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White Sox Minor League Update: September 9, 2021

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A lotta wins, a lotta drama, four XBH for Luis Mieses, a game to remember from Craig Dedelow, and a rare, tag-team effort on the writeup by two Update All-Stars

Luis Mieses hit so many more extra-base hits than you did tonight, you don’t even deserve to see his face.
Tiffany Wintz/South Side Sox

Jacksonville and Charlotte, two clubs taking very different avenues in 2021, agreed upon one thing in taking the field on Thursday night: Let the Jumbo Shrimp, October-bound, win.

One problem: The Knights failed to follow the plan, at least initially.

Will Carter absorbed a four-run blow in the first, and the fix was in. However, Ti’quan Forbes missed the memo, launching a three-run shot with one out in the second to draw Charlotte within one.

The Knights pen likewise did not receive the tanking memo, as in succession Tanner Banks, Lane Ramsey, Carl Edwards Jr. and Hunter Schryver tossed shutout innings. Meanwhile, Micker Adolfo having not yet forwarded his mail to his new, major league outfit in 2022, tied the game.

Note Monte Harrison, left fielding for the Crustaceans, successfully lobbied for a role in Micker’s curriculum vitae video cited during his 2022 MLB lobbying tour, with his motionless reaction to the tying blast to left-center.

Alas, the most MLB-ready relief arm for the Knights, Jace Fry, could not muster his own lobby for the stretch run or postseason pen on the South Side, giving up the game in the bottom of the 10th. Yermín Mercedes had singled in a run in the top half, churning an upset to motion. But motionless Monte uncoiled in the bottom half, taking the third pitch of Fry’s appearance, a little high and a little soft but absolutely center-cut, deep for the win.

Watch the footage, or don’t. Here’s the frame you need to see, as Harrison ripped a liner quite possibly with 382 mph exit velo, as if he approached high leverage while trailing in the 10th like a home-run hitting contest, holy god:

Poll

Charlotte had its heart broken in the bottom of the 10th. Who was the Knights MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 8%
    Jake Burger: 3-for-5, 3 LOB
    (6 votes)
  • 36%
    Yermín Mercedes: 3-for-5, R, lead RBI in the top of the 10th, LOB, GIDP
    (25 votes)
  • 51%
    Ti’quan Forbes: 3-for-5, R, 3 RBI, HR, K, 3 LOB
    (35 votes)
  • 2%
    Tanner Banks: 3 IP, 2 H, 4 K
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Peter Tago: 2 IP, 4 K, 20 pitches/17 strikes
    (0 votes)
68 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Charlotte had its heart broken in the bottom of the 10th. Who was the Knights Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 53%
    Jace Fry: 3 pitches, H, 2 R/1 ER, HR, BLOWN SAVE, LOSS
    (35 votes)
  • 24%
    Will Carter: 1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, BB, 2 K
    (16 votes)
  • 21%
    Zack Collins: 0-for-5, R, 2 K, 5 LOB, 0-for-2 CS
    (14 votes)
  • 0%
    Blake Rutherford: 0-for-5, K, 5 LOB
    (0 votes)
65 votes total Vote Now

In Craig Dedelow’s fourth season slinging and pinging the cowhide in the Chicago system, he cannot have seen many brighter days. The right fielder clobbered one for distance, worth two runs to extend a lead early; slapped a one-baser to center, legacy of evil son of Torii Hunter fielding, for two runs late to further a winning comeback; and in-between those tallies, initiating the relay that saw Michael Cruz exterminated at home plate.

It is Jason Bilous’ third season in the Chicago system, thus even more likely he’s seen fewer worse days, as he pitched woo to the Trash Pandas for three solid innings, surrendering seven and turning the chance for win to train, not a light at the end of the tunnel.

But there’s something about Jason that makes a team desire a rally, and no sooner had the scuffling righty rifleman sudsed up under the stands did Birmingham rise again, with a 5-spot in the fifth that so dazed the Tee Pees they could muster but one hit on their way home to that B-ham Red Roof Inn, right next to the Perkins and across from Waffle House but destined to replace the Holiday Inn Suites in your mythology.

Poll

If you pick on our pal Jason, we will fight back. Name your Barons MVP in Thursday’s win.

This poll is closed

  • 1%
    Luis Ledo: IP, BB, 2 K, SAVE
    (1 vote)
  • 1%
    JB Olson: 3 IP, H, K, WIN
    (1 vote)
  • 45%
    Yoelqui Céspedes: 3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 SB, K
    (28 votes)
  • 50%
    Craig Dedelow: 2-for-4, 2 R, 4 RBI, HR, 2 K, RF assist at home
    (31 votes)
61 votes total Vote Now

Poll

If you pick on our pal Jason, we will fight back. Name your Barons Cold Cat who did not contribute enough to Thursday’s win.

This poll is closed

  • 97%
    Jason Bilous: 3 IP, 10 H, 7 ER, 4 BB, 4 K
    (44 votes)
  • 2%
    Mitch Roman: 0-for-4, 2 K, 3 LOB
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Joe DeCarlo: 0-for-3, BB, 2 LOB, picked off 1B
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Jameson Fisher: 0-for-3, R, BB, LOB
    (0 votes)
45 votes total Vote Now

Hot Rods/Dash linescore
Batter box score
Pitching box score
Misc info

Box score link game one

Kaleb Roper pitched well for the Dash in game one of a doubleheader, three runs allowed over five innings, a walk and seven strikeouts; he’s had several decent outings of late. Wilber Perez threw two scoreless innings behind him, a walk the only baserunner allowed there.

Unfortunately, despite a late rally, seven innings wasn’t enough for the Dash to win this one. José Rodríguez singled to lead off the sixth inning — a rare one-hit game for him, but not so rare he wouldn’t repeat the feat in the nightcap — and made it to third on an odd double by Luis Mieses, a ground ball to the second baseman deflected by the shortstop (it’s High-A!). A wild pitch scored Rodríguez, and a Luis Curbelo ground out scored Mieses, which would about do it for the Dash. Mieses went 2-for-3 with two doubles; Rodríguez grounded into a double play.

Poll

Who was the Dash opener MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 4%
    Kaleb Roper (L): 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, BB, 7 K
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    José Rodríguez: 1-for-4, R, K, GIDP
    (0 votes)
  • 95%
    Luis Mieses: 2-for-3, 2 2B, R
    (43 votes)
45 votes total Vote Now

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Who was the Dash opener Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 51%
    Alex Destino: 0-for-3, 2 K
    (18 votes)
  • 37%
    Travis Moniot: 0-for-3, 2 K
    (13 votes)
  • 11%
    Evan Skoug: 0-for-3, K
    (4 votes)
35 votes total Vote Now

By the sixth inning of this nightcap, Winston-Salem led in just one of 12 12 innings played on Thursday, and boy howdy, they were fed up.

I WILL WALK ON FOUR PITCHES bellowed leadoff batter Alex Destino, and walk he did.

I CHOOSE TO SINGLE ALEX TO SECOND BASE WHILST IN AN 0-2 HOLE shouted Luis Curbelo, and single he did.

WHAT HO I SHALL WIFFLEBALL A SOFT SINGLE THAT WILL TORTURE THE INFIELD AND SCORE ALEX TO TIE THIS CONTEST cried Harvin Medoza, and Wiffleball he did.

LET ME GET MY MITTS ON A JUICY ONE AND I’LL SCREAM IT TO LEFT FOR A LEAD-GAINING TWO-BAGGER cried Gunnar Troutwine, and scream he did.

WE HAVE HAD NARY A ROUND-TRIPPER THIS FRAME SO I’LL BRING GUNNAR HOME AS SUCH blustered Jeremiah Burks, and bluster he did.

YES I AM RUNNING UP THE SCORE BUT I’D LIKE TO BE IN CHICAGO IN ONE YEAR’S TIME SO I’LL HOMER JUST AS WELL exulted José Rodríguez, and exult he did.

