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White Sox Minor League Update: July 21, 2018

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Blake Battenfield and Bernardo Flores spun gems

Bam-a-Lam: Bernardo Flores continues to impress in Birmingham, with another quality start on Saturday.
Birmingham Barons

Charlotte Knights 5, Indianapolis Indians 4

Charlie Tilson: 1-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Eloy Jimenez: 3-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K

Jose Rondon: 2-for-3, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Matt Tomshaw: 5 13 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Another win for Charlotte, as all facets of the game were clicking. Matt Tomshaw came back and had a much better start, only allowing two runs. On the flip side, Thyago Vieira was rocked for two runs, and only recorded one out. On the hitting side, Jose Rondon was the star: He hit two home runs, and was the difference for the Knights. Eloy Jimenez did not provide the big bat like yesterday, but is still was on fire, adding three hits (including a double) in the Knights 5-4 win.


Jackson Generals 4, Birmingham Barons 3

Joel Booker: 2-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K

Luis Basabe: 0-for-2, 0 BB, 0 K

Bryant Flete: 1-for-3, 1 HR, 0 BB, 1 K

Bernardo Flores: 7 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K **MVP**

The Barons were ahead for most of the game, thanks to Bernardo Flores, as he left with a 65 game score and another quality start. Keon Barnum and Bryant Flete hit solo homers. Joel Booker added two singles, but his time at Birmingham has been largely unsuccessful. Unfortunately, Jose Ruiz allowed three runs in the top of the ninth to blow the save, and the Barons ended up losing the game.


Winston-Salem Dash 6, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 0

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

Blake Rutherford: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 SB **MVP**

Gavin Sheets: 0-for-5, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K

Blake Battenfield: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Blake Battenfield went six strong innings, with a 71 game score in his best start in Winston-Salem. The Dash “only” had 11 hits in this game, but Blake Rutherford was on the board in a big way for this one. He had three hits, including his 19th double, and 11th stolen base on the season. He is now back to hitting better than .300 on the year, with an OPS better than .800.


Hickory Crawdads 7, Kannapolis Intimidators 4

Ian Dawkins: 1-for-5, 0 BB, 1 K

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

Nick Madrigal: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Justin Yurchack: 2-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K

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

Spencer Moran: 4 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

Andrew Perez: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

In his Low-A debut for the Sox, Spencer Moran did not do well, with a 24 game score and a deficit the I’s could not come back from. Andrew Perez also made an appearance, and did much better. Meanwhile, Nick Madrigal kept his no-strikeout streak going, and racked up three hits. In his short stint at Kannapolis, Madrigal is hitting .529 with an OPS of 1.226. Justin Yurchak, in Corey Zangari’s absence, had two hits, including a double.


Grand Junction Rockies 4, Great Falls Voyagers 3

Ramon Beltre: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 2 K

Lenyn Sosa: 1-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Steele Walker: 1-for-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Logan Sowers: 1-for-4, 1 HR, 0 BB, 0 K

Matt Portland: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

Matt Portland battled in his six-inning start, but fell short. Steele Walker and Logan Sowers went back-to-back, but they were both solo homers and didn’t make a sufficient dent in the deficit. It was Walker’s first professional home run. After Madrigal was called up to Kannapolis earlier this week, Walker and his .333 batting average should follow Madrigal soon.


Game 1: AZL Padres (1) 9, AZL White Sox 8

Ryan Cordell: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 SB **MVP**

Camilo Quinteiro: 0-for-5, 2 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Bryce Bush: 0-for-1, 1 R, 3 BB, 1 K

Brayan Herrera: 3 23 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

The AZL Sox dropped a tough one, as the pitching was nonexistent. Brayan Herrera had his worst start in Arizona, and could not make it out of the fourth inning. Meanwhile, in his best outing of his rehab assignment, Ryan Cordell had three hits, with with a double and a stolen base. Even though Bryce Bush did not record a hit, he still reached base three times with walks.


Game 2: AZL Padres (1) 3, AZL White Sox 2

Cabera Weaver: 0-for-2, 1 BB, 0 K

Camilo Quintero: 0-for-2, 1 BB, 1 K

Harvin Mendoza: 1-for-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Davis Martin: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Davis Martin got the start in the second game and only went two innings, to keep his arm intact. He may go further into games in August, but the Sox are protecting the draft picks early on. As in the opener, the Sox came up one run short, but the offense was obsolete for both teams in the nightcap. Josue Guerrero and Harvin Mendoza both drove in a run, but it was not enough. Mendoza has kept his average above .300 for most of the year, but has been a part-time player.


DSL White Sox 5, DSL Padres 4 (10)

Jose Rodriguez: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 SB **MVP**

Jefferson Mendoza: 0-for-4, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Yoelvin Silven: 4 23 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

The DSL Sox won! They are now a blistering 6-36 on the year. On top of that, this time it was the DSL Sox coming from behind, twice, to win. They scored three in the eighth to tie the game 3-3. In the 10th, the Sox walked off after scoring two in the inning. Jose Rodriguez keeps recording singles, as his average continues to climb back to where it was in the beginning of the season, at .280. Meanwhile one of the “bigger” signings of the year, Jefferson Mendoza, is, well, under the Mendoza line, at .195.