White Sox Minor League Update: August 25, 2019

Clutch bat: Gavin Sheets leads the Southern League with 76 RBIs, adding one in Birmingham’s loss today. (Hannah Stone/Birmingham Barons)


Norfolk Tides 8, Charlotte Knights 1

MVP
Charlie Tilson (LF) 2-for-4, 2B (12), K (.294 BA, .767 OPS)

Runner-Up
Zach Thompson (RP) 1.2 IP, H, K, 12-of-17 strikes (4.93 ERA)

Notables
Luis Robert (CF) 1-for-4 (.302 BA, 1.005 OPS)
Nick Madrigal (2B) 1-for-5, R, 2B (5), SB (4) (.311 BA, .810 OPS)
Yermín Mercedes (DH) 1-for-3, BB, K (.293 BA, .988 OPS)
Seby Zavala (C) 1-for-4, 2 K (.228 BA, .797 OPS)
Justin Nicolino (SP) 4.1 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, BB, 3 K, HR, L (8-7) 51-of-70 strikes (6.12 ERA)

It was not a good outing for Nicolino, who has been pretty poor all told for the Knights this season. But the utter lack of Charlotte offense (seven hits, and of them, just two doubles as XBH) helped none in this crucial stretch game. The good news? The Durham Bulls also lost tonight, so the Knights remain four games ahead in the IL wild card race.


Tennessee Smokies 4, Birmingham Barons 2

MVP
Luis Martinez (RP) 2.2 IP, 2 H, 3 K, 26-of-38 strikes (4.40 ERA)

Runner-Up
Gavin Sheets (1B) 2-for-4, RBI (76) (.273 BA, .759 OPS)

Notables
John Parke (SP) 6.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R/3 ER, 3 BB, K, L (3-4), 50-of-85 strikes (2.74 ERA)
Blake Rutherford (DH) 1-for-4, RBI (46) (.261 BA, .667 OPS)

Once again, not a very impressive ballgame for Birmingham. Just two runs on six hits for the offense, with both runs from RBI singles from Sheets and Rutherford in the eighth. Sheets’ single put runners on the corners with two outs, but Damek Tomscha struck out to end the rally. Parke pitched a decent game, not quite up to his standard in Birmingham but well enough to earn a win or at least a no-decision. Martinez had a bullish outing, holding the Smokies down as the Barons tried to rally. Birmingham’s record drops to a very disappointing 59-70.


Potomac Nationals 4, Winston-Salem Dash 0

MVP
Craig Dedelow (DH) 2-for-4, K (.248 BA, .743 OPS)

Runner-Up
Bennett Sousa (RP) IP, 2 K, 8-of-11 strikes (2.70 ERA)

Notables
Taylor Varnell (SP) 5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, HR, HB, L (1-2), 53-of-87 strikes (4.02 ERA)
Andrew Vaughn (1B) 0-for-4, K, (.235 BA, .728 OPS)

Just six hits, against 10 Ks, in a must-win game vs. a lesser opponent. The Dash’s late playoff run suffered a blow on Sunday with this whitewash at Potomac. Now in fourth place in the Carolina League South, W-S’s elimination number stands at 5.


Kannapolis Intimidators 5, Charleston RiverDogs 2

MVP
Davis Martin (SP) 7 IP, 6 H, ER, 7 K, W (8-9) 60-of-87 strikes (5.06 ERA)

Runner-Up
Gunnar Troutwine (C) 2-for-2, 2B (15) 2 RBI (14), 2 BB, pickoff at 1B (.251 BA, .711 OPS)

Notables
Ian Dawkins (CF) 2-for-5, R, 2 2B (37), K (.303 BA, .765 OPS)
Alex Destino (DH) 2-for-5, R, HR (16), 2 RBI (60), 2 K (.300 BA, .863 OPS)
Lenyn Sosa (SS) 2-for-4, R, RBI, BB, K (46), CS (6) (.242 BA, .634 OPS)
J.B. Olson (RP) 1 IP, H, 2 K, 9-of-11 strikes (6.28 ERA)

It’s been a disappointing season for Kannapolis (this win pushes them up to just 59-71), but a nice win on Sunday. Davis Martin has been a hot-and-cold starter all season, but this effort was as hot as it gets, with seven Ks over seven innings. Alex Destino had a killer clout out for his 16th homer, just the fourth time a player has hit the batter’s eye in center field at Charleston — and Destino’s done it twice in 2019!


