Mitchell Making His Mark in Comeback At Winston-Salem

Mitchell Making His Mark in Comeback At Winston-Salem

Saturday April 9, 2011
Posted: 9:45 p.m.
WHITE SOXWinston-Salem A
The Dash earned their first win of the season Saturday, topping Kinston, 3-2, in game that was called after eight innings because of rain at Historic Grainger Stadium.

Jared Mitchell continued to write an early remarkable comeback story, connecting for a two-run first-inning homer that would put Winston-Salem out in front to stay. Mitchell missed all of last season with an ankle injury but is 3-for-9 with a homer and four RBIs.

Jose Martinez, who had four hits, drove in the third Dash run in the fifth with an RBI single. Taylor Thompson earned the win pitching two scoreless innings in relief of starter Andre Rienzo.
Birmingham AA
The Barons surprise start to the season continued Saturday night as they squeaked by Montgomery, 6-4. Birmingham improved to 3-0 behind the big bopping of Chris Marrero, who had three hits, including a homer and three RBIs.

Kenny Williams added a double and two RBIs as Charlie Leesman went 5 13 innings to earn the win. The Barons will continue their season-opening five-game set with the Biscuits on Sunday night.

Kannapolis A
The Intimidators had their doubleheader with Lakewood postponed because of unsafe playing conditions at FirstEnergy Field. The two teams will play a Sunday doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.
Charlotte AAA
Charlottes game against Norfolk was also postponed because of unplayable grounds. The game will be made up Sunday as part of a doubleheader beginning at 1:15 at Knights Stadium.

CUBSDaytona A
Nelson Perez hit only three home runs last year and has seven round trippers over the last two seasons. Yet Saturday night, he was a one-man power show for Daytona, which upended Brevard County, 7-3, at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Perez hit a pair of homers and knocked in three runs with his two-run shot capping a three-run second inning. Justin Bour also connected for a solo homer in the second to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead. It was enough to make a winner of Aaron Kurcz, who allowed three runs on four hits in five innings.
Peoria A
Jean Almanzars three-run double in the 12th lifted Cedar Rapids to a 12-9 victory over Peoria at OBrien Field.

The Chiefs has staged a pair of rallies, finally knotting the score at 9-9 in the eighth inning. Yohan Gonzalez issued a pair of walks and surrendered a single in the 12th, setting the stage for Almanzars double.

Matt Szczur had a pair of hits, a walk, an RBI and scored twice. Greg Rohan added a pair of hits and an RBI while Pierre LaPage chipped in three hits and has hit safely in all three games this season.

Tennessee AA
The Smokies bullpen imploded and as a result Chattanooga handed Tennessee its first loss of the season, a 12-4 decision Saturday night. The pen allowed nine runs on 13 hits over four innings, erasing the one-run lead with which starter Alberto Cabrera had left it.

Ryan Flaherty and DJ LeMahieu each had a pair of hits while Brett Jackson singled to extend his hitting streak to three games.
Iowa AAA
The I-Cubs racked up 15 hits and made a late charge Saturday night but it wasnt enough as they dropped a 13-9 decision to Round Rock at the Dell Diamond.

Starter Robert Coello and Jake Muyco combined to allow all 13 runs through the first seven innings, negating the five runs that Iowa scored over the final three innings. Bryan LaHair and Scott Moore each had a homer and three RBIs.

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

[PHOTO] Joe Maddon, Miguel Montero patch things up over a drink

[PHOTO] Joe Maddon, Miguel Montero patch things up over a drink

Despite the Cubs ending their 108-year World Series drought, Miguel Montero made offseason headlines for all the wrong reasons when he complained about his role in the Cubs' 2017 championship campaign.

Montero criticized Maddon's communication skills, catching rotation and bullpen decision-making after the team's Grant Park celebration. Maddon brushed off the criticism, and last week at spring training Montero said he hadn't spoke with the Cubs' skipper.

That tension appears to be all but a thing of the past, as Montero posted this picture of him and his manager sharing a drink together sporting nothing but smiles.

It's safe to say Montero would describe his relationship with Maddon now as: #WeAreGood.

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks clash with Wild tonight on CSN

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks clash with Wild tonight on CSN

Watch as the Blackhawks take on the Minnesota Wild tonight on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 6:30 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. Road warriors.

The Blackhawks have won six straight games away from the United Center, and are looking to make it a seventh in Minnesota tonight. They've scored the game's first goal in four of those wins, and in the other two, overcame 1-0 deficits to beat Dallas 5-3 and Edmonton 5-1, the latter of which they scored five unanswered goals.

2. Corey Crawford vs. Devan Dubnyk.

Crawford hasn't quite been the same since undergoing an emergency appendectomy on Dec. 3, but he turned in probably his best outing since then in the Blackhawks' last meeting against Minnesota on Feb. 8 when he stopped 35 of 38 shots in a 4-3 overtime win. He essentially stole two points, and prevented the Wild from picking up the extra one. Across from him tonight will be Dubnyk, who leads the league in wins (32), goals against average (1.97) and save percentage (.934).

3. Jonathan Toews on fire.

After a tough offensive drought earlier in the season that lasted longer than expected, the Blackhawks captain has six goals and 10 assists in his last 12 games, and upped his point total to 37, which now ranks fifth on the team. In the last meeting against Minnesota two weeks ago, Toews had a three-point night and scored the game winner in overtime. 

4. Mikael Granlund among league's most underrated players.

File Granlund under the category of players who don't get enough attention. He has 17 goals and 36 assists in 58 games this season, and his 53 points is tied with Jeff Carter and Artemi Panarin for 13th in the NHL's scoring race. The next highest point total on the Wild is Eric Staal with 45, an eight-point gap between him and Granlund. The 24-year-old forward registered his first career hat trick earlier this month, and also had a 12-game point streak just two weeks ago.

5. Ryan Hartman's closing in on 15 goals.

In Saturday's 3-1 loss to Edmonton, Hartman defended his teammate by fighting an Oilers defenseman that was practically twice his size. He called it a "no-brainer" to stick up for Tanner Kero and did well in the scrap, but it led to an Oilers power play and 10-minute misconduct which didn't do the Blackhawks any favors. He responded in a great way Sunday by scoring the game's first goal that helped his team win 5-1 in Buffalo. The next goal he scores will be No. 15, which would give the Blackhawks six 15-plus goal scorers on the year. They had only four a season ago.

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