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White Sox Minor League Update: May 12, 2019

All but one game down on the farm on Sunday was a nail-biter

Stifle: John Parke turned his back on the Wood Ducks, but the Dash still lost in extras.
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Charlotte Knights 7, Louisville Bats 6 (finish of May 11 game suspended by rain)

Alcides Escobar (SS) 2-for-5, R, 2 RBI (22)
Danny Mendick (3B) 2-for-3, 2 R, HR (7), 2 RBI (26), 2 BB (.276 BA .852 OPS) **MVP**
Daniel Palka (DH) 2-for-4, R, 2B (3), BB, K
Joel Booker (LF) 2-for-4, R, 2B (2), K
Dylan Cease (SP) 3 23 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 80 pitches/49 strikes (3.54 ERA)
Zach Thompson (RP) 2 13 IP, 3 H, 3 R/2 ER, 2 K (6.14 ERA)
Matt Foster (RP) 2 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB, 3 K, BS (1), W (1-0) (1.13 ERA)
José Ruiz (RP) IP, H, 2 K, S (1) (0.00 ERA)

It wasn’t enough to have Saturday’s game, soggy throughout, suspended and forcing a de facto doubleheader onto Sunday’s action — Charlotte and Louisville had to wait until the ninth inning to decide this one. Once there, the game was won in most bizarre fashion: Paulo Orlando, in his first game back with the organization he started with at Kannapolis in 2006, was the hero on a (eventual) game-winning fielder’s choice/error in the top of the ninth. The winning rally started with singles from Alcides Escobar and Daniel Palka, aided by a walk to Adam Engel to pack the sacks. There, Orlando tapped a grounder to third that resulted in an error, no outs, the seventh run scored, and Orlando on first base. Charlotte was lucky they staggered to the finish line even close to a lead, having gone 3-of-17 with runners in scoring position in the game.

Louisville Bats 5, Charlotte Knights 4 (10)

Matt Skole (1B) 1-for-3, R, HR (8), RBI (18), 2 BB, K (.260 BA, .954 OPS) **MVP**
Daniel Palka (RF) 1-for-4, R, HR (6), RBI (13), K (.271 BA, .985 OPS)
Adam Engel (CF) 0-for-5, 3 K (.200 BA, .554 OPS)
Ryan Goins (2B) 2-for-4, R, RBI (17), 3B (2), K (.330 BA, .981 OPS)
Justin Nicolino (SP): 5 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 5 K, 81 pitches/54 strikes (5.34 ERA)
Thyago Vieira (RP) 13 IP, R, 3 BB, 1 K, 24 pitches/11 strikes, L (2-1) (4.05 ERA)
Carson Fulmer (RP) 2 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 35 pitches/23 strikes (3.60 ERA)

With the count full and the bases loaded to Bats batter Stuart Turner, Thyago Vieira missed high and walking in the winning run in the spontaneous nightcap doubleheader. Shame, because it erased some nice efforts: Ryan Goins’s triple in the ninth to tie the game; Paulo Orlando’s sac fly that briefly put the Knights up, 4-3, in a bid to win two games in his first game back in the White Sox organization without the benefit of a hit; and Justin Nicolino’s relatively sweet starting effort.

Birmingham Barons at Tennessee Smokies: PPD, rain

G1: Down East Wood Ducks 2, Winston-Salem Dash 1 (8)

Nick Madrigal (2B) 0-for-4 (.257 BA, .690 OPS)
Steele Walker (CF) 0-for-2, 2 BB (.226 BA, .690 OPS)
Zach Remillard (SS) 2-for-3, RBI (15), BB, E (9) (.303 BA, .798 OPS)
Craig Dedelow (LF) 2-for-4, K (.254 BA, .757 OPS)
John Parke (SP) 6 IP, 8 H, ER, BB, 93 pitches/60 strikes (3.96 ERA) **MVP**

Winston-Salem comes out on the hind end of a pitcher’s battle in the opener, losing in extras.

G2: Down East Wood Ducks 9, Winston-Salem Dash 0 (7)

Nick Madrigal (DH) 0-for-3 (.250 BA, .673 OPS)
Steele Walker (CF) 0-for-2, BB (.212 BA, .668 OPS)
Jordan George (LF) 1-for-3, 2 E (3) (.239 BA, .712 OPS) **MVP**
Lincoln Henzman (SP) 5 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR, 1 WP, 1 HBP, L (1-2), 86 pitches/56 strikes (6.95 ERA)

Where game one was a true duel, the nightcap was plum embarrassing, as W-S was one-hit, bringing the 15-inning total today to seven hits. Yet the Dash had just one strikeout in the game, so the ball was being put into play. Jordan George had Winston-Salem’s only hit of the game, a single with one out in the fourth. That was also the inning Dash manager Justin Jirischele was tossed from the game by first base ump Steven Dashchinski. Lincoln Henzman had little feel today, getting shelled in every other inning by the Ducks.

This doleful Down East drubbing drops the Dash a full eight games behind the Wood Ducks in the early going.

Oh, the Rally Chicken didn’t work for the Dash today, but it did get us a brand-spanking new writer you’re gonna love, making her debut with tomorrow night’s Minor League Update: Julie Brady. Ask her about spiders.

Kannapolis Intimidators 2, West Virginia Power 1

Lenyn Sosa (SS) 2-for-4, R (.215 BA, .560 OPS)
Ramon Beltre (2B/3B) 2-for-4, picked off of first base (.243 BA, .694 OPS)
Ian Dawkins (CF) 1-for-3, R, BB, K (.321 BA, .815 OPS)
Bryce Bush (RF) 0-for-4, 2 K (.230 BA, .710 OPS)
Johan Dominguez (SP) 4 IP, BB, 6 K, 47 pitches/32 strikes (3.46 ERA) **MVP**
Andrew Perez (RP) 3 IP, H, 6 K, 1 WP, S (1), (2.45 ERA)

A low-hit, low-score affair finally trickles in our favor! A three-hitter by the I’s staff today, Dominguez and Perez sandwiching the only run allowed, by reliever Jason Bilous.