Great Falls Voyagers 4, Missoula Osprey 2 (Game 1)

MVP
Dan Metzdorf (SP) 4 IP, 3 H, BB, 5 K, 37-of-59 strikes (3.00 ERA)

Runner-Up
Anderson Comas (LF) 2-for-3, RBI (27) (.237 BA, .646 OPS)

Notables
Luis Curbelo (3B) 1-for-4, R, HR (6), 2 RBI (19), K, E (9) (.251 BA, .731 OPS)
Caleb Freeman (RP) 1.1 IP, H, BB, K, Sv (2), 19-of-32 strikes (0.00 ERA)

Curbelo’s two-run homer before an out had been recorded (driving in Caberea Weaver, who singled to lead off the game) set a sweet doubleheader in motion for GFV, who led 3-0 after one. Metzdorf was pitch-counted down to just four innings and thus was denied a win, but was exquisite today. Trivia time: As this was a makeup game from an earlier rainout in Missoula, Great Falls played as the visitors in the opener, despite the game being in their own, Centene Stadium.

Great Falls Voyagers 10, Missoula Osprey 1 (Game 2)

MVP
Kaleb Roper (SP) 5 IP, H, 5 K, W (3-0), 42-of-62 strikes (2.79 ERA)

Runner-Up
Anderson Comas (LF) 3-for-4, R, HR (2), 3 RBI (30), K (.250 BA, .686 OPS)

Notables
Joshua Rivera (3B) 2-for-2, 3 R, RBI (12), 3B (4), 2 BB (.218 BA, .686 OPS)
Luis Curbelo (DH) 2-for-4, 3 R, RBI (20), 3B (5), 2 K, (.257 BA, .748 OPS)
Nate Pawelczyk (RP) IP, H, (3.75 ERA)

Great Falls kept up the early-jump theme of the day with four runs in the first inning and a 7-0 lead through three, in a true (and rare this season for the Voyagers) laffer. Three triples in a game! Check out Comas, getting runner-up treatment twice today, in service both times of stellar starting pitching.


AZL Padres2 16, AZL White Sox 11

MVP
Jose Rodriguez (SS) 5-for-6, 2 R, 4 RBI (31), 2 2B (7), K, SB (7), E (14) (.293 BA, .833 OPS)

Runner-Up
James Beard (CF) 3-for-5, 3 R, 2B (4), 3B (1), BB, SB (9) (.213 BA, .577 OPS)

Notables
Bryan Ramos (3B) 3-for-4, 3 RBI (26), 2B (10), E (7) (.277 BA, .768 OPS)
Micker Adolfo (DH) 1-for-5, 2 R, BB, 2 K, (.260 BA, .842 OPS)
Josue Guerrero (LF) 3-for-5, R, RBI, 2 K (.240 BA, .711 OPS)

The AZL Sox offense went out with a bang tonight, although the youngsters dropped their AZL finale. Whoa: 18-of-46 is a .391 average for the game, and still it wasn’t close, taking a flurry of eight runs in the final three frames to turn the game from a 16-3 early vacation to 16-11 respectability. All in all, this was a nasty game, in 103-degree heat. After a pretty horrible, 22-34 season, let’s bring on the Fall League and the Glendale Desert Dogs!

