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 24, 2019

Unbreakable: Tomshaw has been outstanding for the Knights in the stretch run. (Laura Wolff/Charlotte Knights)


Charlotte Knights 5, Norfolk Tides 3 (Game 1)

MVP
Matt Tomshaw (SP) 6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, BB, 11 K, W (4-1) 60-of-84 strikes (4.13 ERA)

Runner-Up
Danny Mendick (3B) 2-for-3, R, 2 RBI (61) (.284 BA, .826 OPS)

Notables
Luis Robert (CF) 0-for-3, BB, K (.297 BA, .987 OPS)
Nick Madrigal (2B) 1-for-3, BB (.318 BA, .822 OPS)
Yermín Mercedes (C) 0-for-2, R, BB, K (.293 BA, .990 OPS)
Zack Collins (DH) 1-for-2, R, BB, K (.295 BA, .975 OPS)
Seby Zavala (1B) 0-for-2, RBI (45), BB, 2 K (.228 BA, .801 OPS)

Yet another win for the Knights here in this doubleheader opener. The offense was efficient, scoring five on the wings of just seven hits and one for extra bases (a Ryan Cordell double); seven walks against eight Ks sure helped. What didn’t help was some rough baserunning: Cordell had a steal but was also caught once, and Madrigal was thrown out at home plate to end the first inning. But the story of the game was the starter, Matt Tomshaw, who has been nothing but aces since taking the pill for Charlotte. Today Tomshaw squeezed a career-high 11 Ks into just six innings, in a masterful performance that all but ensured the Knights a win.

Norfolk Tides 8, Charlotte Knights 2 (Game 2)

MVP
Luis Robert (CF) 2-for-3, 2B (10), HR (14), R, RBI (34), K (.304 BA, 1.017 OPS)

Runner-Up
Charlie Tilson (LF) 1-for-3, R, 2 K, outfield assist (José Rondón at second base) (.290 BA, .758 OPS)

Notables
Zack Collins (C) 0-for-3 (.292 BA, .965 OPS)
A.J. Reed (1B) 0-for-3, 2 K (.194 BA, .562 OPS)
Kyle Kubat (SP) 4.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R/5 ER, BB, 2 K, 2 HR, L (5-2), 50-of-71 strikes (5.30 ERA)

In the nightcap, which was a makeup of Friday’s postponed game, it was pretty much all Robert, who provided both extra-base hits for Charlotte in the game. Robert’s homer was his 14th with the Knights and 30th on the season. He seems a bit tired and peakish, though. The long ball was Charlotte’s 200th of the season, smashing its all-time HR record of 185. Really, nothing much else good in this one, which featured five runs late from Norfolk, sealing in the juices of a gutting loss for the postseason-desperate Knights.  


Tennessee Smokies 8, Birmingham Barons 2

MVP
Damek Tomscha (1B) 0-for-2, 2 BB (.281 BA, .770 OPS)

Runner-Up
Blake Rutherford (RF) 1-for-4, 2B (15), R (.261 BA, .668 OPS)

Notables
Bernardo Flores (SP) 6 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, 5 K, L (3-8), 66-of-88 strikes (3.36 ERA)
Alec Hansen (RP) IP, 2 H, 2 ER, BB, HR, E (3) (6.06 ERA)
Joel Booker (LF) 0-for-5, 3 K (.244 BA, .609 OPS)

The Barons blowout leads off a number of terribly-uninspiring losses from the affiliates today. Just seven hits, offset by three errors, from Birmingham today. Flores wasn’t exactly sharp, but he’s been a hard-luck pitcher all season. I mean, the MVP today is a guy who was hitless, with two walks — that’s a crappy game. Hansen had another rough outing as well.


Potomac Nationals 1, Winston-Salem Dash 0

MVP
Jonathan Stiever (SP) 6 IP, 6 H, 1 BB, 5 K (2.22 ERA)

Runner-Up
Carlos Perez (C) 1-for-3 (.267 BA, .655 OPS)

Notables
Jacob Lindgren (RP) 2 IP, H, ER, BB, L (1-2) (1.72 ERA)
Johan Cruz (SS) 0-for-4, 3 K, E (10) (.239 BA, .636 OPS)

Yuck. Stiever was brilliant once again, but there was no O in W-S on this day: three hits, all singles, no walks, and two errors.


Kannapolis Intimidators 2, Charleston RiverDogs 1

MVP
Sam Long (SP) 7 IP, 2 H, 6 K, WP, W (8-5) 58-of-82 strikes (3.07 ERA)

Runner-Up
Lenyn Sosa (SS) 2-for-4, RBI (45), 3B (2) (.239 BA, .629 OPS)

Notables
Amado Nuñez (2B) 0-for-1, R, RBI (31), HBP, SB (4) (.214 BA, .600 OPS)
Ramon Beltre (3B) 1-for-3, R, 2B (23) (.215 BA, .568 OPS)

Sam Long was masterful once again, pitching Kanny to a win despite just three hits (and no walks) on the I’s offensive side. How’d Kannapolis win the game, with such a set of licorice bats? The third inning began with a Beltre double, and successive fly balls from Michael Hickman and Nuñez got Beltre home. After Nuñez was hit by a pitch in the top of the ninth, Sosa came through with a crucial, two-out triple to bring him home; the two-run cushion proved crucial because with two outs in the bottom half, Devon Perez was touched for a solo homer.


Missoula Osprey 7, Great Falls Voyagers 5

MVP
Caberea Weaver (CF) 3-for-5, 3B (4), R, RBI (16), K (.258 BA, .697 OPS)

Runner-Up
Joshua Rivera (2B) 1-for-4, 3B (3), R, 2 RBI (11) (.202 BA, .629 OPS)

Notables
Jason Morgan (SP) 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R/2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, HR, E (2), 57-of-90 strikes (4.91 ERA)
Kyle Abbott (1B) 2-for-4, R, 2 K (.228 BA, .776 OPS)
Kleyder Sanchez (C) 2-for-4, 2B (4), R, RBI (9), K, PB (6) (.208 BA, .508 OPS)

A plus here is that Great Falls put up some offense today; the bad is that the Voyagers blew a 5-1 lead in the second inning. Jason Morgan pitched another solid game, but the offense sputtered out after the second. No walks against 10 Ks for GFV.

AZL White Sox 6, AZL Dodgers Lasorda 5 (11)

MVP
Josue Guerrero (LF) 2-for-4, R, HR (5), 2 RBI (19), game-winning RBI bunt (.227 BA, .694 OPS)

Runner-Up
Samil Polanco (SS) 2-for-4, R, HR (1), 2 RBI (12), SB (11), BB, K (.290 BA, .682 OPS)

Notables
Andrew Dalquist (SP) IP, H, BB, 2 K (0.00 ERA)
Mac Welsh (RP) 2 IP, H, 4 K (0.00 ERA)
Jeremiah Burke (RP) 5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 HR (4.33 ERA)
Trey Jeans (RP) 2 IP, 2 H, R, K (1.99 ERA)
Micker Adolfo (DH) 0-for-5, 4 K (.267 BA, .876 OPS)

No truth whatsoever to the rumors that AZL L.A. Lasorda gave out late in this extra-inning game due to heavy plates of pregame, mid-game and pre-extras spaghetti, with garlic bread. But I’m not saying it didn’t happen. Dalquist was the “opener” here, pitching another pretty perfect inning, before giving way to Jeremiah Burke, who did not have it against the Dodgers Pastateers. But for once, and as has been the pattern late, the AZL Sox brought the bats, clubbing three extra-base hits in the game — all homers (Polanco, Guerrero and Bryan Ramos). That coupled with yeoman relief work from Welsh and Jeans after Burke forced the game into extras, and the L.A. stringbean youngsters back to one more run at the pasta bowl. Well, that last run paid off for our generic AZL Sox, as both clubs scored in the 10th, and the Sox clinching it in the 11th on a one-out, walk-off bunt (safety or suicide squeeze, the box score does not reveal) from MVP Josue Guerrero.


DSL Blue Jays 3, DSL White Sox 2

MVP
Daneuris Lagrange (RP) 2 IP, 3 K (4.02 ERA)

Runner-Up
Roberth Gutierrez (CF) 1-for-3, RBI (15), 2 BB, SB (7) (.274 BA, .743 OPS)

Notables
Elijah Tatís (SS) 0-for-3, R, BB, 2 SB (5), E (7) (.187 BA, .513 OPS)
Lazaro Leal (RF) 1-for-3, R, 2 BB (.225 BA, .729 OPS)

A very typical DSL game, in that it featured seven SBs without a CS, and the White Sox scoring two runs on two hits but none for extra bases. And not the best game from the DSL affiliate, who may be coasting on the clinch of a winning season (currently 36-34). The pitching was OK, the hitting was atrocious. The Blue Jays scored two runs early, the White Sox scored two late, but after Cesar Jiménez walked to drive in the second White Sox run, the eighth-inning rally fizzled. Toronto pitcher Gerardo Santana had the distinction of walking the only three batters he faced in the game; the White Sox took 11 free passes, all told.

