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White Sox Minor League Update: August 25, 2018

As seasons wind down, the AZL White Sox, Birmingham Barons, and Kannapolis Intimidators are still fighting for the playoffs

On a Roll: Tyler Johnson notched his fifth save in High-A and is a future closer option on the South Side.
Winston-Salem Dash

Game 1: Gwinnett Stripes 11, Charlotte Knights 5

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

Jake Elmore: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K **MVP**

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

Seby Zavala: 1-for-4, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K

Asher Wojciechowski: 7 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 9 K

Wojciechowski had a troubled fifth and sixth inning, but since the Michael Kopech promotion and no possibility of a Dylan Cease call-up, gentlemen and ladies, meet the James Shields of Charlotte, Asher Wojciechowski. He went seven innings and allowed eight hits and five runs, and then fresh call-up from Double-A Brandon Brennan allowed three more runs inning. The offense was good, but not good enough, as Jake Elmore, Patrick Leonard and Dustin Garneau led the way with two hits apiece. The actual prospects, Eloy Jiménez, Ryan Cordell and Seby Zavala could only collect one apiece.

Game 2: Gwinnett Stripes 7, Charlotte Knights 4

Charlie Tilson: 2-for-5, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 3 K **MVP**

Welington Castillo: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K

Ryan Cordell: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K

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

Ricardo Pinto: 4 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Carson Fulmer: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

It was an equally tough loss for the Knights in the nightcap. Ricardo Pinto gave up three in his four innings. However, the game was put out of reach when Tyler Danish stepped in. Four runs crossed the plate in his two innings, although two were unearned. The offense was lackluster besides two big hits, homers from Patrick Leonard and Trayce Thompson. Carson Fulmer pitched the last two innings, and he was solid.

Jackson Generals 7, Birmingham Barons 3

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

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

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

Felix Paulino: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

Ian Clarkin: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Matt Foster: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Felix Paulino did not do so well in his White Sox organizational debut. He did only allow two earned runs; however six runs crossed the plate during his five innings. He allowed too many runners on base, and an error by Matt Rose bit him in the butt. Ian Clarkin took over for Paulino and was able to right the ship for during his outing, but still allowed one run. The Barons did record nine hits, just as many as the Generals; however, they did not have as many extra-base hits to create scoring chances. Luis Basabe had the lone extra-base hit, a double, and came around to score. Joel Booker and Danny Mendick led the way with two hits apiece, but the Barons lost and are on the verge of being eliminated from the playoffs.

Winston-Salem Dash 2, Buies Creek Astros 1

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

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

Blake Rutherford: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 2 K

Gavin Sheets: 2-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K

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

Luis Martinez: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K **MVP**

Tyler Johnson: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

The Dash just keep finding ways to win. Though they did have more hits than the Astros (eight hits to two), they could only muster two runs. Luis Gonzalez got the lone RBI for the club, as both runs were unearned. Luis Martinez was able to shut down the Astros for six innings, with a 74 game score. Tyler Johnson continued his roll this season, with his fifth High-A save. He has a 1.33 ERA, as he is making more of a name for himself. Gavin Sheets led the Dash in hits with two, but both were singles as he still searches for his power stroke.

Kannapolis Intimidators 10, Augusta GreenJackets 8 (10)

Luis Cubrelo: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K

Steele Walker: 3-for-6, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K **MVP**

Ian Dawkins: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Ramon Beltre: 0-for-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Spencer Moran: 3 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

Jake Elliott: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

After a troubling third inning for Spencer Moran, the I’s were the only team to score the rest of the game, until the ninth. Jake Elliott was able to calm down the GreenJackets bats quickly once he relieved Moran. Meanwhile, the offense caught fire. Multiple hitters had multiple hits. Ian Dawkins and Luis Curbelo combined for five hits, as they also drove in two runs between them. The big hit came from second-rounder Steel Walker, with a two-run homer in the fifth inning to tie the ballgame. He would tack on two more RBIs later in the game. However, in the ninth inning the I’s blew the lead: The GreenJackets scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game. But thankfully, the I’s scored two in the 10th to take the game and hold their playoff position.

Great Falls Voyagers 6, Missoula Osprey 3

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

Lenyn Sosa: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 2 K

Bryce Bush: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 2 K

Travis Moniot: 2-for-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Jonathan Stiever: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

The game got off to a fast start for the Voyagers, as Jonathan Stiever was able to idle a busy first couple innings. Meanwhile, Ryan Fitzpatrick hit a two-run bomb to give Great Falls the lead. The Osprey outfield had a busy day, as the Voyagers had six extra-base hits in the first five innings. After the big second inning, the Voyagers kept the lead for the rest of the game. Romy Gonzalez added a home run later in the game to put the game out of reach.

AZL White Sox 3, AZL Mariners 0

Anderson Comas: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Camilo Quinteiro: 1-for-2, 2 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Cabera Weaver: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 2 K

Sean Thompson: 2 13 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Zack Burdi: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

The AZL White Sox got off to a quick lead in this game, scoring two in the second inning, and were able to keep runners from crossing the plate. Sean Thompson struggled, with four runners in just two-plus innings of work. Anderson Comas kept his successful season going with an RBI single. Zack Burdi also appeared in the game and threw a shutout inning, albeit with no strikeouts.

DSL Padres 5 DSL, DSL White Sox 3

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

Andres Rosario: 1-for-4, 1 HR, 0 BB, 2 K **MVP**

Yoelvin Silven: 4 23 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

The long and painful 18-54 DSL White Sox season is finally over. There was not much action in the game. Yoelvin Silven surpisingly only allowed three runs despite giving up 10 base runners. However, the offense was bad overall for the Sox, scoring three runs off of five hits. One of the hits was Andres Rosario’s third home run in the DSL, although it was just a solo shot.