On The Farm: Iowa Hanging On In PCL American North Division

On The Farm: Iowa Hanging On In PCL American North Division

Sunday Aug. 29, 2010
Posted: 7:25 p.m.By Kevin Czerwinski
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WHITE SOXBirmingham AA
The Barons banged out 20 hits and took out a seasons worth of frustration Sunday evening, trouncing Tennessee, 16-1, at Smokies Park. Birmingham scored seven runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to break open what had been a 2-1 game.

Tyler Kuhn had four hits, including a homer, and five RBIs. Cole Armstrong had two hits, including a fifth-inning grand slam, and five RBIs. Josh Phegley added two hits and an RBI.

Matt Long 7-8 picked up his first victory since Aug. 13, allowing a run on six hits over six innings.
Winston-Salem A
Drew Garcias RBI single in the bottom of the 13th inning gave Winston-Salem a 5-4 victory over Myrtle Beach at BB&T Ballpark. Seth Loman slid home and beat the tag, which catcher Braeden Schlehuber couldnt apply because he dropped the ball. The victory gave the Dash a series sweep.

Charlis Burdie picked up the victory after the Pelicans tied the score with a run in the top of the ninth. Nick Ciolli had a pair of hits, including his first Carolina League homer, and an RBI. Jon Gilmore also had a homer and drove in two. RHP Taylor Thompson was promoted to Winston-Salem from low-A Kannapolis. The former Auburn Tigers was 0-1 with a 2.05 ERA in 19 appearances between the Intimidators and Great Falls.
Bristol Rookie
The Sox swept a doubleheader at Kingsport, taking the opener, 4-3, at Hunter Wright Stadium before topping the Mets in the nightcap, 3-1.

Bristol scored four times in the seventh inning to rally in the opener. The Sox parlayed back-to-back walks to lead off the inning into four runs. Drew Lee brought in a run with a sacrifice fly, Daniel Black doubled in a run, Rangel Ravelo tripled in a run before Robert Cummings closed things off with a run-scoring single.

Spencer Arroyo 7-2 went the distance, striking out five. He allowed all three runs in the fourth inning.

Spencer Shelton 2-1 tossed six shutout innings in the nightcap. He struck out five and gave up only three hits. Jeffer Patino had two hits and drove in a run.

In other action, Durham outlasted Charlotte, 8-5, at Knights Stadium. Chris Richards three-run homer in the seventh inning off Greg Aquino was the difference for the Bulls. Dayan Viciedo had a pair of hits while Brent Morel had a solo homer. The victory was Durhams franchise record 84th at the Triple-A level. ... Ryan Hamme and Andy Wilkins each drove in a pair of runs to propel Great Falls to a 9-5 victory over visiting Ogden. Charlie Delk 6-3 won his second consecutive start.
CUBSIowa AAA
The I-Cubs maintained their slim lead in the PCLs American North Division on Sunday with an 8-7 victory at Omaha. Iowa remains a half game ahead of Memphis, which also won on Sunday. The I-Cubs have nine games remaining in the regular season and finish with four games at home against Memphis.

Iowa rallied for four ninth-inning runs in Sunday to remain in first. Brad Snyders two-run, two-out single was the rallys first big hit before Jason Dubois two-run double finished off the rally and pushed Omaha 3 games back of the I-Cubs. Snyder and Dubois each had three hits.

Despite giving up three runs in 1 13 innings, Jeff Gray picked up the victory.
Daytona A
The Cubs gained some ground in the Florida State Leagues North Division race on Sunday with a 6-1 victory over Lakeland at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Brooks Raley 8-6 allowed a run over 6 23 innings to pick up his second consecutive victory. He hasnt lost since July 10. Evan Crawford had a triple and two RBIs.

In other action, Tennessee got trounced by visiting Birmingham, 16-1. TyRelle Harris allowed seven runs in four innings before Jeremy Papelbon gave up six runs in 13 of an inning. Still, the Smokies wrapped up the second half Southern League North Division title. They also won the first half and will host four games in the opening round of the playoffs as a result. Peoria split a doubleheader with Clinton, rallying for a 2-1 victory in the nightcap to salvage a split at OBrien Field. Clinton won the opener, 6-2. Anthony Giansantis RBI single in the seventh provided the margin of victory in the second game. Brett Wallach took the loss, allowing two runs in four innings of the opener to fall to 0-3 since coming over from the Dodgers. He had been 6-0 with Great Lakes.

