On The Farm: Iowa Loses To Memphis, Eliminated From Playoff Picture

On The Farm: Iowa Loses To Memphis, Eliminated From Playoff Picture

Monday Sept. 6, 2010
6:30 PM
By Kevin Czerwinski
CSNChicago.com

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Mark Hamiltons two-out homer in the top of the ninth inning Monday afternoon lifted Memphis to a 7-6 victory at Principal Park, clinching a division title for the Redbirds and denying Iowa a berth in the Pacific Coast League playoffs.

The I-Cubs and Redbird finished tied for first place in the American North Division but Memphis owned the tiebreaker and will advance into the post-season. Iowa owned or shared a piece of first place for the final 51 days of the season but was denied a playoff spot because Memphis owned a better head-to-head record.

Iowa held a 6-3 lead going into the seventh inning before Memphis scored three times to set the stage for Hamiltons dramatic blow of Hung-Wen Chen in the ninth inning. Jason Dubois ended the season on a 13-game hitting streak after hitting a pair of solo homers. Robinson Chirinos was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, finishing with a .364 average in 15 PCL games after hitting .318 at Tennessee.

In other action, playoff-bound Tennessee finished out the regular season with a 3-2 victory at Carolina. Brandon Gyer was 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs to finish second in the Southern League with a .344 average. Brett Jackson had a pair of hits while Craig Muschko allowed a run in five innings for his ninth win. Peoria ended its Midwest League season with a 9-4 victory at Quad Cities. Jae-Hoon Ha had a hit, two RBIs and finished with a .317 average. Matt Cerda had a double and three RBIs, giving him 80 for the year. Yohan Gonzalez went two scoreless innings for the win.

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The Dash won the Carolina Leagues Southern Division second-half championship with a 10-5 victory over Salem at BB&T Ballpark on Monday, completing a sweep of divisional crowns. Winston-Salem also won the first-half title and will face Kinston in the opening round of the playoffs, which begin on Wednesday.

Winston-Salem finished with the best overall record in the league as well as posting the best first- and second-half records. The two Divisional titles marked the first time in franchise history that Winston-Salem has finished first in four consecutive halves. It also marks the first time a Carolina League team has won four consecutive halves since Wilmington turned the trick in 2001-02.

Seth Loman went 4-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs while Johnson went 4-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs. Greg Paiml had three hits and three RBIs while Taylor Thompson picked up the victory in relief.
In other action, Kannapolis dropped its South Atlantic League finale, 3-2, at Lakewood. Tyler Saladino had two hits and an RBI. Justin Collop allowed three runs in seven innings to take the loss. Mississippi ended Birminghams Southern League season on a sour note with a 2-1 victory. The Barons managed only five hits. Brian Omogrosso allowed a run in his inning of work to take the loss. Charlotte also ended its International League season with a loss, dropping a 7-0 decision to Gwinnett at Knights Stadium. Jeremy Reed had two of the Knights six hits. Jeff Marquez 8-9 took the loss to finish 0-5 in his last nine starts. His last victory came on July 16 at Durham.

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

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Watch as the Blackhawks take on the Tampa Bay Lightning 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. Grab the first goal.

The Blackhawks have scored the game's first goal in seven of the last eight games, and of those seven, they've won six of them. Meanwhile, the Lightning have scored the first goal only 17 times in 48 games this season, and are 12-5-1 in those games. They're 9-17-4 when they allow the first goal, so getting out to a lead first will be important against a struggling Lightning team looking for signs of life.

2. Will the floodgates open for Jonathan Toews?

After a four-point game in a 4-2 win over Vancouver, the Blackhawks captain matched his point total over his previous nine games. He's up to 26 points on the season, which is now fifth among Chicago forwards. When Toews has offensive droughts, they usually last longer than they should. But when he gets hot, he gets extremely hot. Perhaps we'll see the floodgates open offensively.

3. A chance for the team lead in scoring.

With an empty-net goal on Sunday, Marian Hossa tied Artem Anisimov for the team-lead with 18 goals. Artemi Panarin is right behind with 17, and Patrick Kane isn't far either at 15. The Blackhawks had four 20-goal scorers last season, and haven't had more than that since the 2013-14 season. They're definitely on pace to hit four, but could they surprass that? Richard Panik, who scored another goal Sunday as well, is fifth with 11 goals while Ryan Hartman has 10. Toews is at eight, but a flurry after a drought could make things interesting.

4. The triplets reunited?

In an effort to jumpstart a struggling offense, Lightning coach Jon Cooper reunited the triplets line of Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat that was so successful during their 2015 playoff run in their latest game, a 5-3 loss to Arizona. It's unclear whether they will begin tonight's game on the same line, but if not, it's worth watching throughout the game whether they do. The Blackhawks have been coming at opponents in waves lately, so Cooper could look to separate the three to distribute the scoring.

5. Take advantage on special teams.

The Lightning have racked up the fifth-most penalty minutes in the league, and own a bottom-10 penalty kill unit at 80.1 percent. The Blackhawks are the second-least penalized team, and have converted on 17.9 percent of their power plays, which sits at 16th. But they haven't scored one on the man advantage in five straight games, going 0-for-9 during that span. Here's a chance to change that.

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