Friday Sept. 9, 2011
Posted: 10:15 p.m.
CUBS Tennessee AA
Blake Lalli continued his domination of Chattanooga Friday night at Smokies Park as Tennessee routed the Lookouts, 10-4, to take a 2-0 lead in its Southern League semifinal series. The Smokies can go for the sweep Saturday night in Chattanooga.
Lalli had a pair of hits, including a double, and drove in three runs. He has four hits in eight at-bats through the two games with a homer and six RBIs. Lalli had only five RBIs in 17 regular-season games against the Lookouts.
He had help, though. Steve Clevenger had a pair of hits and drove in two while Jae-Hoon Ha had two hits and scored twice as the Smokies rallied from a four-run deficit with a six run second inning.
The Lookouts knocked out Ryan Searle, who allowed all four runs in two innings. Oswaldo Martinez, who picked up the victory, came on and tossed three shutout innings to put Tennessee in control of the series. The two hits allowed by Martinez were the only two the Smokies pen surrendered.
Elliot Soto and Chad Noble had run-scoring hits in the bottom of the eighth inning to give Daytona a 3-1 victory over St. Lucie in the first game of the Florida State League finals at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Yoannis Negrin earned the win.
WHITE SOXBirmingham AA
Mobile picked up a 7-5 victory Friday night at Regions Park to even its Southern League semifinal playoffs series with Birmingham at a game apiece. Hector Santiago allowed six runs in 3 13 innings and was charged with the loss. He gave up seven hits and walked four. Jake Oester had a homer and two RBIs for the Barons.
Great Falls Rookie
Qualon Millender had three hits and RBI for Great Falls, which raced by Missoula, 8-3, in a Pioneer League semifinal contest. Marty Medina added two hits and an RBI while Blair Walters, the Pioneer League pitcher of the year,struck out seven and allowed one hit over 5 23 shutout innings.
The worst kept secret is finally out of the bag.
The White Sox officially announced the signing of free agent Cuban outfielder Luis Robert to a minor-league contract, which includes a $26-million signing bonus.
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“We are excited to add Luis — another young, extremely talented and impactful prospect — to the White Sox organization,” White Sox senior vice president/general manager Rick Hahn said. “Luis has the potential to be a dynamic, five-tool player at the major-league level, and we look forward to watching him develop in our system over coming seasons. Luis will immediately be viewed as one of the top prospects in baseball, and his signing adds to the growing depth of quality young players within our organization.”
The 19-year-old Robert played in 210 career games (including postseason) with Ciego de Ávila in the Cuban Serie Nacional and had a .315/.402/.467 slash line with 20 home runs, 92 RBI and 29 stolen bases.
Robert slides into the No. 2 spot on the White Sox Top 30 prospects, according to MLB Pipeline.
Michal Kempny was in and out of the Blackhawks lineup last season but he’ll likely get a bigger opportunity this coming season. On Saturday, he was assured of coming back to get that chance.
Kempny and the Blackhawks agreed to a one-year extension, the team announced on Saturday morning.
“Michal’s style of play is an asset to our defense,” general manager Stan Bowman said in a statement. “He is the type of player who will continue to improve now that he has transitioned to the National Hockey League. We look forward to his continued development on the ice for the Blackhawks.”
Kempny was part of a very crowded blue line last season — he was one of eight defensemen at the start of it — and played 50 regular-season games. He recorded two goals and six assists in those contests but did not play in the Blackhawks’ four postseason contests. With Johnny Oduya and Brian Campbell likely not returning, however, Kempny should get a bigger opportunity this season.
The 26-year-old Kempny also had two goals and an assist in eight games for the Czech Republic team at the 2017 World Championship.