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White Sox Minor League Update: June 5, 2019

Don’t worry about a walk-off loss from the big club ... our MiLBers are soothing the burn, winning three of four

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Minnesota Twins
Big fly: Seby Zavala is back in Triple-A, and already hitting homers.
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Charlotte Knights 6, Gwinnett Stripers 5

Matt Skole: 2-for-4, 2 HR, 0 BB, 0 K **MVP** (.270 BA, .985 OPS)
Zack Collins: 2-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K (.252 BA, .876 OPS)
Seby Zavala: 1-for-4 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K (.225 BA, .765 OPS)
Omar Despaigne: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, (3.34 ERA, 1.20 WHIP)
Caleb Frare: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K (4.11 ERA, 1.50 WHIP)
Carson Fulmer: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K (3.05 ERA,

The Knights broke out first, with a solo home run Matt Skole, his 16th of the year. Yes, you read that right, Skole has 16 home runs on June 5. But that wasn’t all ... stay tuned. The Stripers would tie it in the next inning, but Despaigne was lights-out for most of the game. He went six innings and only allowed one extra-base hit, a homer in the third. He has been a nice pickup for the Knights, who have had multiple injuries and failures in their starting pitching staff. The Knights took back the lead in the fourth off of a two-RBI double from Alcides Escobar, but it did not last, either. Caleb Frare entered the game and proceeded to allow a game-tying two-run home run in the seventh. This is where Skole re-enters, hitting his 17th home run of the season to break the tie, and then Seby Zavala came in for much-needed insurance with a two-run homer, his seventh of the Triple-A season. Carson Fulmer did make the game a little too exciting in the ninth, as he allowed two runs, but the Knights escaped with the 6-5 win.

Birmingham Barons 4, Jackson Generals 3

Jon Jay: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K (.200 BA, .400 OPS)
Luis Robert: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 2 K (.341 BA, .942 OPS)
Luis Gonzalez: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K (.231 BA, .632 OPS)
Gavin Sheets: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K **MVP** (.256 BA, .674 OPS)
Blake Rutherford: 1-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K (.202 BA, .547 OPS)
Laz Rivera: 2-for-3, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K (.245 BA, .593 OPS)
Blake Battenfield: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 7 K (5.81 ERA, 1.41 WHIP)
Alec Hansen: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K (3.55 ERA, 1.66 WHIP)
Zack Burdi: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K (6.61 ERA, 2.02 WHIP)

The big Barons news of today happened just hours before the game started, when Nick Madrigal got the promotion to Double-A. Since May 13 with Winston-Salem, Madrigal had a 126 wRC+ and an ISO at .120, which is very high for him. He also had a 3.50 walks per strikeout, which is fantastic. Hopefully this hot streak continues in Double-A. But back to the Barons 4-3 win.

It was an ominous start for the Barons and Blake Battenfield. The Generals quickly scored three runs in the first inning, including two on a home run. It was apparently too quick, because the Generals were held scoreless for the rest of the game. That included five innings of shutout baseball by Battenfield to still qualify for a quality start. Meanwhile, the Barons three-run inning came in the third. Ramon Torres opened up the scoring with an RBI double. Luis González did the same thing two batters later, and then Gavin Sheets tied the game with a single. Sheets was not done yet: In the fifth, he hit his sixth home run of the year to put Birmingham on top for good, at 4-3. Sheets has already met his home run total from last season. The two bullpen guys, Alec Hansen and Zack Burdi, finally looked the part in Double-A. Hansen, though he did not strike anyone out, also did not walk anyone, which might be more important. Same thing with Burdi, though on top of the no walks, he added two Ks. So it was a good day for Birmingham, even without anything from Luis Robert.

Delmarva Shorebirds 3, Kannapolis Intimidators 0

Ian Dawkins: 2-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K (.352 BA, .891 OPS)
Lenyn Sosa: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K (.231 BA, .616 OPS)
Bryce Bush: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 2 K (.218 BA, .685 OPS)
Luis Curbelo: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 1 K (.179 BA, .529 OPS)
Johan Dominguez: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K **MVP** (1.85 ERA, 1.24 WHIP)

Unfortunately, the I’s ruined the perfect day for Sox MiLB teams. They were shut out in a classic pitching duel. Johan Dominguez, who just made the SALLY All-Star Game, threw a quality start. He went six strong innings and only allowed two runs, and he has been so good this season that his ERA slightly rose. However, those two runs were the only run support the Shorebirds needed. The offense could get nothing. Only two batters had hits, Amado Nuñez and Ian Dawkins, and all four hits were singles. That will not get the job done. The bright side, Dawkins added two more hits to extend his hit streak to 20.

DSL White Sox 5, DSL Reds 3

Anthony Espinoza: 1-for-5, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K (.333 BA, .945 OPS)
Alberto Bernal: 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K (.077 BA, .404 OPS)
Jefferson Mendoza: 1-for-2, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K (.429 BA, 1.143 OPS)
Benyamin Bailey: 4-for-5, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 SB (.556 BA, 1.112 OPS) **MVP**
Ronaldo Guzman: 4 IP, 1 H , 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K (0.00 ERA, 0.50 WHIP)

A win! A win! A win! The DSL White Sox, after last season, are not used to this. If this game was televised, it would have been a fun one to watch. There was quite a bit of scoring early in the back-and-forth game. The Reds scored the first run and then lost the lead to the Sox when Johnabiell Laureano hit an RBI single. Then, the Reds took the lead again, but the Sox came back and tied it with a Lazaro Leal RBI single. All of that was in the first three innings. The Reds would add another run in the fifth, but the big excitement was saved for the eighth and ninth innings. First, Wilber Sanchez hit an RBI double to left field to tie the game at three. Then in the ninth, Jefferson Mendoza drove in the go-ahead run and another for insurance with a two-RBI double.