On The Farm: Canzler Leads Tennessee By Birmingham

On The Farm: Canzler Leads Tennessee By Birmingham

Saturday Aug. 28, 2010
Posted: 10:10 p.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski

CUBS Tennessee AA
Russ Canzlers one-out home run in the ninth inning Saturday night capped a big rally and gave Tennessee an 8-7 victory over Birmingham at Smokies Park.

The Barons had held leads of 4-0 and 7-4, the latter of which was in the eighth inning. But Brandon Guyers two-run double capped a three-run inning and set the stage for Canzlers heroics in the ninth. Guyer finished with four hits, including a pair of doubles and four RBIs.

The GuyerCanzler tandem also helped make a winner of Kyle Smit, who picked up his fourth victory since coming over from the Dodgers in a July 31 deal. Smit 4-1 pitched a scoreless ninth, helping get Aaron Shafer off the hook after he allowed the three eighth-inning runs that gave the Barons their second big lead.

Trey McNutt started for the Smokies and allowed four runs two earned in five innings.
Peoria A
DJ Fitzgeralds three-run triple capped a five-run second inning and propelled Peoria to a 7-1 victory over Clinton at OBrien Field.

Clinton had committed a pair of errors that fueled the rally, which began after the Chiefs had already made two outs. Anthony Giansanti had an RBI double while Hak-Ju Lee added a run-scoring single in the inning. Fitzgerald finished with four hits and four RBIs while Giansanti had three hits.

Austin Kirk allowed a run in 5 23 innings of relief to earn his first Midwest League victory. He fanned four, walked one and gave up a hit.
In other action, Lakeland blanked Daytona, 3-0, at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Cubs managed only four hits and Nick Struck 0-2 took the loss after allowing a run in four innings. Iowa dropped a 5-4 decision at Omaha, leaving them just a half game ahead of Memphis in the Pacific Coast Leagues American North Division. The I-Cubs have been in first place since July 20. Austin Bibens-Dirkx took the loss, his third staright, after allowing five runs in 4 23 innings. Bryan LaHair had a homer and two RBIs.
WHITE SOXWinston-Salem A
Nick Ciollis Carolina debut was a successful Saturday night as Winston-Salem upended Myrtle Beach, 8-3, at BB&T Ballpark.

Ciolli was promoted from Kannapolis earlier in the day after Brandon Short was placed on the disabled list with an oblique strain. Short hasnt played since Aug. 18. Ciolli, who had 73 RBIs in the South Atlantic League, picked right up where he left off at Kannapolis, collecting a pair of hits, scoring twice and driving in a run.

Luis Sierra drove in three runs and extended his hitting streak to six games with a pair of hits. Jon Gilmore had three hits and two RBIs. Terry Doyle picked up his second consecutive victory, scattering seven hits and allowing three runs over seven innings. Ryan Kussmaul struck out four over two scoreless innings for his first save. LHP Garrett Johnson was promoted to Charlotte.
Kannapolis A
The Intimidators got a strong start from Ryan Buch and though the bullpen stumbled a bit, the Intimidators were able to hang on for a 6-5 victory over Lexington at Fieldcret Cannon Stadium.

Buch 5-2 snapped a two-game losing streak and equaled a season-high with seven strikeouts. He went 6 23 innings, his second-longest outing of the year, allowing a pair of unearned runs. Kevin Moran allowed three eighth-inning runs to make things closer than they needed to before Orlando Santos earned his 14th save with a perfect ninth.

The Intimidators used a four-run sixth inning to break the game open. The Legends committed a pair of errors and threw three wild pitches in the inning to fuel the rally. Dan Wagner had a pair of hits and scored twice for Kannapolis, which will now finish the regular season on the road.
Bristol Rookie
The Sox exploded for five seventh-inning runs on Saturday and defeated visiting Pulaski, 9-6.

Mike Schwartzs two-run single was the highlight of an inning that also saw Pulaski make a pair of errors and hit a batter with a pitch. Rangel Ravelo finished with three this and drove in a pair while Dan Black also had two RBIs.

Austin Evans allowed a run in two innings of relief to pick up the victory.
In other action, Russ Canzlers one-out home run in the ninth inning Saturday night capped a big rally and gave Tennessee an 8-7 victory over Birmingham at Smokies Park. Anthony Carter took the loss, his fourth of the season. The loss was Birminghams seventh in a row to Tennessee. ... Dayan Viciedo's two-run blast in the bottom of the 11th gave Charlotte a 3-1 victory over Durham at Knights Stadium. Miguel Socolovich tossed two scoreless innings for the win. Prior to the game, Carlos Torres was recalled by the White Sox when Erick Threets went on the disabled list.

