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White Sox Minor League Update: September 1, 2021

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The affiliates went 2-4 in an unusual day with three doubleheaders

Timely hitting: Alex Destino delivered an important RBI single during Winston-Salem’s victory.
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The Knights used two big innings (one early and one late) to pull away with the win in the first game of the doubleheader.

Starter Kyle Kubat ran into some trouble in the first inning, when Richie Martin led off with a double against him. Then, with two outs, Tyler Nevin drove in the first run of the game with a double of his own. Kubat also allowed two doubles in his third and final inning on the mound. The last one was hit by former No. 1 overall pick Adley Rutschman. Despite all those doubles, however, the Knights led when Kubat left the game.

The Knights made some sharp contact and took advantage of some questionable defense in the top of the second. Mikie Mahtook singled and stole second base to open the inning. Then, Yermín Mercedes hit a grounder that should have resulted in an out at third base, but Norfolk pitcher Zac Lowther made a throwing error, Mahtook scored, and Mercedes was safe. Zack Collins followed with a two-run homer to give the Knights an early lead.

The score remained 3-2 until the seventh, when Micker Adolfo led off with a solo home run. The Knights proceeded to add a few insurance runs with singles from Matt Reynolds, Ti’Quan Forbes, Jake Burger, and Mercedes. Meanwhile, the bullpen was terrific. Peter Tago and Ryan Burr each pitched two perfect innings in relief.

Poll

Who was the Knights MVP in the first game?

This poll is closed

  • 16%
    Zack Collins: 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI
    (14 votes)
  • 69%
    Micker Adolfo: 2-for-3, HR
    (59 votes)
  • 11%
    Peter Tago: 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 4 K
    (10 votes)
  • 2%
    Ryan Burr: 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K
    (2 votes)
85 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who was the Knights Cold Cat in the first game?

This poll is closed

  • 41%
    Blake Rutherford: 0-for-3, BB
    (28 votes)
  • 58%
    Kyle Kubat: 3 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 1 K
    (40 votes)
68 votes total Vote Now

The nightcap, however, was more of a struggle for the Knights. The offense struggled to put together a rally during a low-scoring defeat.

Knights starter Lane Ramsey pitched two scoreless innings to give Charlotte a good opportunity to come away with the win. However, the bottom of the fourth did not work out for reliever Tanner Banks and the Knights. With one out, the Tides got a double, an infield single, and a walk to load the bases. After a sacrifice fly, an RBI single, and a throwing error on a pickoff attempt, it was 3-0, Norfolk.

In the top of the sixth, Mercedes drew a dreaded leadoff walk, and with two outs, Adolfo came through with another extra-base hit. Adolfo’s double into left-center field trimmed the deficit to two. However, they could not build off that RBI double, and the game was called with two outs in the bottom of the sixth.

Poll

Who was the Knights MVP in the nightcap?

This poll is closed

  • 27%
    Lane Ramsey: 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 K
    (17 votes)
  • 59%
    Micker Adolfo: 1-for-3, 2B, RBI
    (37 votes)
  • 1%
    Nate Nolan: 1-for-2, 2B
    (1 vote)
  • 11%
    Yermín Mercedes: 1-for-2, BB
    (7 votes)
62 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who was the Knights Cold Cat in the nightcap?

This poll is closed

  • 80%
    Tanner Banks: 2 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K
    (46 votes)
  • 0%
    Zach Remillard: 0-for-3
    (0 votes)
  • 19%
    Blake Rutherford: 0-for-3
    (11 votes)
57 votes total Vote Now

The Barons got on the board early on with a couple of extra-base hits. However, it was not enough to come away with the win in this tight game.

Designated hitter Tyler Neslony got the scoring started in the top of the second with a solo home run. That made it a 1-0 game, but the lead did not last long. After being retired fairly easily in the first, the Lookouts broke through with three in the bottom of the second. Chattanooga opened the inning with three consecutive hits. After a wild pitch and an RBI ground out, the Lookouts had a 3-1 lead at the end of the eventful second inning.

With one out and nobody on base in the third, Yoelqui Céspedes laid down a nice bunt that resulted in a single. After Céspedes stole second, Carlos Pérez drove him in with a double to left.

On the other side, the bullpen did an outstanding job after starter Ofreidy Gómez was removed after two innings. Relievers Andrew Perez and Declan Cronin combined for four shutout innings, but it was not enough. The offense failed to score after the RBI double by Pérez, and they ultimately came up one run short.

Poll

Who was the Barons MVP in the first game?

This poll is closed

  • 13%
    Carlos Pérez: 2-for-3, 2B, RBI
    (7 votes)
  • 58%
    Tyler Neslony: 2-for-3, HR
    (30 votes)
  • 27%
    Andrew Perez: 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 4 K
    (14 votes)
51 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who was the Barons Cold Cat in the first game?

This poll is closed

  • 62%
    Ofreidy Gómez: 2 IP, 3 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 2 K
    (31 votes)
  • 38%
    Craig Dedelow: 0-for-3, 3 K
    (19 votes)
50 votes total Vote Now

The Barons’ bats eventually woke up in the nightcap, but by then, it was too little, too late.

Barons starter Emilio Vargas ran into some early trouble, but he received no help from his defense. As a result, Vargas allowed seven runs, but only two of them are going in the book as earned runs.

