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White Sox Minor League Update: August 5, 2018

Michael Kopech and Nick Madrigal kept their hot streaks going, but the prospect of Eloy’s promotion is on everyone’s mind

Peek-a-Boo: Is Eloy changing uniforms tomorrow? He was held of of today’s game with “flu-like symptoms,” so a Sox fan can only hope.

Charlotte Knights 4, Durham Bulls 2

Charlie Tilson: 2-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Ryan Cordell: 2-for-4, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K

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

Michael Kopech: 7 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 9 K **MVP**

On a day where Kopech might have had his best start of the year, Eloy Jimenez was taken out of the lineup before Charlotte started its game, after it was known that Chicago White Sox outfielder Leury Garcia had left this afternoon’s game with a hamstring injury. The Sox play tomorrow at 7:10 p.m. so an answer to whether Jiménez is getting promoted will be provided by tomorrow afternoon. Now, back to the game, this was the second start this year where Kopech did not issue a walk. The last one was a five-inning affair. He did let up a lot of hits today, but they were mostly weak singles. Tilson and Cordell, other possible Garcia replacements, added two hits of their own. Cordell hit a two-RBI triple that gave the Knights the lead for good in the fifth.

Mobile BayBears 10, Birmingham Barons 1

Luis Basabe: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 3 K

Joel Booker: 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP**

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

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

Kodi Medeiros: 5 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 6 K

Ian Clarkin: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

After his first start was cut short because of rain, Medeiros exhibited a similar amount of control issues in his planned full start on Sunday. He had three walks in under three innings his first time out, and today he walked four in five innings — not a great start for the best prospect acquired by the White Sox at the trading deadline. But Medeiros was not the only reason why the Barons lost, as he allowed only half the runs scored by the BayBears. The bullpen let in the other five runs, including two from Clarkin. The bats were silent as well: Booker had the lone RBI that scored Mitch Roman. It was a rough day for all involved in Birmingham.

Down East Wood Ducks 5, Winston-Salem Dash 0

Nick Madrigal: 2-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 SB **MVP**

Laz Rivera: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K

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

Gavin Sheets: 1-for-3, 0 BB, 1 K

John Parke: 6 IP, 5 ER, 1 BB, 10 K

Parke did not have very fun third and fourth innings, as he allowed all five of his earned runs in those frames. He sailed through the first two innings, but he was hit hard in the next two, allowing two home runs. The offense was not much help, either, as the Dash could only come by five hits, all singles. Madrigal did not strike out, but added two hits and his first A+ stolen base. Madrigal has his average better than .400.

Game 1: Greensboro Grasshoppers 2, Kannapolis Intimidators 1

Ian Dawkins: 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K

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

Steele Walker: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 1 K

Ramon Beltre: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 0 K

Justin Yurchak: 0-for-2, 1 BB, 0 K

Evan Skoug: 0-for-2, 1 BB, 1 K

Zach Lewis: 5 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K **MVP**

Andrew Perez: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Well, the I’s were no-hit in their first game today, but were able to collect six walks. Dawkins came around to score thanks to the walks, but the I’s could not put a ball where the defense wasn’t. The positives for Kannapolis came from the mound: Lewis only allowed one hit, but it was a solo home run. Perez took over after five innings from Lewis, but he allowed the eventual winning run. Will Kincanon threw the last inning for the I’s, and struck out every batter he faced.

Game 2: Kannapolis Intimidators 9, Greensboro Grasshoppers 0

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

Luis Curbelo: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 2 K

Steele Walker: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K

Tyler Frost: 2-for-3, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K **MVP**

Yosmer Solorzano: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

A much better all-around for Kannapolis came in the nightcap. The I’s were not no-hit, instead finding themselves with nine runs in seven innings. Frost provided the big hit, with a two-run homer to cap off the four-run first inning. Dawkins continued his hot streak since being drafted, with two more hits to get his average better than .300. Walker also added his first hit in Kannapolis, a single. On the pitching side, Solorzano go the start and limited Greensboro to one hit in his five innings, as the I’s were able to split the doubleheader.

Missoula Osprey 10, Great Falls Voyagers 2

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

Lenyn Sosa: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 2 K

Logan Sowers: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K

Romy Gonzalez: 1-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Alex Destino: 2-for-3, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Devon Perez: 1 IP, 10 H, 7 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

The Voyagers were down quickly in this one. Perez and some errors allowed three runs in the first and six runs in the second. The bullpen (though Perez is a bullpen arm) fared much better, as they did did not allow a run until the eighth inning. Great Falls attempted to climb out of the nine-run hole, with Destino leading the way on a two-RBI double. Alas, that was all the offense they could muster, as the Voyagers fell again.

AZL Padres 5, AZL White Sox 2

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

Lency Delgado: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K

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

Camilo Quinterio: 0-for-1, 1 R, 2 BB, 0 K

Brayan Herrera: 5 13 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K **MVP**

The AZL Sox were able to get on an early lead after Delgado drove in Robert, who should be going back to Winston-Salem this week. Meanwhile, Herrera had a decent start, lasting just under six innings and only allowing six runners, but he gave away the lead in the fifth inning. After the bullpen gave up another run in the eighth, Quinteiro came around to score on a wild pitch. However, that was it for scoring, and the AZL Sox are back to .500.