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White Sox Minor League Update: June 25, 2021

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The Cannon Ballers came from behind to salvage an otherwise lackluster day in the system

Harvin Mendoza bats lefty, open side with a leg kick
Harvin Mendoza catapulted Kannapolis to victory with three hits and three runs driven in.
Knights/Sounds
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Jonathan Stiever had a three-run first but still pitched five full innings, walking none and striking out six. Of the five hits he allowed, four were in that first inning. In relief, Will Carter, Connor Sadzeck, and Nik Turley were excellent, combining for four scoreless innings, one hit allowed, no walks, and four strikeouts. However, Danny Dopico came in to pitch the bottom of the 10th and had one of the worst outings imaginable: With a one-run lead and auto-runner on second, he walked the first batter, hit the next with a pitch (loading the bases), hit the next with a pitch (tying the game), then threw a wild pitch to lose it.

The Knights chipped away at Nashville’s 3-0 lead all game, scoring when Nick Williams and Matt Reynolds hit solo shots, then again to tie it in the eighth when Reynolds singled (the shortstop was having a .343/.457/.448 June coming into tonight’s game). In the 10th, they briefly took the lead when Marco Hernández doubled in auto-runner Seby Zavala, but it was ultimately not to be.

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Who was the Knights MVP?

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  • 7%
    Nick Williams: 2-for-3, HR, R, RBI, K
    (4 votes)
  • 92%
    Matt Reynolds: 3-for-5, HR, R, 2 RBI, K, SB, E
    (50 votes)
  • 0%
    Marco Hernández: 1-for-3, 2B, R, RBI, BB, K, SB
    (0 votes)
54 votes total Vote Now

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Who was the Knights Cold Cat?

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  • 90%
    Blake Rutherford: 0-for-5, 2 K
    (47 votes)
  • 7%
    Jake Burger: 0-for-4, K
    (4 votes)
  • 1%
    Seby Zavala: 0-for-4, R, 2 K
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Zach Remillard: 0-for-4, K
    (0 votes)
52 votes total Vote Now

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No more magic in Magic City today, as Birmingham’s walk-off streak ends at two. The offense didn’t stand much of a chance against Jake Eder, Miami’s fourth-round pick from 2020 who’s having one hell of a year so far (47 ⅔ IP, 6 ER, 17 BB, 71 K). Despite that tendency to walk guys, no guys were walked tonight (by Eder, anyway), and the Barons struck out nine times against him. Their sole run came in the fifth as Mitch Roman doubled and scored on Joel Booker’s single. Despite just six hits and two walks as a team, each of these went to a different player (plus, Booker double-dipped with a HBP), so Romy González ended up being the sole Baron who didn’t reach base.

Jason Bilous threw five perfect innings in his last start but was much less perfect today, walking four and giving up five hits and left trailing 3-0. Jake Elliott entered and also gave up three runs; by the time Zach Muckenhirn was in the game to pitch two scoreless innings, it was too late.

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Who was the Barons MVP?

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  • 100%
    Joel Booker: 1-for-3, RBI, HBP, 2 SB
    (42 votes)
  • 0%
    Mitch Roman: 1-for-4, 2B, R, K
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Craig Dedelow: 1-for-4, 2B
    (0 votes)
42 votes total Vote Now

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Who was the Barons Cold Cat?

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  • 69%
    Jason Bilous: 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 5 K (L)
    (29 votes)
  • 23%
    Jake Elliott: 3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, BB, 3 K
    (10 votes)
  • 7%
    Romy González: 0-for-4, 2 K
    (3 votes)
42 votes total Vote Now

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The Dash went 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position and left 13 on base while quickly finding themselves in a 5-0 hole from which they could not escape. The 13th round pick in 2019, Cooper Bradford, made his first start of the year after 10 appearances out of the bullpen and exited in the third, with one in and two on. Declan Cronin allowed both inherited runners to score, and then contributed two runs of his own. Ryan Williamson pitched three innings of one-run ball, then Luke Shilling entered and struck out two, walking nobody, a fine return to form after his last outing, in which he allowed three runs in one inning.

