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White Sox Minor League Update: September 1, 2018

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Promotions, and playoffs on the horizon, are two of many things to keep an eye out for, as the minor league season comes to a close

Coming Attraction: In what should be his last start, Lincoln Henzman provided a final look at what should be a breakout season next year.
Winston-Salem Dash

Gwinnett Stripers 2, Charlotte Knights 1

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

Charlie Tilson: 0-for-2, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 SB

Eloy Jimenez: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 0 K

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

Colton Turner: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Carson Fulmer: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K **MVP**

Offense was nonexistent today for the Knights, as only six batters reached base and nobody had an extra-base hit. Oddly, only four hitters struck out, so the Knights were at least putting the ball in play. Colton Turner was much better in this outing for Charlotte, but he did run into trouble in the fifth and gave away the lead. Carson Fulmer calmed down the Stripers, relieving Turner for two shutout innings, with no walks, but that was really the only overly positive note for the Knights.


Biloxi Shuckers 4, Birmingham Barons 0

Joel Booker: 0-for-5, 0 BB, 0 K

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

Zack Collins: 0-for-2, 2 BB, 1 K

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

Matt Tomshaw: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 K **MVP**

The Barons drop this one, admist an offensive drought. Only five players got hits, Luis Basabe and Alex Call being two of them. Matt Tomshaw did all he could to keep the Barons in the game, with a 57 game score. He has been much improved on the mound as of late. Matt Foster and Jose Ruiz took over for Tomshaw, and they both saw trouble. The pair allowed three runs, with no strikeouts recorded. Not a great day in all phases, aside from Tomshaw.


Winston-Salem Dash 3, Down East Wood Ducks 0

Luis Robert: 2-for-5, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 SB

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

Nick Madrigal: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Blake Rutherford: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 SB

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

Laz Rivera: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K

Lincoln Henzman: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K **MVP**

In what will be his last start, at least in the regular season, Henzman was allowed to go for one more inning than normal. He has been on an three-inning limit since his call-up to the Dash, but he got four today, and boy, was he good. Henzman only needed 50 pitches for those four shutout innings. Luis Robert added two hits of his own, both singles, and his eighth stolen base in Winston-Salem. Henzman and the bullpen didn’t need much run support, but Nick Madrigal did drive in a run, his ninth, and that was all the pitching needed.


Kannapolis Intimidators 11, Hagerstown Suns 4

Luis Curbelo: 1-for-6, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Steele Walker: 1-for-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K

Ramon Beltre: 3-for-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Matt Portland: 6 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

Just behind for the wild card, the I’s keep the winning going. The offense was on fire, as Kannapolis had 20 runners on base and scored 11 times. In fact, every single hitter in the starting lineup reached base at least once. Ramon Beltre got on three times, each on singles, as he also drove in his 12th and 13th runs. Matt Portland, well, was good enough. He went six and allowed four runs, as he left with a 8-4 lead.


Great Falls Voyagers 7, Billings Mustangs 0

Lenyn Sosa: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Gunnar Troutwine: 0-for-3, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K

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

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

In what has been an up-and-down first professional season, Jonathan Stiever ended on a high note, throwing two shutout innings to lower his ERA to 4.18. Stiever got off to a hot start, but faltered as the season went on; that’s understandable, as this is the longest any of the 2018 picks of played competitive baseball in a calendar year. Meanwhile, Stiever set the tone for the bullpen; over seven shutout innings, the bullpen only allowed two hits, and no walks. Lenyn Sosa got the offense started with an RBI triple in the first inning, and that was all the pitching needed to win. It’s almost playoff time!