6/30 recap: Double-headers and ninth inning heroics galore

Chicago White Sox affiliatetes went 5-4 on Monday as both the Charlotte Knights and Birmingham Barons had double headers, which they both split.

Gwinnett 11, Charlotte 5

Micah Johnson, 0-5, K
Carlos Sanchez, 1-5, K
Marcus Semien 1-4, 3K
Jordan Danks, 2-3, 2 2B, 2R, BB
Josh Phegly 3-4, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, K
Tyler Saladino 2-4, HR

Shawn Hill and Mitchell Boggs gave up a combined 11 earned runs against the Gwinnett Braves, creating an insurmountable lead in a game where Johnson, Sanchez, and Semien all performed poorly.

Charlotte 7, Gwinnett 5

Micah Johnson, 1-5
Carlos Sanchez, 1-5, 2B, R, K
Tyler Saladino, 2-4, HR, 2 RBI, BB
Jordan Danks, 2-5, 2B, RBI, K
Matt Davidson 2-4, 2 HR, K

Game 2 of the AAA double header fared better for Charlotte with Matt Davidson clubbing two home runs, including an extra innings game winner against former Sox farmhand Terry Doyle.

Birmingham 12, Chattanooga 10

Jared Mitchell 1-5, HR, BB, K
Trayce Thompson 2-5, 2B, R, K
Dan Black 3-5, 2 2B, R, RBI
Rangel Ravelo 2-5, 2 R, RBI
Josh Richmond 2-5, 3B, R, 3 RBI
Jaime Pedroza 2-5, 2B, 4 RBI

Birmingham won its first game in a slugfest that featured the Barons going into the 9th down 9-7 to Chattanooga and ending the 9th with a 12-10 victory. Rangel Ravelo continues to rake and Jared Mitchell has hit his second home run at AA.

Chattanooga 5, Birmingham 3

Jared Mitchell 1-4, HR, R, 3 K
Trayce Thompson 1-4, RBI
Dan Black 0-2, RBI, 2 K
Rangel Ravelo 1-1, 2 BB

The Barons lost a shortened Game 2 as their hot bats cooled down. Rangel Ravelo extended his hitting streak to 17 games, the current best in the Southern League.

Winston-Salem 3, Carolina 0

Jacob May 0-3, K
Joey DeMichele, 1-4, 2B, K
Courtney Hawkins, 1-4, 2B
Jason Coats, 1-4, HR
Keon Barnum, 2-4, 2B, HR
Terance Marin, 8 IP, 2 H, BB, 4 K

Jason Coats and Keon Barnum slugged home runs to power the Dash to a win behind an impressive outing from starter Terance Marin on a day that saw the Dash likely lose Futures Game pitcher Francellis Montas.

Kannapolis 4, Charleston 2

Cleuluis Rondon, 1-4, R, K
Trey Michalczewski, 2-4, HR, 2 RBI
Brett Austin, 1-4, K
James Dykstra, 7.2 IP 9 H, ER, 8 K

Kannapolis won behind a strong start by James Dykstra who scattered 9 hits across 7.2 innings and weak defense by the Riverdogs, who allowed 3 unearned runs due to 3 errors.

DSL White Sox 7, DSL Padres 6

Maiker Feliz, 1-3, 2 RBI, 2 BB
Daniel Gonzalez, 2-5, R, 2B, 2 RBI
Ramon Espinosa, 4 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 7 K
Juan Rodriguez, 4 IP, H, 3 K

A pair of relievers in Espinosa and and Rodriguez led the DSL White Sox to victory by fanning a combined 10 batters over 8 frames while only allowing a single run after starter Jaider Rocha allowed 5 earned runs. First baseman Carlos Gonzalez went 1-5 with a walkoff single in the bottom of the 10th.

Missoula 3, Great Falls 2

Jake Peter, 1-3, BB
Zach Fisher 1-4, HR, K
Mason Robbins 2-4, 2B, K
Zach Fish 1-4
Brandon Brennan, 5 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 4 K
Michael Blanke 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, ER, BB, 2 K

Jake Peter continued his hot start to his pro-career with his average sitting at a comfortable .417. Mason Robbins also is having a good start to his professional life by hitting .294 so far for Great Falls.  Mike Blanke is reportedly hitting upper 90’s with his fastball as he transitions from catching to pitching.

AZL Indians 9, AZL White 8

Michael Suiter, 2-3, 2 BB, 2B, 3 R
Jeffry Santos, 3-5, 2 R, RBI, K
Antonio Rodriguez, 2-5, HR, 2 RBI
Micker Adolfo, 0-5, 3 K
Spencer Adams, 3 IP, 2 H, R, 0 ER, 3 K

The AZL White Sox lost a slugfest to the AZL Indians on Monday. Top prospects Spencer Adams and Micker Adolfo had as different a day as possible. While Adams shined in his three innings of work, Adolfo earned himself a silver sombrero.

Who’s Hot: Over his last 10 games Matt Davidson has seemingly turned a corner. The once highly touted third baseman finally got his season average above the Mendoza Line and in his last 10 games is hitting .353 with 4 HR, 7 RBI, 7 BB and 9 Ks. Rangel Ravelo extended his hit streak to 17 games on Monday and is hitting .368 over his last 10 games with his season triple slash line sitting at .309/.401/.450. While the power has yet to appear for the first baseman, his hit tool just keeps on going. Keon Barnum has also seemingly turned a corner by hitting .410 in his last 10 games with 3 HRs, 6 RBIs, 3 BBs and 9 Ks in 39 at bats. The surge has brought his season average to .245.

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