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White Sox Minor League Update: August 21, 2018

A lot of games on the farm today, so there’s plenty to catch up on after Michael Kopech’s debut

First Blood: Luis Robert scored the opening run of the Dash game, but they went on to fall in extras.
Winston-Salem Dash

Game 1: Norfolk Tide 15, Charlotte Knights 3 (end of suspended game)

Jose Rondon: 0-for-1, 0 BB, 0 K

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

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

Ryan Cordell: 2-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K **MVP**

Jordan Stephens: 3 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Carson Fulmer: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Well, this game did not go as planned. First it was suspended to today, and then Charlotte allowed 10 runs in one inning to ice the loss. Carson Fulmer took over today, after Jordan Stephens pitched before the game was suspended. Fulmer only went one inning, but it was perfect. However, Rob Scahill picked up after Fulmer and gave up nine runs — not so good. Ryan Cordell and Matt Skole were the two players who were good: Cordell had two hits, including a double, and Matt Skole hit a solo home run, his 10th in Charlotte.

Game 2: Charlotte Knights 3, Norfolk Tide 0

Charlie Tilson: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K

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

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

Seby Zavala: 2-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K

Ryan Cordell: 2-for-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Jordan Guerrero: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

Ian Hamilton: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

The regularly-scheduled game was much better for the Knights. The pitching, started off by Jordan Guerrero, was much improved. Guerrero did not have his best stuff, with three walks and only two strikeouts, but he was effective, only allowing one run. Ryan Cordell started off the scoring with a solo home run in the second. Eddy Alvarez also hit a home run later in that same inning. Eloy Jimenez and Seby Zavala added two hits as well, with Zavala providing extra bases with a double. Ian Hamilton, another promotion hopeful, earned his seventh save in Charlotte.

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 3, Birmingham Barons 1

Joel Booker: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K **MVP**

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

Zack Collins: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 3 K

Alex Call: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K

Bernardo Flores: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Ian Clarkin: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Bernardo Flores had trouble in the opening inning, his first start since leaving quickly with injury in his last start. The Barons were not able to rebound after that, but at least Flores was able to. He threw four shutout innings, and left in the fifth. Ian Clarkin took over for two shutout innings, as he has proven to be much better, though in relief, after his injury. Meanwhile, the offense was nonexistent. Joel Booker drove in the only run, as the Barons only mustered five hits.

Game 1: Myrtle Beach Pelicans 6, Winston-Salem Dash 4

Luis Robert: 1-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Luis Gonzalez: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K

Nick Madrigal: 0-for-4, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

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

Gavin Sheets: 2-for-3, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K

Laz Rivera: 2-for-3, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K **MVP**

Kyle Kubat: 6 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

The Dash were ahead for most of the game, but lost their lead for good by the fifth. Kyle Kubat was sailing through half of the game, clinging to a one-run lead. However, the lead was given away in the fifth, and the Dash ended up losing in extra innings. There was not much offense, but Laz Rivera and Gavin Sheets stood out. Both drove in runs, and had two singles.

Game 2: Winston-Salem Dash vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (PPD)

Game 1: Kannapolis Intimidators 3, Greensboro Grasshoppers 0

Luis Curbelo: 0-for-2, 1 BB, 1 K

Steele Walker: 1-for-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K

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

Zach Lewis: 7 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K **MVP**

A productive game for the I’s that really only had one moment of offensive excitement: Steele Walker hit his first homer with Kannapolis in the fifth inning. The clout gave the I’s a 3-0 lead. Meanwhile, Zach Lewis was brilliant in his start. He went the full, seven-inning, shortened complete game shutout. He did not allow any type of good gap or power contact ,as the only hits the Grasshoppers had were singles.

Game 2: Kannapolis Intimidators 5, Greensboro Grasshoppers 3

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

Steele Walker: 1-for-3, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP**

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

Ramon Beltre: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Jake Elliott: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K

The nightcap provided win number two for Kannapolis. This game was more of a bullpen day, with two long-relievers and Jose Nin. Collectively they only allowed one run, as the other two runs were unearned. Steele Walker, again, had a big hit. He drove in two runs on a double in the third to take the lead. Luis Curbelo also added two hits, but he he has been struggling lately, as his average is only at .227. But Ian Dawkins has been able to make the shift to low-A baseball easier. He had not shown much power, but he has a .279 batting average.

Great Falls Voyagers 14, Ogden Raptors 5

Romy Gonzalez: 4-for-6, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K **MVP**

Lenyn Sosa: 1-for-6, 0 BB, 1 K

Gunnar Troutwine: 3-for-4, 3 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K

Codi Heuer: 3 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Well, this was the Romy Gonzalez game. He had three extra-base hits, including two home runs, which resulted in five of his eight RBIs. Gonzalez also tacked on a double and a single, as he increased his batting average to .255 and his OPS to .842. Gunnar Troutwine and Codi Heuer contributed to the win. Troutwine only had singles, but he came around to score each time on base, and drove in a run. Heuer started the game and left with a 2-1 lead, in one of his better starts this year.

DSL Diamondbacks 11, DSL White Sox 3

Sidney Pimentel: 1-for-4, 1 HR, 0 BB, 3 K **MVP**

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

Luis Rodriguez: 3 13 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

Just another overall bad game from the DSL Sox, but there was some hope: Sidney Pimentel hit his second home run of his professional career. It was the only time he put the bat on the ball, though, as he struck out in his other three at-bats. Jose Rodriguez also got his batting average up to .300 again. He went through a small slump in July, but has been able to steadily get the average back up. He hit a single and a double in today’s game, but the pitching was not up to the task.