While Steve Stone marveled at the way James Karinchak massaged specific parts of his glove between every pitch with impunity on Tuesday, minor league pitchers dabbling with foreign substances are going to be monitored much more closely.
At least that’s if the recent rash of suspensions are any indication. Four minor league pitchers were ejected from games after failing in-game glove inspections, and they’ve all been suspended for 10 games.
Two of them are in the White Sox system: Sal Biasi in Winston-Salem and Marcus Evey in Kannapolis. Biasi, 25, had started the season effectively wild with the Dash, racking up 14 strikeouts against eight walks over 10 innings after coming over from the Milwaukee system as a minor-league signing. Evey, 23, is embarking on his first year with the White Sox after two years spent with the Yankees, who drafted him in the 20th round in 2018. He’s been part of the Cannon Ballers’ pitching woes, with a 9.00 EA over six games.
Nashville 7, Charlotte 4
- Adam Engel went 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout.
- Luis González was 1-for-2 with two walks.
- Jake Burger, 1-for-4 with a double.
- Gavin Sheets was 0-for-4.
- Brian Goodwin went 1-for-4 with a K.
- Blake Rutherford entered as a pinch hitter and popped out.
- Reynaldo López: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 26 of 53 pitches for strikes.
Winston-Salem 13, Greensboro 7
- Lenyn Sosa went 2-for-3 with a walk, and was 1-for-2 on the basepaths.
- Luis Curbelo went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
- Duke Ellis hit his first pro homer as part of a 2-for-5 day. He was also caught stealing.
Birmingham vs. Tennessee, suspended
Kannapolis at Fayetteville, PPD
(Photo by Arturo Pardavila III)
I think doctoring the ball only really helps if you can actually pitch in the first place.
It’s pretty crazy how MLB is turning a blind eye (except for Joe West once) to doctoring baseballs while hitting and scoring are way down. Overall batting average in May for MLB was at historically low levels. Seems like a quick fix would be to start cracking down on the practice.