On The Farm: Peoria and Tennessee Win A Couple Of "Wild Ones"

On The Farm: Peoria and Tennessee Win A Couple Of "Wild Ones"

Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010
Posted: 9:45 p.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski
CSNChicago.com
CUBSPeoria A
The Chiefs scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the eighth inning and edged Cedar Rapids, 1-0, at OBrien Field.

Anthony Giansanti led off the inning with a walk and went to second on a Logan Watkins single. He stole third before Matt Oye uncorked a wild pitch, bringing in the games lone run. Daniel Keefe earned the victory as the result of the errant throw while Corey Martin kept the Kernels scoreless in the ninth for his fifth save.

Watkins and Jae-Hoon Ha each had a pair of hits. Frank Batista started and allowed two hits over six innings for the Chiefs.
Tennessee AA
The Smokies also scored the winning run on a wild pitch, this one coming in the 11th inning to give Tennessee a 4-3 victory over visiting Birmingham.

Jeff Sues let loose with a wild pitch with the bases loaded and two outs, allowing Russ Canzler to score the winning run. He had drawn a one-out walk and then went to third when on an error by Barons shortstop Eduardo Escobar on a Matt Spencer grounder. Steve Clevenger was intentionally walked after Spencer went to second on catchers indifference, setting the stage for Sues wild one.

Spencer had a pair of RBIs while Canzler had a double and an RBI. Chris Archer started and allowed two runs over seven innings. He fanned nine and left with the lead but was denied his 16th victory of the season when Marco Carillo allowed a ninth-inning run. Carrilo would get the win.

In other action, Daytona and Clearwater were postponed at Jackie Robinson Stadium and will make the game up next week as part of a doubleheader on a date yet to be determined at Clearwater. LHP James Leverton was promoted to Tennessee prior to the game. RHP Craig Muschko was placed on the DL at Tennessee. ... The AZL Cubs dropped an 8-1 decision to the Angels while Boise fell to Tri-City, 6-3. Richard Jones had three hits for the Hawks, pushing his hitting streak to four games. ... Iowa held off a late Omaha rally for a 7-6 victory. Jason Dubois' fifth inning grand slam was the difference for the I-Cubs. Jeff Samardzija allowed four runs in 5 23 innings for his 11th victory.
WHITE SOXKannapolis A
The Intimidators kept their faint South Atlantic League playoff hopes alive on Thursday with a 4-1 victory over Lexington at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium.

Justin Collop 9-10 snapped his three-game losing streak, allowing only a run on eight hits over seven innings. It was Collups first win since July 29. Taylor Thompson picked up the save, his sixth, with two no-hit innings.

Juan Silverio had a homer and two RBIs while Ian Gac added two hits and drove in a run. Kannapolis manager Ernie Young was name as the manager of the USA team that will compete for a qualifying spot in both the 2011 Pan American Games and the 2011 IBAF Baseball World Cup. The tournament will take place from Oct. 1-10 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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The Dash walked all over Lynchburg, 7-1, on Thursday evening at City Stadium. Winston-Salem scored seven unanswered runs from the sixth inning on. Luis Sierras solo homer tie the score at 1-1 in the sixth before Jason Bours RBI single put the Dash ahead for good. Seth Loman added a three-run shot in the seventh, his 23rd of the season.

Nate Jones picked up the win after tossing a career-high 7 13 innings.

Great Falls Rookie
Ross Wilson's sacrifice fly scored Jared McDonald in the 10th inning on Thursday to give the Voyagers a 6-5 victory over visiting Orem.

Great Falls had scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to tie the score at 5-5, picking up an RBI single from Mike Blanke and a run-scoring sac fly from Ryan Hamme. Wilson scored the tying run on the sacrifice fly.

Blanke finished with two hits and two RBIs as did Andy Wilkins, who extended his hitting streak to 13 games. Wilkins is batting .364 20-for-55 during the streak. ... Nelson Curry pitched a third of an inning and earned the victory.

