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White Sox Minor League Update: August 28, 2021

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One big inning in Charlotte and Glendale pace wins, and Denny Mendick walks away the biggest hero

Danny Mendick was the nightcap hero on Saturday, wasting a slider over the left-field wall with two outs in the seventh.
Laura Wolff/Charlotte Knights

Aaron McRae wasn’t great in tonight’s doubleheader opener, but don’t hang the L on him. That distinction is reserved for an offense that mustered just three hits and one extra-base hit in seven innings. Natch, the power hit came from leadoff man Billy Hamilton (1-for-2, BB, probably getting a little impatient waiting for September 1). Those on Romy González Watch, fret not, he was 1-for-3 although that tumbles the average down to .409. Demotion? Nik Turley and Jace Fry were awesome out of the pen, both wishing teams could still promote 20 for September, not just two.

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The Knights were whitewashed, 4-0, in Saturday’s doubleheader opener. Who was the MVP?

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  • 61%
    Jace Fry: IP, 3 K
    (32 votes)
  • 34%
    Billy Hamilton: 1-for-2, 2B, BB
    (18 votes)
  • 3%
    Nik Turley: IP, BB, K, picked off the walk at 1B
    (2 votes)
52 votes total Vote Now

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The Knights were whitewashed, 4-0, in Saturday’s doubleheader opener. Who was the Cold Cat?

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  • 55%
    Matt Foster: IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 K
    (25 votes)
  • 37%
    Gavin Sheets: 0-for-3, 2 K, 2 LOB
    (17 votes)
  • 6%
    Danny Mendick: 0-for-3, 2 K, LOB
    (3 votes)
45 votes total Vote Now

Baseball is inherently unfair. Case in point, Charlotte showing up for one inning of 14 today, and stealing away with one win in two games. This inherently unfair sport of baseball is a game of timing, as well, thus a five-inning burst in last ups, down four, equals a win. So let’s go right to the bottom of the seventh, where an excited Charlotte social media account steps you through the highlights:

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Boy howdy, the Knights walked it off in Saturday’s doubleheader nightcap. Who was the MVP?

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  • 81%
    Danny Mendick: 2-for-4, R, 3 RBI, GW 2-out HR
    (50 votes)
  • 18%
    Gavin Sheets: 2-for-3, R, 2B, HR, RBI, LOB
    (11 votes)
  • 0%
    Mikie Mahtook: 1-for-3, R, 2B, RBI
    (0 votes)
61 votes total Vote Now

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Who was the Cold Cat in Charlotte’s walk-off night cap win?

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  • 7%
    Romy González: 0-for-3, 2 K, 2 LOB
    (3 votes)
  • 88%
    Zach Remillard: 0-for-3, 3 K, LOB
    (37 votes)
  • 4%
    Nate Nolan: 0-for-2, 2 K
    (2 votes)
42 votes total Vote Now

This battle for first place went to the Good Guys, as Jameson Fisher provided most of the O and the B-ham pitching was wildly efficient in a four-hit, one-run effort. Ofriedy Gómez really likes the Barons, as he killed it early in the year here but struggled at Triple-A.

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Birmingham re-took first place with a decisive win on Saturday. Who was its MVP?

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  • 26%
    Jason Bilous: 4 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 5 K
    (10 votes)
  • 10%
    Ofriedy Gómez: 3 IP, H, BB, K, WIN
    (4 votes)
  • 60%
    Jameson Fisher: 3-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, LOB
    (23 votes)
  • 2%
    Xavier Fernández: 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, K
    (1 vote)
38 votes total Vote Now

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Birmingham re-took first place with a decisive win on Saturday. Who was its Cold Cat?

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  • 55%
    Lenyn Sosa: 0-for-4, 3 K, 3 LOB
    (22 votes)
  • 0%
    Yolbert Sánchez: 0-for-4, R, K, 2 LOB
    (0 votes)
  • 45%
    Lay off with the Cold Cat man, Birmingham is in first place!
    (18 votes)
40 votes total Vote Now

Both teams had 10 hits, but one — the Renegades — turned them into nine runs. Winston-Salem, on the other hand, conjured just four. What gives? Well, read to the end of the line score and see, whoops, three errors. All committed by transcendent bat José Rodríguez, struggling both with arm and glove at short. Popeye blutoed those three errors into five unearned runs, and yes, dear readers, that’s one way an equal hit output can still end in a blowout.

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Another loss for Winston-Salem on Saturday. Who was its MVP?

