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White Sox Minor League update: August 18, 2018

Matt Skole taps in Eloy Jiménez with a game-winner in Charlotte, while Kodi Medeiros goes eight in Birmingham

Man of the Late Hour: Skole made quick work of extra innings, doubling in the winner on the first at-bat of Charlotte’s 10th.

Charlotte Knights 7, Louisville Bats 6 (10)

Charlie Tilson: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI

Seby Zavala: 0-for-2, 1 RBI, 1 K

Eloy Jiménez: 2-for-5, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 K

Jordan Stephens: 5 IP, 3 BB; 1 H, 1 ER, 7 K **MVP**

Matt Skole (2-for-4) doubled in Jiménez for the GWRBI in the 10th. Carson Fulmer relieved Stephens with two scoreless, but Ian Hamilton came on in the ninth and blew his third save so far in Charlotte.

Tennessee Smokies 2, Birmingham Barons 1

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

Luis Basabe: 2-for-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K

Zack Collins: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K

Alex Call: 0-for-3, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K

Kodi Medeiros: 8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K **MVP**

It was a close game for the Barons, but more importantly, it was a fabulous game for Medeiros. He had a 66 game score in his eight innings pitched. He did not miss a lot of bats, but he was able to keep runs off the board — unlike his previous starts with the Barons. Meanwhile, the offense did not provide much support. Birmingham only collected three hits, and Luis Basabe had two of them. He has been struggling lately, but he was on top of his game today, adding a stolen base. Zack Collins added the third hit, but the Barons fell short in a skimpy offensive game.

Game 1 Finish Suspended game: Winston-Salem Dash 12, Wilmington Blue Rocks 11 (11)

Luis Gonzalez: 3-for-5, 1 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K

Laz Rivera: 1-for-6, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Gavin Sheets: 2-for-6, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB **MVP**

Luis Martinez: 4 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

This game was started so long ago that Micker Adolfo was originally playing in it. From the suspended game, Luis Gonzalez continued his tear, adding two more hits. Nick Madrigal also added a hit in a game that was started before he was drafted but, alas, he helped the Dash in the long run. The Dash has 16 total hits, and they needed every one of them.

Game 2: Winston-Salem Dash Wilmington Blue Rocks PPD

Greensboro Grasshoppers 6, Kannapolis Intimidators 1 (suspended in the sixth inning)

Idaho Falls Chukars 6, Great Falls Voyagers 5

Amado Nuñez: 2-for-3, R, RBI, BB

Romy Gonzalez: 1-for-5, 3B, K

Bryce Bush: 2-for-3, R, RBI, BB, K

Alex Destino: 3-for-4, 2 R, 2B, RBI

Jason Bilous: 3 IP, 3H, BB, 4 K, 54 game score, 49 pitches/32 strikes

Vince Arobio got mauled in the seventh inning, which completed the Chukars comeback win. Chris Comito took the sixth, and started Idaho Falls’ comeback big. Bilous’ solid, three-inning start helped counter an awful day for the Great Falls pen.

AZL White Sox 5 AZL Indians (2) 4

Anderson Comas: 2-for-4, RBI

Ty Greene: 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, GWRBI ground out

Tito Polo: 0-for-3, 2 RBI, HBP

Brayan Herrera: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, BB, 5 K, 55 game score

Zack Burdi: 1 IP, BB, K, third hold

Polo had a crazy game, with two RBIs but no hits. His first RBI came early in the game, on a sac fly. But the game-tying RBI was in the ninth, when with the bases loaded, Polo took one for the team and tied the score 4-4. Then Greene grounded out for the eventual game-winner.

DSL Blue Jays 9, DSL White Sox 2

Sidney Pimentel: 0-for-5, 0 BB, 2 K

Samil Polanco: 3-for-5, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 SB **MVP**

Jose Rodriguez: 1-for-3, 0 BB, 0 K

Daneuris Lagrange: 3 IP, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

The DSL Sox are back in the loss column, and not in a pretty fashion. Though the DSL team had 11 hits on the day, they could only muster two runs. Samil Polanco had the most productive day, with three singles and a stolen base. He has steadily increased his batting average to .285. However, even with those three hits, he only scored once. The pitching was just as bad as the situational hitting. Lagrange was bad from the start, as he gave away the game. Meanwhile, the bullpen allowed four runs that put the game out of reach.