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White Sox Minor League Update: July 19, 2021

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Today and every Monday is rookie ball day; it was fun in the DSL, but not quite in the ACL

Elijah Tatís recorded his second hit of the season today for the ACL Sox in a 7-1 loss.
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In the battle of the rookie leagues today, the ACL White Sox had the most trouble. The pitching was not fantastic overall and the offense was even worse in the 7-1 loss. On the pitching side, it was really just Cristian Mena’s fault. He went five innings and allowed all seven runs. He allowed the first five in the first inning so he settled in, somewhat, after that. The Sox seem to want him to get in a good number of innings, because he has been going five a few times already.

After that, the bullpen actually did well. Bryce Hutchinson (who is a bit old for the ACL) went one inning to stabilize things a little, but it was Rigo Fernández who was the best of the bunch. He was perfect in the final three innings, with seven strikeouts. He had been struggling in Kannapolis, but has yet to allow a run in the ACL so far.

The offense obviously lacked anything of substance. They scored just one run and had only five hits. They also struck out 15 times, which is not good at all. Misael González had two of those hits, both singles. Elijah Tatís also had on,e to get his batting average to .059. For some reason he was leading off this game; I guess it worked, because he got a hit. It also seems like a reason why they lost — a guy who had one hit on the year leading off.

Poll

Who was the ACL White Sox MVP?

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  • 86%
    Rigo Fernández: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
    (46 votes)
  • 13%
    Misael González: 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K
    (7 votes)
53 votes total Vote Now

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Who was the ACL Cold Cat?

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  • 4%
    Sam Abbott: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 3 K
    (2 votes)
  • 13%
    Logan Glass: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 3 K
    (6 votes)
  • 82%
    Cristian Mena: 5 IP, 7 ER, 9 H, 1 BB, 5 K
    (38 votes)
46 votes total Vote Now

A decent game all around for the DSL White Sox, as they win their fourth game in the early going. The pitching was outright fantastic and compared to the DSL Reds, and the defense apparently was, too. Brian Carrion got the start and at age 22, he should dominate the competition like he did. He went three innings and allowed just one run. He was replaced by Emerson Talavera who is a bit more age-appropriate for this level because he does not turn 19 until the season is over. He had four shutout innings and only allowed two hits. He has a 1.13 ERA in the early going and he already accounts for half of the White Sox wins. Carlos Hinestroza came in for the save, again, and locked that down.

The offense was fine, but it had a lot of help from the Reds. The DSL Reds had six errors in this game, so of the four runs the Sox scored two of them were unearned. For purely offensive purposes, only five players had hits, and nobody walked. That is pretty odd but honestly, the stats are not the sharpest out of the DSL. Roberth Gutierrez had the biggest hit, with a triple, while everyone else had singles or no hits. Dario Borrero, one of the more notable players on the team, had one of those singles.

Poll

Who was the MVP for the DSL Sox?

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  • 0%
    Brian Carrion: 3 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 2 BB, 3 K
    (0 votes)
  • 100%
    Emerson Talavera: 4 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 K
    (36 votes)
  • 0%
    Roberth Gutierrez: 1-for-4, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K
    (0 votes)
36 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who was the DSL Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 96%
    Arxy Hernández: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 2 K
    (30 votes)
  • 3%
    Carlos Jiménez: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 1 K
    (1 vote)
31 votes total Vote Now