On The Farm: Snyder ties career mark for Iowa

On The Farm: Snyder ties career mark for Iowa

Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010
10:15 PM
By Kevin Czerwinski
CSNChicago.com
CUBS
Iowa (AAA)
Hung-Wen Chen had his longest and best outing as an I-Cub Wednesday night at Principal Park as Iowa downed Tacoma, 9-3.

Chen (2-1) pitched Triple-A best six innings, allowing two runs and scattering six hits. He had gone at least six innings in 12 of his 16 starts at Tennessee earlier this year but has started in only two of his seven appearances for the I-Cubs.

Brad Snyder had a pair of hits and three RBIs, giving him 82 for the season while tying his career high set in 2005 while playing for Kinston and Akron as a member of the Indians. Micah Hoffpauir was 1-for-3 with an RBI, extending his hitting streak to 13 games. Hes batting .408 (20-for-49) during the streak. Bobby Scales added a double and two RBIs.

Tennessee (AA)
Craig Muschko earned his third consecutive victory Wednesday night as Tennessee upended Montgomery, 3-1.

Muschko (6-3) allowed only one run while tying a season high by going seven innings. Hes 4-0 with a save in his last 10 appearances, seven of which have been starts. He has a 2.41 ERA over the 10 games, a span of 52 13 innings. Russ Canzler had three hits, including a pair of doubles, and an RBI.

In other action, the Cubs traveled to Jupiter and were buried, 18-4, at Roger Dean Stadium. The Hammerheads have the second-worst winning percentage in minor league baseball yet racked up 19 hits. Dae-Eun Rhee gave up five runs in five innings to take the loss. DJ LeMahieu had three hits, extending his hitting streak to seven games, during which he is batting .500 (13-for-26).

WHITE SOX

Winston-Salem (A)
Seth Loman set a Carolina League record Wednesday night but it wasnt enough to lift Winston-Salem, which dropped a 9-5 decision to Wilmington at BB&T Ballpark.

Loman, who extended his hitting streak to six games, was hit by a Will Smith pitch in the third inning. It was the 25th time he has been hit by a pitch this year, breaking the Carolina League mark he shared with Rusty Crockett. The record had stood for 21 years after Crockett was hit 24 times while playing for the Winston-Salem Spirit.

Josh Phegley added a pair of hits while Ozzie Lewis had two hits and two RBIs. Charlis Burdies allowed an unearned run in two innings and was charged with the loss.

Kannapolis (A)
The Intimidators extended their winning streak to three games by virtue of a 4-2 victory over Greensboro at Fieldcrest Canon Stadium.

Andre Rienzo improved to 4-0 in his last six starts after allowing two runs in 6 23 innings. He has a 1.88 ERA in those six starts, a 38 23-inning stretch. Ryan Kussmaul closed things out for his first save. Ian Gac had a double and two RBIs.

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

Tyler Saladino's homer helps White Sox snap seven-game skid

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Tyler Saladino's homer helps White Sox snap seven-game skid

NEW YORK — Tyler Saladino delivered a sweet — and long overdue — sound to the White Sox on Tuesday night.

The shortstop capped off the best game of his career with a two-run homer in the eighth inning as the White Sox snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 6-4 win over the New York Mets in front of 32,781 at Citi Field. Saladino’s homer off reliever Hansel Robles gave the White Sox their first win since last Monday. He also singled, walked twice and stole two bases for the White Sox, who received four scoreless innings from the bullpen.

Losers in 15 of their previous 19, the White Sox improved to 28-25. David Robertson pitched a perfect ninth for the save.

With one out and Melky Cabrera on first after a leadoff walk, Saladino fouled off three straight Robles fastballs before he ripped a 2-2 heater out to left field for a two-run homer to put the White Sox ahead for good. Saladino — who entered the game hitting .341/.364/.463 in May — also had a three-run homer in Saturday’s loss at Kansas City.

The White Sox continued to apply pressure in the eighth as Robles walked pinch-hitter Jimmy Rollins and stole second, the team’s fourth of the game. The four steals are the most in a game by the White Sox since Aug. 6, 2011. Adam Eaton also walked again and Brett Lawrie jumped on the first pitch from Logan Verrett for a two-out RBI single and a critical insurance run.

Steven Matz had the White Sox stymied in the early going.

