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Randy Williams was a lot of things to a lot of people: a husband, a father, a redneck, left-handed, a flash-in-the-plan.
But to Sox fans, he was mostly just the last two.
And so RAAAAAAAAAAAAANDY finds himself heading to Charlotte after losing a duel with Erick Threets during Wednesday’s loss. Threets had a nice White Sox debut, pitching a scoreless inning and making a terrific defensive play, but it should be said that he was as successful in retiring lefties as Williams was. Both allowed singles to the only one they faced.
At least Threets should be more useful against righties, and will hopefully avoid Williams’ knack for failing even in garbage time.
Tip a 40 for our boy:
Now that he’s pitched with the White Sox for almost a full calendar year, I think we can say that we’ve been treated to the full Tony Pena Expererience.
Last year, we learned what it was like when he was awful. Over the first couple of months, we learned why Kenny Williams traded for him.
And with his recent stretch of awful pitching, we now have seen for ourselves that he’s as streaky as a barfly’s briefs. A quick rundown of his season:
- One run over his first 8 2/3 innings (four appearances).
- 11 runs over his next five innings (five appearances).
- One run over his next 13 innings (10 appearances).
- 10 runs over his next 10 2/3 innings (eight appearances).
If his season were a roller coaster, his last two weeks would’ve been the two whole minutes underwater.
The funny thing is that Ozzie Guillen may have tried waiting it out, as Pena pitched only once over an 11-day period. That didn’t help, so maybe the only thing he can do is work through it. It’d just be nice if these Sox could create more low-leverage situations for the Threetses and Penas of the world, so we can get a true idea of their worth.
Minor league roundup:
- Charlotte 2, Norfolk 1
- Daniel Hudson threw six shutout innings, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out five.
- Jhonny Nunez allowed a run on a hit and a walk over two innings, striking out two.
- Tyler Flowers doubled, walked and struck out over four PAs.
- Brent Morel went 1-for-3.
- Mississippi 5, Birmingham 1
- Justin Greene went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in his Double-A debut.
- Christian Marrero doubled and struck out over four ABs.
- C.J. Retherford’s struggles continue: 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.
- Winston-Salem 4, Potomac 2
- Jon Gilmore singled, walked and struck out over four PAs.
- Jose Martinez went 0-f0r-2 with two walks, and threw a runner out at home.
- Nice start for Charles Leesman: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 14 groundouts.
- Kyle Bellamy pitched around two walks for the save, striking out a batter in a scoreless inning.
- Asheville 2, Kannapolis 1
- Kyle Colligan doubled twice and struck out twice.
- Nick Ciolli (strikeout, stolen base) and Brady Shoemaker (double, two K’s) went 2-for-4.
- Miguel Gonzalez went 0-for-3.
- Justin Collop allowed one run (solo homer) on six hits and a walk over eight innings, striking out four and inducing 13 groundouts.
- Bristol 9, Johnson City 3
- Drew Lee (12th round) went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer, striking out once.
- Daniel Black made his first start at catcher, going 1-for-4 with an RBI, walk and three strikeouts.
- Rangel Ravelo went 1-for-5 with a K.
- Great Falls 13, Missoula 6
- Addison Reed allowed three runs on five hits and a walk over four innings, striking out three.
- Leighton Pangilinan singled, doubled, walked and drove in three runs.
- Juan Silverio went 2-for-6 with an RBI.
- Ross Wilson singled, walked and struck out in six trips to the plate.