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White Sox Minor League Update: June 12, 2019

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The two top farm clubs win nail-biters, while the two bottom lose likewise

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers
Smash want back to South Side: Daniel Palka crushed another ball, for his 14th homer of the year.
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Charlotte Knights 7, Syracuse Mets 6

Jon Jay: 1-for-5, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K (.250 BA, .542 OPS)
Daniel Palka: 2-for-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K (.251 BA, .895 OPS) **MVP**
Zack Collins: 0-for-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K (.258 BA, .887 OPS)
Seby Zavala: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K (.218 BA, .730 OPS)
Danny Mendick: 1-for-3, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K (.265 BA, .766 OPS)
Ross Detwiler: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K (3.71 ERA, 1.26 WHIP)
Jordan Stephens: 1 23 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K (8.60 ERA, 1.88 WHIP)
Carson Fulmer: 23 IP, 1 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 0 K (4.03 ERA, 1.39 WHIP)

The Knights were able to win a true back-and-forth game tonight. The first run of the game came in the second inning, off of another Daniel Palka home run, his 14th of the season. However, in the bottom half of the inning the Mets came back to tie the game. This is going to get redundant, but in the next half inning, the Knights scored again. Chief Justice Jay singled home a run to take back the lead, and Palka added another run off of a sac fly. However, yes, in the next half inning, Syracuse was able to cut down the lead as Ross Detwiler allowed the first of his two home runs on the day. The second home run allowed came in the fifth, and just like that, the game was tied.

Other than the homers, Detwiler was pretty alright. He got the quality start and was great with runners in scoring position, as Syracuse went 1-for-6 during his six innings. After he was pulled, the big offensive inning came for Charlotte in the eighth. Alcides Escobar drove in the first run with a double, advancing Zack Collins to third. Collins then scored on a passed ball to push the lead to two. Seby Zavala added the third run of the inning with a single, and that was that. Ryan Goins would add more insurance in the ninth, with a homer, and it was much needed. Carson Fulmer allowed three runs in the ninth to have the game end at 7-6.

How did the game, you may ask? If you skipped it, take a look at the play above.


Birmingham Barons 1, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 0

Luis Robert: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K (.329 BA, .903 OPS)
Nick Madrigal: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 0 K (.500 BA, 1.158 OPS)
Luis Basabe: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 1 K (.221 BA, .571 OPS)
Gavin Sheets: 0-for-2, 1 BB, 1 K (.251 BA, .676 OPS)
Blake Rutherford: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 1 K (.228 BA, .589 OPS)
Luis Gonzalez: 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP** (.231 BA, .625 OPS)
Laz Rivera: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 1 K (.250 BA, .596 OPS)
Blake Battenfield: 5 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K (4.88 ERA
Zack Burdi: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (5.89 ERA

Well, the hitters weren’t exactly hitting in this game. In fact, the starter for the Jumbo Shrimp, Kolton Mahoney, threw six innings of perfect baseball. Yes, every singe Barons hitter was retired during Mahoney’s six innings. Thankfully, Blake Battenfield and the Birmingham bullpen was almost as good.

Battenfield ran into some pitch count problems, running up 89 in just five innings. The bullpen though, was terrific: Danny Dopico, Luis Martinez, and Zack Burdi threw four perfect innings. During Martinez’s appearance, Birmingham’s bats finally ended the perfect game — and even scored a run! Gavin Sheets opened up the eighth with a walk, and later in the inning Luis Gonzalez ended the no-hitter and the shutout with a RBI single. Burdi closed down the game in the ninth, for the 1-0 win.


Winston-Salem Dash

W-S press box denizen Julie Brady is not pleased.


Greenville Drive 3, Kannapolis Intimidators 1

Ian Dawkins: 2-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K (.344 BA, .866 OPS)
Lenyn Sosa: 1-f0r-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K (.229 BA, .617 OPS)
Luis Curbelo: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K (.179 BA, .536 OPS)
Davis Martin: 5 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K (6.35 ERA, 1.50 WHIP)
Devon Perez: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K **MVP** (1.17 ERA, 0.78 WHIP)

After three scoreless innings and with a dominant Davis Martin, the game finally lit up, at least briefly. The I’s scored first, in the fourth inning, as Alex Destino drove in Lenyn Sosa to put Kannapolis up, 1-0. However, Martin ran into trouble in the bottom of the fourth, as well as the fifth. He allowed a two-RBI double, and then another run in the fifth, and that was it for Martin on the day. He allowed 10 baserunners, but did attack the strike zone, throwing only 20 balls on 87 pitches. Devon Perez took over for Martin and was brilliant, finishing last three innings perfectly. Perez struck out five of the nine batters he faced and only had 14 balls compared to 37 strikes. Unfortunately, the I’s were blanked the rest of the way, and lost, 3-1.


DSL Dbacks 11, DSL White Sox 7 (10)

Luis Pineda: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 2 K (.143 BA, .464 OPS)
Francisco Benitez: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K (7.04 ERA, 1.70 WHIP) **MVP**

What stared out as a bit of a pitcher’s duel became an offensive onslaught. Francisco Benitez, though he did struggle with command in tossing three walks, only allowed one run in his first five innings. It was his best stint so far in the young DSL season, but his command issues from 2018 are still around this year. When Benitez left the game, the DSL Sox had a 3-1 lead.

However ...

The seventh inning was the start of the unraveling for the Sox. Thanks to some unruly defense, three unearned runs crossed the plate and, just like that the DSL Sox were down. The Sox were able to mount a comeback after the deficit reached three, tying the game and providing some free baseball in the Dominican. But in the 10th inning, the DSL Dbacks scored four runs to put the game out of reach.