White Sox Minor Keys: Aug. 5, 2018

Michael Kopech makes it five strong starts in a row

Michael Kopech has now tied together five strong starts, throwing seven innings of two-run ball in a victory over Durham on Sunday.

Just like he did with Eloy Jimenez, our man in Charlotte Jonathan Lee asked Kopech about Rick Hahn’s checklist, and had a more diplomatic answer.

He also followed up on a storyline from late June, when Kopech lost the feel for his pitches due to sweating problems. It turns out he went through a jersey an inning.

Charlotte 4, Durham 2

  • Charlie Tilson went 2-for-4.
  • Ryan Cordell, 2-for-4 with a triple and a strikeout.
  • Jose Rondon went 1-for-4 with a double.
  • Michael Kopech: 7 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 2 WP
  • Eloy Jimenez was a late scratch, supposedly due to flu-like symptoms.

Mobile 10, Birmingham 1

  • Luis Basabe made his first start of the month, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
  • Joel Booker went 1-for-3 with a sac fly.
  • Zack Collins, 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Alex Call was 1-for-4 with a triple and two strikeouts.
  • Danny Mendick, 1-for-3 with a K and an HBP.
  • Kodi Medeiros: 5 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Down East 5, Winston-Salem 0

  • Nick Madrigal went 2-for-4 with a stolen base.
  • Laz Rivera, 0-for-4.
  • Luis Gonzalez went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
  • Gavin Sheets, 1-for-3 with a strikeout.
  • Ti’Quan Forbes was 1-for-3.
  • John Parke: 6 IP, 6 H,  5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, 2 HR

Greensboro 2, Kannapolis 1 (Game 1, 7 innings)

  • The Intimidators were no-hit.
  • Luis Curbelo and Steele Walker were both 0-for-3 with a K.
  • Evan Skoug went 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Justin Yurchak, 0-for-2 with a walk.
  • Andrew Perez: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
  • Will Kincanon struck out the side on 11 pitches.

Kannapolis 9, Greensboro 0 (Game 2, 7 innings)

  • Luis Curbelo, 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Steele Walker was 1-for-3 with a walk.
  • Carlos Perez went 2-for-3.

Missoula 10, Great Falls 2

  • Bryce Bush went 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout.
  • Lenyn Sosa, 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Amado Nunez walked, got plunked and struck out twice.
  • Jhoandro Alfaro was 0-for-3.

AZL Padres2 5, AZL White Sox 2

  • Luis Robert went 1-for-4 with a strikeout and a stolen base.
  • Kelvin Maldonado, 0-for-4 with a K.
  • Lency Delgado went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Luis Mieses, 0-for-4.
  • Sam Abbott went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
  • Josue Guerrero was 1-for-3 with a strikeout.
  • Brayan Herrera: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
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That flu better be “Flu to Chicago to play tomorrow.”


A jersey per inning? Kopech needs a new nickname, and his fellow Texan Gibby Haynes has just the thing: Sweat Loaf.


Anyone watch the Charlotte game? The play-by-play is confusing me and makes it look like Kopech should’ve only been charged with 1 earned run. Maybe I’m reading it wrong, but it looks like he got a line out to 2B with a runner on second, and the player who caught the line out made a throwing error, allowing the runner to score… 


I watched it. The reason it was an earned run is because of the silly “you can’t assume a double play” scoring rule. The error was made when attempting to double the runner off second. From the scorers perspective, the runner would have still been on second with 2 outs had the error not been made. The next batter singled, which would have presumably scored the run.

lil jimmy

I saw the game as well. After seeing the Knights in May, The lineup has gotten a boost. Tilson, Rondon, Cordell, any Eloy. Quite an improvement.

Josh Nelson

Yeah, they don’t suck as much as they did earlier this year. PROGRESS!


Kopech and Eloy will both be promoted for the Royals game on the 17th.


Are they going to keep Eloypech in the minors until next May?

Patrick Nolan

June! Can’t afford them becoming Super Twos, you know.