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White Sox Minor League Update: June 9, 2019

Knights and Barons split doubleheaders, Intimidators took a loss, and Winston-Salem gets rained out again

Power swings: Amado Nuñez and Lenyn Sosa both hit home runs, but the I’s still fell short.
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Game 1 (resumed): Louisville Bats 6, Charlotte Knights 4

Colton Turner: 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 HR
Carson Fulmer: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Jordan Stephens: 2 23 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K (L, 2-4)
Jon Jay (DH): 1-for-2, 2B, 1 R, 0 K
Zack Collins (PH-DH): 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Paulo Orlando (LF): 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 0 K **MVP**
Alcides Escobar (3B): 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Ryan Goins (2B): 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K

Surprising that the Charlotte Knights were able to get both games in this afternoon, with all this rain. The Knights continued their game from yesterday from the bottom of the fourth, tied 2-2, and kept pretty even with Louisville until the eighth. Charlotte’s pitching wasn’t bad, but nothing stopped the Bats from scoring. Paulo Orlando did start off the bottom of the first (yesterday) with an RBI walk, sending DH Jon Jay (on rehab assignment) home.

Colton Turner had a rough start, allowing two solo homers in the top of the second. The Knights scored their tying run in the fourth on an Alcides Escobar RBI single. Louisville came right back with RBI singles in the top of the fifth and sixth, making the score 4-2, Bats.

Orlando scored in the bottom of the sixth on Ryan Goins’s single, then Orlando tied the game back up in the seventh with sac fly to score pinch-hitter Zack Collins (replacing Jay as DH). Jordan Stephens ended up getting the loss after he allowed a run-scoring ground ball single in the top of the eighth. Louisville would score an insurance run on a homer in the ninth off closer Matt Foster to finish the game.

Game 2: Charlotte Knights 9, Louisville Bats 5 (6)

Dylan Cease: 23 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 0 K
Connor Walsh: 3 13 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K (W, 1-0)
Jimmy Cordero: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
Adam Engel (CF): 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, 0 K **MVP**
Matt Skole (DH): 0-for-3, 2 R, 3 BB, 0 K
Zack Collins (C): 2-for-4, 3 RBI, 1 K
Ryan Goins (2B): 1-for-2, 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K

The Knights started Game 2, and their first game of the season as the Caballeros, in very rocky fashion. Starter Dylan Cease didn’t last long, allowing four runs in the top of the first. Among his 40 pitches, Cease walked in a run, and a Zack Collins passed ball scored another. Cease left the bases loaded with two outs for Connor Walsh, who allowed two more runs on a double. There probably would’ve been more scoring in the first, but center fielder Adam Engel came to the rescue with an assist to home to end the inning.

Walsh pitched a good game, and the Knights boys were able to get the heat going in the bottom of the third. Engel (also known as the Man of Steal) blasted a two-run homer, Daniel Palka followed with an RBI Single, Matt Skole scored on a Collins ground out, and Ryan Goins clocked a two-run double, all in the third! The Knights would score two runs in the bottom of the sixth on a Collins single before the rain started to fall again. The game was called after the mandatory 45 minute wait, and the Knights stole the nightcap, 9-5, in six innings!

Game 1: Mobile BayBears 10, Birmingham Barons 2

Lincoln Henzman: 5 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K (L, 0-1)
Wyatt Burns: 1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
Nick Madrigal (2B): 3-for-4, 2B, 1 RBI, 0 K **MVP**
Ti’Quan Forbes (3B): 2-for-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K
Blake Rutherford (DH): 3-for-3, 0 K
Trey Michalczewski (LF): 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 0 K
Laz Rivera (SS): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 K, SB

There’s not much to say about Birmingham this first half. Individually the Barons ballplayers are good, but they’ve been really struggling coming together as a team so far this season. Mobile dominated the Barons in Game 1 of this afternoon’s doubleheader. Barons pitchers Lincoln Henzman and Wyatt Burns had rough outings. Starter Henzman had a throwing error in the bottom of the fourth on a pickoff attempt, which led to the lone unearned run (along with five earned) of his outing.

The Barons only collected two runs, the first coming in the top of the fourth when Ti’Quan Forbes scored on a Trey Michalczewski ground ball single that was deflected by the first baseman. The other run, coming too late, was a seventh-inning Nick Madrigal double sending Laz Rivera home. Madrigal continues to shine in Double-A, but even he couldn’t illuminate a dark Barons loss.

Game 2: Birmingham Barons 7, Mobile BayBears 4

Mauricio Cabrera: 13 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 1 K
Kodi Medeiros: 3 23 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR (W, 1-8)
Danny Dopico: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Luis Robert (LF): 1-for-4, HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K
Nick Madrigal (2B): 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 0 K, SB **co-MVP**
Luis Gonzalez (CF): 1-for-4, 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K **co-MVP**
Gavin Sheets (1B): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K
Ramon Torres (3B): 2-for-3, 2B, 1 R , 0 BB, 0 K

After a depressing defeat in Game 1, the Barons came back and showed some fire against the BayBears. Starter Mauricio Cabrera was taken out early in the first after allowing two runs and four walks, relieved by Kodi Medeiros (perhaps previewing a future bullpen role), who ended up getting the win for the boys. Luis Robert crushed a homer to start the ballgame in the top of the first, and Gavin Sheets would also get an RBI single in the inning, sending Nick Madrigal home. Sheets would score in the top of the fourth on a line drive single from Laz Rivera. Pitcher Medeiros allowed a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth, temporarily putting the BayBears ahead, 4-3.

Madrigal got the party started again for the Barons in the fifth, with an RBI single to score Alfredo Gonzalez. Also in the fifth, Luis Gonzalez blasted a two-run double and Blake Rutherford would send in another run on a single to left, putting the Barons on top for good, 7-4. Pitcher Danny Dopico came on the mound in the bottom of the fifth for two solid innings, allowing only one walk and collecting two strikeouts. Pitcher Zack Burdi replaced Dopico in the seventh and closed down shop for the Barons, getting the save for the boys.

Doubleheader: Winston-Salem Dash vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans — cancelled (wet grounds)

Game 1 (resumed): Augusta GreenJackets 6, Kannapolis Intimidators 3

Sam Long: 1 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
Jason Bilous: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K , 1 HR
Andrew Perez: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K (L,0-3)
Ian Dawkins (CF): 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 0 K
Lenyn Sosa (SS): 1-for-4, HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Luis Curbelo (3B): 1-for-4, 1 K
Amado Nuñez (DH): 3-for-4, HR, 2 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K **MVP**
Ramon Beltre (2B): 1-for-4, 2 K

The Intimidators and GreenJackets resumed last night’s rain-suspended game in the second inning. Before the rain started yesterday, Amado Nuñez blasted a homer in the top of the second, so the Intimidators started today’s game ahead, 1-0. Pitcher Jason Bilous allowed a solo homer in the bottom of the second to tie the game, but would hold Augusta batters for four innings beyond that, collecting three strikeouts.

Lenyn Sosa would put Kannapolis back on top, 2-1 in the seventh, with a homer to right field. The Intimidators were fine until the eighth, when Andrew Perez started struggling (allowing three runs) and Lane Ramsey came in to bail him out. Ramesy had it rough, though, allowing another two runs to put the GreenJackets ahead, 6-2. Ian Dawkins tried to get something going in the ninth with an RBI single to score Nuñez, but was unable to keep it going.

Game 2: Kannapolis Intimidators vs. Augusta GreenJackets — postponed (rain)