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White Sox Minor League Update: August 3, 2018

The rain mostly stayed away today, allowing Luis Robert and Eloy Jiménez to stand out

Rev it Up: Yermin Mercedes added another home run on the season, as he helped the Dash to an 11-0 victory.
Winston-Salem Dash

Durham Bulls 6, Charlotte Knights 4

Jose Rondon: 1-for-5, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 SB

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

Eloy Jimenez: 3-for-5, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP**

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

Asher Wojciechowski: 6 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

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

The Knights were able to come back from a 2-0 deficit and tie the game thanks to RBI singles from Eloy Jiménez and Jake Elmore, and both also added doubles later in the game. Jimenez has his average back up to .387 and his OPS over 1.100. However, Wojciechowski gave up the lead in the fifth and sixth innings, and the Knights could not come back. Carson Fulmer played a part in the lost lead, as he allowed the last run from the Bulls. Ryan Cordell was able to salvage the later innings, as he hit a two-run homer in the ninth.


Mobile BayBears 9, Birmingham Barons 5

Joel Booker: 0-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB

Alex Call: 0-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K

Zack Collins: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Matt Rose: 1-for-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K **MVP**

Matt Tomshaw: 3 13 10 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

The Barons put up a five-spot in the first inning, but did not score the rest of the game. Matt Rose capped off the five-run first with a two-run homer, his 15th of the year. However, Matt Tomshaw would allow six runs by the time he was lifted in the fourth inning. The BayBears lead only grew once Tomshaw left, as only Brandon Brennan pitched well for the Barons. After the first inning, it was only downhill for the entire Barons team. Two errors were committed, and the hitters struck out more (11) than they reached base (10).


Winston-Salem Dash 11, Down East Wood Ducks 0

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

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

Blake Rutherford: 2-for-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K

Yermin Mercedes: 3-for-4, 1 HR, 3 R, 3 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K **MVP**

Gavin Sheets: 1-for-5, 0 BB, 1 K

Laz Rivera: 4-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Blake Battenfield: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

These kind of blowout-shutouts do seem to come relatively frequently in Winston-Salem. Every single Dash player who started the game contributed to the 16 hits on the day. Laz Rivera added the most, with four, but Yermin Mercedes packed a bigger punch. He hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning to give him the edge for the MVP. Nick Madrigal did not have a great day at the plate, but he kept his strikeout-less streak alive. The unsung hero lost in the offensive barrage was Blake Battenfield, who made a much-improved start, with a 66 game score.


Kannapolis Intimidators


Missoula Osprey 7, Great Falls Voyagers 6

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

Logan Sowers: 2-for-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K **MVP**

Romy Gonzalez: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB

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

Konnor Pilkington: 2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

The game did not start out well for Konnor Pilkington and the Voyagers. The third-round pick has not looked impressive in the early going of his career, but this is the deepest and most he has pitched competitively in his life. Next year should provide a better view of what he can become. Meanwhile, in the Voyagers loss, Logan Sowers brought the power again. He had two extra-base hits, including a home run in the eighth inning. Lenyn Sosa and Romy Gonzalez added two hits themselves, as the offense in Great Falls has become quite formidable. Bryce Bush did not have a great debut, but he was able to reach base on a walk.


Game 1: AZL White Sox 5, AZL Angels 3

Cabera Weaver: 1-for-3, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Camilo Quinteiro: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 1 K

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

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

Lency Delgado: 0-for-2, 1 BB, 0 K

Anderson Comas: 1-for-3, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Sean Thompson: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

This is what they call a team win. No player stood out, no hitter had more than two hits and Anderson Comas had the only extra-base hit. Meanwhile, it was a bullpen game from the pitchers, as Sean Thompson set the tone with three shutout innings and Carter Love got the win after not allowing an earned run to close out the game. Luis Robert continued his rehab assignment, and showed off his speed with a stolen base. However, the real MVP for the Sox might be the AZL Angels defense, as they committed three errors. Those errors led to three runs in the top of the eighth inning.


Game 2: AZL White Sox 6, AZL Angels 4

Luis Robert: 3-for-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Luis Mieses: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 0 K

Ty Greene: 1-for-1, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 0 K

Kevin Folman: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 10 K

After a quick lead evaporated for the AZL Sox in the nightcap, the Sox put up a five-spot in the fourth inning to take the lead and never look back. Luis Robert had three hits, two of them for extra bases, and he added a stolen base. He seems to be ready for Winston-Salem again. Meanwhile, Kevin Folman had a brilliant start, even with the multiple hits allowed. He was able to keep runners from mostly scoring thanks to 10 strikeouts. Ty Greene was also able to provide some offense, though it was mostly thanks to his batter’s eye; he had two walks to go along with a single. Thanks to a doubleheader sweep, the AZL Sox are now two games better than .500.


DSL Orioles 5, DSL White Sox 3

Harold Diaz: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Jose Rodriguez: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K

Samil Polanco: 3-for-4, 2 R, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Luis Rodriguez: 3 23 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

At least the DSL Sox got to double-digit wins earlier this week. However, their hot streak seems to be officially over. Harold Diaz keeps providing some offense, though limited, with an RBI triple. Meanwhile, Jose Rodriguez extended his hitting streak to five games with a single. Samil Polanco has kept his average around .250 all year, but has recently been on the upswing; he added his three hits, including his fifth triple, that led to him scoring one of his two runs. Luis Rodriguez continues his command struggles, but he is in the DSL for a reason.