Luis Basabe is back in Birmingham, and the White Sox chose the more positive of available moves to facilitate it.
The Sox pushed Joel Booker to Charlotte, where he’ll get his first crack at Triple-A pitching. He earned the promotion after hitting .351/.400/.446 over his first 20 games. That batting average was good enough to lead the Southern League, and the overall production had no competition from Birmingham’s other outfielders.
Our Man in Charlotte Jonathan Lee talked to Booker before and after the game. Booker went 0-for-4 with a walk, stolen base and two strikeouts in his debut. It could be first-game jitters, but Booker said he saw a different level of pitching:
If Booker can get his sea legs, he should have some fun. The Knights lost 9-8, and that’s been the average score of a Knights game the past week.
Indianapolis 9, Charlotte 8
- Charlie Tilson went 0-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
- Daniel Palka, 0-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts.
- Zack Collins went 2-for-5 with a strikeout.
- Danny Mendick went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base.
- Joel Booker had a Triple-A debut to forget, going 0-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts. He did steal a base.
- Spencer Adams: 4.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
Birmingham 7, Montgomery 3
- Luis Basabe went 1-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts in his return to Double-A.
- Luis Gonzalez was 0-for-4 with a sac fly.
- Gavin Sheets, 0-for-5 with a strikeout.
- Micker Adolfo went 1-for-4 with a double, walk and strikeout.
- Blake Rutherford, 1-for-4 with a walk.
- Ti’Quan Forbes won the race to .250, going 2-for-4.
- Laz Rivera was 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base.
- Felipe Paulino: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR
Winston-Salem 2, Frederick 1
- Luis Robert is back on track. He went 1-for-2 with his seventh homer and a stolen base.
- Nick Madrigal went 1-for-3 with a walk.
- Blake Battenfield: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
Kannapolis 7, Rome 6
- Lenyn Sosa went 0-for-5.
- Steele Walker went 2-for-4 with a double, walk and strikeout.
- Position change alert! Bryce Bush started in right field and went 1-for-5 with a strikeout.
- Luis Curbelo went 2-for-5 with a strikeout.
- Amado Nunez broke out of his slump, going 3-for-5 with a double.
- Zack Burdi: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP