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White Sox Minor League Update: June 10, 2021

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Everyone lost today... except, of course, Kannapolis

DJ Gladney at bat
Three and a half Ballers got in on the slugfest in Kannapolis, led by DJ Gladney’s three-hit night.
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The Charlotte Knights’ record fell to 11-21, as their hitting was just a little more dominated by Durham Bulls pitching than the Bulls were by the Knights’. Matt Reynolds carried the lion’s share of the offense with three of their six hits, including a triple that scored Gavin Sheets after Sheets singled in the fourth. Tim Beckham then had the only other RBI of the day, knocking Reynolds in with a single. Beckham ended up 2-for-4, and while both Luis González and Blake Rutherford walked, nobody else got a hit.

The Knights were sunk (slain?) by dingers, though, including one to Wander Franco, the consensus No. 1 prospect in baseball coming into the season, so no shame there. It was a bullpen day (for both teams, actually), Alex McRae taking the mound for Charlotte with the hopes of lowering his Triple-A ERA to below 10. He ended up at 7.82 after allowing just one run, a home run by Esteban Quiroz; that was the only hit he gave up, although he walked three.

The rest of the bullpen pitched pretty decently — Kyle Kubat allowed a run on two hits over two innings, and the Kodi Medeiros Bullpen Experience continued with dazzling results, a scoreless inning lowering his ERA to 2.31. Coincidentally, that’s also where Nik Turley ended up after striking out three (walking one) in his scoreless eighth.

Zack Burdi came in to pitch the ninth of a tie game, induced a pop-up, then allowed a walk-off home run to Josh Lowe. It was Lowe’s ninth of the year.

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Who was the Knights MVP?

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  • 87%
    Matt Reynolds: 3-for-4, 3B, R, RBI, K
    (36 votes)
  • 7%
    Tim Beckham: 2-for-4, RBI, K
    (3 votes)
  • 4%
    Gavin Sheets: 1-for-4, R, 2 K
    (2 votes)
41 votes total Vote Now

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Who was the Knights Cold Cat?

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  • 38%
    Jake Burger: 0-for-4, K
    (15 votes)
  • 2%
    Evan Skoug: 0-for-4
    (1 vote)
  • 58%
    Zack Burdi: ⅓ IP, H, R (L)
    (23 votes)
39 votes total Vote Now

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The Barons jumped out to a 3-0 lead after batting in the top of the first and tied it 4-4 one inning later, but the Biscuits scored at least once in each of the next four innings, putting the game out of reach. John Parke had his worst start since 2019, allowing a home run to his first batter faced, walking two, allowing a home to his sixth batter faced, mixing in a double and a wild pitch to close out the inning. He was relieved after the first by Jake Elliott, and while Elliott walked nobody, he did give up five hits and made an error to his own detriment, with three runs (two earned) crossing the plate in his three innings of relief.

Alec Hansen was Bad Alec Hansen again today, unfortunately; despite not allowing a hit, he gave up three runs in his ⅔ inning, walking four and striking out two. Peter Tago and Andrew Perez were both also tagged for runs, with Angel Severino the lone unscathed pitcher.

While plenty of Barons were able to reach base (10 hits and five walks), many fewer were able to score, and the team went just 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position, leaving 10 on base. They did put up a three-spot in the first: Zack Granite singled, then advanced to second on a Jameson Fisher single; Fisher went to second as Micker Adolfo walked, and Carlos Pérez scored all three of them with a double. The Barons put up one more in the second, Ti’Quan Forbes singling in catcher Gunnar Troutwine, and one final run in the eighth, when JJ Muno hit a solo dong.

Despite losing three straight, the Barons are still eight games above .500.

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Who was the Barons MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 47%
    Carlos Pérez: 2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI, BB
    (16 votes)
  • 38%
    Gunnar Troutwine: 3-for-4, 2B, R
    (13 votes)
  • 11%
    Ti’Quan Forbes: 2-for-5, 3B, RBI, K
    (4 votes)
  • 2%
    Zack Granite: 1-for-4, R, BB
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    JJ Muno: 1-for-4, HR, R, RBI, 2 K
    (0 votes)
34 votes total Vote Now

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Who was the Barons Cold Cat?

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  • 26%
    John Parke: 1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 2 K
    (10 votes)
  • 0%
    Jake Elliott: 3 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, E (L)
    (0 votes)
  • 73%
    Alec Hansen: ⅔ IP, 0 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 2 K
    (28 votes)
38 votes total Vote Now

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The Dash kept it close enough for the bats to theoretically stay in it, and while they did tie it 2-2 in the seventh, the bullpen imploded to the tune of four runs between the Drive eighth and ninth innings. Starting pitcher Johan Dominguez returned to his old ways after getting hit hard last time out, and allowed two runs over 5 ⅔ innings. Trey Jeans relieved him for 1 ⅓, his first appearance since a disastrous five-run, ⅓-inning event almost a week ago, and was perfect, striking out two.

