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White Sox Minor League Update: May 18, 2017

Before the daily recap, here’s a quick interview with Reynaldo Lopez

MLB: Spring Training-San Francisco Giants at Chicago White Sox Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

(Note from Jim: Before we get to the box scores, here’s a quick Q&A with Reynaldo Lopez from Jonathan Lee, our man in Charlotte.)

JL: Talk about your start [Tuesday] versus Durham. You didn’t give up a run and struck out six over five innings.

RL: I remember this team, they got me the last time, when I pitched against them in Durham hey got me for four runs and a few home runs, so my goal the whole time was, they beat me at their home, they were going to have to respect me in my home"

JL: So motivation is a factor?

RL: Thats always been my way of doing things. Any team that beats me, thats how I rebound, thats how I come back. I'm gonna keep my focus throughout the game and try to get them back. I've been working on my focus. My focus is getting better throughout the game so things have been working out the right way.

JL: How has Steve McCatty helped your development?

RL: He's helped me out big-time. The biggest thing is working on my focus. He's helped me on both the physical and mental parts of my game.

JL: You have had an impressive May. How do you keep it going?

RL: For me its just keep working, keep doing the same things all the time, just trying to get my pitches better whether in the bullpen or in the game. Hopefully the results will keep coming.

JL: How have you dealt with the hoopla/fever of having yourself, Lucas and Yoan here together?

RL: For me, I try not to pay attention too much. The thing I need to pay attention to is the game. Just go out, work hard and try to do well for the season. This is my job, and hopefully the results will speak for themselves.

Top prospects at a glance

  • Lucas Giolito: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR
  • Zack Burdi: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
  • Luis Alexander Basabe: 0-for-4, K

Norfolk 4, Charlotte 3

  • Jacob May was a pretty good leadoff man: 1-for-1, four walks.
  • Adam Engel went 1-for-5 with a homer and two strikeouts.
  • Nicky Delmonico was 0-for-5.
  • Danny Hayes, 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Rymer Liriano, 1-for-5 with two strikeouts.
  • Lucas Giolito couldn’t quite find an encore: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, only 42 of 86 pitches for strikes.
  • Zack Burdi: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K


*Yoan Moncada indeed went on the disabled list with a sore thumb. Cody Asche officially joined the Knights, and Jake Dunning was also promoted from Birmingham.

Tennessee 2, Birmingham 1

  • Eddy Alvarez went 2-for-5 with a strikeout.
  • Jake Peter, 2-for-4 with a double and a walk.
  • Nick Basto was 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Matt Cooper: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K


*Jace Fry came off the disabled list to take the spot vacated by Dunning.

Lynchburg 9, Winston-Salem 5

  • Luis Alexander Basabe was 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Johan Cruz, 2-for-4 with a triple and a strikeout.

Hickory 6, Kannapolis 4

  • Joel Booker went 2-for-4 with two doubles and a sac bunt.
  • Micker Adolfo was 1-for-5 with a double and two strikeouts.
  • Bernardo Flores: 4 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR


*Luis Martinez, originally on Winston-Salem’s roster, came off the disabled list and will start his season in Kannapolis.