On The Farm: Nate Jones Comes Up Big For The Dash

On The Farm: Nate Jones Comes Up Big For The Dash

Thursday Aug. 29, 2010
Posted: 9:51 p.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski
WHITE SOXWinston-Salem A
Nate Jones was brilliant Tuesday night as the Dash continued to hold their lead in the Carolina Leagues Southern Division. The big right-hander picked up his 11th victory as Winston-Salem upended Lynchburg, 6-0, at BB&T Ballpark.

Jones went seven innings, scattering three hits and striking out three. It was his second consecutive victory and third in four starts, a 26-inning stretch in which hes posted a 2.08 ERA. Taylor Thompson and Tyson Corley allowed one hit over the final two innings to preserve the shutout.

Jose Martinez had two hits, including a homer and three RBIs. Seth Loman added a solo homer while Kenny Williams drove in a pair.
Kannapolis A
The Intimidators scored three ninth-inning runs and rallied for a 5-2 victory at Delmarva. John Spatolas two-run triple was the big blow. He then scored on a wild pitch to close out the rally.

Spatolas effort made a winner of Kevin Moran, who picked up his first Sally League victory of the season. Orlando Santos pitched a scoreless ninth for his 15th save.

Bristol Rookie
Jarrett Casey finally got off the schneid Tuesday night, earning his first victory as Bristol held off a late Kingsport rally for a 4-2 win.

Casey had been 0-7 prior to the game but tossed six shutout innings, scattering six hits. Chase Blackwood had three hits, including a homer, and an RBI.
Arizona Fall League
The AFL announced its rosters on Tuesday and the White Sox will be well represented. There are currently seven players on the Peoria Seguaros roster. Pitchers Anthony Carter, Charlie Leesman, Johnnie Lowe and Henry Maybee will be joined by catcher Josh Phegley, infielder Eduardo Escobar and outfielder Jared Mitchell, considered by many to be Chicagos top prospect before he suffered a season-ending ankle injury in spring training. Rich Dotson will serve as the pitching coach.
In other action, catcher Adam Ricks came off the DL in Winston-Salem and was promoted to Charlotte. RHP Carlos Torres was optioned to Charlotte from Chicago. RHP Brian Omogrosso was optioned from Charlotte to Birmingham. The Knights, meanwhile, dropped a 5-2 decision at Birmingham. Freddy Dolsi took the loss. Carolina defeated Birmingham, 9-4. Omogrosso got in and pitched a scoreless inning after Angel Garcia allowed seven runs on seven hits over six innings.
CUBSDaytona A
Daytonas playoff chances took a hit Tuesday night as Clearwater rallied in the bottom of the 10th inning for a 2-1 victory at Bright House Field.

The Cubs had taken a 1-0 lead in the top half of the inning on a Jose Valdez RBI single.
Jake Opitz led off the inning with a double, was bunted to third and scored on Valdezs single to left. Jeff Beliveau came on to pitch the bottom of the inning and issued a leadoff walk, one of two he would allow in the inning, before ultimately loading the bases and giving up a two-run single to Darin Ruf.

Catcher Mark Reed was promoted to Tennessee while catcher Mario Mercedes was added from Tennessee. Daytona catcher Mike Brenly and his teammates first baseman Rebel Ridling and second baseman DJ LeMahieu were named to the Florida State Leagues post-season all-star team.
Arizona Fall League
The AFL announced its rosters on Tuesday and the Cubs will be well represented. There are currently seven players on the Mesa Solar Sox roster. Pitchers David Cale, Chris Carpenter, Jake Muyco and Kyle Smit will be joined by infielders Ryan Flaherty and Josh Vitters as well as outfielder Brett Jackson. Casey Kopitzke will be the manager.
In other action, Tennessee managed only three hits and dropped a 5-0 decision at Jacksonville. Chris Archer 8-2 allowed four runs in five innings.

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

Morning Update: Cubs tie up World Series with Game 2 win; Bulls begin season against Celtics

Morning Update: Cubs tie up World Series with Game 2 win; Bulls begin season against Celtics

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Cubs offense settling into World Series groove

Cubs offense settling into World Series groove

CLEVELAND - It doesn't take long for the 2016 Cubs to rebound.

Their American League-style lineup is just simply too talented to keep down for an extended period of time, especially with Kyle Schwarber now added back into the fold.

They Cubs hitters are so confident, they even left Progressive Field feeling good about themselves despite being shut out in Game 1 of the World Series.

The Cubs got on the board early Wednesday night, plating a run on the third batter of the game as Anthony Rizzo doubled home Kris Bryant.

"Take the momentum away. Take the crowd out of it," Bryant said. "It's nice to score first. Especially when you're the visiting team, to get out there and score within the first three batters is huge."

The early lead helped the lineup settle in and keep their foot on the gas for a 5-1 victory to take the series back to Wrigley Field tied one game apiece.

"Especially with a young lineup, I think when you see a few guys go up there and take some good quality at-bats, one happens after the other and the other guys seem to do the same thing," Ben Zobrist said. "It takes a lot of pressure off. When you see other guys having good, quality at-bats, you don't feel like you have to take pitches and you can be aggressive early on. 

"Oftentimes when you're aggressive in the zone is when you take the tough ones. We did a good job tonight laying off some good pitches. When they made mistakes in the zone, we really hit the ball hard. Even though we scored five runs, obviously we had a lot of baserunners on and we could've scored a lot more."

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Zobrist has a point.

The night after leaving nine runners on base and going 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position, the Cubs left 13 runners on base and tallied just three hits in 12 tries with runners in scoring position.

Between nine hits and eight walks, there were Cubs on base all game. Indians pitchers didn't retire Cubs hitters in order in an inning until the seventh.

The Cubs also forced the Indians to throw 196 pitches in nine innings and worked starter Trevor Bauer to 51 pitches through the first two frames.

"That was good for us," Bryant said. "We saw a lot of their bullpen, so we have a lot of information to learn from and hopefully use in the next game."

Anthony Rizzo summed up the lineup's mentality simply:

"Grind out at-bats, work the pitcher's pitch count up and get the next guy up," he said.

That "pass the baton" mentality is what drives this offense and after a brief lull in that regard in Los Angeles when they were shut out in back-to-back games in the NLCS, the Cubs leave Cleveland feeling pretty good.

"When we're able to [get pitch counts up], you can kinda feel it - our offense really feeds off of that," Zobrist said. "We believe that we're going to break through eventually."