While the White Sox were grinding away in Wednesday’s doubleheader against Baltimore, Luis Robert made his Birmingham Barons debut when the Double-A affiliate hosted the Chattanooga Lookouts.
He hit lead off, but in his first taste of Double-A pitching he went 0-3 with two strikeouts and a walk. While this isn’t great, the whole Barons lineup went cold as they only mustered up four hits on the night and didn’t push a run across the plate.
Even with that underwhelming box score, there were some positives to be taken from this game. First off, all four of the hits earned came from some of the other players that are part of our young and promising outfield talent (two from Luis Gonzalez, one from Basabe, and one from Rutherford). With his single last night, Rutherford has now hit safely in six of his last eight games. With these four all requiring reps in the outfield, maybe one of them will be called up to Triple A soon enough.
Additionally, Barons pitcher Kyle Kubat pitched a gem in his 2019 Birmingham debut. He struck out seven batters in seven strong innings of work without any walks and only surrendering five hits. The 26-year-old Nebraska Cornhusker’s performance was spoiled by a five run inning, with most of the damage being surrendered by Mauricio Cabrera. This was Kubat’s first game since being called up from Winston-Salem, where he had an impressive 1.23 ERA over four starts.
The last positive that is funny to note is that Robert supposedly demolished a ball that just went foul.
Let’s hope that he can straighten one out today as the Barons take on Chattanooga again this evening.
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