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White Sox Minor League Update: August 8, 2018

Eloy Jimenez homers (again) before rain suspends the game; pitching impresses, as bats remain cold elsewhere

Money in the Banks: Barons LHP Tanner Banks took a tough loss on Wednesday in which he allowed just one run on three hits over seven innings.
Birmingham Barons

Leading off: The White Sox made Eloy Jimenez their Minor League Player of the Month for July (of course, they still won’t call him up, though) ...

Eloy Jiménez hit home run No. 9 with Charlotte (19 overall) as the first of back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning. José Rondόn immediately followed with his 15th homer of the season. Full stats will be provided when the game becomes official on Thursday.

Montgomery Biscuits 1, Birmingham Barons 0

Luis Basabe (.233): 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 SB (7)

Mitch Roman (.250): 1-for-3

Danny Mendick (.251): 2-for-3, 2B

Jameson Fisher (.222): 1-for-3

L: Tanner Banks (2-4, 3.25 ERA), 7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K ***MVP***

Starting pitcher Tanner Banks had a no-hitter through four innings and wound up allowing just one run on three hits in seven innings but takes the loss because the Barons just are not hitting at the moment. The Barons have scored one or fewer runs in three of their last four games. They managed just four hits on Wednesday with Danny Mendick providing half of those, including a double. Luis Basabe went hitless but walked and stole his seventh base of the season.

Hickory Crawdads 2, Kannapolis Intimidators 1

Ian Dawkins (.300): 2-for-4

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

Steele Walker (.222): 2-for-4

Tyler Frost (.232): 1-for-4, 1 SB (5)

Justin Yurchak (.255): 0-for-2, 1 R, 1 BB

L: Parker Rigler (6-6, 4.30 ERA), 5 2/3 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K ***MVP***

Another tough loss for a starting pitcher in the farm system this week as Rigler allowed just two runs while pitching into the sixth inning but the I’s offense could only plate one runs on six hits in a loss. The only I’s run gave them a brief lead in the third inning. Justin Yurchak walked, Ian Dawkins followed with a single to left to put runners on first and second and then Luis Curbelo singled to center to plate Yurchak. Unfortunately, the frame ended with a thud as Steele Walker singled to right but Dawkins got greedy trying to score from second base and was thrown out at home. Dawkins and Walker each had a pair of hits. Tyler Frost picked up stolen base No. 5 on the season.

AZL White Sox 3, AZL Royals 0

Camilo Quinteiro (.273): 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB

Tito Polo (.500): 1-for-2, HR (1), 1 RBI, 1 BB

Josue Guerrero (.175): 1-for-3, 3B, 1 R

Kevin Folman (2.25 ERA): 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

W: Carter Love (3-1, 2.78 ERA), 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 10 K ***MVP***

Holy pitching, batman! Kevin Folman started and allowed one hit in three scoreless innings before the game went into a rain delay. After that delay, Carter Love picked up right where Folman left off, allowing one hit in six innings while striking out 10. Overall, the two pitchers combined to allow just two hits and strike out 13 in a shut out. Tito Polo provided the only offense AZL White Sox would actually need with his first home run in the first inning. In the sixth inning, Josue Guerrero tripled to right field and scored when Camilo Quinteiro singled to center field two batters later.

DSL D-Backs 5, DSL White Sox 1

Sidney Pimentel (.250): 0-for-3, 1 RBI

Omar Martinez (.203): 1-for-3, 1 R

L: Yoelvin Silven (1-5, 2.86 ERA), 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K ***MVP***

DSL White Sox were held to one hit and one run, made two errors and took the loss on Wednesday. CF Omar Martinez was responsible for that lone hit and scored a run when DH Sidney Pimentel grounded out to second base for a fielder’s choice. Starting pitcher Yoelvin Silven gave up one earned run over five innings, and, despite having an ERA under three he is now just 1-5 this season.