On The Farm: Another Day, Another Big Game For Clevenger

On The Farm: Another Day, Another Big Game For Clevenger

Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010
Posted: 7:30 p.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski
CSNChicago.com
CUBSTennessee AA
Steve Clevenger continued his one-man assault against Mississippi on Sunday, leading Tennessee to an 11-2 victory at Smokies Park.

Clevenger had a homer and four RBIs after hitting a homer and driving in five on Saturday. He has nine hits in his last nine at-bats against the Braves. Marwin Gonzalez added four hits and a pair of RBIs while Matt Spencer had a homer and two runs batted in.

Rafael Dolis 4-3 allowed a run in five innings while striking out five.

The Smokies lost an arm and added an arm as well on Sunday, bidding adieu to RHP Chris Carpenter, who heads to Triple-A Iowa, while welcoming fellow RHP Trey McNutt from Class-A Daytona. Carpenter, a third-round pick in 2008, leaves with an 8-6 record and a 3.16 ERA. He fanned 100 batters.

McNutt, meanwhile, represents yet another mound success story for the Cubs this season. Hes 10-0 with a 1.97 ERA while splitting time between Peoria of the Midwest League and Daytona. Hes fanned 119 in just over 100 innings and will join Chris Archer, whom he replaced at Daytona when Archer was promoted to Tennessee in June, as the Smokies zero in on a Southern League title.

Chicago RHP Esmailin Caridad also joined the Smokies as he works his way back from an elbow strain.
Iowa AAA
Jay Jacksons streaky season continued Sunday afternoon as Iowa upended Nashville, 3-2, at Principal Park. The I-Cubs, who own the best record in the Pacific Coast League, are a season-high 20 games over .500.

Jackson 10-8 snapped a two-start losing streak after throwing five solid innings. Hes been winning in long streaks this year and losing in much shorter ones thanks in part to efforts like Sundays. He allowed only two runs on six hits and struck out six before a trio of relievers kept the Sounds from making any noise. Jeff Stevens pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his fifth save.

The Cubs scored twice in the fifth inning, equaling the two runs Nashville put up in the top of the frame, to take a 3-2 lead. Matt Camp tied the score with an RBI double before the winning run scored on a Ty Wright double play.

In other action, Daytona and Brevard County were postponed and will play a doubleheader on Monday beginning at 5:05 at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Peoria dropped a 4-2 decision at Clinton's Alliant Energy Field. Maolin De Leon allowed a trio of fourth-inning runs and suffered the loss. Hak-Ju Lee, Jae-Hoon Ha and Justin Bour each had a pair of hits. The loss pushed the Chiefs 2.5 games out of a wild-card spot in the Midwest League playoff picture. Vancouver edged Boise, 4-3. Peirre LaPage had a pair of hits and an RBI, extending his hitting streak to five games.
WHITE SOXWinston-Salem A
The Dash held off a furious late charge by Potomac and earned a 9-8 victory at Pfitzner Stadium.

Potomac scored four times in the eighth and once more in the ninth before the game ended on a play at the plate. Jose Lozada was attempting to score on a pitch that got by catcher Jason Bour. He retrieved the ball and fired to pitcher Tyson Corley, who applied the tag for the final out, giving the hurler his eighth save.

Terry Doyle 6-8 gave up a run in five innings to pick up his first victory since July 8. He had been 0-5 in seven starts since. Seth Loman had three hits, including a homer, and two RBIs for the Dash.
Kannapolis A
The Intimidators swept a doubleheader at Greensboro Sunday afternoon and once again they benefited from some strong starting pitching. Andre Rienzo pitched a complete game in the opener as Kannapolis earned a 5-0 victory.

It was Rienzos fourth consecutive victory and seventh in nine starts. He allowed only three hits and struck out nine in the seven-inning affair, lowering his ERA to a season-low 3.90. He has a 1.41 ERA in his last eight starts, a stretch of 51 innings.

Ian Gac had three hits, including one of Kannapoliss three home runs. Nick Ciolli had a homer and two RBIs while Trayce Thompson had two hits, including a solo homer.

The bats took over in the nightcap, a 9-5 victory. Thompson had another homer and drove in three while had a hit and picked up two more RBIs. Matt Hopps 2-10 picked up his first victory since May 27.
Birmingham AA
Johnnie Lowe continued his hot streak for the Barons as they defeated visiting Huntsville, 5-1, Sunday evening.

Lowe 6-4 won for the second time in three starts after allowing a run on two hits in six innings. He has a 2.20 ERA in his last three starts. Deunte Heath preserved the victory with three shutout innings. Both pitchers fanned six. Dale Mollenhauer had three RBis for the Barons.
Great Falls Rookie
The Voyagers exploded for eight first-inning runs and then held on for a 12-10 victory at Ogden.

