On The Farm: Great Win For Great Falls

On The Farm: Great Win For Great Falls

Monday, Aug. 23, 2010
Posted: 10:10 p.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski
CSNChicago.com
WHITE SOXGreat Falls Rookie
The Voyagers ended their road trip with a second consecutive victory on Monday, topping Missoula, 10-6, in 10 innings. It was the third victory in four games for Great Falls, which began the road trip by getting swept in a four-game set at Orem.

Michael Blankes two-out, bases-loaded triple sparked a four-run 10th inning. He then scored on an error to give the Voyagers a four-run bulge. He finished with three hits. Dusty Harvard added two hits and an RBI.

Nelson Curry pitched two scoreless innings to pick up his first victory.
Birmingham AA
John Shelbys sixth-inning grand slam powered the Barons to a 9-5 victory over Carolina on Monday night. The one-out blast was his ninth-homer of the season.

Sal Sanchez, who had two hits, also homered and drove in a pair. The power surge allowed Kyle Bellamy to pick up his second Southern League win of the season and second in as many appearances.

In other action, Greensboro edged Kannapolis, 4-2. Trayce Thompson was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Ryan Buch took the loss, allowing four runs in five innings. Host Lynchburg bnlanked Winston-Salem, 5-0, in a game that was called after seven-plus innings because of rain. Stephen Sauer allowed all five runs in six innings. The Dash managed only four hits. Cody Stanleys RBI single in the 12th inning lifted Johnson City to a 3-2 victory at Bristol. Richard Marshall suffered the loss. Dan Black had a pair of hits for the Sox. Gwinnett downed visiting Charlotte, 5-2. Brent Morel had a pair of hits, including a homer and an RBI, to push his average to .321. Hes riding a seven-game hitting streak during which he is batting .500 13-for-26.
CUBSDaytona A
The Cubs split a doubleheader with Brevard County, dropping the opener, 7-3, before rallying to win the nightcap, 4-2, at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Having lost Trey McNutt to a promotion over the weekend, the Cubs acted quickly to replace the ace by promoting RHP Nick Struck from Peoria on Monday. Struck, a 39th-round pick in 2009, was 8-8 with a 3.22 ERA in 25 games 18 starts for the Chiefs. He was 6-0 in his last seven appearances for Peoria and had a 1.97 ERA in his last 13 appearances.

Struck suffered the loss in the opener after allowing four runs in 4 23 innings in the completion of Sundays suspended game.

The Cubs used a four-run sixth inning to decide the nightcap. Greg Rohans two-run single was the deciding blow.
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The Chiefs dropped a 3-1 decision at Clinton, managing only five hits at Alliant Energy Field. The loss puts Peoria four games back of the LumberKings in the race for the playoffs with 16 games remaining.

The Chiefs added LHP Austin Kirk from Boise on Monday. Kirk, a third-round pick in 2009, was 4-5 with a 3.31 ERA in 12 games 10 starts for the Hawks. He took the loss, allowing two runs in four innings though he did strike out seven. Kirk also picked a pair of runners off first.

RHP Daniel Keefe was also added from Boise while LHP Jeff Antigua shoulder and RHP Su-Min Jung right shoulder were placed on the disabled list. Keefe was with Peoria from mid-July until last week, going 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA and a save in 11 appearances before moving back to Boise. He made an appearance for the Hawks over the weekend and overall is 0-1 with a save, posting a 3.94 ERA in 10 Northwest League appearances.
In other action, Nashville did all its scoring in the first two innings and downed Iowa, 8-6, at Principal Park. Austin Bibens-Dirkx allowed all eight runs on 10 hits over five innings. Brad Snyder was 1-for-3 and drove in his 89th run of the year. ... Trey McNutt made his Southern League debut and was roughed up as West Tenn bounced the Smokies, 7-4. McNutt allowed five runs on seven hits in 4 23 innings to suffer his first loss of the year. Steve Clevenger, who was named as the Southern League hitter of the week on Monday, had a pair of hits but saw his consecutive hit streak end at nine at-bats.

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

Cubs will have Ian Happ one phone call away at Triple-A Iowa

Cubs will have Ian Happ one phone call away at Triple-A Iowa

MESA, Ariz. – After an impressive camp where he looked like the next homegrown Cubs hitter to roll off the assembly line, Ian Happ will go to Triple-A Iowa and get ready to make his big-league debut, or perhaps build his value for a trade-deadline deal.