White Sox Minor League Update: August 15, 2019

Almost perfect: John Parke had a magical game for Birmingham on Thursday. (Hannah Stone/Birmingham Barons)

Charlotte Knights 7, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 5

Nick Madrigal: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 0 K (.288 BA, .675 OPS)
Luis Robert: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K (.323 BA, 1.025 OPS) **MVP**
Zack Collins: 1-for-4, 1 HR, 0 BB, 1 K (.282 BA, .938 OPS)
Seby Zavala: 1-for-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 K (.224 BA, .792 OPS)
Justin Nicolino: 6 2/3 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K (6.05 ERA, 1.45 WHIP)
Matt Foster: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (3.51 ERA, 1.09 WHIP)

A power barrage gave the Knights enough run support to withstand the late-inning RailRiders rally to win, 7-5. The Knights hit four home runs tonight, including three that helped them get out to a 6-1 lead. Seby Zavala started the power surge with a solo homer in the second. Luis Robert, who had been slumping (for him) at the plate, crushed a solo homer in the third. Zack Collins hit another bomb in the sixth that finally pushed the Knights that 6-1 lead. Meanwhile, the pitching obviously had to be pretty good. Justin Nicolino cruised through six innings with just one earned run and four hits allowed. The seventh inning give him some trouble, as Nicolino allowed three runs in the inning off of two home runs — yeah, it was a home run kind of night. Thanks to Matt Foster, who earned the save in the ninth, and Daniel Palka, who added the last run for the Knights via a homer, the win was sealed.


Birmingham Barons 2, Mississippi Braves 1

Luis Basabe: 2-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K (.245 BA, .653 OPS)
Blake Rutherford: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K (.260 BA, .665 OPS)
Gavin Sheets: 3-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K (.274 BA, .769 OPS)
John Parke: 7 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K (2.47 ERA, 0.95 WHIP) **MVP**
Codi Heuer: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K (1.96 ERA, 1.13 WHIP)

A long pitchers’ duel finally fell Birmingham’s way in a late, 2-1 win. John Parke was outstanding, throwing seven shutout innings and took a perfect game into the seventh inning. Parke allowed one hit, but the most amazing part of his performance was the fact he only had two punch outs. Instead, he relied on 18 outs in play — and when that many balls go into play, there will probably be a few errors. The Barons had two errors during the game, one that was costly.

Birmingham had nine hits, including three extra-base hits. They just weren’t able to string any together until the eighth, when Laz Rivera drove in Luis Basabe for the first run of the game. Codi Heuer took over for Parke after one batter faced (reaching on an error by Ti’Quan Forbes). Now, that error came around to score, but since it was an error, the run was unearned. On top of that, since Heuer was on the mound when the run scored, he was credited with a blown save without any run being tied to him, or that run even being earned. Baseball has some weird scoring. In the ninth, Forbes made up for that error when he drove in the game-winning run with a double ,and this time, Heuer didn’t let anyone get home, earning the win.


Winston-Salem Dash 6, Carolina Mudcats 4

Steele Walker: 2-for-5, 0 BB, 0 K (.283 BA, .798 OPS)
Tyler Frost: 3-for-5, 1 HR, 3 R, 0 BB, 1 K (.260 BA, .773 OPS) **MVP**
Andrew Vaughn: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K (.265 BA, .826 OPS)
Konnor Pilkington: 4 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K (5.54 ERA, 1.53 WHIP)
Andrew Perez: 1 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K (1.44 ERA, 1.32 WHIP)
Jacob Lindgren: 1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K (0.79 ERA, 0.88 WHIP)

Another close win for the Sox organization! This time, it was the Dash coming back late to take and hold the lead. Konnor Pilkington started the game and threw a lot of pitches. After getting just 12 outs, he already had 88 pitches and was pulled. I mean, it’s the end of the season, there’s no reason to push it, but Pilkington was doing all that bad. In four innings he only allowed one run, and had five strikeouts. However, by the end of the fifth, the Dash were down by one. Then a four-run sixth gave the Dash a lead they held until the end. Mitch Roman drove in the tying run to score Tyler Frost (who homered earlier in the game). Johan Cruz cleared the bases later, giving the dash a 5-2 lead. Though it got a little too close in the sixth, the bullpen was able to hold on for the last three innings thanks to Jacob Lindgren and Will Kincanon.


