Peavy Strong In Rehab Outing

Peavy Strong In Rehab Outing

Friday April 29, 2011
Posted: 10:35 p.m.

WHITE SOXCharlotte AAA
Dallas McPhersons 10th-inning homer lifted Charlotte to a 6-5 victory over ScrantonWilkes-Barre at Knights Stadium on Friday. Jordan Danks connected for a two-run homer in the eighth that sent the game into extra innings.

Jake Peavy started for the Knights and allowed three runs on seven hits through 5 23 innings. He struck out eight and threw 62 of his 85 pitches for strikes. Jhonny Nunez earned the win.

In other action, Winston-Salem managed only five hits in dropping a 4-0 decision at Wilmington. Jose Martinez had two of the hits and is batting .400. Joe Serafin took the loss. IF Kyle Davis was placed on the DL and was replaced with IF Kyle Shelton, who was returned from Birmingham. Shelton played shortstop for the first time in his career. Birmingham dropped an 8-1 decision to visiting Mobile. Dylan Axelrod 1-2 allowed three runs in five innings and took the loss. Roberto Penas solo homer in the ninth lifted Lexington to a 10-9 victory over Kannapolis. Dan Blacks two-run homer in the top of the ninth had given the Intimidators a 9-8 lead. Black had three hits, including two homers and five RBIs.
CUBSTennessee AA
In a season marked by monstrous days at the plate, Tennessee added another on Friday night as it slammed Carolina, 10-6, at Smokies Park. The club banged out 18 hits with seven of the eight position players picking up at least two hits.

Only starter Brooks Raley failed to get a hit while Josh Vitters went 1-for-4. Jim Adduci and Steve Clevenger two RBIs each had three hits while Brett Jackson and Ryan Flaherty led a group of five players that had two hits apiece. Flaherty sparked a six-run seventh inning with a leadoff homer and would later add a run-scoring single.

Raley allowed five runs in 4 23 innings. Ryan Buchter pitched a scoreless inning to improve to 3-0.
Iowa AAA
Marquez Smiths three-run, ninth-inning homer propelled Iowa to a stunning 4-3 victory at Omaha.

Omaha grabbed a 3-0 lead in the first inning but could not add to that lead after Ramon Ortiz settled down. Ortiz would pitch six innings before the pen pitched no-hit ball over the final three innings. Scott Maine pitched two perfect innings to earn the victory.

Tony Campana had a pair of hits and drove in the first Iowa run.
Daytona A
The Cubs opened an early lead and cruised by Tampa, 8-2, at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Daytona scored four runs in the first and third innings with Justin Bours three-run homer in the first serving as the big blow. Bour has now homered in three consecutive games and has seven RBIs over that stretch. Zach Rosscup went six innings and struck out eight for his first win of the year.

In other action, Beloit bounced Peoria, 7-2, at Pohlman Field. Greg Rohan had a hit and RBI. Matt Szczur and Micah Gibbs extended their hitting streaks to seven games. Cam Greathouse allowed six runs in five innings to take the loss.

Kris Bryant blasts Cubs to win over Dodgers

Kris Bryant blasts Cubs to win over Dodgers

LOS ANGELES – The “MVP! MVP! MVP!” chants started at Dodger Stadium late Friday night, Cubs fans celebrating Kris Bryant’s two-run homer in the 10th inning of a wild comeback win.

Until Clayton Kershaw returns to full strength and stares down hitters from 60 feet, six inches and unleashes his entire arsenal, it’s impossible to know how the Cubs would stack up against Los Angeles in October. But it’s still safe to say this would be an epic playoff matchup between two big-market, star-studded franchises, with two iconic ballparks becoming the backdrop, celebrity row after celebrity row.

As a quiet, humble homebody who sometimes sounds boring on purpose, Bryant doesn’t have a Hollywood personality. But this is also someone who loves the big stage and wants to be the best. The Cubs won this round with Bryant, who launched his 34th and 35th home runs in a 6-4 victory, an MVP-worthy season becoming the sequel to his Rookie of the Year campaign.

When a crowd of 48,609 got loud in the seventh after Dodgers cleanup hitter Adrian Gonzalez drove Justin Grimm’s 94-mph fastball over the right-center field wall for a 4-2 lead, Bryant responded the next inning with a home run off Joe Blanton that landed in the center-field seats blacked out for the batter’s eye. 

[SHOP: Gear up, Cubs fans!]

Here’s how Bryant could win it in the 10th inning, and why manager Joe Maddon will want Gold Glove outfielder Jason Heyward in a playoff lineup:

In the middle of a frustrating offensive season where he’s felt the weight of a $184 million contract, Heyward led off the ninth inning by ripping a double into the right-field corner off Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen. Heyward hustled to third base when new Dodgers catcher Carlos Ruiz couldn’t handle strike three against Jorge Soler. Heyward ran home to score the game-tying run when a Jansen wild pitch sailed toward the backstop.

