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White Sox Minor League Update: August 13, 2018

Eloy Jimenez homers yet again; AZL White Sox pitch a combined no-hitter

Enough of Eloy, yet? Knights OF Eloy Jimenez continues to destroy minor-league pitching as he hit his 21st home run of the minor-league season on Monday. No doubt, he’s beyond ready for MLB.
(Laura Wolff/Charlotte Knights)

Buffalo Bisons 8, Charlotte Knights 7

Eloy Jimenez (.351): 1-for-4, HR (11, 21 overall), 3 RBI ***MVP***

Matt Skole (.242): 1-for-4, HR (11), 1 RBI

Seby Zavala (.252): 1-for-4, 2B, 1 R

Eddy Alvarez (.256): 2-for-3, HR (6), 2 RBI, 2 R, 1 BB

L: Jordan Stephens (3-5, 4.43 ERA), 5 IP, 8 H, 7 R (5 ER), 4 BB, 4 K

Ian Hamilton (1.86 ERA): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Starting pitcher Jordan Stephens struggled earler, burying the Knights in a 7-0 hole before they struck for five runs in the fifth inning highlighted by Eloy Jimenez’s 11th home run with Charlotte -- a three-run blast to right field -- to help make this a game. 1B Matt Skole would slug his 11th homer of the season in the sixth inning, and SS Eddy Alvarez would hit his sixth bomb in the seventh inning but the Knights could never pull even with Buffalo. Knights gloves didn’t help Stephens or the rest of the pitching staff, committing four errors which led to two unearned runs.

Lexington Legends 3, Kannapolis Intimidators 1

Tyler Frost (.239): 2-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB ***MVP***

Steele Walker (.184): 1-for-4, 1 SB (1)

L: Parker Rigler (6-7, 4.23 ERA), 6 IP, 9 H, 3 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 5 K

The I’s managed just three hits, made two errors and scored only one run in a loss on Monday night. RF Tyler Frost had two of their three hits and drove in the lone run while reaching base three times. CF Steele Walker had the other hit and stole his first base with the Intimidators. Starting pitcher Parker Rigler pitched well enough to win, earning a quality start by tossing six innings and allowing two earned runs. Rigler didn’t walk a batter, struck out five but did allow nine hits.

Great Falls Voyagers 10, Ogden Raptors 3

Travis Moniot (.254): 3-for-3, 3B, 2B, 1 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB ***CO-MVP***

Lenyn Sosa (.305): 1-for-5, 3B, 4 RBI, 1 R ***CO-MVP***

Bryce Bush (.207): 1-for-5, 1 RBI, 1 R

Amado Nunez (.329): 2-for-5, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 SB (3)

Alex Destino (.254): 1-for-4, 2B, 1 BB

Gunnar Troutwine (.296): 2-for-4, 2B, 1 RBI, 2 R, 1 BB

Maiker Feliz (.237): 4-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 R ***CO-MVP***

Jonathan Stiever (3.91 ERA): 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K

W: Jack Maynard (4-1, 2.53 ERA), 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Leading 3-0 in the sixth inning, the Voyagers put up a big crooked number, plating seven runs and taking a commanding 10-0 lead. The inning started when Gunnar Troutwine walked. Maiker Feliz and Jay Estes singled to load the bases, then Travis Moniot walked for the first run. With the bases still loaded, Lenyn Sosa roped a triple to center field to clear them and suddenly four runs had crossed the plate. Bryce Bush and Amado Nunez followed with singles of their own, with Bush’s plating Sosa for the fifth run. After a couple of strikeouts, Troutwine singled home Bush for run No. 6 of the inning and Feliz followed with a RBI single for the seventh run.

A rare case of three MVPs in this one, because how do you not give it to the guy with three hits who was a home run shy of the cycle as Moniot was. Moniot also had two walks, thus reaching base five times and scored three runs. But, how do you not give it to the guy with four hits and two RBI as Feliz had? And then there’s Sosa with four RBI. They all deserve some major recognition.

The only potential negative here was that starting pitcher Jonathan Stiever departed after two innings of shut out ball. No reason yet for that move, but let’s hope it is not injury related.

Game 1: AZL White Sox 3, AZL Brewers 1 in 7 innings

Anderson Comas (.306): 2-for-3, 1 BB

Tito Polo (.417): 1-for-2, HR (3), 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB (3) ***CO-MVP***

Harvin Mendoza (.327): 1-for-3, 2B, 1 R

Gabriel Ortiz (.211): 1-for-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB

Jimmy Galusky (.438): 1-for-2, 1 RBI

W: Brayan Herrera (4-2, 2.31 ERA), 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K ***CO-MVP***

Zack Burdi (4.91 ERA): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

S: Mauricio Cabrera (1, 13.50 ERA), 1 IP, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K

AZL White Sox pitched a combined no-hitter in Game 1 of their doubleheader. Starting pitcher Brayan Herrera lowered his ERA to 2.31 with five innings of no-hit ball, striking out three and picking up his fourth win of the season. Zack Burdi and Mauricio Cabrera followed by each pitching one hitless inning. Offensively, CF Tito Polo remains red hot, slugging home run No. 3, walking twice and stealing his third base in just four games with the AZL squad. RF Anderson Comas recorded a pair of hits, while DH Gabriel Ortiz and 3B Jimmy Galusky each drove in a run. AZL Brewers committed four errors to help AZL White Sox out a bit.

Game 2: AZL White Sox 3, AZL Brewers 2 in 7 innings

Kelvin Maldonado (.165): 1-for-2, 1 BB

Sam Abbott (.137): 1-for-2, HR (1), 1 RBI, 2 R, 1 BB

Brayant Nova (.173): 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 BB

W: Kevin Folman (2-0, 2.12 ERA), 5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K ***MVP***

S: Rigo Fernandez (6, 1.88 ERA), 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K

1B Sam Abbott hit his first home run and masterful pitching produced a doubleheader sweep. The story in the second game was pitching as starter Kevin Folman allowed just one run in five innings while striking out seven and reliever Rigo Fernandez allowed one run in two innings while striking out five. They combined for 12 strikeouts of the 21 possible outs in the shortened game.

DSL White Sox 6, DSL Padres 2

Jose Rodriguez (.291): 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SB (12)

Johnabiell Laureano (.223): 2-for-5, 1 RBI, 2 R

Edwin Peralta (.181): 1-for-2, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB

Andres Rosario (.178): 1-for-3, 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB ***MVP***

Omar Martinez (.203): 2-for-4, 1 RBI

Daneuris Lagrange (4.18 ERA): 4 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

W: Oriel Castro (1-0, 4.70 ERA), 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

S: Edgar Navarro (1, 6.14 ERA), 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K

DSL White Sox used a four-run third inning capped by LF Andres Rosario’s bases-clearing, three-run double to right to propel them to victory over the DSL Padres on Monday. After starting pitcher Daneuris Lagrange departed following four innings of work and Oriel Castro pitched a hitless fifth inning, Edgar Navarro slammed the door shut with four innings of one-hit, shut out ball. DSL White Sox pitchers combined for 12 strikeouts in this one. CF Johnabiell Laureano and RF Omar Martinez each had a pair of hits and drove in a run with Laureano also scoring twice. 3B Jose Rodriguez picked up stolen base No. 12 for his season.