(Note from Jim: Before we get to the box scores, here’s a quick Q&A with James Shields from Jonathan Lee, our man in Charlotte.)
On his injury and rehab here in Charlotte:
"I had a little lat strain. It took a little more time than we thought to heal up. It was more of a waiting game then anything else, it wasn’t too serious. I had one good start in Buffalo, I'm gonna throw five, six good innings in Gwinnett (on Thursday), and hopefully go back up."
On how he communicates w the major league trainers on his progress:
"Fargo (Knights trainer Scott Johnson) was with us all Spring Training. He knows me, but besides that I keep in contact by phone and through (status) reports, so we're definitely on the same page."
On his first trip on the DL in his career:
"I would imagine I'm not gonna see this happen again. I've kept myself in pretty good shape over the years and I've always posted every five days so that's my goal when I get back."
On seeing the game from the sidelines for the first time in his career:
"I probably look at a few more things when I'm not in there everyday, but at the end of the day its the same game I've been playing my whole entire life.”
On the young pitchers in the White Sox organization:
"We have a good, young talented group. Our minor league system is second-to-none in baseball. These guys (in Charlotte) do a great job of working hard every day and getting their work in and grinding it out.
"Lucas [Giolito] is improving every day, the guy works hard. His stuff, stuffwise? [Monday] night he proved what kind of pitcher he really can be, and if he can stay consistent with the way he pitched last night, with commanding his fastball and breaking ball for strikes, he's gonna be a really good pitcher in the Big Leagues.
"I call Carson Fulmer little bulldog. He competes his butt off every five days. You've got (Reynaldo Lopez), he's got a hell of an arm, I mean this guy is the real deal so the White Sox fans should definitely be happy over the next few years with these guys."
— Jonathan Lee
Durham 4, Charlotte 3
- Jacob May went 1-for-3 with a sac bunt.
- Yoan Moncada shook off a slump to go 3-for-4 with a double.
- Nicky Delmonico was 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
- Danny Hayes, 1-for-3 with a walk.
- Rymer Liriano was 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
- Reynaldo Lopez: 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 HR, 58 of 94 pitches for strikes.
- Bobby Parnell is in the organization: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
*Giolito talked about his 11-strikeout start with MiLB.com:
"I felt pretty good going into the start, and I noticed pretty early that I was able to command my curve," the Santa Monica, California native said. "I was able to throw it for strikes as well as down in the zone and in the dirt. Being able to differentiate the two [types of curveballs] was something [catcher Roberto Pena] and I worked off of, plus I was able to command the fastball well."
Tennessee 6, Birmingham 3 (Game 1, 7 innings)
- Eddy Alvarez was 0-for-2 with a sac fly.
- Nick Basto, 1-for-3.
- Michael Kopech was close to a 5-by-5: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 5 K, 1 HR. He finished his day with three straight walks, and they all scored.
Birmingham 3, Tennessee 1 (Game 2, 7 innings)
- Eddy Alvarez went 2-for-4 with a homer.
- Nick Basto was 0-for-2 with two walks and a strikeout.
- Alfredo Gonzalez, 1-for-2 with a walk.
- Thad Lowry in relief: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
Carolina 6, Winston-Salem 3 (Game 1, 7 innings)
- Zack Collins went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
- Luis Alexander Basabe, 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout.
- Trey Michalczewski was 1-for-3 with a strikeout.
- Johan Cruz, 0-for-3.
- Carlos Rodon made his first rehab start: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 71 pitches
- Luis Martinez finished it out: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP
Carolina 4, Winston-Salem 3 (Game 2, 7 innings)
- Zack Collins was 1-for-3 with a double, walk and strikeout.
- Luis Alexander Basabe, 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
- Trey Michalczewski drew a walk in a pinch-hitting appearance.
- Dane Dunning: 5 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 11 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 1 HBP
Kannapolis 2, Lakewood 1 (16 innings)
- Joel Booker went 0-for-7 with three strikeouts.
- Jameson Fisher was 1-for-5 with a walk.
- Courtney Hawkins surfaced from his thyroid problem, but went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts and two sac bunts.
- Micker Adolfo was 1-for-6 with a double, a walk and three strikeouts. He contributed the game-winning hit.
- Bernardo Flores: 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HBP
DSL White Sox 13, DSL Orioles 8
- Brayant Nova went 1-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts.
- Luis Mieses was 3-for-6 with a strikeout and a stolen base.
- Harvin Mendoza went 0-for-3 with two walks and a strikeout.
- Josue Guerrero, 1-for-5 with two strikeouts and a stolen base.
- Anderson Comas, 2-for-5 with a triple and a strikeout.
- Anthony Coronado was perfect: 4-for-4 with two doubles and a walk.
- Kleyder Sanchez went 2-for-5.
- Santo Vasquez was 1-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts.