On The Farm: Smokies Get Some Help

On The Farm: Smokies Get Some Help

Thursday Sept. 9, 2010
Posted: 12:10 p.m.

By Kevin Czerwinski

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The Smokies will receive some reinforcements just in time for Thursdays Southern League playoff opener against West Tenn. Tennessee added four players to the roster that clearly strengthen the team and could have significant impact on the outcome of the series.

Chris Carpenter was brought back from Triple-A Iowa and will start Game Two of the series. He was 8-6 with a 3.16 ERA before getting bumped up to Iowa.

Lefty reliever Luke Sommer was also brought back from Iowa for a second stint with Tennessee. Sommer began the year in Daytona and went 1-1 with a 2.52 ERA and six saves before getting the bump up to the Southern League. He was 1-1 with a 2.02 ERA and eight saves, earning a spot on the Southern Leagues mid-season All-Star team before he was promoted to Iowa. Sommer was 1-0 with a 4.05 ERA in seven games for the I-Cubs, who were eliminated from playoff contention on the last day of the regular season.

Catcher Robinson Chirinos, who returns from Iowa, could have the biggest impact of the group. He hit .318 with 15 homers and 64 RBIs in 77 games for the Smokies, earning spots on both the mid- and post-season all-star teams in the Southern League. He then hit .364 with three homers and 10 RBIs for Iowa.

Finally, infielder DJ LeMahieu hit .314 with 73 RBIs for Daytona, which was also eliminated from playoff contention on the final weekend of the Florida State Leagues regular season.

In related roster moves, RHP Alberto Cabrera, INF David Macias, RHP Corey Martin and C Mark Reed have been sent to Daytona.

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

Jose Abreu helps White Sox rally to tie record for April wins

Associated Press

Jose Abreu helps White Sox rally to tie record for April wins

BALTIMORE -- The White Sox closed April in the most appropriate of ways -- with another heavy dose of late-inning magic.

Jose Abreu had two late RBIs, including driving in the go-ahead run in the ninth and the White Sox tied a team record for April victories with an 8-7 win over the Baltimore Orioles in front of 29,152 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Playing without ejected manager Robin Ventura, the White Sox scored five times over the final three innings to rally for their 17 th win.

They finished the opening month with a 17-8 mark, tying the 2000, 2005 and 2006 clubs for most April wins.

An inning after his error allowed Baltimore to rally from two down, Jose Abreu provided his team with some redemption in the ninth. Abreu followed a two-out single by Adam Eaton and walk by Carlos Sanchez with an RBI single to right off Vance Worley to put the White Sox ahead for good. Nate Jones then pitched a scoreless ninth to close out the win.

The White Sox have scored 49 of their 95 runs (51.6 percent) from the seventh inning on.

The offense came to life against Baltimore’s bullpen, long after starter Kevin Gausman was gone.

Brett Lawrie walked to start the seventh against Mychal Givens and stole second base. Austin Jackson singled on the 10th pitch he saw from Givens to get the White Sox within a run.

They jumped ahead in the eighth with three runs against Darren O’Day, who hadn’t allowed a run all season. Sanchez doubled to open the inning and scored on a game-tying single to right by Abreu. Todd Frazier then launched a massive 411-foot homer -- his seventh -- to center to put the White Sox up 7-5.

Baltimore tied it in the bottom of the eighth when Abreu’s two-out error extended the inning for Matt Albers, who saw his scoreless streak snapped at 33 1/3 innings. Machado reached when Abreu dropped Frazier’s throw and Albers hit Jones. The White Sox brought Zach Duke on to face Chris Davis, who doubled in the tying runs.

A find since the season began, Mat Latos wasn’t as sharp with his location on Saturday.

Location has been a necessity for Latos, who has mostly worked with his fastball sitting between 88-90 mph. Whereas he’d been able to consistently locate most of his pitches in his first four starts, Latos was off the mark and the Orioles took advantage.

Baltimore had at least two hits in four of the five innings that Latos worked, including solo homers by Pedro Alvarez and Jonathan Schoop to tie it in the fourth.  

The right-hander gave up a run in the first inning on a Mark Trumbo single but didn’t allow any more until the fourth despite giving up four hits. That’s because Adam Jones grounded into a controversial 5-4 double play in the third that resulted in the 12 th ejection of Ventura’s career. Machado, who reached on an infield single, slid late into second base and made contact with the leg of Lawrie, who never threw to first. Ventura asked for a review as Machado appeared to be in violation of the new rule regarding slides at second base. After a stoppage of at least six minutes, review officials determined that Machado didn’t interfere on the play and Jones was safe at first. Ventura immediately argued the call and loss of challenge with crew chief Gerry Davis, who ejected him.

Latos stranded two on in the fourth after yielding the solo homers and retired the first two batters he faced in the fifth. But Latos walked Matt Wieters and Alvarez doubled deep to center to put Baltimore up 4-3.

Latos, who saw his ERA increase to 1.84 from 0.74, allowed four earned runs and 11 hits in five innings.

The Orioles added a run in the sixth on Jones’ two-out RBI double off Zach Putnam.

After falling behind early, the White Sox rallied with the help of a Machado error in the third inning. Jerry Sands and Dioner Navarro started with singles. Adam Eaton then appeared to hit into a double play but Machado’s throw was wide of second, which allowed the tying run to score. Schoop then dropped Tyler Saladino’s pop up, which allowed another run as the White Sox pulled ahead 2-1.

Lawrie’s two-out solo home run -- his third of the season -- off Orioles starter Kevin Gausman put the White Sox up by two in the fourth inning. But Gausman shut down the White Sox the rest of the way, retiring the final seven men he faced after he yielded a two-out single to Sands.

Sunday on CSN: Sale, White Sox close series with O's

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Sunday on CSN: Sale, White Sox close series with O's

The White Sox take on the Baltimore Orioles this afternoon, and you can catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet. Coverage begins with White Sox Pregame Live at noon. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.

Today's starting pitching matchup: Chris Sale (5-0, 1.66) vs. Ubaldo Jimenez (1-2, 3.91)

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Nick Kwiatkoski Chicago Bears NFL Draft Profile


Nick Kwiatkoski Chicago Bears NFL Draft Profile

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of more than 150 prospects, including a scouting report and video interviews with each player.

Nick Kwiatkoski (LB), West Virginia

6’2” | 243 lbs.

2015 stats:

85 tackles, 11.5 TFL, 4 sacks, 3 INT


4th round, 113rd overall to Chicago Bears

Scouting Report:

"Kwiatkoski is known for his weight room work and has transitioned his body type from safety to inside linebacker. He has some physical limitations that could prevent him from becoming a full-­time starter, but his mean streak and ability to finish as a tackler could serve him well as a special teamer which is likely how he will have to make a team." - Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

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