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White Sox: Weekend Farm Report, July 27-29

It was an action packed weekend throughout the White Sox farm system. Sean Williams gets you up to speed on everything that happened.

The White Sox farm system had an action packed weekend, filled with plenty of impressive performances. Let’s take a look at how some of the talent throughout the minor league affiliates performed this past weekend:

Charlotte Knights

The Knights went 1-2 in their road series against Pawtucket. Despite the losing record over the weekend, Eloy Jimenez continued to shine (shocking, I know). Eloy went 7-12 at the plate with a two-run home run, two doubles, a walk, and a total of four RBIs in the series.

Jose Rondon had a pair of extra base hits in the series with one being a solo home run and the other a double. Ryan Cordell had two hits over the weekend, marking the first hits he’s had since rejoining the Knights after some time in the AZL and in Birmingham.

Ryan Burr got his first taste of Triple-A action on Friday and threw one shutout inning, giving up one hit, walking one, and striking out two. Ian Hamilton continued to impress and saw some action on Friday as well. Hamilton threw two shutout innings, giving up two hits, walking one, and striking out five.

On Saturday, Seby Zavala returned to the field after being on the disabled-list. Seby went 3-8 at the plate this weekend, with one of those hits being a two-run home run. This was Seby’s first home run since being promoted to Triple-A. Also on Saturday, Carson Fulmer tossed 1.2 innings out of the bullpen where he allowed one hit, walked two, and fanned two without allowing a run.

Jordan Guerrero got the start on Sunday and threw a fantastic game. Guerrero went 5.1 innings, giving up five hits, four walks, and had four strikeouts while keeping Pawtucket off the scoreboard and picking up the victory.

The Knights ended the weekend with an overall record of 49-56. The team opens up a seven-game home stand where they will face Norfolk to get things started.

Birmingham Barons

The Barons also went 1-2 on the weekend, wrapping up a home series against the Tennessee Smokies and opening up a road series against the Mississippi Braves. On Friday, the Barons used an eighth inning rally to pick up their only victory of the weekend.

Trey Michalczewski went 5-13 at the plate this weekend with a double, triple, and three RBIs. His lead-off triple in the previously mentioned rally was the spark that got the scoring started for the Barons on Friday night. Bernardo Flores started on the mound and went 6.2 innings, giving up seven hits, two earned runs, and struck out five on the same night.

Luis Alexander Basabe‘s 15-game hitting streak would come to an end on Saturday, but that didn’t stop him from having a productive game. Basabe would reach base twice, both times on a walk and he scored a run. He finished the weekend going 4-11 at the plate with a triple, two RBIs, and two walks.

Zack Collins reached base in every game this weekend, drawing at least one walk in each of them. At the plate, he would go 3-9 with a double, RBI, and four walks. He now has 87 walks on the season.

The Barons currently have a 53-52 overall record and will continue their road series against the Braves before opening up a home series against the Mobile Bay Bears on Thursday.

Winston-Salem Dash

The Winston-Salem Dash went 1-2 last weekend, continuing a trend of losing records for the White Sox minor league affiliates. On Friday, the Dash picked up their only win of the weekend, beating the Salem Red Sox 6-5.

Luis Gonzalez went 2-7 at the plate over the weekend, doing all of his damage on Friday. He blasted a solo home run along with a double and collected two RBIs on the night. Lincoln Henzman took the mound on Friday, going for 3.0 innings without allowing a hit or a run and striking out three.

Laz Rivera collected three hits and an RBI over the weekend, with two of his hits being doubles. Yermin Mercedes also had a nice weekend, putting together two multi-hit games and driving in one run.

Blake Rutherford extended his hit streak to 12-games, however, that would come to an end on Sunday as he was held hit-less. Rutherford picked up one hit on Friday and added another two on Saturday.

Despite the recent struggles, the Dash still have a remarkable record of 63-44 on the season. The team is set to open up a home series against the Carolina Mudcats starting on Tuesday, July 31.

Kannapolis Intimidators

The Kannapolis Intimidators posted a 2-1 record, breaking the streak of losing records for the White Sox minor league affiliates this past weekend.

On Friday night, Nick Madrigal went 1-2 and drove in two runs in an 8-2 win over the Delmarva Shorebirds. This was Madrigal’s only hit of the weekend. Bennett Sousa got 2.2 innings of relief work on Friday and was lights out, only allowing one hit and striking out two.

Johan Cruz only played in two games, but he was productive in both. Cruz went 3-7 at the plate with two doubles and two RBIs. Tyler Frost also had a strong weekend, putting together two multi-hit games.

Yosmer Solorzano started on Sunday and propelled the Intimidators to an 8-0 victory. Solorzano went five full innings allowing one hit, no runs, and striking out one batter. Jhoan Quijada relieved Solorzano and was just as productive, going four innings allowing one hit, no runs, and striking out one.

The Intimidators ended their weekend with a 59-44 record. The team will be off to Augusta where they will begin a three game series against the Augusta GreenJackets.

Great Falls Voyagers

The Great Falls Voyagers finished the weekend with a 1-2 record as they avoided the sweep with a win on Sunday. On Friday night, they put together a late rally, but would fall short in a 4-2 loss to the Helena Brewers.

On Friday, Steele Walker went 1-4 at the plate with an RBI. Matt Portland kept the Voyagers in a great position to win the game, going six strong innings while only allowing one run on four hits and picking up seven strikeouts.

The Voyagers were on the wrong end of a lopsided loss on Saturday, being taken down by a score of 13-4 to Helena. Amado Nunez had two hits, with both of them being triples and he drove in two runs. Davis Martin saw his first action since being promoted to Great Falls. He tossed two shutout innings, allowing two hits, and fanning two batters.

On Sunday, the Voyagers would rally late again, only this time they came away with the victory, beating the Helena Brewers 4-3. Ramon Beltre connected on a two-run home run and picked up another hit. Both Gunnar Troutwine and Alex Destino collected a hit and drove in a run each. Konnor Pilkington started and got two innings of work in. He allowed one earned run, gave up one hit, and walked one.

The Great Falls Voyagers ended the weekend with an overall record of 23-19. They will begin a two game road series facing off against the Billings Mustangs.

Arizona League

The AZL White Sox were off on Friday, giving them a shorter weekend of work. The team posted a 1-1 record this weekend with both games being decided by two runs or less.

Bryce Bush extended his hit streak to six games as he collected three hits on Saturday and one more on Sunday. Ty Greene also collected three hits on Saturday and the two of them contributed the majority of the teams hits that night.

The AZL White Sox put together 9 hits on Saturday, but they were only able to put one run on the board, eventually losing a 2-1 game to the AZL Indians. Sean Thompson started the game and went for three innings, allowing one run on four hits while striking out three.

On Sunday, the AZL White Sox would end their weekend with a 6-4 victory over the AZL Brewers. Jose Colina and Harvin Mendoza both drove in two runs and provided a spark for the offense. Felix Mercedes picked up the win on the mound after throwing 1.1 innings and allowing just one hit.

The AZL White Sox ended their weekend with an overall record of 16-17. The team will face the Brewers again tonight, but this time they will heading to the Brewers facility.

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