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White Sox Minor League Update: July 30, 2018

Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease remain on fire while offense struggles across rest of minor-league system

Playing with Fire: Eloy Jimenez won’t stop hitting the ball all over the field, and out of it, gathering two more hits including a home run to raise his batting average to nearly .400 at Triple-A Charlotte.
(Laura Wolff/Charlotte Knights)

Leading off: Some highlights from Eloy Jimenez’s performance on Sunday...

Plus, a roster move...

Charlotte Knights 5, Norfolk Tides 3

Ryan LaMarre (.297): 2-for-5, 1 R

Ryan Cordell (.140): 1-for-5, 2B, 1 R

Eloy Jimenez (.396): 2-for-2, HR (8, 18 overall), 1 RBI, 2 BB ***MVP***

Jose Rondon (.249): 1-for-4, 2 RBI

Trayce Thompson (.186): 1-for-3, 2B, 1 R, 1 BB

Dustin Garneau (.206): 1-for-3, HR (5), 2 RBI, 1 BB

W: Spencer Adams (3-3, 3.29 ERA), 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 2 K

S: Ian Hamilton (5, 2.20 ERA), 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Eloy Jimenez continues to make a mockery of Triple-A Pitching. Per @ckamka on Twitter, Eloy Jimenez during his 10-game hitting streak at Charlotte: .583/.600/1.139, 8 Runs, 5 Home Runs, 11 RBI, 24 times on base. Besides the continued offensive fireworks from Jimenez (who belongs on the White Sox roster right now), Dustin Garneau cranked out his fifth home run of the season and Jose Rondon came through with a two-run single with the bases loaded in the seventh inning. Starter Spencer Adams earned a quality start and the win, hurling six innings of two-run ball and allowing just five hits but also walking five. Ian Hamilton picked up his fifth save at Triple-A, but did give up a rare run.

Mississippi Braves 3, Birmingham Barons 0

Joel Booker (.260): 0-for-2, 1 SB (7)

Zack Collins (.248): 0-for-4, 4 K

Trey Michalczewski (.267): 1-for-4

Danny Mendick (.249): 1-for-3, 1 BB

Dylan Cease (2.34 ERA): 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K ***MVP***

L: Brandon Brennan (4-3, 3.26 ERA), 2 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 3 K

Never a good night at the ballpark when you have as many hits (2) as errors (2), which is what happened for the Barons in this one. It was a good pitcher’s duel through seven innings until Mississippi put up three in the eighth inning to ensure the victory. Following a start in which he had a perfect game in the seventh inning, Dylan Cease was again dominant. Cease pitched six shut out innings, allowing just give hits while walking two and striking out seven. Only Trey Michalczewski and Danny Mendick had hits, while Zack Collins struck out four times.

Kannapolis Intimidators 2, Augusta GreenJackets 1

Luis Curbelo (.250): 1-for-4, 3B

Nick Madrigal (.375): 1-for-4, 1 R

Craig Dedelow (.262): 2-for-4, 2B, 1 R

Tyler Frost (.230): 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB

W: Drew Harrington (7-4, 4.62 ERA), 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K ***MVP***

S: Will Kincanon (4, 3.38 ERA), 1 2/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

The I’s only scored runs in one inning (the fourth) but their two in the top half were more than Augusta’s one in the bottom half and they made them stand for the win on Monday. Starting pitcher Drew Harrington was outstanding in picking up his seventh win of the season. He allowed one run on four hits in five innings while striking out four. Closer Will Kincanon notched his fourth save with 1 2/3 innings of no-hit ball. Nick Madrigal got the fourth-inning rally started with a bunt single and moved to third base on Craig Dedelow’s single to right. After Tate Blackman walked to load the bases, Tyler Frost brought in the first run on a single to right field. Carlos Perez plated the second -- and game-winning run -- on a ground ball to third base that forced Blackman out but plated Dedelow.

Billings Mustangs 7, Great Falls Voyagers 2

Steele Walker (.240): 1-for-5, HR (2), 1 RBI ***MVP***

Lenyn Sosa (.313): 1-for-4, 1 BB

Logan Sowers (.326): 2-for-4, 2B

Micah Coffey (.188): 1-for-3, 2B, 1 R, 1 BB

Jhoandro Alfaro (.274): 2-for-4, 1 RBI

L: Jonathan Stiever (0-1, 4.26 ERA), 2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Poor pitching combined with three errors doomed the Voyagers on Monday night against Billings. A 1-0 lead in the second inning was quickly erased when Billings scored three runs in the bottom of the second and the Voyagers would never get closer than that. Steele Walker hit his second home run of the season, a solo blast in the ninth inning with the Voyagers trailing 7-1. Jhoandro Alfaro had a pair of hits and drove in a run while Logan Sowers also had a pair of hits, including a double. Starting pitcher Jonathan Stiever struggled in his two innings of work, giving up three runs on five hits.

AZL White Sox vs AZL Brewers postponed (wind/power)

DSL White Sox 6, DSL Reds 2

Harold Diaz (.292): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 SB (4)

Jose Rodriguez (.277): 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 R

Jhoneiker Betancourt (.248): 1-for-4, 2B, 1 R

Ulises Martinez (.276): 3-for-4, GS HR (1), 2 2B, 4 RBI, 2 R ***MVP***

Omar Martinez (.203): 2-for-3, 1 RBI

Cristofer Melendez (1.85 ERA): 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 4 BB, 7 K

W: Edgar Navarro (2-4, 6.64 ERA), 3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Trailing 2-1 in the ninth inning, Jose Rodriguez singled to right field driving in Harold Diaz to tie the game. After Jhoneiker Betancourt doubled and Johnabiell Laureano was intentionally walked to load the bases, Ulises Martinez hit a grand slam to give DSL White Sox a 6-2 lead and the eventual victory. Martinez’s homer was his first of the season and part of a three-hit day that also included a pair of doubles. Starting pitcher Cristofer Melendez was great for four innings, allowing just one unearned run on two hits while striking out seven. Reliever Edgar Navarro earned the win with three innings of one-run ball.