Montanez Continues To Dominate Pacific Coast League Pitching

Montanez Continues To Dominate Pacific Coast League Pitching

Sunday May 1, 2011
Posted: 5:55 p.m.
CUBSIowa AAA
Lou Montanez continued his tear Sunday afternoon for Iowa, which upended Omaha, 7-5, at Werner Park.

Montanez had three hits, extending his hitting streak to seven games while pushing his batting average to .432, second best in the Pacific Coast League. He also picked up his 28th RBI, which is also second in the league. Montanez has reached base safely in 20 of 21 games in which he has appeared this season.

Brad Snyder also had a big game, collecting a pair of hits, including the three-run homer that highlighted a six-run second inning. He extended his hitting streak to six games and is 12 for his last 32. Tony Campana also picked up a hit to extend his hitting streak to five games.

Austin Bibens-Dirkx 1-2 earned the win with 1 23 scoreless innings after coming on in relief of starter Jay Jackson, who lasted only 4 13 innings.
Tennessee AA
The Tennessee bats finally fell silent Sunday afternoon as they dropped a 4-1 decision to Carolina at Smokies Park.

The Smokies were 0-for-5 with runners on base and didnt score until the eighth inning when Marwin Gonzalez smacked a solo homer. Trey McNutt 1-2 allowed two runs over six innings to take the loss.
Peoria A
Yordy Cabreras two-run double sparked a three-run sixth inning Sunday afternoon, lifting Burlington to a 4-3 victory over visiting Peoria at Community Field.

The Chiefs held a 2-1 lead before Yohan Gonzalez took the loss, allowing two of the runs on two hits in 13 of an inning. Austin Kirk started and allowed two runs on three hits over 5 23 innings. He also fanned seven.

Richard Jones had a solo homer for the Chiefs, who had only six hits. Matt Szczur had one of those hits, extending his hitting streak to nine games with a fifth-inning single. Greg Rohan, the Midwest League leader in RBIs, hits and doubles, missed the game with flu-like symptoms and a fever.

In other action, Justin Jacksons solo homer in the 10th lifted Dunedin to a 2-1 victory over Daytona at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Ryan Searle took the loss. Aaron Kurcz started and tossed five shutout innings. Matt Cerda had two of Daytonas four hits.
WHITE SOXBirmingham AA
The Barons frenetic season continued Sunday afternoon with a 6-4 loss to Mobile at Regions Park.

Birmingham, after allowing three first-inning runs, rallied to take a 4-3 lead only to see the BayBears tie it in the seventh and then score twice in the eighth. Kyle Cofield took the loss, allowing two runs on three hits in 1 23 innings. Justin Edwards had started an allowed the three first-inning runs, all of which were unearned. He finished up by scattering eight hits over 5 23 innings.

Tyler Kuhn was 1-for-4 with an RBI and is hitting .343, good enough to place in the top 10 among Southern League hitters. Justin Greene was 2-for-4 with a homer and an RBI.

In other action, Winston-Salem was sent to its fifth consecutive defeat on Sunday as Wilmington rallied for three eighth-inning runs en route to a 4-2 victory at Frawley Stadium. Taylor Thompson 1-1 had a 0.82 ERA heading into his eighth-inning appearance before a Whit Merrifield two-run single gave the Blue Rocks the lead. The Dash managed only four hits. Charlotte also lost on Sunday afternoon, dropping a 9-3 decision to visiting Columbus. Lucas Harrell took the loss despite Johnny Nunez allowing six earned runs in a third of an inning of relief. Dayan Viciedo had a double and two RBIs. ... Hickory overcame an early deficit, rallying for a 4-3 victory over visiting Kannapolis. Jake Petricka allowed four runs on nine hits over five innings to suffer his first loss of the year. Mike Blanke had a pair of hits for the Intimidators.

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

Sore Adam Eaton out of White Sox lineup for several days

Sore Adam Eaton out of White Sox lineup for several days

CLEVELAND — Adam Eaton feels sore everywhere and chances are slim he’d play again before he is re-evaluated on Monday when the team returns home.

But the White Sox outfielder said Saturday afternoon that he felt better than he did Friday when he was cleared for a concussion after crashing into the outfield wall making a fantastic catch.

Eaton, who left in the sixth inning of Friday’s game, said he stayed down on the ground for several minutes after he knocked the wind out of himself. Manager Robin Ventura mostly ruled Eaton out for Saturday and Sunday after his hip, shoulder and back were all involved.

“If anybody has ever been in a car accident, it’s kind of the same thing,” Eaton said. “It’s taking inventory of the body parts and making sure everything is back to where we’re supposed to be, and as soon as that is accounted for, we’ll get back out there and play again.

“It seemed like I passed (the concussion test) pretty well.”

Whereas early in his career the White Sox asked Eaton, who played as if his hair were on fire, to dial it back, Ventura appreciated the outfielder’s effort. Not only was there a possibility Eaton could get to the ball, he made a fantastic grab before slamming into the wall. Ventura applauded how much progress Eaton has made in knowing when and when not to go all out in the name of his own safety.

“He’s been a lot better,” Ventura said. “He would run after balls that were probably 10 rows deep. …

“Before he was just out there running crazy and right now he has a better understanding of what he can get to. Last night was just a great play, he runs into the wall and gets himself banged up.”

Staying on the field has made Eaton an extremely valuable asset for the White Sox. Not only is he a strong candidate to win a Rawlings Gold Glove, Eaton has a .791 OPS in 683 plate appearances. He headed into Saturday seventh among the American League position players with 6 Wins Above Replacement. And he has proven versatile with the ability to play right and center field and hit in several spots in the lineup.

“When you look what he does … he’s been pretty dang valuable,” Ventura said.

Eaton feels like part of the value he brings is his willingness to go all out for his teammates. He doesn’t intend to slow down any more than he already has. Eaton said Saturday he was a little ticked by some of the responses he received on social media after the play, feeling like he would have heard criticism if he had backed off.

“You play hard and then all of a sudden you get hurt playing hard and then people have a problem with it and then they say you should play hard,” Eaton said.

“Instead of choosing my body, I chose my team. People can curse me for it, but the day that I backpedal and let the ball hit off the wall is the day I’m going to quit baseball.”

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