But a $250 million team is extremely resourceful, even with Kershaw (back) not pitching for two months, one of 27 players the Dodgers have stashed on the disabled list, tying a major-league record. The Dodgers have cycled through 14 different starting pitchers, relying on depth and a strong lineup and an imposing back end of the bullpen to surge into first place in the National League West. 

“How about last year?” Maddon said. “We beat up on the Mets during the season, we go (into the playoffs) and we can’t even touch them. It’s such a different animal. People get hot or people get cold and actually the weather gets cold and everything does change.

“I know what we’re talking about. I’m not going to diminish the fact I’m going to be paying attention. But things change. Trends can be so trendy, to quote Yogi. So I don’t get too far ahead, because things can change very quickly.”   

In the Gym at EFT: Wide receiver skill development

In the Gym at EFT: Wide receiver skill development

In the first edition of EFT Football Academy, TF North graduate Landon Cox, who was a star wide receiver at Northern Illinois and later in the NFL, shares some tips on how to become a better receiver and be more efficient on the field.

Cox is a Performance Specialist and wide receiver coach at EFT. In this segment Cox works on a few different techniques with Warren Township junior wide receiver Micah Jones.

EFT has evolved into the premier elite performance training facility in the Midwest, where every EFT football coach has NFL experience and the dedication to helping each player reach their potential. The EFT Football Academy is designed to assist in the development of grade school, high school, and collegiate football players.

Some of their off-season training experience includes 70+ active NFL athletes, six Super Bowl Champions, six Olympics, and more.

[MORE: High School Lites Football Roundup: Week 1]

In addition, performance includes explosive power development, positional movement pattern development, proper spring and change of direction mechanics, and more. Every EFT workout focuses on improving each athlete's overall abilities like speed development, agility and mobility, acceleration and deceleration, and strength and condition — just to name a few.

Former Bears wide receiver Devin Hester called it "the best workout in the world."

Watch Cox's tips in the video above, and be sure to look out for next week's edition on CSNChicago.com.

How Mike Montgomery fits into big-picture plans for Cubs

How Mike Montgomery fits into big-picture plans for Cubs

LOS ANGELES – In their never-ending search for young pitching, the Cubs discussed a Matt Moore deal with the Tampa Bay Rays, but wouldn’t consider trading Kyle Schwarber. To get Moore at the Aug. 1 deadline, the San Francisco Giants had to surrender the runner-up to Kris Bryant in last season’s National League Rookie of the Year race (Matt Duffy), plus two more prospects.

Moore finished one out short of a no-hitter on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium, throwing 133 pitches against a deep Los Angeles lineup, two-plus years after having Tommy John surgery on his left elbow. Whether or not Moore helps shift the balance of power in the National League West, the Cubs should still have enough pitching.

To get through October. As long as John Lackey (shoulder) comes off the disabled list in early September and the rest of the rotation stays healthy. Surviving next season and beyond could be a different story, if Jake Arrieta becomes another team’s 2018 Opening Day starter, if Jon Lester breaks down in the middle of that $155 million megadeal and assuming Lackey finally retires around the 3,000-inning mark.

All that makes Mike Montgomery an interesting lefty swingman if the Cubs are going to maintain The Foundation for Sustained Success.

“I think he is a major-league starter, regardless of what happens tonight,” manager Joe Maddon said before Friday’s wild 6-4 comeback win that took 10 innings at Dodger Stadium. “This guy has the ability to be a solid major-league starter based on his strength level, his delivery, the variety of pitches that he throws. The strike-throwing ability is exceptional. He’s got all those different things going on.

“Just be a little bit patient with (him) and let him get his feet on the ground somewhere, because he’s the kind of guy that can take off if he gets comfortable in his environment.”

[SHOP: Gear up, Cubs fans!]

If Montgomery didn’t ace this audition, he also didn’t bomb against a first-place team in front of a big crowd (48,609), either, showing the potential the Cubs saw in making last month’s trade with the Seattle Mariners.

Montgomery kept the Cubs in the game before Bryant’s clutch performance, allowing three runs in five innings and minimizing the damage on a night where he didn’t have pinpoint control (four walks, hit batter, wild pitch, 49 strikes across 91 pitches).

The Cubs are in trouble if Montgomery somehow winds up in this year’s playoff rotation, but he checks a lot of boxes for the future as someone with youth (27), size (6-foot-5), first-round/top-prospect pedigree, a high groundball rate and a service-time clock that won’t make him a free agent until after the 2021 season.