On The Farm: Dolis Coming On Strong At Tennessee

On The Farm: Dolis Coming On Strong At Tennessee

Friday Aug. 27, 2010
Posted: 9:45 p.m.By Kevin Czerwinski
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Rafael Dolis won his second consecutive start and fourth in five outings on Friday as Tennessee upended Birmingham, 5-2, at Smokies Park.

Dolis 5-3, who is pitching as well as he has all season, scattered eight hits and allowed but runs over six innings. Esmailin Caridad and Blake Parker fourth save allowed one hit over the final three innings.

Brandon Guyer, Steve Clevenger three runs scored and Tony Thomas each had a pair of hits. Clevenger extended his hitting streak to seven games, during which he is batting .640 16-for-25.

In other action, Daytona failed to pick up ground on Tampa in the race for the Florida State Leagues North Division title Friday night. The Cubs dropped a 5-1 decision to Lakeland in 11 innings at Jackie Robinson Stadium while the Yankees were busy losing at Dunedin. Mike Perconte allowed all four 11th-inning runs. Alberto Cabrera allowed an unearned run in 6 13 innings while striking out 10. Carlos Silva pitched 2 23 scoreless innings in a rehab start for Peoria, which upended Cedar Rapids at OBrien Field. D.J. Fitzgerald had two hits, including a homer, and two RBIs.
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The Dash did all their scoring early, jumping out to a 5-0 lead after three innings before holding on for a 5-2 victory over Myrtle Beach at BB&T Ballpark.

Winston-Salem scored three runs in the second and was aided by a pair of Pelican errors. Greg Paiml sandwiched an RBI double in between the miscues while Kenny Williams added a run-scoring sacrifice fly. Kyle Sheltons two-run double was the big blow in the third but that too came about as a result of another Myrtle Beach error.

Joe Serafin allowed both runs in 5 23 innings to collect his second win.

In other action, Birmingham lost at Tennessee, 5-2. Tyler Kuhn had three hits, including a homer and an RBI. Kannapolis dropped a 5-3 decision to Lexington at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium as the Legends scored twice in the ninth to earn the victory. Jacob Petricka 0-1 allowed both runs and suffered the loss. Andre Rienzo, who started and allowed a run in five innings, has a 1.45 ERA over his last nine starts. Rangel Ravelo had two hits and four RBIs to led Bristol past Bluefield. Matthew Heidenreich 6-2 improved to 4-0 in his last five starts after allowing three runs in five innings. Norfolk downed Charlotte, 5-1, at Knights Stadium. Brent Morel was 1-for-4.

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

Start spreadin' the news: Northwestern to face Pitt in Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium

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Start spreadin' the news: Northwestern to face Pitt in Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium

Start spreadin' the news.

Northwestern is heading to New York for its bowl game this season, specifically the Bronx, where it will battle Pittsburgh in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.

Though it isn't your typically warm bowl destination, the baseball-stadium setting should be pretty fantastic. The game will be played at 1 p.m. on Dec. 28.

The Wildcats reached bowl eligibility with their sixth win in the regular-season finale against Illinois. Northwestern is heading to back-to-back bowl games after missing out on the postseason in back-to-back seasons in 2013 and 2014.

This is just the 13th-ever bowl trip for the Cats, though it's their seventh in 11 seasons under Pat Fitzgerald. Northwestern has a 1-5 record under Fitzgerald in the previous six bowl games, though that win is one of just two all-time bowl victories by the program.

This season started slowly for the Cats, who lost upsetting home games to Illinois State and Western Michigan and started 1-3. But Northwestern turned things around with back-to-back road wins over Iowa and Michigan State and finished 6-6. The Cats' offense has been particularly effective this season compared to seasons past. Wide receiver Austin Carr took home Big Ten Receiver of the Year honors and is a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award after leading the conference in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches. Running back Justin Jackson was the league's leading rusher until getting surpassed by just a couple yards by both Wisconsin's Corey Clement and Penn State's Saquon Barkley, who both competed in Saturday night's Big Ten Championship Game, adding to their respective rushing totals.

Pitt has had a pretty noteworthy season. Despite having four losses, it beat two teams that finished ranked in the top five of the College Football Playoff rankings: No. 2 Clemson and No. 5 Penn State. The Panthers are coached by former Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi.

Bears offense finds groove in win over 49ers

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Bears offense finds groove in win over 49ers

For nearly 30 minutes, the Bears offense was stuck in a snow globe.

Once Matt Barkley and the Bears (3-9) found their way out, the lowly San Francisco 49ers (1-11) had no answer as the Bears cruised to a 26-6 victory in blizzard conditions Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field.

It was a lackluster start for both offenses, who traded punts on four straight possessions to start the contest, and neither side completed a pass until 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick found tight end Vance McDonald nearly midway through the second quarter.

After back-to-back field goals by 49ers kicker Phil Dawson, the Bears offense finally found its footing.

Getting his second-career NFL start, Barkley (11-of-18, 192 yards, 97.5 QB rating) completed the Bears' first pass of the game with 1:38 remaining in the first half when he connected with wide receiver Deonte Thompson. After rattling off four completions, Barkley's pass to tight end Daniel Brown sailed through the back of the end zone, but the 49ers were called for pass interference. On the next play, Bears running back Jordan Howard (31 carries, 116 yards, 3 TDs) plunged into the end zone for a 1-yard score to give Chicago a 7-6 lead over San Francisco going into the half.

The Bears rode that momentum coming out of the locker room as Barkley engineered a 10-play, 75-yard scoring drive which was capped off by Howard's 2-yard rushing touchdown.

Following a three-and-out by the San Francisco offense, Barkley quickly marched the Bears down the field with consecutive throws to Josh Bellamy (4 receptions, 93 yards), and Howard finished the drive off by bulldozing his way through 49ers defenders for his third touchdown of the game.

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Decimated by injuries, the Bears defense played an inspired effort against the 49ers, limiting them to just 147 total yards. The Bears defense held Kaepernick to just 1-of-5 passing for 4 yards and sacked the 49ers quarterback five times before he was benched for Week 1 starter Blaine Gabbert. Akiem Hicks (2), Leonard Floyd (2), Eddie Goldman and Willie Young all had sacks for the Bears. Floyd added a safety of Gabbert late in fourth quarter.

The Bears set a 2016 season-high for points scored with 26 in Sunday's game.