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White Sox Minor League Update: May 7

DJ Gladney, Raudy Read and Wes Kath mashed, and Tommy Sommer and Steven Moyers spun gems, on a 2-for-4 Saturday night.

These days, Wes Kath is in the best groove of his professional career.
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Charlotte started the year 5-1 and have gone 7-16 since. Not quite the epochal badness of 2021, but it’s only early May, there’s time.

John Parke had a bad start (six earned getting 11 outs), and while it seems there was a time where he might have been the 8th or 9th starter for 27th player spot-start circumstances, well that ship has probably sailed. The good news coming out of that is that the Knights bullpen was nails the rest of the way out, with a scoreless 4 13 innings. This prevented the game from getting completely out of hand.

Now, back to bad: the Charlotte offense. Eight hits, but with 1-for-8 RISP and seven LOB, it didn’t add up to much. Yolbert Sánchez, whether continuing his push toward a starting second base job in the second half on the South Side or merely aiming to contribute to a pennant push late in 2022 a la Romy González ’21, was one of only two Knights with two hits. The only other was Seby Zavala, who went 2-for-3 with two doubles and a walk.

Poll

Who was the Knights MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 53%
    Seby Zavala: 2-for-3, 2 2B, BB
    (16 votes)
  • 36%
    Yolbert Sánchez: 2-for-4
    (11 votes)
  • 10%
    Lincoln Henzman: 1 2⁄3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K
    (3 votes)
30 votes total Vote Now

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Who was the Knights Cold Cat?

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  • 72%
    John Parke: 3 2⁄3 IP, 6 ER, 9 H, 2 BB, 4 K
    (18 votes)
  • 28%
    Yoán Moncada: 0-for-4, 2 K
    (7 votes)
25 votes total Vote Now

This battle between teams with initial-logos landed in Bham’s favor, as the Barons clubbed on offense and carved from the mound. Actually, wait, carved is bad usage here, eight walks do not make for a carving. But Steven Moyers put up six Ks against three walks — and more importantly, three hits and one earned over 5 23 innings, to get his second win in the White Sox org. And just look at the top four in tonight’s Birmingham batting order; all are treating Double-A as child’s play. Regions Field in Birmingham is known for being a pitchers’ park, so it is nice to see White Sox prospects performing this well on offense. Thanks to a home run in the first inning by Raudy Read and a double in the third inning by José Rodriguez, the Barons won this one without much drama.

Poll

Who was the Barons MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 75%
    Raudy Read: 2-for-3, HR, 3 RBI
    (15 votes)
  • 20%
    Steven Moyers: 5 2⁄3 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 6 K
    (4 votes)
  • 5%
    José Rodriguez: 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI
    (1 vote)
20 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who was the Barons Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 78%
    Craig Dedelow: 0-for-3, K
    (11 votes)
  • 21%
    JJ Muno: 0-for-3, K
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Ian Dawkins: 0-for-3
    (0 votes)
14 votes total Vote Now

Dash games are stacking up, as rains in the Southeast are causing some havoc. Winston-Salem will in fact lose a home game, as one of today’s PPD contests will have to be made up in a doubleheader on the road.

Details on Sunday’s Dash action:

Kanny’s first (full nine-inning) game was a tale of clouting, fumbling, thieving and disappointment. But it did win! So, there’s that.

Disappointing: Another poor Jared Kelley start, giving up big blasts and also wild, ultimately not getting through three innings. He is at a one-good, one-bad starting pace and that won’t cut it for long.

Clouting: WOOF DJ Gladney with four hits, all for extra bases, and six RBIs.

Fumbling: Kannapolis won despite five errors! Given the sloppy game and possible home scoring, there were probably even more. And three of the five came from pitchers, yowsa.

Thieving: Wilber Sánchez was 0-for-1, but drew three walks, scored three times, and had three steals, including two of third base.

Poll

Who was the Cannon Ballers MVP in Game 1?

This poll is closed

  • 100%
    DJ Gladney: 4-for-5, 2 HR, 6 RBI
    (21 votes)
  • 0%
    Frander Veras: 1 2⁄3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 K
    (0 votes)
21 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who was the Cannon Ballers Cold Cat in Game 1?

This poll is closed

  • 9%
    James Beard: 0-for-4, BB, 3 K
    (2 votes)
  • 61%
    Jared Kelley: 2 2⁄3 IP, 4 R, (3 ER), 4 H, 4 BB, 2 K
    (13 votes)
  • 28%
    Everhett Hazelwood: 2⁄3 IP, 3 ER, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 K
    (6 votes)
21 votes total Vote Now

The clubbing that was so obvious in the regular (first) game disappeared in the shortened (second) game, as Indiana Hoosier Tommy Sommer pitched a gem (six innings of four-hit, two-run ball with six Ks and no free passes) but got no help from the bats. Just one extra-base hit (a Misael González triple) and poor situational hitting (1-for-8 RISP, eight left on base) led to a heartbreaker seven-inning setback.

DJ Gladney followed up his major game opener (four hits, six ribbies) with a stinker (0-for-4, three Ks) but at least Wilber Sánchez stole a fourth base on the day, and earned a fourth walk!

Poll

Who was the Cannon Ballers MVP in Game 2?

This poll is closed

  • 5%
    Misael González: 2-for-4, 3B
    (1 vote)
  • 94%
    Tommy Sommer: 6 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 6 K
    (16 votes)
17 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who was the Cannon Ballers Cold Cat in Game 2?

This poll is closed

  • 100%
    DJ Gladney: 0-for-4, 3 K
    (15 votes)
  • 0%
    Colby Smelley: 0-for-3, 2 K
    (0 votes)
15 votes total Vote Now