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José Rodríguez homered once on Sunday — then came back to the plate and homered again.
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White Sox Minor League Update: September 17, 2023

Both teams win, with José Rodríguez clocking two homers and Tim Elko hitting a grand slam in the Birmingham finale

After today, the Knights will be the last minor league team remaining for the White Sox. No, Charlotte isn’t going to the playoffs. None of the other MiLB White Sox teams did, it’s just that Triple-A plays a week longer than Double-A and two weeks more than A-ball. This was a good one, though, with Knights bats taking advantage of being in Charlotte, while Nashville did not. I’m talking about the long ball, as the Knights had three homers and the other guys had just one. José Rodríguez provided some fun, something he hasn’t done much this year. He hit two of the three homers and crushed FOUR hard hits today.

Here is his first homer, to lead off the home team:

His second really punctuated the blowout win.

Between those two bombs, Nate Mandou had one himself for the third and final homer. He, Rodríguez, and Erik González all had two hits on a day where the Knights reached base 14 times as a team. It was an offensive barrage, even Oscar Colás got on base three times — all walks, but still, he’s usually swinging at whatever. That’s how good a day it was for the lineup.

It wasn’t better for the arms, but it was close. The pitching staff combined for 12 strikeouts and only two runs allowed. Garrett Crochet and Yohan Ramirez struck of three batters in their innings of relief. Crochet had the classic strikeout the side (all three batters out via strikeout) as he dominated his inning.

Before all that, Brent Honeywell started the game and due to some command issues, only lasting 4 1⁄3 innings. He threw five more strikes than balls on his way to three walks. The only run allowed came from a solo homer, thought, so he pretty much escaped any danger from the lack of strikes.


Who was the Knights MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 95%
    José Rodríguez: 2-for-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K
    (40 votes)
  • 4%
    Nate Mondou: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K
    (2 votes)
42 votes total Vote Now


Who was the Knights Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 79%
    Laz Rivera: 0-for-4, 0 BB, 2 K
    (27 votes)
  • 20%
    Nate Fisher: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
    (7 votes)
34 votes total Vote Now

Hey, a nice two-game winning streak to end what was, by record, a pretty miserable Birmingham Barons season. This win, like many others, was catapulted by Tim Elko.

Like the tweet said, assuming this is the end of his year, Elko finishes with 28 homers and 106 RBIs. Now, why not send him to Triple-A? Truly, some sort of congratulations on an unexpectedly fantastic season is deserved, whether it is in the AFL or in Triple-A. The grand slam was the lone hit for Elko today, and he had two strikeouts as well. His Ks were up a lot in Double-A, but he put the ball in play and with enough power to earn a worthwhile .723 OPS. That is a bit different than Colson Montgomery, who is going to the AFL, getting on base however possible and showing some good pop as well. Today, Montgomery got on base with a walk and finishes Double-A with an .827 OPS.

Some big names were on the mound for the finale as well. Ky Bush got the start, and ended with his best one since being traded to the White Sox. He left the game giving up just one hit over five shutout innings.

Jared Kelley, in one inning of relief, got in as well. His offseason should be interesting. Is he for sure staying in the bullpen, working as a fastball-change pitcher? If he does, hopefully he adds a few ticks in velocity on the fastball. However, he really just needs to stay in the strike zone, as his control never really improved, rotation or pen.


Who was the Barons MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 68%
    Ky Bush: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
    (33 votes)
  • 31%
    Tim Elko: 1-for-4, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K
    (15 votes)
48 votes total Vote Now


Who was the Barons Cold Cat?

This poll is closed

  • 2%
    Wilfed Veras: 0-for-3, 0 BB, 2 K
    (1 vote)
  • 97%
    Gil Luna Jr.: 1⁄3 IP, 4 H, 3 ER (4 R), 1 BB, 0 K
    (36 votes)
37 votes total Vote Now

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