On The Farm: I-Cubs Clinging To Lead Down The Stretch

On The Farm: I-Cubs Clinging To Lead Down The Stretch

Wednesday Sept. 1, 2010
Posted: 7:50 a.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski
CSNChicago.com
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The Cubs split a pair of games with Albuquerque, losing the opener, 11-10, before rallying to win the nightcap, 8-6, at Isotopes Park. The split pushed their lead to a game over Memphis in the PCL American North Division with six games remaining. Memphis and Iowa will conclude the regular season with a four-game series at Principal Park.

Iowa scored four sixth-inning runs in the second game to overcome the Isotopes. Ivan DeJesus Jr. was moved from second to short to start the inning for Albuquerque but it was his critical one-out error that opened the inning up for the Cubs. James Adduci, Marques Smith and Jason Dubois each had RBI singles in the frame. Smith had a pair of homers and four RBIs in the second game.

Hung-Wen Chen allowed five runs in five innings to pick up the victory.

Jeff Samardzija allowed 11 runs in five innings and took the loss in the opener.
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The Chiefs scored five ninth-inning runs and then added the winner in the 10th to top Clinton, 10-9, at OBrien Field. The victory leaves the Chiefs 2 games back of Kane County for the Wild Card in the Midwest League with six games remaining.

Jason Bours RBI single in the 10th was the game-winner. He finished with four hits, including his 30th double of the season. He became the 29th player in franchise to hit 30 doubles and now leads the club with 38 multi-hit games.

Hak-Ju lee had a two-run single in the ninth as did Nelson Perez, whose two-out hit tied the score at 9-9. Corey Martin earned the victory after Frank Bastista started and allowed seven runs in 4 13 innings. He gave up eight hits, four of which were homers.

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

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Cubs visit White House as World Series champions

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Cubs visit White House as World Series champions

On the latest edition of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, David Kaplan is joined by David Haugh (Chicago Tribune) and Jason Goch (SB Nation Radio) to discuss the Cubs' visit to the White House.

The guys reflect on the historic day and Theo Epstein's speech. Then, the panel breaks down the Packers' impressive run and question whether it's okay for Bears fans to appreciate Aarond Rodgers and company.

Finally, are the Wild the Blackhawks' biggest threat come playoff time?

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Fire trade for midfielder Dax McCarty

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Fire trade for midfielder Dax McCarty

Midfield has been an area of focus this offseason for Chicago Fire general manager Nelson Rodriguez and another new addition to that group was added on Monday.

The Fire have traded $400,000 in general allocation money in return for midfielder Dax McCarty from the New York Red Bulls. Paul Tenorio of Four Four Two first reported the trade.

McCarty was an All-Star in 2015 and part of the league's Best XI that season when he had eight assists to go with a goal. Last season he made 26 starts for the Red Bulls and totaled three goals and had five assists.

"Since the middle of 2016, we made acquiring Dax our No. 1 priority," Rodr√≠guez said in the club's press release. "We believe adding his character and leadership in the locker room, as well as his exceptional soccer abilities on the field, dramatically improves our team."

The last time McCarty played at Toyota Park was a 2-2 draw on July 31 when a Khaly Thiam tackle caused a fractured tibia, which forced McCarty to sit out a month.

McCarty got married on Saturday, which delayed his arrival to the current U.S. national team camp. McCarty's participation in national team camp means he will join the Fire's preseason already in progress. The final match of the camp is on Feb. 3 while the Fire are set to start preseason on January 23.

McCarty, 29, has spent the past five and a half seasons with the Red Bulls. He began his career by playing five seasons for FC Dallas and was with D.C. United for part of the 2011 campaign before being traded to the Red Bulls. As an 11-year league veteran and the Red Bulls' captain, McCarty adds leadership and experience which Rodriguez has prioritized this offseason.

The Fire already added a former MLS All-Star in midfield this offseason in Juninho. The pair could line up next to each other in the preferred 4-2-3-1 coach Veljko Paunovic used for most of last season. This also could potentially put Matt Polster's role with the team in question. As the roster stands now, the third-year midfielder would be competing for two veteran All-Star caliber midfielders who were brought in at a high price.

Not to suggest a position move is in the works for Polster, but he did split time between midfield and right back with the Fire in 2015 under coach Frank Yallop and played there for the U-23 national team in Olympic qualifying. Right back remains a position of need by Rodriguez's own admission.

The trade also adds further context to the Fire trading the No. 3 pick in the draft on Friday. The Fire swapped the pick for $250,000 in general allocation money from New York City FC and Tenorio is reporting the Fire will send $400,000 to the Red Bulls for McCarty. To add those two moves together, the Fire dealt the No. 3 overall pick and $150,000 of allocation money for McCarty.