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White Sox Minor League Update: August 17, 2018

Win or die trying: a couple of important wins for teams in the playoff hunt, but also a couple tough, one-run losses

Keep on Chooglin’: Nick Madrigal was an integral part of the Dash win, as he drove in two runs.
Winston-Salem Dash

Louisville Bats 4, Charlotte Knights 3 (10)

Charlie Tilson: 2-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 SB **MVP**

Welington Castillo: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Jose Rondon: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 2 K

Ryan Cordell: 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 SB

Eloy Jimenez: 1-for-1, 0 BB, 0 K - Pinch Hitter

Spencer Adams: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

Ryan Burr: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Well, somehow Spencer Adams keeps pitching well with fewer strikeouts and more walks. He left with a 64 game score and lowered his ERA to 3.20. Adams only punched out three hitters, but was able to keep the bats at bay. It was Gregory Infante who helped break a 1-1 tie, when he allowed two runs in the eighth. Meanwhile, the suspended Welington Castillo started his “rehab” assignment: He singled in his first at-bat, and reached base on a walk later in the game. Charlie Tilson and Ryan Cordell had kinda the same game, leading to Cordell driving in Tilson. The bottom of the ninth was where the game got interesting. Three runners reached base, including on a single from Eloy Jimenez. Then Tilson tied the game at three, with a single to center field. Alas, the Knights would lose in extras, 4-3.

Birmingham Barons 6, Tennessee Smokies 1

Joel Booker: 4-for-5, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Luis Basabe: 2-for-5, 3 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Zack Collins: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K

Alex Call: 1-for-5, 0 BB, 2 K

Dylan Cease: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Jose Ruiz: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Dylan Cease had a long, but not particularly rough first inning: Only one run crossed the plate, and it was unearned. He through 42 pitches (23 strikes and 19 balls), so he was all over the place, and was removed after one inning. There has been no indication it was for injury, so let’s assume it is because of command issues. Meanwhile, the bullpen and the offense played well in Cease’s place. Six runs came in the first three innings for the Barons, including three from Luis Basabe. He has been struggling lately, as he continues to adapt to AA pitching, but he was fabulous on Friday. Joel Booker also had four hits and was able to raise his OPS to better than .700 again this year. But the true heroes was the bullpen, throwing eight shutout innings, including two from Jose Ruiz.

Winston-Salem Dash 4, Wilmington Blue Rocks 3

Luis Gonzalez: 3-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K

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

Nick Madrigal: 2-for-4, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Blake Rutherford: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 0 K

Gavin Sheets: 1-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Alec Hansen: 3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K

The overall results were not great for Hansen, but his execution of his pitches is what matters for him after the demotion. Two earned in three innings, along with two extra-base hits, is not great, but no walks with six K’s, is very encouraging. What is also encouraging is Nick Madrigal — no, he did not walk (bust), but he drove in two runs, with two singles. Luis Gonzalez is as steady as ever, as he added three hits, including a double. His batting average is now up to .309, and the Dash are now 72-48 on the season after the win.

Kannapolis Intimidators 6, Augusta GreenJackets 3

Steele Walker: 0-for-5, 0 BB, 2 K

Tate Blackman: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 0 BB, 1 K **MVP**

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

Ian Dawkins: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 SB

Ramon Beltre: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Drew Harrington: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

After an abysmal past couple weeks as a team, Kannapolis is back on its winning way after a 6-3 victory, their third straight. Drew Harrington worked his way to a quality start to keep the I’s close. Meanwhile, Tate Blackman is back on fans’ minds. He hit his 13th homer of the year to give his team the lead in the second inning. Meanwhile, Craig Dedelow, Blake Hickman, and Ramon Beltre, along with the bullpen, made sure Kannapolis would have a healthy lead as the game wound down.

Great Falls Voyagers 3, Idaho Falls Chukars 1 (10)

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

Lenyn Sosa: 1-for-5, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K

Bryce Bush: 1-for-5, 0 BB, 1 K

Konnor Pilkington: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Davis Martin: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K **MVP**

Another pitching duel, this time with Great Falls involved. Konnor Pilkington got the start and allowed Idaho Falls’s only run of the game, in the first inning. Once Davis Martin took over, it was downhill for the Chukars. Martin started off the bullpen run with three shutout innings on one hit. Lane Ramsey and Austin Conway combined for four shutout innings, and only Ramsey allowed a hit. Jack Maynard would close out the win. Meanwhile, the offense got lucky. They were able to take advantage of four errors by the Chukars. Lucky for Kanny, because the offense could only scrape seven hits in 10 innings.

AZL White Sox 6, AZL Indians (1) 2

Cabera Weaver: 0-for-2, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 SB

Luis Mieses: 2-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Camilo Quinteiro: 1-for-3, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Sam Abbott: 2-for-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K **MVP**

Aaron Soto: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

The Arizona Sox keep their hot streak going with a win over one of the better teams in the AZL. The Sox got a great start from Aaron Soto, who went six innings with a 70 game score. Meanwhile, Soto did not need that great of a start with the bats behind him. Luis Mieses had a multi-hit night, with two singles. Also, the Sox hit three homers today: Anderson Comas had one, Sam Abbott had the other two. Unsung prospects won the day, as the AZL Sox search for a playoff spot.

DSL Blue Jays 2, DSL White Sox 1

Sidney Pimentel: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 3 K

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

Wilber Perez: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K **MVP**

It was a pitching duel on both sides today in the Dominican: There were a total of just 10 hits in 59 plate appearances between the two teams. The Sox’s Jose Rodriguez collected one of those 10. Wilber Perez kept his roll going since being acquired from the Brewers, going five innings, with a 65 game score. It is too late for a promotion to the States, but look for Perez to make it to at least Great Falls next season, possibly Kannapolis.