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White Sox Minor League Update: July 4, 2018

A pair of walk-offs at the lower levels, and some stellar relief work throughout the system, pace Independence Day play

Bombs Bursting: No homers for Charlotte on July 4, but a win makes the fireworks all the more spectacular.

Charlotte Knights 4, Durham Bulls 2

José Rondón (.259): 2-for-4, R

Matt Skole (.253): 1-for-3, R, BB, K

Seby Zavala (.222): 1-for-4, R, 2B (4), RBI, 2 K

Mason Robbins (.277): 1-for-4, 2 RBI incl. GW, K

Jordan Guerrero (3.60): 5 IP, 5 H, ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 55 GS, 78 pitches/54 strikes

W: Jeanmar Gómez (5-0, 2.09): IP, H, K, nine pitches/seven strikes

H: Aaron Bummer (4, 4.63): IP, 2 K, 11 pitches/seven strikes

S: Ian Hamilton (3, 0.00): IP, 2 K **MVP**

For those nervous about the state of the White Sox bullpen once veteran arms like Joakim Soria and Luis Avilán are dealt this month, simmer down. Thyago Vieira looks ready to ascend, as do Gómez and Hamilton. Bummer’s numbers aren’t great at Charlotte, but he’s already proven he can handle innings in the bigs, inherited runners aside. And continuing the positive pitching news, what’s up with Guerrero? First, director of player development Chris Getz sort of talks Guerrero down in our conference call, strongly implying he’s moving to the bullpen, and not a couple of days later Guerrero gets a weird patch-job promotion to Charlotte, where he’s started twice and done rather OK. Not a bad problem to have, eh?

Chattanooga Lookouts 6, Birmingham Barons 2

Luis Basabe (.170): 0-for-4, K

Matt Rose (.198): 1-for-3, R, HR (12), 2 RBI

Keon Barnum (.206): 0-for-3, 2 K, batted No. 9 as DH

Zack Collins (.258): 1-for-3, R, 2B (14), BB, K, PB (11)

L: Jimmy Lambert (1-1, 7.00): 3 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, BB, 2 K, 2 HR, 12 GS, 65 pitches/41 strikes

Colton Turner (0.40): 2 IP, H, 4 K, 37 pitches/24 strikes **MVP**

This one was over quick, with the Lookouts leading 6-0 after three innings. Lambert just didn’t have it; plus side, Turner had another great relief outing. Eleven passed balls this season for Collins! The Barons were outhit, 13-4.

Winston-Salem Dash 14, Down East Wood Ducks 5

Luis González (.383): 1-for-5, R, 2B (7), 3 RBI, K

Laz Rivera (.308): 2-for-5, R, 2B (5), HR (3), 4 RBI, 2 K

Blake Rutherford (.291): 0-for-0, left game injured after running into wall on inside-the-park HR in 1st

Micker Adolfo (.286): 1-for-4, 2 R, HR (11), RBI, 2 K

Gavin Sheets (.282): 1-for-4, 2 R, BB

Ti’Quan Forbes (.281): 3-for-5, R, HR (5), 3 RBI, E (15) **MVP**

Yeyson Yrizarri (.245): 1-for-4, 2 R, BB, assist from LF at home after moving from 3B in the 1st, SB (10)

Yermin Mercedes (.268): 2-for-2, 2 R, 2 2B (16), 2 RBI, BB

Zach Remillard (.252): 2-for-4, 2 R, BB

Blake Hickman (7.57): 4 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, HR, 45 GS, 83 pitches/46 strikes

The Dash were down 5-2 after five innings, but went bonkers for 12 runs in the final three frames. As a team, the offense was so potent it drew six walks against just five Ks. González and Rivera, at the top of the order, drove in seven runs combined. Hickman had a bizarre game, nearly throwing as many strikes as balls, walking four, yet getting nearly half of his outs via strikeout. Guess that’s called effectively wild?

Kannapolis Intimidators 4, Hickory Crawdads 3

Luis Curbelo (.269): 1-for-3, R, 2B (11), BB, K

Justin Yurchak (.250): 0-for-2, 2 BB, K

Evan Skoug (.210): 1-for-3, R, RBI, BB, 2 K

Zach Lewis (3.28): 4 23 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 6 K, 53 GS, 81 pitches/53 strikes

W: Aron McRee (3-2, 3.86): IP, 3 K, H, 18 pitches/13 strikes **MVP**

A goofy walk-off win for Kanny, as Skoug singled with one out in the ninth to tie it and Nolan Brown’s should’ve-been double-play ball scored the winning run when Hickory SS Ryan Dorow made a throwing error to first base. The I’s won with just five hits in the game, and just one for extra bases.

Great Falls Voyagers 6, Missoula Osprey 5 (10)

Amado Nunez (.250): 3-for-5, R, 2B (6), GW RBI, 2 K **MVP**

Ryan Fitzpatrick (.167): 2-for-3, R, RBI, BB

Ramon Beltre (.259): 3-for-4, RBI

Jack Maynard (3.48): 2 IP, 2 H, 19 pitches/15 strikes

W: Bennett Sousa (1-0, 0.00): 2 IP, 4 K, 25 pitches/18 strikes

The Voyagers completed a comeback victory with a one-out, game-winning double from Nunez in the 10th. Maynard and Sousa were delicious out of the pen. Great Falls had 14 hits, but just two for extra bases. The bottom three of the order (Nunez, Fitzpatrick and Beltre) accounted for eight of the Voyagers’ 14 safeties.

AZL Athletics 8, AZL White Sox 4

Micah Coffey (.220): 2-for-3, 2 R, K, SB (1)

Luis Mieses (.306): 2-for-3, 2 RBI, K **MVP**

L: Brayan Herrera (2-1, 1.80): 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R/2 ER, 4 K, 53 GS

Bryan Lara (7.94): IP, 4 H, 3 ER, K

A cool-breeze loss late for the AZL Sox (game time temp, 107 degrees), as the A’s scored five runs in the seventh and eighth innings.

DSL White Sox 7, DSL Arizona Diamondbacks First Team 5

Jefferson Mendoza (.211): 1-4, R, K, 2-for-5 CS

Bentancourt Jhoneiker (.273): 2-for-4, R, 2B (4), 3B (1), RBI, 2 E (6)

Edwin Peralta (.164): 1-4, R, HR (1), 4 RBI, K, E (8)

W: Daneuris Lagrange (1-0, 0.00): 3 IP, 2 H, K **MVP**

Despite four errors, the DSL Sox improve to 5-23 with a decisive win featuring crooked numbers in the first inning (3) and sixth (4). No. 9 hitter Peralta clocked a grand slam in the sixth. Lagrange was stellar, and earns the MVP not just because of his fab name and potential for ZZ Top jokes.