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White Sox Minor League Update: August 11, 2021

Not a lot of wins, but there were a lot of homers. Plus, Yasmani Grandal is back, starting rehab in Birmingham

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Yasmani Grandal is back, and has already reached base three times.
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Today was Kade McClure’s first start in Triple-A, and he was just fine. He lasted five innings and gave up three runs. He was pretty sharp with his command, but most runners who got on base scored. The guy who replaced McClure was Nik Turley, had he did not do the team any favors; Turley allowed five runs in the sixth inning to lose the lead, and Charlotte could not come back.

The offense was good overall, with Gavin Sheets the only batter not to reach base. Four hitters had multiple hits, as Laz Rivera continues a good start to his Triple-A career with three today. Blake Rutherford and Micker Adolfo had a couple of hits as well, and Adolfo even had a triple. But the big hit today belonged to Mike Mahtook, with a homer in the ninth inning. Mahtook is slashing .290/.343/.516 in August.

Poll

Who was the Knights MVP?

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  • 39%
    Mikie Mahtook: 2-for-5, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K
    (21 votes)
  • 49%
    Laz Rivera: 3-for-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K
    (26 votes)
  • 11%
    Micker Adolfo: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K
    (6 votes)
53 votes total Vote Now

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Who was the Knights Cold Cat?

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  • 74%
    Nik Turley: 1 IP, 5 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 4 K
    (43 votes)
  • 25%
    Gavin Sheets: 0-for-5, 0 BB, 1 K
    (15 votes)
58 votes total Vote Now

The only win in the organization today is in Birmingham, and the division leaders looked dominant in their six-run win. Romy González had a lot to do with that, with a two-homer night.

Today was also the first game back for Yasmani Grandal. He had a couple of hits and (of course) a walk to reach base three times. He did DH today, so he has not played in the field yet.

From the start, the pitching was good, with Emilio Vargas going 5 13 shutout innings, lowering his ERA to 2.34 with the Barons. Andrew Perez replaced him and kept the shutout going for another 1 23 innings.

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Who was the Barons MVP?

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  • 75%
    Romy González: 2-for-3, 2 HR, 3 R, 1 BB, 0 K
    (40 votes)
  • 24%
    Emilio Vargas: 5 1⁄3 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 2 K
    (13 votes)
53 votes total Vote Now

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Who was the Barons Cold Cat?

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  • 47%
    Yolbert Sánchez: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K
    (17 votes)
  • 33%
    Joe DeCarlo: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K
    (12 votes)
  • 19%
    Caleb Freeman: 1 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K
    (7 votes)
36 votes total Vote Now

A bad early start doomed the Dash from the get-go. After just three frames, it was a 7-0 game. The Dash did make it somewhat interesting quickly ... well, José Rodríguez made it interesting.

That was Rodríguez’s first home run in High-A. He went on to finish with a three-hit night. Luis Curbelo and Yoelqui Céspedes were the two other hitters to have a decent game. Curbelo had the only other extra-base hit, a double, his 20th of the season. Céspedes did not record a hit, but walked three times and stole a base, so pretty productive.

Kevin Folman allowed all the runs in the first two innings, and the bullpen (besides the last man) was pretty good. Ryan Williamson was the long man and did well, with three shutout innings. Yoelvin Silven added two hitless innings while McKinley Moore struck out two in a no-run eighth inning to keep the deficit at two. Unfortunately, Jordan Mikel allowed two more runs to put the game really out of reach, and Winston-Salem did not threaten in the bottom of the inning.

Poll

Who was the Dash MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    Ryan Williamson: 3 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K
    (0 votes)
  • 100%
    José Rodríguez: 3-for-5, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K
    (49 votes)
49 votes total Vote Now

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Who was the Dash Cold Cat?

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  • 100%
    Kevin Folman: 2 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
    (38 votes)
  • 0%
    Jordan Mikel: 1 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 2 K
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Alex Destino: 0-for-5, 0 BB, 3 K
    (0 votes)
38 votes total Vote Now

The struggles continue for the Cannon Ballers, as they lose and let up nine runs in one inning in the process.

For much of the game, it was close. Martin Carrasco was not dominant, but he still only allowed three runs. The bullpen even started out very well, but then came the seventh inning. Corey Stone and Rigo Fernández combined to allow nine runs. A tie game had just become a blowout.

On offense, it was really a three-man show, at the bottom of the order. Misael González, James, Beard, and Richard García had two hits each. González was able to hit his first A-ball homer in his first game — not too shabby.

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Who was the Cannon Ballers MVP?

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  • 95%
    Misael González: 2-for-3, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 BB, 0 K
    (38 votes)
  • 5%
    James Beard: 2-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Richard García: 2-for-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K
    (0 votes)
40 votes total Vote Now

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Who was the Cannon Ballers Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 100%
    Corey Stone: 1⁄3 IP, 5 ER (6 R), 2 H, 2 BB, 0 K
    (31 votes)
  • 0%
    Rigo Fernández: 2⁄3 IP, 3 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 0 K
    (0 votes)
31 votes total Vote Now