Although the Dash only picked up seven hits, their eight walks gave them ample scoring opportunities, few of which were capitalized upon. In fact, none of their three runs scored on a hit: One came in on a wild pitch and the other two on ground outs. Lenyn Sosa’s hot bat continues to sizzle, reaching twice after a single and a walk. He’s hit in 10 straight and is 17-for-38 in that time. Luis Curbelo hit two much-needed doubles, and Tyler Osik also had a pair of hits in addition to a passed ball, his seventh of the season. Johan Cruz walked twice and Travis Moniot had a very normal 0-for-0 with four walks.

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Who was the Dash MVP?

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  • 2%
    Ian Dawkins: 1-for-4, RBI, BB
    (1 vote)
  • 8%
    Lenyn Sosa: 1-for-3, R, BB, 2 K
    (4 votes)
  • 30%
    Tyler Osik: 2-for-5, RBI, K, PB
    (14 votes)
  • 43%
    Luis Curbelo: 2-for-5, 2 2B, K
    (20 votes)
  • 0%
    Johan Cruz: 0-for-2, R, 2 BB
    (0 votes)
  • 15%
    Travis Moniot: 0-for-0, R, 4 BB
    (7 votes)
46 votes total Vote Now

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Who was the Dash Cold Cat?

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  • 28%
    Cooper Bradford: 2 ⅓ IP, H, 3 R, 3 BB, 2 K (L)
    (14 votes)
  • 59%
    Yoelqui Céspedes: 0-for-4, 2 K
    (29 votes)
  • 12%
    Duke Ellis: 0-for-5, K
    (6 votes)
49 votes total Vote Now

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The Cannon Ballers survived some ninth inning scaries to pick up a come-from-behind win, their 11th in the month of June. Bryan Ramos reached base four times (three walks) and Harvin Mendoza drove in three runs on three hits. Like in the Dash game, there were plenty of missed opportunities here — the team went 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position — but fate was on their side. Down 3-0 early, José Rodríguez walked and stole second (his 12th bag of the season). Bryan Ramos walked and Luis Mieses singled in a run. Lency Delgado also walked, loading the bases, and Mendoza knocked in two runs with a single, tying it up. They added insurance runs in the fifth (bases-loaded walk to Rodríguez) and the sixth (Mendoza single to score Ramos).

Ramos also manned the field, playing second base for just the 10th time this season. He made an error, but also was part of two double plays.

It was the usually-reliable Bailey Horn with the start; last year’s fifth-round pick has impressed so far in his first season of play, but today, he had a more grueling outing, three runs (two earned) over 3 ⅓ innings. Still, it was enough to keep it close. Kevin Folman kept it that way with a heroic 3 ⅔, allowing just one hit and striking out five. Jordan Mikel, a 6´5´´, 190-pound righty, allowed a run for the first time this year; in 11 ⅓ total innings on the season, he’s now given up six hits, walked seven, and struck out 16. He wavered a bit in the ninth, putting the first two on before striking out the next two; Tyson Messer relieved him after a walk, hit the first batter he faced with a pitch that forced in a run, then induced a strikeout to end it.

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Who was the Cannon Ballers MVP?

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  • 61%
    Harvin Mendoza: 3-for-5, 3 RBI, K
    (26 votes)
  • 7%
    Bryan Ramos: 1-for-2, 2 R, 3 BB, K, SB, E
    (3 votes)
  • 2%
    Luis Mieses: 1-for-4, R, RBI, BB, K
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Samil Polanco: 2-for-4, 2 K
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    José Rodriguez: 0-for-3, R, RBI, 2 BB, SB
    (0 votes)
  • 28%
    Kevin Folman: 3 ⅔ IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K (W)
    (12 votes)
42 votes total Vote Now

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Who was the Cannon Ballers Cold Cat?

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  • 94%
    Chase Krogman: 0-for-5, 4 K
    (34 votes)
  • 2%
    Lency Delgado: 0-for-4, BB, 4 K
    (1 vote)
  • 2%
    Caberea Weaver: 0-for-3, R, K
    (1 vote)
36 votes total Vote Now