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White Sox Minor League Update: August 27, 2021

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Some excellent pitching down on the farm and one 10-run inning, but only a 2-3 night overall

Bryan Ramos hit his 11th home run and also his 12th home run of the season in an offense-heavy game in Kannapolis
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The Knights got a rare Friday off-day.


Biscuits/Barons linescore
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Yolbert Sánchez got the day off and the Barons lost by one; I’m not saying they’re related, I’m just reporting the facts. Jameson Fisher and Xavier Fernández werer 3-for-5 and Joe DeCarlo and Jagger Rusconi had two-hit days, but going 3-for-12 with runners in scoring position damned them to just three runs. They did make it interesting in the ninth, two strikeouts kicking the inning off but then Fisher and Fernández both singling. Craig Dedelow came up, and he certainly has walk-off power, but he grounded out to the pitcher on the first pitch to end it. DeCarlo hit a home run, Rusconi doubled, and two of Fisher’s hits were doubles.

Peter Tago got the call as the opener today, and he was up to the task, throwing three scoreless innings and striking out four. Andrew Perez also struck out four over two innings, a solo shot the only damage, and Yoelvin Silven, who went from Kannapolis to Winston-Salem for just four appearances before his promotion to Birmingham, allowed two runs in his one-inning debut. Brian Glowicki struck out a mere two over two one-run innings, a solo dong making the difference in the game, then the Good Luis Ledo made a ninth-inning appearance, striking out two and allowing just a walk.

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Who was the Barons MVP?

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  • 80%
    Jameson Fisher: 3-for-5, 2 2B, RBI
    (41 votes)
  • 5%
    Xavier Fernández: 3-for-5, E
    (3 votes)
  • 9%
    Joe DeCarlo: 2-for-4, HR, R, RBI, K
    (5 votes)
  • 3%
    Jagger Rusconi: 2-for-4, 2B, R, RBI, K
    (2 votes)
51 votes total Vote Now

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Who was the Barons Cold Cat?

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  • 74%
    Yoelkis Céspedes: 0-for-5, 2 K
    (37 votes)
  • 2%
    Lenyn Sosa: 0-for-4, K
    (1 vote)
  • 4%
    Mitch Roman: 0-for-3, 2 K, HBP
    (2 votes)
  • 20%
    Yoelvin Silven (BS): IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, K
    (10 votes)
50 votes total Vote Now

Renegades/Dash linescore
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The Winston-Salem Dash are rolling, riding their best start by any pitcher all season as Kaleb Roper set a career high in innings in a career best outing. The righty went six innings on an unknowable number of pitches because the intern running gameday has departed for the fall semester, carrying a no-hitter until the second out of the sixth inning, when he allowed a single (Roper, not the intern). The only other baserunners he allowed were a first-inning walk and a fourth-inning hit by pitch. Total, the Renegades were limited to just three hits; Edgar Navarro (who, with José Rodriguez, earned his GED yesterday) allowed one run in one inning, Ryan Williamson allowed two in an inning featuring one single, one error, one passed ball, two walks, and a sacrifice fly. McKinley Moore has stabilized after a bumpy beginning to his High-A career, and with a scoreless ninth inning tonight, he’s allowed just one run (a solo home run) over his last nine full, walking two and striking out an eye-popping 14 in that span.

Caberea Weaver did a good deal of lifting for the Dash and Luis Mieses did the rest. Weaver came through with a big second-inning single following a literal comedy of errors; Samir Dueñez reached on a lead-off error, then Gunnar Troutwine singled and they both advanced a base on another error. One batter later, Weaver singled them both in. He then proceeded to steal second base, take third on a wild pitch, then get thrown out at home plate; unclear from the box score, but perhaps on a loose pitch, perhaps trying to stretch that wild pitch into a two-base advancement. In any case, it didn’t go down as a caught stealing.

Then in the fifth, very quickly, Weaver walked, Unstoppable Hitting Machine José Rodriguez singled, and Mieses put one into the seats, his seventh of the season for the Dash and 13th overall. Rodriguez had two hits for the second straight night and is batting .367/.385/.483 over 15 games with the team. He has multiple hits in eight of those games.

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Who was the Dash MVP?

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  • 69%
    Kaleb Roper (W): 6 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 6 K, HBP
    (32 votes)
  • 6%
    José Rodriguez: 2-for-4
    (3 votes)
  • 23%
    Luis Mieses: 2-for-4, HR, 2B, R, 3 RBI
    (11 votes)
  • 0%
    Caberea Weaver: 1-for-3, R, 2 RBI, BB, K
    (0 votes)
46 votes total Vote Now

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Who was the Dash Cold Cat?

