Petricka Continues To Impress At Kannapolis

Petricka Continues To Impress At Kannapolis

Friday April 15, 2011
Posted: 10:10 p.m.
WHITE SOXKannapolis A
Jacob Petrickas early-season dominance of the South Atlantic League continued Friday night as he paced Kannapolis to a 5-3 victory over visiting Hickory.

Petricka 1-0, whom the Sox selected in the second round of last years draft, pitched five shutout innings. He fanned seven and scattered four hits and has yet to allow a run in 11 innings. Hes struck out 16 and walked only two in that stretch while looking more and more like hell be in Winston-Salem sooner rather than later.

Mike Blanke, a 14th-round pick from a year ago, had three hits two doubles an a triple to pace the Kannapolis attack. The Intimidators got on the board in the second, scoring three times with an error opening the door to the big inning.
Winston-Salem A
Kyle Sheltons two-run triple in the eighth inning lifted the Dash to 5-3 victory over Kinston in the home-opener at BB&T Ballpark.

The Dash had tied the score at 3-3 in the seventh when Shelton scored on a wild pitch. Shelton had reached first on an error after striking out. Ian Gac had a pair of hits, including his fourth homer of the season. Each of Gacs homers has either tied the score or given the Dash the lead. Jared Mitchell went 0-for-4, dropping his average to .185.

Ryan Kussmaul 2-0 picked up the win after a two-inning stint. Tyson Corley pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save.
Birmingham AA
The Barons game against Chattanooga Friday evening was postponed due to rain. The two teams will play a pair of seven-inning games on Saturday beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Charlotte AAA
The Knights were rained out at Gwinnett County Friday night and no makeup date was set.
CUBSDaytona A
The Cubs lost their third straight game Friday night, dropping a 4-3 decision to Lakeland at Joker Marchant Stadium.

Brett Wallach took the loss, allowing four runs in 4 13 innings. He walked six and gave up three hits, including a homer. Jae-Hoon Ha had three hits for Daytona while Wellington Castillo added a pair.
Iowa AAA
The I-Cubs home-opener against Memphis was rained out Friday night at Principal Park. No makeup date has been scheduled yet. Prior to the rainout, Iowa added outfielder Brad Snyder to the roster. The slugger had been playing extended spring training while recovering from a hairline fracture of the rib. He hit .308 with 25 homers and 106 RBIs for Iowa last season and then appeared in 12 games as a September call-up with Chicago.
Peoria A
The Chiefs game against Wisconsin at Fox Cities Stadium was postponed due to the weather. The two teams will play a twinbill on Sunday beginning at 1:05.
Tennessee AA
The Smokies game against Montgomery Friday night was postponed because of rain and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday. The first of the two seven-inning games will be played at 5:15 p.m.

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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