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.
Peoria A
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.

Sights and Sounds from Cubs visit to Donald Trump's White House

Sights and Sounds from Cubs visit to Donald Trump's White House

The 45th President of the United States Donald Trump welcomed the 2016 World Series champion Cubs to The White House on Wednesday afternoon.

While attendance was optional due to the Cubs already holding a formal ceremony with former President Barack Obama last January, several Cubs players and manager Joe Maddon attended Wednesday's gathering. 

Check out some of the sights and sounds from the Cubs busy day in D.C.

Vice President Mike Pence gets his own Cubs jersey.

Trump wants to know who the best hitter on the Cubs is so he can pick them up for his fantasy baseball team (we made up that last part).

Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert crashes the party.

The Cubs display a card displaying No. 45 for President Trump.

Who is the Cubs owner in this picture?

Who is Victor Caratini? Breaking down the Cubs' new catcher

Who is Victor Caratini? Breaking down the Cubs' new catcher

Miguel Montero is out and Victor Caratini is in.

The Cubs made a shakeup at catcher Wednesday and will have to forge the last half of the 2017 season without the presence of veteran Montero, who has 1,149 MLB games under his belt and was hitting .286 with an .805 OPS this year.

But Montero talked his way out of town and Caratini is the immediate choice for a replacement behind starting backstop Willson Contreras.

[Where it all went wrong with Miguel Montero and the Cubs]

Caratini is a 23-year-old switch-hitter whom the Cubs acquired from the Atlanta Braves in 2014 as part of the Emilio Bonifacio/James Russell deadline deal. The Braves initially selected Caratini in the second round of the 2013 MLB Draft out of Miami-Dade College.

The Puerto Rican native has mostly played catcher (297 games) in his minor-league career, but has also seen time at first base (76 games) and third base (57 games). 

Caratini got his first taste of big-league spring training action this season, impressing with a .379 average and 1.175 OPS in 16 games (29 at-bats).

He is enjoying the best offensive season of his career in Triple-A Iowa, hitting .343 with a .384 on-base percentage and .923 OPS.

Caratini has already set a career high with eight home runs while clubbing 20 doubles and driving in 54 runs in 68 games. He also has only 40 strikeouts in 245 at-bats.

The Cubs named Caratini the organization's minor league player of the month in May after he drove in 17 runs in 24 games while hitting .366 with a .573 slugging percentage.

Caratini also should help the Cubs running game — an area where Montero was 0-for-31 in throwing out baserunners. Caratini has nabbed 28 percent of would-be basestealers in Iowa, a mark that is directly even with the MLB average.

Contreras is throwing out 34 percent of would-be basestealers in 2017.

Caratini figures to be the short-term answer for the Cubs at catcher given the organzation doesn't have many other options. Kyle Schwarber has not been a viable option behind the plate after recovering from major knee surgery that sapped almost his entire 2016 season. Taylor Davis — a 27-year-old catcher/infielder — is currently on the disabled list and has yet to make his MLB debut.