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White Sox Minor League Update: August 22, 2018

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Charlotte sweeps a doubleheader as Eloy Jimenez continues to be a hitting machine; Dylan Cease does a quality Michael Kopech impression

Dylan Dominates Again: Cease struck out 11 over five shutout innings, but left before rain began to fall; the game was suspended until Thursday.
Michael Wade/Birmingham Barons

Leading off: Roster moves galore...

Game 1: Charlotte Knights 5, Norfolk Tides 2 in 7 innings

Welington Castillo (.250): 3-for-4, 2B, 1 RBI, 1 R ***MVP***

Eloy Jimenez (.347): 3-for-4, 1 RBI

Matt Skole (.241): 1-for-3, 2B, 1 R, 1 BB

Ryan Cordell (.226): 0-for-3, 2 RBI

Jake Elmore (.293): 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 SB (10)

Eddy Alvarez (.263): 1-for-3, 1 RBI

W: Spencer Adams (4-5, 3.18 ERA), 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K

S: Ian Hamilton (8, 1.93 ERA), 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

The Knights pounded out five runs on 11 hits in Game 1 of Wednesday’s doubleheader, and combined with a strong performance by RHP Spencer Adams took the victory. Three Knights -- Welington Castillo, Eloy Jimenez and Jake Elmore -- had three hits to combine for nine of the 11 hits. Castillo doubled, drove in a run and scored a run. Jimenez add an RBI, while Elmore scored two runs and stole base No. 10 on the season. OF Ryan Cordell had a strange day, going hitless in three at-bats but getting credit for two RBI. Adams allowed just two runs on four hits in six innings. Closer Ian Hamilton — for some reason, not with the White Sox yet — picked up another save with another perfect inning.

Game 2: Charlotte Knights 3, Norfolk Tides 0 in 7 innings

Ryan Cordell (.228): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 SB (5) ***MVP***

Eloy Jimenez (.347): 1-for-3, 1 R

Matt Skole (.241): 0-for-0, 1 RBI, 2 BB

Seby Zavala (.243): 1-for-3, 1 R

Colton Turner (5.93 ERA): 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K

W: Tyler Danish (2-3, 2.97 ERA), 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

S: Gregory Infante (8, 4.70 ERA), 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

The Knights scored all three runs in the first inning via a Matt Skole sacrifice fly, Eddy Alvarez fielder’s choice and an error, then held on to sweep the doubleheader from Norfolk. Ryan Cordell got the first inning scoring started with a single, then stole his fifth base and came in to score on Skole’s sac fly. Eloy Jimenez had another base hit and scored a run. Meanwhile, four Knights pitchers combined for a shut out with Colton Turner starting it off with three scoreless innings and Tyler Danish backing him up with two shutout frames.

Birmingham Barons 0, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 0

Game suspended in 6th inning, will conclude on Thursday 8/23

Joel Booker (.274): 1-for-3

Luis Basabe (.249): 1-for-3

Zack Collins (.242): 1-for-3

Keon Barnum (.211): 1-for-2

Dylan Cease (1.72 ERA): 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 11 K ***MVP***

Dylan Cease was dominant yet again, doing his best Michael Kopech impression, with 11 strikeouts in five shutout innings while allowing just two hits. Unfortunately, Barons bats managed just four singles and couldn’t score a run before the rain began and forced a suspension until Thursday. Cease, with a 73 game score, was likely done regardless, as the strikeouts ran up his pitch count to 103 in the five innings of work.

Game 1: Winston-Salem Dash 3, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 2 in 7 innings

Luis Gonzalez (.319): 1-for-3, 1 RBI

Nick Madrigal (.276): 1-for-3, 0 K

Blake Rutherford (.294): 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 SB (14)

Gavin Sheets (.289): 2-for-3, 2B, 1 RBI ***MVP***

Daniel Gonzalez (.244): 1-for-2, 1 R

Laz Rivera (.291): 2-for-2, 1 R, 1 SB (9)

Lincoln Henzman (3.25 ERA): 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K

W: Drew Hasler (8-2, 4.21 ERA), 2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K

S: Tyler Johnson (4, 1.38 ERA), 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

The Dash took a 3-0 lead after two innings and held on to win Game 1 of Wednesday’s doubleheader. Luis Gonzalez’s single to left field plated what proved to be the winning runs (though the second run scored on an error). Gavin Sheets led the offensive attack with two hits, including one double, and drove in the first Dash run on a single in the first inning. Laz Rivera had two hits in his only two at-bats, scored one run and stole his ninth base of the season. Lincoln Henzman started and pitched three shut out innings, while Tyler Johnson picked up his fourth save with two shut out innings and four strikeouts.