White Sox Minor League Update: August 22, 2019

Solid start: Matthew Thompson had another short, strong outing in Arizona tonight. (Sean Williams/South Side Hit Pen)

Charlotte Knights 4, Durham Bulls 2

Nick Madrigal: 2-for-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 0 K (.317 BA, .821 OPS) **MVP**
Luis Robert: 0-for-4, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K (.302 BA, .1002 OPS)
Zack Collins: 1-for-3, 1 HR, 2 BB, 0 K (.293 BA, .974 OPS)
Dylan Covey: 5 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K (3.05 ERA, 1.38 WHIP)

A four-game sweep for the Knights puts them in a solid wild card lead. Just four games ago, the Knights and Durham Bulls were tied, and now Charlotte is up by four games. All the bats needed to do was score in one inning to get that sweep. In the third inning, they scored all four of their runs. Nick Madrigal started the scoring with a two-run double into left field. Luis Robert would drive him in with a sacrifice fly a batter later, and Zack Collins hit his 17th homer of the season to punctuate it all (hopefully, I’m writing about all of these guys next season when they are in Chicago). After that, it was all up to the pitching. Dylan Covey threw five shutout innings and the bullpen was mostly good. Caleb Frare got in trouble and allowed two runs, but Matt Foster came in for the four-out save.


Birmingham Barons 6, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 0

Luis González: 4-for-5, 2 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 SB (.256 BA, .691 OPS)
Luis Basabe: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K (.230 BA, .620 OPS)
Blake Rutherford: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K (.263 BA, .672 OPS)
Gavin Sheets: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K (.271 BA, .760 OPS)
Tanner Banks: 7 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K (4.50 ERA, 1.23 WHIP) **MVP**

A shutout win for the Barons was keyed by a brilliant performance from Tanner Banks. He went seven shutout innings and could have gone more, throwing only 84 pitches and attacking the zone (61 strikes, 23 balls). He allowed no walks and was able to get out of trouble with ease on the two doubles he allowed. On the hitting side, it was all about Luis González. He had four hits and added a stolen base for good measure. With those four hits, he scored twice. Laz Rivera was the only other batter with multiple hits (two doubles).


Winston-Salem 9, Lynchburg Hillcats 4

Steele Walker: 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB (.284 BA, .807 OPS)
Andrew Vaughn: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K (.250 BA, .787 OPS) **MVP**
Manny Bañuelos: 4 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K (4.15 ERA, 2.08 WHIP)

It took awhile to get going, but the Winston-Salem Dash finally got their offense in gear by the end to win. Manny Bañuelos continued his rehab assignment and did fine. He only allowed two runs in four innings, but he also let 12 batters reach base. Jake Elliott was not much better in his two innings, and the Dash found themselves down late in the game. Andrew Vaughn did most of his work before that, though. He hit his second home run with the Dash in the fourth inning, tying the game at one. The big inning didn’t come until the eighth, though, with a little help from the opposing pitcher. In total W-S scored six runs that inning, two of which came on bases-loaded walks. After Elliott, the bullpen was fantastic. José Nin and Will Kincanon combined for three shutout innings to preserve the win.


Rome Braves 14, Kannapolis Intimidators 4

Ian Dawkins: 1-for-5, 0 BB, 1 K (.305 BA, .771 OPS)
Lenyn Sosa: 0-for-5, 0 BB, 0 K (.235 BA, .618 OPS)
Tyler Osik: 3-for-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K (.296 BA, .934 OPS) **MVP**
Johan Dominguez: 4 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K (3.05 ERA, 1.31 WHIP)

It was just not Kannapolis’ day today. They grabbed the lead right in the top of the first, and then gave it right back in the bottom half. Tyler Osik gave the team that 2-0 lead with his first home run with Kannapolis. The I’s grabbed the lead again in the third inning, as Tyler Osik homered and the very next batter, Corey Zangari, added a homer of his own. Again, the I’s gave away the lead quickly, though this time, it took a whole inning, not a half. Then the wheels fell apart in the seventh. The offense was scuffling and not really threatening. The pitching ended up not helping, either. In the seventh inning, two Kannapolis pitchers combined to allow nine runs in the inning to give the Braves a 10-run lead, and that is where it would stay.


Great Falls Voyagers 7, Missoula Osprey 6 (10)

Harvin Mendoza: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K (.310 BA, .906 OPS)
Lency Delgado: 1-for-5, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 3 K (.272 BA, .719 OPS)
Luis Mieses: 0-for-5, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K (.251 BA, .653 OPS)
Anderson Comas: 4-for-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K (.233 BA, .646 OPS) **MVP**
Sean Thompson: 6 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K (6.62 ERA, 1.45 WHIP)

A walk-off winner for the Voyagers! It was a back-and-forth affair, whenever the offenses actually scored. The Osprey started out the scoring with a four-run third inning, but the Voyagers scored five in the next two innings, including a four-run inning of their own. Anderson Comas helped propel the first of the four runs with an RBI triple, his sixth triple of the season. The Osprey came back in the eighth inning to tie the game, and it went into extra innings. After Missoula took the lead in the 10th inning, the Voyagers came back to win it in the bottom half, as Luis Curbelo hit a single for the walk-off hit.


AZL White Sox 16, AZL Brewers 15

James Beard: 2-for-7, 2 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 3 K (.195 BA, .523 OPS)
Jose Rodriguez: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K(.277 BA, .808 OPS)
DJ Gladney: 3-for-6, 2 R, 3 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K (.265 BA, .746 OPS) **MVP**
Matthew Thompson: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (0.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP)

Another walk-off in the rookie leagues, this time to end an offensive barrage. The AZL White Sox combined for 24 hits and 16 runs scored in their win, and all but one hitter from the starting lineup had multiple hits. The most amazing part of this game were the type of hits, or lack thereof. The AZL Sox only hit two extra-base hits and 22 singles. Bryan Ramos and Samil Polanco led the way with the offense with four hits apiece, and several others had three. The pitching though, was not good. Matthew Thompson did get some action on the mound, his second game as a pro, but it was just one inning. The defense didn’t help at all, either. Seven of the 15 runs scored by the AZL Brewers were unearned, though one of those errors was by a pitcher.


DSL Dbacks 6, DSL White Sox 2

Yolbert Sánchez: 3-for-5, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K (.306 BA, .839 OPS) **MVP**
Carlos Mola: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K (5.31 ERA, 1.31 WHIP)

It was not a great game for the DSL Sox today, though, there were two notable performances. Yolbert Sánchez took the MVP in this game, leading the way with three hits. Two of those hits were doubles, as his hot streak continues. He is even hitting better than .300 now. Carlos Mola, who started today’s game, was almost as good from the pitching side. He went five very good innings, with no walks and nine strikeouts. It was one of his better outings of the year and probably his last of the season. Obviously, after Mola left the game things got out of hand. The bullpen quickly coughed up five runs the next two innings and couldn’t put anything together.

White Sox Minor League Update: August 21, 2019

Finishing kick: Steele Walker rides again, this time into a 10-game hitting streak! (Winston-Salem Dash)


Charlotte Knights 3, Durham Bulls 0

Nick Madrigal: 1-for-5, 0 BB, 0 K (.304 BA, .751 OPS)
Luis Robert: 1-for-3. 1 BB, 2 K (.310 BA, 1.029 OPS)
Seby Zavala: 2-for-4, 0 BB, 2 K (.232 BA, .811 OPS)
Danny Mendick: 1-for-4, 1 HR, 0 BB, 2 K (.281 BA, .826 OPS)
Odrisamer Despaigne: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 5 K (3.45 ERA, 1.34 WHIP) **MVP**

Well, well, well, is Odrisamer Despaigne playing his way to a September promotion? He went six shutout innings in the 3-0 win for Charlotte. Though he was not all that sharp (four walks), Despaigne only allowed singles, so he kept any damage at a minimum. The bullpen, compromised of Hunter Schryver and José Ruiz tonight, were just as good — especially Ruiz. He faced five batters and retired four of them; he walked the other. Obviously, the offense did not need to do much for the win. Danny Mendick had the big hit of the night, with a solo homer. It was one of the eight hits for the Knights, and one of the three runs. Ramon Torres was responsible for the other two.


Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 7, Birmingham Barons 6 (10)

Luis González: 1-for-5, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 SB (.249 BA, .682 OPS)
Luis Basabe: 0-for-5, 0 BB, 1 K (.229 BA, .619 OPS)
Blake Rutherford: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K (.263 BA, .672 OPS)
Laz Rivera: 2-for-5, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K (.251 BA, .610 OPS) **MVP**
Blake Battenfield: 5 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K (4.41 ERA, 1.38 WHIP)
Alec Hansen: 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K (5.71 ERA, 1.99 WHIP)
Codi Heuer: 2 1/3 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (1.78 ERA, 1.11 WHIP)

A back-and-forth game found its way into extras, with the Barons falling short. Birmingham got on the board early, and with a flurry. Damek Tomscha was responsible for all three runs, a double in the first and a walk in the second. Blake Battenfield then got into some trouble of his own. He allowed four runs from innings 3-5 and was not sharp. Birmingham pitching in general was not sharp, and it could have been worse. By the time the game was tied in the ninth, the Barons had three double plays that saved a couple runs. Luis Martinez was the best of the pitchers in regulation, with two shutout innings, but Alec Hansen and Codi Heuer blew the lead. Hansen entered first, and his run allowed trimmed the Barons lead to one, and Heuer allowed a run off of his own error to tie the game in the ninth. Since extras start with a runner on second, the game-winning run was not earned, but Heuer still strand him, in a 10-inning loss.


Lynchburg Hillcats 4, Winston-Salem Dash 3

Steele Walker: 2-for-5, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K (.286 BA, .810 OPS) **MVP**
Andrew Vaughn: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K (.235 BA, .723 OPS)
Jorgan Cavanerio: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K (3.03 ERA, 1.11 WHIP)
Jacob Lindgren: 1 1/3 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K (1.32 ERA, 1.17 WHIP)

Steele Walker pushed Winston-Salem into the lead in the fifth inning, but two late runs allowed doomed the Dash. Walker collected two hits on the day, including one big one. In the fifth inning with the Dash down by one, Walker hit his ninth home run of the season, giving W-S a 3-2 lead. Jorgan Cavanerio started the game and helped keep the Hillcats at bay long enough for the Dash to take a lead. He went five good innings and struck out six. Bennett Sousa came in for the next two, and all he did was throw two perfect innings. Lindgren did have trouble, seeing two runs cross the plate over the course of his four recorded outs. One was unearned, but it was a blown save and eventually a loss.


Kannapolis Intimidators 4, Rome Braves 2

Ian Dawkins: 1-for-5, 0 BB, 0 K (.306 BA, .775 OPS)
Lenyn Sosa: 1-for-5, 0 BB, 1 K (.238 BA, .625 OPS)
Cameron Simmons: 2-for-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 0 K (.242 BA, .691 OPS) **MVP**
Jason Bilous: 5 1/3 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K (3.54 ERA, 1.37 WHIP)

The I’s had control from the beginning in their 4-2 win over the Braves. Though the hitting was not great (just eight total hits and 1-for-7 with RISP), the extra-base hits came up big. Cameron Simmons put Kannapolis on the board in the second inning. He homered to right field, his second home run since arriving in Kannapolis. Corey Zangari came up with two on in the next inning, and went the other way for a two-run double.

Meanwhile, Jason Bilous was fantastic. He went five shutout innings, cruising through with a minimal pitch count. However, the sixth inning got him: He allowed two runs and was knocked out of the box after recording only one out. His final stat line looks merely OK, but Bilous was truly great for most of the outing. The bullpen came in and sealed the win for him. Devon Perez went 2 2/3 innings and was sharp, only allowing two runners on base. Austin Conway came in the ninth and shut down the Braves for his ninth save.


Great Falls Voyagers 11, Billings Mustangs 0

Caberea Weaver: 1-for-5, 3 R, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K (.258 BA, .699 OPS)
Harvin Mendoza: 1-for-5, 1 R, 3 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K (.311 BA, .906 OPS)
Lency Delgado: 1-for-5, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 3 K (.274 BA, .721 OPS)
Luis Mieses: 2-for-5, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K (.259 BA, .671 OPS)
Avery Weems: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K (1.98 ERA, 1.18 WHIP) **MVP**

Aaron Boone definitely would have wanted this one to end early in the 11-0 Voyagers rout of the Mustangs. The best thing about this blowout was that of the 13 hits Great Falls had, 11 of them were singles, and every Voyagers batter had at least one. Kelvin Maldonado led the way with three hits, and one of those for extra bases. He also scored three times. The pitching did not need all the runs though, led by Avery Weems. He went five innings, and struck out nine. He has been a huge surprise from the 2019 draft class and he keeps dominating even at the advanced rookie league. Karan Patel saw action after him and threw two perfect innings. Allan Beer came in for mop-up duty in the eighth and ninth to complete the win.


DSL White Sox 3, DSL Dbacks 2

Yolbert Sánchez: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K (.291 BA, .803 OPS) **MVP**
Elijah Tatís: 0-for-3, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K (.194 BA, .524 OPS)
Oriel Castro: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K (4.73 ERA, 1.75 WHIP)

Yolbert Sánchez had a big home run to help the DSL Sox win their 36th game of the season. The homer came in the fourth inning, to tie the game at one; it was his second homer of the year. In the very next inning, after the Sox took a one run lead off of a wild pitch, Sanchez came up to the plate again and knocked in Elijah Tatís for the 3-1 lead. While the offense began to take control of the game, Oriel Castro was great. He went five innings and though he wasn’t sharp (who is in the DSL?), he got the job done. He went five innings and allowed just one run in what might be his last game of 2019. The bullpen was not perfect, but it got enough of the job done to win 3-2.

White Sox Minor League Update: August 20, 2019

Monster effort: Luis Robert, barely able to raise his arms for high-fives in the dugout after hitting his 13th homer this week, is gonna go full Rumpelstiltskin “any day now.” (Laura Wolff/Charlotte Knights)


Charlotte Knights 9, Durham Bulls 3

Luis Robert (CF): 2-for-4, HR (13), 1 RBI (32), 3 R, 1 BB (.310 BA, 1.025 OPS)
Nick Madrigal (2B): 3-for-5, 2B (3), 2 R, 0 K (.311 BA, .733 OPS)
Yoán Moncada (3B): 3-for-5, 2B (1), 1 RBI (6), 3 R, 0 K (.409 BA, 1.136 OPS)
Daniel Palka (RF): 1-for-2, HR (26), 3 RBI (69, nice), 3 BB, 0 K (.274 BA, .942 OPS) *MVP*
Justin Nicolino (SP): 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K (W, 8-6)

In a shocking turn of events, fatigued center fielder Luis Robert was able to overcome the need of a fainting couch and hit another danged homer over that sweet LED Monster in Left Field out in Durham. The top three hitters of Madrigal, Moncada, and Pantera (aka the first-inning batting order of the next White Sox championship team) combined to go 8-for-14 with 2 2B, 2 HR (YoYo is ret-to-go), and eight runs scored. It’s a damn shame the weary burdens of dominating Triple-A weigh heavy on the bodies and minds of our prospects, cheating Sox fans of … hmm … I feel I’ve lost track of the narrative.

Oh, yes! MVP honors go to Palkamania because he mashed a tasty three-run tater and reached base three times via the free pass. Also, because the poor guy needs it, dammit. The Knights are 71-56, control their destiny in the IL wild card chase, and at this point are a slight underdog in a straight-up matchup with Ricky’s Boys.

(South Side Hit Pen has confirmed where Luis Robert’s Home Run from Monday landed, seen here in this undoctored photo. Can you imagine if Robert wasn’t so fatigued!)


Birmingham Barons 9, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 3

Laz Rivera (2B): 3-for-4, 2 HR (2), 4 RBI (36), 3 R, 1 SB (9) (.259 BA, .605 OPS) *MVP*
Blake Rutherford (DH): 2-for-4, 2B (13), 2 R (.263 BA, .669 OPS)
Damek Tomscha (LF): 3-for-4, 2B (5), 1 RBI (24) (.287 BA, .767 OPS)
John Parke (SP): 5 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K (2.55 ERA)

Just like their Triple-A compadres, the Barons defeated their opponent 9-3, sautéing the Jumbo Shrimp in butter, lemon juice, and some parsley. That’s about all the interesting bits, but MVP honors go to Laz Rivera, who is no longer listed as missing on the side of a milk carton, with two dingers and four ribbies tonight. 57-67 is the Barons record and [Forrest Gump voice] that’s all I have to say about that.


Winston-Salem Dash 5, Lynchburg Hillcats 2

Steele Walker (DH): 1-for-4, 2B (24), 1 BB (.284 BA, .802 OPS)
Andrew Vaughn (1B): 0-for-5, 1 RBI (15) (.250 BA, .765 OPS)
Zach Lewis (SP): 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K (W, 6-6, 5.85 ERA) *MVP*

The Dash didn’t have to do much offensively (see: five hits) to maximize their run efficiency, with five runs in their victory over the Hillcats. A big thank-you to Hillcat Jodd Carter (yes, that’s his name, no matter how hard autocorrect wants to make it Jody) for the throwing error leading to the rare two-run sac fly, giving the Dash a 2-1 lead. A lead that Zach Lewis would hold up, only getting touched for two unearned runs in six innings, with six Ks. The Dash are 66-54.


