Birmingham Rallies After Peavy Goes Down

Birmingham Rallies After Peavy Goes Down

Monday April 18, 2011
Posted: 10:55 p.m.
WHITE SOXBirmingham AA
The Barons capped a three-run, ninth-inning rally Thursday night by scoring the game-winning run on a wild pitch as they bested visiting Mississippi, 6-5.

Christian Colonel led off the inning with a walk and went to second on Justin Greenes one-out single before Luis Avilan uncorked the Braves first wild pitch, which put runners in scoring position. Tyler Kuhn then tripled to tie the score at 5-5. Billy Bullock came on to replace Avilan but walked Andrew Garcia, letting loose with a wild pitch in the process, allowing Kuhn to score the winning run.

The ninth-inning effort capped a comeback that saw the Barons rally from a 3-0, first-inning deficit. Jake Peavy had started in a rehab assignment and lasted only 23 of an inning. He gave up all three runs on four hits before leaving the game with what the White Sox termed discomfort. Peavy threw only 15 pitches.

Nate Jones pitched a scoreless ninth to eventually get the win but Dylan Axelrod deserves much of the credit, stepping in for Peavy and allowing only two runs over 7 13 innings.
Kannapolis A
Hickory roughed up opening-day starter Ryan Buch and the Intimidators couldnt respond, dropping a 6-1 decision Monday at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium.

Buch 1-2 allowed six runs on seven hits and three walks in 5 13 innings. While Steve Upchurch pitched 3 23 innings of one-hit ball in relief, it wasnt enough to spark Kannapolis.

Brady Shoemaker had a pair of hits while Mike Blanke drove in the lone Intimidators run. In other news, Jacob Petricka was named as Sally League pitcher of the week after going 1-0 with 16 strikeouts in 11 innings over two starts. He didnt allow an earned run.
Winston-Salem A
Travis Adairs run-scoring single in the seventh inning provided the winning margin as Myrtle Beach downed Winston-Salem, 2-1, in the opening game of a three-game series at BB&T Coastal Field.

Adair then threw out Andy Wilkins at the plate in the ninth to end the game. Wilkins was attempting to score from second on Austin Younts second hit of the game. Yount had driven in the first Dash run.

Justin Collup 0-1 took the loss despite pitching well in his three-inning stint. Joe Serafin started and allowed a run in five innings.
Charlotte AAA
Norfolk wouldnt stay in the park Monday night and that proved to be problematic for Charlotte, which dropped a 10-5 decision at Harbor Park. The Tides blasted four home runs, three of which came off starter and loser Brandon Hynick, who lasted only four innings.

Dayan Viciedo had three hits and drove in a pair for the Knights.
CUBSIowa AAA
Lou Montanezs two-run double fueled a four-run seventh inning Monday afternoon to lead the I-Cubs by Memphis, 5-2 at Principal Park.

Montanezs double gave Iowa the lead and Brad Snyder added to it with a two-run single that scored Montanez and Fernando Perez. The outburst made a winner of John Gaub 1-0, who pitched two scoreless innings of relief.

Thomas Diamond started and fanned seven over six innings while allowing two runs. Scott Maine earned his third save of the season with a scoreless ninth. Bobby Scales walked in his only plate appearance to end his hitting streak at nine games.
Daytona A
Nick Struck couldnt contain Clearwater in the early going and Daytona was never able to fully recover, dropping a 7-4 decision Monday night at Bright House Field.

Struck 1-1 allowed six runs on seven hits over four innings, surrendering a crippling three-run homer to Travis Mattair in the third. Jae-Hoon Has three-run homer in the eighth cut into the Threshers lead but it wasnt enough as Justin Friend recorded the final five outs to record his fifth save. Matt Cerda added three hits for the Cubs.
Tennessee AA
Jake Kahaulelios 10th-inning homer Monday night gave Carolina a 5-4 victory over the visiting Smokies.

Tennessees offense, which has been tearing up the Southern League all season, was held in check. The Smokies managed only three hits with three of the runs coming on Ryan Flahertys sixth-inning homer. Brett Jackson went hitless, snapping his season-long hitting streak.

David Cales took the loss. Chris Rusin started and gave up a pair of runs in six innings before Kyle Smit allowed two runs in the bottom of the sixth to negate Flahertys homer.
Peoria A
Hayden Simpsons indoctrination to pro ball continued Monday night in Quad Cities and the Cubs top pick in last years draft continued to struggle through it as Peoria dropped a 4-2 decision at Modern Woodman Park.

Simpson 0-1 allowed all four runs in four innings, scattering six hits and walking two. He surrendered three first inning runs, allowing the River Bandits to snap what had been a 28-inning scoreless streak. Simpson has a 4.26 ERA through three starts and has allowed 14 hits in his last nine innings.

Peoria managed to score twice in the seventh inning but could draw no closer. Rubio Silva had a pair of hits and now has five multi-hit games this season. Greg Rohan singled in the seventh to run his hitting streak to 10 games. Smaily Borges was 0-for-5 with five strikeouts. The opposition has stolen 18 bases without being thrown out after Quad Cities swiped two bases Monday.

