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White Sox Minor League Update: August 5, 2021

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The farm enjoys a 4-2 day that includes a cycle down in the ACL (the league, not the ligament)

Luis Robert, #88, rounds second base
Luis Robert homered for the first time on his rehab assignment, giving us an excuse to lead with a picture of Luis Robert
Knights/Stripers linescore
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It took some offense and Luis Robert, but the Knights were able to pull off a win on a night when they made four errors. Jonathan Stiever was burned by the long ball early on off the bat of old friend Yolmer Sánchez, but was able to power through five innings of five-run ball (four earned) to keep the Knights in it. Hunter Schryver allowed an unearned run and the rest of the bullpen—Kodi Medeiros, Ofreidy Gómez, and Bennett Sousa—danced around a handful of baserunners to keep the Stripers in check. It was catcher Deivy Grullón and third baseman Rivera with two errors apiece (including one that shared a common nucleus of operative fact, the Stripers’ Cristian Pache reaching on Rivera’s error and making it to second on Grullón’s).

Rivera, at least, made up for it in a big way; his three-run shot in the fifth inning gave Charlotte a lead that they would not relinquish. Robert, playing in his seventh AAA rehab game, then broke it open in the sixth with a three-run dinger of his own, scoring Matt Reynolds and Zach Remillard after they both singled. Reynolds, Rutherford, and Mikie Mahtook also drove in runs, and Rutherford hit his 20th double. Those three all reached base three times, as did Robert and Danny Mendick.

Poll

Who was the Knights MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    Laz Rivera: 1-for-5, HR, R, 3 RBI, K, 2 E
    (1 vote)
  • 97%
    Luis Robert: 2-for-4, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, BB, 2 K, SB
    (143 votes)
  • 0%
    Danny Mendick: 2-for-4, 2 R, BB
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Blake Rutherford: 2-for-4, 2B, R, RBI, BB, GIDP
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Mikie Mahtook: 2-for-5, 2 R, RBI, 2 K
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Matt Reynolds: 2-for-4, R, RBI, BB, 2 K
    (0 votes)
146 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who was the Knights Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 35%
    Marco Hernández: 0-for-5, K
    (31 votes)
  • 20%
    Deivy Grullón: 1-for-4, 2 K, 2 E
    (18 votes)
  • 44%
    Jonathan Stiever (W): 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 6 K, WP, balk
    (39 votes)
88 votes total Vote Now

Braves/Barons linescore
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The Barons cruised their way to an easy 7-2 win over Mississippi, hammering 12 hits (four for extra bases) and enjoying an absolute gem from starter Emilio Vargas. Very effective this season starting or out of the pen, tonight he went five innings of one-hit ball, walking zero and striking out 12. Over 52 ⅓ innings this season, he has an ERA of 2.58 and a WHIP of 0.994.

Alec Hansen somehow allowed four baserunners—three singles and a walk—but only one run, striking out two in the process. Peter Tago struck out four over two scoreless innings, and the one run JB Olson allowed in the ninth didn’t get the Braves close at all.

Romy González and Xavier Fernández kicked things off offensively for the Barons in the bottom of the first, González doubling, stealing third (his 20th swipe of the year) and scoring when Fernández singled (Fernández also stole a base, his first). Then recent acquisition Tyler Neslony stepped to the plate with the bases loaded in the third inning and put it out of reach, his grand slam his fourth home run of the year. When he was traded to the Sox in mid-July, he was batting .164/.270/.255 in the Braves’ farm system—actually, the same team they played tonight—with one home run and two doubles over 19 games. In 16 games since the trade, he is batting .426/.500/.833 with eight doubles, one triple, and four home runs. Ian Dawkins also tripled in a run and Mitch Roman singled him in for good measure in the sixth.

Poll

Who was the Barons MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 90%
    Emilio Vargas (W): 5 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 12 K
    (74 votes)
  • 2%
    Romy González: 2-for-5, 2B, R, SB
    (2 votes)
  • 7%
    Tyler Neslony: 1-for-3, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI, BB, K
    (6 votes)
  • 0%
    Ian Dawkins: 2-for-4, 3B, R, RBI
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Jameson Fisher: 2-for-4, R, BB, 2 K
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Xavier Fernández: 1-for-5, RBI
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Craig Dedelow: 1-for-3, 2B, R, BB, K
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Mitch Roman: 1-for-4, RBI
    (0 votes)
82 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who was the Barons Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 19%
    Yolbert Sánchez: 1-for-5, R, K
    (9 votes)
  • 2%
    Joe DeCarlo: 1-for-3, BB, K
    (1 vote)
  • 61%
    Alec Hansen: IP, 3 H, R, BB, 2 K
    (29 votes)
  • 17%
    JB Olson: IP, 3 H, R, 0 BB, K
    (8 votes)
47 votes total Vote Now

