On The Farm: Peoria and Tennessee Win A Couple Of "Wild Ones"

On The Farm: Peoria and Tennessee Win A Couple Of "Wild Ones"

Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010
Posted: 9:45 p.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski
CSNChicago.com
CUBSPeoria A
The Chiefs scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the eighth inning and edged Cedar Rapids, 1-0, at OBrien Field.

Anthony Giansanti led off the inning with a walk and went to second on a Logan Watkins single. He stole third before Matt Oye uncorked a wild pitch, bringing in the games lone run. Daniel Keefe earned the victory as the result of the errant throw while Corey Martin kept the Kernels scoreless in the ninth for his fifth save.

Watkins and Jae-Hoon Ha each had a pair of hits. Frank Batista started and allowed two hits over six innings for the Chiefs.
Tennessee AA
The Smokies also scored the winning run on a wild pitch, this one coming in the 11th inning to give Tennessee a 4-3 victory over visiting Birmingham.

Jeff Sues let loose with a wild pitch with the bases loaded and two outs, allowing Russ Canzler to score the winning run. He had drawn a one-out walk and then went to third when on an error by Barons shortstop Eduardo Escobar on a Matt Spencer grounder. Steve Clevenger was intentionally walked after Spencer went to second on catchers indifference, setting the stage for Sues wild one.

Spencer had a pair of RBIs while Canzler had a double and an RBI. Chris Archer started and allowed two runs over seven innings. He fanned nine and left with the lead but was denied his 16th victory of the season when Marco Carillo allowed a ninth-inning run. Carrilo would get the win.

In other action, Daytona and Clearwater were postponed at Jackie Robinson Stadium and will make the game up next week as part of a doubleheader on a date yet to be determined at Clearwater. LHP James Leverton was promoted to Tennessee prior to the game. RHP Craig Muschko was placed on the DL at Tennessee. ... The AZL Cubs dropped an 8-1 decision to the Angels while Boise fell to Tri-City, 6-3. Richard Jones had three hits for the Hawks, pushing his hitting streak to four games. ... Iowa held off a late Omaha rally for a 7-6 victory. Jason Dubois' fifth inning grand slam was the difference for the I-Cubs. Jeff Samardzija allowed four runs in 5 23 innings for his 11th victory.
WHITE SOXKannapolis A
The Intimidators kept their faint South Atlantic League playoff hopes alive on Thursday with a 4-1 victory over Lexington at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium.

Justin Collop 9-10 snapped his three-game losing streak, allowing only a run on eight hits over seven innings. It was Collups first win since July 29. Taylor Thompson picked up the save, his sixth, with two no-hit innings.

Juan Silverio had a homer and two RBIs while Ian Gac added two hits and drove in a run. Kannapolis manager Ernie Young was name as the manager of the USA team that will compete for a qualifying spot in both the 2011 Pan American Games and the 2011 IBAF Baseball World Cup. The tournament will take place from Oct. 1-10 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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The Dash walked all over Lynchburg, 7-1, on Thursday evening at City Stadium. Winston-Salem scored seven unanswered runs from the sixth inning on. Luis Sierras solo homer tie the score at 1-1 in the sixth before Jason Bours RBI single put the Dash ahead for good. Seth Loman added a three-run shot in the seventh, his 23rd of the season.

Nate Jones picked up the win after tossing a career-high 7 13 innings.

Great Falls Rookie
Ross Wilson's sacrifice fly scored Jared McDonald in the 10th inning on Thursday to give the Voyagers a 6-5 victory over visiting Orem.

Great Falls had scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to tie the score at 5-5, picking up an RBI single from Mike Blanke and a run-scoring sac fly from Ryan Hamme. Wilson scored the tying run on the sacrifice fly.

Blanke finished with two hits and two RBIs as did Andy Wilkins, who extended his hitting streak to 13 games. Wilkins is batting .364 20-for-55 during the streak. ... Nelson Curry pitched a third of an inning and earned the victory.

In other action, visiting Bluefield bounced Bristol, 7-1. Jarrett Casey started and took the loss, falling to 0-7 after allowing two runs in four innings. Jeffer Patino had a solo homer for the Sox. Drew Lee was named to the Appy League post-season All-Star team prior to the game. Jeff Sues uncorked an 11th-inning wild pitch that brought in the winning run as Birmingham dropped a 4-3 decision to Tennessee at Smokies Park. Norfolk overcame a 6-0 deficit and rallied for a 7-6 victory over Charlotte at Knights Stadium. Greg Aquino alloed the final two runs and was charged with the loss. Brent Morel was 1-for-4, extending his hitting streak to 10 games during which he is hitting .450 18-for-40.

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

As questions about his future remain, David Accam is in his best run with the Fire

As questions about his future remain, David Accam is in his best run with the Fire

For the past two seasons, David Accam was a bright spot on bad Chicago Fire teams.

This season, with more talent on the roster, Accam has blossomed into one of the most dangerous players in the league.

He had a hat trick and an assist in Saturday’s 4-0 win against Orlando. That gives him 10 goals and six assists on the season. Only two other players in Major League Soccer have 16 combined goals and assists, New York City FC's David Villa and teammate Nemanja Nikolic (the leading goal-scorer in the league).

“I thought I could do anything on the pitch today,” Accam said. “I just wanted to enjoy myself and entertain the fans and also help the team win. That’s what we did today, especially after my first goal. I just thought I could get more goals and also help the team win.”

Accam’s big game comes after he sat out the previous two games, which were both played on turf. He wasn’t listed on the injury report, but coach Veljko Paunovic said, “he didn’t recover from the physical issues that he had in the previous game.”

The rest seemed to do Accam some good, but his success in the game (as well as his recent run of eight goals and four assists in his last eight matches) coincides with questions about his future. He was recently rumored to be the target of a Turkish club.

In the past, Accam has spoken about his ambition to play at the highest levels. Typically, that means Europe. General manager Nelson Rodriguez said last month that he expects offers to come in for the 26-year-old because he is a good player in his prime ages.

So is Accam playing like someone trying to earn a new contract? That could be either impressing potential suitors in Europe or boosting his negotiation position with the Fire. Rodriguez has talked about contract negotiations with Accam before, and said those will not resume again until after the season.

“I wanted to be in a team where I would develop as a person and also win trophies, whether here or somewhere (else) I don’t know,” Accam said. “For me, I’m doing really well here and every year if I keep playing well there will be always interest. I know there is a lot of interest because I’m doing well. For me it’s always extra motivation to keep doing well. You don’t know where I will end up, whether here or somewhere else. I’ll just keep playing.”

Accam’s play earned him another call-up to the Ghanaian national team. He will join the team on Sunday for a pair of friendlies in the U.S. The Black Stars will take on Mexico in Houston on June 28 and the U.S. in East Hartford, Conn., on July 1 as the two North American countries prepare for the Gold Cup.

“That’s where I want to be,” Accam said. “I want to be playing for the national team so it’s extra motivation for me to perform well and also to go to the national team.”

Accam has been one of the most productive players in MLS this year, based on goals and assists, and is young enough to draw the attention of plenty of teams. For now, the Fire have him as a key part of the best season the club has had in years.

“I think that he understands very well how to play with the team that we have now and with the teammates that he is surrounded with,” coach Veljko Paunovic said. “We just have to work to give David opportunities… Then we expect that performances like that will come even more.”

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