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White Sox Minor League Update: April 5, 2019

Charlotte wins with big bats again, while Kannapolis rode a great start by Taylor Varnell for a victory

MLB: Spring Training-Chicago White Sox at Chicago Cubs
Clubber, dang: Danny Mendick hit his second home run in as many games this season to help the Knights win 10-6.
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Charlotte Knights 10, Durham Bulls 6

Jordan Guerrero: 3 23 IP. 9 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

Carson Fulmer: 2 13 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Evan Marshall: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, W (1-0)

Josh Osich: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Thyago Vieira: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Charlie Tilson (CF): 1-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Nicky Delmonico (LF): 1-for-2, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K

Danny Mendick (SS): 1-for-3, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K

Zack Collins (1B): 0-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K

Matt Skole (DH): 2-for-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Sevy Zavala (C): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K

Preston Tucker (RF): 1-for-1, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K

DJ Peterson (3B): 2-for-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K

Ryan Goins (2B): 0-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K

This time in Charlotte, the Knights were the team with a hot start. After starter Jordan Guerrero allowed one run, the Knights came out swinging. Both Matt Skole and Seby Zavala drilled RBI doubles, in Skole’s case driving in two runners. The 2018 offseason signee, DJ Peterson, drove in the fourth and final run of the first inning with a single. Unfortunately, Guerrero continued to struggle during his outing. He was unable to finish four innings, as he allowed nine hits and four runs total and the Bulls tied the game, 4-4.

However, like yesterday, the offense was able to pick up the pitching slack. Peterson hit a two-run home run in the very next inning and Delmonico drove in Charlie Tilson to take back a three-run lead at 7-4. Carson Fulmer came in to relieve Guerrero and sported his typical lack of command. Fulmer allowed four base runners in his first two-plus innings, including an earned run. But again, the offense picked up Fulmer’s earned run as Skole hit a solo homer. The Knights were not done, though. As Evan Marshall calmed down the pitching in Charlotte, Danny Mendick came up big again and hit a two-run bomb to the opposite field to extend the lead to five and essentially put the game out of reach. The Bulls would score just one more run against Josh Osich in the Knights 10-6 win.

Game 1: Biloxi Shuckers 5, Birmingham Barons 3

Tanner Banks: 4 IP. 7 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, L (0-1)

Danny Dopico: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Luis Gonzalez (CF): 0-for-4, 0 BB, 2 K

Micker Adolfo (DH): 0-for-3, 1 BB, 2 K

Blake Rutherford (RF): 1-for-4, 0 BB, 2 K

Laz Rivera (SS): 0-for-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K

Gavin Sheets (1B): 0-for-3, 1 BB, 2 K

Ti’Quan Forbes (3B): 0-for-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K

Mitch Roman (2B): 0-for-1, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K

Alfredo Gonzalez (C): 0-for-0, 1 RBI. 2 BB, 0 K

Joel Booker (LF): 3-for-3, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP**

Unlike the Knights, the Barons fell to a quick deficit in their first game of the day. Starter Tanner Banks allowed five quick runs in the first and second innings. He allowed three in the first off of a three-run home run, and then two in the second off of a two-run homer. It was easy batting practice early for the Shuckers, as they had seven hits in two innings. The Barons were able to add two runs of their own, though. Alfredo Gonzalez had a sac fly and Joel Booker drove in Ti’Quan Forbes with a single.

After a clean third inning from Banks, Booker came up again with runners in scoring position and delivered for the second time. He doubled home Gonzalez to get the game to 5-3. Unfortunately, for the Barons, they were not able to score another run the rest of the game. On the positive side though, neither did the Shuckers. Banks was able to pitch two shutout innings. Danny Dopico took over for Banks and threw two of his own shutout innings in the 5-3 loss.

Game 2: Biloxi Shuckers 5, Birmingham Barons 0

Jimmy Lambert: 4 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K **MVP**

Brian Clark: 1 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

Connor Walsh: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Mitch Roman (2B): 0-for-2, 0 BB, 1 K

Micker Adolfo (DH): 0-for-3, 0 BB, 1 K

Luis Gonzalez (RF): 0-for-3, 0 BB, 0 K

Yermin Mercedes (C): 0-for-1, 2 BB, 0 K

Trey Michalczewski (LF): 1-for-3, 0 BB, 0 K

Gavin Sheets (1B): 0-for-3, 0 BB, 0 K

Ti’Quan Forbes (3B): 0-for-2, 0 BB, 0 K

Ramon Torres (SS): 1-for-2, 0 BB, 0 K

Joel Booker (CF): 0-for-2, 0 BB, 1 K

In the first inning, nothing went well for Jimmy Lambert. He allowed multiple runners on base and the first run across the plate was on a wild pitch. By the end of the inning, the Barons were already down two. After the first, Lambert was able to control the game with three shutout innings. However, the offense was not providing any support. By the fifth inning, the Barons had only managed three baserunners, and only one made it to third (Ramon Torres’ triple). But the Barons were not able to score by the time Brian Clark took over.

Clark did not do well when he entered the game. His command was awful, as he walked three batters. By the end of the fifth inning, Clark had allowed three runs and the Barons were down, 5-0. In the Barons’ last chance in the seventh inning, they were able to load the bases thanks to two walks and a single. Ultimately, they were not able to score a run, and were shut out in game two.

Winston Salem Dash

Kannapolis Intimidators 2, Rome Braves 1

Taylor Varnell: 6 IP. 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, W (1-0) **MVP**

Bennett Sousa: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Lane Ramsey: 2 IP 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, Sv (1)

Lenyn Sosa (SS): 2-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K

Ian Dawkins (LF): 0-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Steele Walker (CF): 1-for-3, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K

Bryce Bush (3B): 0-for-4, 0 BB, 3 K

Amado Nunez (1B): 0-for-4 0 BB, 2 K

Evan Skoug (C): 1-for-2, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K

Logan Sowers (RF): 0-for-3, 0 BB, 2 K

Michael Hickman (DH): 0-for-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Ramon Beltre (2B): 1-for-3, 0 BB, 1 K

In Kannapolis, it was a little bit of a slower start than the other games, as the pitchers took over l in the first few innings. Taylor Varnell pitched three shutout innings before the I’s got a run. Varnell only allowed one hit and struck out four batters in those three innings. In the bottom of the third, the run support arrived, as Steele Walker drove in Hickman and Dawkins with a triple for the I’s second hit of the game.

Walker’s two RBIs were the run support Varnell needed in his first start of the season. He continued to mow down the Rome lineup for the next four innings, allowing only one more hit to keep the 2-0 lead intact. Even better, Varnell did not walk anybody during his outing. Bennett Sousa took over for Varnell and did not do well as his replacement. He allowed one run, Rome’s only run of the game, on a single after he gave up a hit and a walk. He was able to limit the damage, however, to keep the lead intact. Lane Ramsey came on in the eighth inning and was able to get the two-inning save to end the game, 2-1.