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White Sox Minor League Update: August 26, 2022

Duke Ellis and Luis Mieses get top honors at Project Birmingham, while Keegan Fish and Riley Jepson play heroes in an exciting Dash win

Duke Ellis went ham at the plate, on the bases and from left field in a terrific game for Birmingham on Saturday.
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Charlotte did hold a lead in this game, 1-0, through mid-third. But it all came crashing down for Tobias Myers in the bottom of the frame, when six earned came across the plate with nary a hitter retired. That 1-12 record is deceiving, although probably not for Myers; he was 1-9 in the Cleveland system earlier this summer, a mere 0-3 so far with the Knights. And yet, Yoan Aybar did Myers a step or two worse tonight, coughing up four runs in the ninth while getting just one out. Aside from that, dear readers, the Charlotte pitching was fine.

Yasmani Grandal had two singles in four at-bats while playing catcher and first base, while Leury García, in a very La Russa-esque move batting third in the order tonight behind Grandal, had a single and two Ks in four trips while DHing.

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Charlotte was crushed on Friday night. Who was the MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 26%
    Kade McClure: 2 IP, H, BB, 2 K
    (9 votes)
  • 35%
    Zach Muckenhirn: 2 IP, H, 2 K
    (12 votes)
  • 38%
    Yasmani Grandal: 2-for-4, LOB, 1-for-2 CS
    (13 votes)
34 votes total Vote Now

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Charlotte was crushed on Friday night. Who was the MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 37%
    Tobias Myers: 2 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, BB, 3 K, L
    (11 votes)
  • 37%
    Yoan Aybar: 1⁄3 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, BB, HR
    (11 votes)
  • 13%
    Leury García: 1-for-4, 2 K, 3 LOB
    (4 votes)
  • 0%
    Laz Rivera: 1-for-4, K, 4 LOB
    (0 votes)
  • 10%
    Mark Payton: 0-for-4, BB, K, 5 LOB, thrown out at home
    (3 votes)
29 votes total Vote Now

Despite jumping out to a 2-0 lead and outhitting Mississippi, 13-8, in the game, Birmingham fell short in extras. Cristian Mena made his first Double-A start, and boy would I like to know what is up with these en masse (merited) moves up to Double-A; Mena struck out six but gave up two earned on six hits in three innings. Let’s hope none of these aggressive moves into game play fracture fragile confidences. Not to worry at least for one night in the case of Duke Ellis and Luis Mieses, both of whom went ham on Double-A pitching in the game. Sadly, the rest of the lineup combined for just six hits, no walks and 13 strikeouts. Project Birmingham struts toward its first weekend with a bit of a thud.

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Birmingham lost a squeaker in extras tonight. Who was the MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 5%
    Luis Mieses: 3-for-5, 2B, R, RBI, LOB
    (2 votes)
  • 92%
    Duke Ellis: 4-for-5, 2B, 2 SB, 2 R, K, LF assist at 3B
    (36 votes)
  • 0%
    Evan Skoug: 2-for-5, RBI, K, 2 LOB, PB
    (0 votes)
  • 2%
    Fraser Ellard: IP, 3 K
    (1 vote)
39 votes total Vote Now

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The Barons lost in extras, and who earns the Cold Cat?

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  • 0%
    Oscar Colás: 1-for-5, RBI, 2 K, 3 LOB
    (0 votes)
  • 16%
    Bryan Ramos: 0-for-5, 2 K, 2 LOB
    (5 votes)
  • 83%
    Moises Castillo: 0-for-5, 2 K, 3 LOB
    (25 votes)
30 votes total Vote Now

Two extra innings came for the Dash as well, but in this case they came out on top with a fierce comeback. Winston-Salem was down, 7-1, through 7 12 innings, but then scored nine times in the final four frames.

Let’s skip right to the late action. In the bottom of the ninth, down four runs, Andy Atwood singled in a run to cut the lead to 7-4, then a Ben Norman ground out plated another, and finally the game was tied when Riley Jepson singled in two. Harvin Mendoza and Keegan Fish had chances to end the game in regulation, but no dice.

After trading two runs apiece in the 10th, Nick Gallagher came in for the 11th and held Asheville scoreless. With the bases full and one out (sac bunt, two IBBs), Fish did not disappoint in his second chance at a walk-off, singling in Manfred Man Norman for the game-winner!

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Winston-Salem won a walk-off thriller. Who was the Dash MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    Haylen Green: 2 IP, H, 2 K
    (0 votes)
  • 3%
    Nick Gallagher: IP, WIN
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Keegan Fish: 1-for-5, R, GWRBI, 2 K, LOB
    (0 votes)
  • 90%
    Alsander Womack: 3-for-6, 2 R, 2B, RBI, 2 K, 3 LOB
    (28 votes)
  • 0%
    James Beard: 1-for-3, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB, K, CS
    (0 votes)
  • 6%
    Riley Jepson: 1-for-4, R, game-tying 2 RBI bottom of 9th, 2 BB, K, 3 LOB
    (2 votes)
31 votes total Vote Now

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Winston-Salem won a walk-off thriller. Who was the Dash Cold Cat?

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  • 33%
    Ben Norman: 0-for-6, GW R, RBI, K, 5 LOB
    (9 votes)
  • 3%
    Jason Matthews: 0-for-4, BB, K, 4 LOB
    (1 vote)
  • 62%
    Hunter Dollander: 4 IP, 7 H, 6 R/5 ER, BB, 5 K
    (17 votes)
  • 0%
    Cooper Bradford: IP, 2 H, 2 R/1 ER, 3 K
    (0 votes)
27 votes total Vote Now

Really flat game for Kannapolis. Noah Owen was a little sloppy by his standards, and took the loss despite still earning a quality start of six innings and three runs. The pen was really good. The offense was ... lacking. Four hits, no extra-base hits, very little movement on the bases. Sorry for the brief writeup of a lackluster game, but it’s also 5 a.m.

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Flat loss for Kanny. Who was the MVP?

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  • 87%
    Wilber Sanchez: 2-for-4, RBI, K, 2 LOB
    (21 votes)
  • 12%
    Billy Seidl: IP, H, K
    (3 votes)
24 votes total Vote Now

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Flat loss for Kanny. Who takes the Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 19%
    Tim Elko: 0-for-4, 2 K, LOB
    (4 votes)
  • 0%
    Benyamín Bailey: 0-for-3, BB, K, LOB, GIDP
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Victor Torres: 0-for-4, LOB
    (0 votes)
  • 80%
    Jordan Sprinkle: 0-for-4, 6 LOB
    (17 votes)
21 votes total Vote Now