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White Sox Minor League Update: July 16, 2018

A walk-off grand slam for the Dash; Eloy Jimenez stays hot in second game back at Charlotte

Grand Laz: Dash SS Laz Rivera had three hits on Monday including a walk-off grand slam — his fourth home run of the season.
(Winston-Salem Dash)

Leading off: A couple of big promotions in the system including a quick one for White Sox 2018 first-round draft pick Nick Madrigal. Also:

Plus, a weekly honor for a member of the Barons:

Lastly, Knights C Seby Zavala (wrist) was placed on the disabled list and is still undergoing evaluations to determine the extent of the injury and how long he will be out.

Pawtucket Red Sox 8, Charlotte Knights 6

Nicky Delmonico (.500): 3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 1 R ***MVP***

Eloy Jimenez (.314): 2-for-5, 2B, 1 RBI, 1 R

Matt Skole (.239): 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB

Trayce Thompson (.185): 1-for-5, 2B, 1 RBI

Eddy Alvarez (.273): 1-for-3, 2B, 1 R

Matt Tomshaw (9.78 ERA): 2 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

BS: Thyago Vieira (2, 4.76 ERA), 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K

The Knights held a 6-5 lead in the ninth inning but Thyago Vieira struggled, blew the save and the Knights lost on Monday night. Charlotte battled back all night as starting pitcher Matt Tomshaw buried the squad ina 4-0 hole after the top of the first and a 5-3 hole after the top of the second. Two tough innings would be it for Tomshaw as he gave up five runs on five hits in two innings of work. In his second game back from injury, Eloy Jimenez had two hits including a RBI double and scored a run. In two games off the DL, Jimenez is 4-for-10 with two doubles, four RBI and two runs scored. Also on the mend, Nicky Delmonico had three hits, one double and two RBI. Matt Skole joined the two-hit party and drove in a run while Trayce Thompson had a RBI double.

Birmingham Barons 9, Tennessee Smokies 2

Alex Call (.256): 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 1 R

Zack Collins (.250): 2-for-5, 2B, 1 RBI

Danny Mendick (.239): 2-for-3, HR (11), 1 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB, 1 SB (15) ***MVP***

Matt Rose (.203): 2-for-5, HR (13), 2 RBI

Keon Barnum (.212): 1-for-5, 3B, 1 RBI, 1 R

Alfredo Gonzalez (.400): 3-for-5, HR (1), 2 RBI, 2 R

W: Tanner Banks (1-1, 3.75 ERA), 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

The Barons hit three home runs to take a 4-2 lead through seven innings but were far from done. They would then send 11 men to the plate and score five runs in a furious eighth-inning rally to win the finale in Tennessee and take four of the five games in the series. Danny Mendick led the way offensively with two hits including his 11th home run, one RBI, three runs scored, a pair of walks and stolen base No. 15 on the season. Alfredo Gonzalez hit his first home run as part of a three-hit, two RBI, two run affair. Matt Rose hit his team-leading 13th homer. Meanwhile, lost in the offensive fireworks was LHP Tanner Banks earning his first Double-A win and picking up his second quality start in two chances with Birmingham.

Winston-Salem Dash 12, Buies Creek Astros 10 in 10 innings

Laz Rivera (.292): 3-for-5, GS HR (4), 4 RBI, 2 R ***MVP***

Blake Rutherford (.300): 1-for-4, 3 RBI, 1 R

Gavin Sheets (.294): 2-for-5, 2B, 1 RBI, 1 R

JJ Muno (.200): 1-for-5, 1 RBI, 1 R

Yeyson Yrizarri (.237): 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 BB

Yermin Mercedes (.271): 2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, 1 BB

Zach Remillard (.247): 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 BB

Lincoln Henzman (7.20 ERA): 2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

W: Daniel Gonzalez (1-0, 9.00 ERA): 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K

These Dash sure know drama. Trailing 8-2 in the seventh inning, the Dash scored six runs to pull even where the score would remain into the 10th inning when catcher Daniel Gonzalez came into pitch and Buies Creek took a 10-8 lead. But this was far from over as Laz Rivera hit a walk-off grand slam in the bottom half of the tenth to give the Dash a 12-10 win. Rivera’s slam put the finishing touches on an offensive outburst in which the Dash had 12 hits -- seven for extra bases. Gavin Sheets came through with a pair of hits, including a RBI double in the seventh inning and one run scored. Yermin Mercedes had a pair of hits, including a two-run double in the seventh, and two runs scored. Blake Rutherford had one hit and three RBI.

Kannapolis Intimidators 7, Hagerstown Suns 6

Nolan Brown (.286): 1-for-5, 1 RBI

Craig Dedelow (.263): 2-for-4, HR (6), 2 RBI

Tate Blackman (.267): 2-for-4, 2B, 1 R

Tyler Frost (.219): 2-for-3, HR (12), 3 RBI, 2 R, 1 BB ***MVP***

Evan Skoug (.197): 1-for-4, 1 RBI

Zach Lewis (3.68 ERA): 5 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K

W: Bennett Sousa (1-0, 0.00 ERA), 1 2/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

S: Jose Nin (5, 1.75 ERA), 2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

The I’s battled back from 4-0 and 5-4 deficits, using a three-run sixth inning to secure victory. Tyler Frost blasted a two-run bomb -- No. 12 of his season -- in the second inning, and Craig Dedelow followed in the third inning with a two-run blast. Both Dedelow and Frost, as well as Tate Blackman had multiple hits in this one. Starting pitcher Zach Lewis struggled for five innings, leaving with a no-decision. Newest Intimidator Bennett Sousa picked up the win with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless ball, while Jose Nin picked up his fifth save of the season.

Great Falls Voyagers 5, Grand Junction Rockies 0

Ian Dawkins (.328): 1-for-5, 1 R

Ramon Beltre (.318): 1-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 R

Logan Sowers (.337): 2-for-3, 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB

Amado Nunez (.270): 1-for-4, 2 RBI

Ryan Fitzpatrick (.256): 2-for-3

Maiker Feliz (.227): 1-for-4, 2B, 1 R

W: Matt Portland (2-0, 2.65 ERA), 6 2/3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K ***MVP***

Starting pitcher Matt Portland pitched 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball and the Voyagers won again on Monday night. Portland was outstanding, allowing just three hits and striking out four to earn a 76 game score. 2B Amado Nunez extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a two-run single to end a scoreless game in the sixth inning. Then, in the seventh inning, Ramon Beltre’s two-run triple followed by Logan Sowers’ RBI double put the game out of reach for Grand Junction.

DSL D-backs 1, DSL White Sox 0

Samil Polanco (.233): 1-for-3, 2B

Jhoneiker Betancourt (.259): 1-for-3, 3B

L: Yoelvin Silven (0-3, 2.01 ERA), 5 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K ***MVP***

Starting pitcher Yoelvin Silven was brilliant through five innings, striking out eight while allowing just one run. Unfortunately, the DSL White Sox offense couldn’t plate a single run sending Silven’s record to 0-3 with a fabulous 2.01 ERA. The DSL White Sox blew a golden chance in the fourth inning when Jhoneiker Betancourt tripled to center field with one out, but Edwin Peralta lined out to shortstop and Jefferson Mendoza flied out to center.