Rome Braves 14, Kannapolis Intimidators 4

Ramon Beltre (3B,P[!]): 2-for-4, 2 RBI (33) (.218 BA, .577 OPS); .1 IP, 1 H (0.00 ERA) *MVP*
Alex Destino (RF): 2-for-4, 1 BB, 1 K (.302 BA, .861 OPS)
Davis Martin (SP): 4 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K (L, 7-9, 5.26 ERA)

Not much slugging from the Intimidators bats tonight, as 12 hits equaled just 13 total bases. Starter Davis Martin (already worthy of a wary eye as a Two Last Names guy) didn’t have it, nor received much help, with two errors behind him. Ramon Beltre gets begrudging MVP honors for knocking in 50% of Kanny’s four runs and committing 50% of its four errors, while also pitching (!) one out of the game. The Intimidators record slip-slides down to 55-70.


Billings Mustangs 10, Great Falls Voyagers 6

Caberea Weaver (CF): 2-for-5, HR (2), 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 K (.260 BA, .707 OPS)
Joshua Rivera (2B): 1-for-4, HR (2), 3 RBI (3), 1 R (.200 BA, .603 OPS)
Dan Metzdorf (SP): 3 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 3 K (3.38 ERA) *MVP*

Things started off swimmingly for the Voyagers, as they scored five runs in the second inning, highlighted by a three-run homer by Joshua Rivera! Ramon Pineda pitched the fourth inning with a 5-0 cushion and boy howdy, did those wheels came off in a hurry.

A leadoff error by SS Lency Delgado set an ominous tone for the rest of Pineda’s outing, as he loaded the bases on walks and a HBP. A sac fly cut the lead to 4-1, and Pineda would have gotten away with minimal damage if it weren’t for that meddling Connor Reich who, coming in after Pineda left with the bases loaded, promptly unloaded three more runs on his bill by giving up a first-pitch grand slam to Renal Ozuna. A five-run lead suddenly became a brand-new ballgame.

Caberea Weaver gave the Voyagers a brief reclaiming of the lead in the fifth inning with a solo homer, but Great Falls’ bullpen would continue the leakage by giving up five more runs, and the Voyagers record fell to 23-33.


AZL White Sox 8, AZL Brewers (Gold) 7

Micker Adolfo (DH): 2-for-5, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K (.306 BA, 1.016 OPS)
Logan Glass (CF): 3-for-4, 2B (4), 1 RBI, 1 R (.226 BA, .583 OPS)
Mac Welsh (P): 0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 K (SV 3, 0.00 ERA) *MVP*

Down 7-1 after four innings of ungood pitching from starter Luis Rodriguez, the AZL Sox chipped away at the deficit until busting thru in the sixth inning with five straight two-out hits. That added up to four runs and a 8-7 lead, a lead that held up thanks to four scoreless innings from the Sox bullpen (one hit, five Ks). I’m giving MVP honors to Mac for getting 2 Ks in the ninth with the tying run on for the save! Bless those baby Chisox hearts, as the win shoots their record up to a scintillating 14-37.


DSL White Sox 8, DSL Orioles 3

Yolbert Sánchez (SS) *Co-MVP* – 5-for-5, 2B (13), 1 RBI, 1 R (.283 BA, .766 OPS)
Richard García (C) – 2-for-2, 2 RBI (11) (.286 BA, .724 OPS)
Elijah Tatís (SS): 2-for-4, 2 R (.203 BA, .545 OPS)
Homer Cruz (SP): 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K (W, 5-4, 3.86 ERA) *Co-MVP*

The DSL Sox jumped out to a first-inning, three-run lead over the Orioles in a way that would make the 1906 “Hitless Wonders” White Sox blush with pride, scoring three runs without the benefit of a batter striking a ball with his bat so that it lands in fair territory that is not the result of an error or fielder’s choice … otherwise known as a hit!  OK, Yolbert got a single, but the runs came in the forms of an RBI groundout, throwing error on a stolen base attempt, and some #wildpitchoffense!

Starter Homer Cruz was dominant, with six strikeouts in five innings of shutout ball. He certainly did not live up to his first namesake down in the DSL today.

White Sox Minor League Update: August 19, 2019

Bless our gal Laura Wolff, all offseason she ought make a mint off of these Yoán-Luis shots she’s taken over the past week or so. (Laura Wolff/Charlotte Knights)


Charlotte Knights 13, Durham Bulls 11

MVP
Yoán Moncada (3B) 2-for-5, HR (2) 3 RBI (5), 2 R, K, E (1) (.353 BA, 1.059 OPS)

Runner-Up
Yermín Mercedes (DH) 2-for-4, 2 R, HR (15), 2 RBI (52) BB (.312 BA, 1.050 OPS)

Notables
Luis Robert (CF) 1-for-4, HR (12), 3 RBI (31), 3 K (.305 BA, 1.002 OPS)
Nick Madrigal (2B) 2-for-5, 2 R, 2B (2), 2 K (.290 BA, .729 OPS)
Daniel Palka (RF) 3-for-5, 2 R, 2B (23) (.273 BA, .929 OPS)
Kyle Kubat (SP) 5 1/3 IP, 4 H, 4 R/3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, W (5-1), 81 pitches/52 strikes (4.84 ERA)
Caleb Frare (RP) 1 1/3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 K (7.58 ERA)
Thyago Vieira (RP) 1/3 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, BB, HR, 26 pitches/13 strikes (5.80 ERA)
José Ruiz (RP) IP, 2 K, Sv (5), 14 pitches/11 strikes (1.04 ERA)

A barnburner in Durham, where the Knights prevailed to take a one-game edge in the wild card race. Charlotte jumped out to a huge lead, up 11-1 at one point, courtesy of one very, very long ball.

Even as Durham climbed back into this one, the long balls continued.

Things got a bit hairy, as the ball was flying out and putting the bull in jeopardy all night. Hardest-hit among Charlotte’s corps were Caleb Frare and Thyago Vieira, who combined for leak six earned in fewer than two innings. But all’s well that ends, as José Ruiz brought the game to a merciful end with a lockdown ninth, for his fifth save.

Oh, and in the category of burying the lede, NICK MADRIGAL STRUCK OUT TWICE! ohgodohgodohgodohgod


Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 3, Birmingham Barons 2

MVP
Bernardo Flores (SP) 6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 8 K, HR, L (3-7), 79 pitches/56 strikes (3.12 ERA)

Runner-Up
Kodi Medeiros (RP) 2 IP, H, K, 34 pitches/20 strikes (5.23 ERA)

Notable
Luis González (CF) 1-for-3, R, RBI (55) (.248 BA, .678 OPS)

Tough game for the home team, handcuffed on just three hits and five total baserunners. With no offensive highlights, let’s shine the light on a couple of strong pitching performances. Bernardo Flores was strong; while seven hits and a homer aren’t great over six innings, eight Ks and no walks sure are. Kodi Medeiros continues to shine out of the pen, with two clean innings tonight. Disappointing Birmingham falls to 56-67 on the season, and for the affiliate who looked strongest coming into the season, it’s a head-scratcher.


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

Missoula Osprey 1, Great Falls Voyagers 0 (Game 2, eight innings)

MVPs
Jason Morgan (SP) 6 IP, CG, 6 H, 4 R/3 ER, BB, K, 2 HR, L (2-5), 71 pitches/46 strikes (5.11 ERA) (Game 1)
Harvin Mendoza (1B) 2-for-5, RBI (24), BB, 2B (12) (.322 BA, .937 OPS) (Game 2)

Runners-Up
Luis Curbelo (3B) 1-for-6, 3B (4), R, K, E (6) (.253 BA, .733 OPS) (Game 1)
Sammy Peralta (RP) 2 IP, H, K, pickoff, 30 pitches/20 strikes (1.69 ERA) (Game 2)

Notables
Caberea Weaver (CF) 1-for-5, 2B (11), BB, 4 K (.256 BA, .687 OPS)
Lency Delgado (SS) 1-for-6, 4 K, 2 E (13)

Seriously, these results are so terrible, I’m just going to combine the writeups. Gross. One run scored over 15 innings, six total hits, four errors. It was a second straight strong start for Jason Morgan in the opener, pitching a slightly sloppy but nonetheless complete game (seven-inning doubleheader game). The hitters behind him were godawful, trailed by Caberea Weaver’s rough 0-for-3, 3 K game at the leadoff spot. Game 2 wasn’t much better, although at least the Voyagers managed to squeeze another offensively impotent game into extras. However, in the eight inning, Luis Curbelo’s throwing error (his second of the twinbill) allowed the extras-opening runner on second to score — game over. The pitching lines were odd, in that GFV pitchers picked off three Osprey runners in the nightcap, and Caleb Freeman managed to get the loss (0-1) despite coaxing a strikeout and ground ball from the two batters he faced. Great Falls drops to 23-32 on the year, and it appears it will not have a chance to defend its Pioneer League title in this season.


