White Sox Minor Keys: Aug. 23, 2019

Running through the box scores…

Birmingham 9, Tennessee 3

  • Luis Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with a walk.
  • Luis Basabe went homered, singled, walked and struck out twice.
  • Blake Rutherford went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Gavin Sheets, 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Ti’Quan Forbes went 2-for-5 with two strikeouts.
  • Laz Rivera, 0-for-5 with a K.
  • Lincoln Henzman: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K before a delay.
  • Tyler Johnson: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Winston-Salem 9, Potomac 4 (10 innings)

  • Andrew Vaughn went 1-for-5.
  • Carlos Perez hit a pinch-hit double.
  • Konnor Pilkington: 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K

Kannapolis 4, Charleston 2

  • Lenyn Sosa went 2-for-5 with a double and two strikeouts.
  • Corey Zangari went 1-for-2 with a homer, two walks and an HBP.
  • Amado Nunez was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Missoula 7, Great Falls 2 (Game 1, 7 innings)

  • Cabera Weaver went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Kelvin Maldonado was 2-for-4 with a strikeout and a stolen base.
  • Luis Mieses was 0-for-3.
  • Sam Abbott was 0-for-1 with a walk and an HBP.

Missoula 3, Great Falls Voyagers 0

  • Cabera Weaver, Lency Delgado and Anderson Comas were 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
  • Harvin Mendoza went 0-for-2 with a walk.

AZL Reds 9, AZL White Sox 8

  • Jose Rodriguez went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts.
  • Sidney Pimentel was 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Micker Adolfo was 1-for-4 with an HBP and a strikeout.
  • Bryan Ramos, 0-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts.
  • DJ Gladney went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Logan Glass is on a tear: 4-for-5 with his first pro homer and a double.
  • Anthony Coronado went 2-for-5 with a K.
  • Chase Krogman went 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.

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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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Best baseball-related reading I’ve done this weekend is this thoughtful rejoinder to Paul Goldberger’s book by Ben Schulman. A taste:

in the rush to (re)capture an assumed past, has some of the game’s personality been lost? Did the “ugly era” of concrete donuts produce a more vibrant cultural space for the game’s character and expressiveness, and perhaps produce a more vibrant game?

An oft-used argument against Modernism was that it deadened the places in which it took root. And while this was often the case of the relationship of the concrete donut to its surroundings, flanked as it was by acres of asphalt for parking, a brief read of baseball’s material culture at the time indicates otherwise.

The concrete donut era brought baseball Rollie Fingers’ mustache, clad in the A’s gold-and-green, who would sometimes clash, in every sense of the word, in technicolor contests with the electric orange Orioles, when Jim Palmer wasn’t modeling his Jockeys. It was when, with baseball’s frontiers settled, room was made for the San Diego Chicken and Morgana, the Kissing Bandit and big, vocal personalities like Dock Ellis and Bill “Spaceman” Lee, who spoke truth to power from mounds in the middle of modern baseball bunkers, wearing uniforms that were as yellow as a crayon and so flamboyant as to appear foreign. Much of this territory, at least focused on the 1970s, is covered by Dan Epstein’s Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging ‘70s, and much of the material changes are reflective of larger bohemian ideals seeping into the mainstream.

Schulman expands on this connection of culture, design, and the game since Camden Yards was built, and connects the concrete donuts to aspects of play that we have lost of late. (Which is funny, as concrete donut GRF has usually been in the upper half of homer havens this century.) Definitely recommended if you enjoyed reading Ballpark and enjoy architectural history debates.