Along with Happ, the Cubs assigned outfielder John Andreoli and catcher Taylor Davis to minor-league camp on Monday while optioning pitchers Eddie Butler and Rob Zastryzny to Iowa, cutting their roster to 31 as the Opening Night picture comes into focus.

Happ – the ninth overall pick in the 2015 draft out of the University of Cincinnati – batted .417 with five homers, four doubles and 17 RBI in 24 Cactus League games.

"Offensively, what was there not to like?" general manager Jed Hoyer said. "I feel like he hit the ball hard every at-bat for six weeks. It's always fun to see a young guy like that come in and open a lot of eyes."

Happ, 22, is a switch-hitter who can play second base and the outfield, skills that could help him escape from Des Moines once the need arises on the major-league level.

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Though there are questions about Happ's defense, Theo Epstein's front office and Joe Maddon's coaching staff clearly value versatility and trust young talent, moving Addison Russell to shortstop in 2015 and elevating rookie catcher Willson Contreras last season.

Stay tuned to see when/if the Cubs will have a spot at Wrigley Field, but Happ looks like he will be on a fast track.

"Whenever you're in Triple-A, you're always a call away," Hoyer said. "Sometimes it happens quicker than you think. We never expected Addie would be up in April of that year, and he was. I feel like with Willson last year, if you had asked me in spring training – would he be up in June? – I probably would have thought it would be more like a September call-up or something like that.

"You never know. Things happen. When you have good players in the minor leagues, sometimes it speeds up on you a little bit."

Derek Holland ends spring on strong note as White Sox down Dodgers

Derek Holland ends spring on strong note as White Sox down Dodgers

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Derek Holland ended a productive spring with his best outing to date on Monday afternoon.

Healthy and excited to officially kick off his White Sox career, Holland delivered six strong innings in a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday. The left-hander allowed two earned runs and five hits in six innings pitched, walking two and striking out one. Holland is expected to pitch once more in Milwaukee on Saturday before pitching in the third game of the regular season.

“Definitely feel good,” Holland said. “Feel very confident with everything, very happy with how the spring went. I worked on what we needed to work on to get myself ready for the season and stay healthy and I’m very happy with that. But most of all when you get out there and pitch, the defense, you have to keep them on their toes, and I thought the last out was the perfect example of that.”

Holland was referring to a nice diving catch by Jacob May that prevented at least one run from scoring. The longtime Texas Rangers pitcher was pleased to have established his fastball early and mixed in his offspeed pitches and changeup.

“I wanted to make sure we were going the distance,” Holland said. “I didn’t want to have a setback, and I thought we did a great job.”

The White Sox appear to have narrowly avoided one setback on Monday and are awaiting word on another. An X-ray on the left wrist of infielder Tyler Saladino was negative after he was hit by a pitch while getting in work in a pair of minor-league games. Saladino has been diagnosed with a bruised wrist.

The team is still awaiting word on pitcher Jake Petricka, who took a comebacker off his pitching hand in the seventh inning. Petricka exited the game, got his hand wrapped in ice and left to take an X-ray.

The White Sox are also waiting to learn the results of Carlos Rodon’s second opinion. Rodon was scratched from Friday’s start with a tight bicep tendon and had a physical exam and took an MRI, both of which showed he had no structural damage. Rodon traveled to Los Angeles early Monday for the second opinion with Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

Even if he receives the all clear, the White Sox will remain cautious, manager Rick Renteria said. “It’s almost like you have to re-start the process a little bit,” Renteria said. “It would be foolish to try to anticipate or push him into any direction without first of all ultimately having whatever the diagnosis is or the validation or whatever it might be of the second opinion. Once we get that, we’ll know hopefully tomorrow how we can ultimately proceed. I wouldn’t think we’d try to ramp him up quickly.”

The club also expects to have more clarity on the status of right-handed pitcher Juan Minaya on Tuesday. Minaya, who has been out since March 15 with an abdominal tear, was re-evaluated on Monday. Minaya had a 3.18 ERA and nine strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings this spring.

Matt Davidson also had two hits in the White Sox victory and drove in a run. Melky Cabrera hit a solo homer, his first of the spring. Yolmer Sanchez blasted his third homer of the spring, a two-run shot.

Zach Putnam struck out two in a scoreless inning.