Portsider Trey Jeans, who is the first to admit he’s had better campaigns than 2021, was more modest in his promise, but taking the mound to finish the game, in line for a victory, he calmly vowed, in delicate cursive in the back of the mound silt, I will K my first batter now as a sign that our Dash will not relent and gain the split, and K Trey did.

Poll

It was a stirring comeback to salvage the nightcap for Winston-Salem, so you must now name your MVP.

This poll is closed

  • 2%
    Trey Jeans: 2 IP, 3 K, WIN
    (2 votes)
  • 18%
    Luis Mieses: 2-for-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI
    (14 votes)
  • 53%
    Harvin Mendoza: 2-for-3, R, 2 RBI, game-tying RBI, LOB
    (41 votes)
  • 6%
    Gunnar Troutwine: 1-for-1, R, 2B, 2 RBI including GWRBI, SF, BB, 0-for-1 CS, E
    (5 votes)
  • 1%
    Jeremiah Burks: 1-for-3, R, HR, 3 RBI, 2 LOB
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Alex Destino: 1-for-3, 2 R, 3B, BB, LOB
    (0 votes)
  • 18%
    The entire W-S lineup (minus Lázaro Leal), which struck out just twice and walked THREE times tonight, a ratio almost unheard of at any level these days.
    (14 votes)
77 votes total Vote Now

Poll

It was a stirring comeback to salvage the nightcap for Winston-Salem, yet you must now name your Cold Cat.

This poll is closed

  • 33%
    Taylor Broadway: IP, 2 H, 2 ER, BB, K
    (11 votes)
  • 66%
    Lázaro Leal: 0-for-3, 2 K, 4 LOB
    (22 votes)
  • 0%
    Jesus Valles: 3 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, K, HR
    (0 votes)
33 votes total Vote Now

Woodpeckers/Cannon Ballers linescore
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Box score link

For most of this game, it looked like the Cannon Ballers had no shot at winning, mostly because they were no-hit until there were two outs in the sixth inning. Then the tide turned. Trailing 1-0, Bryan Ramos broke up the no-no with a single, then tied the game when Adam Hackenberg doubled him in. Kannapolis went up 2-1 in the seventh, also with two outs, when Chase Krogman hit a dong, his 10th of the season. Old friend Insurance Run joined the team in the eighth; Caberea Weaver singled to lead it off in his third game back since his demotion from the Dash, then two batters later, Ramos hit his 22nd double to drive him in. Ramos, having an up-and-down but overall impressive season, is batting .239/.341/.401 in 107 games with 13 home runs, 46 walks, and 108 strikeouts. He’s also made eight errors at third, adding his eighth tonight.

Fourth round draft pick Brooks Gosswein, Gavin Alston Jr., Everhett Hazelwood and seventh-rounder Theo Denlinger combined to limit the Woodpeckers to one run on just two hits. That run was a fourth-inning solo shot off Denlinger. Hazelwood gave up the other hit, a mere single, en route to striking out four over two innings. As a staff, they went 9 IP, 2 H, R, 2 BB, 11 K.

Poll

Who was the Cannon Ballers MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 34%
    Bryan Ramos: 2-for-4, 2B, R, RBI, E
    (12 votes)
  • 11%
    Chase Krogman: 1-for-3, HR, R, RBI, K
    (4 votes)
  • 0%
    Adam Hackenberg: 1-for-4, 2B, RBI
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Caberea Weaver: 1-for-4, R, 2 K
    (0 votes)
  • 54%
    Brooks Gosswein: 4 IP, H, R, 2 BB, 3 K, HBP
    (19 votes)
35 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who was the Cannon Ballers Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 7%
    Wilber Sánchez: 0-for-3, K
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Samil Polanco: 0-for-2, 2 BB, 2 CS
    (0 votes)
  • 92%
    DJ Gladney: 0-for-3, 3 K
    (26 votes)
  • 0%
    Misael González: 0-for-2, BB, 2 K
    (0 votes)
28 votes total Vote Now

In this Complex preview of the absolutely most likely World Series matchup next month, the White Sox fell behind early but rallied to thwart the villains from Beertown, 8-6.

