White Sox Minor Keys: April 8, 2023

Rocket City Trash Pandas

Since three of the White Sox farm system’s five games were rained out, let’s head over to Huntsville, Ala., where the Rocket City Trash Pandas threw what might be the worst no-hitter in affiliated baseball history — and not just because it was seven innings in Game 1 of a doubleheader.

No, the Trash Pandas no-hit the Chattanooga Lookouts IN A GAME THEY LOST 7-5.

Making it worse, Rocket City LED 5-0 ENTERING THE FINAL INNING.

What does it take to give up seven runs without a hit? A sequence that even A.J. Alexy could mock.

  1. Walk
  2. Walk
  3. Popout (infield fly rule)
  4. Walk
  5. Strikeout
  6. Walk
  7. E8
  8. HBP
  9. HBP
  10. HBP (after getting ahead 0-2)
  11. Walk
  12. HBP
  13. Strikeout

Mike Petriello answered the first question I had: How bad was the error? The answer: Pretty bad.

The other question: What’s the reaction after one pitcher hits four batters?

This isn’t a GIF, but if I made a GIF, it’d pretty much look like this, except with some camera wobble.

Charlotte 8, Columbus 2

  • Lenyn Sosa doubled twice, walked once and struck out twice.
  • Carlos Pérez was 0-for-5 with a strikeout.
  • Davis Martin: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Tennessee 6, Birmingham 0

  • Yoelqui Céspedes had the lone Birmingham hit, singling, walking, striking out and stealing a base.
  • Luis Mieses was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
  • Cristian Mena: 4 IP, 4 H, 3 R 3 ER, 2 BB, 9 K, 1 HR, 2 WP, 49 of 81 pitches for strikes.

Winston-Salem at Hickory doubleheader, PPD
Kannapolis at Down East, PPD

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ParisSox

Nice beginning for Mena. And nice to see Davis Martin be Davis Martin

FishSox

Not so sure about that with only 49 of 81 strikes and 2WP + 2BB over 4.1. I love the 9K’s however.

a-t

Nah, that’s pretty decent control for a 20 year old SP early in his time AA. 49/81 = 60.4%, and 2BB/4.1 IP = 4.1 BB/9. At the age/level, overwhelming the competition is more important (and expected) than surgical command.