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  • 16%
    Harvin Mendoza: 0-for-4
    (6 votes)
  • 83%
    Samir Dueñez: 0-for-4, R, K, E
    (31 votes)
  • 0%
    Jeremiah Burks: 1-for-4
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Gunnar Troutwine: 1-for-4,
    (0 votes)
37 votes total Vote Now

Hillcats/Cannon Ballers linescore
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You may have noticed something unusual about tonight’s Cannon Ballers linescore. As the major league Sox were mashing the Cubs, the Ballers were doing the same to the Lynchburg Hillcats, demolishing them for 10 runs in the bottom of the first inning. Wall of text incoming: Shawn Goosenberg kicked things off by getting hit with a pitch on a full count and made it to second on a Bryan Ramos single. Adam Hackenberg provided both an unusually high upper-lineup concentration of “-berg”s and a single to load the bases. A somewhat inexplicable pickoff attempt at third base went unimaginably wrong and both Goosenberg and Ramos scored; Hackenberg would join them during that same at-bat as new addition Jayson Gonzalez singled him in. The barrage continued with a Samil Polanco single, then the first out of the inning came off the bat of Misael Gonzalez, a force out at third. A wild pitch defeated the point of that, Chase Krogman grounded out unproductively, and James Beard walked to again load the bases. Nineteen-year-old Wilber Sanchez singled in two and stole second base, James Beard scoring on a throwing error by the catcher.

Then there was a paragraph break, the lineup turned over, and Goosenberg drew a walk, two plate appearances and zero at-bats in the inning. Ramos then came up with two batters on and extended the Hillcats’ suffering with a three-run home run, his 11th of the season. Not to be outdone, Hackenberg went back-to-back, his first as a professional. Gonzalez was then hit by a pitch, which was apparently controversial to the ‘Cats, because pitcher Jacob Forrester was ejected. His replacement, Hugo Villalobos, was able to retire Samil Polanco for the final out. TL:DR; Ballers 7-for-9, 2 HR, 3 BB, 2 HBP, SB.

Ramos was not done there; he hit his 12th dong of the year in the third inning. He went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and four RBI, while Hackenberg went 4-for-5 with two runs scored. Over six games at the level, the catcher is 11-for-23, batting .478/.520/.696, which seems… good. Ramos, meanwhile, has escaped a brutal 0-for-35 stretch and is now 4-for-8 in his last two games.

On the mound, Drew Dalquist went 4 ⅔ IP, limiting Lynchburg to just one run, pitching around five hits, two walks, and a hit by pitch. Rigo Fernandez got him out of a bases-loaded situation and poached the win with 1 ⅓ innings of one-run ball, striking out two. Hunter Speer avoided damage after walking two and allowing a hit, and Corey Stone did not, walking three straight and allowing a two-run single exacerbated by Krogman’s error in left field. Tyson Messer entered and let a run in on a sac fly before ending the inning and pitching through a two-walk, one-hit scoreless ninth.

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Who was the Cannon Ballers MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 72%
    Bryan Ramos: 3-for-5, 2 HR, 3 R, 4 RBI, K
    (36 votes)
  • 20%
    Adam Hackenberg: 4-for-5, HR, 2 R, RBI
    (10 votes)
  • 0%
    Wilber Sanchez: 1-for-4, R, 2 RBI, 2 K, SB
    (0 votes)
  • 8%
    Drew Dalquist: 4 ⅔ IP, 5 H, R, 2 BB, 5 K, HBP
    (4 votes)
50 votes total Vote Now

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Who was the Cannon Ballers Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 55%
    Chase Krogman: 0-for-4, 2 K, E
    (20 votes)
  • 0%
    Misael Gonzalez: 0-for-3, R, BB
    (0 votes)
  • 44%
    Corey Stone: ⅓ IP, H, 3 R (2 ER), 3 BB, K
    (16 votes)
36 votes total Vote Now

ACL Rangers/Sox linescore
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The ACL Sox could only muster three hits as they fell to the ACL Rangers 3-1, their record dropping to 17-25. One of those was Colson Montgomery’s fifth double as a pro, and the other two both belonged to Johnabiell Laureano, who also hit a double. Laureano scored the Sox’s only run on a groundout by Colby Smelley, who made his professional debut and went 0-for-2. Wilfred Veras drew a walk and that was it for Sox offense.