Down 4-0 and 6-2 before the temperature had even raised to its 108 high in the desert, Chicago dug deep for deuces wilding in the fifth, eighth and ninth. The tying runs in frame eight came courtesy of Colson Montgomery, Doubling Inc. The ninth, where the winning runs tallied, came with less punch, singles from brewmaster Sam Abbott and brewdrinker Victor Torres.

To yank a win from an effort that piled up 17 — yes that’s a 1 and 7 — Ks is a minor miracle unseen since the days back east in the Milagro Beanfield.

Logan Glass shattered into a rare circle, that of a hat: Platinum Sombrero.

Poll

Take that, Brewtown, our Sox took your early punches and stole victory. We want to know your MVP.

This poll is closed

  • 72%
    Colson Montgomery: 2-for-5, 2 RBI, game-tying 2B, 2 K, 2 LOB
    (29 votes)
  • 0%
    Terrell Tatum: 1-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB, SB, LOB
    (0 votes)
  • 27%
    Dilmer Mejía: 5 IP, 4 H, 6 K, WP
    (11 votes)
40 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Take that, Brewtown, our Sox took your early punches and stole victory. We want to know your Cold Cat and it doesn’t have to be Cristian Mena, it can be Logan Glass.

This poll is closed

  • 57%
    Cristian Mena: IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, HR
    (19 votes)
  • 42%
    Logan Glass: 0-for-5, 5 K, 6 LOB
    (14 votes)
33 votes total Vote Now

DSL Sox/Reds linescore
Batter box score
Pitcher box score and misc info

Box score link

The DSL Sox ran wild, downing the DSL Reds 10-3 in seven innings, all 10 runs scoring without a home run, and with just a single triple and double for extra-base hits.

They started their onslaught in the third, catcher Ricardo Aguilar singling to start the inning off, and Alvaro Aguero and Robert Gutierrez followed by walking. In proud DSL tradition, a wild pitch scored Aguilar for the first run, then Victor Quezada hit a two-run single to put the Sox up, 3-0.

The Reds got two back in the bottom of the third on a bloop and a blast, but wouldn’t score again until the bottom of the seventh against Carlos Hinestroza, three singles combining for a single run. It was too little too late; Hinestroza’s scoreless performance before that inning and Miguel Toribio’s 2 ⅓ scoreless IP pre-sealed the Reds’ coffin.

The game-winning runs both came in the fourth after Godwin Bennett hit a leadoff triple and scored when Aguilar grounded out. Aguero and Gutierrez both singled after that and after a fly out, Carlos Jiménez was able to knock in Aguero with a single of his own. Quezada followed that up with a single as well, but Gutierrez was cut down at the plate for the third out of the inning.

They also scored five unnecessary but still fun runs in the seventh. Quezada doubled to lead off the inning and made it to third on a wild pitch. Fernando Vargas walked and Arxy Hernández was hit by a pitch, loading the bases; Bennett then drew a run-scoring walk, following by Aguilar scoring to more runners with a single. Bennett then scored when Aguero grounded out, and Aguilar scored when Gutierrez grounded out.

Five wild pitches in this game, one HBP, two errors, one passed ball, two stolen bases, one caught stealing. Honestly, not all that bad!

Poll

Who was the DSL Sox MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 96%
    Victor Quezada: 3-for-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI, SB
    (27 votes)
  • 0%
    Roberth Gutierrez: 2-for-4, R, RBI, BB, K
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Godwin Bennett: 1-for-3, 3B, 2 R, RBI, BB, K
    (0 votes)
  • 3%
    Ricardo Aguilar: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI
    (1 vote)
28 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who was the DSL Sox Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 96%
    Layant Tapia: 0-for-4, BB, 2 K
    (28 votes)
  • 3%
    Arxy Hernández: 0-for-3, R, K, SB
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Carlos Jiménez: 1-for-4, RBI, K
    (0 votes)
29 votes total Vote Now