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White Sox Minor League Update: August 28, 2018

Three extra-inning games all end as wins, on a walk-off obstruction, walk-off balk and walk-off wild pitch!

Call Clutch Yet Again: Barons OF Alex Call once again delivered when it mattered most, hitting a three-run homer to send the game to extra innings and eventually a victory.
(Karen Askins/

Leading off: Prior to their game, the Barons handed out some end-of-the-year awards...

Durham Bulls 4, Charlotte Knights 3

Ryan Cordell (.233): 1-for-4, 1 RBI

Eloy Jimenez (.370): 0-for-4

Patrick Leonard (.243): 1-for-3, 1 BB

Dustin Garneau (.250): 2-for-4, HR (7), 1 RBI ***MVP***

Eddy Alvarez (.257): 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 BB

L: Spencer Adams (4-6, 3.35 ERA), 7 IP, 11 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

Eloy Jimenez is human, after all. After an absurd seven-game stretch, Jimenez went hitless in four at-bats on Tuesday. Granted, he did fly out to the wall in right-center where former White Sox 2B Micah Johnson robbed him of a double. Also of note: Durham employed a defensive alignment with four outfielders during Jimenez at-bats. Durham scored three runs in the third inning and never looked back from that point with DH Dustin Garneau’s solo home run in the seventh inning pulling the Knights as close as they would get. OF Ryan Cordell contributed with a RBI single. Starting pitcher Spencer Adams didn’t have any control issues, but was banged around for 11 hits in seven innings.

Birmingham Barons 5, Jackson Generals 4 in 10 innings

Joel Booker (.268): 1-for-5, 1 RBI, 1 R

Luis Basabe (.258): 2-for-4, 2B, 1 R, 1 BB

Alex Call (.245): 2-for-4, HR (7), 3 RBI ***MVP***

Kodi Medeiros (3.46 ERA): 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 8 K

W: Ian Clarkin (4-5, 5.37 ERA), 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 2 K

Down 3-0 and seemingly out of it in the ninth inning, Alex Call changed the entire game with a three-run blast -- his seventh of the year at Double-A and 12th overall. Then, after giving up a run in the top of the 10th, the Barons again battled back to win the game when, with the tying run already in, Luis Basabe doubled to center, scoring Joel Booker after Booker was out at home, but the umpires determined he was obstructed on the play. A walk-off obstruction! LHP Kodi Medeiros earned a quality start by giving up just one earned run in on five hits in six innings of work. Medeiros struck out eight while walking only one for a 63 game score.

Winston-Salem Dash 9, Salem Red Sox 8 in 10 innings

Luis Robert (.235): 1-for-6, 1 RBI, 1 R

Luis Gonzalez (.314): 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 BB

Nick Madrigal (.282): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K

Blake Rutherford (.292): 2-for-5, 2 2B, 1 R

Yermin Mercedes (.292): 2-for-5, 1 RBI, 2 R

Gavin Sheets (.296): 3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 1 R

Laz Rivera (.284): 2-for-5, HR (6), 3 RBI ***MVP***

Zach Remillard (.249): 2-for-5, 1 R

Alec Hansen (4.50 ERA): 3 IP, 1 H, 3 ER, 7 BB, 2 K

W: Tyler Johnson (4-0, 1.55 ERA), 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K

The Dash won on a walk-off balk after Luis Robert’s RBI single tied it earlier in the 10th inning. But, the Dash would have never been in the position to win it if not for SS Laz Rivera who hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning and later had a RBI single. Rivera was one of seven Dash batters with at least two hits. Nick Madrigal had a pair of hits, walked and scored a run. Yermin Mercedes had two hits, drove in one run and scored two runs. Gavin Sheets had three hits including a double, two RBI and one run scored. However, the other big story here besides the late-inning heroics is another poor start by RHP Alec Hansen, who lasted just three innings while allowing three runs. On the bright side, Hansen only allowed one hit but Salem didn’t have many pitches to try hitting. Hansen issued seven walks as he only managed to throw 34 strikes out of 74 pitches, showing no control with any pitch in his repertoire.

Kannapolis Intimidators 5, Asheville Tourists 4 in 11 innings

Tyler Frost (.242): 2-for-5, 1 RBI, 1 R

Steele Walker (.204): 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB

Tate Blackman (.244): 2-for-4

Michael Hickman (.214): 1-for-5, HR (3), 1 RBI, 2 R ***MVP***

Carlos Perez (.281): 1-for-5, 1 R

Ian Dawkins (.295): 2-for-4, 1 BB

Ramon Beltre (.221): 2-for-4, 2B, 1 RBI, 1 R

Drew Harrington (4.83 ERA): 7 IP, 7 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 5 K

W: Kevin Escorcia (4-2, 2.79 ERA), 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Steele Walker’s RBI single in the 10th inning tied the game up again and Michael Hickman scored on a wild pitch in the 11th inning to give the I’s a win on Tuesday. Hickman also provided a solo home run in the second inning -- his third homer of the season. Four I’s had multi-hit nights as Tyler Frost had two singles, one RBI and one run. Tate Blackman had a pair of singles, Ian Dawkins singled twice and drew a walk, while Ramon Beltre doubled, singled, drove in a run and scored a run. Starting pitcher Drew Harrington was terrific in this one, allowing just one earned run on seven hits in seven innings while striking out five.

Great Falls Voyagers 3, Helena Brewers 2

Lenyn Sosa (.292): 1-for-4, 1 R

Amado Nunez (.341): 2-for-4, HR (5), 2 RBI ***MVP***

Gunnar Troutwine (.314): 1-for-4, 2B, 1 R

Adam McGinnis (.253): 2-for-4, 1 RBI

Codi Heuer (5.14 ERA): 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K

W: Wyatt Burns (4-0, 4.20 ERA), 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

S: Nick Johnson (5, 0.96 ERA), 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Amado Nunez’s solo home run in the sixth inning proved to be the game-winner as the Voyagers used strong pitching throughout to hold on for the win. Nunez also contributed a RBI single, while Adam McGinnis hit two singles and drove in one run. Gunnar Troutwine doubled and scored a run. Pitchers Codi Heuer, Wyatt Burns and Nick Johnson pitched seven shut out innings. Voyagers defense managed to turn a triple play along the way.