White Sox Minor Keys: Sept. 17, 2021

The Birmingham Barons entered the final week of the regular season with a 2½-game lead over Pensacola for the second-best record in the Double-A South.

With two days left on the calendar, the Blue Wahoos are no longer the team they have to worry about.

Montgomery is now a half-game behind the Barons for the second postseason spot after taking the first three games of a rain-delayed series, including a doubleheader sweep in Montgomery Friday night. The Barons were in position to win Game 2, but Caleb Freeman picked a bad time for a rare blown save.

The schedule only shows one of two rainouts being postponed, but the Biscuits said the make-up date for Thursday’s rainout is to be determined. That makes a difference, because if there are only two games left, the Barons only need to win one of them. If there’s a third game on the schedule, then the rest of the season becomes a best-of-three.

Charlotte 5, Durham 4

  • Jake Burger was 0-for-3 with an HBP and two strikeouts.
  • Micker Adolfo, 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Ti’Quan Forbes came up a homer short of the cycle during a 3-for-4 night. He also stole a base, and avoided striking out when the Knights went down whiffing 17 times.
  • Jimmy Lambert: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

Montgomery 9, Birmingham 6 (Game 1, 7 innings)

  • Jose Rodriguez and Carlos Pérez both were 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Lenyn Sosa went 1-for-3.
  • Yoelqui Céspedes was 1-for-3 with a strikeout.
  • Davis Martin: 2.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Montgomery 4, Birmingham 3 (Game 2, 7 innings)

  • Jose Rodriguez went 1-for-3 with a double.
  • Yolbert Sanchez was 2-for-3.
  • Carlos Pérez, 0-for-3.
  • Same for Lenyn Sosa, who struck out.
  • Yolequi Céspedes went 2-for-3 with his first Double-A homer and a strikeout, but was picked off/caught stealing.
  • Caleb Freeman blew the save: 0.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

Highlights:

*Céspedes’ homer:

Asheville 14, Winston-Salem 4

  • Luis Mieses went 0-for-4 with a K.
  • Luis Curbelo homered and struck out thrice.
  • Harvin Mendoza went 1-for-4 with a double and two strikeouts.
  • I missed 16th-round pick Terrell Tatum getting promoted from the ACL to High-A. He went 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout in his second game.

Kannapolis 3, Columbia 1 (Game 1, 7 innings)

  • Caberea Weaver went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts, and was caught stealing.
  • Bryan Ramos was 1-for-4 with a triple.
  • DJ Gladney homered, struck out, and got plunked.
  • Chase Krogman wet 2-for-3.
  • Misael Gonzalez walked, struck out and got plunked.
  • Wilber Sanchez was 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout.
  • Andrew Dalquist: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 1 K

Kannapolis 9, Columbia 3 (Game 2, 7 innings)

  • Caberea Weaver went 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Bryan Ramos, 2-for-4 with another triple.
  • Chase Krogman was 2-for-4 with a strikeout.
  • Misael Gonzalez, 2-for-4 with a homer and a strikeout.
  • Wilber Sanchez doubled, walked, struck out and got plunked.
  • Brooks Gosswein: 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 2 WP

ACL Rangers 4, ACL White Sox 0

  • Colson Montgomery went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Benyamin Bailey went 1-for-2 with a walk, but was caught stealing.
  • Jefferson Mendoza and Logan Glass both were 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
  • Uh-oh, Tanner McDougal: 0.1 IP, 0 R, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
  • Ronaldo Guzman: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

DSL Blue Jays 12, DSL White Sox 0

  • Manuel Guariman went 0-for-4.
  • Victor Quezada was 0-for-1 with two walks and a stolen base.
  • Yohemy Nolasco: 1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

(Photo of Riverwalk Stadium in Montgomery, Ala. by Chris Pruitt)

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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

Re: Terrell Tatum
I think we all saw that and were wondering why you didn’t mention it.

Joliet Orange Sox

I was upset Jim wasn’t covering the news about Tatum. I have supported this site through Patreon because I have thought of it as independent media It was disappointing to see Jim be just another piece of the Tatum news coverup in the Lamestream Media.

jorgefabregas

Man is his preferred pronunciation Joelki?