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White Sox Minor League Update: June 12, 2021

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Two heartbreakers, two heartburners. And: Have you ever heard of eight errors in a game?

It was a rough day on the farm, but Davis Martin continues to impress.
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Without studying every one of the 34 games the Charlotte Knights have played this young season, it’s hard to imagine a worse one than the doleful drubbing dealt by Durham on Saturday. The lowlights:

  • Three hits, two walk — and 11 Ks — from the offense
  • Jonathan Stiever, mauled
  • Two errors by Matt Reynolds, giving him seven for the season and Charlotte 37 all told
  • 0-for-5 with RISP

On the plus side, Will Carter and Tanner Banks were pretty good out of the pen. Mikie Mahtook subbed in for Luis González in CF and raised his average to .195. And Blake Rutherford threw a runner out at second, from right field.

As a capper, it appears (the Charlotte team recap doesn’t specify) that Luis González was hit by a pitch and left the game, as a precaution.

Bleah.

Poll

Who was the Charlotte Knights MVP in Saturday’s mauling vs. Durham?

This poll is closed

  • 6%
    Will Carter: IP, H, R, 2 K, WP
    (4 votes)
  • 53%
    Tanner Banks: IP, 2 H, 3 K
    (35 votes)
  • 12%
    Mikie Mahtook: 1-for-2
    (8 votes)
  • 27%
    Luis González: 0-for-1, HBP, K, got to leave the game early
    (18 votes)
65 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who was the Charlotte Knights Cold Cat in Saturday’s mauling vs. Durham?

This poll is closed

  • 5%
    Nick Williams: 0-for-3, 3 K, 2 LOB
    (4 votes)
  • 0%
    Nate Nolan: 0-for-3, 3 K, 2 LOB
    (0 votes)
  • 42%
    Jonathan Stiever: 5 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 2 HR, LOSS
    (30 votes)
  • 52%
    Connor Sadzeck: IP, 5 H, 5 ER, BB, WP
    (37 votes)
71 votes total Vote Now

Give Birmingham credit, it’s got fight, rarely going down easy.

Falling behind, 3-1, in the seventh, the Barons rallied for two to tie in the top of the ninth, then moved ahead with a run in the 10th before it all fell apart and Bennett Sousa got walked-off in the bottom of the frame.

Let’s flash to the final two innings. The Birmingham offense wasted no time knotting the game, as Romy González led off the inning with a homer, followed by successive Micker Adolfo and Craig Dedelow doubles.

After Luis Ledo capped a strong, two-inning outing with a scoreless ninth, the Barons went back to work in the 10th. Mitch Roman tapped in the freebie runner with a one-out single, but B-ham left two runners on, and it would cost them.

Sousa could get just one out, a gimme out on a foul bunt from leadoff batter Seaver Whalen. On the very next pitch, Rene Pinto went deep to center, and it was all over.

Poll

Who was the Barons MVP in the 10-inning heartbreaker at Montgomery?

This poll is closed

  • 88%
    Micker Adolfo: 2-for-5, 2 2B, game-tying run, K, 2 LOB
    (61 votes)
  • 8%
    Romy González: 1-for-4, R, HR, RBI, BB, K, E
    (6 votes)
  • 2%
    Luis Ledo: 2 IP, H, BB, K
    (2 votes)
69 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who was the Barons Cold Cat in the 10-inning heartbreaker at Montgomery?

This poll is closed

  • 50%
    Bennett Sousa: 1⁄3 IP, H, 2 R/1 ER, HR, K, BS, LOSS
    (28 votes)
  • 49%
    Zack Granite: 0-for-5, 3 K, 3 LOB
    (27 votes)
  • 0%
    Félix Paulino: 2 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 BB
    (0 votes)
55 votes total Vote Now

Another team with some late fight, but ultimately, another loss.

After both clubs traded runs in the fourth (the Dash tally coming on Lenyn Sosa’s fourth homer of the year), there was no action until the 10th, when Greenville Drove home two, and the Winstons mustering just one.

In the top, Tyler Osik passed a ball to get the freebie runner over to third, which may have rattled steely Sal Biasi, because on a full count, he served up a gopher ball that was crushed to right-center by Cole Brannen. In the home half, freebie Johan Cruz did get home after getting balked to third and Osik tapping a grounder. But a K and a grounder later, hopes were Dashed.

Pluses? Whoo boy, the pitching was lights-out until that homer, so take a bow Davis Martin, Edgar Navarro and Luke Shilling.

Poll

Who was the Dash MVP in the 10-inning heartbreaker vs. Greenville?

This poll is closed

  • 57%
    Davis Martin: 5 IP, 7 H, ER, 2 BB, 3 K, HR
    (36 votes)
  • 33%
    Luke Shilling: 2 IP, 4 K
    (21 votes)
  • 9%
    Lenyn Sosa: 1-for-4, game-tying HR, RBI, R, LOB
    (6 votes)
63 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who was the Dash Cold Cat in the 10-inning heartbreaker vs. the Drive?

This poll is closed

  • 35%
    Sal Biasi: IP, H, 2 R/1 ER, BB, 2 K, HR, LOSS
    (17 votes)
  • 29%
    AJ Gill: 0-for-4, 3 K, 3 LOB
    (14 votes)
  • 35%
    Tyler Osik: 0-for-4, RBI, K, 2 LOB, 3 PB, 2-for-3 CS
    (17 votes)
48 votes total Vote Now

Completing my personal coverage masacreé this Saturday is a game of sheer debauchery down in Kannapolis. Not many games you see eight errors, eh? (And let’s keep in mind that at home, if anything the scoring skewed generous toward the home CBs.)

This craptastic game featured some semi-highlights, including José Rodríguez mashing and running (10th SB!), Rigo Fernández and Tyson Messer pitching OK, and Caberea Weaver getting on base all four times up to the plate.

Lowlights? Well, you may have heard, eight errors (two from Rodríguez, two throws, tallying 11 already in this young season) from seven different players. Another troubling start from Matthew Thompson. Falling behind, 9-1, by the end of three. Dropping to 20 games below .500, again.

Ugh. This is gross. Let’s get it over with.

Poll

Who was the MVP (!) of Saturday’s crushing at Kannapolis?

This poll is closed

  • 19%
    José Rodríguez: 2-for-5, R, RBI, HR, SB, K, 6 LOB, 2 E
    (12 votes)
  • 6%
    DJ Gladney: 2-for-5, 2 R, 2 LOB, E
    (4 votes)
  • 37%
    Caberea Weaver: 2-for-2, R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, HR, E
    (23 votes)
  • 1%
    Tyson Messer: 1 1⁄3 IP, BB, K
    (1 vote)
  • 35%
    Official Scorer: 8 errors recorded, likely more that were ignored
    (22 votes)
62 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who was the Cold Cat of Saturday’s crushing at Kannapolis?

This poll is closed

  • 67%
    Matthew Thompson: 1 1⁄3 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, LOSS
    (42 votes)
  • 3%
    Kevin Folman: 1 2⁄3 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, BB, 2 K
    (2 votes)
  • 1%
    Lency Delgado: 0-for-3, BB, 2 K, 6 LOB
    (1 vote)
  • 27%
    Official Scorer: damn man, eight errors?
    (17 votes)
62 votes total Vote Now