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White Sox Minor League Update: May 15, 2019

Matt Skole keeps his power going to help the Knights win, but the rest of the farm comes up short

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Double trouble: Matt Skole crushed two home runs to lead Charlotte to the win.
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Charlotte Knights 7, Rochester Red Wings 3

Danny Mendick: 1-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 SB (.272 BA, .821 OPS)
Eloy Jiménez: 1-for-2, 0 BB, 1 K (.333 BA, .833 OPS)
Daniel Palka: 2-for-4, 2 R, 0 BB, 1 K (.291 BA, 1.012 OPS)
Matt Skole: 2-for-3, 2 HR, 3 R, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K **MVP** (.278 BA, 1.071 OPS)
Seby Zavala: 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K (.235 BA, .772 OPS)
Adam Engel: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K (.143 BA, .405 OPS)
Jordan Guerrero: 5 13 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K (7.82 ERA, 2.44 WHIP)
Jose Ruiz: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K (0.00 ERA, 0.75 WHIP)

The day after a historic home run night for the Knights (heh), it’s only fitting the scoring started with another one today. After Danny Mendick led off the game with a single and a stolen base, Matt Skole crushed a home run to open up the game 2-0. However, the pitching woes of Jordan Guerrero continued. He did not allow as many runs as he should have, allowing 14 batters to reach base, but he definitely was not sharp. Rochester tied the game the next inning and took the lead in the sixth. But then, Matt Skole struck again with another two-run homer to take back the lead.

The Knights would go on to add three more runs to push the lead to four, with RBIs from Seby Zavala and Alcides Escobar. As the Knights continued their scoring, the bullpen shut down Rochester’s bats, pitching 3 23 innings of shutout baseball to preserve the 7-3 win.

Tennessee Smokies 7, Birmingham Barons 3

Luis Robert: 2-for-5, 2 R, 0 BB, 2 K **MVP** (.261 BA, .824 OPS)
Luis Basabe: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K (.157 BA, .447 OPS)
Luis Gonzalez: 0-for-2, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K (.222 BA, .621 OPS)
Gavin Sheets: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K (.234 BA, .630 OPS)
Blake Rutherford: 1-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K (.179 BA, .525 OPS)
Laz Rivera: 1-for-2, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 0 K (.233 BA, .590 OPS)
Bernardo Flores: 5 13 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K (2.70 ERA, 0.99 WHIP)
Zack Burdi: 1 23 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K (4.91 ERA, 2.05 WHIP)

Well, that didn’t take long for the Barons. Luis Robert ripped a single to lead off the game and two batters later, Luis Gonzalez drove him in with a sacrifice fly. With the early lead, Bernardo Flores sailed through three innings but in the fourth, a wild pitch led to an earned run and a 1-1 tie. Laz Rivera came back the next inning to push Birmingham back into the lead, but the fifth inning was a bunch of trouble. With two outs, Flores was tabbed with an error due to interference. Because of his error, four unearned (really, they should be earned since the error was on the pitcher) runs. Zack Burdi came in to try to lessen the damage, but he allowed a home run later in the inning to push the lead out to 7-2. The Barons would threaten in the ninth and score one run; the bases were loaded with two outs, but Robert struck out to end the game with the loss.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans 1, Winston-Salem Dash 0

Steele Walker: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 1 K (.186 BA, .654 OPS)
Cristian Castillo: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K **MVP** (4.17 ERA, 1.47 WHIP)

A bit of a bummer of a game tonight in Myrtle Beach, especially for Dash bats. In total, the Dash offense reached base just four times, three singles and a walk, while also striking out 10 times. Not a good recipe for success, as they were shut out. Meanwhile, the pitching, led by Cristain Castillo, was very good. He threw seven innings of one-run baseball, needing only 81 pitches.

Lexington Legends 4, Kannapolis Intimdators 2

Ian Dawkins: 3-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP** (.347 BA, .863 OPS)
Lenyn Sosa: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 0 K (.212 BA, .555 OPS)
Romy Gonzalez: 0-for-2, 2 BB, 0 K (.309 BA, .805 OPS)
Bryce Bush: 0-for-3, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 3 K (.230 BA, .714 OPS)
Luis Curbelo: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 2 K (.176 BA, .545 OPS)
Taylor Varnell: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K (2.89 ERA, 0.94 OPS)

The I’s were able to get out to a quick lead, as Bryce Bush drove in Ian Dawkins with a sac fly. However, thanks to some unconventional scoring in the second, the Legends took the lead. After an error by Luis Curbelo, the Legends scored one run on a fielder’s choice and another on a caught stealing. Kannapolis was able to return the favor with odd scoring in their half of the second, on a wild pitch. After all that, it was back to being tied at 2-2. That was it, though, for I’s scoring.

After the two unearned runs, Taylor Varnell gave up two more runs, and this time, they were tabbed to him. He allowed an RBI double in the second and a home run in the third. He was not his usual dominant self, but he pitched well enough to deserve the win. While the offense could not get anything going, the I’s bullpen did do well after Varnell left: Austin Conway and Sam Long combined for three innings of one-hit, shutout baseball, to finish out the game.