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White Sox Minor League Update: June 2, 2019

A walk-off home run and a mammoth Luis Robert homer highlight a 3-2 day

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Back to business: Shortly after being awarded White Sox Minor League Player of the Month for May, Luis Robert homered again.
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Charlotte Knights 2, Toledo Mud Hens 1 (7)

Jordan Guerrero (SP): 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 4 BB, 2 K, 7.07 ERA

Adam Engel (CF): 1-for-3, 2B, HBP, .212 AVG, .719 OPS

Daniel Palka (RF): 1-for-3, RBI, .261 AVG, .916 OPS

Paulo Orlando (LF): 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, .301 AVG, .931 OPS *MVP*

Matt Skole (1B): 0-for-2, BB, .255 AVG, .937 OPS

Zack Collins (C): 1-for-3, 2B, .248 AVG, .898 OPS

In the first game of today’s doubleheader, Jordan Guerrero pitched around four walks and two hits without allowing any runs, though he lasted only three innings. He did not make it easy on himself, but Guerrero lowered his ERA to 7.07 with this scoreless performance. Guerrero threw 60 pitches and only 32 strikes (53%). Walk rate has been an issue for him this season, as it increased from and already dangerous 4.44 BB/9 to 4.89 BB/9 today.

The offense did just enough to back the pitchers. Paulo Orlando drove in the first run of the game with a double in the third inning. This was nearly a two-run double, but Adam Engel was thrown out at home as he attempted to double the Knights’ lead.

The Knights did double their lead in the fifth, when Daniel Palka hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Ryan Goins and send Engel to third with just one out. Though the Knights could not push across another run that inning, they did not have to, as two runs was enough.

The bullpen got the job done, as Tanner Banks and Matt Foster combined to throw four innings, and they only allowed one unearned run on three hits. Banks and Foster lowered their ERAs to 2.70 and 3.50, respectively.

Toledo Mud Hens 3, Charlotte Knights 1 (7)

Ross Detwiler (SP): 6 IP, 3 R (3 ER), 8 H, 2 BB, 5 K, 3.91 ERA

Adam Engel (CF): 0-for-3, .212 AVG, .719 OPS

Daniel Palka (1B): 0-for-3, .261 AVG, .916 OPS

Paulo Orlando (RF): 1-for-3, HR, .301 AVG, .931 OPS *MVP*

Matt Skole (DH): 0-for-3, .255 AVG, .937 OPS

Seby Zavala (C): 0-for-3, .211 AVG, .734 OPS

Alcides Escobar (SS): 1-for-2, BB, .307 AVG, .806 OPS

The offense was nearly nonexistent in the second game of the doubleheader. The Knights only got two hits and drew just one walk en route to a 3-1 loss. However, one of those hits was a home run by Paulo Orlando to drive in the Knights’ lone run.

Besides Orlando’s home run, the only times a Knight reached base safely were when Alcides Escobar singled and walked.

Ross Detwiler had a decent performance, as he pitched a complete game, albeit a shortened one. He pitched all six innings and allowed three runs, all earned. Detwiler struck out five Mud Hens. The Mud Hens managed eight hits against him, and they drew two walks.

Daniel Palka played first base in this game, marking the third time this season he has done so. He has no major league experience at this position, but hey, it cannot hurt to try, especially considering his struggles in the outfield.

After splitting today’s doubleheader, the Knights’ record sits at 30-24. They will come back home for an eight-game homestand, which will start with a three-game series against the Gwinnett Stripers. The first of those games will start at 6:04 CST on Monday.

Jackson Generals 14, Birmingham Barons 12 (10)

Lincoln Henzman (SP): 5 23 IP, 6 R (6 ER), 10 H, 0 BB, 3 K, 9.53 ERA

Alec Hansen (RP): 2 IP, 2 R (2 ER), 2 H, 3 BB, 4 K, 4.22 ERA

Luis Robert (DH): 2-for-6, HR, .325 AVG, .930 OPS *MVP*

Yermin Mercedes (C): 2-for-3, 2 BB, 2 RBI, .355 AVG, .969 OPS

Gavin Sheets (1B): 3-for-5, 5 RBI, .247 AVG, .645 OPS

Blake Rutherford (RF): 2-for-5, BB, .200 AVG, .549 OPS

Luis González (CF): 0-for-3, 3 BB, .227 AVG, .629 OPS

Barons starter Lincoln Henzman started strong, but things would not end that way for him, as the Generals got to him late. In the first five innings, Henzman allowed just two runs, and both of those were the result of some pretty bad BABIP luck.

However, the Generals solved Henzman in the sixth inning. Henzman gave up four hits including a double that inning, as the Generals chased him from the game. All four of those Generals came around to score. He received no help from reliever Alec Hansen, who allowed the only runner he inherited from Henzman to score. In addition to that run, Hansen allowed two of his own hitters to score, both on home runs. By the end of that inning, the Generals had put six on the board to take an 8-4 lead. Hansen did, however, finish strong. He pitched a scoreless seventh inning in which he struck out two and retired the only two he faced in the eighth.