Andy Wilkins and Mike Early each had two hits and two RBIs while Mike Blanke added a pair of hits to extend his hitting streak to eight games. Despite allowing three runs in 1 13 innings, Rene Garcia picked up his first win of the season.

In other action, Clint Sammons solo homer sparked a two-run 10th inning and gave Gwinnett a 10-8 victory over Charlotte at Knights Stadium. The loss snapped Charlottes winning streak at three games. Greg Aquino took the loss. Dayan Viciedo had three hits, including a pair of homers, and three RBIs. Stefan Gartrell had two hits, including a homer, and three RBIs. ... Johnson City downed Bristol, 3-1, in Appalachian League play. The Sox managed only four hits. Kevin Rath took the loss, allowing all three runs in two innings. Matt Heidenreich started and tossed six shutout innings. he's got a 0.67 ERA in his last four starts.

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

WATCH: Blackhawks play Blues in NHL 17 ahead of Winter Classic showdown

WATCH: Blackhawks play Blues in NHL 17 ahead of Winter Classic showdown

For the third time since the event was created, the Blackhawks will participate in the Winter Classic, facing the St. Louis Blues on Jan. 2, 2017.

To build some hype for the Central Division showdown, which will feature two teams that find themselves battling for the top seed in the Western Conference, Ryan Hartman and Trevor van Riemsdyk of the Blackhawks squared off with Joel Edmundson and Robby Fabbri of the Blues in EA Sports' NHL 17.

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Edmunson and Fabbri jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, but the finish would be determined in 3-on-3 overtime.

Check out who came out on top in the video below:

Tyson Ross could be one of the final pieces for Cubs’ offseason puzzle

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Tyson Ross could be one of the final pieces for Cubs’ offseason puzzle

Tyson Ross could be one of the final pieces of the offseason puzzle as the Cubs try to defend their World Series title while still planning for the future.

The Cubs left this week’s winter meetings in Maryland still involved in the Ross talks, sources said, monitoring an intriguing pitcher they had targeted before the 2015 trade deadline.

The San Diego Padres didn’t really buy or sell during that pennant race and made another curious decision last week when they didn’t offer Ross a contract for 2017. MLB Trade Rumors projected Ross would have made $9.6 million during his final year in the arbitration system.

After issues involving his right shoulder wiped out almost his entire season, Ross underwent surgery in October to address thoracic outlet syndrome.

Ross was San Diego’s Opening Day starter during a 15-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, but didn’t pitch again, clouding a future that once had him looking like a trade-deadline chip and one of the best pitchers in the free-agent class after the 2017 season.

That’s when Jake Arrieta will be looking for his megadeal and John Lackey might be in retirement and Jon Lester will be turning 34. That’s why the Cubs are so focused on pitching this winter and trying to balance out an organization tilted toward hitters.

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Kyle Hendricks proved he will be a pitcher to build around – and the Cubs believe Mike Montgomery can evolve from a swingman into a fifth starter and maybe something far more valuable – but depth is a real issue.

Ross made 30-plus starts in 2014 and 2015, when he earned an All-Star selection and accounted for almost 400 innings combined. He will turn 30 in April and is seen as a positive force within the clubhouse. He has a 6-foot-6 frame, a second-round-pick pedigree and a Cal-Berkeley education.

Reports have already linked the Texas Rangers and Pittsburgh Pirates to Ross and not completely ruled out a return to San Diego. During an offseason where the free-agent market is essentially devoid of reliable frontline starters, there could be sticker shock, even with a rehabbing pitcher.

Trading for Wade Davis meant the Cubs were out of the bidding for Greg Holland, another All-Star closer who helped turn the Kansas City Royals into World Series champions. Holland spent this year recovering from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, but he will still be in position to capitalize after Mark Melancon, Aroldis Chapman and eventually Kenley Jansen reset the market for closers.

With Ross, the Cubs will have to get a better sense of the medical picture and the price for all that upside.

Beyond a winning culture, the Cubs can sell the pitching infrastructure that helped turn Arrieta into a Cy Young Award winner and transform Hendricks into an ERA leader and keep the rotation remarkably healthy.

“Those really talented pitchers are going to be in demand, even those that are coming off an injury,” Cubs president Theo Epstein said this week at National Harbor. “We’ll stay engaged on some of those guys, but they’ll have to be just the right talent.

“We’ll have to feel good about the medical and the return to play. And the fit on the club would have to be right, too. But the true elite guys have a real market, even if they’re coming off down seasons.”