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White Sox Minor League Update: July 7, 2018

Perfect pitching performances paced play for the affiliates on Saturday

Pinpoint: Spencer Adams’s stellar outing on Saturday was reminiscent of a right-handed Buehrle.

Charlotte Knights 5, Gwinnett Stripers 0

Jose Rondon: 0-for-4, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K

Matt Skole: 1-for-5, 0 BB, 2 K

Spencer Adams: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K **MVP**

Ian Hamilton: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Spencer Adams is a bad, bad man. He left today’s game after seven shutout innings with a 74 game score and an ERA whittled down to 2.97. Adams has the control of the strike zone like no other White Sox prospect. He can paint the corners whenever he wants but will not blow away any hitters with his low 90s fastball and and average breaking ball. He is Mark Buehrle from the right side (I may or may not like Spencer Adams an inordinate amount). Charlotte’s hitters also did something to get Adams the win. Seven of the nine batters reached base for the Knights, led by Jake Elmore and Eddy Alvarez with two hits each. However, no offense to any successes in the lineup, but the development of Adams is more important, as he could be a September call-up. He was on the younger side in the 2012 draft, and did not increase his velocity like the Sox development staff had hoped. However, his command has reached a stage where Adams can be dangerous in the majors. Ian Hamilton, who should also be a September call-up, continued his scoreless streak with a shutout inning to close out the 5-0 win.

Chattanooga Lookouts 3, Birmingham Barons 2

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

Luis Basabe: 2-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 SB **MVP**

Nicky Delmonico: 1-for-2, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Alex Call: 0-for-1, 0 BB, 0 K

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

Matt Tomshaw: 5 23 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K

Matt Foster: 1 13 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 0 K

Matt Tomshaw did not provide the optimum pitching performance, but it was still above-average, with a 60 game score. However, unlike Spencer Adams, Tomshaw lost his game. Luis Basabe brought the excitement, reaching base on two singles and stealing his third base for Birmingham.

Down East Wood Ducks 7, Winston-Salem Dash 1

Luis Gonzalez: 0-for-5, 0 BB, 0 K

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

Blake Rutherford: 2-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K

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

John Parke: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K **MVP**

It’s not a Spencer Adams level success story, but John Parke has had a terrific season in A-ball. After being promoted from for Kannapolis, Parke has a 2.65 ERA with the Dash. Cameron Seitzer allowed six runs after Parke left, and the Dash were down for the rest of the game. Blake Rutherford had the most success on the hitting side, with two singles, moving closer to a .300 batting average. Ever since Gavin Sheets’s 15-game hitting streak ended, he’s started has a three-gamer with a single today.

Kannapolis Intimidators 4, Lakewood BlueClaws 3 (10)

Luis Curbelo: 0-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K

Craig Dedelow: 2-for-5, 3 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Tate Blackman: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 0 K

Evan Skoug: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 2 K

Jhoan Quijada: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K **MVP**

Andrew Perez: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

The pitching greatness of the Sox farm system has shown up in the games today. Jhoan Quijada got the loss because of his defense’s three errors, but he ended up with a quality start anyway. Andrew Perez and Will Kincanon continued the prime pitching performances continued as into extra innings. Craig Dedelow was able to end the game when he drove in Luis Curbelo for the game-winning RBI single.

Great Falls Voyagers 7 Missoula Osprey 5

Ian Dawkins: 4-for-5, 2 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Lenyn Sosa: 3-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Logan Sowers: 3-for-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K **MVP**

Corey Zangari: 1-for-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K

Romy González: 1-for-5, 2R, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Gunnar Troutwine: 2-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K

Ramon Beltre: 1-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Codi Heuer: 3 IP, 4 H, 4 K, 54 GS, 49 pitches/34 strikes

Greg Minier: IP, 6 H, 4 ER, K

Michael McCormick: 2 IP, 3 K

Jack Maynard: BS (1), W (1-1), IP, 3 H, ER, K

Bennett Sousa: S (3), 2 IP, K, 25 pitches/17 strikes

A back-and-forth game in Missoula, as you can see from the uneven pitching performances above. Sosa and Sowers were the offensive stars, and Sousa locked down the game after Great Falls made its final comebacks in the eighth and ninth. Beltre tapped in the eventual GW RBI with a single in the eighth, while Sowers pounded a nail in the coffin with a leadoff homer in the top of the ninth.

AZL Royals 7, AZL White Sox 6 (10)

Camilo Quinteiro: 2-for-5, R, BB, K, picked off of second

Lency Delgado: 3-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, K, SB (2) **MVP**

Nick Madrigal: Scheduled to start, DNP, reasons unknown

Ian Clarkin: 2 23 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 5 K, HR, 39 GS

So, Madrigal’s no-show in the lineup foretold a weird game for the AZL White Sox. There is no late report on Madrigal, who was scheduled to play tonight in Arizona and ship off to Kannapolis in the morning. Whether this is an aftereffect of his two HBPs in his first game, on Thursday, or the White Sox just decided to get him to Kanny quicker, we don’t yet know. Clarkin had another rough rehab start, but the Sox rallied to get him off the hook for the loss. In the bottom of the ninth, with the White Sox up, 5-4, the Royals scored with a one-out walk driven in by a two-out triple. In the top of the 10th, Harvin Mendoza singled in a run to put the White Sox back up, 6-5. But in the bottom of the frame, the Royals scored twice, with the game winning RBI single coming from the same guy, Kevon Jackson, who scored the tying run in the ninth. The Royals won despite four errors, to the White Sox’s none; however, the Sox didn’t help themselves by getting picked off twice (Quinteiro, Cabera Weaver).

DSL Padres 6 DSL White Sox 0

Samil Polanco: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Jose Rodriguez: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K

Francisco Benitez: 3 23 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 2 K

This was probably the worst-played game in DSL Sox history. Nothing about the hitting, pitching or fielding went well for the Sox. Their hitters only recorded two hits, including one from Samil Polanco. On the pitching side, the Sox’s three pitchers walked more batters than they struck out. However, the Sox were much more inept on the field. They committed six errors, leading to four unearned runs. But what can you expect from a 5-26 team?