On The Farm: Ha Hits For Cycle; Bristol Stages Big Comeback

On The Farm: Ha Hits For Cycle; Bristol Stages Big Comeback

Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010
Posted: 9:00 p.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski
CSNChicago.com

CUBSPeoria A
Jae-Hoon Ha hit for the cycle Sunday afternoon, powering Peoria to an 8-4 victory over Kane County at Elfstrom Stadium.

Has RBI triple in the eighth inning tied the score at 4-4 before Anthony Giansanti brought home the go-ahead run with a single. Ha then added a two-run double in the 10th inning, sparking a three-run, two-out rally.

Ha hit a solo homer in the fourth inning after singling in his first at-bat in the second inning. He finished with four RBIs and three runs scored, becoming the first Chief to hit for the cycle in 11 years. Giansanti added a pair of RBIs while Justin Bour finished with three hits.

Daniel Keefe, despite allowing two runs in 1 13 innings and blowing a save, picked up the victory.
TENNESSEE AA
Chattanooga finally figured out a way to get to Chris Archer but even with battering around the Tennessee ace they couldnt come away with the victory. The Smokies rallied as Archer faltered, posting a 9-6 victory Sunday afternoon.

Archer, who had 14 victories going into the matinee affair, allowed four runs in 3 23 innings on five hits and seven walks. He had allowed only three earned runs in eight previous Southern League starts. The seven walks were a season high.

Kyle Smith blew a save opportunity but picked up a victory, his second since joining the Cubs on a deadline-day deal. He allowed a run on three hits in two innings.

The Smokies used a four-run fifth to break the game open. Blake Lalli, Matt Spencer and Nate Samson had RBI singles. Steve Clevenger added a three-run, pinch-hit double in the ninth inning.
DAYTONA A
Tampa swept a doubleheader, 5-2 and 1-0, to overtake Daytona in the Florida State Leagues North Division. The Cubs entered the day a game ahead of the Yankees and now trail by a game heading into Mondays action.

Dae-Eun Rhee 5-12 took the loss in the opener, allowing five runs on 10 hits in four innings. Daytona managed only four hits.

The Yankees scored the lone run in the second inning of the nightcap on a suicide squeeze. Chris Sigfried 2-7 took the loss.
In other action, Iowa dropped an 8-5 decision at Fresno but Micah Hoffpauir extended his hitting streak to 21 games, tying him for the longest such streak in the Pacific Coast League this season. Hoffpauir is hitting .420 37-for-88 during the streak with 10 homers, 28 RBIs and 28 runs scored. Boise bounced Everett, 8-4. Alvaro Ramirez RBI and Jesus Morelli two RBIs each had three hits.
WHITE SOXBristol Rookie
J.D. Ashbrooks three-run double highlighted a four-run ninth inning Sunday night as Bristol rallied to stun Kingsport, 5-4, at hunter Wright Stadium.

Bristol scored in the eighth inning but Kingsport answered in the bottom of the frame to take what looked like a handy 4-1 lead going into the ninth. But the Sox sandwiched three walks around a Robert Cummings RBI single to set up Ashbrook for the winning hit.

Austin Evans earned his first victory despite giving up that eighth-inning run while Kevin Rath pitched the ninth to pick up his first save.
Charlotte AAA
Lucas Harrell had his worst start of the season Sunday evening at Norfolk as the Knights went down, 9-4, at Harbor Park.

Harrell 10-10 suffered his first loss since July 20 after allowing a season-high nine runs while tying a season high by surrendering nine hits. He gave up a pair of homers and walked four, putting the game out of reach for Charlotte.

Stefan Gartrell and Brent Morel each had three hits for the Knights.

In other action, Frederick defeated Winston-Salem, 8-2, at Grove Stadium. The Keys scored six unanswered runs to snap a 2-2, fourth-inning tie. Kyle Shelton was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Josh Phegley was also 2-for-4, pushing his average to .302, the first time hes been north of .300 since April 14. Hes spent much of the season on the disabled list. Joe Serafin allowed five runs on 11 hits in six innings. Kannapolis and Savannah were postponed as were Birmingham and Mobile.

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

Photo: Thad Matta dons Ohio State basketball uniform

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Photo: Thad Matta dons Ohio State basketball uniform

Baseball is unique among the sports in requiring managers and coaches to suit up in the same uniforms the players wear.

Could you imagine football coaches having to wear pads and jerseys? Or basketball coaches ditching their suits for the sleeveless-and-shorts look?

Well, for better or for worse, you don't have to imagine any longer.

Before Ohio State players arrived Thursday for photos in the team's new uniforms, head coach Thad Matta decided to give the new duds a test run himself.

What resulted was one of the better pictures in recent Twitter memory.

I think Matta is starting a trend here. Time to bust out the petition to get all college hoops coaches to wear their teams' uniforms on the sideline.

Looking good, coach, though I doubt they'll let you wear that watch while you play.

Penn State AD says James Franklin is not on the hot seat

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Penn State AD says James Franklin is not on the hot seat

Is James Franklin on the hot seat?

Perhaps fans and observers think the Penn State head coach should be, but the Nittany Lions' athletics director certainly doesn't.

Sandy Barbour told the Altoona Mirror that Franklin is not on the hot seat and gave a complete vote of confidence in the coach, who's coming off a blowout 49-10 loss against Michigan.

"He's not on the hot seat, and he's not going to be on the hot seat in December," Barbour told the Mirror's Cory Giger.

"James is going to be our football coach. I believe in where this football program is going under James Franklin, and I think he's going to be our football coach, period."

Franklin is in his third season at the helm in Happy Valley, and while he's had his fair share of recruiting successes, he hasn't experienced much success on the field. After last weekend's loss to Michigan, Franklin is now 0-7 against ranked opponents since arriving at Penn State ahead of the 2014 season.

"When Penn State is where we ought to be, where we should be, where we're all striving to be, we absolutely should go toe to toe with anyone in the country. Clearly we're not there," Barbour said. "We're not a finished product. I don't think anybody thought we would be a finished product four games into the season.

"Was Saturday disappointing? Of course it was. But no one's more disappointed than our coaching staff and our student-athletes in our football program. So I certainly understand where our fans are coming from and the disappointment."

Back-to-back 7-6 finishes could be seen as mild successes, perhaps, considering the program is still working out from the shadow of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. But Penn State's historic status as one of college football's power programs is certainly not applicable right now, and the Lions competing for any kind of championship seems completely unrealistic in the ultra-competitive Big Ten East Division.

All that has led plenty to believe that Franklin's job might be in jeopardy, but Barbour at least verbally put those notions to rest.

"I believe that James is the right guy, and yeah, he's going to be our football coach."