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White Sox Minor League Update: August 1, 2018

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Birmingham split a doubleheader, rain washes out a few games and the farm system struggles at the plate

King of Quality: Bernardo Flores took a tough loss, but earned another quality start by allowing one run in six innings for a truncated complete game.
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Leading off:

Jimenez hit .435 (27-for-62) with 13 runs scored, seven doubles, six home runs and 13 RBI over 16 games in July with the Knights.

Plus, a couple of roster moves:



Birmingham Barons 2, Mississippi Braves 1 (Conclusion of Tuesday’s suspended game)

Joel Booker (.261): 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB ***MVP***

Alex Call (.289): 1-for-4, 2B, 1 R

Jameson Fisher (.223): 1-for-2, 1 RBI

W: Zach Thompson (2-0, 1.90 ERA), 3 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K

S: Jose Ruiz (10, 3.78 ERA), 1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Scoreless in the seventh inning, the Barons plated a pair of runs in the seventh inning and wouldn’t relinquish that lead to win Tuesday’s suspended game. Alex Call led off the inning by reaching on an error and went to second base when Matt Rose drew a walk. A wild pitch then put the runners and second and third, and after one out, Jameson Fisher drove in Call with a sac fly to left field to make it 1-0. Joel Booker followed with a single to center that scored Rose as the eventual game-winning run. Jose Ruiz earned his 10th save of the season despite struggling a but in the ninth inning, allowing one run on three hits and walking a batter to flirt with coughing up the two-run lead entirely.


Mississippi Braves 1, Birmingham Barons 0 in 7 innings

Trey Michalczewski (.268): 2-for-3

Alfredo Gonzalez (.400): 1-for-1, 2 BB

L: Bernardo Flores (2-3, 2.29 ERA), 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K ***MVP***

Bernardo Flores pitched a complete game but got no offensive support and took the loss in the second game for the Barons on Wednesday. Flores was terrific once again, allowing just one run on five hits and striking out five. The Barons managed just five hits -- all singles -- led by Trey Michalczewski with two. Catcher Alfredo Gonzalez reached base three times with a single and two walks. The Barons made two errors in this one.



Augusta GreenJackets 5, Kannapolis Intimidators 2

Nick Madrigal (.341): 0-for-4

Tate Blackman (.254): 1-for-3, 1 BB

Tyler Frost (.232): 1-for-2, 2B, 2 BB

Michael Hickman (.210): 0-for-3, 1 RBI

Evan Skoug (.206): 1-for-4, 1 R

L: Parker Rigler (6-5, 4.35 ERA), 6 1/3 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 1 K ***MVP***

After the makeup of yesterday’s game got postponed as well, the I’s looked like they were praying for rain to take care of Game 2 of the scheduled doubleheader as they managed just two runs on four hits in a loss to Augusta. How ugly was this one? Michael Hickman had the lone RBI, but went hitless. Evan Skoug and Craig Dedelow (the latter of which also went hitless) scored the only runs. Nick Madrigal went hitless in four at-bats as his average dipped to .341 with the I’s. Parker Rigler takes the loss as he again struggled with his control, walking five batters and throwing just 46 of 80 pitches for strikes.


Billings Mustangs 6, Great Falls Voyagers 4 in 12 innings

Ramon Beltre (.290): 2-for-5, 2B, 1 RBI, 2 R

Lenyn Sosa (.310): 1-for-5, 1 R

Amado Nunez (.302): 3-for-5, 1 RBI

Jhoandro Alfaro (.303): 3-for-4, 2B, 1 R ***MVP***

Matt Portland (2.91 ERA): 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K

The Voyagers led this one from the first inning until the eighth, briefly fell behind in the 10th inning before pulling even on a wild pitch, and eventually falling after Billings scored a pair in the 12th inning. Starting pitcher Matt Portland was stellar for five innings, allowing one run on four hits while striking out eight. Amado Nunez and Jhoandro Alfaro each had three hits with Nunez driving in one run and Alfaro scoring a run and recording a double with one of his hits. Ramon Beltre recorded a pair of hits, including a double, had one RBI and scored two runs including the game-tying run in the 10th inning on the aforementioned wild pitch.


DSL Padres 8, DSL White Sox 7

Harold Diaz (.273): 1-for-5, 2B, 1 R

Samil Polanco (.254): 2-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB

Jose Rodriguez (.287): 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 SB (8)

Jhoneiker Betancourt (.253): 1-for-5, 2B, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 SB (3)

Jefferson Mendoza (.196): 2-for-4, 2B, 1 BB

Johnabiell Laureano (.204): 1-for-5, 1 RBI, 1 R

Richard Garcia (.207): 1-for-4, HR (1), 2 RBI, 1 BB ***MVP***

Dionicio Jimenez (7.03 ERA): 3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

L: Erick Perez (1-3, 6.00 ERA), 1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 2 K

Trailing 5-3 going into the seventh inning, the DSL White Sox started to rally capped by a two-run homer by Richard Garcia -- his first of the season -- to take a 6-5 lead. But that wouldn’t last long as DSL Padres plated two in the bottom half of the seventh to recapture a 7-6 lead. Then, in the top of the ninth, Jhoneiker Betancourt led off with a double and pinch-runner Edwin Peralta advanced to third base on a wild pitch before scoring a couple batters later on another wild pitch to tie the game 7-7. Unfortunately, closer Erick Perez couldn’t force extra innings as the DSL Padres scored a walk-off win. Perez struggled with his control in this one, walking four in 1 1/3 innings. But, it was a good day at the plate for DSL White Sox who out-hit DSL Padres 11-4. Samil Polanco, Jose Rodriguez and Jefferson Mendoza each had a pair of hits with Polanco driving in one run and reaching base three times on the day.