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White Sox Minor League Update: August 31, 2018

It was a promotion newsy day for the minors, but an equally busy game day

Baby Ruth: Blake Rutherford hit his seventh homer of the year in another Dash win.
Winston-Salem Dash

Charlotte Knights 4, Gwinnett Stripers 3

Ryan Cordell: 2-for-5, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K

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

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

Jordan Guerrero: 6 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 9 K

With Charlotte’s season winding down, Jordan Guerrero will leave his 2018 minor league tenure on a high note. After a quality start that saw nine punch outs, he left with a one-run lead. Meanwhile, it seems Eloy Jimenez will not get the call to Chicago this year, but he went out and added two hits and is now hitting .368 in AAA. Ryan Cordell, somebody Sox fans could see soon, also added two hits and drove in a run. Trayce Thompson added a big homer in the sixth inning that gave the Knights a 4-3 lead, and that was all the Knights needed.

Biloxi Shuckers 7, Birmingham Barons 0

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

Luis Basabe: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 1 K

Alex Call: 0-for-2, 1 BB, 2 K

Felix Paulino: 4 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 4 BB, 0 K

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

The Barons were a mess today. First, newly acquired Felix Paulino did not do well. He allowed 11 runners on base and did not record a strikeout, as he was routed for seven runs. Meanwhile, for the game, Birmingham’s only hit was a single from Joel Booker, who actually reached base twice. That was really the extent of the offense for the evening. Ian Clarkin did provide a small positive: He threw two shutout innings, and will continue to get looks in the AFL.

Winston-Salem Dash 7, Down East Wood Ducks 4

Luis Robert: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K

Luis Gonzalez: 1-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K

Nick Madrigal: 1-for-5, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Blake Rutherford: 2-for-5, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K **MVP**

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

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

Kyle Kubat: 4 23 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

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

Apparently, the Dash are vaccinated against to losing. Even when starting pitcher Kyle Kuba, faltered, the Dash were already way out in front, thanks to a five-run third inning. That inning was highlighted by a three-run homer by Yermin Mercedes. The next inning, Blake Rutherford clobbered a two-run bomb. Though Luis Gonzalez stayed away from big hits (just one single for him today), he still reached base three of the four times he was in the batter’s box. His OPS is now verging on .900, at .893. Tyler Johnson closed out the 7-4 win with his sixth save with the Dash.

Kannapolis Intimidators 6, Hagerstown Suns 3

Tyler Frost: 2-for-5, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP**

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

Steele Walker: 0-for-4, 1 BB, 1 K

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

Zach Lewis: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K

Bennett Sousa: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

The I’s were one game back of the wild card in this game, and they got a much-needed win. Zach Lewis got the ball rolling, with five innings of one-run ball, and the offense put the I’s too far out of reach. Tyler Frost had two extra-base hits, one being a home run in the fifth inning. Ramon Beltre also had an extra-base hit, as he drove in two runs himself. Bennett Sousa kept his dream first season going, with two shutout innings. He has a 1.74 ERA with Kannapolis.

Helena Brewers 6, Great Falls Voyagers 5

Romy Gonzalez: 1-for-5, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K

Lenyn Sosa: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K

Alex Destino: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Kevin Folman: 5 23 IP, 11 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

The Voyagers lose a tough back-and-forth game. Both starters left before the sixth inning. Kevin Folman did not do well. He allowed 11 hits, including a home run. Lenyn Sosa has fallen back to earth after his hot start, but he ended up with two hits today. Alex Destino was the best of the bunch, as he had three hits, including two doubles.