White Sox MiLB Report: Michael Kopech Posts Strong Start for Triple-A Charlotte

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

White Sox top pitching prospect has a strong start for Charlotte on the road and records out at the plate after the final pitch of the game.

Michael Kopech had a strong start for Triple-A Charlotte on Monday night against the Durham Bulls. The Chicago White Sox top pitching prospect recorded nine strikeouts in six innings pitched in the Knights 2-1 win over the Bulls.

Kopech didn’t allow an earned run in his start against Durham. This was a good outing for the right-handed pitcher as he had been struggling throughout the month of June. Kopech’s start on Monday was his longest outing since June 8 when he posted 10 strikeouts in six innings pitched. With his solid start, Kopech lowered his ERA from 5.08 to 4.66.

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Dylan Cease made his Double-A debut on Monday for the Birmingham Barons. Unlike Kopech, Cease didn’t have much success on the mound. Cease allowed five earned runs in 4.2 innings pitched against the Montgomery Biscuits. In the Barons 8-7 loss to Montgomery, Cease record seven strikeouts and allowed two walks.

While the Barons were unable to win on Monday, the Winston-Salem Dash of Single-A Advanced routed the Frederick Keys 19-2. Every Dash player in the starting lineup had a hit including Micker Adolfo who went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and two walks. Luis Robert was 1-for-2 with a walk. The Dash scored nine runs in the ninth inning after leading 10-2 over the Keys.

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The Kannapolis Intimidators of Single-A were defeated 7-1 by the Greensboro Grasshoppers in a seven-inning rain-shortened game on Monday. Kannapolis recorded just six hits with Craig Dedelow going 2-for-3 for the Intimidators.

Click links below for box scores:

Charlotte Knights 2-Durham Bulls 1

Montgomery Biscuits 8-Birmingham Barons 7

Winston-Salem Dash 19-Frederick Keys 2

Greensboro Grasshoppers 7-Kannapolis Intimidators 1 F/7

Great Falls Voyagers 6-Billings Mustangs 4

AZL White Sox 7-AZL Reds 2

DSL Reds 12-DSL White Sox 6