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White Sox Minor League Update: June 20, 2019

On a day filled with promotions, the farm wins four of seven

Relentless power: Luis Robert went yard again. He is good.
Hannah Stone/@BhamBarons


Charlotte Knights 6, Syracuse Mets 1

Jon Jay: 3-for-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K (.356 BA, .770 OPS) **MVP**
Daniel Palka: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K (.271 BA, .917 OPS)
Danny Mendick: 2-for-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K (.275 BA, .800 OPS)
Yermin Mercedes: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K (.000 BA, .000 OPS)
Donn Roach: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K (9.75 ERA, 2.06 WHIP)
Thyago Vieira: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (4.43 ERA, 1.52 WHIP)

Back from the IL, Donny Roach provided a great five innings. He only allowed one run off of four hits and even struck out six in what looked much more like the 2018 Roach. He got a lot of early runs as well to help. The Knights scored four runs in a first inning that included a Danny Mendick two-RBI double. It was his 11th double of the season. As Roach stymied Mets bats, Jon Jay drove in two more runs to push the lead to six for Charlotte. The bullpen, led by Thyago Vieira and Jordan Guerrero, was even better as they closed out the 6-1 win. The relief corps combined to throw four shutout innings and only allowed one base runner. Vieira retired all six batters he faced. As an aside, it was a rare, homerless game, as all seven runs came from inside the park in part thanks to Adam Engel. Sort of refreshing.

Chattanooga Lookouts 10, Birmingham Barons 9

Luis Robert: 1-for-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB (.305 BA, .861 OPS)
Nick Madrigal: 2-for-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K (.415 BA, .967 OPS) **MVP**
Luis Gonzalez: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K (.229 BA, .612 OPS)
Gavin Sheets: 1-for-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 0 BB,0 K (.246 BA, .662 OPS)
Blake Rutherford: 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K (.227 BA, .594 OPS)
Luis Basabe: 1-for-1, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K (.227 BA, .619 OPS) (removed in the second inning)
Laz Rivera: 0-for-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K (.242 BA, .580 OPS)
Blake Battenfield: 4 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K (4.84 ERA, 1.40 WHIP)
Codi Heuer: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K (4.50 ERA, 1.50 WHIP)
Zack Burdi: 13 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K (6.41 ERA, 1.88 WHIP)

It was as fast a start for the Barons as you could imagine, but it was all for naught in the end. Luis Gonzalez, Gavin Sheets, and Luis Basabe combined to drive in four runs in the first. However, the Lookouts went on an 8-1 run from there. Starter Blake Battenfield allowed just two of those runs, but he allowed seven hits over just four innings. He had some trouble with his command, throwing 33 balls to 45 strikes. The big inning came when Luis Martinez entered the game. He allowed five runs, as the Lookouts took an 8-5 lead. Luis Robert came up big in the seventh with a two-run blast to left to trim Birmingham’s deficit to one, but newly-promoted Codi Heuer allowed a run in the seventh to make it 9-7. Chattanooga held that lead ... until ... a Nick Madrigal two-RBI single tied the game in the ninth inning. Unfortunately, Zack Burdi ran into some trouble in the bottom half and allowed the game-winning run.

Winston-Salem Dash 3, Lynchuburg Hillcats 0

Mitch Roman: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 SB (.387 BA, .876 OPS)
Zach Remillard: 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K (.307 BA, .805 OPS)
Kade McClure: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K (0.50 ERA, 0.89 WHIP) **MVP**
Bennett Sousa: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K (0.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP)

Not a ton of top talent in this one for the Dash, but it was no problem in their win. Kade McClure was the undisputed best W-S prospect on the diamond tonight, and he showed why. McClure went seven shutout innings and only allowed four baserunners. He did not have his top swing-and-miss stuff with only four Ks, but he was still able to get outs. All three runs scored by the Dash came in the first two innings. Both Zach Remillard and Mitch Roman drove in runners with singles, and the third run came off of a throwing error. There should have been more runs, but Winston-Salem only went 2-for-17 with runners in scoring position. Bennett Sousa came in for his first Single-A+ inning and got through it without damage to help preserve that 3-0 win.

