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White Sox Minor League Update: August 4, 2018

Pitching won the day, headlined by another Dylan Cease gem, with a guest spot from Zack Burdi taking his first rehab outing

Heavy Metal: Now that Steele Walker is up, Kannapolis is looking to make a push to the playoffs.
Kannapolis Intimidators

Durham Bulls 3, Charlotte Knights 2

Charlie Tilson: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 0 K

Ryan Cordell: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Eloy Jimenez: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 2 K

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

Jordan Guerrero: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K

Rob Scahill: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K **CO-MVP**

Caleb Frare: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K **CO-MVP**

Ryan Burr: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K **CO-MVP**

Ian Hamilton: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K **CO-MVP**

In a close loss, the pitching stood out for the Knights, in particular the bullpen. New addition Frare, bullpen prospect mainstays Burr and Hamilton, and Scahill only allowed one hit and did not allow a run. The pen was able to keep the game within two runs until the ninth inning, when the Knights rallied to put the winning run on second base. However, the offense was generally nonexistent. Jose Rondon hit a solo homer and Tilson returned to action to add a single, but it was not enough for a win.

Mobile BayBears 1, Birmingham Barons 0

Joel Booker: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K

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

Zack Collins: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K

Dylan Cease: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K **MVP**

Matt Foster: 2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Jose Ruiz: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

After being named Chicago White Sox minor league pitcher of July, Dylan Cease is looking to repeat in August after an 83 (670 the Score guys laugh) game score. He only allowed one baserunner, and that was a single. However, Foster allowed the lone run of the game in the Barons loss. Foster had been improving from his lackluster late June and early July. Even more so than Charlotte, the Birmingham’s hitters struggled heavily at the plate, especially with runners in scoring position. In total, the offense left 11 people on base — even with three doubles — not exactly a recipe for success.

Winston-Salem Dash 5, Down East Wood Ducks 1

Luis Gonzalez: 0-for-5, 0 BB, 0 K

Nick Madrigal: 2-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Blake Rutherford: 1-for-5, 0 BB, 1 K

Gavin Sheets: 1-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Laz Rivera: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Lincoln Henzman: 2 23 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

Tyler Johnson: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Another great pitching performance down on the farm, this time it was by the entire pitching lineup. Henzman started the game and did give up a run, but it was unearned. That was the only run the Wood Ducks would get. Johnson was very impressive in his two innings to close the game. He did not allow a hit, and struck out four of the seven batters he faced. However, Rivera’s big three-run homer in the second inning opened up the scoring, so the Dash had a comfortable lead from the get-go. But, of course, the story of the game was Madrigal and his first professional strikeout.

Kannapolis Intimidators 5, Greensboro Grasshoppers 2

Ian Dawkins: 0-for-4, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB

Luis Curbelo: 2-for-5, 2 R, 0 BB, 2 K **MVP**

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

Justin Yurchak: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K

Spencer Moran: 4 13 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

Bennett Sousa: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

The pitching depth has really shown itself in the minors today. Moran was not successful, but he was serviceable enough to leave with the game close. Sousa lowered his ERA to 1.08 after two shutout innings, as he got his first save in Kannapolis. Thanks to a four-run seventh inning, the I’s came out on top. Craig Dedelow has started to fall off from the prospect watch, but he did provide a big two-out RBI to extend the lead. Curbelo added a double and a single, and came around to score on both hits.

Missoula Osprey 6, Great Falls Voyagers 5

Bryce Bush: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 3 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 SB

Lenyn Sosa: 0-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K

Logan Sowers: 2-for-5, 0 BB, 2 K

Romy Gonzalez: 1-for-5, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Gunnar Troutwine: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K

Amado Nunez: 5-for-5, 1 HR, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Jonathan Stiever: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

The Voyagers were the outlier for a pitching performance for the minor league system. Stiever only allowed one run, but it was Lane Ramsey who was on the mound for the next five (two unearned). Bush’s first hit in Great Falls was a solo home run to tie the ballgame, but the Osprey took back the lead quick. Nunez went a cool 5-for-5, including his first home run as well.

AZL Dodgers 1, AZL White Sox 0

Cabera Weaver: 1-for-5, 0 BB, 2 K

Camilo Quinteiro: 0-for-3, 2 BB, 1 K

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

Luis Mieses: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 SB

Lency Delgado: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K

Zack Burdi: 23 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Yordi Rosario: 5 13 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K **MVP**

Zack is back, but not fully up to speed yet. Burdi’s fastball was not as electric, but that was predictable given his first time pitching in a game in more than a calendar year. Unfortunately, Burdi’s lone run surrendered was the difference for the AZL Sox. Robert added another hit in his rehab stint, which should be coming to a close sooner than later. Jimmy Galusky was the only hitter to have more than one hit, but no runs came of it. Rosario took over for Burdi and threw over five innings of no-run ball to keep the score 1-0.

DSL White Sox 1, DSL Orioles 0

Harold Diaz: 2-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K

Cristofer Melendez: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 11 K **MVP**

A shutout win, without any errors? Usually that would be in Winston-Salem, but no, it was in the Dominican. Jorgen Rosas drove in the only run of the game, with an RBI triple in the sixth inning. Meanwhile. Melendez backed up whisoxman20051917’s Under the Radar piece, with six shutout innings. He left with a blistering 79 game score, and Oriel Castro and Erick Perez kept the shutout intact for the DSL Sox’s 12th win.