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White Sox Minor League Update: August 15, 2018

A thrilling walk-off win for Kannapolis highlights the night; AZL White Sox light up the scoreboard late in the desert

Frost-y the Clutchman: Tyler Frost’s walk-off double capped a wild comeback by the Intimidators. Frost also hit his 17th home run of the season earlier in the game.
(Clinton Cole/FutureSox)

Leading off: Ryan LaMarre gets optioned back to Charlotte.

Also, a preview of an upcoming E:60 feature on Knights RHP Michael Kopech and his velocity:


Buffalo Bisons 4, Charlotte Knights 2

Ryan Cordell (.205): 2-for-5

Jake Elmore (.287): 1-for-5, 1 RBI

Eloy Jimenez (.345): 1-for-4, 1 BB

Trayce Thompson (.198): 3-for-4, 2B, 1 R ***MVP***

Patrick Leonard (.235): 2-for-4, 2B, 1 RBI

Eddy Alvarez (.258): 0-for-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 SB (5)

L: Jordan Guerrero (4-2, 3.12 ERA), 5 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K

Starting pitcher Jordan Guerrero gave up all four Buffalo runs in the first two innings before settling down, but the Knights offense could only cut the deficit in half before falling. OF Trayce Thompson had a banner night at the plate with three hits, including a double, and a run scored. 1B Patrick Leonard had a pair of hits including a RBI double. CF Ryan Cordell had a pair of hits and made the fantastic diving catch in the video above. Eloy Jimenez singled and walked, while DH Seby Zavala had his five-game hitting streak come to an end.


Tennessee Smokies 1, Birmingham Barons 0

Danny Mendick (.248): 1-for-4

Zack Collins (.245): 0-for-2, 2 BB

Alex Call (.271): 1-for-4

Mitch Roman (.235): 1-for-3, 1 BB

L: Matt Tomshaw (4-7, 5.86 ERA), 6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K ***MVP***

This was a true pitcher’s duel and, unfortunately, the Barons came out on the wrong end of it. Starting pitcher Matt Tomshaw was brilliant for six innings but takes the loss despite limiting Tennessee to one run on six hits and striking out seven. In support of his terrific work, the bats managed just three singles while striking out 12 times in the game. Mitch Roman reached base twice courtesy of a single and a walk, while Zack Collins went hitless but walked twice.


Buies Creek Astros 5, Winston-Salem Dash 0

Luis Gonzalez (.299): 1-for-3, 1 BB

Luis Robert (.283): 1-for-4, 2B ***MVP***

Nick Madrigal (.270: 0-for-4, 0 K

Gavin Sheets (.286): 1-for-3

L: Kyle Kubat (6-2, 2.35 ERA), 6 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Buies Creek starter J.B. Bukauskas held the Dash to one hit in seven innings, dropping his ERA to 1.00 this season and the Dash fell for the second straight night. Dash bats managed just three hits in this one, with Luis Robert managing the only extra-base hit with a double. Luis Gonzalez singled and walked, reaching base twice. LHP Kyle Kubat struggled in six innings, giving up four runs on nine hits in the loss.


Kannapolis Intimidators 7, Augusta GreenJackets 6 in 10 innings

Tyler Frost (.242): 2-for-5, HR (17), 2B, 2 RBI ***MVP***

Steele Walker (.195): 1-for-3, 2B, 2 R, 1 SB (2)

Tate Blackman (.247): 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SB (5)

Carlos Perez (.286): 1-for-3, 2 RBI

Ian Dawkins (.291): 2-for-4, 2B, 1 RBI, 1 R

Michael Hickman (.207): 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Spencer Moran (5.48 ERA): 5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

W: Jose Nin (5-4, 1.95 ERA), 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Tyler Frost hit a walk-off double in the 10th inning and the Intimidators won in thrilling fashion on Wednesday night. Tied 3-3 in the ninth inning, the I’s gave up three runs and trailed 6-3 but rallied in the bottom half to tie it when Michael Hickman blasted a two-run double to center field after Carlos Perez brought in Steele Walker with a sac fly. Frost’s heroics wouldn’t have been possible if not for his 17th home run -- a solo shot -- in the fifth inning. Tate Blackman reached base twice, scored a pair of runs and stole a base. Ian Dawkins had a pair of hits, including a double, drove in one run and scored one run. Relief pitcher Jose Nin pitched a scoreless 10th inning to earn the win after Frost’s walk-off.


