Rohan's Hot Start Continues As Peoria Completes Sweep

Rohan's Hot Start Continues As Peoria Completes Sweep

Wednesday April 27, 2011
Posted: 9:49 p.m.
CUBSPeoria A
Greg Rohan continued his blistering hot start Wednesday evening in leading Peoria to a 7-2 victory at Clintons Alliant Energy Field. The victory was the fourth in a row for the Chiefs, marking their first four-game sweep in Clinton since 1998.

Rohan had a pair of homers and drove in three runs, marking the third time in four games that he ahs driven in three runs. His average climbed to .366 as his hitting streak reached four games. Rohan is 10-for-19 over that stretch. His 20 home runs are tops in the Midwest League and tie Rebel Ridling for most RBIs in franchise history for the month of April since Peorias affiliate change in 2005. Travis Hansen had 26 April RBIs in 2003.

Matt Szczur had three hits, extending his hitting streak to six games and pushing his average to .310. Robinson Lopez earned the victory after allowing a run in four innings of relief. He replaced Dallas Beeler, who retired all nine batters he faced after throwing only 30 pitches before leaving with an undisclosed injury.
Tennessee AA
Jorge Padillas RBI single capped a two-run ninth inning for Jacksonville Wednesday afternoon as it stunned visiting Tennessee, 2-1, at The Baseball Grounds.

David Cales had come on to start the ninth inning and allowed a leadoff single, a fielders choice and a walk before Jake Smolinski lined a run-scoring single to left, tying the score at 1-1. Cales intentionally walked Kyle Skipworth before Padilla lined a single to right to bring in the winning run.

Robert Whitenack started and went six innings in his Southern League debut after going 3-0 with a 1.17 ERA in four starts for Daytona. He scattered three hits and struck out three without walking a batter after officially being up a level on Wednesday. Blake Parker pitched two shutout innings before Cales imploded.

Ridling went hitless, which dropped his average to .397 while Nate Samsons second-inning RBI single provided Tennessee with its run. The Whitenack promotion came a day after lefty Luke Sommer was released.

In other action, Daytona dropped an 8-6 decision to Tampa in 11 innings at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
WHITE SOXCharlotte AAA
Charlotte saw its losing streak stretch to six games Wednesday afternoon at Knights Stadium after ScrantonWilkes-Barre took the second game of a four-game set, 8-5. It marked the second time this season that the Knights, who opened the season with five consecutive victories, have lost six straight.

Freddy Dolsi 1-2 got hit hard early, allowing all eight runs in the first two innings. He recovered and lasted five innings but the early Yankees barrage proved to be too much. Dayan Viciedo and Jordan Danks each had a homer and two RBIs.
Winston-Salem A
Frederick had a big day on the base paths, stealing five bases, including a steal of home, Wednesday afternoon at BB&T Park to run by Winston-Salem, 4-2.

The Keys scored single runs in each of the first two innings before plating a pair in the sixth to take a 4-0 lead. One of the sixth-inning runs came via a Trent Mummey steal of home. Jose Martinez and Andy Wilkins each hit solo homers for the Dash. Hector Santiago 0-2 took the loss, allowing four runs on five hits over six innings. LHP Matt Wickswat was added to the roster from extended spring training and pitched a scoreless inning.
Birmingham AA
The Barons game at Huntsville was postponed because of weather and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on June 15 when Birmingham makes a return trip to Huntsville. RHP Johnnie Lowe was placed on the disabled list while RHP Henry Mabee was activated off the disabled list.
Kannapolis A
The Intimidators were rained out at Lexington Wednesday and will play a doubleheader on Thursday with the first of the two seven-inning games beginning at 5:05.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Toews still out, Bulls pull out win over Spurs

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Toews still out, Bulls pull out win over Spurs

In the latest SportsTalk Live Podcast, Mark Grote (670 The Score) and Mark Carman (WGN Radio) join Kap on the panel. Jonathan Toews is still not back at practice. Is it time to panic?

Meanwhile, the Bulls beat the Spurs. And Rajon Rondo compliments the coaches? Is all well in Bulls-town?

Plus, Dexter Fowler is Cardinal. Should Cubs fans be angry?

And finally, is it good idea for Jordan Howard to get the ball less for the rest of the season?

Check out the SportsTalk Live Podcast below: 

Lucas Giolito striving to contribute to White Sox 'as soon as possible'

Lucas Giolito striving to contribute to White Sox 'as soon as possible'

At one point, it was looking like Lucas Giolito could be headed to the White Sox in exchange for Chris Sale.

But when Sale was dealt to the Boston Red Sox, Giolito's name was in the clear of rumors — until 29 hours later, when the Nationals' top prospect would be headed to Chicago in a different trade, which sent outfielder Adam Eaton to Washington.

“It’s kind of like the world we live in now. Social media is always out there and everything is on Twitter,” Giolito said in a conference call Friday. “I saw my name being mentioned on Twitter for Chris Sale. I know with the winter meetings all sorts of stuff being thrown around. I was just trying to focus on what I’m doing in this offseason which is lifting and all my workouts. Kind of just whatever happens, happens. 

“It’s funny that Sale ended up going to the Red Sox and something else happens that I’m going to the White Sox now with a couple teammates. It’s really interesting stuff but I’m super excited.”

The move for Rick Hahn & Co. to acquire Giolito was the second major trade to begin the White Sox rebuilding process. But Giolito didn't come alone.

In addition, the White Sox received Reynaldo Lopez — who Giolito has played with since 2014 — and the Nationals' 2016 first-round pick Dane Dunning.

"I definitely think it’s amazing to be coming over to the White Sox with a bunch of young talent," Giolito said. "I think it’s a great opportunity for us to all develop and get better and hopefully put a really good team together in Chicago. Definitely excited to be coming over with a couple guys from my previous organization."

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Giolito went 6-5 with a 2.97 ERA and 1.28 WHIP across three minor-league levels this past season. He admitted his mechanics weren't quite in sync and is looking to improve on that.

"Sometimes things get out of whack. I believe I let too much get out of whack last year," Giolito said. "So this year with my training program I have in this offseason — lifting and Pilates and everything — I’m just trying to make sure that I can stay as athletic as possible so I’m able to repeat the right delivery more often. Once I start playing catch and doing bullpens and everything these next few weeks, right before spring training, I’m going to make sure I put that all together so I can repeat my delivery as best as possible."

His struggles continued when he got to The Show.

In his major-league debut on June 28, Giolito held the New York Mets to just one hit over four scoreless innings before a rain delay cut his night short. That turned out to be his most effective outing of the season as he finished the year with an 0-1 record, 6.75 ERA and 1.78 WHIP in six games with the Nationals, four of them being starts.

"(My MLB debut) didn’t go as well as I would’ve liked it to go, obviously, as you look at the numbers and everything," he said, "but I feel that with the White Sox now (and) getting traded and everything, it’s kind of like a fresh opportunity and a new start to get up to the big leagues again and contribute and do everything I can to stay there as well."

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Despite his low numbers, the 22-year-old Giolito believes he's ready to play on the White Sox main roster as soon as next season.

"I’ve had some experience in the big leagues last year," Giolito said. "Especially last year, I took a lot positives away because I did experience such a good amount of failure in a lot of I’d say like hardship when I made it up and didn’t perform up to what I believe is my best capabilities.

"I’ve pitched a good amount of innings in the minor leagues and I’ve had a little experience in the big leagues so I’m just really looking forward to making it up in the big leagues with the White Sox and contributing as soon as possible."