However, Cooper Bradford has now allowed six runs in his last two innings, and he got the loss for doing it today. The run that Ryan Williamson gave up in the ninth was just another nail in the coffin.

Four Dash were responsible for the team’s six hits today, Alex Destino and Lenyn Sosa both having 2-for-4 days. Sosa’s included his third home run of the year and scored Destino in the seventh, accounting for both Dash runs. Luis Curbelo got in on the action with a double, and Ian Dawkins singled.

Yolbert Sánchez did not play, a day after being removed two at-bats into a game.

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Who was the Dash MVP?

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  • 80%
    Lenyn Sosa: 2-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI
    (20 votes)
  • 4%
    Alex Destino: 2-for-4, R
    (1 vote)
  • 16%
    Johan Dominguez: 5 ⅔ IP, 4 H, 2 R, BB, 4 K
    (4 votes)
25 votes total Vote Now

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Who was the Dash Cold Cat?

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  • 92%
    Cooper Bradford: 1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 BB, K (L)
    (23 votes)
  • 0%
    Duke Ellis: 0-for-4
    (0 votes)
  • 4%
    Daniel Millwee: 0-for-3, 2 K
    (1 vote)
  • 4%
    Travis Moniot: 0-for-3, 2 K
    (1 vote)
25 votes total Vote Now

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Huge news from K-town: the boys have a two-game win streak, popping them up to 6-26 on the year. Everyone played a part in getting it done tonight, despite some wobbles in the ninth; Chase Krogman (who has provided a spark for an offense that desperately needed it with his recent return from injury) and Harvin Mendoza were the only hitless Ballers, but they both reached and scored at least once via HBP or walk.

The team had two three-run innings and two two-run innings, so maybe it’s best to go through those. Their three in the second came on two home runs, one by DJ Gladney, his third, and the other by Iván González, his first of the year, scoring Caberea Weaver after Weaver singled. The two-run third started with Bryan Ramos’ third home run of the season; Ramos has been hitting much better over the last couple weeks, and despite having at least one strikeout in every game he played between May 5 and June 1, he has only struck out three times in six games since then, including a K-less night tonight. After the Ramos solo shot, Luis Mieses doubled, and Gladney knocked him in with a single.

Then the bats hibernated for two innings, returning in the sixth when Mendoza walked and took second on a balk, then scored when Weaver doubled. Samil Polanco scored Weaver with Polanco’s first triple of the season, and Polanco scored on a wild pitch. In the seventh, the Ballers wrapped up their scoring with Krogman and Mendoza both scoring on a Gladney double, which left Gladney a triple away from the cycle on the night.

There was also some controversy, as this happened:

The pitching was very good where it mattered, and was able to absorb a three-run ninth that honestly could have gone much worse. Drew Dalquist emerged from a string of bad starts with a shining five-inning two-hit performance in which he allowed one unearned run, walked two, and struck out seven. Jesus Valles was good in his first inning of relief but not so good in his second, allowing two runs on a home run. Martin Carrasco was scoreless in his inning, and then Tyson Messer was unable to get an out in the ninth. He allowed a triple, a wild pitch, two consecutive walks, another wild pitch and another walk before he was relieved by Marcus Evey, who allowed two inherited runs to score but also was able to shut the door.

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Who was the Cannon Ballers MVP?

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  • 8%
    dingers
    (4 votes)
  • 45%
    DJ Gladney: 3-for-4, HR, 2B, R, 4 RBI, K
    (21 votes)
  • 2%
    Ivan González: 1-for-3, HR, R, 2 RBI, BB, K
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Bryan Ramos: 1-for-4, HR, R, RBI
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Caberea Weaver: 2-for-4, 2 R, RBI, K, basically a home run but ruled a foul ball
    (0 votes)
  • 43%
    Drew Dalquist: 5 IP, 2 H, R (0 ER), 2 BB, 7 K (W)
    (20 votes)
46 votes total Vote Now

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Who was the Cannon Ballers Cold Cat?

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  • 0%
    Chase Krogman: 0-for-3, R, K, HBP, E
    (0 votes)
  • 4%
    Harvin Mendoza: 0-for-2, 2 R, 2 BB
    (1 vote)
  • 96%
    Tyson Messer: 0 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 0 K
    (24 votes)
25 votes total Vote Now