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White Sox Minor League Update: August 14, 2018

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Seby Zavala is heating up again for the Knights; Luis Basabe and Barons pitchers boost Birmingham to shutout victory

Seby Finding His Stroke: Injuries have plagued Seby Zavala in recent weeks, but he appears to be healthy again, as he hit his second home run of the season with the Knights.
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Leading off: A couple of Dash players earn weekly honors ...

On the injury front, the White Sox said Barons LHP Bernardo Flores departed his last start with cramping in his pitching arm due to dehydration. At 139 IP, the 22-year-old is a little bit more than 20 innings over his previous high in a season.

Buffalo Bisons 14, Charlotte Knights 5

Charlie Tilson (.244): 2-for-5, 2 RBI

Eloy Jimenez (.348): 1-for-4, 1 RBI

Matt Skole (.243): 1-for-4, HR (12), 1 RBI

Seby Zavala (.261): 2-for-4, HR (2, 13 overall), 1 RBI, 2 R ***MVP***

Eddy Alvarez (.260): 2-for-4, 2B, 1 R

L: Asher Wojciechowski (5-8, 4.61 ERA), 4 1/3 IP, 8 H, 8 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Starting pitcher Asher Wojciechowski might as well have been pitching in the home run derby, as he allowed four deep flies in just over four innings of work, gave up eight runs on eight hits and buried the Knights early, as they trailed 12-3 after six innings. Matt Skole hit his 12th home run of the season, a solo blast, and Seby Zavala hit his second with the Knights (13th overall this season) to lead the offensive charge. Leadoff hitter Charlie Tilson and SS Eddy Alvarez each had a pair of hits, with Tilson driving in two runs.

Birmingham Barons 2, Tennessee Smokies 0

Joel Booker (.254): 1-for-4, 3B

Luis Basabe (.234): 1-for-4, HR (5, 14 overall), 1 RBI

Zack Collins (.247): 1-for-3, 1 BB

Keon Barnum (.216): 2-for-3, HR (15), 1 RBI ***CO-MVP***

W: Tanner Banks (3-4, 2.85 ERA), 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 K ***CO-MVP***

Zach Thompson (1.86 ERA): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Colton Turner (0.92 ERA): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

S: Jose Ruiz (12, 3.29 ERA), 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Four Barons pitchers, led by LHP Tanner Banks, combined on a six-hit shutout. Oddly enough, the Barons only managed five hits, but made two of them count. Keon Barnum hit a solo home run in the third inning, his 15th of the season, and Luis Basabe hit a solo home run in the sixth, his fifth with the Barons and 14th of the season, to provide all the offense needed on this night. Banks’s ERA remains sub-3.00 since getting promoted to Double-A. Zach Thompson pitched two hitless innings in relief, while closer Jose Ruiz earned save No. 12 this season.

Buies Creek Astros 9, Winston-Salem Dash 6

Luis Robert (.286): 1-for-5

Nick Madrigal (.303): 1-for-4, 2 R, 0 K

Blake Rutherford (.306): 1-for-4, 3B, 1 RBI, 1 R

Yermin Mercedes (.301): 2-for-4

Gavin Sheets (.286): 0-for-2, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB

Laz Rivera (.299): 1-for-4, 2B, 1 R

Ti’Quan Forbes (.275): 1-for-4, 1 RBI

Yeyson Yrizarri (.246): 2-for-4, HR (6), 2 RBI ***MVP***

L: Luis Martinez (7-7, 4.76 ERA), 5 IP, 12 H, 7 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

The Dash’s five-game winning streak came to an end on Tuesday, as they fell behind 6-0 after the second inning and trailed 9-1 going into the eighth. But, in typical Dash fashion, they didn’t go away quietly, plating five runs over the last two innings. Starting pitcher Luis Martinez simply didn’t have it, allowing seven runs on 12 hits over five innings. Yeyson Yrizarri led the offensive charge with a pair of hits, including his sixth home run of the season — a solo blast in the eighth inning — and two RBIs. Blake Rutherford tripled home a run and scored a run, and Yermin Mercedes had a pair of base knocks.

Ogden Raptors 10, Great Falls Voyagers 5

Lenyn Sosa (.307): 2-for-5, 1 R

Amado Nunez (.329): 1-for-3, 2B, 1 BB

Travis Moniot (.257): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB

Jay Estes (.172): 1-for-4, 2B, 1 RBI ***MVP***

L: Matt Portland (2-3, 4.64 ERA), 5 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

Starting pitcher Matt Portland struggled for five innings, and the Voyagers could never get back into the game after falling behind 5-2 in the third. Portland allowed five runs on nine hits over five innings to take his third loss. Voyagers bats managed five runs on just six hits, with Jay Estes coming through with a RBI double and Lenyn Sosa adding two hits and scoring a run. It wasn’t a banner night for the Voyagers in the field, either, as they committed four errors.

Game 1: AZL White Sox 6, AZL Giants Orange 5 in 7 innings

Anderson Comas (.313): 2-for-4, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 R

Camilo Quinteiro (.263): 1-for-3, 1 BB

Tito Polo (.375): 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 SB (4)

Ty Greene (.298): 1-for-1, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB

Lency Delgado (.241): 1-for-2, 2B, 1 RBI, 1 R

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

Jimmy Galusky (.526): 3-for-3, 2B, 1 R ***MVP***

W: Carter Love (4-1, 3.35 ERA), 5 1/3 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 8 K

S: Aaron Soto (1, 7.23 ERA), 1 2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

The AZL White Sox erased a 3-2 deficit with a three-run fifth inning, plated another in the sixth, and held on for the win in Game 1 of the doubleheader. In that fifth inning, Tito Polo singled to left field with one out then stole second, and Ty Greene walked to put two aboard. Then, Lency Delgado doubled to right to drive in Polo and Harvin Mendoza singled to center to plate Greene and Delgado. RF Anderson Comas hit two doubles, drove in one run and scored a run. Meanwhile, 3B Jimmy Galusky had three hits, including one double, and scored a run. All the offense was needed, because starting pitcher Carter Love struggled, allowing four runs on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings, though he did record eight strikeouts.

Game 2: AZL Giants Orange 6, AZL White Sox 3 in 7 innings

Luis Mieses (.211): 1-for-3, 2B, 1 R

Tito Polo (.400): 1-for-3, 2 RBI, 1 R, 1 SB (4) ***MVP***

Anthony Coronado (.140): 1-for-3, 1 RBI

L: Sean Thompson (0-3, 4.45 ERA), 2 2/3 IP, 5 H, 4 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 1 K

Going for a sweep of a doubleheader for the second straight day, AZL White Sox scored three in the first, and it looked like four wins in two days was actually going to happen. But they fell behind after the AZL Giants Orange plated three in the third inning. The White Sox bats went silent after that. Tito Polo continues to look mighty impressive; another hit for Polo kept his batting average at .400, he drove in two, scored a run and stole his fourth base.

DSL Padres 5, DSL White Sox 0

Jorgen Rosas (.239): 1-for-3

Ulises Martinez (.244): 1-for-2, 2B

Omar Martinez (.206): 1-for-2

L: Yoelvin Silven (1-6, 3.48 ERA), 4 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Too often this season, starting pitcher Yoelvin Silven has been the victim of a lack of run support. While that was also the case on Tuesday, when the DSL White Sox got shut out and were held to just three hits, Silven didn’t do himself any favors by allowing five runs on 10 hits in just four innings of work. It was Silven’s second-worst outing of the season and only the second in which he allowed more than two earned runs. At the plate, 1B Ulises Martinez doubled, while Jorgen Rosas and Omar Martinez both singled.