AZL Royals 7, AZL White Sox 3

MVP
Micker Adolfo (DH) 4-for-5, 2B (4), HR (2), RBI (2) (.290 BA, 1.018 OPS)

Runner-Up
Vlad Nuñez Jr. (RP) 3 IP, 2 H, 4 K (3.33 ERA)

Notables
Hector Acosta (SP) 5 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, K, L (1-8) (6.32 ERA)
James Beard (CF) 1-for-4, RBI (10), SB (7) (.189 BA, .511 OPS)
Bryan Ramos (1B) 2-for-4, R, K (.259 BA, .731 OPS)
Antbony Coronado (RF) 2-for-4, R, RBI (12) (.326 BA, .883 OPS)

It was not a great all-around game for any AZL Sox not named Micker or Vlad. Adolfo seems ready to perhaps take some cuts against better competition — although that may have to wait until the AFL. His four hits and eight total bases did as much as possible to keep our kids in league with the Royals, but ultimately, some poor pitching from starter Hector Acosta and reliever Joseph Jarneski did the club in. Acosta had just one bad inning, the second, but a crooked number like a 5 in a frame makes it tough for your club to rally. And rally, the AZL White Sox did not.


DSL White Sox vs. DSL Orioles1 (postponed, rain)

White Sox Minor League Update: August 18, 2019

1-2 punch: Could this tandem be coming to Chicago sooner rather than later? (Laura Wolff|Charlotte Knights)


Charlotte Knights 8, Columbus Clippers 2

Matt Tomshaw (SP) W (3-1) QS 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K (4.39 ERA, 1.46 WHIP)
Zach Thompson (RP) 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (5.21 ERA, 1.39 WHIP)
Nick Madrigal (2B) 1-for-3, R, SB (3), 2 BB (.281 BA, .709 OPS)
Luis Robert (CF) 2-for-5, 2 R, 2 HR (11), 3 RBI (28), K (.306 BA, .997 OPS) **MVP**
Daniel Palka (RF) 0-for-3, R, 2 BB, 2 K (.268 BA, .923 OPS)
Zack Collins (C) 2-for-4, 2B (19), BB, K (.296 BA, .971 OPS)
Yermín Mercedes (DH) 1-for-5, 2 R, HR (14), RBI (50) (.307 BA, 1.029 OPS)
Seby Zavala (1B) 1-for-4 (.224 BA, .785 OPS)
Charlie Tilson (LF) 1-for-3, R, HR (3), 3 RBI (30), BB, K (.305 BA, .793 OPS)
Danny Mendick (3B) 2-for-3, R, HR (15), RBI (58), SB (19), BB (.283 BA, .828 OPS)

Corey Kluber pitched the first inning against the Knights, allowing two-out walks to Daniel Palka and Zack Collins but otherwise escaping the inning unscathed. Danny Mendick, however, did in fact scathe the Clippers’ Jared Robinson for a two-out, 432-foot solo bomb in the second to give the Knights an early 1-0 lead.

After Nick Madrigal coaxed a leadoff walk in the third, his teammate Luis Robert knew exactly what to do on this 2-2 pitch:

You notice I haven’t said anything about the vaunted Clippers offense to this point? That’s because Matt Tomshaw no-hit them for the first four innings. As they say, however, all good things must come to an end. The first two batters in the fifth got hits, with the first of them scoring on an RBI ground out. Tomshaw was able to get out of the inning without any further damage, leaving the fifth with a 3-1 lead.

That was soon to change, however, as Charlie Tilson’s war against Columbus saw him hitting this three-run torpedo into the Charlotte air increasing the Knights lead to 6-1.

An opposite-field blast by Yermín Mercedes extended the lead to 7-1.

Robert, unwilling to be upstaged by Mercedes, hit his second tater of the game against former White Sox catcher Dioner Navarro, of all people, to give the Knights an 8-1 lead. Though Zach Thompson relinquished a meaningless run in the eighth, the Knights came away with a very satisfying 8-2 victory.

As the score would imply, this was an excellent team effort. Tomshaw deserves kudos, and ordinarily MVP honors, for pitching a seven-inning gem allowing just one run and three hits while fanning four. Mendick, Tilson and Mercedes contributed homers, while everyone got on base via hit or walk with the exception of Ramon Torres. With that said, Luis Robert merits the coveted MVP on this day with his two-homer, three-RBI day — here’s hoping he can start another hot streak that’ll take him straight to the South Side!


Birmingham Barons 6, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 2

Lincoln Henzman (SP) QS, 6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K (5.78 ERA, 1.47 WHIP) **MVP**
Danny Dopico (RP) 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K (2.54 ERA, 1.15 WHIP)
Alec Hansen (RP) 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (5.56 ERA, 1.97 WHIP)
Luis González (CF) 1-for-5, R, HR (9), 2 RBI (54) (.247 BA, .679 OPS)
Joel Booker (LF) 1-for-4, K (.253 BA, .634 OPS)
Blake Rutherford (RF) 2-for-4, R, 2 K (.261 BA, .666 OPS)
Gavin Sheets (1B) 2-for-4, R, 2B (17), 3B (1), RBI (74)
Damek Tomscha (DH) 1-for-3, RBI (23), BB, K (.279 BA, .754 OPS)
Ti’Quan Forbes (2B) 0-for-3, R, BB, 3 K (.247 BA, .673 OPS)
Zach Remillard (3B) 2-for-4, R, 2 K (.184 BA, .565 OPS)
Nate Nolan (C) 2-for-4, 2 RBI (14), K (.167 BA, .532 OPS)
Laz Rivera (SS) 1-for-4, R (.245 BA, .582 OPS)

For the first 3 1/2 innings, this looked to be another old-fashioned pitchers’ duel between Kolton Mahoney and Lincoln Henzman, as both teams were scoreless up to that point. The Barons, tired of such a duel, took matters into their own bats with one out and nobody on. Three singles, a Gavin Sheets triple and a walk later, and the Barons had a 4-0 lead after four. With the way Henzman was pitching, that appeared to be enough.

He did seem to tire a bit, however, in the seventh as he surrendered three hits to the first four bitters he faced, resulting in his only two runs. Although Danny Dopico came in and immediately allowed a single, he prevented the inherited run from scoring by fanning the next two hitters.

The Barons got those runs right back in the bottom of the seventh frame, courtesy of a leadoff single by Laz Rivera and a two-run blast to right by Luis González to return the four-run lead to the rightful owners.

Dopico and Alec Hansen finished the final two innings with nary a threat. It’s certainly a small sample size, but Hansen at long last may have finally found his groove. In his last four games spanning 4 1/3 innings, he’s relinquished just three hits and a walk while allowing nary a run to cross the plate. It’ll be interesting to see if the Sox decide to protect him prior to the Rule 5 draft this year.

This was a close MVP call, as there were many worthy recipients including Sheets, but Henzman earned the award this evening with his quality start and shutting out the Jacksonville lineup in his first six innings. Hopefully, this will be a harbinger for things to come for the young man. The Barons improved to 56-66 while the Jumbo Shrimp sunk to 61-64 with their loss.


Winston-Salem Dash 4, Potomac Nationals 1

Taylor Varnell (SP) W (1-1) 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K (3.38 ERA, 1.41 WHIP), **MVP**
José Nin (RP) 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (4.14 ERA, 1.52 WHIP)
Jacob Lindgren (RP) 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (0.73 ERA, 0.89 WHIP)
Will Kincanon (RP) S (8) 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K (1.70 ERA, 1.19 WHIP)
Tyler Frost (CF) 1-for-4, R, 2B (25), 2 K (.259 BA, .768 OPS)
Mitch Roman (SS) 2-for-4, R, RBI (17) (.289 BA, .696 OPS)
Andrew Vaughn (1B) 1-for-3, R, BB (.271 BA, .825 OPS)
Craig Dedelow (DH) 1-for-4, R, RBI (56) (.243 BA, .734 OPS)
Carlos Perez (C) 3-for-4, 2B (11), 2 RBI (32) (.264 BA, .647 OPS)
Jameson Fisher (LF) 1-for-3, BB, 2 K (.243 BA, .719 OPS)
Tate Blackman (2B) 1-for-4, K (.193 BA, .591 OPS)
Yeyson Yrizarri (3B) 1-for-4, 2B (17) (.220 BA, .557 OPS)

After allowing back-to-back doubles in the first inning which tallied the Nationals a run, Taylor Varnell was on top of his game.

