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White Sox Minor League Update: July 10, 2021

A ton of games, mostly ugly, but Saturday was all about the ELOY BOMB

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He’s on his way, Mom! Eloy Jiménez seemingly has not missed a beat since March.
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A lot of games tonight, too too many, so apologies, writeups might be a bit brief.

It was a tale of good late, then bad late, for the Knights. The Jumbo Shrimp counterpunched Charlotte’s 3-0 lead early with a four-spot in the third inning. The game remained advantage-JAX until the top of the ninth, when Luis González and Ti’quan Forbes singled to put runners on the corners with nobody out. Marco Hernández meekly popped out to first base, but Zach Remillard had hero’s hopes with a liner to left, but it was pocketed for a second out. Down to their last two strikes in the game, Blake Rutherford singled to knot the game up, 4-4.

A scoreless 10th bled into Remillard getting another chance at heroism, passing this time as he singled in free runner González to put Charlotte up, 5-4. The joy was short-lived, however, as seven pitches into the bottom of the 11th, Chad Wallach homered to walk the game off against Keyvius Sampson.

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Charlotte lost, 6-5, in 11 innings on Saturday. Who was its MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 48%
    Zach Remillard: 2-for-5, 3 RBI including go-ahead run in the 11th, HBP, 2 K, 2 LOB
    (37 votes)
  • 25%
    Blake Rutherford: 2-for-6, 2B, game-tying RBI with two outs in the ninth, K, 3 LOB
    (20 votes)
  • 25%
    Tanner Banks: 3 IP, H, 2 K, 30 pitches/21 strikes
    (20 votes)
77 votes total Vote Now

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Charlotte lost, 6-5, in 11 innings on Saturday. Who was its Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 44%
    Matt Reynolds: 0-for-4, BB, 4 K, 3 LOB
    (29 votes)
  • 0%
    Marco Hernández: 0-for-4, R, BB, K, 3 LOB
    (0 votes)
  • 7%
    Alex McRae: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, BB, 7 K, HB, HR
    (5 votes)
  • 47%
    Keyvius Sampson: 0 IP, H, 2 R/1 ER, HR, BLOWN SAVE, LOSS
    (31 votes)
65 votes total Vote Now

Birmingham followed the same path as Charlotte, down to the same final score: Getting a lead, seeing it evaporate, then rallying late put giving up in the home team’s last at-bats.

The sneakiest hero late, tying the game 3-3 in the seventh, was JJ Muno, who caught Biloxi napping while on second base and stole a third base being offered up. In the hubbub, the Shuckers threw the ball away at third base, allowing Muno to trot home.

Secondary heroes came in the next frame, when new Shuckers reliever Zach Vennaro was welcomed into the game with back-to-back blasts from Carlos Perez and Craig Dedelow. Unfortunately, in the bottom half, the lead was given away by Lane Ramsey, who came into the game and got two quick outs — followed by walk, double, double to make the game 5-5.

Birmingham’s pockets were empty top nine, but Biloxi struck against Andrew Perez, who sprinkled a single, double and intentional walk around a single out, setting up a walk-off single from Luis Castro.

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Birmingham also lost, 6-5, on Saturday. Who was its MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 72%
    Carlos Pérez: 3-for-4, 2 R, HR, RBI
    (43 votes)
  • 1%
    Craig Dedelow: 1-for-3, R, HR, RBI, BB, 2 K, 2 LOB
    (1 vote)
  • 1%
    Zack Granite: 1-for-2, RBI, 2 BB, CS
    (1 vote)
  • 23%
    Blake Battenfield: 5 IP, 4 H, ER, 4 K, HR
    (14 votes)
  • 0%
    J.B. Olson: 1 2⁄3 IP
    (0 votes)
59 votes total Vote Now

