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White Sox Minor League Update: May 4, 2019

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Everyone from the South Siders on down lost today, except the Dash ... who were rained out

Insurance paid up: Daniel Palka’s monster night for the Knights was capped off by a three-run homer in the ninth, putting Charlotte up by four. It would prove not to be enough.
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Norfolk Pajaritos 14, Charlotte Caballeros 13

Danny Mendick (3B-LF): 3-for-4, 2 R, BB, K, 2 SB (7, 2nd and 3rd base), .264 BA/.794 OPS
DJ Peterson (1B-3B) : 2-for-4, 3 R, 2 RBI (14), 2B (3), 2 BB, K, .205 BA/.694 OPS
Daniel Palka (RF): 3-for-6, R, 5 RBI (11), HR (4) K, .250 BA/.910 OPS **MVP**
Zack Collins (C): 1-for-3, 2 R, 2 RBI (26), 2B (5), 2 BB, K, .263 BA/.983 OPS
Jordan Stephens (SP): 5 IP, 13 H, 9 ER, 2K, 3 HR, 9.48 ERA, 91 pitches/58 strikes
Matt Foster (RP): 2 IP, BB, 2 K, H (1), 0.00 ERA
Ian Hamilton (RP): 13 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, HR, L (0-2), 13.50 ERA

Well, OK, on a night when the big club suffered a doleful drubbing at the hands of the Boston Red Sox, the Charlotte Caballeros didn’t lose badly to the Norfolk Pajaritos. After all, they only surrendered five unanswered runs in the game, in the first inning — not 15, like the White Sox. But Charlotte lost in considerably more heartbreaking fashion.

It simply wasn’t Ian Hamilton’s night, as he suffered a meltdown of historic proportions. And that after being handed three insurance runs, on Daniel Palka’s three-run jack in the top of the ninth, padding the Caballeros lead at 13-9. Maybe the lead — no longer putting Hamilton in a save situation — was too big a pad, in fact.

Hamilton retired only one batter, and on a sac bunt, at that. Sandwiched around the Pajaritos giving away one run were five singles, a homer and a wild pitch. The WP from Hamilton was a killer, as it allowed DJ Stewart to score from third with the tying run. Two pitches later came Zach Vincej’s excuse-me, check-swing duck snort that ended it.


Chattanooga Lookouts 11, Birmingham Barons 4

Luis Robert (CF): 4-for-5, R, 2B (1), SB (1), CS (1), .267 BA/.686 OPS **MVP**
Luis Basabe (RF): 1-for-3, R, 2 BB, K, .190 BA/.536 OPS
Luis González (LF): 0-for-5, .214 BA/.631 OPS
Ti’quan Forbes (3B): 1-for-3, 2 RBI (9), BB, .253 BA/.708 OPS
Laz Rivera (SS): 2-for-4, R, .205 BA/.510 OPS
Bernardo Flores (SP): 6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, BB, 4 K, HR, L (1-4), 3.38 ERA, 88 pitches/58 strikes
Zack Burdi (RP): 1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 K, 13.50 ERA
Danny Dopico (RP): 1 IP, 4 R/3ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 K, 4.26 ERA

A pretty horrible pitching night for Birmingham, although Bernardo Flores and his 3.38 ERA deserve better than a 1-4 record. Flores, Zack Burdi and Danny Dopico each gave up crooked-number earned runs, and for a team that considers four runs scored in a game a massive explosion, the Barons had no chance tonight. Ti’quan Forbes was a nice bright spot, with two, two-out RBIs on a sixth inning single. La Pantera was a monster tonight, with four hits including a double, and a stolen base (though a CS, too). Crazy-ass tres Luises leading off the game 1-2-3 and in each of the outfield positions for Birmingham, eh?

As alluded to in tonight’s gamethread from Year of the Hamster, a tall pitcher of water joined the Barons today.



Hickory Crawdads 9, Kannapolis Intimidators 6

Lenyn Sosa (SS): 3-for-5, R, 2 RBI (7), 2 2B (7), K, .194 BA/.487 OPS **MVP**
Bryce Bush (RF): 2-for-5, 2B (5), 3 K, .232 BA/.685 OPS
Corey Zangari (1B): 1-for-3, R, RBI (2), HR (1), 2 BB, 2 K, E (1), .286 BA/.983 OPS
Ramon Beltre (2B): 2-for-4, 2 R, 2B (7), HR (1), 2 RBI (12), .256 BA/.750 OPS
Taylor Varnell (SP): 4 23 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, 3.30 ERA, WP, 95 pitches/60 strikes
Jason Bilous (RP): 2 13 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, BB, 3 K, HR, 4.85 ERA, 2 WP, L (0-1)
Andrew Perez (RP): 2 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 3 K, 3.13 ERA, WP

Tough one for Kanny tonight, as the Crawdads spanked starter Taylor Varnell and reliever Jason Bilous for a five-spot in the fifth that salted the game away. Several I’s had solid games at the plate, including a first homer for comeback kid Corey Zangari, but the pitching simply couldn’t hold the fort. Four wild pitches were thrown by Kannapolis hurlers tonight. Meanwhile, flip side, Hickory closer Grant Anderson earned his second season of the save by getting two outs with one pitch, resulting in a double-play grounder off the bat of Amado Nuñez to end the game.