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)
YermĂ­n 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!


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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!

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