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.

Two days out, White Sox already excited about facing former teammate Chris Sale

Two days out, White Sox already excited about facing former teammate Chris Sale

There are still two days remaining until the White Sox take the field against their old teammate, but the questions are already coming about what it will be like to face Chris Sale on Tuesday night.

The Boston Red Sox come to the South Side for a three-game series starting Monday afternoon, but the highlight of the set will be Tuesday night's matchup: Sale against his old team, which will counter with another All-Star arm in Jose Quintana.

The White Sox jumpstarted their rebuilding effort this offseason when they traded Sale to Boston, getting a hefty haul back in return led by top prospect Yoan Moncada.

Sale was one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball during his tenure in a White Sox uniform and has continued that trend in Boston, where he's posted a 2.34 ERA in 10 starts this season, punching out a league-leading 101 batters in a league-leading 73 innings of work.

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Tuesday night he'll go up against his ex-mates for the first time, something those players are pretty excited about.

"I have so much respect. He was one of the best teammates that I had here in my first three years," first baseman Jose Abreu said Sunday. "That will be fun. He’s a very good pitcher, and we’ll see what happens that day."

"Facing Saler is going to be awesome, big time," Quintana said. "A big moment of the season. He was my teammate. It's a different feeling, but it's good to face the best left-hander in the league. I'm excited and I think he's excited, too. But my focus right now is to do my job. Do my work and do my thing and put us in a good position to win. That's all I can do."

There'll be much more reaction to come from both the White Sox and the Red Sox ahead of the matchup on Monday and Tuesday. But already this big-time showdown against Sale — who made five consecutive All-Star appearances in his seven years on the South Side — is demanding everyone's attention.

White Sox settle on starting pitcher for series-opening game with Red Sox on Monday

White Sox settle on starting pitcher for series-opening game with Red Sox on Monday

All eyes are looking ahead to Tuesday night, when the White Sox will welcome Chris Sale back to the South Side, countering with another All-Star hurler in Jose Quintana.

But the pitching matchup has also been set for the series-opening game against the visiting Boston Red Sox on Monday afternoon.

David Holmberg will get the ball for the White Sox on Memorial Day. For Boston, it will be David Price's first start of the season.

It will be Holmberg's first start since joining the White Sox. He's made eight relief appearances this season and posted a 0.87 ERA in his 10.1 innings of work.

Holmberg made 12 starts over three major league seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Cincinnati Reds, turning in a 3-6 record with a 6.99 ERA in 55.1 innings as a starter in 2013, 2014 and 2015 seasons.

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A second-round draft pick of the White Sox in 2009, Holmberg was dealt a year after he was drafted in the trade that brought Edwin Jackson to the South Side. He signed with the White Sox in March of last year and made 32 starts between Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte, going 10-9 with a 3.72 ERA.

Monday will mark Holmberg's second start of the year at any level. He made one start and five relief appearances at Charlotte earlier this season.

Holmberg allowed one run in his first big league outing of the season back on May 4 against the Kansas City Royals. Since he's allowed just one hit and walked two in 9.2 shutout innings.

Manager Rick Renteria said Sunday that he's hoping to get five innings out of Holmberg, which could mean a busy day for the bullpen, too.

"It could be, but he’s actually done well," Renteria said of Holmberg. "Since he’s been with us, I think we’ve had him get up three times already. We’re hoping that we can take him out to a five-inning stint, depending on how many pitches he throws and things like that nature. He was starting obviously in the minor leagues, so he had been stretched out. We’ll see how it goes. Everybody’s going to have to be available, but I’m hopeful that he’s going to give us a good outing."