Game 2: Myrtle Beach Pelicans 6, Winston-Salem Dash 1 in 7 innings

Nick Madrigal (.267): 0-for-2, 1 K

Yermin Mercedes (.292): 1-for-3, HR (13), 1 RBI ***MVP***

Blake Hickman (7.44 ERA): 1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

L: Devan Watts (0-2, 3.38 ERA), 2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Yermin Mercedes’ 13th home run of the season put the Dash into a 1-1 tie in the second inning, but Myrtle Beach would score five more runs over the remaining five innings to split the doubleheader. The Dash managed just one other hit in the game — a single by SS Yeyson Yrizarri. Also of note at the plate, Nick Madrigal actually struck out. Blake Hickman started and only lasted one inning, allowing one run. With this second game of a doubleheader out of hand late, LF JJ Muno came in to pitch the final frame.

Great Falls Voyagers 3, Ogden Raptors 1

Travis Moniot (.261): 2-for-4, 2B, 2 R

Bryce Bush (.298): 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 R

Amado Nunez (.338): 3-for-4, 2B, 1 RBI ***MVP***

Alex Destino (.261): 1-for-4, 1 RBI

Adam McGinnis (.241): 2-for-4, 2B

Ryan Fitzpatrick (.223): 1-for-3, 2B

Davis Martin (3.75 ERA): 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 1 K

W: Wyatt Burns (3-0, 4.54 ERA), 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

S: Nick Johnson (3, 1.08 ERA), 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

The Voyagers tallied 13 hits, but only three runs crossed the plate. It was enough, however, to hang on to the victory over Ogden. 2B Amado Nunez led the offense with a three-hit night, including a double and RBI. SS Travis Moniot, 3B Bryce Bush and C Adam McGinnis each had two hits. Bush drove in a run and scored a run, Moniot doubled and scored twice with one of McGinnis’ hits being a double. Four Voyagers pitchers held Ogden to one unearned run on four hits with Wyatt Burns getting credit for the win and Nick Johnson picking up his third save.

AZL Cubs 11, AZL White Sox 9

Anderson Comas (.315): 3-for-6, 1 R

Jimmy Galusky (.432): 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 BB

Harvin Mendoza (.333): 3-for-5, 2B, 2 R, 1 BB

Cabera Weaver (.241): 3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 1 R

Luis Mieses (.218): 1-for-5, 2 RBI, 1 R

Camilo Quinteiro (.263): 2-for-5, HR (1), 3 RBI ***MVP***

L: Yordi Rosario (1-1, 3 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Trailing 9-2 in the eighth inning, AZL White Sox managed to make it a game by putting up a six-spot. After Jimmy Galusky drew a one-out walk, Ty Greene reached on an error and Harvin Mendoza singled to load the bases. Then, Cabrera Weaver doubled to plate two runs, sending Mendoza to third base to put runners on second and third. Luis Mieses would follow with a single to center to plate Mendoza. And then, the big blast as Camilo Quinteiro hit a three-run homer to right field making it a 9-8 game entering the ninth inning. But, AZL Cubs plated two more in the top of the inning to increase the lead to three once again, which proved to matter after AZL White Sox added another run in the ninth. Anderson Comas, Mendoza and Weaver each had three hits, with Mendoza and Galusky each reaching base four times. The two teams combined for 31 hits.

DSL Reds 6, DSL White Sox 0

Johnabiell Laureano (.227): 1-for-3

Samil Polanco (.278): 1-for-3

L: Cristofer Melendez (4-4, 1.54 ERA), 5 IP, 0 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 8 K ***MVP***

DSL White Sox were shut out and held to two hits on this day. The lone bright spot was starting pitcher Cristofer Melendez who departed with a no-hitter and striking out eight. Melendez was wild, however, walking four batters which did wind up providing DSL Reds with one run. Three relievers then struggled five runs over the final three innings.