On The Farm: Tennessee Eclipsed By Suns As Jacksonville Evens Series

On The Farm: Tennessee Eclipsed By Suns As Jacksonville Evens Series

Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010
Posted: 10:15 p.m.

By Kevin Czerwinski
CSNChicago.com
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Jacksonville evened the Southern League championship series at a game apiece Wednesday night with a 7-6 victory over Tennessee at Smokies Park.

Jeff Corsalettis sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning brought home the game winner. Ryan Curry led off the inning with a single off Esmailin Caridad. He stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by Tennessee catcher Steve Clevenger before Corsaletti lofted a fly ball to right.

The Smokies had tied the score at 6-6 in the bottom of the eighth inning on Tony Campanas two-run single. Though they put the tying run on again in the ninth courtesy of an Osvaldo Martinez error, they were unable to get Brandon Guyer home after he reached base. Blake Lalli abruptly ended the rally and the game by hitting into a doubleplay.

Chris Carpenter started and was hit hard early, allowing five runs on seven hits over 3 23 innings. It was his shortest Double-A outing since May 28 though he did have a three-inning start against Iowa on Aug. 24. Carpenter had beaten Jacksonville twice during the regular season but came undone in the third inning when he allowed four runs.

Russ Canzler and Tony Thomas combined to go 5-for-8 and score four runs for the Smokies while Guyer had a solo homer. The series shifts to Jacksonville for Game Three on Friday.

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

Hawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks' bottom six steps up in Colorado

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks' bottom six steps up in Colorado

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle and Jamal Mayers discuss the bottom six carrying the Blackhawks to a come-from-behind win over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night.

Later, Mayers weighs in on possible targets with the NHL trade deadline just six weeks away.

Listen to the latest episode of the Hawks Talk Podcast below:

Pro Football Focus gives Bears linebacker Jerrell Freeman historical 2016 grade

Pro Football Focus gives Bears linebacker Jerrell Freeman historical 2016 grade

Bears GM Ryan Pace struck gold with his signing of Jerrell Freeman last offseason.

Freeman, who signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Bears last March, was graded as the NFL's No. 1 inside linebacker in 2016, according to Pro Football Focus.

Freeman's 93.8 overall grade was PFF's third-highest defensive grade behind Los Angeles Rams All-Pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald (95.6) and Oakland Raiders standout edge rusher Khalil Mack (93.9). 

Here's what PFF's Mike Renner had to say about Freeman's historic 2016 season:

One of the most impressive pure statistics any player amassed this season came from Bears linebacker Jerrell Freeman. He made 40 tackles in coverage while missing only one tackle attempt. That ratio is insane, and it’s the best we’ve recorded since 2012. That’s about the only exciting stat, though, as the Bears’ front-seven desperately missed a fully-healthy Pernell McPhee for a good portion of the year.

Despite Freeman's outstanding season, he was left off of PFF's All-Pro Team for 2016. Although he was ranked ahead of Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner (91.6) and Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly (92.9), PFF likely omitted Freeman due to him missing four games with a PED suspension.

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In his first season with the Bears, the 30-year-old Freeman led the team with 110 tackles (the next highest total was Harold Jones-Quartey's 78). Freeman also finished with a team-high 7 tackles for a loss. 

Check out a snapshot below of Freeman's PFF metrics from last season:

If there's any doubt about Freeman's play falling off after serving a suspension, he put that theory to rest. Freeman's second-best game grade came in Week 17 against the Minnesota Vikings (3.5). Freeman also had a positive grade (1.4) in his first game coming off the suspension against the Washington Redskins in Week 16.

"People know me," Freeman told the media after returning from suspension. "People know who I am. People know what I'm about. I wouldn't do that on purpose. I made a mistake and that's what it is. It's not like I was going out of my way to do something (illegal). But it happened. It's my fault and I take responsibility for it."