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White Sox Minor League Update: July 10, 2024

The farm had a good day overall, as the Barons, Dash, and Cannon Ballers all put impressive offensive performances together. Mario Camilletti shined in his Double-A debut, finishing 3-for-4 with a homer.

Durham Bulls 7, Charlotte Knights 4 (Gameday box) (Statcast Box)
The Knights bullpen let this one slip away.

Nick Nastrini started off strong for the Knights, making it through his first three frames without any drama. The righthander made everything look easy his first time through the order. The second time was a bit of a struggle, as he allowed a triple and a sacrifice fly to open the fourth. Then, in the fifth, a walk, a productive out, and an RBI single resulted in Durham’s second run. Despite that, however, Nastrini had a good start, and when he left the game he was in line for the win.

The Knights offense had a great rally in the bottom of the fourth, collecting a pair of singles and a walk. Those productive plate appearances were aided by a crucial error with two outs that allowed two of Charlotte’s three runs of the inning to score. Surprisingly, that rally started with two outs and nobody on base. Colson Montgomery extended the inning with a walk, Brooks Baldwin singled, and Bryan Ramos drove in a run with a single. From there, Michael Chavis reached on the error to put Charlotte ahead.

Mark Payton, Dominic Fletcher, and Edgar Quero had consecutive singles in the fifth to add an insurance run and make the score 4-2. However, given how the bullpen performed, the Knights needed far more insurance. The offense got cold down the stretch, and the bullpen allowed five runs (all earned) in 3 2/3 innings.

Dominic Fletcher (CF) 3-for-5

Nick Nastrini (RHSP) 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 4 BB, 3 K
Mark Payton (LF) 2-for-5
Edgar Quero (C) 1-for-3, BB, RBI

Birmingham Barons 6, Mississippi Braves 4 (Gameday Box)
The Barons put the bat on the ball quite a bit, which has been a struggle for them lately. Largely thanks to the bats and the bullpen, the Barons pulled through for the victory over Mississippi.

Birmingham opened the scoring in the top of the second, when Wilfred Veras, Michael Turner, and Mario Camilletti hit back-to-back-to-back singles to open the inning.

That early lead did not last long, as emergency call-up and Barons starter José Ramírez (4 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 1 K) did not have his best day on the mound. Ramírez allowed two in the second and one in the third. However, his fourth and final inning went smoothly, and he prevented the game from getting out of hand.

In the fifth, Camilletti and Shawn Goosenberg hit back-to-back jacks to tie the game at three. Camilletti is brand-new to Double-A, but he is picking up where he left off with the Dash.

Later in the inning Jason Matthews singled, and Matt Hogan tripled to bring in the go-ahead run. The Barons added another solo homer in the sixth, when Veras went deep. Camilletti picked up another RBI in the eighth, when he singled to drive in Tim Elko. Meanwhile, the bullpen only allowed one run in five innings.

Mario Camilletti (2B) 3-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Matt Hogan (CF) 2-for-4, 3B, RBI
Wilfred Veras (DH) 2-for-4, HR
Shawn Goosenberg (LF) 1-for-4, HR
Chase Plymell (RHRP) 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 4 K

Winston-Salem Dash 7, Greensboro Grasshoppers 5 (10 innings) (Gameday Box)
The Dash put a clutch 10th inning together to win this nail-biter against the Grasshoppers.

Dash starter Shane Murphy (5 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 8 H, 0 BB, 3 K) had a decent performance overall, but it ended on a low note. Murphy had a rough time at the very beginning and the very ending of his outing, which tainted his numbers. In the first inning, Jake Brannigan launched a two-run homer to give Greensboro an early lead. Murphy also allowed three doubles during his sixth and final inning, which resulted in two more runs crossing the plate.

In the third, the Dash got two runs back. Taishi Nakawake led off with a single and Weston Eberly walked to open the frame. They both advanced 90 feet on a wild pitch, and with two outs DJ Gladney drove them both in with a clutch single. The Dash took their first lead of the game in the fourth, when Colby Smelley led off with a double and scored on a sacrifice fly by Nakawake.

The Dash trailed by a score of 4-3 entering the eighth, but they got the equalizer: With one out Wes Kath singled, and with two outs Bryce Willits extended the inning with a single of his own. Nakawake delivered once again, as his RBI single tied the game at four.

Ryan Galanie led off the 10th with the free runner on second base and no outs and dispensed with any small-ball by drilling a two-run homer to put Winston-Salem ahead for good. This turned out to be the decisive blast. The very next batter, Kath, also went deep to add an exclamation point. Reliever Zach Franklin sealed the deal in the bottom of the 10th.

Ryan Galanie (1B) 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Wes Kath (3B) 2-for-4, HR, BB
Taishi Nakawake (SS) 2-for-4, 2 RBI
Zach Franklin (RHRP) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 3 K
Peyton Pallette (RHRP) 2 IP, 1 R (0 ER), 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K

Kannapolis Cannon Ballers 9, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 5 (Gameday Box)
The Cannon Ballers got off to a slow start but made a heroic comeback to beat the Pelicans handily with a late rally.

Kannapolis starter Jake Peppers (4 IP, 5 R/3 ER, 4 H, 4 BB, 4 K) did not trick many Myrtle Beach hitters in what turned out to be one of his rougher games. When Peppers left the game, the Pelicans had a 5-1 lead, with the only Cannon Ballers run coming on a wild pitch.

However, the situation started shifting in the sixth, when the Cannon Ballers collected four hits in addition to a walk. Rikuu Nishida singled, and of course, he stole second base for his 35th swipe of the year. Wilber Sánchez singled, and Arxy Hernández doubled to bring home a pair. Drake Logan added an RBI single with two outs to reduce the deficit to one.

In the eighth, the Cannon Ballers took advantage of some poor control on the mound by Myrtle Beach. Arxy Hernández, Ronny Hernández, and George Wolkow were the first three batters of the inning, and each of them drew a walk. A wild pitch resulted in Kannapolis scoring the tying run, and Mikey Kane walked, too. Once again, the bases were loaded. Drake Logan hit a sacrifice fly that allowed the go-ahead run to score, and that lead did not relinquish. From there, a field error and a pair of singles allowed the Cannon Ballers to pull away.

Ronny Hernández (C) 2-for-3, 2 BB

Arxy Hernández (DH) 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, HBP
Drake Logan (CF) 1-for-3, BB, 2 RBI, 1-for-1 on stolen base attempts
Luke Bell (RHRP) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 4 K
Rikuu Nishida (LF) 2-for-5, BB, RBI, 1-for-1 on stolen base attempts
Mikey Kane (1B) 0-for-1, 3 BB, HBP
Javier Mora (2B) 1-for-4, BB, 2 RBI

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