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White Sox Minor League Update: August 7, 2018

Winston-Salem scores a quality all-around win; Charlotte, Kannapolis combine for zero runs in a pair of losses

Gonzalez Goes Gonzo: Dash OF Luis Gonzalez continues to crush minor-league pitching, as he hit home run No. 12 on the season.
Winston-Salem Dash

Leading off: A potentially special someone makes his return ...

Plus, a weekly honor for one member of the Dash (oddly, announced one day later than normal):

Syracuse Chiefs 2, Charlotte Knights 0

Ryan Cordell (.179): 1-for-4

Patrick Leonard (.238): 1-for-2, 1 BB

L: Spencer Adams (3-4, 3.24 ERA), 6 1/3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 3 K ***MVP***

Carson Fulmer (5.46 ERA): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Eloy Jimenez didn’t play again — that’s probably the biggest headline out of this one. In his absence, the Knights offense managed just two hits as Syracuse starting pitcher Kyle McGowin struck out nine over eight innings. For Charlotte, Spencer Adams takes the tough loss as he pitched pretty well into the seventh inning allowing just two runs on four hits. Unfortunately, for Adams he issued five walks as 41 of his 95 pitches missed the strike zone.

Winston-Salem Dash 3, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 2

Luis Robert (.294): 1-for-4, 1 R, 2 SB (3)

Luis Gonzalez (.301): 2-for-4, HR (4, 12 overall), 2 RBI ***CO-MVP***

Nick Madrigal (.316): 1-for-4, 2B, 0 K

Blake Rutherford (.305): 1-for-4, 2B, 1 R

Yermin Mercedes (.303): 2-for-4, 1 RBI

Gavin Sheets (.289): 2-for-4

W: Kyle Kubat (6-1, 2.06 ERA), 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K ***CO-MVP***

S: Hunter Schryver (1, 0.00 ERA), 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Luis Gonzalez homered and Kyle Kubat was fantastic on the mound to lead the Dash to a victory over Myrtle Beach by the slimmest of margins. Kubat hurled shut out ball over a career-high seven innings, striking out five to improve to 6-1 as his ERA continues to move closer to an even 2.00 on the season. Gonzales’ homer was his fourth with the Dash and 12th overall in the minor-leagues this season. Yermin Mercedes stayed hot with two hits and a RBI, while Gavin Sheets added a pair of hits. Over his last eight games, Mercedes is hitting .560 (14-for-25) with two home runs and eight RBI. OF Luis Robert returned to action with a single, two stolen bases and a run scored.

Hickory Crawdads 3, Kannapolis Intimidators 0

Luis Curbelo (.242): 1-for-4

Steele Walker (.143): 1-for-4

Tate Blackman (.256): 2-for-4, 1 SB (4)

Tyler Frost (.232): 1-for-4, 2B

Ramon Beltre (.167): 1-for-3

L: Drew Harrington (7-5, 4.50 ERA), 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K ***MVP***

I’s pitchers yielded three solo home runs to Hickory and the bats managed six hits in a shutout on Tuesday. Starting pitcher Drew Harrington did pick up a quality start despite taking the loss, allowing two runs on six hits in six innings while striking out four. 3B Tate Blackman had two of the six hits and stole his fourth base of the season. Tyler Frost’s double was the only extra-base hit of the night for the Intimidators.

AZL Indians 9, AZL White Sox 6

Cabera Weaver (.233): 1-for-3, 2 BB

Camilo Quinteiro (.271): 3-for-5

Ty Greene (.282): 2-for-4, 2B, 2 R

Harvin Mendoza (.322): 3-for-3, 3 R, 1 BB, 1 SB (2) ***CO-MVP***

Jimmy Galusky (.500): 2-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI, 1 R

Jose Colina (.205): 2-for-2, 4 RBI ***CO-MVP***

Taylor Varnell (1.97 ERA): 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 9 K

Zack Burdi (5.40 ERA): 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

L: Mauricio Cabrera (0-2, 20.25 ERA), 2/3 IP, 4 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 0 K

AZL White Sox held a 4-2 lead in the seventh inning but AZL Indians plated seven runs in the frame, all off of reliever Mauricio Cabrera and held on for the 9-6 win. C Jose Colina (4 RBI) and 1B Harvin Mendoza (3-for-3, three runs scored) paced the AZL White Sox at the plate. Starting pitcher Taylor Varnell didn’t yield a single earned run in five innings while striking out nine. Zack Burdi pitched a scoreless inning of relief, striking out one and allowing one hit. AZL White Sox committed three errors.

DSL Blue Jays 9, DSL White Sox 6

Sidney Pimentel (.400): 2-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 R

Jose Rodriguez (.293): 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 SB (11)

Jorgen Rosas (.239): 1-for-4, 2B, 1 RBI

Johnabiell Laureano (.205): 2-for-4, 1 R

Samil Polanco (.288): 3-for-4, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 R ***MVP***

Daneuris Lagrange (4.13 ERA): 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 2 K

L: Edgar Navarro (2-6, 6.55 ERA), 1 2/3 IP, 1 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 K

The DSL White Sox actually had a 6-1 lead through four innings, but the DSL Blue Jays made it 6-4 with a three-run fifth inning, then went on to plate five runs over the final two frames for the win. The often poor defense of the DSL White Sox bit them in the behind again on Tuesday as they committed four errors — three by SS Sidney Pimentel alone — leading to three unearned runs for the Blue Jays, which just happened to be the exact difference in the game. On the bright side, Pimentel did have a pair of hits, one RBI and one run scored. Jose Rodriguez also had a pair of hits, with one RBI and run scored while also stealing his 11th base of the season. But the best day at the plate belonged to Samil Polanco who doubled twice as part of a three-hit day, drove in a run and scored a run.