White Sox Minor Keys: Sept. 11, 2022

Mark Payton only received one plate appearance during his brief call-up with the White Sox, drawing a walk and coming around to score during Dylan Cease’s no-hit bid.

There hasn’t been a hangover since returning to Triple-A. He entered Sunday’s series finale against Nashville hitting .400/.478/.800 over 23 plate appearances, and he added a pair of homers on the first and last pitches of the game.

The second homer wasn’t an ordinary walk-off. The Knights opened the inning trailing 6-1, but thanks to Payton’s heroics, they ended up winning 7-6.

Charlotte 7, Nashville 6

  • Lenyn Sosa went 1-for-4.
  • Yolbert Sánchez, 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Adam Haseley, 1-for-4.
  • Jason Bilous in relief: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 13 of 22 pitches for strikes.

Chattanooga 6, Birmingham 5

  • Luis Mieses went 0-for-5 with a strikeout.
  • Yoelqui Céspedes walked, struck out and got plunked twice. He was 1-for-2 on the basepaths.
  • Bryan Ramos, 0-for-4 with a K.
  • DJ Gladney maxed out his 1-for-4, two-strikeout game with a grand slam.
  • Wilfred Veras was 1-for-3 with a walk and a K.
  • Adam Hackenberg struck out all three times.
  • Christian Mena: 3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Winston-Salem 5, Brooklyn 4 (Game 1, 7 innings)

  • Colby Smelley went 1-for-3 with a stolen base.
  • So did James Beard, who doubled and struck out.
  • Brooks Gosswein: 3.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Winston-Salem 4, Brooklyn 3 (Game 2, 7 innings)

  • James Beard was 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout.

Kannapolis 6, Augusta 5

  • Jordan Sprinkle and Brooks Baldwin both were 1-for-4.
  • Jacob Burke went 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Jonathan Cannon: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
  • Shane Murphy: 0.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
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Jim Margalus
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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Right Size Wrong Shape

Payton was really staring into the opposing dugout on the walkoff. Wonder what that was all about?

Augusto Barojas

Wonder if he has a future? His numbers this year are pretty damn solid. 2021 as well, 2019 was outstanding. He’s a lefty which this team desperately needs. Is he a decent outfielder/fielder?

I know he’s old for a prospect but his numbers make him interesting.

LuBob DuRob

Too bad the Sox haven’t had the need for a lefty who can play the outfield.

Torpedo Jones

I know relief pitching isn’t the most exciting topic, but I’m really encouraged by the recent results from Kade McClure and Lincoln Henzman. Henzman moved up to AAA a month ago and has a 2.76 ERA in his 9 appearances since joining Charlotte.

McClure seems to have turned a corner lately as he owns a 2.11 ERA in his last 15 games, which included a 30:9 K:BB ratio. I’m optimistic those guys can become inexpensive relievers for the big league club in the near future.