Ogden Raptors 10, Great Falls Voyagers 4

Bryce Bush (.243): 2-for-4, 2B, 1 RBI, 1 R

Amado Nunez (.333): 2-for-4, 2B, 1 RBI, 2 R ***MVP***

Gunnar Troutwine (.306): 2-for-4, 2B, 1 RBI

Travis Moniot (.256): 1-for-4, 2B

L: Codi Heuer (0-1, 5.90 ERA), 3 IP, 5 H, 4 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K

The Voyagers forgot how to baseball on Wednesday, committing six errors which led to three unearned runs and put the game out of reach at 7-1 after four innings. The six errors, combined with Voyagers pitchers allowing 16 hits made for a tough night on the diamond. 3B Bryce Bush (two hits), 2B Amado Nunez (two hits) and C Gunnar Troutwine (two hits) combined for six of the squad’s eight hits in the game. Nunez also doubled, drove in a run and scored two runs but also made two of those aforementioned six errors.


AZL White Sox 10, AZL Reds 6

Anderson Comas (.305): 1-for-6, 2B, 1 RBI

Kelvin Maldonado (.162): 1-for-6, 2 R

Ty Greene (.316): 3-for-4, 1 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 SB (3) ***MVP***

Lency Delgado (.243): 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB

Harvin Mendoza (.336): 3-for-6, 2B, 1 RBI

Cabera Weaver (.233): 2-for-5, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 SB (6)

Luis Mieses (.217): 2-for-5, 2 RBI, 1 R

Brayant Nova (.207): 3-for-4, 1 RBI, 2 R, 1 SB (2)

W: Yordi Rosario (1-0, 3.31 ERA), 5 IP, 9 H, 5 R (4 ER), 0 BB, 5 K

AZL White Sox used a 16-hit attack and took advantage of five errors by the AZL Reds to claim victory in this one. Three guys in batting order had three hits, two others had two hits and seven players had at least one RBI. C Ty Greene had the most impressive night at the plate, reaching base five times via three hits and two walks, driving in one run, scoring two runs and stealing a base. LF Luis Mieses led the squad with two RBI as he had two hits and also scored one run. 3B Brayant Nova, who didn’t even start, had three hits, scored two runs, drove in one run and stole a base as well.


DSL White Sox 4, DSL Orioles 3

Sidney Pimentel (.310): 1-for-4, 1 R

Jose Rodriguez (.287): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 SB (14)

Johnabiell Laureano (.227): 2-for-4

Edwin Peralta (.186): 1-for-2, 1 RBI

Andres Rosario (.184): 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 SB (3) ***MVP***

Luis Rodriguez (4.44 ERA): 4 2/3 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 4 K

W: Fernando Caro (1-4, 5.25 ERA), 2 1/3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

S: Luis Nin (5, 1.50 ERA), 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

DSL White Sox scored a run in each of the first three innings and took advantage of three DSL Orioles errors to come out victorious on Wednesday. After DSL Orioles tied it up 3-3 in the top of the seventh, Andres Rosario happened. The left fielder led off the bottom of the seventh with a single on a line drive to left, then stole second base. C Richard Garcia then reached on an infield single back to the pitcher, moving Rosario to third base in the process. Rosario then scored what proved to be the winning run on a wild pitch. RF/3B Jose Rodriguez singled, walked, scored a run and stole two bases to give him 14 on the season. CF Johnabiell Laureano also had a pair of hits. Closer Luis Nin pitched one scoreless inning to earn his fifth save while dropping his ERA to 1.50 this season.