The Charlotte Knights had a very Charlotte Knights-like game on Monday in Durham. They went from leading 11-2 in the top of the sixth to leading 13-11 in the bottom of the eighth, but managed to hang on. It’s a pretty big win, as they broke away from the Bulls to gain sole possession of the wild card spot and second place in the International League South. They also gained a game on Gwinnett, which they now trail by 2½ games.
Also, Luis Robert had a very Luis Robert-like game, in the sense that he hit another baseball to a place nobody could quite track.
Charlotte 13, Durham 11
- Nick Madrigal STRUCK OUT TWICE during a 2-for-5 night. At least he doubled.
- Yoan Moncada homered while going 2-for-5 with a strikeout.
- Luis Robert homered hit a sac fly and struck out three times.
- Yermin Mercedes homered during a 2-for-4 night. He also walked.
- Seby Zavala homered as a pinch-hitter for Zack Collins.
- Collins went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
- Danny Mendick singled twice, walked and struck out twice.
- Kyle Kubat: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Jacksonville 3, Birmingham 2
- Luis Gonzalez went 1-for-3 with a sac fly.
- Luis Basabe was 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
- Blake Rutherford went 1-for-4.
- Gavin Sheets was 0-for-4.
- Laz Rivera was 0-for-2 with a sac bunt and a strikeout.
- Bernardo Flores: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 1 HR
Missoula 4, Great Falls 1 (Game 1, 7 innings)
- Cabera Weaver struck out all three times.
- Harvin Mendoza was 0-for-3.
- Lency Delgado singled and struck out twice.
- Luis Mieses went 0-for-3 with a K.
- Sam Abbott and Anderson Comas both were 0-for-2.
Missoula 1, Great Falls 0 (Game 2, 8 innings)
- Cabera Weaver doubled, walked and struck out.
- Harvin Mendoza doubled, singled and walked.
- Lency Delgado went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
- Luis Mieses was 0-for-3 with a strikeout.
- Sam Abbott walked once and struck out twice.
- Anderson Comas went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.
- Kelvin Maldonado was 0-for-2 with a K.
AZL Royals 7, AZL White Sox 3
- James Beard went 1-for-4 with a stolen base.
- Misael Gonzalez replaced him, going 0-for-1.
- Jose Rodriguez was 0-for-5.
- Micker Adolfo homered, doubled, singled twice and struck out once.
- Bryan Ramos went 2-for-4 with a K.
- DJ Gladney was 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
- Anthony Coronado, 2-for-4.
- Sidney Pimentel was 1-for-4.
Madrigal struck out…..twice?
Surely that indicates the end of all baseball as the prophecies foretold?
SSS alert- Bernardo Flores with 18 K’s and 3 BB’s in 16IP since his return to BHam.
So why is Moncada playing in Charlotte? Ricky said they want to see if he can play two straight days before they bring him back. Why not let him see if he can play two straight days against the Twins? What’s the difference? It’s not like he has less of a chance of reinjuring himself down in Charlotte. I really think Hahn is going all-out to make the playoffs for Charlotte. Then he can say what a strong farm system he still has. I can’t think of any other explanation.
A much simpler explanation: They want to see him play nine innings in the field more than once before making a roster change on a road trip.
Yeah, I know that’s what they’re saying, but it’s not like he missed two months and needs to play his way back into playing shape. He has just as big a chance of reinjuring himself at Charlotte. And he certainly doesn’t look rusty down there. The White Sox may be the only team in history whose lineup in AAA is likely better than their major league lineup.
“See if he gets injured” is the point of a rehab stint, not a reason to cut a rehab stint early. You kinda sound unhinged here.
No, the point of a rehab stint is to play yourself back to how you were before the injury, not to see if you get reinjured. You can get reinjured anytime. If he’s ready to play at the major league level and has passed all the health tests to be back on the field, why have him play at AAA? I’m not unginged at all. I’m just sick of seeing our best players not playing at the major league level.
No, you still sound unhinged.
This is I believe the third or fourth time Moncada has been sidelined with hamstring issues. It’s best to see if he’s 100% before bringing him back up.
If they activate him and it turns out he needed three more days, they would either have a wasted roster spot for three games or have to put him on the IL for 10 days when the injury would only require 3. It is a conservative move that makes sense.
Aren’t you sick of “more conservative moves”? How have those worked out for the Sox lately?
Conservative moves with player health: Good.
But you’re missing my point. How is playing him in Charlotte over playing him in Chicago conservative? Give him the same schedule in Chicago as he has now. His likelihood of being reinjured is the same at both places.
No one is missing your point. Everyone heard your point, and made counterarguments to your point. I’m eager to see Moncada back in Chicago as well, but this isn’t the hill to die on.
If he gets reinjured in Charlotte, the White Sox aren’t playing with a short roster in the middle of a stretch of 17 games in 17 days.
All right, I’ve made my point and you all disagree. That’s fine. But if he gets reinjured, then they can just bring up Mendick. It’s not like the person Moncada will replace is any good.
I’m not missing the point. Since you’ve been beating us over the head for months with “The Point”. You’re not happy. Nothing will make you happy. Everything is shitty.
you’re Johnny one note.
He apparently passed all of the tests to return to the field. If he reinjures a hamstring, he’s not going to only miss 3 more days. He’ll probably be out as long as before.
Having just recently dealt with a soft tissue injury to my back, I feel like the situations are similar. Sure, once the pain is gone I can jump back in to going and playing 18 holes but if I’m not actually 100% and my back seizes up on hole 4, I just wasted time and money. Instead, I go to the driving range to test it out under similar conditions and if it holds up, great. If it seizes up on the range, the time/financial impacts are a lot less severe.
Just a couple of notes on last night’s game.
I’ve been going to games in Durham for 32 years; a season ticket holder for the past 22. In that time I have NEVER seen a ball hit as hard and as far as Robert’s home run to left field.
Then in his 8th inning at bat, he hit another one that probably had the same distance but was just outside the foul pole – for strike two. On the next pitch, he waved at a breaking ball at his ankles for strike three, missed the ball by a foot at least.
Zack Collins caught a ball off his knee cap and the game was stopped for probably five minutes. He finished the inning, but left the game in the top of the eighth for Zavala as a pinch hitter. Zavala homered to make it 13-6.
They clearly left Kubat in the game too long, but when you see the Charlotte bullpen in action you realize the importance of going as long as possible with the starter. I suppose anybody who can throw strikes is already in Chicago.
Danny Mendick made a great play at shortstop. He has like 2 errors in 136 chances. It would be interesting to see him get a chance in Chicago.
Finally, in his first at bat, Daniel Palka lined a ball to the warning track in left center…. for a single. He finished 3-5, and made a layout catch to save two runs and end the Bulls big inning.
“the Charlotte bullpen in action you realize the importance of going as long as possible with the starter”
Thyago Viera, and Caleb Frare were lit up last night. So we have seen that bullpen.
Yeah, there seem to be a lot of similar guys the Sox pick-up with reputations as hard throwers. As with Viera, I find myself hoping the coaches can straighten them out (a la Matt Thornton) and they’ll be golden — but more often than not they’re like fools gold.
Just… not always. Evan Marshall has contributed this year, at age 29. Cast off from what, 3 teams? And I enjoy watching Cordero pitch.
At least guys like Viera don’t really cost the team anything in return, and as we’ve seen with Cordero, sometimes we can pick up a decent player. I’m really looking forward to see what Coop can do with Cordero with a full offseason+ Spring training.