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
CSNChicago.com
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.

Cy Young candidate Kyle Hendricks destroys another NL lineup as Cubs top Pirates

Cy Young candidate Kyle Hendricks destroys another NL lineup as Cubs top Pirates

Kyle Hendricks continued his systematic destruction of National League lineups on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field, shutting down the Pittsburgh Pirates during a 3-0 victory that highlighted his Cy Young Award potential.

Hendricks, who leads the majors in ERA, sliced his number down to 2.09, throwing seven scoreless innings as the Cubs continued their march toward a division title and what they expect will be a deep run into October.

Hendricks (13-7) has grown from a nominal fifth starter into someone near the front of a playoff rotation, neutralizing entire lineups with his curveball and four-seam fastball — which make his changeup and two-seam fastball that much more effective — while turning opponents into very-good-hitting pitchers (sub-.600 OPS).

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On the one-year anniversary of Jake Arrieta’s no-hitter/onesie press conference at Dodger Stadium, Hendricks didn’t allow a hit until Gregory Polanco’s soft single to center field leading off the fifth inning.

Hendricks had faced the minimum through four innings and wound up throwing 99 pitches, 61 for strikes, giving up only two more hits and not allowing any Pirates to go past second base.

The Cubs (84-47) gave Hendricks — a pitcher already working with a quiet confidence and a specific game plan in mind — an early lead when Anthony Rizzo slammed a Chad Kuhl fastball off the small video panel above the right-field wall for a two-run homer in the first inning.

Whether or not Rizzo can catch up to Kris Bryant in the MVP race, Hendricks has to be among the leading Cy Young candidates, given his remarkable consistency (18 straight starts with three earned runs or less) and strong second-half push.

Bears claim Browns castoff defensive back K’Waun Williams

Bears claim Browns castoff defensive back K’Waun Williams

This could be interesting.

Bears coach John Fox made a passing reference to “owies” last week, an apparent reference to the typical nicks and bruises that players suffer, presumably falling on the safe side of the pain-vs.-injury line. Coaches like players to play when they can.

The Cleveland Browns suspended K’Waun Williams this offseason for two weeks after the former No. 1 Cleveland nickel cornerback refused to play in the Aug. 12 Browns preseason opener against the Green Bay Packers.

Now the Bears have claimed Williams, 25, waiving cornerback Kevin Peterson, and hope Williams is past what the Browns look to have deemed just their version of an “owie.”

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Williams’ release comes after a convoluted disagreement between player and team, with Williams obtaining medical opinions that he needed surgery to remove bone spurs from an ankle. The team said that Williams never informed them of his ankle problems until the day after the Green Bay game.

The Bears have struggled mightily this preseason to find anything close to a healthy cornerback. Starters Kyle Fuller (knee) and Tracy Porter (concussion) are currently sidelined along with nickel corner Bryce Callahan (hamstring). Jacoby Glenn started for Fuller at New England but also left with a concussion.

Bears O-line will benefit from ripple effect whenever Kyle Long returns

Bears O-line will benefit from ripple effect whenever Kyle Long returns

Pro Bowl right guard Kyle Long continued doing work on the side of Bears practice on Tuesday. He won’t play Thursday at Cleveland, but he represents a looming one-man shakeup of the offensive line — in a positive way — when he returns from a shoulder injury, presumably next week.

Coach John Fox demurred from saying that Long will be in the lineup when the Bears open the regular season Sept. 11 in Houston.

“We’re anticipating him at least being back out there to get ready for Houston,” was as far as Fox would go on Tuesday.

But Ted Larsen, who has filled in for Long at right guard while Cornelius Edison worked as the No. 1 center, has been taking some snaps at center, a hint that Long might be on course for a return for Houston.

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When that happens, it will effectively improve all three interior-line positions at the same time.

The upgrade at right guard is immediate and obvious. When Long was pressed into an emergency shift to right tackle the week before the opener vs. Green Bay last year, it sent Vlad Ducasse into the starting lineup at Long’s preferred spot. Long now represents an obvious upgrade over Larsen.

Installing Larsen at center, where he went after Hroniss Grasu suffered his season-ending knee injury, upgrades the center position over Edison, who has never played an NFL game.

The third upgrade happens at left guard, where rookie Cody Whitehair has settled in at the job he stepped into when Larsen was out late in the offseason. Whitehair is a rookie; Larsen, who has played center during his career, is better able to help Whitehair than Edison, certainly at this point in the latter’s career.