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White Sox Minor League Update: September 30, 2021

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Two close games and two losses, as DSL prospect Godwin Bennett scores five times

[Yorkshire Accent]: That ball was Mikie Mah-struck. Is this anything? Sorry.
Laura Wolff (@laurawolffphoto)/Charlotte Knights
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The Knights went down swinging, but down nonetheless, 6-4 to the Memphis Redbirds. Starter Kade McClure is putting the finishing touches on a disappointing first Triple-A season that sees his ERA sitting at 6.81 after allowing five runs in just three innings today. To their credit, the rest of the pitching staff was excellent, highlighted by Carl Edwards Jr. striking out three in the fifth. Jace Fry, Nik Turley, and Hunter Schryver all threw scoreless outings of varying length; Kevin McCarthy allowed one run over two innings.

Charlotte scored one in the second, Matt Reynolds drawing a one-out walk, advancing to second on Marco Hernández’s single, to third on Zach Remillard’s single, then scoring when the Redbirds’ Nolan Gorman misplayed a Romy González ball. Another run scored in the fifth, another Hernández single driving in Blake Rutherford, who had swapped out with Jake Burger on first base after a force out. There was a brief comeback in the eighth when Mikie Mahtook smashed his team-leading 26th dinger of the year with Remillard on second, making it just 5-4 Redbirds, but no more runs would score for the Knights and one more would for Memphis.

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Who was the Knights MVP?

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  • 27%
    Mikie Mahtook: 1-for-5, HR, R, 2 RBI, K
    (20 votes)
  • 30%
    Jake Burger: 2-for-4, BB
    (22 votes)
  • 1%
    Marco Hernández: 2-for-4
    (1 vote)
  • 24%
    Romy González: 1-for-3, 2B, RBI, 2 BB, K
    (18 votes)
  • 0%
    Zach Remillard: 1-for-3, R, BB, SB
    (0 votes)
  • 16%
    Carl Edwards Jr.: IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, 3 K
    (12 votes)
73 votes total Vote Now

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Who was the Knights Cold Cat?

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  • 71%
    Kade McClure (L): 3 IP, 9 H, 5 R, BB, 2 K
    (46 votes)
  • 14%
    Blake Rutherford: 0-for-5, R, K
    (9 votes)
  • 14%
    Seby Zavala: 0-for-4, BB, K
    (9 votes)
  • 0%
    Matt Reynolds: 0-for-4, R, BB
    (0 votes)
64 votes total Vote Now

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The DSL is back at it again, or more accurately, they are relentlessly still at it. The DSL Sox scored nine runs on seven hits, but lost to the DSL Padres, who scored 10 runs on six hits. Sox batters walked 12 times (three by Roberth Gutierrez) and struck out 16 times; Padres batters also drew 12 walks but only struck out nine times. The teams totaled nine wild pitches (three by Oriel Castro), four hit-by-pitches, and five inherited runners scoring out of 10 total. There were two passed balls (both by Sox catcher Ricardo Aguilar), one pickoff (Victor Quezada at first base), eight stolen bases (six by the Sox, two apiece for Godwin Bennett and Fernando Vargas, who stole home), and three caught stealing (Quezada’s included as a PO/CS). Cesar Jiménez was gunned down at home in an outfield assist. The teams made two errors, both by the Padres, and only two runs overall in this game were unearned.

In more specific news, Yohemy Nolasco had the bumpy start with 1 ⅔ innings, allowing a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first inning. A walk, passed ball, ground out, and wild pitch combined to score an unearned run in the second. In relief, Francisco Benitez also gave up a solo bomb and three other runs besides as he walked four, and Dionicio Jiménez likewise allowed four walks and four runs, although he pitched just 1 ⅓ innings. Oriel Castro was the sole reliever to escape unscathed, tamping down the Padres to the tune of two innings, zero hits, one walk, one HBP, and four strikeouts.

Godwin Bennett didn’t just stand out on the basepaths, he went 2-for-2 and scored FIVE times, each time he was on base (or was circling the bases; he hit his fourth home run of the season in the ninth inning to cap things off). The 18-year-old outfielder—today’s DH—is having an under-the-radar impressive season, slashing .238/.381/.476 over 32 DSL games and flashing a little bit of everything: he’s hit two doubles, three triples, and four homers; he’s walked 18 times to 35 strikeouts; and he’s 9-for-10 in stolen base attempts.

Alvaro Aguero also had a day at the plate, 2-for-5 with a home run. Fernando Vargas went 2-for-3 with two walks, Cesar Jiménez went 1-for-2 with two walks, and although Carlos Gomez was hitless, he did draw… two walks. Layant Tapia and Ricardo Aguilar were the only starters not to reach base.

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Who was the DSL Sox MVP?

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  • 95%
    Godwin Bennett: 2-for-2, HR, 5 R, RBI, 2 BB, HBP, 2 SB
    (39 votes)
  • 4%
    Alvaro Aguero: 2-for-5, HR, R, 2 RBI, 3 K
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Roberth Gutierrez: 0-for-2, 3 BB, K
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Fernando Vargas: 2-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB, K, 2 SB
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Carlos Gomez: 0-for-2, R, RBI, 2 BB, 2 K, SF, SB
    (0 votes)
41 votes total Vote Now

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Who was the DSL Sox Cold Cat?

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  • 12%
    Francisco Benitez (L): 3 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 4 BB, 3 K, 2 HBP
    (4 votes)
  • 63%
    Dionicio Jiménez (BS): 1 ⅓ IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 BB, K, WP
    (21 votes)
  • 15%
    Layant Tapia: 0-for-5, 2 K
    (5 votes)
  • 3%
    Victor Quezada: 0-for-4, BB, 2 K, PO/CS
    (1 vote)
  • 6%
    Ricardo Aguilar: 0-for-4, 3 K, PB
    (2 votes)
33 votes total Vote Now