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

SportsTalk Live: David DeJesus discusses time spent with Joe Maddon, World Series criticism

SportsTalk Live: David DeJesus discusses time spent with Joe Maddon, World Series criticism

"Be sexy."

That was one of two rules manager Joe Maddon told David DeJesus when the Tampa Bay Rays acquired him in 2013.

DeJesus appeared on SportsTalk Live on Wednesday to discuss his time spent with Maddon in Tampa Bay.

"Just be yourself out there," DeJesus said of Maddon when the Rays traded for him. "I want you to have fun and I want you to just have that ora of 'just don't worry, just go out there and play.' It kept the whole team loose."

DeJesus also shared his thoughts on Maddon's questionable managerial decisions in the World Series.

Hear that, and more, in the video above.

Between Cubs' victory lap and Hall of Fame vote, Sammy Sosa barely staying in the picture

Between Cubs' victory lap and Hall of Fame vote, Sammy Sosa barely staying in the picture

Sammy Sosa has stayed so far off the radar that his long-running absence from Cubs Convention didn't even come up during last weekend's Q&A session with ownership.

And the Cubs can't go viral all the time and dominate every offseason news cycle, with the National Baseball Hall of Fame revealing the election results on Wednesday and welcoming Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez as part of its 2017 class.

But it's become out of sight, out of mind for Sosa, who barely crossed the 5-percent threshold (8.6) needed to remain on the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot for another year.

Sosa — a seven-time All Star, 1998 National League MVP and the franchise's all-time leader with 545 home runs (and 609 overall) — hadn't gained any traction at all during his first four years under BBWAA consideration, hovering between 12.5 and 6.6 percent.

It's complicated with Sosa, a diva personality who experienced a dramatic late-career renaissance and got named in a New York Times report that exposed him as one of the players who tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug in 2003 (during what was supposed to be an anonymous survey).

The Cubs have undergone a complete makeover since Sosa walked out in 2004, leaving him without many allies in the organization. It's nothing personal, but in the past the Ricketts family has hinted that Sosa could mend certain fences and fill in some of the blanks he once left open during an unconvincing performance in front of Congress.

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The Cubs brought Hall of Famers Billy Williams, Fergie Jenkins and Ryne Sandberg to meet President Barack Obama during their Martin Luther King Jr. Day visit to the White House and keep adding former players to the front office. It's awkward after a World Series run where so many alumni showed up to do TV work, throw first pitches, spray champagne or simply watch a rare playoff game at Wrigley Field.

— If Sosa's looking for a roadmap, Manny Ramirez did his penance and cooperated with Major League Baseball to the point where Cubs president Theo Epstein shockingly hired him as a Triple-A Iowa player/coach in the middle of the 2014 season, something that would have been unthinkable during their clashes with the Boston Red Sox.

As a hitting consultant, Ramirez took a come-and-go-as-you-please arrangement, becoming a national story during the 2015 playoffs but largely staying away from the 2016 championship team, perhaps gearing up for his independent-ball comeback in Japan this year. Even after failing multiple drug tests, one of the greatest right-handed hitters of his generation still finished at 23.8 percent in his first year on the BBWAA ballot.

— Lee Smith (34.2 percent) — a drafted-and-developed Cub and the franchise's all-time leader with 180 saves — didn't come close in his 15th and final time on the BBWAA ballot. Smith had been grandfathered when the Hall of Fame narrowed the eligibility window to 10 years, possibly trying to squeeze Steroid Era symbols like Roger Clemens (54.1 percent) and Barry Bonds (53.8 percent).

— This will make Cub fans feel old: Kerry Wood and Carlos Zambrano are Hall of Fame-eligible for the first time in 2018, when based off this year's returns Trevor Hoffman (74) and Vladimir Guerrero (71.7) should be building momentum toward the 75 percent needed for induction into Cooperstown.