Lexington Legends 4, Kannapolis Intimidators 2

Ian Dawkins: 1-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K (.307 BA, .777 OPS)
Lenyn Sosa: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K (.244 BA, .642 OPS)
Tyler Osik: 1-for-3, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K (.258 BA, .797 OPS) **MVP**
Jason Bilous: 3 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K (3.55 ERA, 1.36 WHIP)

The I’s got lucky to start, but very unlucky the rest of the way. In the first inning, Kannapolis scored two runs because of a fielding error. Tyler Osik doubled home those two runs, but that was really it for the I’s in terms of offense. For the rest of the game, they only tallied two more hits and no runs. Meanwhile, Jason Bilous did not have his best outing. He looked fine through the first two frames, but the third was trouble. He allowed three runs, including a homer, and was pulled after the inning. But the damage was done. The offense couldn’t get anything going, even with stellar performances out of the I’s pen, in the 4-2 loss.


Great Falls Voyagers 1, Rocky Mountain Vibes 0

Caberea Weaver: 1-for-3, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K (.257 BA, .685 OPS)
Harvin Mendoza: 2-for-3, 1 BB, 0 K (.319 BA, .932 OPS)
Chase Solesky: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K (6.46 ERA, 1.27 WHIP) **MVP**

The Voyagers win a game that only saw one run cross that plate. That lone run came in the fourth inning off of a sacrifice from Luis Curbelo that scored Caberea Weaver. That was all the GFV pitching needed. Chase Solesky started the game with four innings. Though he allowed the most hits of the Voyagers pitchers, he struck out five in what was his best outing of the year. Nate Pawelczyk and Karan Patel went the next four innings and only allowed one hit. Caleb Freeman came out for the ninth to close and struck out all three batters for his first save in the Pioneer League.


AZL Padres 3, AZL White Sox 2

José Rodriguez 0-for-4, 0 BB, 2 K (.277 ERA, .802 OPS)
Bryan Ramos: 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K (.256 BA, .736 OPS)
Chase Krogman: 1-for-3, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K (.167 BA, .334 OPS)
Yoelvin Silven: 6 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K (2.25 ERA, 1.07 WHIP) **MVP**

The AZL Sox had the lead for much of the game, but the bullpen gave up the lead late. Yoelvin Silven had a fantastic start, which is why the Sox were in control for most of the game. He went six shutout innings and didn’t walk a single batter. He even struck out nine to lower his ERA to 2.25 in what was just his second start of the season (14th overall appearance). The offense gave Silven the lead in the first inning with a Bryan Ramos RBI single. However, once Silven left with the meager 1-0 lead, it quickly fell apart. The Padres scored a run in the last three innings of the game and took the lead twice in the process, in what was a bumpy game for the pen.


DSL Reds 7, DSL White Sox 6

Johnabiell Laureano: 3-for-4, 2 R, 0 BB, 1 K (.373 BA, 1.020 OPS)
Benyamin Bailey: 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K (.333 BA, .952 OPS)
Elijah Tatís: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 0 K (.145 BA, .437 OPS)
Yolbert Sánchez: 0-for-1, 0 BB, 0 K (.239 BA, .670 OPS)
Ruben Benavides: 2-for-3, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K (.333 BA, .987 OPS) **MVP**
Carlos Mola: 4 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K (5.63 ERA, 1.36 WHIP)

A back-and-forth game till the very end, but the DSL Sox come up with the loss. There were two big sticks for the Sox and they were Johnabiell Laureano and Ruben Benavides. Laureano had the most hits on the day with three, but Benavides brought the power. He hit his third home run of the year, a three-run shot that gave the Sox a brief lead. Alberto Bernal also added a home run of his own to tie the game, but the Sox pitching came up short. Carlos Mola started the game, and really did not do well. He allowed three runs, thanks to two home runs allowed. Though the bullpen was better overall, Edgar Navarro blew the save in the ninth as he allowed the tying and walk-off runs. For the notables, Benyamin Bailey was in the lineup but was mostly a non-factor with just one walk. Elijah Tatís had another 0-fer day today.