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White Sox Minor League Update: July 3, 2018

Jordan Stephens and Seby Zavala were terrific in Charlotte, but the offenses across each level fell just short

So Close: Alec Hansen made another start, but command still eluded him in the Barons loss.
Birmingham Barons

Norfolk Tides 4, Charlotte Knights 0

Jose Rondon: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K

Matt Skole: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Seby Zavala: 3-for-3, 0 BB, 0 K

Jordan Stephens: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K **MVP**

Thyago Vieira: 1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

Jordan Stephens was cruising through five innings. He had a no-hitter but it was broken up in the sixth — not helped any by his own team’s Twitter jinx — along with his shutout, as his ERA has fallen to 3.58 with Charlotte. Thyago Vieira, who had a terrific month of June, put the game out of reach after he allowed three runs in the eighth inning and didn’t record record a strikeout. Meanwhile, Seby Zavala had his best game in Charlotte. He was 3-for-3 with a double, but he was not able to score. The two main prospects, Stephens and Zavala, did well, so we will call this a successful day for Charlotte.

Jackson Generals 3, Birmingham Barons 0

Joel Booker: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 3 K

Luis Basabe: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 4 K

Zack Collins: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 2 K

Alex Call: 1-for-3, 0 BB, 1 K **MVP**

Jameson Fisher: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 0 K

Alec Hansen: 4 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 6 BB, 4 K

The Barons had a tough day today. Not only was Alec Hansen bounced early again, the lineup was just as bad. Hansen was able to miss bats, but he missed the strike zone even more. There has been no indication of complications with Hansen’s injury via pain or velocity dip, so Sox fans should categorize this struggle as a spring training-like walkthrough. Meanwhile, the bats were shut out today, as they only recorded four hits. Even more embarrassing on the hitting side, Barons’ hitters struck outs 17 times and did not walk once.

Winston-Salem Dash at Wilmington Blue Rocks (suspended in the fifth)

Rome Braves 7, Kannapolis Intimidators 5

At Least they had fun?

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

Tate Blackman: 0-for-4, 1 BB, 1 K

Justin Yurchak: 2-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K **MVP**

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

Yosmer Solorzano: 4 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 2 K

Kannapolis’ lack of talent compared to first half is showing so far: They are now 6-6 on the new season, after their 7-5 loss to the Braves. Craig Dedelow got the day off, but Tate Blackman might as well have, with no hits. Luis Curbelo also did not collect a hit, but he scored a run and drove in two runners, so he was productive on offense. Meanwhile, Justin Yurchak is stretching his successful June into July: His batting average has climbed to .252, but still has not shown the power he showed last season, with an OPS under .700.

Helena Brewers 6, Great Falls Voyagers 5

Ian Dawkins: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 SB

Ramon Beltre: 0-for-4, 1 BB, 1 K

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

Corey Zangari: 2-for-5, 1 HR, 0 BB, 2 K **MVP**

Romy Gonzalez: 1-for-5, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 SB

Jason Bilous: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Nick Johnson: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Great Falls had the lead by the sixth inning, but could not squeak out the win against the Helena Brewers. Corey Zangari added his second homer of the year, which opened up the scoring for the game in the fourth inning. He is hitting .250, in his first game action in a couple years. Along with Zangari, Ian Dawkins was able to record two hits. Both of Dawkins’ hits were singles, though one drove in a run. Jason Bilous had a good, abbreviated start that turned out a shutout: His ERA in rookie ball is 3.48. Nick Johnson was on the mound for a run, but it was unearned — he still has not allowed an earned run in his professional career, However, that unearned run did tie the game in the eighth inning, and in the ninth, the Brewers walked off their second straight game against the Voyagers.

AZL Dodgers 10, AZL White Sox 4

Camilo Quinteiro: 1-for-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 SB **MVP**

Cabrera Weaver: 1-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K

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

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

Anderson Comas: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 SB

Kelvin Maldonado: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 2 K

Taylor Varnell: 4 23 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 5 K

Ian Clarkin: 2 IP, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

The AZL White Sox fall again, this time, after leading 4-0 in the second inning. The Sox kept a lead until the fifth inning, when Tayor Varnell fell apart and allowed four earned runs. After that, it was all AZL Dodgers. Meanwhile, Camilo Quinteiro was all over the place, scoring the first run of the game, walking twice and stealing a bag; he is hitting .308 on the year. Ian Clarkin pitched in a rehab outing of two innings, but, he struggled as much as he did before the injury.

DSL Diamondbacks 6, DSL White Sox 5

Jose Rodriguez: 1-for-3, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Yoelvin Silven: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K **MVP**

This was a heartbreaker for the DSL Sox. For the entire game, the Sox had the lead, thanks a stellar start by 19-year-old Yoelbin Silven. He had a 79 game score, as he only allowed three runners on base in six shutout innings. It was his first start of the year, but in his short time with the DSL Sox, he has only walked four batters in 20 innings, a display of much better control than the typical DSL pitcher. However, once Silven was taken out of the game, the 5-0 lead evaporated. In the bottom of the eighth, three DSL Sox bullpen arms combined to allow six earned runs, and the Sox would lose, 6-5.