On The Farm: Rienzo Remains Hot At Kannapolis

On The Farm: Rienzo Remains Hot At Kannapolis

Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010
9:15 PM

By Kevin Czerwinski
CSNChicago.com

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Andre Rienzos hot summer run through the South Atlantic League continued Tuesday night as Kannapolis upended Hickory, 8-2, at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium.

Rienzo 6-4 earned his third consecutive victory and improved to 6-0 in his last eight starts after allowing two runs in six innings. He fanned seven. Rienzos ERA over his eight-start streak is 2.16. Hes also fanned 61 over that 50-inning stretch.

Ryan Kussmaul one inning and Taylor Thompson two innings combined to allow one hit and strikeout four to preserve the victory.

Ian Gac had a pair of hits, including a homer, and two RBIs while Brady Shoemaker added two hits and two RBIs.

In other action, Bristol was rained out at Kingsport. Winston Salem and Salem were suspended at BB&T Ballpark with no score in the top of the third. The game will be resumed Wednesday at 6 p.m. with a seven-inning game to follow. The Dash also lost catcher Josh Phegley, who was promoted to Double-A Birmingham despite playing only 25 games in the Carolina League. Phegley spent two lengthy stints on the disabled list because of a blood disorder. Catcher Jason Bour was sent from Birmingham to Winston-Salem. The White Sox also signed RHP Jeff Sues, who was released earlier this month by Pittsburgh. He was on the minor league suspension list for unspecified reasons. Charlotte dropped a 6-2 decision to Durham at Knights Stadium. Jeff Marquez allowed four runs on 10 hits over six innings. Dayan Viciedo had three hits. ... Great Falls was a 10-6 loser at Orem. The Owls capped a five-run ninth-inning rally with a Brandon Decker grand slam off Jacob Wilson. Andy Wilkins was 2-for-5.

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The I-Cubs stumbled in Sacramento, dropping a 5-4 decision at Raley Field. Jay Jackson took the loss, his second consecutive, allowing four runs on seven hits in 5 23 innings. Marquez Smith had a pair of hits, including a homer, and two RBIs.

In other action, Daytona and Tampa were canceled due to rain. The AZL Cubs and Dodgers were also postponed. Boise managed only five hits and dropped a 7-1 decision to Everett. Micah Gibbs had a pair of hits and has five hits in his last nine at-bats.

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

Cubs down to only one All-Star starter in voting update

Cubs down to only one All-Star starter in voting update

The Cubs are down to only one starter in next month's All-Star Game in Miami: reigning MVP Kris Bryant.

Jason Heyward lost his grip on the final starting outfielder spot to Marlins star Marcell Ozuna in the latest All-Star balloting update released by the MLB:

That may be for the best, as the Cubs are currently banged up (Heyward. Ben Zobrist and Kyle Hendricks are on the disabled list) and slogging through a season where they've hovered around .500. So maybe four days off in a row would be beneficial for the defending champs.

Heyward is 29,270 votes behind Ozuna and Zobrist is 118,248 votes behind Heyward. It appears as if Washington's Bryce Harper and Colorado's Charlie Blackmon are sure things for the top two outfielder spots in the NL.

Bryant is only 58,082 votes ahead of Nolan Arenado at third base. Anthony Rizzo trails Ryan Zimmerman at first base, Javy Baez comes in well behind Daniel Murphy at second base and Buster Posey has more than twice as many votes as runner-up Willson Contreras at catcher.

Addison Russell is third among shortstops. Kyle Schwarber — despite being demoted to the minors last week — is eighth among NL outfielders.

It's a far cry from 2016, when the Cubs made up all four infield spots in the NL starting lineup.

Voting ends in four days. Fans can head to MLB.com to vote.

Avisail Garcia moves up in final days of All-Star Game voting

Avisail Garcia moves up in final days of All-Star Game voting

Major League Baseball released the latest American League All-Star voting update Monday and Avisail Garcia has jumped back into fifth place among outfielders.

The White Sox right fielder jumped past Boston's Mookie Betts since the last returns were announced on June 13.

Since then Garcia has slashed .319/.447/.819 with a homer, 5 RBIs and three doubles in 12 games.

Aaron Judge, Mike Trout and George Springer remain the top vote-getters in the outfield, though Trout won't play in the Midsumemr Classic because of a thumb injury.

On the year Garcia is batting .331 with a .904 OPS, 11 homers and 51 RBIs; the RBIs are the same number Garcia had all of last year.

Garcia is the only White sox player among the top AL vote-getters at any position.

Voting ends June 30.