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

McDonald's All-American Games return to United Center

McDonald's All-American Games return to United Center

The McDonald's All-American Games return to the United Center for the seventh consecutive year on Wednesday night as the nation's elite boys and girls high school basketball players take the floor.

The 40th annual games begin with the girls game at 4 p.m. while the boys game will follow at 6 p.m.

The 2017 McDonald's game won't have a lot of local talent to keep an eye on, besides Chicago native and center Brandon McCoy, but the national Class of 2017 is still a fun group to check out for local basketball fans.

Headlined by top prospects like small forward Michael Porter Jr. (Missouri), center DeAndre Ayton (Arizona),  center Wendell Carter (Duke) and point guard Trevon Duval (uncommitted), this year's McDonald's game features a lot of flashy guards, high-flying wings and talented big men.

Over the years, fans at the United Center have been able to see some of the NBA's best young players before they went to college as alums of recent McDonald's games include Anthony Davis, Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Karl-Anthony Towns.

You can view the full rosters for the 2017 McDonald's All-American Games here

Why the Bears finally feel like they're in striking distance of a winning team

Why the Bears finally feel like they're in striking distance of a winning team

PHOENIX – Where the relationship between Bears GM Ryan Pace and coach John Fox goes beyond 2017 remains to play out with their third season together. At this point, however, despite a combined total of nine wins over their first two, the critical bond between coach and general manager appears both clear and solid.
 
Which is no small state of affairs with the growing pressure on both and the organization, pressure that will only intensify if the on-field fortunes of their team does not begin to dramatically reverse. And both know it. Losing doesn't build character, it reveals it, and the same applies to a relationship; if there are cracks, adversity of the kind the Bears have endured the past 32 games will widen and expose them.
 
That relationship has been the subject of speculation virtually since its inception, when Pace hired Fox following the end of his tenure with the Denver Broncos. Much of it centered around who was in fact making the final decisions on personnel and who was the advisor, with some positing that Fox was in fact the final authority if only because age, seniority and experience. The primacy of Pace, however, has become clearer with each decision and traces or shadings of any fractiousness are conspicuously absent.
 
"His people skills are tremendous," Fox said Tuesday during the NFL owners meetings. "His evaluation skills are very good. I think humility is always a great quality in this business. And I've seen that. He's the same guy. He hasn't changed. Sometimes people get [elevated] positions, whatever position that may be and they change. It's just how some people react. And I haven't seen that."
 
Pace, who recently turned 40, is by his own description wanting buy-in on decisions. In the cases of free agency, which have involved the high-dollar commitments designed to have immediate payoff, he has identified pro targets and involved Fox in the decisions.
 
Looking for an immediate hit at linebacker to upgrade the entire defense about this time last year, Pace targeted Denver leading-tackler Danny Trevathan. Fox was his first consult.
 
"Just having drafted [Trevathan] and seeing him develop and get better and his work ethic and his preparation and study habits and how he is as a teammate in the locker room," Pace said of what insight Fox provided. "Those were all things that were taken into consideration."
 
This year, with the max need of improvement, the franchise-grade decision was to make a change at quarterback. Jay Cutler effectively made the decision on himself and he was out. Whether Mike Glennon is or is not an upgrade will play out this year, but Fox was involved in and endorsed the decision to go in a decidedly less-experienced direction.

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Pace had attempted in the past to trade for Glennon, which Fox agreed with. Fox had familiarity with Glennon from his time coaching in Carolina.
 
"I was in North Carolina when [Glennon] was playing [at N.C. State], actually," Fox recalled. "I was exposed to two guys there. A good friend of mine was the head coach at NC State. Both Russell Wilson and Mike Glennon were coming through at that period in time, so I got exposed to them, watching games and kinda following them.
 
"And obviously evaluating both of them coming out, they were in different schools then. So I had a high opinion of them then. And then really [Glennon] was talked about a little bit before this year as a potential guy to get, and then this year, being free and without any kind of compensation, we dove in pretty good and feel good about it."
 
Most expectations are that the Bears will not repeat a three-win season, and that an improvement from the first two years keeps both Pace and Fox in their jobs. Key players (Trevathan, Eddie Goldman, Kyle Long, Kevin White) returning from injuries, free-agency upgrades on both sides of the ball and a draft class currently with two picks in the first 36 point to perhaps the kind of turnaround Fox has produced (in years two) at Carolina and Denver.
 
Fox did not dwell on what the roster was or wasn't when he arrived, or on how much of an overhaul Pace needed to do when he took over from Phil Emery and brought in Fox to replace Marc Trestman. But the reality was there.
 
"Going back to a lot of the changes, we've had a lot of change," Fox said. "I think we're better for it. Unfortunately, you can't walk around with your chest out about that because of our record the last two years. But I have total confidence and [Pace] has done an outstanding job and will continue to.
 
"I understand you have to win. And I finally feel like we're in striking distance."