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White Sox Minor League Update: June 27, 2021

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A two-win day with sparkling performances from Reynaldo López, Micker Adolfo, and Bryan Ramos

Bryan Ramos keeps hitting home runs, as his hot June continues.
Bill Leach/Kannapolis Cannon Ballers

A great start from Reynaldo López and a two-hit night from Jake Burger was squandered, as the bullpen could not hold the lead late. López, in a few words, had his fastball going tonight. He had 11 strikeouts and looked like the guy he was back in 2018, at least for one night. López still did allow three runs, and Nashville did hit him around a bit, but he still had his wipeout stuff going and looked good overall spotting his high-90s fastball everywhere.

Unfortunately, the bullpen was not as good, at least after Hunter Schryver. Schryver came in for a perfect seventh but things unraveled after that. Tyler Johnson, though he did not get an earned run, probably should have because the unearned run was borne of his error. Johnson blew the lead in the eighth, as he just has not been right this season. Will Carter lost the game in the ninth, getting walked off after he could only get one out.

The hitting was fine, but probably should have been better. The Knights reached base 14 times on the day and only scored four times, leaving eight runners on base. Jake Burger and Marco Hernández led the lineup with two hits each. One of those for Burger was a single to tie the game.

The biggest hit of the night came from Hernández, and it was a homer to take the lead in the seventh.

It would obviously not last, though, as Charlotte loses another tough game.

Poll

Who was the Knights MVP?

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  • 46%
    Reynaldo López: 6 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 1 BB, 11 K
    (60 votes)
  • 36%
    Jake Burger: 2-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K
    (48 votes)
  • 16%
    Marco Hernández: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K
    (22 votes)
130 votes total Vote Now

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Who was the Knights Cold Cat?

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  • 77%
    Blake Rutherford: 0-for-5, 0 BB, 1 K
    (77 votes)
  • 15%
    Will Carter: 1⁄3 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 0 K
    (15 votes)
  • 8%
    Tyler Johnson: 1 IP, 0 ER (1 R), 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 Error
    (8 votes)
100 votes total Vote Now

It was the Micker Adolfo and Carlos Pérez Show, and everybody else was just watching. Well, not quite, Konnor Pilkington did pretty well, along with most of the bullpen, but it was Mostly M. Adolfo and C. Pérez.

Those two men accounted for seven RBIs in the 10-run game for Birmingham. Before both of their homers, Pérez had a single to put the Barons up in the first inning and Adolfo extended the lead with an RBI double in the second. He now has 12 homers on the season with an .859 OPS — just in time for trade season. Jameson Fisher and Joel Booker were the only other two Birmingham hitters to have hits on the night, though the lineup had plenty of walks. Laz Rivera and Zack Granite led the way with the patience in the batter’s box, with two walks each, and Rivera took extra advantage with a stolen base, his ninth of the year.

The pitching, on the other hand, was good up and down instead of being led by a couple players. Pilkington had the start and went five strong innings, showing off the strikeout stuff again in time for trade season, with eight. The bullpen only allowed one run over the last four innings, and Andrew Pérez seems to have righted the ship for himself. After a bad couple of games two weeks ago, the past 10 days have garnered four scoreless outings.

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Who was the Barons MVP?

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  • 14%
    Konnor Pilkington: 5 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 8 K
    (14 votes)
  • 85%
    Micker Adolfo: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K
    (85 votes)
  • 1%
    Carlos Pérez: 2-for-3, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K
    (1 vote)
100 votes total Vote Now

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Who was the Barons Cold Cat?

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  • 90%
    JJ Muno: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 CS
    (63 votes)
  • 10%
    Luis Ledo: 1 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 3 K
    (7 votes)
70 votes total Vote Now

It was not a pretty game for the Dash, especially for the pitching. Though Johan Dominguez was much better than his previous, two-inning, nine-earned runs start, he did not get the job done today, either. His command was not up to par, with three walks, and it was really only due to his five strikeouts that he allowed just two runs. Once the bullpen came in, things got out of hand. Trey Jeans and Brian Glowicki combined for seven earned runs in their four innings. Jeans has been having a tough year, but Glowicki’s performance was a bit of a surprise. He had a 1.64 ERA heading into this game, and he just didn’t have anything going for him today. Even worse, it was a 5-3 game heading into his stint on the mound, so any chance to win for the Dash quickly faded.

The hitting was fine, but should have been better. Winston-Salem was not good with runners in scoring position, and only Ian Dawkins had multiple hits on the day. It took until the sixth inning to get a run across, and it came from Duke Ellis. He had a two-RBI single, his only hit of the day. The next inning, Gunnar Troutwine crushed his second homer of the season, and second in two days, with the Dash. Troutwine started with Birmingham but was sent down last week; he already has two homers in his three games with the Dash. Though hitting has not been his problem in the pros, defense certainly has been, and he hasn’t shown he can be a catcher yet. At this point, Glowicki had come in and ended any shot at the comeback, but the hitting never made it a game either, as Troutwine’s homer was the last run they scored.

Poll

Who was the Dash MVP?

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  • 31%
    Gunnar Troutwine: 1-for-4, 1 HR, 0 BB, 2 K
    (18 votes)
  • 29%
    Ian Dawkins: 2-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K
    (17 votes)
  • 38%
    Duke Ellis: 1-for-3, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K
    (22 votes)
57 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who was the Dash Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 2%
    Trey Jeans: 2 IP, 3 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 2 K
    (2 votes)
  • 45%
    Brian Glowicki: 2 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 3 K
    (32 votes)
  • 52%
    Yoelqui Céspedes: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 2 K
    (37 votes)
71 votes total Vote Now

A win for the Cannon Ballers caps off the the best stretch of games for Kannapolis so far this season, and it was a big win — so big, they didn’t need a good game from José Rodríguez.

Bryan Ramos had one of the two big hits on the day. His came in the first inning to put Kannapolis on top, 3-0, his eighth homer of the season as he continues his June tear. Ramos now has an .800 OPS on the season, actually better than Rodríguez.

Victor Torres added the second homer of the game in the third inning, a three-run bomb of his own to extend the lead to six.

That was all the Cannon Ballers needed for the win, but the offense kept going, with a four-run fifth inning that was not as fun. Instead of one-swing-bring-three-runs, it took three swings to get four runs, a fielder’s choice with an error and then two more singles. Ramos had one of those singles, his second and last hit of the day. Harvin Mendoza added the last run of the game with a sac fly, scoring Luis Mieses. Both Mendoza and Mieses have been much better in Low-A compared to their abysmal performances with Winston-Salem.

The pitching had just as good a day as the hitting, but it was Andrew Dalquist who got the show going. He went 3 23 innings and only allowed one run. It was not a pretty outing, as he needed 70 pitches to get 11 outs and allowed six base runners, but he got the job done and left with a lead. Sammy Peralta may have had his best outing of 2021, but who doesn’t love nine-out saves? He came in with a 10-4 lead, and closed it down for the save. It was his first save of the year, and probably will be the last one where he needs nine outs.

Poll

Who was the Cannon Ballers MVP?

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  • 75%
    Bryan Ramos: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
    (46 votes)
  • 6%
    Victor Torres: 1-for-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K
    (4 votes)
  • 18%
    Sammy Peralta: 3 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 5 K, Save
    (11 votes)
61 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who was the Cannon Ballers Cold Cat?

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  • 100%
    Ty Madrigal: 1 IP, 3 ER, 0 H, 2 BB, 0 K
    (52 votes)
52 votes total Vote Now