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

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.

Fire’s younger players a mixed bag in 2016


Fire’s younger players a mixed bag in 2016

When Joey Calistri subbed on for Arturo Alvarez in the 81st minute of the Chicago Fire's 3-2 loss at Toronto on Sunday it was the first time the rookie homegrown player had seen the field in over a month.

The nine-minute appearance was also more time than he'd seen in a league game in July, August, September and October combined. Calistri played 10 of the Fire's first 13 league matches totaling 333 minutes. In the final 21 matches of the year he made four appearances totaling 15 minutes.

Because Calistri's substitution was the third and final sub for the Fire, it also signified that fellow homegrown players Patrick Doody and Drew Conner would not play in 2016. Both made the list of available substitutes in Toronto, but did not get the call to sub into the match.

This offseason the Fire got younger with first-round draft picks Brandon Vincent (22 years old) and Jonathan Campbell (23), second-rounder Alex Morrell (22), homegrowns Calistri and Conner (both 22) and international players Rodrigo Ramos (21), Khaly Thiam (22) and David Arshakyan (22) joining the team. Some of the players like Vincent and Campbell were major contributors in 2016 and could be a significant part of the team in the future. Meanwhile, the Fire's four homegrown players, 19-year-old second-year pro Collin Fernandez in addition to Calistri, Conner and Doody, combined for two starts. Fernandez made two substitute appearances for a total of eight minutes.

Campbell played in 33 of the Fire’s 34 matches, starting 30 of them at center back, and was in the early running for Rookie of the Year before Jordan Morris, Keegan Rosenberry and Jack Harrison solidfied themselves as the top three in that race. Vincent finished with 24 starts and 26 appearances at left back and was named to the MLS All-Star team. Those two, along with Johan Kappelhof, could potentially form the core of the team’s defense next year.

Another young defender, Ramos, showed flashes of being a dangerous attacking right back and made 16 starts. However, the Brazilian seemed to fall out of favor with Paunovic in the final two months of the season and the Fire will have to pick up the option on his loan to make him a permanent member of the team.

A pair of younger international players, Arshakyan and Thiam, saw semi-regular playing time down the stretch after joining during the season, but neither made a big impression. Thiam, like Ramos, joined on loan so his future remains up in the air. Arshakyan joined the team in August and both Arshakyan and Paunovic have said he is still settling in.

General manager Nelson Rodriguez has talked about trying to form a core of players to build around for years to come. Campbell and Vincent showed the potential to be valuable parts of such a core, but for many of the Fire's younger players, 2016 was a season of missed, or a lack of, opportunities.

Indians announce starting rotation for World Series vs. Cubs

Indians announce starting rotation for World Series vs. Cubs

The Cleveland Indians announced their starting pitchers for the first three games of the World Series against the Cubs.

To no one's surprise, Corey Kluber will get the start for Game 1 on Tuesday. Kluber has been the team's best starter all season. In three starts this postseason, he is 2-1 with a 0.98 ERA and 20 strikeouts.

Trevor Bauer and Josh Timlin will get the nod for Games 2 and 3. Bauer has only made two starts this October, but his last one in Game 3 of the ALCS against the Toronto Blue Jayes was cut short after 21 pitches due to a finger injury.

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After those three, the order has yet to be determined.

Indians manager Terry Francona did say to Zack Meisel of Cleveland.com that Kluber "could be an option" to start Game 4 on three days rest, which he did in the ALCS.