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If you told me during the first couple months of the season that a farmhand would be getting most of the starts at second base for the White Sox in September, I probably would’ve guessed Yolbert Sánchez, especially since Romy González was fighting a two-front war against leg and tonsil problems.
Unfortunately for Sánchez, he went a few months without making much of an impact. His ability to hit for a decent average never abandoned him, but after an encouraging first month with the Knights, he hit just .271/.306/.316 over the 63 games from June through August, with an inefficient eight steals in 14 attempts.
Sánchez probably has to hit closer to .300 in Charlotte to register on the radar, and to his credit, that’s what he’s been doing this month. After a 2-for-5, three-RBI game against Norfolk on Saturday, he’s hitting .368/.410/.509 over 14 games in September, and thanks to the extended schedule for all Triple-A affiliates, he’s playing in the one level in the minors that will allow him to see it through to the end of the month if he can keep it up.
- Mark Payton went 1-for-5 with a double, walk and two strikeouts.
- Lenyn Sosa was 2-for-4 with an HBP.
- Carlos Pérez, 2-for-5.
- Luis Mieses went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
- Wilfred Veras had Birmingham’s other hit, going 1-for-3 with a double and a strikeout.
- Bryan Ramos went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
- Oscar Colás and DJ Gladney both were 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
- Yoelqui Céspedes struck out all three trips.
- Colson Montgomery went 0-for-3 with a K.
- Drew Dalquist finished his season with his best work: 4 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HBP, 43 of 60 pitches for strikes.