, other than that it was another outstanding performance by the Voyagers. They plated six runs in the second inning and four more in the fifth inning for a lopsided victory over Orem. Only a single run in the ninth inning kept this from being a shut out. Alfaro hit his first home run, doubled and singled while driving in four runs. OF Logan Sowers raised his average to .366 with two hits, including a double, and a run scored. DH Romy Gonzalez also had two hits, while 2B Amado Nunez tripled and drove in a pair of runs. Jonathan Stiever started this one and departed after two innings without allowing a hit and striking out three. Matt Portland came on in relief and pitched five shut out innings while striking out seven Owlz.

Game 1: DSL Orioles 1, DSL White Sox 0 in 7 innings

L: Luis Rodriguez (0-2, 3.75 ERA), 4 2/3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K

The DSL White Sox were no-hit in Game 1 of Wednesday’s doubleheader as DSL Orioles starting pitcher Jose Gomez tossed six no-hit innings for the win and Jose Alejandro pitched one hitless inning in relief. DSL White Sox reliever Luis Rodriguez pitched well over 4 2/3 innings, allowing just one run on three hits.

Game 2: DSL Orioles 1, DSL White Sox 0 in 7 innings

Jorgen Rosas (.229): 1-for-2, 1 BB

Jefferson Mendoza (.242): 2-for-3

Johnabiell Laureano (.180): 1-for-3, 1 SB (2)

L: Cristofer Melendez (1-3, 2.48 ERA), 5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K

Game 2 of the doubleheader looked a lot like Game 1, with the DSL White Sox getting shut out yet again. But, at least this time they managed to get a hit -- well, six to be exact. Nevertheless, the team failed to score even one run over 14 innings of baseball on Wednesday. C Jefferson Mendoza had two of the squad’s six hits on the day. CF Johnabiell Laureano had one hit and stole his second base. Starting pitcher Cristofer Melendez took the tough-luck loss after pitching five innings and only allowing one unearned run, while striking out five.