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White Sox Minor League Update: May 9, 2019

Three wins pace a perfect night, punctuated by a blowout win for the Intimidators

Smiles all around: Lenyn Sosa (as well as teammate Ian Dawkins) hit his first home run of the season, spearheading Kannapolis’ rout.
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Birmingham Barons 5, Jackson Generals 2

Luis Robert: 0-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 2 SB (.233 BA, .710 OPS)
Luis Basabe: 1-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 SB (.139 BA, .429 OPS)
Luis Gonzalez: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 SB (.220 BA, .631 OPS)
Gavin Sheets: 2-for-4, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K (.235 BA, .611 OPS)
Blake Rutherford: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K (.170 BA, .487 OPS)
Laz Rivera: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K (.196 BA, .496 OPS)
Bernardo Flores: 6 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K **MVP** (2.84 ERA, 0.97 WHIP)
Zack Burdi: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K (6.75 ERA, 2.50 WHIP)
Hunter Schryver: 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K (0.55 ERA, 0.92 WHIP)

The Barons got off to a quick lead in this one. After being blanked in the first inning, Birmingham scored four in the next two. Nate Nolan started off the scoring in the second with a two-run homer, his first of the season. Gavin Sheets then drove in two, in a much less exciting fashion in the third inning, a single that scored two of the Luises (Gonzalez and Basabe).

After the first three innings, the scoring disappeared for the Barons, as they only saw one more run cross the plate. Luis Robert stole third base and proceeded to score after a throwing error on the Generals catcher. Meanwhile, Bernardo Flores did not need any run support to get the win. With his characteristic quality start, he threw six shutout innings and did not allow a single extra-base hit. Zack Burdi came in for Flores, and though he struck out two and didn’t allow a hit, he threw just two more strikes than balls while also walking two batters. Connor Walsh got into trouble trying to close out the game in the ninth and allowed two runs, but Hunter Schryver was able to preserve the win at 5-2.

Winston-Salem Dash 4, Lynchburg Hillcats 1

Nick Madrigal: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 0 K (.276 BA, .734 OPS)
Steele Walker: 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K (.222 BA, .660 OPS)
Cristian Castillo: 6 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K **MVP** (4.85 ERA, 1.65 WHIP)

Another early lead down on the farm, this time for the Dash, and coming an inning quicker. Winston-Salem gave Castillo a three-run lead after one inning, thanks to Zach Remillard and the ninth inning hero last night, Carlos Perez. Both had singles to create run production, Remillard with one and Perez with two.

Like the Barons, Dash pitching did not need much support either, led by starter Cristian Castillo. Though he was knocked around a bit for seven hits, he was able to minimize the damage. It also helped that the Hillcats were 1-for-11 with RISP, but hey, Castillo and company will take it. The lone run allowed by the Dash was unearned in the fourth inning. Nick Madrigal had a fielding error that allowed a run to score in the Dash’s 4-1 victory.

Kannapolis Intimidators 12, Lexington Legends 1

Ian Dawkins: 5-for-6, 3 R, 2 RBI, 1 HR, 1 K **co-MVP** (.302 BA, .771 OPS)
Lenyn Sosa: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K (.190 BA, .501 OPS)
Romy González: 4-for-5, 2 R, 0 BB, 0 K (.394 BA, 1.005 OPS)
Bryce Bush: 2-for-5, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K (.227 BA, .676 OPS)
Corey Zangari: 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K (.208 BA, .730 OPS)
Jonathan Stiever: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K **co-MVP** (3.32 ERA, 1.32 WHIP)
Jason Bilous: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K (4.50 ERA, 1.57 WHIP)
Andrew Perez: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K (2.93 ERA, 1.96 WHIP)

It was just that kind of day on the farm for the White Sox, stellar pitching at every level. Jonathan Stiever continued a string of successful starts, making it four straight quality starts. In this one, Stiever was truly effective, throwing 67 of his 93 pitches for strikes and never walking a batter. He did allow the lone run of the game for the I’s, but it was on a measly sac fly. The two bullpen arms, Jason Bilous and Andrew Perez, came in after Stiever and continued that success to hold the Legends to one run.

Meanwhile, unlike the Dash and Barons, the Intimidators bats came to play. Though they did not force any walks, the I’s combined for 19 hits on the day. Eight of the nine batters collected a hit, and six had multiple. They also combined for seven extra-base hits, including homers from Ian Dawkins and Lenyn Sosa. Both bombs were their first homers of the season. The I’s success predicated on their batting average with RISP, as they were 6-for-18 (.333 BA) and four of their 12 runs came with two outs. Not a bad day of work for Kannapolis.