Dash/Tourists linescore
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As so often happens, the Dash bullpen fumbled this one away late, but as so less frequently often happens, the team scored six runs in the ninth to make it moot. Entering the bottom of the eighth inning leading 5-3, Cooper Bradford quickly allowed a run-scoring force out and a two-run home run off the bat of Enmanuel Valdez, his 19th. Suddenly trailing 6-5, Duke Ellis walked to lead off the ninth, then apparently made it all the way to third on a pickoff error by pitcher Jonathan Sprinkle (Jonathan Sprinkle!); he scored on Jagger Rusconi’s sacrifice fly, then Brandon Bossard, Lenyn Sosa, and Alex Destino all walked to load the bases. Luis Curbelo was hit by a pitch to drive in a run, giving the Dash the lead, and Luis Mieses added some insurance with a two-run double (Mieses is now 7-for-15 with four doubles, one walk, and two strikeouts since his promotion from Kannapolis). Evan Skoug drew another walk, Lázaro Leal singled in a run, and Rusconi was the second Dash batsman hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in that inning before it ended. Bradford ends up with the always fun blown-save-plus-win.

Dan Metzdorf started this one, back in the day, and his line has a lot of threes (three of them!): runs, walks, strikeouts. Wilber Perez pitched a scoreless inning, just his third time out of 19 appearances in which he has not given up a run, earned or otherwise. The newly-promoted Sammy Peralta pitched two scoreless innings to earn a hold in his Dash debut, and Kevin Folman pitched around a leadoff double and walk to end it in the ninth.

Prior to all the late drama, Yoelqui Céspedes hit his sixth home run of the year, Luis Curbelo hit his 16th, and Lenyn Sosa hit a two-run double. Sosa is batting .286/.316/.432.

Poll

Who was the Dash MVP?

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  • 98%
    Yoelqui Céspedes: 3-for-3, HR, R, 2 RBI, BB, SB, PO
    (86 votes)
  • 0%
    Lenyn Sosa: 2-for-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI, BB
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Luis Curbelo: 1-for-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, HBP
    (0 votes)
  • 1%
    Luis Mieses: 3-for-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI, K
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Lázaro Leal: 2-for-5, 2B, R, RBI, K
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Duke Ellis: 0-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB, K
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Jagger Rusconi: 1-for-4, R, 2 RBI, 3 K
    (0 votes)
87 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who was the Dash Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 1%
    Alex Destino: 0-for-4, R, BB, 2 K
    (1 vote)
  • 38%
    Evan Skoug: 0-for-4, R, BB, 4 K
    (22 votes)
  • 3%
    Dan Metzdorf: 4 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 3 K
    (2 votes)
  • 56%
    Cooper Bradford (W, BS): IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 2 K, WP
    (32 votes)
57 votes total Vote Now

Cannon Ballers/Mudcats linescore
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The Cannon Ballers led this one 2-1 into the ninth and 3-2 going into the bottom of the 11th but faceplanted on the one-yard line (this is a well-known sports metaphor), losing their 55th game of the season. Bryan Ramos, Harvin Mendoza, DJ Gladney, and Daniel Millwee provided the four Ballers hits, Gladney’s his eighth double of the year. Millwee was the only player to reach more than once, walking twice and hit by a pitch as well. Two runs in the fourth came on a wild pitch and Mendoza’s sacrifice fly, and Mendoza singled in the 11th-inning ghost runner as well (Jeremiah Burks, in this case).

Angel Acevedo threw one of his best starts of the season, going five, allowing five hits, one run (a solo dong), and one walk, striking out nine. Ty Madrigal and Jordan Mikel both put up zeroes, but Theo Denlinger, in his first game at the level, allowed the tying run to score in the ninth. Karan Patel then pitched a scoreless 10th and served up a walk-off home run on his first pitch of the 11th.

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Who was the Cannon Ballers MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 91%
    Angel Acevedo: 5 IP, 5 H, R, BB, 9 K
    (34 votes)
  • 5%
    Daniel Millwee: 1-for-1, 2 BB, HBP, SB
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Bryan Ramos: 1-for-5, H, K
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Jeremiah Burks: 0-for-4, 2 R, BB, 2 K
    (0 votes)
  • 2%
    Harvin Mendoza: 1-for-4, 2 RBI
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    DJ Gladney: 1-for-5, 4 K
    (0 votes)
37 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who was the Cannon Ballers Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 5%
    José Rodriguez: 0-for-5
    (2 votes)
  • 67%
    Anderson Comas: 0-for-5, 3 K
    (23 votes)
  • 8%
    Caberea Weaver: 0-for-4, 3 K, SB
    (3 votes)
  • 5%
    Theo Denlinger (BS): IP, 2 H, R, BB, 2 K
    (2 votes)
  • 11%
    Karan Patel (L): IP, H, 2 R (ER), BB, 0 K
    (4 votes)
34 votes total Vote Now

