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White Sox Minor League Update: May 10, 2019

The Intimidators use timely hitting to highlight the affiliates’ lone win

Setting the table: Matt Skole reached base in all four of his plate appearances in the Knights’ loss.
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Before today’s games, the White Sox made a few moves.

Tucker, a 28-year old outfielder, was hitting .284/.352/.420 with the Knights before being released. In 243 major league games with the Braves, Reds, and Astros, he has slashed .229/.281/.403 and was worth -0.6 WAR, per FanGraphs. We wish him the best of luck in the future.

Now, on to the minor league games.

Louisville Bats 5, Charlotte Knights 1

Colton Turner (SP): 3 13 IP, 3 R (3 ER), 5 H, 2 BB, 2 K, 5.14 ERA
Daniel Palka (DH): 1-for-3, BB, .258 AVG, .942 OPS
Danny Mendick (3B): 0-for-5 (3 K), .267 AVG, .807 OPS
Joel Booker (RF): 1-for-4, .200 AVG, .549 OPS
Adam Engel (CF): 0-for-4, .250 AVG, .641 OPS
Matt Skole (1B): 2-for-2, 2 BB, .261 AVG, .947 OPS *MVP*
Alcides Escobar (SS): 2-for-4, 319 AVG, .804 OPS

In the first game in a three-game series, the Knights got off to a slow start, as starter Colton Turner got into trouble in the second inning. He allowed two runs on three hits in that inning, as the Bats (15-20) got on the board first with a two-run Blake Trahan single.

That turned out to be enough support for Louisville pitching. Alfredo González drove in Matt Skole with a single in the fourth to cut the deficit in half. However, that was as close as the Knights got. Even though Skole reached base safely in every plate appearance, and the Knights managed nine hits as a team, they could not push across another run after the González single.

The bullpen had a strong performance, as Matt Tomshaw, José Ruiz, and Thyago Vieira combined to pitch 4 23 innings without allowing any earned runs. However, two unearned runs crossed the plate on Tomshaw’s watch. A D.J. Peterson error, the only error of the game for either team, led to both those runs crossing the plate after a double and a walk, and a sacrifice fly.

The Knights are now 17-16 this season. They will face the Bats again tomorrow at 5:30 CST.

Birmingham Barons at Jackson Generals

If the weather cooperates, the Barons (13-21) will begin a five-game series against the Tennessee Smokies (16-18) tomorrow at 6:00 CST.

Down East Wood Ducks 9, Winston-Salem Dash 2

Jake Elliott (SP): 2 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K, 5.40 ERA
Codi Heuer (RP): 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K, 3.15 ERA
Nick Madrigal (2B): 0-for-4, HBP, .266 AVG, .714 OPS
Steele Walker (DH): 1-for-2, BB, .241 AVG, .699 OPS
Tyler Frost (CF): 0-for-5 (2 K), .226 AVG, .672 OPS
Zach Remillard (SS): 2-for-4, .294 AVG, .780 OPS
Craig Dedelow (RF): 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, .246 AVG, .749 OPS *MVP*

This was the first of a three-game series against the Wood Ducks (25-10), and it was a day to forget. The Dash fell behind early, as starter Jake Elliott only lasted two innings, as he had a rough outing. A walk, stolen base, error, sac fly, and a home run allowed the Wood Ducks to jump out to a 2-0 lead in the first, and they never looked back.

As for the offense, the Dash only managed six hits. The biggest one was a two-run homer by Craig Dedelow in the second to pull the Dash within one. However, the bullpen did not fare much better than Elliott, as it combined for six runs (all earned) in seven innings. The Wood Ducks put this one out of reach with two three-runs innings. One of the few bright spots in this one was 22-year old reliever Codi Heuer, who pitched two perfect innings to lower his ERA to 3.15 and his WHIP to 1.05.

Defense was also an issue, as the Dash made three errors, though only one of the nine Down East runs was unearned. Regardless, the Dash played a sloppy game, and it will be easy to go up from this one.

The Dash fell to 18-15 on the season. They will face the Wood Ducks again at 5:00 CST tomorrow.

Kannapolis Intimidators 4, Lexington Legends 2

Taylor Varnell (SP): 5 IP, 1 R (1 ER), 5 H, 1 BB, 8 K, 2.87 ERA
Ian Dawkins (CF): 2-for-3, 2 BB, RBI, .310 AVG, .792 OPS
Romy González (LF): 0-for-4, BB, .351 AVG, .914 OPS
Bryce Bush (RF): 1-for-3, 2 BB, .230 AVG, .686 OPS
Ramon Beltré (2B): 0-for-4, .235 AVG, .697 OPS
Amado Nuñez (DH): 2-for-4, HR, 2B, 2 RBI, .189 AVG, .494 OPS *MVP*

In the rubber match in a three-game series, the Intimidators took advantage of a strong start by Taylor Varnell to beat the Legends. In his five innings of work, Varnell struck out eight and only walked one. He was quite efficient overall, as he showed solid command of the strike zone. 63 of his 87 pitches (72%) were strikes, and when the Legends (16-17) put the ball in play, it was rarely sharp contact.

Though Lexington struck first on an RBI single, the Intimidators responded by putting a big, crooked number on the board in the fourth. The Intimidators’ three run rally all started with two outs and nobody on base. Amado Nuñez homered to tie the game, and Gunnar Troutwine followed with a single. Ramon Beltré struck out, but the pitch got away from Lexington’s catcher, so the inning continued. The Intimidators took full advantage, as they tacked on two more on singles by Ian Dawkins and Lenyn Sosa.

Reliever Wilber Perez allowed the only other Lexington run on a single in the sixth to make the score 3-2, but that was as close as the Legends got. The Intimidators’ bullpen combined for four innings and only allowed that run. Vince Arobio and Lane Ramsey both pitched a perfect inning to close this one out. Amado Nuñez made their jobs a bit less stressful by getting another big hit in the top of the eighth, as he hit an RBI double to provide some insurance.

The Intimidators improved to 14-18, as they got the affiliates’ only victory of the day. They will start a three-game series in West Virginia against the Power tomorrow at 5:05 CST.