Chicago White Sox MiLB Report: Brad Penny gains win


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• Triple-A (Charlotte Knights)

The Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, the Charlotte Knights, gained a win in their season opener Thursday night at BB&T Ballpark, with the win credited to Brad Penny.

Charlotte won by a 6-3 score over Norfolk, and for the MLB veteran Penny who is looking to repair his career, he pitched five-plus innings of three-run baseball.

Penny allowed three earned runs on seven hits and two walks in his 5.2 innings of work. The right-hander also struck out two.

Also pitching for the Knights was Arcenio Leon, who struck out two in 1.2 innings pitched, with one walk and no hits allowed.

Zach Phillips went two-thirds of an inning in relief striking out one batter, and gaining the save was Jairo Asencio who kept the Knights’ lead in the ninth, also striking out one batter.

At the plate the Knights collected 12 hits, with Tyler Saladino (No. 18 prospect) finishing 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs.

Kevan Smith (No. 27 prospect) was also 3-for-4 for Charlotte. Hitting home runs for the Knights in their season opener were Matt Davidson (No. 8 prospect) and Engel Beltre.

Friday for the Knights, right-hander Chris Beck (No. 13 prospect) will make his season debut. In 23 MiLB games he has an ERA of 3.47 in 68 games (59 starts).

• Double-A (Birmingham Barons)

The Barons had a rough start to their ’15 season, losing to Mobile, 11-3 at Regions Field.

Birmingham was out-hit, 17-5 in the loss.

Tim Anderson (No. 2 prospect) was 1-for-3 with one run and two RBIs. He struck out once, and his lone hit was a triple.

Courtney Hawkins (No. 9 prospect) finished 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. Jacob May (No. 15 prospect) was 1-for-4 with one RBI.

The loss was charged to Jaye Myles, pitching four innings. He allowed five earned runs on eight hits and two walks. Myles struck out two.

• Advanced Single-A (Winston-Salem Dash)

The Dash won on the road Thursday, defeating Frederick, 13-0.

James Dykstra was the winning pitcher. He went six innings, giving up just one hit with no runs or walks. He struck out three.

Sean Hagan pitched one inning of relief, allowing one hit and Michael Ynoa (No. 30 prospect) went the final two innings on the mound. He walked two, but allowed no runs or hits.

At the plate, the Dash were led by Chris Jacobs (3-for-4) with one run, one walk and two RBIs.

Cleuluis Rondon (No. 14 prospect) finished 2-for-4 with two runs and one walk. Adam Engel (No. 20 prospect) had a double, three RBIs and two runs. He also walked twice.

Trey Michalczewski (No. 8) went 1-for-5 with a hit, one walk and one run.

No. 25 prospect Jake Peter was 0-for-3 with one run and three walks, and Keon Barnum (No. 20 prospect) had a 1-for-4 game with one run, one walk and three RBIs.

• (Single-A) Kannapolis Intimidators

The Intimidators lost by a 2-1 score Thursday to Lakewood.

Jordan Guerrero (No. 28 prospect) started the game for the Intimidators pitched six innings. He allowed no runs on two hits and one walk. Guerrero struck out six.

The loss went to Peter Tago who in one-third of an inning, allowing one run, one hit and one walk in the ninth, breaking a 1-1 tie.

The Intimidators totaled five hits in the one-run loss, with Brett Austin scoring the lone Kannapolis run.

* Rookie League affiliates, the Great Falls Voyagers and the AZL White Sox haven’t began their MiLB seasons.

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