On The Farm: I-Cubs Clinging To Lead Down The Stretch

On The Farm: I-Cubs Clinging To Lead Down The Stretch

Wednesday Sept. 1, 2010
Posted: 7:50 a.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski
CSNChicago.com
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The Cubs split a pair of games with Albuquerque, losing the opener, 11-10, before rallying to win the nightcap, 8-6, at Isotopes Park. The split pushed their lead to a game over Memphis in the PCL American North Division with six games remaining. Memphis and Iowa will conclude the regular season with a four-game series at Principal Park.

Iowa scored four sixth-inning runs in the second game to overcome the Isotopes. Ivan DeJesus Jr. was moved from second to short to start the inning for Albuquerque but it was his critical one-out error that opened the inning up for the Cubs. James Adduci, Marques Smith and Jason Dubois each had RBI singles in the frame. Smith had a pair of homers and four RBIs in the second game.

Hung-Wen Chen allowed five runs in five innings to pick up the victory.

Jeff Samardzija allowed 11 runs in five innings and took the loss in the opener.
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The Chiefs scored five ninth-inning runs and then added the winner in the 10th to top Clinton, 10-9, at OBrien Field. The victory leaves the Chiefs 2 games back of Kane County for the Wild Card in the Midwest League with six games remaining.

Jason Bours RBI single in the 10th was the game-winner. He finished with four hits, including his 30th double of the season. He became the 29th player in franchise to hit 30 doubles and now leads the club with 38 multi-hit games.

Hak-Ju lee had a two-run single in the ninth as did Nelson Perez, whose two-out hit tied the score at 9-9. Corey Martin earned the victory after Frank Bastista started and allowed seven runs in 4 13 innings. He gave up eight hits, four of which were homers.

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

[PHOTO] Joe Maddon, Miguel Montero patch things up over a drink

[PHOTO] Joe Maddon, Miguel Montero patch things up over a drink

Despite the Cubs ending their 108-year World Series drought, Miguel Montero made offseason headlines for all the wrong reasons when he complained about his role in the Cubs' 2017 championship campaign.

Montero criticized Maddon's communication skills, catching rotation and bullpen decision-making after the team's Grant Park celebration. Maddon brushed off the criticism, and last week at spring training Montero said he hadn't spoke with the Cubs' skipper.

That tension appears to be all but a thing of the past, as Montero posted this picture of him and his manager sharing a drink together sporting nothing but smiles.

It's safe to say Montero would describe his relationship with Maddon now as: #WeAreGood.

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks clash with Wild tonight on CSN

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks clash with Wild tonight on CSN

Watch as the Blackhawks take on the Minnesota Wild tonight on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 6:30 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. Road warriors.

The Blackhawks have won six straight games away from the United Center, and are looking to make it a seventh in Minnesota tonight. They've scored the game's first goal in four of those wins, and in the other two, overcame 1-0 deficits to beat Dallas 5-3 and Edmonton 5-1, the latter of which they scored five unanswered goals.

2. Corey Crawford vs. Devan Dubnyk.

Crawford hasn't quite been the same since undergoing an emergency appendectomy on Dec. 3, but he turned in probably his best outing since then in the Blackhawks' last meeting against Minnesota on Feb. 8 when he stopped 35 of 38 shots in a 4-3 overtime win. He essentially stole two points, and prevented the Wild from picking up the extra one. Across from him tonight will be Dubnyk, who leads the league in wins (32), goals against average (1.97) and save percentage (.934).

3. Jonathan Toews on fire.

After a tough offensive drought earlier in the season that lasted longer than expected, the Blackhawks captain has six goals and 10 assists in his last 12 games, and upped his point total to 37, which now ranks fifth on the team. In the last meeting against Minnesota two weeks ago, Toews had a three-point night and scored the game winner in overtime. 

4. Mikael Granlund among league's most underrated players.

File Granlund under the category of players who don't get enough attention. He has 17 goals and 36 assists in 58 games this season, and his 53 points is tied with Jeff Carter and Artemi Panarin for 13th in the NHL's scoring race. The next highest point total on the Wild is Eric Staal with 45, an eight-point gap between him and Granlund. The 24-year-old forward registered his first career hat trick earlier this month, and also had a 12-game point streak just two weeks ago.

5. Ryan Hartman's closing in on 15 goals.

In Saturday's 3-1 loss to Edmonton, Hartman defended his teammate by fighting an Oilers defenseman that was practically twice his size. He called it a "no-brainer" to stick up for Tanner Kero and did well in the scrap, but it led to an Oilers power play and 10-minute misconduct which didn't do the Blackhawks any favors. He responded in a great way Sunday by scoring the game's first goal that helped his team win 5-1 in Buffalo. The next goal he scores will be No. 15, which would give the Blackhawks six 15-plus goal scorers on the year. They had only four a season ago.

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