Bailey carries Raiders to upset victory


Bailey carries Raiders to upset victory

Friday, Sept. 23, 2011
Posted: 11:33 p.m.
By Mike Clark

What looked to be heading toward blowout territory took a U-turn, but the destination was still the desired one for Bolingbrook.The No. 16 Raiders blitzed No. 11 Homewood-Flossmoor with a 27-point first quarter on Friday night and coasted home with a 41-28 SouthWest Suburban Blue win in Flossmoor.Bolingbrook (5-0, 3-0), which plays Lincoln-Way East next weekend, scored a special teams touchdown and picked off Homewood-Flossmoor quarterback Tim Williams on consecutive plays en route to opening leads of 27-0 after one quarter and 41-7 at halftime.Homewood-Flossmoor (3-2, 1-2), which lost to Lincoln-Way East last week, rallied in the second half but couldnt climb back up the mountain.Junior quarterback Aaron Bailey paced the Raiders, running for three first-half touchdowns and finishing with 129 yards on 30 carries.Thats what we wanted to do, Bailey said. We wanted the ball to start the game, to go out there and set the tempo.Bailey scored on a three-yard run with 9:29 left in the first quarter to start the Raiders run. DJ Pruitt then ran back an H-F punt 67 yards for a score with 7:35 left and Tevin Teamers first interception set up Baileys seven-yard scoring run at 5:45. Teamer picked off Williams on the first play of the Vikings next possession and Jaden Huffs five-yard touchdown run in the final minute of the first quarter pushed the lead to 27-0.We had a Lincoln-Way East hangover, H-F coach Craig Buzea said. We knew that was going to happen. I knew we would have it, win or lose last week. ... We as a program have to be able to play big games like that.Williams (14 of 30, 212 yards) hit Sean Jones with a 40-yard touchdown pass with 8:32 left in the second quarter to put H-F on the board. But Huff had a one-yard scoring run and Bailey dashed 66 yards for a score to make it 41-7 with 2:53 left till halftime.We capitalized on their mistakes, Bolingbrook coach John Ivlow said. The fact that we jumped on them early made all the difference in the end.H-F did all the scoring after halftime, getting two more touchdown passes from Williams, a 54-yarder to Jones and an 18-yarder to Kris Porche. Anfernee Roberts picked off Bailey and went 45 yards for the games final score with 10:27 left in the fourth quarter.Thats probably a more realistic score, Ivlow said of the final. Are we a 40-point better team than that team? Probably not.The only thing Im worried about, weve got to finish off the game better than that, Bailey said. This is one game we didnt finish off.Omar Stover ran nine times for 118 yards for Bolingbrook and Huff finished with 58 yards on 14 carries.H-F managed just four net rushing yards on 21 carries.

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Why Cubs wouldn't pay the price for Andrew Miller and got Aroldis Chapman from Yankees

CLEVELAND — As the New York Yankees marketed Andrew Miller this summer and prepared for their first sell-off in a generation, their demands started at either Kyle Schwarber or Javier Baez — and the Cubs still would have been forced to throw in more talent to get the All-Star reliever.

This could be the fascinating what-if for this World Series. The Cleveland Indians paid the price, giving up a four-player package headlined by outfielder Clint Frazier (the fifth overall pick in the 2013 draft) and left-hander Justus Sheffield (the No. 31 pick in the 2014 draft) to get what turned out to be the American League Championship Series MVP.

The Cubs didn’t make Schwarber untouchable because they thought he would be ready in time for the World Series, but he’s preparing to be their Game 1 designated hitter on Tuesday night at Progressive Field after a remarkable recovery from major surgery on his left knee.

“It was impossible to avoid some of the names — particularly the Cubs — (with) the year they were having,” Miller said. “Whether I wanted to avoid it or not I heard it. Guys in the clubhouse, our media was certainly bringing it to us.”

Even in other possible deals for pitching, the Cubs never came close to selling low on Baez, who broke out as the National League Championship Series co-MVP for his offensive production and defensive wizardry. 

Instead of getting Miller’s late-game dominance for three pennant races — and giving up five potential 30-homer, 100-RBI seasons with Schwarber — the Cubs closed a different blockbuster deal with the Yankees for a left-handed power arm.

The Cubs wanted Aroldis Chapman’s 100-mph fastball to get the last out of the World Series and would rationalize his 30-game suspension to begin this season under Major League Baseball’s domestic-violence policy. Already holding an age-22 All-Star shortstop in Addison Russell, the Cubs surrendered elite prospect Gleyber Torres.

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“Gleyber’s a good baseball player,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “That kid’s going to be really good. So you have to give up something to get something. But also our guys felt if we got Aroldis this year, we’d have a chance to be sitting here and answering this question. And they were right.

“It’s an entirely different thing when you get a guy out there throwing 100 miles an hour. You feel pretty good about it, regardless of who is hitting. So he’s really a big part of why we’re doing this right now.”

Chapman has saved five playoff games — and become that reassuring ninth-inning presence at Wrigley Field — but he clearly responds better to a scripted role.

Miller has been untouchable during the postseason, throwing 11 2/3 scoreless innings and striking out 21 of the 41 batters he’s faced, giving Terry Francona even more freedom to manage a lights-out Cleveland bullpen.

“To be utilized like Miller,” Maddon said, “not everybody is cut from the same cloth mentally, either, or the ability to get loose and prepare. Andrew Miller — having done a variety of different things in the big leagues as a pitcher — is probably more suited to be able to be this guy that can get up in the sixth, seventh, eighth or ninth and warm up in a manner that gets him in the game both mentally and physically.

“Whereas Aroldis — if he wanted to do that — I think that would have had to be done from spring training. He’d have to differentiate his mindset. He’d have to have a different way to get ready. I do notice he throws a heavy baseball before he actually throws a regular baseball. That’s his routine.

“Whether you agree with it or not, that’s just the way it is. So with a guy like Aroldis — to ask him to attempt to dump his routine right now (and) do something else — I think you’re looking for failure right there.

“We stretched him to five outs the other night, which is a good thing, I thought. So now going forward he knows he can do that. But to just haphazardly throw him in the sixth, seventh or ninth, I think would be very difficult to do.”

Even in a World Series featuring historic droughts, Cy Young Award winners, MVP candidates and star managers, this October could come down to the bullpens shaped by deals with the Yankees.

“Both teams made aggressive trades,” Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said. “Both teams are still standing. There’s something to that.”