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White Sox Minor League Update: July 28, 2018

When only the 9-39 DSL White Sox win, it is not a good day on the farm

Hit Machine: Gavin Sheets won’t stop the safeties — but the Dash lose again.
Winston-Salem Dash

Pawtucket Red Sox 6, Charlotte Knights 5

Ryan Cordell: 1-for-5, 0 BB, 0 K

Eloy Jimenez: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K

Seby Zavala: 1-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Patrick Leonard: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K **MVP**

Asher Wojiechowski: 5 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Carson Fulmer: 1 23 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Asher Woj did not do well in the first inning of his first start with the Knights, letting up a grand slam that put Charlotte in a hole they could not climb out of. Carson Fulmer relieved Asher and allowed more walks than innings pitched, but had a scoreless appearance. Eloy, of course, hit a double to keep his average better than .350. Meanwhile, the real MVP was Patrick Leonard. He hit a three-run homer to bring the Knights within one run, but the comeback could not be completed.

Mississippi Braves 4, Birmingham Barons 2

Joel Booker: 0-for-4, 1 BB, 2 K

Luis Basabe: 0-for-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K

Zack Collins: 2-for-3, 1 BB, 0 K

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

Tanner Banks: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

The defense sank Tanner Banks and the Barons in this game. Three Barons errors led to four unearned runs, and that was all the Braves were able to muster. Both Zack Collins and Alex Call had multiple hits, but Call had two doubles to Collins’ two singles. Call is not hitting better than .300 and is on the verge of an OPS over .900. He has been a welcome surprise among a deep outfield group. However, even with the Barons outhitting the Braves, they still fell, 4-2.

Salem Red Sox 7, Winston-Salem Dash 2

Luis Gonzalez: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 2 K

Laz Rivera: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K

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

Gavin Sheets: 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K

John Parke: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

John Parke tried to weather the Red Sox storm, but to no avail, as Blake Hickman allowed four runs in his one inning and put the game out of reach for good. Blake Rutherford added his 20th double on the year, which led to a run scored. He is up to .309 average and is pushing for the Carolina League MVP.

Delmarva Shorebirds 5, Kannapolis Intimidators 2

Ian Dawkins: 0-for-4, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 SB

Luis Curbelo: 0-for-4, 1 BB, 0 K

Nick Madrigal: 0-for-5, 0 BB, 0 K

Zach Lewis: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K **MVP**

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

Zach Lewis pitched as well as he could, notching a quality start, but the Kannapolis defense and hitting failed him. Andrew Perez kept the impressive 2018 draft class showing in A-ball going, with a shutout appearance. Meanwhile, Nick Madrigal was hitless, including the last out with the bases loaded — but still has not struck out.

Helena Brewers 13, Great Falls Voyagers 4

Ramon Beltre: 1-for-5, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K

Lenyn Sosa: 1-for-5, 0 BB, 0 K

Logan Sowers: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 SB **MVP**

Romy Gonzalez: 0-for-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K

Jason Bilous: 1 23 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 3 K

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

The Voyagers were down from the get-go in this game. Like the Barons, the defense was subpar, but in Montana today, the pitching was even worse. Jason Bilous had his worst start of the year, and was wild the entire outing. Only Davis Martin did not see any runs cross the plate, with two scoreless innings. It was his first outing in Great Falls after being promoted from the AZL Sox. All but two Voyagers batters recorded a hit, but Logan Sowers was the best of them. He raised his batting average to .323 and added his third stolen base of the year.

AZL Indians (2) 2, AZL White Sox 1

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

Bryce Bush: 2-for-3, 0 BB, 0 K

Ty Greene: 3-for-3, 0 BB, 0 K

Lency Delgado: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 0 K

Sean Thompson: 3 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

This was a tough loss for the AZL Sox, as they outhit but could not outscore the second AZL Indians team. Of course, Bryce Bush kept his improbable start glowing, with a three-hit performance. Those three, like every other AZL Sox hit, were all singles, but Bush’s average is now up to .432. Meanwhile, Ty Greene also collected three singles and added a walk to make his case for a promotion before the season’s end. The pitching was led by Sean Thompson, but he and Aaron Soto allowed two runs, dooming the AZL Sox. Situational hitting will elude a team full of teenagers and first-year professionals, but the AZL White Sox have fallen behind in the playoff hunt.

DSL White Sox 9, DSL Diamondbacks 8

Harold Diaz: 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 0 K

Richard Garcia: 1-for-4, 1 R, 3 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Luis Rodriguez: 1 13 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 K

The DSL Sox have been surprisingly average over the past week — and the wins are piling up! There were only two DSL players of note to appear for the Sox. Harold Diaz keeps increasing his average, with a single, and he also reached base on a walk; he is hitting .250 since being signed on July 2. Meanwhile, Luis Rodriguez has not inspired confidence since the beginning of the season: His ERA has inflated to 5.13, as he could not miss any bats in this game. The DSL Sox are on the cusp of 10 wins on the year; next up, maybe they can win two in a row?