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White Sox Minor League Update: April 15, 2019

Just one win tonight, as starting pitchers struggled across the board

Madrigal remains hot: The second baseman had his fourth multi-hit performance in his last six games, leading the Dash to a 9-8 win.
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Gwinnett Stripers 9, Charlotte Knights 8

Donn Roach: 5 IP, 7 H, 8 R (8 ER), 4 BB, 2 K
Charlie Tilson (CF): 2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 BB, RBI **MVP**
Ryan Goins (2B): 3-for-5, 2B
Nicky Delmonico (LF): 1-for-3, HR, BB, HBP
Ryan Cordell (RF): 1-for-4, 2B, BB, RBI
Zack Collins (C): 0-for-3, 2 BB, RBI
Danny Mendick (SS): 0-for-4, HBP

The Knights jumped out to an early lead, getting contributions throughout the lineup, but they fell to 7-5 on the season after failing to protect their lead. Starting pitcher Donn Roach had control issues, throwing just 52 strikes on 94 pitches. The four walks he issued all came around to score. Former White Sox outfielder Ryan LaMarre tortured his old organization, to the tune of two hits and three RBIs against Roach. LaMarre would drive in the last Stripers run, and the one that turned out to be decisive, against Colton Turner in the seventh. This was the only run the bullpen surrendered in three innings of work.

Charlie Tilson continued his fast start to the season, hitting two doubles and drawing two walks. His double in the third inning pushed the Knights lead to 5-2. It was a great night for the outfielders across the board, as Ryan Cordell and Nicky Delmonico also got big hits late. Cordell’s two-run double in the sixth and Delmonico’s solo home run in the eighth kept the Knights in this one after Gwinnett’s rally.

Jackson Jumbo Shrimp 5, Birmingham Barons 1

Kodi Medeiros: 3 IP, 3 H, 4 R (3 ER), 5 BB, 2 K, 9.00 ERA
Mitch Roman (2B): 2-for-3, HR, BB, .231 AVG, .817 OPS **MVP**
Alfredo Gonzalez (C): 3-for-4, 2B, .400 AVG, 1.057 OPS
Gavin Sheets (1B): 2-for-4, .216 AVG, .536 OPS
Joel Booker (LF): 2-for-5, 2B, .429 AVG, .973 OPS
Micker Adolfo (DH): 0-for-2, BB, HBP, .167 AVG, .533 OPS
Blake Rutherford (RF): 0-for-4, .114 AVG, .253 OPS

The Barons fell to 4-7, as they struggled all night to get the big hit, finishing 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. The one run they did manage to push across came courtesy of Mitch Roman, who tied the game in the top of the third. Alfredo González also had a multi-hit game, including a double. González also made a nice play to cut down a baserunner in the seventh.

Starter Kodi Medeiros had a rough night, throwing just 42 of 78 pitches for strikes and walking five in just three innings. However, the bullpen was solid, as Luis Martinez and Hunter Schryver combined for five innings, allowing just one run.

Winston-Salem Dash 9, Wilmington Blue Rocks 8

Zach Lewis: 4.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R (6 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 6.75 ERA
Nick Madrigal (2B): 3-for-4, 2B, HBP, .351 AVG, .849 OPS **MVP**
Luis Robert (CF): 2-for-4, BB, SB, RBI, .477, 1.498 OPS
Jordan George (1B): 2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI, .318 AVG, .892 OPS
Craig Dedelow (LF): 1-for-3, HR, BB, .250 AVG, .797 OPS

The Dash got the affiliates’ only win of the night, as their five-run rally in the seventh proved too much for the Blue Rocks to overcome. The victory got the Dash back up to .500, as they improved to 6-6.

The top prospects on the team, Nick Madrigal and Luis Robert — Tiffany Wintz’s “Dash Boys,” who seem like they will be a package promotion to Birmingham sooner than later — both had multi-hit games. With a three-hit performance in which he reached base four times, Madrigal is named the Dash SSS MVP for the third consecutive game.

In the five-run seventh, Three of those runs came with two outs, as a clutch, game-tying two-run double by Jordan George and go-ahead single by Carlos Perez capped off the comeback.

Delmarva Shorebirds 8, Kannapolis Intimidators 7 (10)

Kade McClure: 3.2 IP, 9 H, 7 R (5 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 5.87 ERA
Ramon Beltre (2B): 3-for-4, 3B, 3 RBI, .350 AVG, .831 OPS **MVP**
Amado Nunez (1B): 1-for-3, 2 BB, RBI, .171 AVG, .408 OPS
Alex Destino (RF): 1-for-4, BB, .357 AVG, .867 OPS
Lenyn Sosa (SS): 1-for-5, .310 AVG, .714 OPS

The Intimidators stormed back to score five in the top of the ninth to send this game into extras, but the late-game heroics were not enough. They fell to 4-6 on the year, after reliever Andrew Perez surrendered a walk-off single in the 10th.

The Intimidators were facing an uphill battle all evening, as they trailed 5-0 after one and 7-0 after four. Kade McClure was yet another starting pitcher who had an off night. Though he did not walk anyone, plenty of Shorebirds reached base against McClure, as he surrendered nine hits in just 3 23 innings.

Ramon Beltre got the Intimidators on the board with triple in the fifth. Beltre came around to score on his own triple, as a throwing error by the Shorebirds center fielder allowed him to advance.

The Intimidators would not score again until the ninth, when the wheels fell off for the Shorebirds. Seven Intimidators would reach base in the inning (four hits, two walks, and one error). The biggest play in the inning was the error, which occurred with two outs and resulted in the tying run being able to cross the plate.