White Sox Minor Keys: June 12, 2018

Spencer Adams finally gets his chance at Charlotte

After 48 career starts at Birmingham, Spencer Adams finally got the call to Charlotte.

The White Sox promoted Adams to Triple-A on Tuesday. The numbers on the whole aren’t impressive — a 4.59 ERA, 10 homers and just 53 strikeouts over 68⅔ innings. However, he finally seemed to flip the switch over his last three starts, allowing just one earned run over 21 innings.

Adams has been around since 2014, when the White Sox drafted him in the second round, yet he’s just 22 years old.

Charlotte 6, Durham 2

  • Avisail Garcia went 1-for-2 with a walk in his first rehab game.
  • Jordan Stephens bounced back from his first rough outing at Triple-A: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K, 2 WP, 61 of 98 pitches for strikes.

Birmingham 11, Tennessee 10 (11 innings)

  • Danny Mendick earned the rare platinum sombrero during an 0-for-6 night.
  • Zack Collins went 2-for-6 with a double.
  • Eloy Jimenez, 2-for-5 with a double.
  • Seby Zavala was 0-for-4 with a walk and three strikeouts.
  • Jameson Fisher went 1-for-4 with a sac bunt and a strikeout.
  • Ryan Burr: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP
  • Ian Hamilton: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K


*The Barons erased deficits of 4-0 and 7-4, then held on after scoring four in the top of the 11th.

Winston-Salem 4, Myrtle Beach 4

  • Luis Alexander Basabe went 2-for-4 with a homer and a double.
  • Alex Call, 2-for-4 with a triple and a strikeout. He also stole a base and was picked off.
  • Blake Rutherford was 1-for-3 with his fourth homer and an HBP.
  • Micker Adolfo was 1-for-4.
  • Gavin Sheets wore the collar with a strikeout.
  • Ti’Quan Forbes, 2-for-4.
  • Bernardo Flores lowered his ERA to 2.55 with seven scoreless innings. He allowed three hits and two walks while striking out five.


Kannapolis 5, Delmarva 0 (Game 1, 7 innings)

  • Luis Robert went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
  • Evan Skoug was 1-for-3 with a double.
  • Luis Burvelo, 1-for-3 with a triple.
  • Justin Yurchak went 0-for-1 with a sac fly and a walk.
  • Lincoln Henzman was terrific: 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K

Kannapolis 5, Delmarva 2 (Game 2, 7 innings)

  • Luis Robert went 1-for-3 with a double and a strikeout.
  • Justin Yurchak, 1-for-2 with a double and a sac fly.
  • Luis Curbelo was 1-for-3.
  • Carlos Perez went 2-for-3 with a double.


*Video of Luis Robert’s double:

He then scored on a sac fly that wasn’t all that deep.

DSL White Sox 4, DSL Reds 2

  • The DSL Sox committed eight errors and won.
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Jim Margalus

Writing about the White Sox for a 16th season, first here, then at South Side Sox, and now here again. Let’s talk curling.

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I can’t sleep until you post these.


Basabe also had a dinger (Was included in the highlight clip, just missing in the summary).


Man, that ball REALLY carried. He’s got some legit pop. 

Looks like at least a couple of these guys came out of their slumps and punched their ticket to AA in the next week or so. 


That sac fly is the first time I’ve seen Robert run with any perspective of distance. He can fly.

Also nice seeing another Rutherford homer.


Boy, that Winston-Salem outfield has come out of its slump with a vengeance these last few games.


Can someone break down the sombrero lingo for me? I know it has to do with striking out.


Impetus (AFAIK) was that striking out three times was being called a “hat trick.” Well if three is a hat trick, what then to designate someone striking out four times? Enter the Golden Sombrero. Modern baseball being what it is, five strikeouts needed a name, so Platinum Sombrero. Dunno about six.

The hat trick three has since been back-named in the sombrero vein as a Silver Sombrero, but I’m fairly positive it was the hat that first spawned the sombrero.


Thank you 


Thank you for the in depth response and double thanks for not making fun of me for not knowing. I guess I actually did know what they were, but I was hung up on the hat trick/Silver sombrero distinction (which you addressed, cheers) and was second guessing what I thought I knew.

Josh Nelson

I believe Vibranium has been nominated for six strikeouts in a game.


I’ve always been a fan of using the rare earth elements, or some of the more goofily named elements. Neodymium, Ytterbium, Seaborgium, etc.


If Yeyson Yrizarri ever strikes out 6 times in a game it’ll have to be the Ytterbium Sombrero.


I don’t like rare earth being used for 6 strikeouts. You could take anybody in the stands and they’d strike out 6 times. Go with something common. Antimony Sombrero.

Right Size Wrong Shape

The traditional gift for a 6th wedding anniversary is iron, so how about the Iron Sombrero?


God, that would be such a great wrestling name.


I had this same question about a week ago, which led me to a Wikipedia page dedicated to baseball lingo. I learned that a 6-strikeout game can be referred to as a “horn”–after Baltimore Oriole Sam Horn (I barely remember his baseball card), who struck out 6 times in a 1991 extra inning game. It’s also called a double-platinum sombrero or a titanium sombrero. But it happens so rarely (every ten years or so) that Sam Horn likely will be forgotten the next time, if he isn’t already. Hopefully it won’t be renamed a “Moncada” or a “Davidson.” (Moncada is second in strikeouts this year behind Joey Gallo. On pace for well over 200.)


Six is going to be the Cubano, after the second baseman who will pull it off twice in a single season.


Jose Rodriguez now with the 2.3% strikeout rate (43 PAs).