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White Sox Minor League Update: April 28, 2019

The Intimidators get a ninth-inning victory, the Dash win a close one, and the Barons snap their losing streak

Throwing heat: Blake Battenfield has another quality start on the mound.

Indianapolis Indians 9, Charlotte Knights 8

Spencer Adams: 4 23 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
Juan Minaya: 2 13 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K (L, 1-1)
Zack Collins (C): 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 K
Danny Mendick (SS): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, SB
Matt Skole (1B): 2-for-2, 2B, HR, 3 R, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 0 K
D.J, Peterson (3B): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Ryan Goins (2B): 3-for-5, HR, 1 R, 3 RBI, 0 K **MVP**

The Knights came up short again against Indianapolis, getting some big hits, but a homer in the ninth snatched the game away, 9-8.

Starter Spencer Adams had a wild pitch early in the top of the first which sent a run home. But Matt Skole, who had himself a stellar afternoon, blasted his seventh bomb of the season to get things even in the second. Joel Booker made his debut with the Knights this afternoon after dominating in Birmingham, and his GIDP in drove in D.J. Peterson. Booker got no hits, but walked and stole a base in the fifth, scoring on Ryan Goins’s three-run blast to left field to put Charlotte up, lead 8-5.

Danny Mendick’s throwing error in the eighth tied the game 8-8, and Indianapolis took the lead for good in the top of the ninth, with a home run off of Juan Minaya.

Birmingham Barons 7, Montgomery Biscuits 3

Felix Paulino: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, HR (W, 3-1)
Hunter Schryver: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K (H, 1)
Luis Basabe (CF): 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Yermin Mercedes (C): 3-for-5, 1 RBI, 0 K **CO-MVP**
Micker Adolfo (DH): 1-for-4, 2B, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Trey Michalczewski (3B): 1-for-2, 2B, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K
Ti’Quan Forbes (3B): 2-for-4, 1 R, 3 RBI, 0 K **CO-MVP**

Roster note: Luis Basabe was promoted from his rehab assignment at Winston-Salem on Sunday, and got a start in his first game back in Birmingham, going 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI.

Pitching was the key to Birmingham snapping its losing streak this afternoon, holding Montgomery to only three runs. And a seventh-inning storm from Barons batters didn’t hurt, either.

The Biscuits got the first run of the game in the third when catcher Brett Sullivan made a risky move and stole home.

Starter Felix Paulino (who ended up having a decent outing) allowed a solo homer in the fourth and allowed the Biscuits’ last run, in the sixth, off of an RBI single.

But then came the seventh for the Barons, a crooked number of five runs to ensure victory. Driving the offense were Yermin Mercedes, who had a great day at the plate (going 3-for-5 and extending his hitting streak to 13 games) and Ti’Quan Forbes (two-run single in the eighth).

Hunter Schryver collected two strikeouts and a fly out in the ninth to secure the win.

Winston-Salem Dash 2, Frederick Keys 1

Blake Battenfield: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, HR **CO-MVP**
Kevin Escorcia: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 K (W, 1-1)
Luis Robert (CF): 1-for-2, HR (7), 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K **CO-MVP**
Nick Madrigal (DH): 1-for-3, 1 BB, 0 K
Jameson Fisher (1B): 0-for-2, 2 BB, 1 K
Zach Remillard (SS): 0-for-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Tate Blackman (3B): 0-for-2, 1 RBI, 1 K, SF
JJ Muno (2B): 1-for-3, 0 RBI, 0 K

This summary is short and sweet, with the Dash winning a low-scoring game against the Keys. Another The key was a stellar pitching performance by Blake Battenfield with three strikeouts and just one earned run in six innings. Kevin Escorcia and José Nin held down the fort for the Dash after Battenfield’s day was done.

Frederick was the first on the board with a solo homer in the top of the second off of Battenfield. The Dash boys made sure it would be their only run, though. And meanwhile, all rumors of Luis Robert falling back to Earth are overblown. He’s back! Robert blasted a homer in the sixth to tie the game at 1-1. Tate Blackman came through for the team with a sac fly to right field in the seventh sending Zach Remillard home for the eventual winning run. Another nice afternoon win for Winston-Salem.

Kannapolis Intimidators 7, Rome Braves 6

Taylor Varnell: 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
Zack Burdi: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 K (W,1-1)
Ian Dawkins (LF): 1-for-3, 2B, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K
Steele Walker (CF): 2-for-4, 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K **MVP**
Luis Curbelo (3B): 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 K
Amado Nuñez (1B): 3-for-5, 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0 K
Logan Sowers (DH): 2-for-5, 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 K

Steele Walker got the job done at the plate today, with another MVP performance.
Tiffany Wintz/ South Side Sox

The Intimidators were looking good again this afternoon against the Rome Braves. Kannapolis got key hits, complemented by great pitching from Taylor Varnell and Zack Burdi.

K-Town started the show early, scoring five runs in the top of the fifth off of a Logan Sowers two-run double, a fielding error by the third baseman, and a Steele Walker two-run double. The I’s had it, 5-0.

Rome eventually got to Varnell, touching him for two runs in the fifth. Sam Long would relieved, but the Braves eventually got to Long, too, this time for a three-run triple in the seventh that tied the ballgame at 5-5.

Rome in fact took the lead in the eighth with a RBI single of of Burdi. No need to fear, though, because Bryce Bush (playing right field today, for the first time in his professional career) and Amado Nuñez hit RBI singles in the ninth to snatch the lead right back, 7-6.

Austin Conway took the ninth and had a 1-2-3 inning to get the victory! The Intimidators finished the series on a high note and head back home proud.