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White Sox Minor League Update: July 29, 2018

Charlotte, and Eloy Jiménez, played an almost perfect game to headline the day

OBP for Days: Zack Collins added another double and walk to his hitting line, but the Barons fell short.
Birmingham Barons

azlCharlotte Knights 8, Pawtucket Red Sox 0

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

Eloy Jimenez: 3-for-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP**

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

Jordan Guerrero: 5 13 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 4 K

Welp, if you can think of the perfect game played by a team, the Knights were just about there in this 8-0 win. Charlotte had three home runs, one by Eloy Jiménez, his seventh in AAA. Another was from Seby Zavala, which was his first for the Knights, as his DL stint seemed to help him get right. Meanwhile, Jordan Guerrero did not have his command, but was able to keep runners from scoring in his outing. The bullpen closed out the shutout, getting the farm off to a much better start than yesterday.

Mississippi Braves 11, Birmingham Barons 6

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

Luis Basabe: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Zack Collins: 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K

Alex Call: 0-for-3, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K

Alec Hansen: 1 13 IP, 1 H, 3 ER, 7 BB, 1 K

Matt Foster: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Command still eludes Alec Hansen, as he walked seven hitters in fewer than two innings of work. Hansen did miss time for injury, but it is hard to hang his command issues merely on missed time. In Hansen’s last month of the year, there needs to be marked improvement. Matt Foster continued the trend of bad pitching, and allowed three runs in his two innings. Meanwhile, the hitting was not all bad. Luis Basabe was back on fire after his 15-game hitting streak was snapped on Saturday. He had three singles, to increasee his batting average to .264. Zack Collins added his 19th double of the year. Unfortunately, the highlight of the game was when middle infielder Bryant Flete pitched in the last inning of the blowout.

Salem Red Sox 5, Winston-Salem Dash 2

Laz Rivera: 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Blake Rutherford: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Gavins Sheets: 1-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Luis Martinez: 5 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Tyler Johnson: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K **MVP**

The Dash lose again, falling behind early to Salem. Luis Martinez did not start the game well, and that was a hole Winston-Salem could not climb out of. After a bit of a slump, Laz Rivera is back in the hit column after a double and a single, getting his average back to .282. Gavin Sheets and Ti’Quan Forbes added singles, but that was about it for the offense. Tyler Johnson kept his dominance going with two shutout innings. His ERA is down to 2.08 with the Dash.

Kannapolis Intimidators 6, Delmarva Shorebirds 0

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

Luis Curbelo: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Justin Yurchak: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Evan Skoug: 0-for-1, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K

Yosmer Solorzano: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

This was another near-perfect game for the a team in the minors. Yosmer Solórzano only threw 63 pitches, but it was a productive 63, with only one hit allowed in five innings. It was his best outing of the year, with a 69 game score. Meanwhile, the batters walked more than they whiffed, and Luis Curbelo was the most productive. He collected two hits, including a double that led to an RBI and a run scored. Tate Blackman, though forgotten, added two doubles of his own.

Great Falls Voyagers 4, Helena Brewers 3

Ramon Beltre: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K **MVP**

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

Steele Walker: 1-for-3, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Logan Sowers: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 2 K

Gunnar Troutwine: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Konnor Pilkington: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

Konnor Pilkington made his Great Falls debut, and it was his best outing of his career (yes, it has been only three games). He went two innings and only allowed one run, but the Voyagers were able to make a slight comeback against Helena. Ramon Beltre hit his fourth home run of the year in the seventh, giving the V’s a 4-3 lead. It is a little late for promotions for non-2018 draft picks, but Beltre definitely deserves one. In all, only one batter failed to record a hit for the Voyagers, and Steele Walker added his first double in Montana. Walker should see time in Kannapolis in short order.

AZL White Sox 6 AZL Brewers 4

Camilo Quinteiro: 0-for-5, 0 BB, 1 K

Bryce Bush: 1-for-3, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 SB

Lency Delgado: 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 SB **MVP**

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

Maurcio Cabrera: 23 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K — started the game but left early

Hunter Kiel: 1 IP, 0 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

The AZL Sox are back in the win column, and in a great way. It was another overall winning performance by the Sox farm system. Even with Mauricio Cabrera leaving the game in the first inning, the bullpen was able to shut down the AZL Brewers. In the meantime, the offense showed considerable patience, as they walked more than struck out. Bryce Bush had multiple walks, influencing the game even without a hit. Jose Colina made a successful appearance in a year without many; he made it on base three times, including a double that led to two RBIs.