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White Sox Minor League Update: August 31, 2021

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Good pitching is a theme today for the organization, with Matthew Thompson looking good and a 1-0 shutout win in Charlotte.

Matthew Thompson had a strong game today, with seven strikeouts.
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A pitchers’ duel ended with Charlotte winning, 1-0. That lone run came in the second inning, when Micker Adolfo knocked in a run on a force out, so it wasn’t even a real hit — but it got the job done, at least. Just to round out the lack of offense with some positivity, Zack Collins had two hits on the night while Gavin Sheets and Romy González each added a single for some fun, but the really nitty-gritty work was up to the pitching.

John Parke got the start, and while obviously each pitcher did not allow a run, that was even more impressive because they only struck out five batters on the day. Parke had the most punch outs, with three, though he also pitched five innings. Evan Marshall and Jace Fry pitched in the shutout, as well. Marshall seems like a good candidate to be activated in September, whenever he may be ready, so that he can be on the playoff roster. Fry used to be a lock for a playoff roster, but it seems like he has lost his place when he was called up and could not find the strike zone. It was a small sample, but it seemed to be enough for him to fall out of favor. In this game, Fry was pretty good though. He was able to get a save with just five pitches used, four of which were strikes.

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Who was the Knights MVP?

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  • 85%
    John Parke: 5 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K
    (87 votes)
  • 14%
    Zack Collins 2-for-4, 0 BB, 0 K
    (15 votes)
102 votes total Vote Now

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Who was the Knights Cold Cat?

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  • 91%
    Blake Rutherford: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 3 K
    (82 votes)
  • 8%
    Jake Burger: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 1 K
    (8 votes)
90 votes total Vote Now



Another win, and another very good pitching performance for the White Sox organization. Matthew Thompson started and had the strikeouts going, with seven, and only allowed three hits. He can’t fix his abysmal season stats, as this performance only lowered his ERA to 6.35 but a good September is never a bad thing. After Thompson, the bullpen shut Down East down. Garvin Alston Jr., Tyson Messer, and Theo Denlinger combined for 4 13 innings pitched with just three hits and one walk. So the bases were mostly clear, and each hit allowed was a single, so the threat was minimal for most of the game.

The offense was not too impressive, but still very good. James Beard and AJ Gill led the teams in hits with two. For Gill, he hit his second homer of the season in Low-A, in what was the winning run to put the Cannon Ballers up, 2-0. In all, every single batter in the lineup reached base, as it was a patient lineup today. There were six walks to just eight strikeouts, an odd thing for this Kannapolis team. Whatever they ate for breakfast, maybe eat it again tomorrow?

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Who was the Cannon Ballers MVP?

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  • 78%
    Matthew Thompson: 4 2⁄3 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 7 K
    (56 votes)
  • 18%
    AJ Gill: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
    (13 votes)
  • 2%
    James Beard: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
    (2 votes)
71 votes total Vote Now

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Who was the Cannon Ballers Cold Cat?

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  • 76%
    None
    (43 votes)
  • 23%
    Bryan Ramos: 1-for-5, 0 BB, 0 K
    (13 votes)
56 votes total Vote Now

A game that ended early also ended in a brutal loss for the ACL Sox. The offense was, in a word, atrocious. They could only muster one hit, a single from Wilfred Veras, and then a couple of walks. Colson Montgomery was one of those walks, and he scored the lone run of the game. The pitching was not the best, and the defense did not help it for two errors. Jacob Gilliland started the game and only recorded five outs, but was still able to allow three runs during that span. Erick Bello stabilized that for a while, until the defense allowed two runs off of two errors, including one from Wes Kath. It was just an ugly game overall.

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Who was the ACL Sox MVP?

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  • 16%
    Wilfed Veras: 1-for-3, 0 BB, 1 K
    (7 votes)
  • 83%
    Erick Bello: 2 1⁄3 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K
    (36 votes)
  • 0%
    Haylen Green: 1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K
    (0 votes)
43 votes total Vote Now

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Who was the ACL Sox Cold Cat?

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  • 66%
    Jacob Gililand: 1 2⁄3 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 1 K
    (28 votes)
  • 7%
    Logan Glass: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 2 K
    (3 votes)
  • 26%
    Wes Kath: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 Error
    (11 votes)
42 votes total Vote Now

The pitching was going fine, and then the fourth inning came and ended with the DSL Sox down, 5-0, a hole they could not climb out of. DSL pitcher usage in any game is a weird, and today was no different. The opener, Guillermo Cuevas, went one inning, and then his replacement (Daniel González) was going just great until the fourth. González and Oriel Castro allowed five runs that inning to put the game out of reach. Castro would do better later on, with three good innings.

The offense had opportunities today — more than their opponents, actually — but could only come up with two runs. They reached base 11 times, but went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Fernando Vargas had the most hits on the day, with two.

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Who was the DSL Sox MVP?

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  • 83%
    Fernando Vargas: 2-for-3, 1 BB, 0 K
    (30 votes)
  • 16%
    Roberth Gutierrez: 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K
    (6 votes)
  • 0%
    Victor Quezada: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K
    (0 votes)
36 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who was the DSL Sox Cold Cat

This poll is closed

  • 20%
    Daniel González: 2 IP, 2 ER, 0 H, 2 BB, 1 K
    (6 votes)
  • 3%
    Oriel Castro: 4 IP, 1 ER (3 R), 0 BB, 4 K
    (1 vote)
  • 76%
    Javier Mora: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 3 K
    (23 votes)
30 votes total Vote Now