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White Sox Minor League Update: June 2, 2021

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The Dash had an excellent day on offense to highlight a 1-1 day on the farm

Daniel Millwee has had a rough 2021, and a tough start to his W-S career, but Wednesday was a breakout game.
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This was a matchup between two teams that are trending in opposite directions in the Southeast division standings. The Sounds, who entered tonight with a 13-game win streak, proved to be too much for the Knights, who had lost eight of nine.

The good news is that the Knights got off to a fast start. Adam Engel led off with a double and came around to score on a Gavin Sheets ground out. Then, Brian Goodwin reached on an error, and that allowed Luis González to score.

However, that leadoff double by Engel was the only Knights hit until the bottom of the eighth. During that large amount of time in between, the Sounds managed to put six runs on the board. Two of them came against starter Reynaldo López, who had control problems, issuing four walks in only two innings.

Reliever Tanner Banks fared better, allowing only one run in three innings, striking out five and walking zero. However, Banks got the loss, as the home run he allowed to Pablo Reyes gave the Sounds a lead that did not relinquish. Nashville added a pair of insurance runs against Alex McRae, whose stat line turned out to be mighty similar to that of López.

In the eighth, Marco Hernández and Luis González singled, and Jake Burger doubled. This rally brought home two runs to make it 6-4.

However, they could not complete the comeback, and the long offensive drought proved to be too much to overcome. As a result, the Sounds won their 14th consecutive game, and the Knights fell to 8-17 on the season. The Knights will have another chance to end the Sounds’ monstrous win streak tomorrow, at 6:04 p.m. CST.

Poll

Who was the Knights MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 12%
    Adam Engel: 1-for-4, 2B, R
    (7 votes)
  • 41%
    Luis González: 1-for-2, 2 BB, RBI, 2 R
    (23 votes)
  • 14%
    Jake Burger: 1-for-4, 2B, RBI
    (8 votes)
  • 29%
    Tanner Banks: 3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 0 BB, 5 K
    (16 votes)
  • 1%
    Kodi Medeiros: 2⁄3 IP, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K
    (1 vote)
55 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who was the Knights Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 2%
    Nate Nolan: 0-for-4, 2 K
    (1 vote)
  • 70%
    Reynaldo López: 2 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 4 BB, 3 K
    (34 votes)
  • 27%
    Alex McRae: 2 1⁄3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 4 BB, 3 K
    (13 votes)
48 votes total Vote Now

Unfortunately, the Birmingham Barons (16-9) could not get their game in due to inclement weather, but it will be made up during a doubleheader on Thursday.

The Barons managed to start their game against Tennessee. In the third inning, the game was scoreless, but heavy rain halted play, and it did not resume.


The Dash fell behind early, but the deficit was not nearly large enough to hold them off, as their bats exploded in the latter innings.

Jerry Burke, a 23-year-old righthander out of Georgetown, started on the mound for the Dash. Burke started out strong, retiring his first opposing six batters, and the Dash spotted him an early 1-0 lead on a Daniel Millwee home run.

Burke and the Dash ran into trouble in the bottom of the third, when the Grasshoppers woke up in a big way. After having nobody reach base in the first two innings, Greensboro made up for lost time, as four consecutive singles to open the inning put them up, 2-1. An RBI ground out and a double later, Greensboro led by a score of 4-1.

In the fifth, however, the Dash roared back into the game, putting their first four batters on base (AJ Gill HBP, Millwee single, Travis Moniot HBP, Ian Dawkins RBI single). Suddenly, Winston-Salem had trimmed the deficit to two, and it still had the bases loaded with no outs. Lenyn Sosa drove in Millwee with a sacrifice fly, Moniot scored on a balk, and Luis Curbelo put the Dash ahead with an RBI single.

In the seventh, with the score tied at five, the Dash went back to business with another huge inning. Moniot led off with a double, and Dawkins hit a go-ahead, RBI triple to make it 6-5. Sosa added an insurance run with a single, and he later stole second for his second steal of the year (2-of-3). With two outs, Johan Cruz reached on an error to put runners on the corners, and the Dash took advantage of this miscue. Duke Ellis homered on the first pitch he saw to give the Dash a 10-5 lead and put the game out of reach. Moniot added a pair of insurance runs in the eighth with a two-run homer.

Thanks to this excellent display of offense, the Dash improved to 14-12 this season and have now won four of their last five.

Poll

Who was the Dash MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 6%
    Ian Dawkins: 2-for-6, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 R
    (3 votes)
  • 12%
    Lenyn Sosa: 2-for-3, BB, 2 RBI, 2 R, SB
    (6 votes)
  • 2%
    Duke Ellis: 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI
    (1 vote)
  • 65%
    Daniel Millwee: 3-for-4, HR, 3 R
    (32 votes)
  • 14%
    Travis Moniot: 2-for-4, HBP, HR, 2 RBI, 3 R
    (7 votes)
  • 0%
    Declan Cronin: 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K
    (0 votes)
49 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who was the Dash Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 58%
    Jerry Burke: 4 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 0 BB, 3 K
    (24 votes)
  • 36%
    AJ Gill: 0-for-4, HBP, 2 K
    (15 votes)
  • 4%
    Ryan Williamson: 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K
    (2 votes)
41 votes total Vote Now

Like the Barons, the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers (3-22) could not play tonight due to rain. The game will be made up during a doubleheader on Friday.