The first rally the Dash were able to muster against 26th-ranked Washington Nationals prospect Jackson Tetrault was in the fourth, when Winston-Salem loaded the bases with two out via Andrew Vaughn and Carlos Perez singles with a Jameson Fisher walk. Unfortunately, a Tate Blackman fly out ended the inning without the Dash inflicting any damage to Potomac.

It looked like another shutout inning in the fifth, as the first two Dash batters made outs. Then, the Dash mounted a furious rally thanks to back-to-back hits by Tyler Frost and Blackman to tie the game 1-1. After a walk to Vaughn, Craig Dedelow pulled an RBI single to right to give the Dash their first lead of the game at 2-1. Not much for tight games, Perez ripped a double (his third hit of the game) to left that gave the Dash some extra insurance; the two-run double made it 4-1.

After than those back-to-back hits in the first, Varnell only allowed two baserunners in his subsequent 5 1/3 innings. What a terrific outing for the southpaw, who really should’ve been promoted to Winston-Salem much earlier than he was! Stellar work out of the bullpen by José Nin, Jacob Lindgren and Will Kincanon sealed the 4-1 victory.

There were several standouts in this game, which featured a well-deserved day off for Steele Walker. Perez was the offensive player of the day, as he went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, but the MVP honors for this game go to Varnell with his quality start. With the victory, the Dash improved to 65-54 while the Nationals fell to 59-64.


Kannapolis Intimidators 4, Lexington Legends 0

Sam Long (SP) W (7-5), QS, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K (3.30 ERA, 1.10 WHIP) **MVP**
Hansen Butler (RP) 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K (3.60 ERA, 1.40 WHIP)
Justin O’Conner (RP) 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K (1.80 ERA, 1.20 WHIP)
Lenyn Sosa (SS) 0-for-4, RBI (33) (.236 BA, .622 OPS)
Ramon Beltre (CF) 1-for-4, R, 2B (22) (.215 BA, .573 OPS)
Alex Destino (RF) 0-for-3, R, BB (.299 BA, .859 OPS)
Tyler Osik (DH) 1-for-4, 2B (6), RBI (7), K (.256 BA, .755 OPS)
Corey Zangari (1B) 0-for-2, R, RBI (30) (.201 BA, .725 OPS)
Amado Nuñez (2B) 1-for-4, K, E (15) (.221 BA, .617 OPS)
Gunnar Troutwine (C) 0-for-2, R, 2 BB (.251 BA, .698 OPS)
Cameron Simmons (LF) 2-for-3, K (.220 BA, .578 OPS)

This game was another classic pitchers’ duel, as Sam Long and Jon Heasley were duking it out pitch-for-pitch in the first five innings, both teams combining for a measly three hits and no runs. That is, until the Intimidators half of the sixth. After Ramon Beltre doubled with one out and Alex Destino followed with a walk, Tyler Osik pulled an RBI double to left giving his team the long-awaited first run of the game. Corey Zangari followed with a sac fly, plating Destino with the game’s second run. Long was sent to the showers after this scoring barrage, having given Kannapolis a quality start by shutting down the Legends over six innings on just two hits and one walk while striking out seven.

Hansen Butler entered the game in the seventh inning, and was supported by runs over his two-inning appearance via an error and wild pitch, pushing the Intimidators to a 4-0 lead. Justin O’Conner, recently converted from catcher, struck out two of the three batters he faced in the ninth to seal the deal.

In what is the theme of the day, pitching was the name of the game for Kannapolis, as it surrendered just four hits and a walk while striking out 11 Legends on the evening. Despite stellar work from the bullpen and a two-hit performance by Cameron Simmons, Long definitely deserved the MVP with his six-inning, shutout performance. The Intimidators accelerated to 55-69 for the year while the Legends fell to 61-64.

Speaking of Long, he’s been on fire for the month of August. In four starts covering 22 1/3 innings, he’s posted a sensational 0.81 ERA and 0.76 WHIP by allowing just 12 hits and five walks while fanning 24.


Great Falls Voyagers vs. Missoula Osprey DH, postponed


AZL White Sox 5, AZL Mariners 1

Andrew Dalquist (SP) 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K (0.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP)
Jeremiah Burke (RP) W (1-2) 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K (4.04 ERA, 1.47 WHIP) **MVP**
Trey Jeans (RP) 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K (2.45 ERA, 1.20 WHIP)
McKinley Moore (RP) 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K (5.82 ERA, 2.06 WHIP)
Mac Welsh (RP) SV (2) 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K (0.00 ERA, 0.91 WHIP)
Samil Polanco (2B) 2-for-5, R, K, CS (5) (.278 BA, .637 OPS)
Jose Rodriguez (SS) 1-for-4, R (.276 BA, .795 OPS)
Micker Adolfo (DH) 0-for-3, BB, 2 K (.192 BA, .767 OPS)
Bryan Ramos (3B) 1-for-2, R, RBI (20) (.253 BA, .724 OPS)
Anthony Coronado (RF) 2-for-4, R, RBI (11), K (.317 BA, .878 OPS)
Josue Guerrero (LF) 0-for-3, R, BB, 2 K (.214 BA, .630 OPS)
Sidney Pimental (1B) 1-for-4, RBI (3), 3 K (.143 BA, .427 OPS)
Daniel Millwee (C) 2-for-4 (.229 BA, .700 OPS)
Misael Gonzalez (CF) 1-for-4, 3 K (.197 BA, .487 OPS)

Andrew Dalquist, this year’s third-round pick, appeared in just his second outing tonight and pitched a nifty 1-2-3 inning. Though he’s done quite well in the extremely small sample size, it’s clear the Sox are treating Matthew Thompson and him quite delicately this year in order to avoid any unnecessary injuries.

The first scoring in this game came in the top half of the second, when the Sox scored the first two runs of the inning courtesy of a two-run single by Sidney Pimental, plating Anthony Coronado and Josue Guerrero. They scored the third run that inning in the strangest of ways (although perhaps not too surprising when you think of how the White Sox go about things): with runners on first and third and nobody out, Daniel Millwee bunted into a 6-4-3 double play but Guerrero actually scored from third on the play.

The Sox tacked on two more runs in the third, thanks to a sac fly by Bryan Ramos and an RBI single by Coronado. In the meantime, former Georgetown Hoya Jeremiah Burke totally shut down the Mariners offense from innings 2-6 as he relinquished just two hits and two walks while striking out eight — that’s what I call a relief performance!

The game remained 5-0 until the eighth, when McKinley Moore’s streak of wildness continue. In walking two batters tonight, which caused him to give up an earned run, he’s now walked 17 hitters in 17 innings. Fortunately, former Louisville Cardinal Mac Welsh got the inning’s last out to prevent further damage. Welsh returned for the ninth and earned his second save of the season.

While giving Burke the MVP for his yeoman’s work on the mound in relief, I want to give a special shout-out to Coronado, who’s been one of the few offensive standouts during the past couple of weeks. Since July 29, he’s slashed .406/.424/.688, which is quite impressive. With the win, the Sox improved to 19-31 while the Reds plummeted to 21-29.


In the five games played today, White Sox affiliates outscored their opponents by a combined 27-5 margin. In 45 innings today, only 25 hits and 9 walks were allowed while the pitchers fanned 45. For the record, the affiliates posted an amazing 1.20 ERA and 0.76 WHIP. Amazing stuff!


White Sox Minor League Update: August 17, 2019

Money in the bank: Tanner Banks held down the Mississippi Braves led the Barons to a one-hit shutout. Hannah Stone | @Bham Barons

Charlotte Knights 7, Columbus Clippers 6, Game 1

Dylan Covey (SP) W (1-1) 5 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 2 HR (3.51 ERA, 1.38 WHIP)
Hunter Schryver (RP) 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K (9.64 ERA, 1.93 WHIP)
Jose Ruiz (RP) SV (4) 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K (1.17 ERA, 0.91 WHIP)
Nick Madrigal (2B) 1-for-4, RBI (8) (.279 BA, .692 OPS)
Yoán Moncada (3B) 2-for-4, RBI (1) (.333 BA, .666 OPS)
Luis Robert (CF) 0-for-4 (.303 BA, .963 OPS)
Daniel Palka (RF) 1-4, 2 R, HR (25), RBI (66), K (.273 BA, .935 OPS)
Zack Collins (C) 2-3, 2 R, 2B (18), BB (.294 BA, .968 OPS)
Yermín Mercedes (DH) 1-2, R, HR (13), 3 RBI (49), BB (.317 BA, 1.049 OPS) **MVP**
Charlie Tilson (LF) 1-for-3, R, 2B (10), CS (3) (.310 BA, .787 OPS)
A.J. Reed (1B) 1-for-3, R, RBI (2), K (.158 BA, .589 OPS)
Danny Mendick (SS) 1-for-3, K (.279 BA, .814 OPS)

It was a scoreless game until the bottom of the second, thanks in part due to the outstanding 6-4-3 double play seen below.

