On The Farm: Winston-Salem Takes Early Lead In Mills Cup Series

On The Farm: Winston-Salem Takes Early Lead In Mills Cup Series

Monday Sept. 13, 2010
Posted: 8:40 p.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski

WHITE SOXWinston-Salem
Winston-Salems pitching staff was remarkably efficient in registering a sweep of Kinston in the opening round of the Carolina League playoffs while Potomac was the best hitting team of the four, easily pummeling Frederick.

So as the Mills Cups championship series got underway Monday night at BB&T Park, one of the main storylines was whether the Dash pitching would be able to hold down Nationals hitters. Suffice to say, the 4-0 finals core in favor of Winston-Salem ended answered that question with a resounding yes.

Stephen Sauer, who did not pitch in the opening round, tossed eight shutout innings. He scattered five hits and struck out six without walking a batter. Sauer took a perfect game into the sixth inning before Jose Lozada broke that up with a leadoff single. He didnt allow a ball out of the infield, inducing nine groundouts through those five no-hit innings.

Tyson Corley fanned two in a perfect ninth to close things out.

Ozzie Lewis solo homer in the fourth provided Sauer will all the offense he would need. The Dash scored on a Jason Bour fielders choice and an Andrew Garcia RBI single in the sixth before Seth Lomans run-scoring single closed out the scoring in the seventh.

Kenny Williams finished with three hits while Loman, Lewis, Garcia and Jose Martinez had two hits apiece.

CUBSTennessee AA
The Cubs named Smokies outfielder Brandon Guyer and pitcher Chris Archer as their organizational Player and Pitcher of The Year, respectively, on Monday. Guyer led the Southern League in slugging percentage .588 and OPS .986 while finishing second in hitting .344 and third in doubles 39.

Archer split the season between Daytona of the Florida State League and Tennessee and combined to go 15-3 with a 2.34 ERA. He was 8-2 with a 1.80 ERA for the Smokies, starting his Double-A career by throwing 31 13 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run.

The pair will lead the Smokies into Tuesdays opening game of the Southern League championship series against Jacksonville.

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

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Bulls physicality a new wrinkle from last season

College teammates Jimmy Butler and Jae Crowder made plans to go to dinner after Thursday’s game in Chicago but for a few short moments they weren’t just competitors but unexpected combatants, getting tangled up in the second quarter.

There looked to be some harsh words exchanged after Butler took a charge on an unsuspecting Crowder near three-quarter court, with Crowder putting the basketball in Butler’s chest while Butler was still on the floor, causing players on both teams to convene for some tense moments.

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas got involved and then before Butler could blink, Bulls guard Rajon Rondo joined the proceedings, as pushing and shoving ensued before technical fouls were assessed to both teams after an officials’ review.

If one wondered whether these Bulls—a team that touts itself as young with so many players having three years or less professional experience—could play with some bark and bite, perhaps the season opener provided a bit of a positive preview for the next 81 games.

Nearby, an unbothered Dwyane Wade took a practice 3-point shot, much to the delight of the United Center crowd, as observers witnessed the first sign of tangible proof the Bulls have intentions on regaining a bit of an edge on the floor.

Wade joked and took it as a sign of respect between the two teams.

“It looked like it, right? Yeah. It was a little something out there,” said Wade when asked if there was some chippy play. “Every time we play them it’s gonna be like that. Two teams finding their way in the Eastern Conference. We know we gotta see each other a lot. They never give up. They can be down 30 with 15 seconds left and they’re still gonna fight.”

The Bulls have externally preached toughness from the start of camp. Although Wade didn’t participate in that meeting of the minds, he isn’t exactly running away from such matters.
And Rajon Rondo is competitively ornery enough to have his voice hard no matter the setting.

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“It’s been a big theme of practice,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. “We want to play with physicality and toughness. I think it was evident on the glass tonight.”

Yes, the Bulls outrebounded the Celtics by 19, but that could’ve been a by-product of the Bulls’ crashing the offensive glass on a porous shooting night. And yes, the slightly tense moment between Butler and Crowder probably won’t be an expected occurrence.

But when’s the last time one had multiple examples to dissect to discern this team’s level of toughness—or lack thereof.

“That’s something to show that the guys are out there fighting for each other,” Hoiberg said. “That they were playing with an edge. It happens with this game. You have to be competitive.”

Competition boiled over slightly, but considering the NBA isn’t exactly UFC, one doesn’t have to do much to display a little physical resolve.

“The fact that nothing escalated was good,” Hoiberg said. “The fact that those guys are out there and playing for each other and have each other’s back, that’s a huge thing right now.”

Too many times last season, it seemed the Bulls would submit in situations like those. Not that they were particularly soft, but it didn’t appear they had the collective will to fight for one another if an altercation arose.

Half the time, they looked like they could barely stand to be in the room with each other.

“It’s people’s will to win. Not saying a bad thing about anybody from last year,” Butler said. “To tell you the truth, I study the game and put in a lot of work but Rondo studies the game a lot. Every time I’m in the gym, he’s in the gym. That lets me know, these (dudes) are going to war with you. Every day. When I hit that deck, Rondo was right there. I wanna play with guys that’s gonna play hard, that’s gonna fight.”

And it didn’t take long for Butler to realize he has at least a couple teammates willing to jump in the foxhole with him.