Intimidators Turn Off Power For Morning Victory

Intimidators Turn Off Power For Morning Victory

Wednesday April 20, 2011
Posted: 9:13 p.m.

WHITE SOX Kannapolis A
Jake Petricka continued to pitch well Wednesday morning yet the reigning Sally League pitcher of the week didnt factor in the decision as Kannapolis rallied for a 6-5 victory over West Virginia at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium.

Petricka went six innings, allowing his first run of the season, and struck out six while scattering five hits. He stretched his scoreless-inning streak to 16 before the Power pushed a run across in the sixth. Petricka left with a 5-1 advantage that was erased when Paul Burnside allowed four seventh-inning runs, including a two-out, three-run homer to Matt Curry.

Burnside 2-0 was able to pick up the victory, though, when Dan Black drove in the go-ahead run with an RBI-single in the bottom half of the inning. Jake Wilson pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save.

Black finished with two RBIs as did Juan Silverio and Mike Blanke.
Charlotte AAA
Lucas Harrell earned 14 victories in the last season and a half for Charlotte but had been a bit inconsistent through his first two starts this year, neither of which resulted in a victory. The veteran right-hander was shaky at times again on Wednesday but did enough to earn his first win of 2011 as the Knights bested Durham, 8-3, at Durham Athletic park.

Harrell allowed three runs over six innings, scattering six hits and walking four. He didnt strike out a batter but left on the winning side of the ledger after Charlotte scored five times in the fourth inning. Johnny Nunez and Brian Bruney combined to pitch three perfect innings to close out the Bulls. Bruney, the former Yankee, hasnt allowed a run in four innings this season.

Jim Gallagher and Eduardo Escobar each had a pair of RBIs with Escobars coming on a two-run triple in the fourth.
Birmingham AA
The Barons rallied after Mississippi took an early lead Wednesday afternoon, earning a 7-4 victory at Regions Park.

Justin Greenes two-run double sparked a three-run sixth inning, erasing what had been a 4-2 deficit. Tyler Kuhn had three hits and scored twice, pushing his average to .405. Seth Loman also had three hits while Andrew Garcia had a homer and knocked in four.

Shane Lindsay 1-1 benefitted from the comeback, earning the victory after pitching two scoreless innings in relief of Justin Edwards. Nate Jones also tossed two scoreless frames to pick up his first save of the year.
CUBSPeoria A
The Chiefs swept a doubleheader Wednesday afternoon, taking a pair from offensively challenged Quad Cities, 4-0, and 1-0, at Modern Woodman Park.

The River Bandits have struggled to score runs all season and Wednesday they had more trouble with Peoria pitching. Austin Kirk 1-1 started and won the opener after taking a no-hitter into the fifth inning. He struck out four and allowed only two hits in his five innings of work before Yohan Gonzalez pitched two innings for his first save. Kirks win was the first by a Peoria starter this season. Greg Garcias fifth0-inning double off Kirk was the first hit he allowed to a left-handed hitter in 15 at-bats this year.

Dallas Beeler 1-1 also pitched five innings in winning the nightcap before Bryce Shafer danced his way through two innings to earn the save.

Greg Rohan got hits in both games, extending his hitting streak to 12 games, the longest such streak in the Midwest League this season. It was Arismendy Alcantara who drove in the lone run in the nightcap, though, with a fourth-inning double. Catcher Chad Noble was added to the roster from Daytona after reliever Marcus Hatley was placed on the disabled list with a sprained right thumb. Sergio Burruel threw out Michael Swinson attempting to steal second base in the third inning for the first runner caught stealing by a Chiefs catcher this season in 19 tries.
Iowa AAA
The I-Cubs split an afternoon doubleheader with Albuquerque, taking the opener, 3-1, before dropping the nightcap, 3-0, at Principal Park.

Austin Bibens-Dirkx 1-1 returned to his 2010 form in winning the opener, scattering two hits over six innings while striking out nine. He had allowed 12 runs in 10 innings coming into the affair but lowered his ERA from 10.80 to 7.31 with the effort. Chris Carpenter walked two in the seventh but still managed to record his first save.

Lou Montanez had a an RBI triple and Bobby Scales added an RBI double in a two-run fifth inning to snap what been a 1-1 tie.

The I-Cubs managed just one hit in the nightcap, a two-out double by Marquez Smith in the seventh-inning that spoiled John Elys no-hit bid. Robert Coello 1-2 allowed three runs over six innings.
Daytona A
Jae-Hoon Ha continued to run roughshod over the Florida State League as a trio of Daytona pitchers shut down Lakeland Wednesday night in a 5-2 victory at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Ha had a pair of hits, pushing his average to .414 and extending his hitting streak to seven games. Mike Burgess added a homer, two RBIs and drew a pair of walks, making it easier for Kevin Rhoderick 1-0, who allowed a run in three innings.

He followed Brett Wallach, who also allowed a run in three innings. Jeff Beliveau tossed three shutout innings to record the save.
Tennessee AA
The Smokies hit three home runs, two of which came in a big sixth inning, Wednesday night to power their way by host Carolina, 9-5.

Brett Jackson, who had three hits and three RBIs, and DJ LeMahieu each hit solo shots with LeMahieus homer giving Tennessee a 3-2 lead. Steve Clevenger added a solo homer in the Smokies three-run eighth. Marco Carillo earned the win with four innings of relief.

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

Can Deiondre' Hall overcome on- and off-field hurdles to make an impact with Bears?