ACL Cubs/Sox linescore
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It was an early preview of this weekend with the ACL White Sox facing off against the ACL Cubs. Here, Sox came out on top, improving to 7-18 thanks to their 13-hit, 14-run outburst. 18-year-old Wilfred Veras hit for the cycle by the sixth inning, going 4-for-5 with five RBI. Shortstop Shawn Goosenberg, who was drafted in the 19th round a few weeks ago, made a loud professional debut with a solo home run of his own, and Jefferson Mendoza hit his third dinger of the year. Logan Glass hit a triple, was himself hit by two pitches, and scored twice; Johnabiell Laureano also tripled with the bases loaded in the eighth. Sam Abbott and Anthony Espinoza each drove in runs, with Espinoza singling twice.

18-year-old Cristian Mena struck out six and walked two over four four-run innings. Homer Cruz pitched three strong in relief, allowing the first two batters he faced to single and double for a run but settling in (more or less) with no further damage. Erick Bello, another one of the many teenagers on the roster, had a shaky eighth, going single, wild pitch, single, single, walk, strikeout, single before being replaced, two runs scoring. Deivi Diaz, who has been stuck in rookie ball hell for five seasons now (four of those with the Yankees), gave up a solo home run in the ninth, but also escaped an inherited bases-loaded situation in the eighth, so kind of a wash.

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Who was the ACL Sox MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 100%
    Wilfred Veras: 4-for-5, HR, 3B, 2B, 2 R, 5 RBI, hit for the cycle, SB, E
    (44 votes)
  • 0%
    Johnabiell Laureano: 3-for-5, 3B, 4 RBI
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Anthony Espinoza: 2-for-5, RBI, SB
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Jefferson Mendoza: 1-for-5, HR, R, RBI, K
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Shawn Goosenberg: 1-for-3, HR, 3 R, RBI, BB, HBP
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Logan Glass: 1-for-3, 3B, 2 HBP, SB
    (0 votes)
44 votes total Vote Now

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Who was the ACL Sox Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 23%
    Cristian Mena: 4 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 6 K, WP
    (7 votes)
  • 73%
    Erick Bello: ⅓ IP, 4 H, 2 R, BB, K
    (22 votes)
  • 3%
    Adam Hackenberg: 0-for-3, R, RBI, 2 BB, E
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Misael Gonzalez: 0-for-3, 2 R, BB, K, HBP
    (0 votes)
30 votes total Vote Now

DSL Sox/Reds linescore
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The DSL Sox pulled off the rare 2-3-4 linescore on Thursday, falling to the DSL Reds 9-2 in seven innings. The pitching staff played “one of these things is not like the others”: all three pitchers gave up at least two runs, but only starter Brian Carrion and Francisco Benitez had enough innings for it to not totally blow their ERA up to 40.50, as was the case for Manuel Veloz. The 20-year-old righty had a stellar 2019 also in the DSL, when he threw 39 ⅔ innings, allowing only four runs (0.91 ERA), walking seven while striking out 42. His ⅔ of an inning on Thursday gives him ⅔ of an inning on the season.

It was Alvaro Aguero (18 years old), Luis Pineda (19), and Victor Quezada (17) with the three DSL Sox hits, Quezada’s a double. Augero was the only one to reach base twice, walking as well. Because this is how the DSL works, neither of their runs scored on a hit. The first came in the first inning; Aguero walked, advanced to second on a passed ball, then scored on a force out/error situation. The second was in the second inning, Quezada hitting his double and then scoring on… an error.

This game featured three stolen bases (all off Carrion), four caught stealing (three by Sox catcher Pineda), seven total errors, a passed ball, four wild pitches, and three hit-by-pitches.

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Who was the DSL Sox MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 16%
    Alvaro Aguero: 1-for-3, R, BB, K
    (4 votes)
  • 36%
    Luis Pineda: 1-for-3, K, E, PB, 3-3 SB-CS
    (9 votes)
  • 48%
    Victor Quezada: 1-for-3, 2B, R
    (12 votes)
25 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who was the DSL Sox Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    Roberth Gutierrez: 0-for-3, BB, 3 K
    (0 votes)
  • 17%
    Godwin Bennett: 0-for-3, 2 K, E
    (4 votes)
  • 0%
    Randel Mondesi: 0-for-3, 2 K
    (0 votes)
  • 82%
    Manuel Veloz: ⅔ IP, 3 H, 3 R, 0 BB, K
    (19 votes)
23 votes total Vote Now