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Birmingham also lost, 6-5, on Saturday. Who was its Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 12%
    Romy González: 0-for-5, 2 K, LOB
    (6 votes)
  • 10%
    Joe DeCarlo: 0-for-4, 2 K, 4 LOB, GIDP
    (5 votes)
  • 68%
    Bennett Sousa: 1⁄3 IP, H, 2 ER, 3 BB, BLOWN SAVE
    (34 votes)
  • 6%
    Lane Ramsey: IP, 2 H, 2 ER, BB, 2 K, BLOWN SAVE
    (3 votes)
  • 4%
    Andrew Perez: 1⁄3 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, LOSS
    (2 votes)
50 votes total Vote Now

The opener of this doubleheader was covered fairly well in our earlier writeup of the game, focusing on Eloy Jiménez’s 2-for-4 with a homer return to competitive play.

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The Dash won the opener of their Saturday doubleheader, 9-6. Who was the MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 22%
    Yolbert Sánchez: 2-for-3, R, 3 RBI, GWRBI, 2B, BB
    (29 votes)
  • 72%
    Eloy Jiménez: 2-for-4, R, HR, 2 RBI, LOB
    (94 votes)
  • 0%
    Luis Curbelo: 1-for-3, R, 2 RBI, HR, K
    (0 votes)
  • 4%
    Travis Moniot: 2-for-2, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2B, HR, BB
    (6 votes)
  • 0%
    Caleb Freeman: IP, 2 K, SAVE
    (0 votes)
129 votes total Vote Now

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The Dash won the opener of their Saturday doubleheader, 9-6. Who was the Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 20%
    Lenyn Sosa: 0-for-4, K, 3 LOB
    (12 votes)
  • 74%
    Kaleb Roper: 4 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 6 K, 3 HR
    (44 votes)
  • 5%
    Trey Jeans: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, BB, K, HR, WIN
    (3 votes)
59 votes total Vote Now

The nightcap of the doubleheader in Winston-Salem followed the Triple-A and Double-A patterns Saturday of early lead, blown finish. This time, the lead lost was egregious, as the Dash sprung out to a 5-0 lead through two innings, which in a doubleheader minigame is like halfway home, right?

Well, Hickory put up a two and a three to return serve, and the game played into “extras” (yep, the eighth inning). In the eighth, they attacked 1B-turned-LF (sound familiar?) AJ Gill (five games in left this season) with tons of activity, one a single that was errored into the first two runs of extras, later with a sac fly to up the frame to three tallies.

W-S struck for two with the free runner, courtesy of an Alex Destino homer on 3-2 with one out. But the Dash could score no more, and Gill ended the game with a K.

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The Dash lost the nightcap of its Saturday doubleheader, 8-7, in eight innings. Who was the MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 31%
    Alex Destino: 1-for-3, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, BB, 2 K, LOB
    (21 votes)
  • 10%
    AJ Gill: 2-for-4, RBI, 2B, 2 K, E in extras
    (7 votes)
  • 58%
    Eloy Jiménez: For having the sense to make his LF debut on Sunday, thus avoiding a lot of activity in the outfield in the nightcap
    (39 votes)
67 votes total Vote Now

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The Dash lost the nightcap of its Saturday doubleheader, 8-7, in eight innings. Who was the Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 23%
    Yolbert Sánchez: 0-for-4, K, 3 LOB
    (12 votes)
  • 0%
    Travis Moniot: 0-for-3, LOB
    (0 votes)
  • 1%
    Kleyder Sánchez: 0-for-3, R, K, LOB, PB
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Dan Metzdorf: 3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, K
    (0 votes)
  • 57%
    Vince Arobio: 1⁄3 IP, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 HB, HOLD
    (30 votes)
  • 17%
    Wilber Perez: 2 IP, H, 3 R/1 ER, 2 BB, K, WP, HB, LOSS
    (9 votes)
52 votes total Vote Now

Two hits in this game, one walk, no extra-base hits, and a poor start from Drew Dalquist. Yahtzee!