In other action, visiting Bluefield bounced Bristol, 7-1. Jarrett Casey started and took the loss, falling to 0-7 after allowing two runs in four innings. Jeffer Patino had a solo homer for the Sox. Drew Lee was named to the Appy League post-season All-Star team prior to the game. Jeff Sues uncorked an 11th-inning wild pitch that brought in the winning run as Birmingham dropped a 4-3 decision to Tennessee at Smokies Park. Norfolk overcame a 6-0 deficit and rallied for a 7-6 victory over Charlotte at Knights Stadium. Greg Aquino alloed the final two runs and was charged with the loss. Brent Morel was 1-for-4, extending his hitting streak to 10 games during which he is hitting .450 18-for-40.

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

Bulls lifeless in Atlanta despite fourth quarter rally

Bulls lifeless in Atlanta despite fourth quarter rally

The bus was warm before the game started, as the Bulls looked like they wanted no parts of the Atlanta Hawks.

It was evident from the jump that playing with a full and healthy squad for one of the few times this season wasn’t enough to arouse their competitive juices, as they put together arguably their worst 48-minute showing in a 102-93 loss at Philips Arena, dropping them to 21-23.

Fred Hoiberg, fed up with the starters, ran with the reserves for the fourth quarter and outscored the Hawks by nearly 25 points, bringing the lead to 95-90 with a minute left before a Dennis Schroeder jumper restored order with 52.6 seconds left.

Four Hawks scored in double figures led by Schroeder’s 25 points and six assists and Paul Millsap scored 14 while making all four of his shots in just 22 minutes of run.

Perhaps it’s the Hawks being the same kryptonite to the Bulls that the Bulls are to the Toronto Raptors — except the Bulls simply frustrate the Raptors, not embarrass them.

The Hawks shot over 60 percent for most of the night until the game devolved into what amounted to a pickup game late. After all, the Hawks seemed to be battling boredom by half, leading 65-36 and shooting 68 percent from the field and hitting 67 percent from three.

The Bulls weren’t about to make it any more suspenseful than it had to be, as they started off missing their first 11 3-pointers, often missing multiple open looks on the same possession.

It wasn’t relegated to just shooting as the Bulls squandered easy opportunities in easy situations, like Denzel Valentine turning a three-on-one fast break into an airballed finger-roll attempt that he caught himself — a violation, of course.

This one was over a few minutes into it, as the Bulls looked like a lifeless squad with no direction and very little fight, short of a minor dustup between Dwight Howard and Robin Lopez in the third quarter.

At that point, though, all Howard had to do is point at the scoreboard, where a 30-point lead did all the necessary talking.

The Bulls trailed by 20 even before Tim Hardaway Jr. hit a 35-footer to end the first quarter, sending the Hawks off on a high and seemingly demoralizing the Bulls.

Even Jimmy Butler’s 19-point night, hitting six of his eight shots in 29 minutes, rang hollow. The Bulls could’ve trotted out a D-League team for the second half to gear up for Saturday’s game against the Sacramento Kings and been better off than how they performed Friday night.

And for the Bulls, they can’t simply just go back to the drawing board. There looks to be something fundamentally wrong with this bunch — either that, or the Atlanta night got the best of them Thursday.

Marian Hossa scores game winner as Blackhawks beat Bruins

Marian Hossa scores game winner as Blackhawks beat Bruins

BOSTON (AP) — Marian Hossa scored with 1:26 left to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 1-0 victory over the Boston Bruins on Friday night.

Scott Darling stopped 30 shots for his second shutout of the season.

Tuukka Rask made 21 saves for Boston, which has lost three straight games and four of its last five.

It was a rematch of the 2013 Stanley Cup finals, when Chicago scored twice in the final 76 seconds of the third period in Game 6 to overcome a one-goal deficit and claim the NHL title.

This time, the game was scoreless before the Blackhawks made their final charge. The puck made its way to Tanner Kero on Rask’s left; he slid it across the crease for Hossa, who put it in the net.