The Looksouts got on the board in the top of the first with a sacrifice fly. Then, in the fourth, the Lookouts doubled their lead with a solo home run by Robbie Tenerowicz. Still, it was a two-run game, and the Barons were in striking distance. That changed in the fifth, when the wheels fell off.

Vargas retired the first two batters of the fifth, but the next six Lookouts reached base safely. Walk, error, three-run homer, error, single, pitching change, two-run triple. Not a pretty sequence for the Barons, and suddenly, it was a 7-0 game.

In the sixth, the Barons got on the board when Jameson Fisher doubled, and Carlos Pérez hit an RBI single. Then, in the bottom of the seventh, Fisher came through with another double, and this one drove in two runs. However, it was not enough, so the Barons got swept in today’s doubleheader.

Poll

Who was the Barons MVP in the nightcap?

This poll is closed

  • 95%
    Jameson Fisher: 2-for-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI
    (45 votes)
  • 4%
    Carlos Pérez: 2-for-4, RBI
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    J.B. Olson: 1 1⁄3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K
    (0 votes)
47 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who was the Barons Cold Cat in the nightcap?

This poll is closed

  • 76%
    Emilio Vargas: 4 2⁄3 IP, 7 R (2 ER), 6 H, 2 BB, 4 K, error
    (30 votes)
  • 20%
    Lenyn Sosa: 0-for-3, error
    (8 votes)
  • 2%
    Craig Dedelow: 0-for-3, K
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Jagger Rusconi: 0-for-3, K
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Ian Dawkins: 0-for-3, K
    (0 votes)
39 votes total Vote Now

The Dash only got on the board in the third inning, but they made that big inning enough in this low-scoring matchup.

The game remained scoreless until the top of the third, when Evan Skoug led off with a single and advanced to second on a balk. Then, Jeremiah Burks hit an infield single, though Skoug was unable to advance. After a successful sacrifice bunt by Caberea Weaver, the Dash had runners on second and third with one out. That brought up José Rodriguez, who is having quite the season. Rodriguez drove in Skoug and Weaver with a single to make it 2-0. Later in the inning, Rodriguez advanced to second on yet another balk, and Alex Destino singled him home.

The Dash made that 3-0 lead last until the bottom of the sixth, when the Braves got on the board. Starter Dan Metzdorf cruised through the first five innings, but Rome made it tougher on him in the sixth. After a one-out walk, a double put runners on second and third, and it brought the potential tying run to the plate. A two-run single trimmed the Braves’ deficit to only one run. However, Metzdorf escaped the sixth without any further damage, and reliever McKinley Moore got the save with a perfect seventh.

Poll

Who was the Dash MVP in the first game?

This poll is closed

  • 29%
    José Rodriguez: 1-for-4, 2 RBI
    (15 votes)
  • 19%
    Alex Destino: 2-for-3, RBI
    (10 votes)
  • 1%
    Harvin Mendoza: 2-for-3
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Jeremiah Burks: 2-for-3
    (0 votes)
  • 47%
    Dan Metzdorf: 6 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 5 K
    (24 votes)
  • 1%
    McKinley Moore: 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K
    (1 vote)
51 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who was the Dash Cold Cat in the first game?

This poll is closed

  • 7%
    Luis Mieses: 0-for-3, K
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Luis Curbelo: 0-for-3
    (0 votes)
  • 92%
    Samir Dueñez: 0-for-3, 2 K
    (37 votes)
40 votes total Vote Now

Most Winston-Salem hitters got cold during the nightcap, so they could not complete the sweep of today’s doubleheader.

After Taylor Broadway opened the game with a scoreless inning on the mound for the Dash, the Braves got on the board in the second. Reliever Wilber Pérez issued a walk, and with two outs, that runner came around to score on an RBI double.

The Dash rallied in the top of the third, when José Rodriguez doubled to build on his solid day. Then, Luis Mieses drove in Rodriguez with an RBI single to tie the game. Unfortunately, that was as good as Winston-Salem’s situation would get. That single by Mieses was the first and last time the Dash scored during the nightcap.

Meanwhile, the bullpen did not have a great outing. The Braves proceeded to score a run in each of the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings to pull away with the victory.

Poll

Who was the Dash MVP in the nightcap?

This poll is closed

  • 88%
    José Rodriguez: 2-for-3, 2B
    (45 votes)
  • 3%
    Luis Mieses: 1-for-3, RBI
    (2 votes)
  • 7%
    Taylor Broadway: 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K
    (4 votes)
51 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who was the Dash Cold Cat in the nightcap?

This poll is closed

  • 5%
    Caberea Weaver: 0-for-3
    (2 votes)
  • 5%
    Harvin Mendoza: 0-for-3
    (2 votes)
  • 20%
    Brandon Bossard: 0-for-3
    (7 votes)
  • 5%
    Jordan Mikel: 1 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 1 K
    (2 votes)
  • 57%
    Trey Jeans: 1 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K
    (20 votes)
  • 5%
    Sammy Peralta: 1 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K
    (2 votes)
35 votes total Vote Now

The weather got in the way of today’s matchup between the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers and Down East Wood Ducks.

As a result, instead of a nine-inning recap tonight, we will have two more seven-inning recaps tomorrow.