Can Deiondre' Hall overcome on- and off-field hurdles to make an impact with Bears?

Rookie Deiondre' Hall flashed in the preseason a year ago, leading the Bears coaching staff and fans to believe they found something amidst their trio of 2016 fourth round draft picks. 

He’s hoping to do the same this August after overcoming one physical hurdle, while waiting to see if he can get past a legal hurdle he created for himself.

Let’s start on the field, where, just days after his first NFL interception in the fourth game last season, he sustained an ankle injury in practice, sidelining him for two months. Once his walking boot and scooter were finally put away, he was active for the final four games. But what progress he’d been making on the field was difficult to recapture.

“Just coming off the injury, there was a little rust here and there, but the training staff here’s great and I had to push through it,” Hall said at last week’s minicamp in Lake Forest after he was one of numerous Bears hit by the injury bug, but not one of the 19 who wound up on Injured Reserve. “(I was) getting comfortable with the defense and in myself playing with those guys out there, getting the opportunity in the red zone and making plays. But the injury kinda sucked because I haven’t really had an opportunity to play since Week 5, so I’m not necessarily starting fresh.”

As the offseason unfolded, Hall was informed the coaching staff was going to try him at safety, if not permanently, then as an option for the 6-foot-2, 201-pound Northern Iowa product. 

But Hall’s not totally foreign to the position. He was a free safety his first year in college, then transitioned to outside linebacker/nickel as a sophomore, moved to cornerback as a junior before breaking his hand his senior year, playing through it back where he started at safety. So the decision wasn’t a big deal, especially if it enhances his chances to get on the field. But his preference?

“Defense. Opportunity,” Hall responded. “You get in where you fit in and the more you can do, the better it is for the team. If opportunity presents itself at corner, then I’m at corner. But right now at safety, I’m making strides (there) and keep pushing for that.”

“We’re gonna float him back and forth,” defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said last month, after the Bears signed free agent cornerbacks Prince Amukamara and Marcus Cooper in the off-season, while Bryce Callahan and Cre’Von LeBlanc are expected to battle for slot duty and former first-rounder Kyle Fuller and veterans Johnthan Banks and B.W. Webb hope to impress. “He (Hall) had some experience there in college. When it comes down to picking your team and you’re taking nine or 10 DBs, if someone’s got versatility to play both of those spots, that helps, so we’re gonna see if he’s one of those guys.”

But before Hall gets back to work in Bourbonnais, he’ll find out if he has some other dues to pay. Hall was back at his alma mater’s Cedar Falls campus March 26th when he and a former UNI teammate were arrested outside a bar called Sharky’s. Police had responded to a call, and by the time all was said and done, Hall needed to be tased before being arrested on charges of public intoxication, interference (with an arrest), and disorderly conduct. 

The case was continued late last month and Hall’s jury trial is scheduled for July 11th. Pending the outcome, he could face disciplinary action from the team and the NFL. He’s told his side of the story to Bears management and while expressing remorse for putting himself in the situation, Hall says it wasn’t in character and feels confident in what the outcome will be.

“People make mistakes and the truth always comes out,” the 23-year-old said, adding the situation isn’t weighing on his mind or affected his preparation in off-season workouts. “You gotta let people make their own mistakes. I won’t shed light but the truth always comes out, and (I’ve learned) just don’t take anything for granted.”

“My main focus is football and keep pushing to make strides to become good, and great.”

Saad Day: Blackhawks deal Artemi Panarin for familiar face

Saad Day: Blackhawks deal Artemi Panarin for familiar face

When the Blackhawks found Artemi Panarin, they found a talent who was NHL ready from the start, who found instant chemistry with Patrick Kane and earned a Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie. It was also a tremendous panacea for a team that couldn’t pull off a deal to keep Brandon Saad, who was the power forward that fit in beautifully in the Blackhawks’ top six.

On Friday, the Blackhawks brought Saad back and dealt Panarin to do it.   

Saad returns to the Blackhawks, who also acquire goaltender Anton Forsberg, in exchange for Panarin and Tyler Motte. The Blackhawks also get the Blue Jackets’ fifth-round pick in the 2018 NHL draft and the Columbus gets Chicago’s sixth-round pick from this weekend’s draft. Elliotte Friedman was the first to report the deal. The Blackhawks inherit Saad’s deal, which has four years remaining at a $6 million cap hit. Panarin was about to enter his current deal, which is two years with a $6 million cap hit. This is key for the immediate future; when Panarin’s latest deal is up, if he keeps up at his current pace, he’ll likely sign for a lot more.

[MORE: Blackhawks deal Hjalmarsson to Arizona]

The Blackhawks have missed Saad terribly since his departure. The team has struggled to find consistent line mates with Jonathan Toews, especially at that left-wing position. They did fairly well with Nick Schmaltz and Richard Panik flanking Toews this season but it wasn’t as strong as the Saad-Toews combination. So it looks like the Blackhawks’ top line will be solidified again.

Now, what about the second line? As good as Toews and Saad’s chemistry was, Panarin’s and Kane’s was dynamite. The two had their respective skill, which they flashed often, and their ability to read each other was evident from the start. The Blackhawks’ second line was as consistent and steady the past two seasons as the top line was during Saad’s time here.

So, there are changes. The Blackhawks will absolutely miss what Panarin brings. But as far as bringing back a former Blackhawks player who could help in the present, getting the 24-year-old Saad back will be very beneficial.