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White Sox Minor League Update: July 17, 2018

Eloy Jimenez homers as Charlotte wins in walk-off fashion; Nick Madrigal shines in debut for Kannapolis

Magical Madrigal: Making his Kannapolis debut, White Sox 2018 first-round pick Nick Madrigal reached base four times with three hits (one double), one walk and scored two runs.

Leading off: Great Falls Voyagers 1B Corey Zangari was named Pioneer League Player of the Week for July 9-15. In six games, Zangari hit five home runs with 13 RBI. The 21-year-old Oklahoma native went 8-for-19 (.421) with one double, one triple and six runs scored. Zangari’s OBP for the week was .480. His five homers were all hit in two games vs Orem, as he clubbed two on July 10, then belted three more for on July 13. Those three homers helped the Voyagers erase a 10-run deficit in a 15-11 victory.

Charlotte Knights 6, Pawtucket Red Sox 5 in 11 innings

Jacob May (.268): 2-for-6, 2B, 2 RBI, 1 R ***MVP***

Eloy Jimenez (.304): 1-for-5, HR (3), 1 RBI, 2 R

Matt Skole (.243): 2-for-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB

Casey Gillaspie (.222): 1-for-5, 2B, 1 RBI

Brett Austin (.368): 1-for-4, 2B

Eddy Alvarez (.274): 1-for-3, 1 R, 2 BB

Jordan Guerrero (2.78 ERA): 6 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

W: Carson Fulmer (4-5, 5.69 ERA), 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K

Jacob May hit a walk-off single to plate Mason Robbins and the Knights came away victorious over Pawtucket on Tuesday night. May had another RBI and run scored to edge out Matt Skole for MVP honors in this one. Skole had two doubles, two RBI and two walks. Eloy Jimenez belted his third home run since joining Charlotte -- No. 13 overall this minor-league season -- as he appears to be stepping on the gas in an attempt to make the big leagues sometime in the next few weeks. Starting pitcher Jordan Guerrero earned a quality start by allowing three earned runs in six innings, but Carson Fulmer gets credit for the win after allowing just one hit and striking out two over two scoreless innings (the extra innings) of relief.

Kannapolis Intimidators 10, Hagerstown Suns 9

Nolan Brown (.285): 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB

Nick Madrigal (.750): 3-for-4, 2B, 2 R, 1 BB ***CO-MVP***

Craig Dedelow (.262): 1-for-5, 3B, 1 RBI, 1 R

Tate Blackman (.269): 1-for-2, 2 R, 3 BB

Tyler Frost (.217): 0-for-2, 1 RBI, 1 R, 3 BB

Anthony Villa (.269): 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB

Evan Skoug (.203): 2-for-4, 3B, 2B, 4 RBI, 2 R ***CO-MVP***

Johan Cruz (.210): 0-for-3, 2 RBI

W: Drew Harrington (6-4, 5.08 ERA), 6 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

S: Will Kincanon (3, 4.02 ERA), 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

The I’s put up crooked numbers with five runs in the third inning and three runs in the fifth inning and hung on to win a back-and-forth affair on Tuesday. Playing in his first Class-A game, 2018 first-round draft pick 2B Nick Madrigal had three hits including a double, drew one walk and scored two runs. But the day really belonged to C Evan Skoug who hit a triple and a double, drove in four runs and scored twice. Meanwhile, Tate Blackman and Tyler Frost each showed good patience and a strong eye with three walks. Starting pitcher Drew Harrington pitched six innings despite struggling, allowing five earned runs on eight hits.

DSL D-backs 6, DSL White Sox 2

Johnabiell Laureano (.189): 1-for-3, 2B, 1 RBI, 1 R ***MVP***

Andres Rosario (.160): 1-for-3, 1 RBI

L: Luis Rodriguez (0-3, 3.72 ERA), 5 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

Struggles at the plate continue for the DSL White Sox as they managed only three hits in Tuesday’s loss to the DSL D-backs. CF Johnabiell Laureano came through with a RBI double in the seventh inning and scored a run on LF Andres Rosario’s RBI single. Starting pitcher Luis Rodriguez was solid for five innings, allowing two runs on two hits while striking out six. The DSL White Sox lineup on Tuesday featured no player hitting over .264 and four of the nine starters hitting under .200 thus far.