The highly-regarded Tanner McDougal pitched two innings for the start, running into trouble early with a two singles, a walk, a wild pitch, and a sacrifice fly leading to two runs in the first. Ronaldo Guzman entered and struck out a very impressive eight in four innings of one-run, one-hit baseball. Christian Edwards pitched a scoreless seventh and Gil Luna, Jr. extended his career-starting scoreless streak to five innings, one hit allowed in that time, walking three and striking out a fairly incredible 12.

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Who was the ACL Sox MVP?

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  • 32%
    Johnabiell Laureano: 2-for-3, 2B, R
    (12 votes)
  • 0%
    Colson Montgomery: 1-for-4, 2B
    (0 votes)
  • 2%
    Colby Smelley: 0-for-2, RBI
    (1 vote)
  • 64%
    Ronaldo Guzman: 4 IP, H, R, BB, 8 K, WP, 2 balks
    (24 votes)
37 votes total Vote Now

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Who was the ACL Sox Cold Cat?

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  • 94%
    Wes Kath: 0-for-4, 3 K
    (33 votes)
  • 5%
    Benyamin Bailey: 0-for-3, GIDP
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Edwin Peralta: 0-for-3, 2 K
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Anthony Espinoza: 0-for-3
    (0 votes)
35 votes total Vote Now

DSL Padres/Sox linescore
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Ouch. This one looked like it might end up being a pretty close DSL Sox victory on the strength of three home runs, but the bullpen absolutely unraveled to the tune of 10 runs in the last two innings. This ended up not being a winning recipe, and the Sox record drops to 14-18.

Starter Jorge Ferrer is in his third DSL Sox season and the results haven’t been what he surely hoped for; today, he allowed two runs in three innings, one of those scoring on a wild pitch (one of two in the inning). In contrast, Emerson Talavera, 18 years old and in his first pro season, pitched four sharp scoreless innings, allowing one hit (a double), walking three and striking out five. Talavera has been having an impressive year, marred only by a high walk rate; his numbers are 31 IP, 17 H, 8 R (3 ER), 11 BB, 31 K, good for a 0.87 ERA and 0.90 WHIP. Batters are hitting .162 against him.

Then the wheels came off in the eighth, 19-year-old Miguel Toribio on the mound to start. It was… a DSL inning, and I will let it speak for itself: leadoff single, passed ball, RBI single, walk, pitching change from Toribio to Carlos Hinestroza, RBI sac bunt combined with an error, single, HBP, swinging strikeout, run-scoring passed ball, wild pitch, RBI single, pickoff at first (helping your own cause!), called strikeout; six runs scored in total. Hinestroza’s struggles carried over to the ninth, with a single and balk to start the frame; he did get two swinging strikeouts before walking the next batter, hitting the next, then throwing a run-scoring wild pitch and allowing an RBI single. He threw another wild pitch, the next batter reached on an error, then Oriel Castro entered in relief. The first batter he faced also reached on an error, scoring an inherited run charged to Hinestroza, then Castro was able to get the third out on a pop fly.

The offensive summary is pretty succinct: four runs, all scored on dingers by Victor Quezada, Layant Tapia, and Carlos Jiménez, whose two-run blast also scored Tapia from a walk. Jiménez also hit a double and was 3-for-4 overall; (a point of clarity: there are two C. Jiménezes on the DSL Sox, Carlos and Cesar; Carlos is the one with the great day today, Cesar is Eloy’s brother, and both are OPS’ing .754).

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Who was the DSL Sox MVP?

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  • 100%
    Carlos Jiménez: 3-for-4, HR, 2B, R, 2 RBI, 2 E
    (30 votes)
  • 0%
    Layant Tapia: 1-for-3, HR, 2 R, RBI, BB, E
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Victor Quezada: 1-for-4, HR, R, RBI, K, GIDP
    (0 votes)
30 votes total Vote Now

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Who was the DSL Sox Cold Cat?

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  • 7%
    Miguel Toribio (L): 0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, BB, 0 K
    (2 votes)
  • 92%
    Carlos Hinestroza (BS): 1 ⅔ IP, 4 H, 7 R (5 ER), BB, 4 K, 3 WP, balk, 2 HBP
    (25 votes)
  • 0%
    Alvaro Aguero: 0-for-4, K
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Luis Pineda: 0-for-4, K
    (0 votes)
27 votes total Vote Now