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White Sox Minor League Update: July 13, 2018

Nick Madrigal’s first career hit overshadows everything else

L.A.B. Not L.O.B.: Luis Basabe collected two more hits on Friday, adding to his breakout season.
Birmingham Barons

Durham Bulls 5, Charlotte Knights 2

Nicky Delmonico: 3-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Seby Zavala: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K

Matt Skole: 1-for-4, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K

Spencer Adams: 4 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

Carson Fulmer: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Charlotte falls short again, as Spencer Adams was clobbered for eight hits and five runs. It was one of Adams’ worst outings with Charlotte, but he was due for one with a 4.87 FIP entering today’s game. Nicky Delmonico had his best rehab outing, with three hits, the same total he left Birmingham with over five games. It seems like his swing is getting back into the groove of a game. The biggest news of the day, however, is that Carson Fulmer came out of the pen for one perfect inning. He has been off for awhile because of the All- Star break, but hopefully this is a sign Fulmer is moving to the bullpen for good.

Birmingham Barons 11, Tennessee Smokies 2

Joel Booker: 1-for-6, 0 BB, 3 K

Luis Basabe: 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K

Zack Collins: 0-for-2, 2 R, 2 BB, 0 K

Alex Call: 2-for-4, 3 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Alec Hansen: 3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K

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

Alec Hansen was taken out early from his outing. It may have been for injury, but the fragile starter was getting crushed early. However, the bullpen, led by Matt Foster, threw six shutout innings once Hansen left. Foster has lowered his ERA to 3.48 ERA since his promotion. On the offensive side, the Barons has 10 hits, including two from Alex Call that combined to create six runs. Birthday boy Alfredo Gonzalez is now in AA, and after his four-hit game he is hitting .355.

Winston-Salem Dash 7, Buies Creek Astros 6

Luis Gonzalez: 0-for-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Laz Rivera: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K

Blake Rutherford: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

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

Luis Martinez: 6 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Tyler Johnson: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K **MVP**

The Dash come away with the comeback win after scoring three runs in the bottom of the ninth and the winning run in the 10th. Luis Martinez had trouble early, as he allowed four runs in the first two innings. However, Tyler Johnson and company was able to keep the game close for the comeback. Johnson threw three shutout innings, with six strikeouts. Of his 43 pitches he threw just 27 strikes, but still did not walk a batter. Blake Rutherford continues his dominance, as he added another multi-hit game. He hopefully will be in Birmingham soon.

Greensboro Grasshoppers 5, Kannapolis Intimidators 4

Luis Curbelo: 2-for-5, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K

Craig Dedelow: 0-for-5, 0 BB, 1 K

Tate Blackman: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K

Justin Yurchak: 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

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

Jhoan Quijada: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K **MVP**

Jhona Quijada had his best start as an Intimidator, but unlike the Dash Kannapolis blew a two-run lead to lose. Quijada now has a 4.00 ERA, but was not able to get the win. Luis Curbelo and Justin Yurchak added two hits each. Yurchak has now upped his batting average to .259, and his OPS is finally higher than .700.

Great Falls Voyagers 15, Orem Owlz 11

Lenyn Sosa: 2-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K

Corey Zangari: 3-for-4, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K **MVP**

Romy Gonzalez: 2-for-4, 3 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K

Ramon Beltre: 2-for-5, 2 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Codi Heuer: 1 13 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

Another comeback in the White Sox farm system, as the Voyagers stormed back from a 10-1 deficit. Largely, the comeback was fueled by Corey Zangari’s three-homer game. He now has seven home runs on the year. Nick Johnson was only one of two Voyagers pitchers who did not allow a run. His ERA is at a minscule 0.90. Each Voyagers hitter collected a hit, as they combined for 17.

AZL Cubs (2) 6, AZL White Sox 4

Nick Madrigal: 1-for-3, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Lency Delgado: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K

Cabrera Weaver: 2-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Bryce Bush: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Hector Acosta: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2

Just as many comebacks in the minors as collapses tonight, as the ASL Sox blew a 4-0 lead. Hector Acosta had a shutout start for the first time Stateside. Meanwhile, there were two first career hits, by Nick Madrigal and Bryce Bush. Madrigal should be moving to Kannapolis soon, after back-to-back starts. The rest of the young 2018 draft class added hits, including Cabrera Weaver’s two.

DSL Blue Jays 14, DSL White Sox 9

Jose Rodriguez: 1-for-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Dionicio Jimenez: 2 13 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 0 K

Francisco Benitez: 3 23 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 9 K

The DSL Sox lose again and there is not much to cheer about, particularly on the pitching side. Francisco Benitez, who had been distancing himself from other pitchers on the staff, was crushed. He was able to keep his K/9 at a high rate, but lived too close to the zone as he allowed five runs out of the 14 surrendered the game. Even more embarrassing was the performance behind the plate, as Jhoneiker Betancourt allowed seven stolen bases. Jose Rodriguez provided one of two home runs in the game (Enrique Felix had the other) in the ninth inning when the game was out of reach. It was his second of the season. The DSL White Sox have lost 31 of 36 games.