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White Sox Minor League Update: June 4, 2021

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Yolbert Sánchez and Jameson Fisher went deep in very different ballgames; Adam Engel could not be contained on the basepaths

Jameson Fisher provided the Barons power tonight, mashing a decisive three-run tater.
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Sounds/Knights line score
Batter box score
Pitching line score

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The Knights struck out 14 times, made two errors, and only racked up four singles offensively, but were still able to pull out the win thanks to a heroic pitching effort spearheaded by Mike Wright. The righty has been nothing but solid this season and Friday was his best start yet, completely shutting down a Nashville team boasting a 21-6 record. Wright struck out eight, walked one, and hit a batter with a pitch, in addition to giving up just two hits. Jace Fry, who has yet to give up a run in four rehab appearances, and Nik Turley, who has only given up runs n two of his 10 outings, preserved the two-hit shutout.

It was a good day to be a rehabber, and it was the rehabbing Adam Engel who helped manufacture the only Knights run, coming in the fourth. He reached on an infield error, stole second, stole third, and scored on Jake Burger’s ground out. Engel would single in the sixth and eventually steal third base again.

Other than Engel, it was Matt Reynolds, Joe DeCarlo, and Burger who supplied Charlotte’s other three singles, with Burger also walking. Through 22 games, he is hitting .278/.330/.556.

The one run scored by the Knights broke the team’s streak of four straight games scoring exactly four runs. However, it also broke a streak of four straight games scoring fewer runs than the other team, and their record improves to 9-18.

Poll

Who was the Knights MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 24%
    Adam Engel: 1-for-4, R, 2 K, 3 SB
    (22 votes)
  • 2%
    Jake Burger: 1-for-3, RBI, BB
    (2 votes)
  • 73%
    Mike Wright: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 8 K (W)
    (67 votes)
91 votes total Vote Now

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Who was the Knights Cold Cat?

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  • 5%
    Nate Nolan: 0-for-3, 3 K
    (3 votes)
  • 94%
    Zach Remillard: 0-for-3, 3 K, E
    (49 votes)
52 votes total Vote Now

Smokies/Barons line score
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Pitching box score

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The Barons continue to be the most successful Sox team, consistently shored up by strong pitching and timely hitting. That held true tonight, Blake Battenfield turning in six innings of two-hit, one-run ball. Battenfield improves to 4-0 on the season and is having a much better time in Double-A this year than he did in 2019. Meanwhile, Jake Elliott continued pitching well with two scoreless innings, and Andrew Perez wrapped it up with his third straight scoreless appearance.

Zack Granite and Jameson Fisher were at the forefront of the offense today, each 2-for-4, Granite scoring twice and Fisher hitting a bomb to score three runs in the third. Romy González also reached twice, singling and walking in addition to driving in a run on an apparently controversial ground out (Smokies manager Mark Johnson was ejected shortly thereafter).

Poll

Who was the Barons MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 36%
    Jameson Fisher: 2-for-4, HR, R, 3 RBI, 2 K
    (29 votes)
  • 1%
    Zack Granite: 2-for-4, 2 R, K
    (1 vote)
  • 62%
    Blake Battenfield: 6 IP, 2 H, R, 0 BB, 5 K (W)
    (49 votes)
79 votes total Vote Now

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Who was the Barons Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 38%
    Joel Booker: 0-for-3, K
    (19 votes)
  • 52%
    JJ Muno: 0-for-3, 2 K
    (26 votes)
  • 10%
    Carlos Pérez: 0-for-3, BB, K
    (5 votes)
50 votes total Vote Now

Dash/Grasshoppers line score
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Pitcher box score

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Rumors of the resurrection of the Dash bats may have been premature. It was a weird, ugly one today in Greensboro, as the dueling line scores of 3-3-0 and 17-11-0 would indicate.

Let’s focus on the positive! Yolbert Sánchez hit his first Sox home run, an eighth-inning solo shot. He went 2-for-3, good for 66.7% of the team hit total for the day. Lenyn Sosa had the other hit, but neither scored nor drove in a run. This is because the minor leagues are a stupid, chaotic place, and they get stupider and chaotic-er the lower you go, so instead of normal things happening like “Lenyn Sosa singled in a run,” things happen like a guy (in this instance, Daniel Millwee) gets hit by a pitch, steals second, advances to third on a passed ball, and scores on a balk. Similarly, the other non-Yolbert run came after a walk, a walk, a hit by pitch, and a run-scoring force out. The Dash drew seven total walks. They also walked 12!!! But they drew seven walks. This is called “sandwiching,” putting something negative in between two positive things, or even the same positive thing repeated twice.