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The Cannon Ballers lost the opener of its Saturday doubleheader, 3-2. Who was the MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 15%
    José Rodríguez: 0-for-3, RBI, LOB, SB
    (7 votes)
  • 15%
    Samil Polanco: 1-for-3
    (7 votes)
  • 11%
    Caberea Weaver: 1-for-3, K, SB
    (5 votes)
  • 57%
    Sammy Peralta: 1 1⁄3 IP, BB, K
    (26 votes)
45 votes total Vote Now

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The Cannon Ballers lost the opener of its Saturday doubleheader, 3-2. Who was the Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 9%
    Richard García: 0-for-2, 2 K,
    (4 votes)
  • 54%
    Drew Dalquist: 4 2⁄3 IP, 2 H, 3 R/2 ER, 4 BB, K, BALK, HB, LOSS
    (24 votes)
  • 27%
    Bryan Ramos: 0-for-2, 2 LOB, CS, GIDP
    (12 votes)
  • 9%
    Chase Krogman: 0-for-2, R, BB, K, LOB, E
    (4 votes)
44 votes total Vote Now

This game was sorta better. Kanny actually held a 2-1 lead late-ish in the game. But the club was terrible in the clutch, leaving nine on base in seven innings, going 1-for-10 with RISP. And in a flip of the opener, this time it was the pen blowing it from the mound, not the starter.

On social media earlier in the series, Kannapolis was chiding Fredricksburg, who it had actually managed to leapfrog in the standings despite being ~20 games below .500. Hm.

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The Cannon Ballers lost the nightcap of its Saturday doubleheader, 4-3. Who was the MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 74%
    Lency Delgado: 3-for-4, R, RBI
    (32 votes)
  • 2%
    Harvin Medoza: 2-for-4, 2 LOB
    (1 vote)
  • 23%
    Chase Solesky: 4 IP, 3 H, ER, 5 K
    (10 votes)
43 votes total Vote Now

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The Cannon Ballers lost the nightcap of its Saturday doubleheader, 4-3. Who was the Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 7%
    Luis Mieses: 0-for-3, BB, 3 LOB
    (3 votes)
  • 46%
    Victor Torres: 0-for-3, K, 4 LOB, 1-for-1 CS
    (18 votes)
  • 35%
    Frander Veras: 1⁄3 IP, H, 2 ER, 3 BB
    (14 votes)
  • 10%
    Jordan Mikel: 1 2⁄3 IP, 2 H, ER, HB, LOSS
    (4 votes)
39 votes total Vote Now

Five innings, called for lightning, hardly enough game to write about. But another org loss is another org loss. And this one came with bad pitching efforts from arguably the two top arms in the system, Jared Kelley and Ronaldo Guzman. Sigh.

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The Austin City Limits White Sox lost in just five innings to the ACL Dodgers, 7-0. Who was the MVP?

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  • 52%
    The Lightning, for winning a Stanley Cup and ending this horrible game early, all in the space of one week
    (21 votes)
  • 30%
    Wilfred Veras: 1-for-1, BB, 2B
    (12 votes)
  • 5%
    Pauly Milto: 1 1⁄3 IP, H, 2 K
    (2 votes)
  • 12%
    Hansen Butler: 2⁄3 IP, 2 K
    (5 votes)
40 votes total Vote Now

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The Austin City Limits White Sox lost in just five innings to the ACL Dodgers, 7-0. Let’s try to narrow down the Cold Cats.

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    Wilber Sánchez: 0-for-3, 2 K
    (0 votes)
  • 4%
    Ramon Laureano: 0-for-2, 4 LOB, E,
    (2 votes)
  • 81%
    Jared Kelley: 2⁄3 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, HR, WP, LOSS
    (35 votes)
  • 13%
    Ronaldo Guzman: IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 WP, E
    (6 votes)
  • 0%
    Karan Patel: 1 1⁄3 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 2 K, WP
    (0 votes)
43 votes total Vote Now