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White Sox Minor League Update: August 27, 2018

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Eloy Jimenez is hitting -- literally -- everything; Plus, three games require extra innings as postseason races heat up

Happy Hit Machine: There’s no reason not to be all smiles if you’re Eloy Jimenez, who is hitting over .600 in the last seven games after four more hits on Monday.
(Laura Wolff/Charlotte Knights)

Leading off: Another weekly honor for Knights OF Eloy Jimenez (why hasn’t he been called up yet?)


Charlotte Knights 3, Gwinnett Stripers 1

Eloy Jimenez (.378): 4-for-4, 1 R

Matt Skole (.243): 2-for-2, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB ***MVP***

Patrick Leonard (.242): 2-for-4, 2B, 1 RBI

Colton Turner (5.09 ERA): 4 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

W: Brandon Brennan (1-1, 9.00 ERA), 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

S: Ian Hamilton (9, 1.78 ERA), 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Does a four-hit game check one of the mystery boxes White Sox GM Rick Hahn believes remains unchecked? Eloy Jimenez now has 12 hits over his last four games, is hitting .621 (18-for-29) over his last seven games and is making an absolute mockery of Triple-A pitching, yet can’t get the call-up. Another guy who can’t get a call-up despite clearly deserving it is RHP Ian Hamilton, who earned his ninth save of his Triple-A tenure and dropped his ERA down to 1.78 on the season. Hamilton should be getting save opportunities in what remains of a lost season now so the White Sox know if he can handle closer duties next season. Matt Skole reached base four times with two hits, two walks, one double and drove in two runs to earn MVP honors for this contest.

Jackson Generals 4, Birmingham Barons 3 in 10 innings

Joel Booker (.270): 1-for-4, 1 SB (11)

Zack Collins (.236): 0-for-5, 5 K

Alex Call (.241): 1-for-4, 2B, 1 R

Trey Michalczewski (.255): 1-for-4, 2B, 1 BB

Mitch Roman (.243): 1-for-4, 1 R

Danny Mendick (.253): 2-for-3, HR (14), 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB (19) ***MVP***

Bernardo Flores (2.99 ERA): 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

L: Jake Johansen (1-4, 4.40 ERA), 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Danny Mendick’s two-run homer in the fifth inning tied the game and the Barons took a brief 3-2 lead one inning later, but couldn’t hold it before falling in extra innings on Monday. Mendick drove in all three Barons runs in this one as he also singled, walked and stole his 19th base. Starting pitcher Bernardo Flores picked up yet another quality start by allowing two runs on five hits in six innings. Flores left with the lead and was in position to get the win if the bullpen was able to hold on. Barons batters struck out 15 times with Zack Collins contributing five punch outs in a particularly poor night at the plate.

Salem Red Sox 6, Winston-Salem Dash 5 in 10 innings

Luis Robert (.239): 0-for-5, 2 K

Luis Gonzalez (.313): 2-for-5, 2B, 1 R

Nick Madrigal (.269): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 SB (4) ***MVP***

Blake Rutherford (.291): 1-for-4, 3B, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB

Yermin Mercedes (.290): 1-for-5, 2B, 1 RBI

Gavin Sheets (.292): 1-for-4, 2B

Ti’Quan Forbes (.275): 1-for-3, 2B, 1 R, 1 BB

Zach Remillard (.247): 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 SB (8)

JJ Muno (.273): 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 SB (2)

Lincoln Henzman (2.93 ERA): 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 0 K

Danny Dopico (3.23 ERA): 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K

L: Hunter Schryver (0-2, 0.00 ERA), 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K

The tweets above tell the story of this one as the Dash trailed twice, coughed up a two-run lead, tied the game up only to then fall in extra innings. Luis Gonzalez, Nick Madrigal and Zach Remillard each had multi-hit games with Madrigal also scoring a run and stealing two bases. Blake Rutherford had a RBI triple and scored a run, while Yermin Mercedes came through with a RBI double. Two Dash errors didn’t help matters as Lincoln Henzman gave up two unearned runs before departing after three innings.

Asheville Tourists 11, Kannapolis Intimidators 9 in 11 innings

Tyler Frost (.239): 1-for-5, 2B, 1 R, 1 BB

Luis Curbelo (.240): 1-for-4, 2B

Craig Dedelow (.251): 1-for-5, 2 R, 1 BB

Tate Blackman (.242): 2-for-6, HR (15), 2 RBI, 2 R

Michael Hickman (.214): 2-for-5, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 R

Carlos Perez (.282): 3-for-6, HR (2), 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R ***MVP***

Ian Dawkins (.288): 1-for-3, 2B, 2 BB

Ramon Beltre (.203): 2-for-5, 1 RBI

Jhoan Quijada (4.72 ERA): 5 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

L: Luis Ledo (7-2, 4.72 ERA), 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K

Carlos Perez singled to drive in pinch-runner Johan Cruz (after Michael Hickman doubled) to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth inning, then Steele Walker hit a sacrifice fly to score Tyler Frost in the 10th inning to tie the game up at 8-8 before Asheville would eventually plate three runs in the top half of the 11th to walk away victorious. Perez’s clutch single in the ninth wasn’t his only big moment in this one as he also homered and doubled with three RBI and a pair of runs scored. Tate Blackman also showed off his power again, with home run No. 15, a two-run blast in the fifth inning. Starting pitcher Jhoan Quijada struggled, allowing five runs in five innings.

AZL Dodgers 4, AZL White Sox 2

Camilo Quinteiro (.286): 3-for-4, 1 BB

Luis Mieses (.226): 2-for-4, 1 R

Cabera Weaver (.248): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB

Jose Colina (.169): 0-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB

L: Yordi Rosario (1-2, 3.42 ERA), 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 9 K ***MVP***

In an odd affar from a statistical standpoint, AZL White Sox fell to the AZL Dodgers on Monday despite out-hitting them (7-5) and committing half the amount of errors as LA’s affiliate (4-2). Unfortunately, AZL Dodgers put up three runs in the eighth inning, and AZL White Sox could only cut a 4-0 deficit in half in the bottom of the ninth. Starting pitcher Yordi Rosario deserved a better fate, as he allowed just one unearned run in seven innings, giving up only three hits while striking out nine. 2B Camilo Quinteiro reached base four times, with three singles and a walk. LF Luis Mieses has a pair of hits and scored one run.