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  • 5%
    Kevin Folman: 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R/0 ER, 4 K
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Wilber Perez: 2 IP, H, BB, 4 K
    (0 votes)
  • 10%
    Taylor Broadway: IP, 2 K
    (4 votes)
  • 43%
    Luis Mieses: 3-for-5, 2 R, 2B, 3B, K
    (16 votes)
  • 40%
    Harvin Mendoza: 3-for-5, 2 RBI, K, LOB
    (15 votes)
37 votes total Vote Now

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Another loss for Winston-Salem on Saturday. Who was its Cold Cat?

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  • 39%
    José Rodríguez: 0-for-4, R, BB, LOB, 3 E
    (13 votes)
  • 57%
    Chase Solesky: 3 IP, 7 H, 7 R/4 ER, BB, 2 K, 2 HR
    (19 votes)
  • 0%
    Samir Dueñez: 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, 2 K, 5 LOB
    (0 votes)
  • 3%
    Jeremiah Burks: 0-for-4, 2 K, 3 LOB
    (1 vote)
33 votes total Vote Now

At this point, a .333 winning percentage, yes, winning 33% of games, is an impossible dream for Kanny. Boy howdy, the Cannon Ballers are a ruff watch. Four hits, two by Samil Polanco. One good pitching effort, by Kohl Simas. Six players under .200 in the starting lineup. Sigh.

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Hey, Kannapolis lost. Who was the MVP?

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  • 51%
    Kohl Simas: 2 IP, H, 3 K, name recog as Bill Simas’ son
    (16 votes)
  • 48%
    Samil Polanco: 2-for-4, 2B, RBI
    (15 votes)
31 votes total Vote Now

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Hey, Kannapolis lost. Pick just one Cold Cat.

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  • 20%
    Jesus Valles: 5 2⁄3 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, HR, LOSS
    (6 votes)
  • 6%
    Theo Denlinger: 1 1⁄3 IP, 2 H, 2 R/1 ER, BB, 3 K, E
    (2 votes)
  • 56%
    DJ Gladney: 0-for-3, 3 K, 2 LOB
    (17 votes)
  • 16%
    Anderson Comas: 0-for-4, 3 LOB
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    Kleyder Sánchez: 0-for-3, PB
    (0 votes)
30 votes total Vote Now

If you were stuck in queue to refill water bottles at Camelback in the sixth inning on Saturday night, you blew it, boss, because that’s where the scoring action was tonight. And, good news, the Chisox scored four of the five runs in the frame. Offensive MVP Wilfred Veras was quiet, the other offensive MVP Terrell Tatum scared L.A. into three walks, so it was otherwise a strong offensive sixth from start to stop. Badass pitching work from starter Homer Cruz and three out of the pen, including TCU’s own Johnny Ray, who is becoming exquisite at vulturing wins.

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The ACL White Sox won the battle of Camelback. Who was their MVP?

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  • 75%
    Homer Cruz: 4 IP, 2 BB, 4 K
    (25 votes)
  • 0%
    Noah Owen: 2 IP, H, 2 K, HOLD
    (0 votes)
  • 21%
    Haylen Green: IP, H, 2 K, first pro SAVE
    (7 votes)
  • 3%
    Terrell Tatum: 0-for-1, 3 BB, K
    (1 vote)
33 votes total Vote Now

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The ACL White Sox won the battle of Camelback. Who was their Cold Cat?

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  • 75%
    Wilfred Veras: 0-for-3, BB, 2 K, 3 LOB
    (24 votes)
  • 3%
    Logan Glass: 0-for-3, RBI, 2 K
    (1 vote)
  • 9%
    Jefferson Mendoza: 1-for-4, K, 4 LOB, 0-for-1 CS
    (3 votes)
  • 12%
    Elijah Tatís: 1-for-4, R, 2B, K, 5 LOB
    (4 votes)
32 votes total Vote Now

The nasty DSL Nats rallied for two runs in the bottom of the sixth to snatch this one right from the Good Guys’ hands. At least three of five hits for the Sox were for extras, and the team swiped three of four bags as well. But 12 Ks in seven innings against just one walk? No bueno.

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The DSL White Sox couldn’t hold on for the win. Who was their MVP?

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  • 53%
    Victor Quezada: 2-for-3, 2B, 2 SB, K
    (16 votes)
  • 36%
    Godwin Bennett: 1-for-2, R, HR, RBI, K, LOB
    (11 votes)
  • 10%
    Alvaro Aguero: 1-for-3, 2B, SB, CF assist at 2B, 2 K, LOB
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Yohemy Nolasco: 1 1⁄3 IP, H, K
    (0 votes)
30 votes total Vote Now

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The ACL White Sox won the battle of Camelback. Who was their Cold Cat?

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  • 66%
    Carlos Jiménez: 0-for-3, 3 K
    (20 votes)
  • 33%
    Layant Tapia: 0-for-3, 2 K, 2 LOB, E
    (10 votes)
30 votes total Vote Now