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White Sox Minor League Update: September 2, 2018

Kannapolis loses, but will get one more try for a playoff berth tomorrow — and Great Falls sure looks ready for the postseason

High Note: Spencer Adams ends his confusing year with one of his best starts of his career.

Gwinnett Stripers 2, Charlotte Knights 0

Ryan Cordell: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K

Charlie Tilson: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 3 K

Eloy Jimenez: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 2 K

Seby Zavala: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 1 K

Spencer Adams: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K **MVP**

Another day without offense for the Knights, as only Patrick Leonard, Trayce Thompson and Bryant Flete recorded hits, and none of them came around to score. Eloy Jimenez is back at less than 1.000 in OPS after his 0-fer day. Spencer Adams keeps doing what he always does, pitch to contact and get outs, this time without walks. He left with a 71 game score, unfortunately below his opposition’s 86. Adams was able to lower his ERA to 3.19 in Charlotte.

Birmingham Barons 6, Biloxi Shuckers 3

Joel Booker: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 SB

Luis Basabe: 1-for-3, 3 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 SB

Zack Collins: 2-for-3, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Alex Call: 1-for-5, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K

Bernardo Flores: 6 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Bernardo Flores did what he does best again, throw a quality start with six shutout innings and a 69 game score. Mauricio Cabrera came into the game and gave the Barons a scare in the seventh inning, as he allowed three runs, but the bullpen was much better after. Joel Booker, Luis Basabe, and Zack Collins reached base multiple times, and all three had doubles. Basabe and Booker scored five of the six runs for the Barons.

Down East Wood Ducks 6, Winston-Salem Dash 2

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

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

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

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

Ti’Quan Forbes: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 0 BB, 1 K **MVP**

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

Laz Rivera: 0-for-2, 0 BB, 0 K

Alec Hansen: 3 23 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 7 K

Alec Hansen did not end his season on a high note. The first two innings were great, but then came four runs in the third and fourth innings. He still had his walk issues, but batters are clearly seeing the ball well against Hansen. The offense was not any better, though. The Dash reached base seven times, two of them by Ti’Quan Forbes. He hit a solo homer in the ninth and added a double earlier in the game to put his OPS of .700. Gavin Sheets added a double as well, his 28th.

Hagerstown Suns 4, Kannapolis Intimidators 1

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

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

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

Drew Harrington: 4 23 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 0 K

Andrew Perez: 2 13 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K **MVP**

As the season (and the playoff chances) are soon over, Kannapolis laid an egg and loses. Drew Harrington had trouble in his outing, as he allowed 10 runners with no strikeouts. Once Andrew Perez took over, the pitching settled down for the I’s. Meanwhile, the offense did not help. Kannapolis only had four hits, and Tate Blackman was responsible for the only run, a solo homer.

Great Falls Voyagers 14, Bilings Mustangs 3

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

Lenyn Sosa: 1-for-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Bryce Bush: 2-for-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K

Amado Nunez: 2-for-3, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Codi Heuer: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

This game had an ominous start. In the first inning, Codi Heuer saw three runs cross the plate on one hit and one walk, but they were all unearned because of three errors, two from Bush and one from Heuer himself. However, any notion of a defeat was wiped out in a 10-run third inning by the Voyagers. Amado Nunez had the big hit in the third inning, a three-run home run, his sixth in Great Falls. Logan Sowers added a solo homer in the next inning to really put the lead out of reach.