Daniel Palka decided he had enough of this scoreless game, and took it out on old friend Jordan Stephens to give his team an early 1-0 lead.

The Clippers scored a run in the top half of the third off Dylan Covey to even the score, 1-1. Covey had difficulties the second time through the lineup (where have we heard this before?), as a Bobby Bradley solo bomb (his 30th), RBI double by Daniel Johnson and RBI single by Eric Stamets gave Columbus a 4-1 lead in the fourth. The Knights answered back in the bottom of the fourth with RBI singles by A.J. Reed, Nick Madrigal and the rehabbing Yoán Moncada to even the game 4-4. Gotta love those fours!

Alas, a solo shot by Ka’ai Tom in the top of the fifth returned the lead to Columbus. Needless to say on this night, leads didn’t last long. After Palka grounded into an error by Bradley to lead off the bottom half of the fifth followed by a patented Zack Collins walk, Yermín Mercedes did this, as is his wont, to give the Knights a 7-5 lead:

Unfortunately for Stephens, his start tonight finished about the same as his other starts had this year at BB&T Ballpark. Now the question of the day: Will Charlottes small lead hold up? The Clippers added a run in the top of the sixth off of struggling southpaw Hunter Schryver to narrow the gap to 7-6, and the Knights were scoreless in the bottom half.

With the Knights playing a doubleheader, both games are seven innings. Recently-demoted José Ruiz came in to shut the door against the heart of the Clippers lineup — including three of Cleveland’s Top 30 prospects per MLB Pipeline (No. 7 Bradley, No. 11 Yu Chang and No. 16 Johnson). Ruiz fanned the first two batters, and after surrendering a Johnson single, induced the next hitter to earn a well-deserved save.

Covey didn’t pitch well tonight, but earned the win in part because he didn’t allow any free passes. Credit for the victory, aside from Ruiz’s effort, was Charlotte’s offense. While all but Luis Robert contributed to the result offensively, the star of the game was Mercedes, who gave them the lead they wouldn’t relinquish.


Columbus Clippers 3, Charlotte Knights 2, Game 2

Colton Turner (SP) 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K (5.63 ERA, 1.47 WHIP) **MVP**
Connor Walsh (RP) 2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 R, 0 BB, 4 K (4.43 ERA, 1.43 WHIP)
Juan Minaya (RP) L (4-2) 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (3.68 ERA, 1.26 WHIP)
Danny Mendick (2B) 1-for-2, BB (.280 BA, .816 OPS)
Yoán Moncada (DH) 1-for-3, R, HR (1), RBI (2), 2 K (.333 BA, .916 OPS)
Seby Zavala (1B) 0-for-1, R, BB (.224 BA, .790 OPS)
Nick Madrigal (PR) 0-0, CS (2) (.279 BA, .692 OPS)
Trey Michalczewski (3B) 1-for-3, 2B (3), K, E (4) (.246 BA, .745 OPS)
Paulo Orlando (LF) 0-for-2, E (4) (.242 BA, .725 OPS)
Zack Collins (PH) 0-for-1, K (.293 BA, .965 OPS)
Ramon Torres (SS) 0-for-2, RBI (13) (.500 BA, 1.455 OPS)

This game was a makeup for a rainout in Columbus earlier this year, and as such, the Knights were considered the road team despite playing the game in the beautiful confines of Charlotte. In what’s essentially a bullpen game, Colton Turner pitched the first three innings and was splendid — allowing just two runners while striking out two. He left the game with a 1-0 lead, thanks to a solo shot by Yoán Moncada.

Unfortunately for the Knights, Connor Walsh gave up solo tallies in the fourth and fifth by relinquishing a total of five hits in his two innings. He limited the damage, however, thanks to his four strikeouts and allowing no walks. Aside from the Moncada homer and a sixth-inning RBI groundout by Ramon Torres, there was very little offense for the Knights in this game as three of their biggest bats (Luis Robert, Nick Madrigal, Zack Collins) didn’t get the start in this one.

Columbus scored what turned out to be the winning run in the bottom of the sixth, with a Yu Chang single followed by an RBI double from Daniel Johnson to give the Clippers a 4-3 lead. The Knights tried to mount a rally in the seventh, but with one out, pinch-running Madrigal was thrown out trying to steal second. Collins, pinch-hitting for Paulo Orlando, struck out to end the game.

It’d be easy to give Moncada the MVP with his solo bomb, but Colton Turner did everything he could to help the Knights sweep the Clippers. Because he left the game with the lead and allowed just two baserunners in his three innings, he barely wins out over Moncada for that most coveted of awards. The Knights dropped to 68-56 with the loss, while the Clippers improved to 71-53.


Birmingham Barons 3, Mississippi Braves 0

Tanner Banks W (2-7) 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K (4.80 ERA, 1.26 WHIP) **MVP**
Luis Martinez SV (4) 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K (4.77 ERA, 1.34 WHIP
Luis González 1-for-3, BB, K, SB (13) (.248 BA, .675 OPS)
Joel Booker 1-for-4 (.253 BA, .636 OPS)
Damek Tomscha 1-for-4, R, RBI (22) (.277 BA, .752 OPS)
Gavin Sheets 1-for-3, RBI (73), BB, 2 K (.272 BA, .762 OPS)
Ti’Quan Forbes 1-for-4, RBI (37), 2 K (.249 BA, .676 OPS)
Luis Basabe 0-for-3, BB, 2 K (.238 BA, .639 OPS)
Nate Nolan 1-for-4, R, 3 K (.156 BA, .518 OPS)
Luis Valenzuela 1-for-3, R, BB, 2 SB (2) (.191 BA, .499 OPS)

The game was scoreless until the top of the third, when Nate Nolan and Luis Valenzuela singled to begin the inning. After Luis González struck out and Joel Booker popped out, it appeared the rally would come to an end. But wait! Three straight clutch RBI singles by Damek Tomscha, Gavin Sheets and Ti’Quan Forbes gave the Barons a seemingly insurmountable 3-0 lead.

Tanner Banks was exemplary in protecting that 3-0 lead. He possibly could’ve gone longer, as it took only 82 pitches for him to complete his seven innings. It certainly helped his cause that 62 of those pitches were strikes, and it was especially good to see him rebound after a string of disappointing outings.

The Barons couldn’t mount any serious damage after the third inning, but it didn’t really matter, due to the stellar pitching of Banks and reliever Luis Martinez, who pitched two innings of hitless relief. With the win, the Barons improved to 55-66 while the Braves fell to 58-65. With seven innings allowing just a hit and a walk while fanning five, Banks is the no-brainer MVP choice for this game.


Potomac Nationals 4, Winston-Salem Dash 3

Manny Bañuelos (SP) 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, HR (3.86 ERA, 1.29 WHIP)
Jake Elliott (RP) 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K (4.87 ERA, 1.31 WHIP)
Bennett Sousa (RP) L (1-3) 2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K (3.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP)
Steele Walker (CF) 2-for-5, 2B (23), RBI (45) (.285 BA, .800 OPS)
Tyler Frost (RF) 1-for-5 (.259 BA, .768 OPS)
Andrew Vaughn (DH) 0-for-3, BB (.268 BA, .823 OPS)
Craig Dedelow (LF) 1-for-4, 2 K, CS (5) (.243 BA, .737 OPS)
Carlos Perez (C) 1-for-4 (.257 BA, .632 OPS)
Jameson Fisher (1B) 0-for-3, BB, K (.242 BA, .717 OPS)
Mitch Roman (3B) 4-for-4, R, RBI (16), E (8) (.285 BA, .691 OPS) **MVP**
Johan Cruz (SS) 1-for-4 (.205 BA, .590 OPS)
Tate Blackman (2B) 1-for-4, R, RBI (25), 2 K (.192 BA, .592 OPS)

Potomac was the first to tally a run, doing so in the top of the second courtesy of a solo homer by catcher Alex Dunlap. Despite the Dash not doing much damage offensively, Manny Bañuelos did manage to keep his team in the game through three innings.

The fourth inning, however, caused problems for Bañuelos and the Dash as the Nationals plated an additional run and had runners on the corners with nobody out. However, Bañuelos prevented further damage thanks to a ground out and two punch outs. The Dash managed to tie the game 2-2 in the bottom half of the fifth with two outs, thanks to an RBI single by Tate Blackman (who’s slowly working his way to the Mendoza Line) and an RBI double by the sizzling-hot Steele Walker.

The Nationals re-took the lead via a sac fly in the seventh, and the lead held until the bottom of the eighth, when Mitch Roman hit an opposite-field single to right to tie the game at three. Unfortunately, the Nationals took the lead right back, this time for good, with a two-out single to make it 4-3. The Dash did make it exciting until the very end, as Walker was gunned down at the plate while trying to score via a Tyler Frost single. Oh well, that’s baseball.

