White Sox Minor Keys: April 21, 2018

Michael Kopech reviews his start; Alex Call drops a walk-off squeeze

Following up on Friday night’s keys, Michael Kopech may have had one of those moments where he lost a composure point.

Kevan Newman scored his third and final run by singling and getting bunted over to second. After that, Kopech handed him the other 180 feet with a balk and a wild pitch. The balk was the result of getting crossed up with Kevan Smith, and he compounded matters.

“I immediately knew I balked, I was just hoping they didn’t see it,” Kopech said. “Clearly they did. I messed up there. I think the next pitch was an anger pitch. I threw it away and the guy scores. I can’t allow that to happen either. I have to do better.”

That’s from James Fegan’s article, which paints a picture of a guy who already knows he can dominate just about any single plate appearance, but is trying to put it all together for a six- or seven-inning product.

Indianapolis 7, Charlotte 2

  • Charlie Tilson went 1-for-4.
  • Daniel Palka was 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.
  • Casey Gillaspie was 2-for-4 with a strikeout.

Birmingham 2, Pensacola 1

  • The Barons only had two hits, but they were solo homers by Seby Zavala (1-for-4, K) and Danny Mendick (1-for-3, 2 Ks).
  • Tito Polo went 0-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base.
  • Jameson Fisher and Eloy Jimenez were 0-for-3 with a walk.
  • Ian Hamilton: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Winston-Salem 4, Salem 3

  • Joel Booker went 0-for-4 with a walk.
  • Alex Call capped the Dash’s three-run ninth with a walk-off squeeze bunt. He went 2-for-5 with two strikeouts.
  • Luis Alexander Basabe went 1-for-3 with a double, walk and strikeout.
  • Micker Adolfo wore the collar and silver sombrero.
  • Gavin Sheets went 0-for-2 with two walks.
  • Yermin Mercedes went 2-for-4.
  • Ti’Quan Forbes went 2-for-4 with a triple and strikeout.
  • Dane Dunning: 7 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HR

Kannapolis 7, Greenville 0

  •  Luis Gonzalez went 2-for-3 with a homer and a walk.
  • Justin Yurchak was 2-for-4 with a double and a strikeout.
  • Evan Skoug, 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Carlos Perez was 1-for-3 with a triple.
  • Kade McClure: 7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K
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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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ParisSox

Nice one McClure!!   And Dunning, your Birmingham table is ready.  

Brett R. Bobysud

What was interesting was that, in addition to the game-winning suicide squeeze Winston-Salem executed, Birmingham attempted the same play about 5 minutes earlier.

Polo was on 3rd with 2 outs and Fisher got a good bunt down. Polo scored, but the ump called Fisher out at first, even though the replay showed that Fisher probably beat the throw.

So we had two clubs execute a suicide within 5 minutes of each other and, barring a missed call, both were successful.

MadManx

Josh Nelson favorite Seby continues to crush the ball. Any recent reports that think he can actually be a catcher?

karkovice squad

Conventional wisdom is that he’s good enough to at least be a backup.