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White Sox Minor League Update: June 8, 2021

Two bad innings sink Charlotte and Kannapolis, and the Barons couldn’t hit, but the Dash had a comeback win

What new, José Rodríguez had another great game for the Cannon Ballers.
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Thanks to a no good very bad inning, the Knights could not get the win.

Of course the loss was not only Matt Tomshaw’s fault (although he did give up seven in the fourth inning); the hitting was not up to snuff, either. The top hitters only collected one hit in the early going, it was a Jake Burger double, while the bottom of the lineup was much better. Tim Beckham (who hit his third homer of the season) and Matt Reynolds each had multiple hits on the day. Once the game was out of reach, Blake Rutherford drove in a run with a ground-rule double.

New call-up, Ofriedy Gómez, came in the game in relief of Tomshaw and did fine. He did not allow any hits, but he did walk a couple — one of which was Wander Franco so that walk isn’t too bad! Jace Fry replaced him and, well, he still hasn’t allowed a run, as he pushes to be called back up to the big leagues. That is now seven scoreless innings in relief for Charlotte since Fry’s rehab began. Just to finish up on some notes on the game that was out of reach after the fourth, Nate Nolan hit his third homer of the season in the ninth and Burger threw away a ball for his seventh error of the season.

Poll

Who was the Knights MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 41%
    Tim Beckham: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 0 BB, 1 K
    (30 votes)
  • 5%
    Nate Nolan: 1-for-3, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K
    (4 votes)
  • 53%
    Jace Fry: 2 IP 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 K
    (39 votes)
73 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who was the Knights Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 90%
    Matt Tomshaw: 3 1⁄3 IP, 6 ER (7 R), 6 H, 2 BB, 4 K
    (47 votes)
  • 9%
    Brian Goodwin: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 2 K
    (5 votes)
52 votes total Vote Now

The Barons lose a sort-of pitching duel. It’s kind of a duel because the Barons starter, Kade McClure, did not actually do well today. He couldn’t get out of the fourth inning and had trouble with command, four walks and only 48 strikes thrown in 84 pitches. Félix Paulino, who was demoted from Charlotte, came in as the long reliever and was able to stabilize the game. The only run he saw cross the plate was off of an error, so you cannot tab it on him. The newly-promoted Lane Ramsey also appeared in this game and didn’t do so well with the heightened competition. He got knocked around for three hits, but somehow only allowed one run. The hitting was the major problem, though.

Birmingham only reached base seven times while scoring two runs. Of that seven, five were hits from five separate players. Just one of those hits, from the bat of Ti’Quan Forbes, was for extra bases. It was just a poor offensive performance overall. Birmingham continues to be active on the base paths, though. The Barons had three stolen bases, including Zack Granite’s seventh of the season; maybe it was more about the opposing catcher but still fun during a bad hitting day.

Poll

Who was the Barons MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 22%
    Ti’Quan Forbes: 1-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K
    (11 votes)
  • 77%
    Félix Paulino: 2 1⁄3 IP, 0 ER (1 R), 2 H, 0 BB, 3 K
    (38 votes)
49 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who was the Barons Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 24%
    Kade McClure: 3 2⁄3 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 4 BB, 2 K
    (10 votes)
  • 70%
    Micker Adolfo: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 3 K
    (29 votes)
  • 4%
    Lane Ramsey: 1 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K
    (2 votes)
41 votes total Vote Now

A four-run deficit quickly turned into a tie game for the bulk, until the Dash were able to come out on top. Jerry Burke got the start and did fine, he went five innings and allowed three, though a fourth came across due to an error. The Dash actually had two errors on the day, one by Tyler Osik and the other by the allegedly sure-handed Yolbert Sánchez.

With the Dash down four heading into the bottom of the third, Ian Dawkins and Luis Curbelo both drove in runs, though Dawkins actually did do it with a hit. In the next inning, Xavier Fernández hit his first homer with the Dash to tie the game 4-4. After keeping the game tied until the seventh, mostly due to Edgar Navarro’s scoreless two innings of relief, Johan Cruz untied the game with a two-run homer. It was his second homer of the season, and due to two unlikely homers (Fernández and Cruz), the Dash had the lead. They were able to hold that until the end, as Luke Shilling got a two-inning save to close out the game.

Poll

Who was the Dash MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 65%
    Johan Cruz: 2-for-3, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K
    (32 votes)
  • 0%
    Xavier Fernández: 1-for-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K
    (0 votes)
  • 34%
    Luke Shilling: 2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 5 K
    (17 votes)
49 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who was the Dash Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 79%
    Duke Ellis: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 3 K
    (31 votes)
  • 0%
    Lenyn Sosa: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 1 K
    (0 votes)
  • 20%
    Jerry Burke: 5 IP, 3 ER (4 R), 4 H, 2 BB, 3 K
    (8 votes)
39 votes total Vote Now

They had a lead, a 3-0 lead, and they still lost. It would be funny if it wasn’t so sad.

The Cannon Ballers got out to that 3-0 lead after the first four innings. Iván González and Lency Delgado both grounded out to bring home runs and José Rodríguez, who had been on an extra-base hit slump, crushed a homer.

It was his third homer of the year. Bailey Horn, the starter for Kannapolis, also had a very good day. He went into the fifth inning and only allowed one run, to lower his ERA to 3.60. He has been one of the few good starters for Kannapolis this season, and that continued today.

The game got out of hand for Kannapolis in the sixth inning. Ty Madrigal started the inning but couldn’t finish it, tagged for six runs in the process. He just kept allowing hit after hit after hit, while only recording one out. The CBs offense could not keep up with that. They could only muster three runs on four hits, though they did have eight walks. So Kanny had traffic, but when a team is 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position, no many runs will score.

On a more notable note, Tyler Johnson had his second rehab game today, this time for Kannapolis. He went just one inning and allowed a hit, zeroes everywhere else. Hopefully he will be up in Charlotte soon, as he is one of the better relievers in the system — or at least he should be.

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Who was the Cannon Ballers MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 64%
    José Rodríguez: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 K
    (31 votes)
  • 4%
    Caberea Weaver: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
    (2 votes)
  • 31%
    Bailey Horn: 4 1⁄3 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 5 K
    (15 votes)
48 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who was the Cannon Ballers Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 97%
    Ty Madrigal: 1⁄3 IP, 6 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 1 K
    (39 votes)
  • 2%
    Lency Delgado: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 2 K
    (1 vote)
40 votes total Vote Now