White Sox MiLB Report: Michael Kopech Has Impressive Outing

MIAMI, FL - JULY 09: Michael Kopech
MIAMI, FL - JULY 09: Michael Kopech /

White sox top pitching prospect has longest outing of season in Triple-A Charlotte’s loss on Saturday night. Winston-Salem extends its winning streak.

Chicago White Sox top pitching prospect Michael Kopech had a solid outing in his second start of the season on Saturday. Pitching for Triple-A Charlotte Knights, Kopech was able to pitch six innings while allowing just one earned run.

Kopech recorded three strikeouts while allowing three hits and two walks to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Despite the Knights losing to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 10-5 on Saturday, Kopech was able to notch his first quality start of the season. Kopech threw 88 pitches total with 58 of those pitches being for strikes.

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Although Kopech failed to get his first victory of the season, he was able to lower his ERA to an impressive 0.69. Kopech was able to get out of some jams on Saturday and limited the RailRiders to scoring just one run through six innings. However, the Knights bullpen couldn’t protect a 5-1 lead over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after Kopech’s departure.

The Birmingham Barons of Double-A didn’t play on Saturday as their contest with the Montgomery Biscuits was postponed due to weather. Single-A Advanced Winston-Salem and Single-A Kannapolis both won their respective contests on Saturday. The Dash were able to extend their winning streak to six games with a comeback victory over the Carolina Mudcats.

After trailing the Mudcats 5-0 in the eighth inning, the Dash scored five runs in the inning to tie the game. Winston-Salem would later win the game in 10 innings after Joel Booker hit a walk-off RBI single to score Yeyson Yrizarri. Booker is off to a hot start for Winston-Salem as he’s hitting .400 through nine games with two home runs and three stolen bases.

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Luis Alexander Basabe, Blake Rutherford and Micker Adolfo continued their solid starts to the season for the Dash on Saturday. Basabe went 2-for-4 with a home run while Rutherford also collected two hits with one of those hits being a double. Adolfo extended his hitting streak to six games as he hit his first home run of the season in the team’s comeback win over Carolina.

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Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 10-Charlotte Knights 5

Birmingham Barons-Montgomery Biscuits PPD

Winston-Salem Dash 6-Carolina Mudcats 5 F/10

Kannapolis Intimidators 4-Charleston RiverDogs 3 F/10