On The Farm: Bour and Clevenger have big days for Cubs

On The Farm: Bour and Clevenger have big days for Cubs

Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010
Posted: 10:30 p.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski
CSNChicago.com
CUBS Peoria A
Jason Bour was a wrecking crew for Peoria in its 11-10 victory at Clinton.

Bour had three hits, including a seventh-inning grand slam, and seven RBIs. He picked up two of those RBIs with a single in the eighth inning, a base hit that helped break open the game for the Chiefs. Bour started out with an RBI double in the sixth.

Hak-Ju Lee also had three hits and an RBI while DJ Fitzgerald contributed two hits and two RBIs. Yohan Gonzalez tossed 2 13 scoreless innings to pick up his first victory of the season. Jeff Lorick made his Cubs debut and allowed four runs in 23 of an inning.
Tennessee AA
Five was the magic number for Steve Clevenger Saturday night as Tennessee defeated Mississippi, 7-2, at Smokies Stadium.

Clevenger was 5-for-5 with a homer and five RBIs. He had a three-run double in fifth after hitting a solo homer in the fourth, falling a triple short of the cycle. Russ Canzler had two hits and drove in a run.

Chris Archer 8-1 bounced back from his worst outing of the year to win his eight game with the Smokies and 15th overall. He surrendered two runs on four hits over six innings.

In other action, Daytona allowed 12 first-inning runs at Jackie Robinson Stadium en route to a 15-2 loss to Brevard County. Dae-Eun Rhee 5-13 and Chris Siegfried each allowed six runs in the frame. Micah Hoffpauir scored on a wild pitch in the eighth inning, bringing home what would be the winning run as Iowa edged Nashville, 4-3, in the opening game of a home stand. Marquez Smith had a three-run homer to account for the I-Cubs other runs. He extended his hitting streak to 10 games in the process. Scott Maine picked up the win while Jeff Samardzija had a no-decision after allowing three runs in six innings.

WHITE SOX Charlotte AAA
Charlotte continued its mastery over Gwinnett on Saturday, squeaking out an 8-6 victory at Knights Stadium. The Knights improved to 12-3 against the Braves this season.

Dayan Viciedo had a two-run homer for Charlotte while Stefan Gartrell and Josh Kroeger also drove in two runs apiece. Brent Morel had a triple and an RBI, extending his hitting streak to six games.

Miguel Socolovich tossed four shutout innings in relief, extending his streak to 10-13 scoreless innings, to earn the win. Randy Williams fanned a pair in the ninth to earn his second save.

In other action, Potomac bounced Winston-Salem, 9-2, at Pfitzner Stadium. Seth Loman had a homer and two RBIs for the Dash. Charlie Leesman allowed a run in six innings but didnt factor into the decision as Huntsville edged Birmingham, 2-1. Henry Mabee allowed a run in 1 23 innings to take the loss. Cole Armstrong had a homer and an RBI for the Barons. Greensboro pounded visiting Kannapolis, 7-2. Justin Collup allowed five runs in 4 23 innings and was charged with the loss. Juan Silverio had two doubles and a triple for Kannapolis. Bristol also lost, dropping an 11-8 decision at Bluefield. The hosts scored eight runs in the second inning and held on as the Sox cut the lead to 8-7 before they pulled away again. Drew Lee had a homer and three RBIs for Bristol. Jarrett Casey allowed eight runs in 1 13 innings to fall to 0-6.

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

As questions about his future remain, David Accam is in his best run with the Fire

As questions about his future remain, David Accam is in his best run with the Fire

For the past two seasons, David Accam was a bright spot on bad Chicago Fire teams.

This season, with more talent on the roster, Accam has blossomed into one of the most dangerous players in the league.

He had a hat trick and an assist in Saturday’s 4-0 win against Orlando. That gives him 10 goals and six assists on the season. Only two other players in Major League Soccer have 16 combined goals and assists, New York City FC's David Villa and teammate Nemanja Nikolic (the leading goal-scorer in the league).

“I thought I could do anything on the pitch today,” Accam said. “I just wanted to enjoy myself and entertain the fans and also help the team win. That’s what we did today, especially after my first goal. I just thought I could get more goals and also help the team win.”

Accam’s big game comes after he sat out the previous two games, which were both played on turf. He wasn’t listed on the injury report, but coach Veljko Paunovic said, “he didn’t recover from the physical issues that he had in the previous game.”

The rest seemed to do Accam some good, but his success in the game (as well as his recent run of eight goals and four assists in his last eight matches) coincides with questions about his future. He was recently rumored to be the target of a Turkish club.

In the past, Accam has spoken about his ambition to play at the highest levels. Typically, that means Europe. General manager Nelson Rodriguez said last month that he expects offers to come in for the 26-year-old because he is a good player in his prime ages.

So is Accam playing like someone trying to earn a new contract? That could be either impressing potential suitors in Europe or boosting his negotiation position with the Fire. Rodriguez has talked about contract negotiations with Accam before, and said those will not resume again until after the season.

“I wanted to be in a team where I would develop as a person and also win trophies, whether here or somewhere (else) I don’t know,” Accam said. “For me, I’m doing really well here and every year if I keep playing well there will be always interest. I know there is a lot of interest because I’m doing well. For me it’s always extra motivation to keep doing well. You don’t know where I will end up, whether here or somewhere else. I’ll just keep playing.”

Accam’s play earned him another call-up to the Ghanaian national team. He will join the team on Sunday for a pair of friendlies in the U.S. The Black Stars will take on Mexico in Houston on June 28 and the U.S. in East Hartford, Conn., on July 1 as the two North American countries prepare for the Gold Cup.

“That’s where I want to be,” Accam said. “I want to be playing for the national team so it’s extra motivation for me to perform well and also to go to the national team.”

Accam has been one of the most productive players in MLS this year, based on goals and assists, and is young enough to draw the attention of plenty of teams. For now, the Fire have him as a key part of the best season the club has had in years.

“I think that he understands very well how to play with the team that we have now and with the teammates that he is surrounded with,” coach Veljko Paunovic said. “We just have to work to give David opportunities… Then we expect that performances like that will come even more.”

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