In any case, that neatly answers the question “How could a team score 17 runs on just 11 hits?” Somewhat surprisingly, the Dash only hit one batter with a pitch — and the pitcher was Lázaro Leal, who is generally found at first base or in the outfield — but they did commit two balks. Both of these came in the seventh inning with Ryan Williamson on the mound, one scoring a run and the other putting a run in position to score, which it immediately did.

No pitcher was unscathed tonight. Johan Dominguez turned in his first poor start of the season, allowing five runs over four innings, and left trailing 5-1. Edgar Navarro threw two innings of one-(home)-run ball, then the situation devolved. Williamson allowed four runs in his inning of work. Trey Jeans, making his third appearance since his promotion from Kannapolis, gave up five runs while only getting one out. Then it was Leal’s game to the bitter end, and it was bitter indeed, as he allowed both inherited runners to score, walked three, and let in two runs of his own.

Poll

Who was the Dash MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 97%
    Yolbert Sánchez: 2-for-3, HR, R, RBI, BB
    (48 votes)
  • 2%
    Daniel Millwee: 0-for-1, R, 2 BB, K, HBP, SB
    (1 vote)
49 votes total Vote Now

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Who was the Dash Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 28%
    Johan Dominguez: 4 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 5 K (L)
    (13 votes)
  • 23%
    Ryan Williamson: 1 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 3 BB, K, two balks
    (11 votes)
  • 45%
    Trey Jeans: ⅓ IP, 2 H, 5 R, 3 BB
    (21 votes)
  • 2%
    Lázaro Leal: ⅔ IP, H, 2 R, 3 BB, HBP
    (1 vote)
46 votes total Vote Now

Cannon Ballers/Woodpeckers game 1 line score
Game 1 batter box score
Pitcher game 1 box score

Box score link game 1

Today was a doubleheader in Fayetteville, making up for last night’s rainout and unfortunately giving the Cannon Ballers the opportunity to lose twice in one day, which they took. 2019 third-round pick Drew Dalquist’s recent struggles continued, and the three runs he allowed over 3 ⅓ innings (four walks) put the Ballers in a hole they couldn’t climb out of, especially given a shortened seven-inning game, and double especially given the four-run Fayetteville sixth. Jordan Mikel pitched 1 ⅔ scoreless innings, and Ty Madrigal, on the day of his twin’s second big-league dinger, threw a scoreless seventh.

It was José Rodriguez surprising no one by providing most of the offense, going 2-for-4, but it was Bryan Ramos who drove in the runs, doubling in Rodriguez and Brandon Bossard (yes, he is). Chase Krogman also attempted to score on the double, but was thrown out at home. Ramos, who turned 19 years old in March, had a fairly excruciating start to the season, but entered Friday batting .316/.386/.526 with two doubles and two home runs in his last 10 games.

Poll

Who was the Cannon Ballers game 1 MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 63%
    José Rodriguez: 2-for-4, R, K, E
    (28 votes)
  • 34%
    Bryan Ramos: 1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI
    (15 votes)
  • 2%
    Brandon Bossard: 0-for-1, R, 2 BB
    (1 vote)
44 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who was the Cannon Ballers game 1 Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 35%
    Drew Dalquist: 3 ⅓ IP, 4 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 5 K, WP (L)
    (14 votes)
  • 65%
    Marcus Evey: 0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, BB
    (26 votes)
40 votes total Vote Now
Cannon Ballers/Woodpeckers game 2 line score
Batter game 2 box score
pitcher game 2 box score

Box score link game 2

Game two also did not go well, because although the pitching was much better, the offense was almost exactly the same. Again, they mustered just five hits, and again, it was José Rodriguez supplying two of those hits and scoring a run—here, the Ballers’ only one of the game. It came in the first inning, after he singled, stole second, then was singled in by Krogman.

The Ballers actually held onto that 1-0 lead until the seventh (a doubleheader ninth). Yoelvin Silven walked the first batter he faced and allowed a walk-off home run to the next. It was just the third hit allowed between Angel Acevedo’s start and Silven’s relief outing, but dingers count for more than singles in baseball.

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Who was the Cannon Ballers game 2 MVP?

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  • 74%
    José Rodrigues: 2-for-3, R, SB
    (32 votes)
  • 2%
    Chase Krogman: 1-for-3, RBI, 2 K, SB
    (1 vote)
  • 23%
    Angel Acevedo: 3 ⅔ IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K
    (10 votes)
43 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who was the Cannon Ballers game 2 Cold Cat?

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  • 28%
    Yoelvin Silven: 2 ⅓ IP, 1 H, 2 R, BB, 2 K (L)
    (11 votes)
  • 52%
    Harvin Mendoza: 0-for-3, 3 K
    (20 votes)
  • 18%
    Lency Delgado: 0-for-3, 3 K
    (7 votes)
38 votes total Vote Now