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

Jose Abreu helps White Sox rally to tie record for April wins

Associated Press

Jose Abreu helps White Sox rally to tie record for April wins

BALTIMORE -- The White Sox closed April in the most appropriate of ways -- with another heavy dose of late-inning magic.

Jose Abreu had two late RBIs, including driving in the go-ahead run in the ninth and the White Sox tied a team record for April victories with an 8-7 win over the Baltimore Orioles in front of 29,152 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Playing without ejected manager Robin Ventura, the White Sox scored five times over the final three innings to rally for their 17 th win.

They finished the opening month with a 17-8 mark, tying the 2000, 2005 and 2006 clubs for most April wins.

An inning after his error allowed Baltimore to rally from two down, Jose Abreu provided his team with some redemption in the ninth. Abreu followed a two-out single by Adam Eaton and walk by Carlos Sanchez with an RBI single to right off Vance Worley to put the White Sox ahead for good. Nate Jones then pitched a scoreless ninth to close out the win.

The White Sox have scored 49 of their 95 runs (51.6 percent) from the seventh inning on.

The offense came to life against Baltimore’s bullpen, long after starter Kevin Gausman was gone.

Brett Lawrie walked to start the seventh against Mychal Givens and stole second base. Austin Jackson singled on the 10th pitch he saw from Givens to get the White Sox within a run.

They jumped ahead in the eighth with three runs against Darren O’Day, who hadn’t allowed a run all season. Sanchez doubled to open the inning and scored on a game-tying single to right by Abreu. Todd Frazier then launched a massive 411-foot homer -- his seventh -- to center to put the White Sox up 7-5.

Baltimore tied it in the bottom of the eighth when Abreu’s two-out error extended the inning for Matt Albers, who saw his scoreless streak snapped at 33 1/3 innings. Machado reached when Abreu dropped Frazier’s throw and Albers hit Jones. The White Sox brought Zach Duke on to face Chris Davis, who doubled in the tying runs.

A find since the season began, Mat Latos wasn’t as sharp with his location on Saturday.

Location has been a necessity for Latos, who has mostly worked with his fastball sitting between 88-90 mph. Whereas he’d been able to consistently locate most of his pitches in his first four starts, Latos was off the mark and the Orioles took advantage.

Baltimore had at least two hits in four of the five innings that Latos worked, including solo homers by Pedro Alvarez and Jonathan Schoop to tie it in the fourth.  

The right-hander gave up a run in the first inning on a Mark Trumbo single but didn’t allow any more until the fourth despite giving up four hits. That’s because Adam Jones grounded into a controversial 5-4 double play in the third that resulted in the 12 th ejection of Ventura’s career. Machado, who reached on an infield single, slid late into second base and made contact with the leg of Lawrie, who never threw to first. Ventura asked for a review as Machado appeared to be in violation of the new rule regarding slides at second base. After a stoppage of at least six minutes, review officials determined that Machado didn’t interfere on the play and Jones was safe at first. Ventura immediately argued the call and loss of challenge with crew chief Gerry Davis, who ejected him.

Latos stranded two on in the fourth after yielding the solo homers and retired the first two batters he faced in the fifth. But Latos walked Matt Wieters and Alvarez doubled deep to center to put Baltimore up 4-3.

Latos, who saw his ERA increase to 1.84 from 0.74, allowed four earned runs and 11 hits in five innings.

The Orioles added a run in the sixth on Jones’ two-out RBI double off Zach Putnam.

After falling behind early, the White Sox rallied with the help of a Machado error in the third inning. Jerry Sands and Dioner Navarro started with singles. Adam Eaton then appeared to hit into a double play but Machado’s throw was wide of second, which allowed the tying run to score. Schoop then dropped Tyler Saladino’s pop up, which allowed another run as the White Sox pulled ahead 2-1.

Lawrie’s two-out solo home run -- his third of the season -- off Orioles starter Kevin Gausman put the White Sox up by two in the fourth inning. But Gausman shut down the White Sox the rest of the way, retiring the final seven men he faced after he yielded a two-out single to Sands.

Sunday on CSN: Sale, White Sox close series with O's

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Sunday on CSN: Sale, White Sox close series with O's

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Nick Kwiatkoski Chicago Bears NFL Draft Profile


Nick Kwiatkoski Chicago Bears NFL Draft Profile

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of more than 150 prospects, including a scouting report and video interviews with each player.

Nick Kwiatkoski (LB), West Virginia

6’2” | 243 lbs.

2015 stats:

85 tackles, 11.5 TFL, 4 sacks, 3 INT


4th round, 113rd overall to Chicago Bears

Scouting Report:

"Kwiatkoski is known for his weight room work and has transitioned his body type from safety to inside linebacker. He has some physical limitations that could prevent him from becoming a full-­time starter, but his mean streak and ability to finish as a tackler could serve him well as a special teamer which is likely how he will have to make a team." - Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

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