Chicago Trio Hit Hard For Mesa

Chicago Trio Hit Hard For Mesa

Thursday Nov. 11, 2010
Posted: 8:45 a.m.
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The trio of Cubs pitchers that took the mound for Mesa Wednesday night did not shine in the Solar Sox 9-6 loss to Phoenix. In fact, it was Jake Muyco, Chris Carpenter and Kyle Smit that allowed all of the Desert Dog runs.

Muyco started and went 3 23 innings, allowing four runs on five hits. Hes allowed runs in each of his starts, giving up three or more runs in four of those efforts. His ERA is 8.85 in 20 13 innings while the opposition is hitting .400 against him.

Carpenter fared slightly better, surrendering two runs in 1 23 innings on three hits. After spending the majority of the season as a starter with Double-A Tennessee, for whom he was 8-6 with a 3.16 ERA, Carpenter has pitched to a 5.68 ERA in 12 23 AFL relief innings.

Smith, meanwhile, took the loss after allowing three runs in 1 13 innings. Hes allowed four runs over his last 2 13 innings, pushing his AFL ERA to 4.76. He had given up only two runs in his first nine innings. Infielder Ryan Flaherty was 1-fr-5 with a run scored.

Kevin Czerwinski can be reached at ktczerwinski@gmail.com.

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Who are the Bulls? The team that beat Cleveland and Toronto or lost to Dallas, Minnesota and Milwaukee?

That's the question Bulls fans are currently asking and the one Bulls Insider Vincent Goodwill posed in the video above.

The Bulls have had impressive wins and shocking losses, but neither of those should be surprising at this point. The Bulls are, as Goodwill put it, consistently inconsistent.

The first half of the season has proven that Dwyane Wade still has some memorable moments left to give and Jimmy Butler continues to approach superstardom. On the downside, the drama surrounding Rajon Rondo has meant the 'three alphas' that were hyped up in the preseason haven't been the dynamic trio some Bulls fans had hoped.

Coach Fred Hoiberg doesn't have the shooters his system needs, but can he still rally the troops and get something out of Rondo?

Watch the video to see Goodwill's look back on the Bulls' first half and what could be ahead.