It was great to see Bañuelos pitch well, but it was even better to see Walker continue to rip the ball. As good a day as those two guys enjoyed, it’s hard to beat Roman’s day, as he went 4-for-4 with an RBI and run scored. With the defeat, the Dash fell to 64-54 while the Nationals improved to 59-63.


Lexington Legends 4, Kannapolis Intimidators 3

Kevin Folman (SP) 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K (5.53 ERA, 1.42 WHIP)
Declan Cronin (RP) L (0-2) 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K (4.60 ERA, 1.21 WHIP)
Ian Dawkins (CF) 1-for-3, 2 BB (.309 BA, .780 OPS)
Ramon Beltre (2B) 2-for-5, R, 2B (21), HR (4), RBI (31), K (.214 BA, .572 OPS)
Lenyn Sosa (SS) 0-for-5 (.238 BA, .628 OPS)
Tyler Osik (LF) 1-for-4, R, BB, 2 K (.256 BA, .755 OPS)
Corey Zangari (DH) 2-for-3, R, 2B (16), 2 BB, K (.202 BA, .729 OPS) **MVP**
Amado Nuñez (1B) 1-for-4, BB, K (.220 BA, .619 OPS)
Michael Hickman (C) 2-for-4, RBI (22), BB, 2 K (.204 BA, .625 OPS)
Camilo Quinteiro (3B) 1-for-5, 3 K (.171 BA, .527 OPS)

The Legends didn’t take long to score in this one, as a single-triple-sac fly combo in the game’s first three batters immediately pitted Lexington with a 2-0 lead. Aside from the third inning, which saw three Lexington singles translate into one run, starter Kevin Folman pitched well enough to earn himself a quality start.

The Intimidators finally dented the scoreboard in the fourth inning, as Michael Hickman plated Corey Zangari (who had doubled earlier in the inning) with two outs to tighten the score to 3-1. The game remained that way until the bottom of the seventh, when Ramon Beltre hit a leadoff homer to make it 3-2. Then, with two outs and runners in scoring position, Michael Hickman struck out; however, it was on a wild pitch that enabled Tyler Osik to score the game-tying run!

Lexington re-took the lead in the top of the eighth, thanks to a two-out Reed Rohlman double off Declan Cronin. Aside from that play, Cronin was a standout in relief, as he allowed just that one run in his three innings. Kannapolis loaded the bases with one out thanks to a hit and two walks, but Camilo Quinteiro and Cameron Simmons struck out to finish the game. It was a hard-fought game, but the Legends got just enough hits at the right times to win.

While the pitching staff pitched well enough to win the game and Beltre did his part with a 2-for-5 game with a homer, the MVP of this game was Zangari, who was 2-for-3 with two walks, a double and a run scored — it seems he’s finally coming out of his slump. With the defeat, Kannapolis fell to 54-69 while Lexington rose to 61-63.


Great Falls Voyagers vs. Missoula Osprey postponed


AZL Reds 8, AZL White Sox 1

Matthew Thompson (SP) 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (0.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP)
Justin Friedman (RP) L (3-4) 4 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K (5.14 ERA, 1.43 WHIP)
Tyson Messer (RP) 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K (13.50 ERA, 2.50 WHIP) **MVP**
Nick Silva (RP) 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K (5.03 ERA, 1.93 WHIP)
James Beard (CF) 0-for-3, K (.187 BA, .512 OPS)
Bryan Ramos (3B) 0-for-4, E (4) (.250 BA, .720 OPS)
Micker Adolfo (DH) 1-for-4, R, 2B (3), 2 K (.217 BA, .835 OPS)
D.J. Gladney (1B) 1-for-3, RBI (22), K, E (11) (.262 BA, .746 OPS)
Anthony Coronado (RF) 1-for-3, 2B (5), K (.308 BA, .872 OPS)
Josue Guerrero (LF) 0-for-2, 2 K, E (4) (.220 BA, .640 OPS)
Victor Torres (C) 0-for-3, 2 PB (13) (.209 BA, .466 OPS)

In his first professional game, 2019 second-rounder Matthew Thompson acquitted himself quite nicely in his one inning of work. He certainly wasn’t aided by his defense, however, as a fielding error by Bryan Ramos eventually scored on a passed ball by Victor Torres. The White Sox tied the game in the top of the second, thanks to an RBI single by D.J. Gladney that plated Micker Adolfo. It could’ve been an even more productive inning, if with runners on first and second and two outs, light-hitting Sidney Pimentel hadn’t gotten picked off of first by the catcher.

Justin Friedman came in to relieve Thompson in the bottom half of the second, and that’s when the game began to unravel. The leadoff hitter for the Reds struck out, but got on base as first baseman D.J. Gladney dropped the throw from Torres on a dropped third-strike. After four subsequent singles and another passed ball, the Reds tallied four in the fifth to provide themselves a comfortable 5-1 lead. The game remained that way until the top of the sixth, when a wild pitch scored the Reds’ sixth run.

Additional runs in the seventh and eighth innings off of 2019 40th-round pick Nick Silva increased the Reds lead to 8-1, which seemed like a 50-run deficit for the offensively-challenged AZL Sox on this night. Aside from three hits in the second frame, the Sox were hitless. This would’ve been a terrible game to watch — three hits, no walks, nine strikeouts and a runner picked off on offense; three errors, two passed balls and two wild pitches on defense. The only consolation is that these young players should get better with more experience.

The Sox fell to 18-31 while the Reds improved to 22-27 on the season. While there were very few positives on this night, here are a couple: Thompson pitched well in his debut despite shoddy defense behind him, and Tyson Messer struck out the side in his one inning of work. It’s that effort by Messer than merits him the team’s MVP tonight.


DSL White Sox 9, DSL Padres 3

Ronaldo Guzman (SP) W (2-3) 5 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K (4.44 ERA, 1.36 WHIP)
Jorge Ferrer (RP) 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K (1.04 ERA, 1.15 WHIP)
Erick Perez (RP) 1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K (1.95 ERA, 1.18 WHIP)
Wilber Sánchez (2B) 2-for-4, R, 2B (12), 2 RBI (24), SB (13) (.282 BA, .769 OPS)
Anthony Espinoza (3B) 2-for-4, R, 3B (2), RBI (32) (.267 BA, .686 OPS)
Matthew Mercedes (DH) 1-FOR-3, R, 2B (10), RBI (30), BB (.336 BA, .863 OPS)
Lazaro Leal (RF) 1-for-4, R, HR (3), RBI (23) (.221 BA, .714 OPS)
Roberth Gutierrez (CF) 1-for-3, R, K (.278 BA, .750 OPS)
Alberto Bernal (1B) 1-for-2, 2 R, 2B (5), RBI (16) (.174 BA, .663 OPS)
Elijah Tatís (SS) 3-for-3, 2 R, 2B (2), 2 RBI (10) (.185 BA, .519 OPS) **MVP**

Padres hurler Dwayne Matos and Sox southpaw Ronaldo Guzman matched each other pitch-for-pitch in a scoreless duel for the first three innings. After allowing the dreaded leadoff walk in the top half of the fourth, Guzman surrendered a two-run homer to Alex Ramirez, giving the Padres a 2-0 lead. Unfortunately for Guzman, the only runners he allowed in his five innings came around to score. However, that two-run deficit was quite short-lived. The Sox scored four runs with two out in the bottom half of the fourth courtesy of an Alberto Bernal double, a two-run single by Elijah Tatís and a wild pitch that plated yet another run. Lazaro Leal clubbed a two-out solo bomb in the fifth to extend the lead to 5-2.

The Sox weren’t done racking up more runs. In the bottom of the sixth, Wilber Sánchez doubled home Bernal and Tatís to make it 7-2. An RBI single by Anthony Espinoza and a subsequent RBI double by Matthew Mercedes completed the Sox scoring for the day. Aside from a meaningless run in the seventh, the Sox bullpen held the Padres in check.

Guzman, who’ll be turning just 17 later this month, continued to look sharp. If not for a disastrous outing on August 6, his ERA and WHIP would be looking especially nifty at 3.42 and 1.26 respectively. The kid throws hard, as evidenced by his 13.1 strikeouts per nine innings, which is absolutely amazing — he’s definitely someone to watch. While Guzman was terrific today, Tatís was even better. A perfect 3-for-3 day at the plate with a double, two runs and two RBIs earned the scuffling shortstop the MVP on this day. Hopefully, this will lead to good things for him going forward. On a separate note, on a day when stud outfielders Benyamin Bailey and Johnabiell Laureano received a well-deserved day off, it was great to see the offense step forward. With the victory, the Sox improved to 34-32 while the Padres slipped to 30-36.


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.