He induced nothing but grounders in the first few innings and didn’t allow a hit until the third. While the White Sox got a pair of singles in the fourth inning, they couldn’t take advantage as Dioner Navarro flew out. Matz, who entered with a scoreless streak of 14, cruised through the fifth inning, too.

But trailing 4-0, the White Sox finally broke through in the sixth inning.

Jose Abreu singled off the glove of James Loney and Frazier crushed a two-run homer to left-center field, his 16th. After Avisail Garcia grounded into a double play, Saladino kept the inning alive with a walk. He easily stole second and third base before Navarro chased Matz when he singled just over the shortstop’s glove to get the White Sox within 4-3. Matz allowed three earned runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out three.

White Sox starter Mat Latos didn’t have it easy in the early innings.

He had a potential double play wiped out in the first inning by a Frazier error, putting two on with no outs. Consecutive fly balls by Michael Conforto and Yoenis Cespedes allowed lead runner Curtis Granderson to tag up twice and put New York in the lead. Another Frazier error in the second combined with a walk and a hit led to a 2-0 deficit after a Granderson sac fly.

A leadoff walk in the third hurt Latos when Neil Walker hit a two-run homer, his 13th. Latos retired eight of the last 10 he faced, allowing four runs (two earned) and four hits in five innings. He walked three and struck out five.

A White Sox bullpen that has seen its share of struggles took over from there and delivered three scoreless innings to hand it off to Robertson. A group that allowed 14 earned runs in 6 1/3 innings in Kansas City took a step in the right direction as Zach Putnam, Dan Jennings and Nate Jones all put up zeroes.

Jim Harbaugh makes Alabama and Nick Saban his latest Twitter target

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Jim Harbaugh makes Alabama and Nick Saban his latest Twitter target

Like the killer in a slasher movie or an infestation of ants, the discussion about NCAA satellite camps just won't die.

Justified or not, the SEC still has sour grapes over the sudden spread of satellite camps across college football, and the latest head coach to voice his displeasure was Alabama's Nick Saban. You know, the coach of the reigning national champs and a five-time national championship-winning coach.

Saban made extended comments during the SEC meetings on Tuesday, going after the involvement of third parties in the running of these camps rather than the typical SEC target of a recruiting advantage for programs from other parts of the country infringing on SEC territory.

And because the poster child for satellite camps is Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh — who seems to be holding a camp in every state in the union every day of the upcoming month of June — of course his name came up.

"I'm not blaming Jim Harbaugh, I'm not saying anything about him," Saban said, his quotes published over at Dr. Saturday. "I'm just saying it's bad for college football. Jim Harbaugh can do whatever he wants to do. I'm not saying anything bad about him if he thinks that's what's best. There needs to be somebody that looks out for what's best for the game, not what's best for the Big Ten or what's best for the SEC, or what's best for Jim Harbaugh, but what's best for the game of college football — the integrity of the game, the coaches, the players and the people that play it. That's bigger than all of this."

Despite Saban saying he didn't care what Harbaugh does, Harbaugh — who has a mighty quick trigger finger on Twitter and has put several coaches in his crosshairs this offseason — took it personally and launched a counter-attack on social media.

Add Saban to the list of SEC head honchos Harbaugh has targeted via Twitter, the Crimson Tide coach joining Tennessee's Butch Jones, Georgia's Kirby Smart and Mississippi's Hugh Freeze.

Regardless of how things play out on the field or in the recruiting rankings, Harbaugh is making sure he is competitive in the war of words.

Oh, and if you're interested, here's video of Saban's comments.

Austin Jackson could return to White Sox on Friday

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Austin Jackson could return to White Sox on Friday

NEW YORK — At least the White Sox have one thing going for them: Austin Jackson could return in time to play the Detroit Tigers.

The White Sox are optimistic their center fielder may require only another missed game or two before he returns to the lineup. Jackson exited Sunday’s game with turf toe on his left foot and hasn’t played since. A day earlier, White Sox manager Robin Ventura said the club hoped to avoid a trip to the disabled list for Jackson, even if it meant not having him for a week.

“It’s still day-to-day stuff,” Ventura said. “I’m really hoping to get him to the off day and have him back by the weekend. It doesn’t look DL worthy. I know today would be tough one to have him in there.”

“It’s right in the joint. Painful. It should be all right by Friday.”

The White Sox play one more game against the New York Mets on Wednesday before they get the day off. They return to action on Friday in Detroit, their first meeting with the Tigers.