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White Sox Minor League Update: May 16, 2019

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Nick Madrigal and Luis Robert homer, and the bullpens dominate, in a fun day in the minors

He’s done it! The first professional home run by Nick Madrigal helped the Dash to victory.
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Charlotte Knights 3, Rochester Red Wings 2 (10)

Danny Mendick: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K (.279 BA, .829 OPS)
Eloy Jiménez: 2-for-5, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K (.364 BA, .819 OPS)
Daniel Palka: 0-for-2, 3 BB, 1 K, (.284 BA, 1.006 OPS)
Seby Zavala: 1-for-5, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K (.233 BA, .746 OPS)
Joel Booker: 0-for-2, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB (.209 BA, .594 OPS)
Colton Turner: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K (4.50 ERA, 1.54 WHIP)
Carson Fulmer: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K (3.27 ERA, 1.45 WHIP)
Ian Hamilton: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K (9.98 ERA, 1.89 WHIP)
Thyago Vieira: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K **MVP** (3.52 ERA, 1.43 WHIP)

Well, it wouldn’t be quite the rehab assignment experience for Eloy Jiménez without an error. In the second inning, the Red Wings scored two runs off of Colton Turner. One was tabbed to Turner, the other to Jiménez as the Knight were off to a 2-0 deficit. The other part of the experience for Eloy, is the big bat that tonight led to a multi-hit game. So, nothing has changed since his IL stint. Knights pitching was able to settle down enough for the bats to come alive. Matt Skole didn’t homer — but he doubled in two runs to tie the game in the sixth.

Charlotte’s bullpen shut down Rochester for the rest of the game. Carson Fulmer, Ian Hamilton, and Thyago Vieira each pitched shutouts in their appearances. In total, Knights pitching combined for 17 strikeouts and only one walk to go along with their one earned run — not a bad day on the bump for Charlotte. The game went into the 10th inning, and Seby Zavala walked it off for the 3-2 victory.


Birmingham Barons 6, Mississippi Braves 4

Luis Robert: 3-for-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K (.300 BA, .955 OPS)
Luis Basabe: 1-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB 3 K, (.164 BA, .452 OPS)
Luis Gonzalez: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K (.223 BA, .618 OPS)
Gavin Sheets: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 2 K (.227 BA, .612 OPS)
Laz Rivera: 2-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K (.242 BA, .602 OPS)
Trey Michalczewski: 1-for-1, HR, 3 RBI (.228 BA, .675 OPS) (pinch-hit GW homer) **MVP**
Jimmy Lambert: 6 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 11 K (3.22 ERA, 1.41 WHIP)
Hunter Schryver: 2 H, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K (1.40 ERA, (1.09 WHIP)

Yermin Mercedes got the Barons out to a lead with an RBI singe in the first inning. However, that lead was not long lasting, as the Braves tied it in the second with a home run and took the lead in the third after an error. From there, though, Jimmy Lambert overpowered Mississippi, ending the game with 11 strikeouts, a new career high. While Lambert was dealing, Luis Robert took back the lead by himself. He clobbered his second Double-A homer to take a 3-2 lead.

When Hunter Schryver came into the game, that lead disappeared, and the Barons were down one heading into the ninth. After Ti’Quan Forbes and Laz Rivera reached base, Trey Michalczewski hit a walk-off homer to win the game.


Winston-Salem Dash 6, Mrytle Beach Pelicans 0

Nick Madrigal: 2-for-5, **1 HR**, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP** (.256 BA, .690 OPS)
Steele Walker: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K (.174 BA, .628 OPS)
Jorgan Cavanerio: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K (3.86 ERA, 1.14 WHIP)

Whoa, whoa, whoa, stop the presses, Nick Madrigal just homered. In the first inning, Madrigal hit one to left field that went over the wall, his first professional home run. As Jordan Cavaneiro dealt, the bats kept getting runs. The Dash tacked on four more runs through the sixth inning, highlighted by an Evan Skoug double that drove in two.

After Cavanerio left, the bullpen combined for five shutout innings led by the game’s winner, Wyatt Burns. He threw 2 23 shutout innings and didn’t allow a hit. Actually, none of the three bullpen arms allowed a hit over the last five innings, as the Dash won, 6-0.


Lexington Legends 6, Kannapolis Intimidators 1

Lenyn Sosa: 2-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP** (.220 BA, .566 OPS)
Romy Gonzalez: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K (.288 BA, .754 OPS)
Bryce Bush: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 3 K (.223 BA, .694 OPS)
Gunnar Troutwine: 1-for-3, 0 BB, 1 K (.273 BA, .764 OPS) (left game early, possible injury)
Davis Martin: 6 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 3 K (6.02 ERA, 1.43 WHIP)
Jason Bilous: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K (4.24 ERA, 1.65)
Andrew Perez: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K (2.33 ERA, 1.66 WHIP)
Bennett Sousa: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (2.08 ERA, 1.50 WHIP)

The first four innings led to no offense, as both starting pitchers were fooling opposing batters. Then the fifth came, and Davis Martin struggled to get through the inning. He allowed five runs in the inning, including a home run. He was able to have a calm sixth inning, but the damage was already done. The I’s did add some runs of their own in the fifth, a Travis Moniot RBI double, but that was it. The bullpen did improve on Martin’s effort, only allowing one run, but the offense could not get anything going. The I’s only had two extra-base hits, and neither of them came around to score.