On The Farm: Ciolli Drives In Seven For Kannapolis; Young Tosses Gem at Bristol

On The Farm: Ciolli Drives In Seven For Kannapolis; Young Tosses Gem at Bristol

Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010
Posted: 10:20 p.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski
CSNChicago.com

WHITE SOX Kannapolis A
Nick Ciolli drove in a career best seven RBIs on Wednesday evening as the Intimidators drubbed Lexington, 13-1, at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium.

Ciolli had three of Kannapolis 15 hits, including a fourth-inning grand slam that broke open what was still a relatively close game. He already had an RBI single in the third inning before coming to the plate in the fourth and later added a two-run single in the seventh.

I was just trying to keep fueling the fire, said Ciolli, who had a five-RBI game on July 27 against Asheville. We had a lot of rhythm going tonight and I was just trying to get everyone going, get some momentum going. I was just trying to get a couple of extra RBIs here and there.

I was just trying to go up there and get the next guy up in the fourth. I had been watching him and he came in with a fastball and followed up with a curve and I guessed curve and picked it up knee high and got it out of the park.

Daniel Wagner also had three hits and drove in a pair while John Spatola added a homer and two RBIs.

It made for an easy night for Cameron Bayne 12-9, who won his sixth consecutive start. Bayne allowed a run in 6 23 innings.

Bristol Rookie
Robert Young is beginning to pitch more like a top-10 selection in the draft that someone who was chosen in the 31st round. Yet, thats where the White Sox took him in June. But over the last two weeks Young has made the Chicago front office look very smart.

He was brilliant again on Wednesday night as Bristol defeated visiting Bluefield, 5-1. Young 3-3 earned his third consecutive victory, allowing an unearned run in six innings while scattering only four hits. The former Dartmouth star struck out a career high eight and has a 0.36 ERA in his last four starts 24 23 innings.

Qualon Millender had two hits and two RBIs.

Winston-Salem A
Lynchburg and the Dash traded shutouts Wednesday evening as the two teams split a doubleheader at Lynchburg City Stadium.

Winston-Salem took the opener, 5-0, as Dylan Axelrod went the distance, scattering seven hits and striking out eight. Axelrod 7-2 has a 0.75 ERA in his last five starts, a stretch of 36 innings.

The Dash hit four homers with Ken Williams, Seth Loman, Jason Bour and Kyle Shelton going deep.

The Hillcats returned the favor in the nightcap, scoring in the sixth inning to pick up a 1-0 victory. Brandon Kloess 1-2 took the loss.
Peoria A
The Chiefs split a doubleheader with Cedar Rapids, dropping the opener, 6-3, before rallying to win the nightcap, 10-5, at OBrien Field.

Peoria scored nine first-inning runs in the second game mostly as a result of three errors committed by the Kernels. Hak-Ju Lee had a pair of hits in the inning, including a two-run single, while Justin Bour had a two-run double. Jose Guevara also had a two-run double.

Luis Liria picked up the win despite allowing four runs in three innings. Bour had two hits and two RBIs in the opener. Ryan Searle took the loss after surrendering six runs on 11 hits in 4 23 innings.

In other action, Birmingham dropped an 8-5 decision at Carolina. Dale Mollenhauer had a homer and three RBIs. RHP Jeff Sues was promoted to Birmingham from Winston-Salem prior to the game. Gwinnett downed visiting Charlotte, 9-6. Kyle McCulloch started and allowed seven runs in five innings, giving up a pair of homers in the process. Brent Morel went 3-for-5 with an RBI. Pitchers Lucas Harrell Erick Threets were recalled by Chicago prior to the game.
CUBSDaytona A
Evan Crawfords sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth lifted Daytona by Clearwater, 2-1, on Wednesday at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Cubs, who have won three in a row, picked up a half game on first-place Tampa, which split two games with Brevard County.

The Cubs loaded the bases in the ninth before Crawford lofted a fly ball to right field off Jon Velasquez. Crawford scored on a wild pitch in the third inning after the Threshers had taken a 1-0 lead in the first.

Robert Whitenack started and went the first five innings. Chris Siegfried then pitched three one-hit innings before Jeff Beliveau worked a scoreless ninth for the win.
In other action, West Tenn scored a ninth-inning run and bested Tennessee, 5-4. Kyle Smit, whom the Cubs acquired from the Dodgers in July, suffered his first loss with the Smokies. LHP Jeremy Papelbon came off the disabled list prior to the game and started, allowing a run in three innings. Brett Jackson had a solo homer for the Smokies. LHP Luke Sommer 2-2, 2.23 was promoted to Iowa.

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

Fast Break Morning Update: Cubs visit White House; Blackhawks, Bulls in action tonight

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The state of the Bulls after the first half of the season

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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.