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White Sox Minor League Update: June 17, 2019

Teenagers play baseball, but do not win

Start of a Comeback: 2014 Yankees second-rounder Jacob Lindgren is working his way back from two TJ surgeries

AZL Mariners 7, AZL White Sox 6

Hector Acosta: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
Jacob Lindgren: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (H, 1)
Tyler Johnson: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (H, 1)
Vladimir Nuñez: 1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K (L, 0-1)(BS, 1)
James Beard (CF): 0-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E
Samil Polanco (2B): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K
Jose Rodriguez (SS): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS **MVP**
DJ Gladney (DH): 1-for-4, 1 K
Tyler Osik (1B): 1-for-4, 1 R, 3 K
Ivan Gonzalez (C): 1-for-2, 1 R, 2 BB
Josue Guerrero (RF): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K

The AZL White Sox snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in their season opener on Monday night. Starter Hector Acosta, now in his third season of professional baseball (albeit with limited innings), gave up four runs in a tumultuous fourth, but it was Vladimir Nuñez, signed days ago as an undrafted free agent, who blew it with three runs in the eighth (and three strikeouts, at least). In between, Jacob Lindgren (who’s recovering from his second Tommy John surgery) and Tyler Johnson (who’s been MIA with a lat strain all year) pitched scoreless innings.

Fourth-round speedster James Beard reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on a Jose Rodriguez triple as part of a six-run third. Samil Polanco, who doubled earlier, also scored on that triple. Polanco is a 19-year-old switch hitter, and last season in the DSL he hit .274/.314/.371/.685. Rodriguez turned 18 last month and also played in the DSL last year, hitting .291/.318/.401/.719 over 60 games. Tyler Osik (27th round), Ivan Gonzalez (8th round), DJ Gladney (16th round), and Josue Guerrero (2016 international free agent signee) all had one hit apiece.

DSL Reds 8, DSL White Sox 4

Ronaldo Guzman: 3 ⅓ IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
Wilber Sánchez (SS): 2-for-4, 2 BB, 1 SB, 1 CS
Anthony Espinoza (2B): 2-for-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB, 1 E **MVP**
Benyamin Bailey (LF): 2-for-4, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
Luis Pineda (C): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Johnabiell Laureano (CF): 1-for-5, 1 K
Edwin Peralta (3B): 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 CS, 1 E

The White Sox Dominican Summer League team drew seven walks to supplement nine hits, but still lost to their Reds counterpart, 8-4. Ronaldo Guzman, 16, had another good outing on the mound, and has struck out 15 over 11 ⅓ innings in his three appearances. Carlos Mola and Jorge Ferrer combined to give up six runs and walk four in just over four innings of work, though, and the team went 4-for-16 with runners in scoring position to drop to four games under .500.

The Sox got off to a strong start in the bottom of the first — Wilber Sánchez, a 17-year-old in his first professional season, led off with a walk and his fifth stolen base, then scored on Anthony Espinoza’s fourth double. They scored one apiece in the sixth, seventh, and eighth (Alberto Bernal reaches on error, Benyamin Bailey single, Luis Pineda run-scoring double; Sánchez walk, Espinoza RBI single; Luis Pineda walk, passed ball, Johnabiell Laureano reaches on error, Edwin Peralta RBI single). However, with 13 runners left on base, four runs was all they could muster.