Kannapolis Intimidators 3, Augusta GreenJackets 0

Ian Dawkins: 1-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K (.337 BA, .856 OPS)
Lenyn Sosa: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K (.233 BA, .621 OPS)
Bryce Bush: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 2 K (.193 BA, .640 OPS)
Davis Martin: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K (5.76 ERA, 1.41 WHIP) **MVP**

Another great performance for Sox MiLB pitching. This time, Davis Martin went seven shutout innings, including six strikeouts. He threw two-thirds of his 99 pitches for strikes as he continues to bounce back from an awful start to the season. Meanwhile, the Kannapolis hitting did not need to do much, but Michael Hickman brought the power. He hit the winning home run (well, it was in the second inning but it was all the I’s needed). Lenyn Sosa drove in a run off of a double later in the game, and Corey Zangari drove in the last run with a single. The offense was not spectacular, but Davis Martin and the bullpen did not need much help.

Billings Mustangs 2, Great Falls Voyagers 0

Camillo Quintero: 2-for-3, 0 BB, 0 K (.353 BA, .774 OPS) **MVP**
Luis Mieses: 0-for-2, 0 BB, 1 K (.263 BA, .649 OPS)
Carter Love: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K (3.60 ERA, 1.40 WHIP)

It was a rained-shortened game in the Pioneer league that ended after 5 12 innings. The Great Falls bats never got anything going; in fact, only Quinteiro recorded a hit in this one for the Voyagers. Everybody else went 0-fer in this game. Meanwhile, Carter Love did get the five-inning complete game, it was just a hard-luck loss. He did very well, only allowing two earned runs, but he was hit quite a bit. I am sure that if this game went longer, the Voyagers would have come out on top; alas, the rain could not stay away.

AZL White Sox 11, AZL Brewers 10 (14)

Jose Rodriguez: 3-for-7, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K (.500 BA, 1.500 OPS)
DJ Gladney: 3-for-7, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K (.235 BA, .810 OPS) **MVP**
Cooper Bradford: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K (3.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP)
Jacob Lindgren: 23 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (16.20 ERA, 3.60 WHIP)
Tyler Johnson: 1 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (0.00 ERA, 2.50 WHIP)
Sammy Peralta: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 6 K (0.00 ERA)

The AZL Sox struck first, thanks to an error from the rookie Brewers. However, Cooper Bradford and the rehabbing Jacob Lindgren gave the lead back in a big way. They saw five runs cross the plate, four of them earned. The Sox bats were able to pick up the pitching a couple of innings later, though. They added two runs in the sixth to cut the lead to two, and in the seventh, the rookies did some damage. DJ Gladney hit a home run, his first of his professional career. Later in the inning, Anthony Coronado tripled home the tying run, as the Sox and Brewers were now squared up at five. The most remarkable moment of the game came up in the next half-inning, as Sammy Peralta threw an immaculate inning. He was not done, though, as he added three more strikeouts the next frame, just not with an immaculate inning. This game went into extras, and it remained a back-and-forth affair. In the 11th, 12th, and 13th, the Sox took a lead but gave it right back each time. It took until the 14th inning for a Sox lead to hold. After RBIs from Misael Gonzalez and Sidney Pimentel, the Sox had a two-run lead, and it was just enough. The bullpen allowed only one run in the bottom half of the inning, closing out the 11-10 victory in 14 innings.

DSL Orioles 5, DSL White Sox 3

Jhoneiker Betancourt: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K (.478 BA, 1.195 OPS) **MVP**
Alberto Bernal: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K (.179 BA, .578 OPS)
Dionicio Jimenez: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K (6.35 ERA, 1.59 WHIP)

A bit of a heartbreaker here in the DSL, as the Sox lost late. Our DSL club was down most of the game, as two runs crossed the plate for the O’s in the third. Both scored because of an error, so Dionicio Jimenez technically threw five shutout innings. It was his best outing of the season, as those two runs were unearned. It took seven innings for the Sox to finally get on the board, but it was worth the wait because they took the lead with a three-run eighth inning. Betancourt and Bernal drove in two of the three runs, and Bernal’s RBI single gave the Sox the lead — for a brief time. In the bottom of the ninth, the DSL bullpen gave up a walk-off, three-run homer to lose, 5-3.