White Sox Minor Keys: June 26, 2018

A teaser to our upcoming interview with Blake Rutherford

Blake Rutherford will be our special guest on the upcoming episode of the Sox Machine Podcast. Josh sent me a sample of the interview.

Josh: It’s been a talented outfield in Winston-Salem this year. Joel Booker, Alex Call, and Luis Basabe went to Birmingham, and now you’re a part of the Luis show with Robert and Gonzalez joining you for the second half. How do they communicate with you playing time to make sure you are in the field and still getting at bats?

Blake: They are doing it fair. We have a rotation once in a while, but everyone is getting a ton of at-bats and we all love playing with each other. Obviously, Booker, Basabe, and Call went up, and I loved playing with them because they are tremendous outfielders. I was able to play with Luis Gonzalez last year in Kannapolis. He’s a great player, too.

Me and Luis Robert have gotten pretty close since he started here in Winston. Just being able to talk to him while teaching him English and he teaching me Spanish. You can say we are pretty close for not being able to communicate fully. Playing beside him is a ton of fun. A lot less ground to cover in the outfield with how much he covers. Never a bad thing for an outfielder.

Josh: Sounds like a buddy cop movie in the works

Blake: [Laughter] Absolutely.

As for Rutherford, Chris Getz like the cut of his jib:

Durham 6, Charlotte 4

  • Jose Rondon homered for the second straight game during a 1-for-4 night, striking out once.
  • Eloy Jimenez went 2-for-4.
  • Seby Zavala, 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Carson Fulmer’s wildness returned: 4 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 6 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 50 of 90 pitches for strikes.

Birmingham 5, Montgomery 3

  • Joel Booker went 1-for-5 with a strikeout.
  • Luis Alexander Basabe went 2-for-5 with a strikeout and a stolen base.
  • Zack Collins doubled once and struck out thrice.
  • Danny Mendick went 1-for-3 with two walks and a strikeout. He stole a base and was picked off/caught stealing.
  • Alex Call, 1-for-3 with his second homer, a walk and a strikeout.

Frederick 3, Winston-Salem 2 (10 innings)

  • Luis Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with two doubles and a walk.
  • Luis Robert went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.
  • Micker Adolfo, 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Gavin Sheets doubled, singled twice and struck out twice.
  • Ti’quan Forbes went 1-for-3 with a sac bunt, a sac fly and a strikeout. He was picked off/caught stealing.
  • Laz Rivera was 0-for-3 with a walk.

Greensboro 8, Kannapolis 7

  • Luis Curbelo went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk.
  • Carlos Perez, 1-for-5.
  • Evan Skoug went 0-for-5 with a strikeout.

Great Falls 6, Billings 1

  • Lenyn Sosa went 2-for-5 with a strikeout. He was caught stealing.
  • Romy Gonzalez was 0-for-5 with three strikeouts.
  • Gunnar Troutwine went 1-for-5 with a K.

DSL Padres 9, DSL White Sox 0

  • Jose Rodriguez went 0-for-4.
  • Jefferson Mendoza entered the game and went 0-for-1.
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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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Are we sure Carson Fulmer isn’t Tex Wortham’s son?


The SO/BB and the BB/IP ratios of those 1979/1980 rotation members Burns, Dotson, Kravec, Baumgarten and Wortham are atrocious. How the hell did Wortham ever pitch in the majors?

Even looking at big years from 1980 Steve Stone (Bal) and 1983 Rich Dotson, their peripherals were really underwhelming. In today’s game those guys would be 5th starters.