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White Sox Minor League Update: July 23, 2018

Ryan Cordell returns in a big way for Birmingham; Dash use balanced offensive attack in victory

MLB: Spring Training-Chicago White Sox at Los Angeles Dodgers
Comeback Trail: Ryan Cordell announced his presence with authority, homering in his first at-bat for the Barons.
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Leading off: A roster move for Double-A Birmingham ...

Also, on the injury front, 1B/DH Corey Zangari is wearing a cast on his right hand after a taking a pitch off his wrist a couple days ago. Zangari is being placed on the DL and could miss the rest of the season. Zangari, who missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, had nine home runs, 22 RBI in 17 games for Great Falls before getting injured in his first game after promotion to Kannapolis.

As for weekly awards, Knights OF Eloy Jimenez earns one:

And Barons LHP Tanner Banks grabs some hardware, too:

Birmingham Barons 7, Tennessee Smokies 3

Joel Booker (.282): 3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 1 R

Luis Alexander Basabe (.252): 2-for-3

Zack Collins (.245): 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 R

Ryan Cordell (.500): 2-for-4, HR (1), 3 RBI ***MVP***

Trey Michalczewski (.268): 1-for-4, 2B, 1 R

Alfredo Gonzalez (.388): 1-for-2, 2 R, 1 BB

Alec Hansen (6.03 ERA): 4 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 9 BB, 7 K

W: Brandon Brennan (3-2, 3.13 ERA), 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

S: Colton Turner (4, 0.59 ERA), 1 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Welcome back to minor league baseball, Ryan Cordell! The center fielder wasted no time contributing in his first minor league game since April, belting a three-run homer in his first at-bat in the first inning, to give the Barons a lead they would never relinquish. Combined with LF Joel Booker’s big night (three hits including a double, two RBI and a run scored) the Barons got plenty of offense to support Alec “Wild Thing” Hansen and the bullpen. Hansen was, at times, dominant in four innings, allowing just one hit and striking out seven. On the down side, he issued nine (!!!) walks as he threw 98 pitches, with just 50 for strikes. Reliever Brandon Brennan pitched two shutout innings for the win, and Colton Turner lowered his ERA to 0.59 with 1 13 innings of hitless ball. Luis Basabe extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a pair of base knocks, and he is hitting .333 over that time span.

Winston-Salem Dash 6, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 1

Luis Gonzalez (.301): 1-for-4, 1 RBI

Blake Rutherford (.305): 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB

Mitch Roman (.291): 1-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 BB

Yermin Mercedes (.283): 1-for-3, 1 R, 2 BB

Daniel Gonzalez (.188): 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 SB (1)

Zach Remillard (.243): 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 2 R, 1 BB

W: John Parke (3-1, 3.16 ERA), 7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K ***MVP***

LHP John Parke was brilliant, pitching seven innings of one-run baseball, and Dash bats used a four-run sixth inning to complete a sweep over Myrtle Beach. 2B Mitch Roman got the offense started in the third inning with a two-run single. In the sixth, Zach Remillard and Blake Rutherford had RBI singles, while Luis Gonzalez added an RBI with a sacrifice fly. Rutherford and Daniel Gonzalez each had a pair of hits as the Dash had eight hits on the night — none for extra bases.

Grand Junction Rockies 7, Great Falls Voyagers 6

Logan Sowers (.331): 1-for-4, HR (6), 2 RBI, 1 BB

Romy Gonzalez (.291): 2-for-4, HR (3), 1 RBI, 3 R ***MVP***

Amado Nunez (.278): 2-for-5, 2B

Micah Coffey (.200): 1-for-5, 2 RBI, 1 R

Gunnar Troutwine (.222): 3-for-4, 1 RBI

L: Chris Comito (3-4, 6.37 ERA), 5 IP, 10 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 10 K

RF Logan Sowers and DH Romy Gonzalez hit back-to-back homers in the seventh inning to bring the Voyagers within a run, but that was as close as they could get in a loss to Grand Junction. For Sowers, it was a two-run blast for his sixth of the season, while Gonzalez hit a solo blast for HR No. 3 of the campaign. C Gunnar Troutwine contributed three hits and one RBI, while 1B Micah Coffey drove in a pair of runs and scored a run. Starting pitcher Chris Comito had an all-or-nothing outing — when he was good, he was plenty good, striking out 10. However, when he was bad, he was very bad, allowing seven runs on 10 hits in five innings.

AZL Giants Black 7, AZL White Sox 5

Ty Greene (.242): 1-for-4, 2B, 1 R, 1 BB

Lency Delgado (.250): 2-for-4, 2B, 1 RBI, 1 R

Brayant Nova (.171): 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 1 R ***MVP***

Anderson Comas (.294): 1-for-4, 3B, 1 RBI

L: Drew Weston (0-1, 4.50 ERA), 3 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

The AZL White Sox fell behind in the top of the first inning and would never hold a lead, drawing as close as 6-5 before eventually falling 7-5 to the AZL Giants Black squad. Down 6-3 in the eighth, 3B Brayant Nova brought in a run with a double, and RF Anderson Comas brought Nova in with a triple but was stranded at third as the game-tying run. Starting pitcher Konnor Pilkington only lasted one inning, allowing one run on two hits while walking one and striking out a pair. Reliever Drew Weston got saddled with the loss, as he allowed two runs in three innings.

DSL Orioles 14, DSL White Sox 1

Edwin Peralta (.170): 0-for-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 SB (4)

Samil Polanco (.243): 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 SB (7)

L: Luis Rodriguez (0-4, 4.22 ERA), 3 IP, 6 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 3 K

Scoreless through three innings, it all unraveled for the DSL White Sox in the fourth when the DSL Orioles scored 11 runs, then tacked on three more in the fifth to complete the two-touchdown, two-extra point score. The DSL White Sox plated their only run in the bottom half of the fifth inning when Samil Polanco’s single brought in Edwin Peralta. The DSL White Sox managed just four hits on the day, while striking out 10 times.