On The Farm: Dolis Coming On Strong At Tennessee

On The Farm: Dolis Coming On Strong At Tennessee

Friday Aug. 27, 2010
Posted: 9:45 p.m.By Kevin Czerwinski
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Rafael Dolis won his second consecutive start and fourth in five outings on Friday as Tennessee upended Birmingham, 5-2, at Smokies Park.

Dolis 5-3, who is pitching as well as he has all season, scattered eight hits and allowed but runs over six innings. Esmailin Caridad and Blake Parker fourth save allowed one hit over the final three innings.

Brandon Guyer, Steve Clevenger three runs scored and Tony Thomas each had a pair of hits. Clevenger extended his hitting streak to seven games, during which he is batting .640 16-for-25.

In other action, Daytona failed to pick up ground on Tampa in the race for the Florida State Leagues North Division title Friday night. The Cubs dropped a 5-1 decision to Lakeland in 11 innings at Jackie Robinson Stadium while the Yankees were busy losing at Dunedin. Mike Perconte allowed all four 11th-inning runs. Alberto Cabrera allowed an unearned run in 6 13 innings while striking out 10. Carlos Silva pitched 2 23 scoreless innings in a rehab start for Peoria, which upended Cedar Rapids at OBrien Field. D.J. Fitzgerald had two hits, including a homer, and two RBIs.
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The Dash did all their scoring early, jumping out to a 5-0 lead after three innings before holding on for a 5-2 victory over Myrtle Beach at BB&T Ballpark.

Winston-Salem scored three runs in the second and was aided by a pair of Pelican errors. Greg Paiml sandwiched an RBI double in between the miscues while Kenny Williams added a run-scoring sacrifice fly. Kyle Sheltons two-run double was the big blow in the third but that too came about as a result of another Myrtle Beach error.

Joe Serafin allowed both runs in 5 23 innings to collect his second win.

In other action, Birmingham lost at Tennessee, 5-2. Tyler Kuhn had three hits, including a homer and an RBI. Kannapolis dropped a 5-3 decision to Lexington at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium as the Legends scored twice in the ninth to earn the victory. Jacob Petricka 0-1 allowed both runs and suffered the loss. Andre Rienzo, who started and allowed a run in five innings, has a 1.45 ERA over his last nine starts. Rangel Ravelo had two hits and four RBIs to led Bristol past Bluefield. Matthew Heidenreich 6-2 improved to 4-0 in his last five starts after allowing three runs in five innings. Norfolk downed Charlotte, 5-1, at Knights Stadium. Brent Morel was 1-for-4.

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

Miguel Gonzalez can't stop two-out rallies as White Sox fall to Oakland

Miguel Gonzalez can't stop two-out rallies as White Sox fall to Oakland

GLENDALE, Ariz. — His split-fingered fastball could use a little work, but Miguel Gonzalez is ready for the regular season.

The White Sox pitcher allowed four earned runs, all with two outs, in his penultimate Cactus League start on Wednesday. Gonzalez also gave up nine hits as the White Sox lost to the Oakland A’s 5-3 at Camelback Ranch.

"I'm pretty excited for (the regular season)," Gonzalez said. "We all know that spring can be a little long sometimes. But we are here, we are here to work and keep doing what we are doing. We are going to be OK."

Gonzalez allowed two runs each in the first and second innings. Both rallies came with two outs and were a bit of a surprise to the right-hander, who left after 4 1/3 innings. Gonzalez wonders if his split-fingered fastball might not be as sharp as normal because of the dry desert air in Arizona that affects many pitchers.

"It wasn't there today," Gonzalez said. "Not quite as good as I thought it would be. Bullpen I felt really good. Falling behind hitters first two innings. That doesn't really help you, especially a team like this that's very aggressive.

"I'm working on (the splitter). It's fine. I mean it's a little different then it is in Florida. It's not as humid. But you can't think that way. You have to go out there and keep working."

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Melky Cabrera went 1-for-3 with two RBIs for the White Sox. Yolmer Sanchez tripled and homered in the loss. Former White Sox farmhand Frankie Montas struck out four over two scoreless innings to earn the save for Oakland.

The White Sox sent four more players to minor league camp before the game, including reliever Tommy Kahnle. The team sent five players to the minors on Tuesday, including pitcher Carson Fulmer. While Fulmer would love to start the season in the majors, he said it won't hinder him from taking advantage of his time at Triple-A Charlotte.

"Obviously last year getting a taste, it's that dream you've had since you were a kid," Fulmer said. "You want more of it. It's not an addiction in a way. But once you get a taste of it you want more of it. All of us young guys are trying to get back to where we've been. I think time will tell, but I think we'll get a chance here soon and get a chance to create something special."

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks go for season sweep vs. Stars tonight on CSN

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks go for season sweep vs. Stars tonight on CSN

Watch as the Blackhawks take on the Dallas Stars tonight on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live. Then stick around after the final buzzer to watch Blackhawks Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.

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Five Things to Watch:

1. Patrick Sharp returns to Chicago.

For the first time this season, Sharp will lace up the skates in the building and city he spent 10 seasons and won three Stanley Cups. He missed the first three meetings of the year due to a concussion, but played in the fourth on Feb. 4 that turned out to be a 5-3 loss for Dallas. The former Blackhawks winger revealed last month that he's been dealing with an undisclosed injury for quite a while that has worsened over time, and will eventually need season-ending surgery, which will likely come when the Stars are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs.

2. Johnny Oduya faces former team.

Sharp won't be the only one facing his former club tonight. Oduya will face off against the Stars for the first time since being re-acquired by the Blackhawks on Feb. 28 from Dallas, where he spent the last year and a half after signing a two-year contract in the summer of 2015. He was a key part of the team's blue line that won their first division title since 2005-06 last year.

3. Jamie Benn scoring drought.

After scoring 12 goals in his previous 16 games, including three in two games to start March, Benn hasn't scored in six straight, his second-longest drought of the season; his first stretched to nine games from Oct. 20-Nov. 10. It's been a tough season in Dallas, and Benn only recently started looking like the player that finished last season ranked third with 41 goals and second with 89 points. But he's still one of the best players in the league, so don't think a down year makes him any less dangerous on the ice.  

4. Ryan Hartman with a hot stick.

Hartman had been quiet for a little bit, failing to find the back of the net in nine consecutive games. He's been lights out in the last three, where he registered a season-high six shots on goal and scored the game-winning overtime goal in Toronto, and scored two more in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to Vancouver. He's now up to 18 goals on the season, which ranks fifth among all rookies, and all but one have come at even strength. Two more would put him at 20 goals, and would make him the seventh Blackhawks player this season to reach that total.

5. Another successful night coming for the power play?

The Blackhawks took advantage of their six power-play opportunities on Tuesday against Vancouver by cashing in on two of those. They were only 1-for-13 (7.7 percent) in their previous seven games. They're welcoming a Stars team that ranks dead last in the penalty kill department with a 74.0 percentage, and the Blackhawks will look to build off last game's success and keep it rolling.

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