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White Sox Minor League Update: April 7, 2019

Intimidators ring up their third straight win, while the Knights come through with another high-scoring victory

Woofin for a W: The game only went to the dogs off the field, as the Intimidators brought home a win on Bark in the Park Day.
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Charlotte Knights 12, Durham Bulls 10

Spencer Adams: 3 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
Evan Marshall: 1 23 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (W, 2-0)
D.J Peterson (DH): 1-for-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Seby Zavala (C): 2-for-5, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 3 K
Preston Tucker (RF): 2-for-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K
Brandon Guyer (CF): 1-for-3, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K
Alcides Escobar (SS): 1-for-3, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K **MVP**
Ryan Goins (2B): 2-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K

The Knights came through with a high-scoring Sunday victory against the Durham Bulls. Starter Spencer Adams took the mound for Charlotte and got hit pretty good, allowing six hits (including a solo shot to right field by Bulls catcher Nick Ciuffo in the top of the second) and three earned in three innings. But Charlotte had some long ball fight in them: D.J. Peterson, Preston Tucker, and Alcides Escobar all blasted homers this afternoon. Catcher Seby Zavala was sharp at the plate as well, collecting two doubles. Ryan Goins had a good game, going 2-for-3 with a single, a double to center, and a walk. Brandon Guyer, playing center field, hit his second double of the season and got hit by a pitch, which forced Peterson home in the bottom of the seventh. Pitcher Evan Marshall had a scoreless outing and got the win in relief, making his record 2-0 this season. The Knights have won three out of their first four games.

Game 1: Birmingham Barons 4, Biloxi Shuckers 0

Bernardo Flores: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Felix Paulino: 5 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K (W, 1-0) **MVP**
Matt Foster: 2 IP, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
Luis Gonzalez (CF): 1-for-3, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K
Gavin Sheets (1B): 0-for 3, 2 BB, 1 K
Ti’quan Forbes (3B): 1-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K
Alfredo Gonzalez (C): 2-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K
Joel Booker (LF): 0-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K

The Barons got their first win of the season, a shutout against Biloxi. The game was a resumption from last night’s fog-suspended game. Starter Bernardo Flores pitched two pretty clean innings, only allowing one hit. Felix Paulino came on the mound in the bottom of the third and was Birmingham’s hero today, with five solid innings, collecting six strikeouts for the day. Luis Gonzalez had a sac fly, hit by pitch, and had his first hit of the season, which was an RBI single. Gavin Sheets went hitless, but still got on base by walking twice. Barons catcher Alfredo González, not normally known for the lumber, showed off at the plate by going 2-for-3 with a walk. In the eighth inning, Matt Foster relieved Paulino and shut the Shuckers down. Foster allowed no runs and had three strikeouts to end the game.

Game 2: Biloxi Shuckers 3, Birmingham Barons 1

Matt Tomshaw: 4 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K (L, 0-1)
Hunter Schryver: 2 IP, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K **MVP**
Luis Gonzalez (CF): 0-for-3, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K
Yermin Mercedes (C): 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K
Trey Michalczewski (1B): 1-for-2, 0 BB, 0 K
Ti’Quan Forbes (3B): 0-for-2, 0 BB, 1 K
Joel Booker (LF): 0-for-2, 0 BB, 1 K

It’s been a rough start to the season for the vaunted Birmingham outfield, with nobody doing much hitting. The Barons didn’t have any spark in Game 2 and were lucky to split the doubleheader against Biloxi today, pushing home just five runs between the two games. Matt Tomshaw had a decent start on the mound, allowing two earned runs in four innings, but the guys just didn’t get the hits up at bat to help out. Luis Gonzalez reached on a throwing error by Shuckers shortstop C.J. Hinojosa in the top of the first, which cued catcher Yermin Mercedes to hit an RBI single and give Birmingham the lead. First baseman Trey Michalczewski went 1-for-2 at the plate, hitting a line-drive single in the top of the second inning for his safety.

Frederick Keys 11, Winston Salem 10

Blake Battenfield: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Kevin Escorcia: 13 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K (L, 0-1)
Luis Robert (CF): 2-for-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K **MVP**
Jameson Fisher (1B): 2-for-6, 1 RBI, 1 K
Craig Dedelow (LF): 1-for-3, 2 BB, 2 K
Tate Blackman (DH): 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Carlos Perez (C): 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K

Winston-Salem lost its first game of the year in heartbreaking fashion; they swung the lumber, but pitching was a problem. Starter Blake Battenfield had a fantastic outing, allowing only one run in six innings, but the Dash relief corps couldn’t hold down the fort. Luis Robert blasted his third bomb of the season, while first baseman Jameson Fisher collected a double and an RBI single. Craig Dedelow continued his hot streak to start the season as well, going 1-for-3 at the plate plus two walks. Catcher Carlos Perez had another nice day as well, going 1-for-3 with an RBI single and two walks. The game was 6-1 Dash heading into the eighth, when the Keys exploded for eight runs in the frame. José Nin pitched a scoreless seventh but took the brunt of the abuse in the eighth, managing just one out while getting tagged for five earned runs. Will Kincanon came on in what became a save situation, but blew it with another three earned before the inning ended. Suddenly down 9-6 late, the Dash rallied for four in their last bats, keyed by Robert’s three-run bomb; La Pantera has been plenty clutch in the first weekend of the season. Unfortunately, Kevin Escorcia punched out his first batter in the ninth but then allowed a single-walk-single-single combo that gave Frederick a walk-off win.

Venus Victor, one of our newest SSS correspondents, shares a few tips and licks with Lenyn Sosa, who turned the pup’s scouting report into an RBI double to key an I’s win.
Dan Victor

Kannapolis Intimidators 2, Rome Braves 1

Konnor Pilkington: 5 23 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K (W, 1-0) **MVP**
Bennett Sousa: 1 13 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 K (S,1)
Lenyn Sosa (2B): 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K
Luis Curbelo (SS): 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K
Evan Skoug (C): 1-for-2, 1 BB, 1 K
Alex Destino (LF): 1-for-3, 0 BB, 0 K
Ramon Beltre (3B): 1-for-3, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Double-duty for me today, taking in the Kannapolis game for photos and interviews this afternoon, minor league update at night! Today’s series finale hosting the Rome Braves was marked by stellar defense and pitching. The game breezed by, ending just a little more than two hours from first pitch. Kannapolis starter Konnor Pilkington got the win, allowing no runs with six strikeouts in 5 23 innings. Ramon Beltre’s single and Michael Hickman’s sac bunt in the bottom of the third set the table for the I’s, with Lenyn Sosa and Luis Curbelo smacking RBI doubles to give Kannapolis the only runs they would end up needing in the game. Evan Skoug had a good game, with a line-drive single and a walk for the I’s. Relief pitcher Bennett Sousa closed it down for Kannapolis, getting three strikeouts of his four outs on the day. The Intimidators looked very good on opening weekend, so let’s hope they keep it going.