But, the Generals were not the only ones putting crooked numbers on the board. The Barons did plenty of that, as well, including a three-spot in their half of the sixth. One of the many highlights of the offense’s day was this long Luis Robert home run.

My goodness, what a pleasure it is to watch that guy play. This was his third home run with Birmingham and one of two Barons homers of the day. With two outs, the Barons scored two more after Luis González and Yermin Mercedes drew walks, and Gavin Sheets drove them both in with a double. The Barons took the lead in the eighth, when Gavin Sheets drove in a pair with a bases loaded single.

However, Wyatt Burns failed to protect the one-run lead. Burns allowed five singles in one and one-thirds innings, as he was fortunate to only allow one General to score. In the tenth, the Generals took the lead for good with a sacrifice fly off Hunter Schryver. Schryver allowed back-to-back home runs after the sacrifice fly, as the Generals blew it open with a five-spot. The Barons answered with three runs in the bottom half, two from a Ti’Quan Forbes home run, but it was not enough.

The Barons fell to 21-34 and will face the Generals twice more tomorrow. The first of those games will start at 5:00 CST.

Winston-Salem Dash 3, Fayetteville Woodpeckers 2

Kade McClure (SP): 6 IP, 1 R (1 ER), 5 H, 2 BB, 5 K, 1.50 ERA *MVP*

Tyler Frost (RF): 2-for-4, 3B, RBI, .240 AVG, .729 OPS

Nick Madrigal (2B): 0-for-3, 2 RBI, .275 AVG, .724 OPS

Steele Walker (CF): 1-for-4, .213 AVG, .628 OPS

Zach Remillard (SS): 0-for-4, .314 AVG, .823 OPS

Craig Dedelow (LF): 0-for-4, .250 AVG, .755 OPS

Carlos Perez (C): 1-for-4, RBI, .269 AVG, .676 OPS

It was a successful debut with Class-A Advanced Winston-Salem for starting pitcher Kade McClure. He pitched six innings and only allowed one run on five hits. The one run came early on, as he allowed three singles in the first inning. After that point, however, he was nearly unhittable.

On offense, Nick Madrigal tied the game in the sixth and gave the Dash the lead in the eighth. Madrigal drove in these runs with a groundout and a sacrifice fly, as he did not get any hits. Carlos Perez drove in an important insurance run in the top of the ninth with a single to drive in Jameson Fisher.

The bottom of the ninth inning was dramatic. Inheriting a 3-1 lead, closer Wil Kincanon had a rough outing, but he did just enough to shut the door. He allowed one run on two hits, and he issued two walks before forcing a ground ball to strand the bases loaded.

The Dash improved to 31-24 on the season and will take on the Woodpeckers again tomorrow at 6:00 CST.

Kannapolis Intimidators 4, Hickory Crawdads 3

Sam Long (SP): 4 IP, 2 R (2 ER), 3 H, 3 BB, 3 K, 3.00 ERA

Ian Dawkins (CF): 1-for-4, RBI, .349 AVG, .880 OPS

Lenyn Sosa (SS): 2-for-4, 2B, .231 AVG, .618 OPS

Amado Nuñez (DH): 1-for-3, HR, BB, .184 AVG, .547 OPS *MVP*

Corey Zangari (1B): 1-for-4, RBI, .161 AVG, .559 OPS

Ramon Beltré (2B): 3-for-4, 2B, .231 AVG, .638 OPS

Gunnar Troutwine (C): 1-for-4, RBI, .274 AVG, .729 OPS

Starter Sam Long had a decent performance, allowing two runs in four innings. However, his control was an issue, as he issued three walks while only throwing 37 of his 66 pitches (56%) for strikes. As a result, he was removed early on in this one.

Trailing 2-0 in the sixth, the Intimidators rallied and put up a big, crooked number on the board. During their three-run inning, they managed five hits and drew one walk. The inning started with a single by Ian Dawkins, and Lenyn Sosa followed with an RBI double. Gunnar Troutwine drove in the tying run with a two-out single, and Corey Zangari drove in the go-ahead run. Ramon Beltré also singled during that rally, one of his three hits of the day.

Hickory’s Shertel Apostel hit an RBI double to tie the game in the eighth. This spoiled an otherwise excellent performance by Intimidators reliever Andrew Perez, who struck out seven and only allowed that run in three and two-thirds innings.

But, Apostel’s double only set the Intimidators up for another walk-off. Amado Nuñez ended the game with a solo shot in the bottom of the ninth. This home run was the third of the season for Nuñez.

The Intimidators are now 25-31 on the season. They will open a three-game series against the Delmarva Shorebirds tomorrow at 6:00 CST. It will be a tough matchup for the Intimidators, as Delmarva is 42-13.