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White Sox Minor League Update: August 19, 2018

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Though the big news was that Michael Kopech is getting the call, Yermin Mercedes had two walk-offs for the Dash

Glory Days: Michael Kopech is coming to the South Side on Tuesday.

Louisville Bats 3, Charlotte Knights 1

Ryan Cordell: 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K

Welington Castillo: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 1 K

Eloy Jimenez: 0-for-4, 1 BB, 2 K

Seby Zavala: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K

Asher Wojciechowski: 7 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K **MVP**

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

It was a classic pitching duel in Charlotte, between Taylor Mahle and Ashe Wojciechowski. Mahle had a game score of 72 and Asher had a 68, in what was Wojciechowski’s best start as a Knight. However, he did not get any run support. The lone run was driven in by Ryan Cordell on a sacrifice fly. Jake Elmore led the way in hits, with two, but nobody could drive in more than one of the 10 runners on base. It did take awhile, but Eloy Jiménez now has an OPS of less than 1.000 after his small slump the past week. He was able to reach on a walk. Welington Castillo is not doing well in his “rehab” assignment, with another hitless performance. His average stands at .111. But the news of the day was not about the game, of course.

Kopech is coming.

Birmingham Barons 6, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 3

Joel Booker: 1-for-2, 3 R, 2 BB, 1 K,1 SB

Luis Basabe: 2-for-4, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K

Alex Call: 1-for-4, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB

Tanner Banks: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K **MVP**

Matt Foster: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

A win for Birmingham in what was a day won by the forgotten and overlooked minor leaguers. Tanner Banks had another brilliant start, with seven innings and just one run. He has a stellar 2.63 ERA with the Barons. Meanwhile, Trey Michalczewski had himself a day. He hit a two-run homer in the third, and tacked on two more RBI later in the ballgame. Of the known prospects, Joel Booker and Luis Basabe both reached base multiple times. Booker also added his 10th stolen base in AA.

Game 1: Winston-Salem Dash 5, Wilmington Blue Rock 3 (10)

Luis Robert: 0-for-3, 2 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 SB

Nick Madrigal: 0-for-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K

Blake Rutherford: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K

Yermin Mercedes: 3-for-3, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Gavin Sheets: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 0 K

Laz Rivera: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 1 K

John Parke: 6 13 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Tyler Johnson: 1 23 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

It was the Yermin Mercedes show in the opener. He clobbered two home runs to drive in every Dash run in the win. He did get a lot of help from the pitching, though. John Parke went out and kept the Dash in the game by only allowing two runs in just more than six innings. He now has an ERA of less than four since his promotion to Winston-Salem. Tyler Johnson took over and he did allow the runner on second to start extra innings to score but did not allow an earned run. He also struck out three hitters of his five outs collected. Johnson’s ERA is now down to 1.50.

Game 2: Winston-Salem Dash 4, Wilmington Blue Rocks 3

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

Luis Robert: 1-for-2, 1 BB, 1 K

Blake Rutherford: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K

Gavin Sheets: 0-for-2, 1 BB, 0 K

Zach Remillard: 3-for-3, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Luis Martinez: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K

Yermin Mercedes won the ballgame again, making it two walk-off hits in one day for the catcher. However, wihtout Zach Remillard, the game would not have been close. He crushed a homer in the sixth inning and had an RBI double earlier in the game. Luis Gonzalez had himself a day as well. He had two doubles (now 21 on the year with the Dash) and another single, pushing his average up to .325. On the down side, kind of, after an 0-for-8 day, Blake Rutherford has now fallen under .300, at .297.

Game 1 Kannapolis Intimidators Greensboro Grasshoppers

Game 2 finish of suspended game: Greensboro Grasshoppers 7, Kannapolis Intimidators 2

Luis Curbelo: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 2 K

Steele Walker: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K

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

Ramon Beltre: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 3 K

Yosmer Solorzano: 5 13 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 5 BB, 5 K

Bennett Sousa: 2 23 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K **MVP**

Kannapolis had to finish the game from yesterday before their regularly-scheduled game. The I’s were already down 6-1, and ended up losing, 7-2. The hitters for the I’s did not do particularly well, as they only collected four hits. Steele Walker was the only hitter to reach twice, on a double and a walk. Meanwhile, in the start of the game yesterday Solorzano allowed five of the six runs that crossed the plate. Bennett Sousa picked up after him and continued his dominance. His lone run was unearned, in 2 23 innings pitched. Sousa now has an ERA at 0.68 in Low-A.

Great Falls Voyagers 8, Idaho Falls Chukars 5

Romy Gonzalez: 2-for-3, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB **MVP**

Lenyn Sosa: 1-for-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 3 K

Bryce Bush: 1-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Logan Sowers: 4-for-5, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K

Jonathan Stiever: 1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Romy Gonzalez is looking like a sleeper. The 18th round pick in this year’s draft has shown power and speed in Great Falls. He has hit five home runs, including a leadoff homer today. He is also 10-for-10 in stolen base attempts after stealing second base today. Thanks to his MVP performance, Gonzalez is on the cusp of an .800 OPS, at .798. Meanwhile, 28th round pick Logan Sowers has powered his way to a .923 OPS after his eighth homer of the year. Jonathan Stiever did not get off to a good start, and only lasted the first inning. The bullpen, led by Devon Perez, was able to hold down the fort for the offense to come back and take the win.

AZL Reds 4, AZL White Sox 3

Anderson Comas: 2-for-4, 2 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Lency Delgado: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K

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

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

Kevin Folman: 7 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Kevin Folman went deep into the game, but he allowed four early runs that kept the Sox down to where the offense could not recover. Anderson Comas and Harvin Mendoza provided most of the offense. Comas had a triple and scored twice on the day. Harvin Mendoza walked twice, but also drove in two hitters. The AZL Sox still lead their division, but the lead is down to only one game after this loss.