Ridin' A Rebel To Victory

Ridin' A Rebel To Victory

Sunday April 24, 2011
Posted: 5:15
CUBSTennessee AA
Rebel Ridling is heating up. The big first baseman with the perfect name for playing in the South came through again for Tennessee on Sunday, collecting three hits and smacking the game-winning homer in a 4-3 victory at Jacksonville.

Ridlings solo homer in the eighth inning was the difference, capping a big day for the slugger. He extended his hitting streak to five games, scored twice and pushed his batting average to .404, which places him near the top of the Southern League.

Ryan Flaherty added a pair of hits while Matt Spencer drove in a pair. Marco Carillo pitched two scoreless innings to earn the victory and improve to 3-0.
Daytona A
The Cubs ran their winning streak to six games Sunday afternoon, taking care of Dunedin, 5-3, with a late offensive burst at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.

Daytona scored three times in the seventh and eighth innings. Evan Crawfords bunt single and Junior Lake fielders choice plated runs in the seventh while Jae-Hoon Ha connected for his third homer of the season in the eighth inning. Crawford finished with three hits as the Cubs matched their season-opening six-game winning streak.

Kevin Rhoderick was the beneficiary of the late surge, earning his second victory after tossing three shutout innings.
Iowa AAA
The I-Cubs managed only three hits and dropped a 7-1 decision to Memphis at AutoZone Park. Thomas Diamond 0-2 took the loss, allowing six runs in three innings. Lou Montanez was 1-for-4 and is hitting .407.
WHITE SOX Charlotte AAA
The Knights losing streak reached three games Sunday afternoon as they were trounced by visiting Gwinnett County, 12-1.

The Braves scored six ninth-inning runs to pad their lead. They collected 13 hits off four Charlotte pitchers with starter Gaby Hernandez 0-3 taking the loss after allowing five runs in five innings. Hernandez served up two homers and saw his ERA move to 12.75.

Lastings Milledge was 2-for-4 and Jordan Danks drove in the lone Knights run.
Winston-Salem A
Justin Collop spent all of last season in the starting rotation at Kannapolis. He had been coming out of the pen over the first three weeks of this season with mixed results before making his first start of the year on Sunday against Wilmington. It did not go well for Collop, who was hit hard in an 11-10 loss at BB&T Ballpark.

Collop allowed seven runs on six hits over three innings, putting the Dash in a hole from which they could not extricate themselves. The Winston-Salem bullpen was equally shaky and the Dash, despite a big rally, couldnt complete their comeback.

Nick Ciolli had three hits, including a homer and an RBI. Austin Yount added two hits, including a homer, and two RBIs while Ian Gac connected for his seventh homer of the year.

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

NCAA Golf Championships and local stars take Rich Harvest Farms by storm

NCAA Golf Championships and local stars take Rich Harvest Farms by storm

 

The NCAA Men’s Golf National Championships are in full swing as teams have flocked from all across the country to compete at the pristine Rich Harvest Farms, in Sugar Hill, Ill.

The Championships, hosted by Northern Illinois, span from May 19-31 and include both individual and team competition for the men’s and women’s divisions.

In its first ever appearance at Rich Harvest Farms, the tournament will have no shortage of local talent.

The University of Illinois will be making its 10th straight NCAA tournament appearance led by Nick Hardy out of Northbrook, Ill. The Illini have had semifinal finishes in the last two years respectively, establishing themselves as an NCAA men’s powerhouse and looking to finally make it to the final round this year.

Other local golfers include:

Doug Ghim, Arlington Heights. -- University of Texas

Trent Wallace, Joliet. -- Illinois State University

Other top contenders at the tournament for team play are headlined by USC, Oklahoma State, and Vanderbilt. While for individual play Will Zalatoris out of Wake Forest leads the way, followed by Chandler Phillips out of Texas A&M and Travis Trace out of North Florida.

The men’s portion of the Championships began today at 3 p.m., but have dealt with delays due to inclement weather.

Last week saw women’s play wrap up on May 24 with Arizona State not only defeating local favorite Northwestern for their eighth national title in team play, but also saw Monica Vaughn take home the sixth individual title for the Sun Devils as well.

Men's play continues tomorrow through May 31 and can be seen on the Golf Channel along with the highlighted times below.

Golf Channel NCAA Men’s Golf Championships Coverage (all times ET)

Monday, May 29

Individual National Championship

4-8 p.m. (Live)

Tuesday, May 30

Quarterfinals, Team Match Play

11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Live)

Tuesday, May 30

Semifinals, Team Match Play

4-8 p.m. (Live)

Wednesday, May 31

Team Match Play National Championship

4-8 p.m. (Live)

 

White Sox prospect Lucas Giolito: No-hitter 'special' after early struggles

White Sox prospect Lucas Giolito: No-hitter 'special' after early struggles

Lucas Giolito got the “click” he was looking for on Thursday night and it resulted in a seven-inning no-hitter for Triple-A Charlotte.

Currently the No. 2-rated White Sox prospect, Giolito has struggled so far this season at Charlotte. He’s 2-5 with a 5.44 ERA in nine starts in 46 1/3 innings.

While he’s struck out 43 hitters, Giolito has also walked 25. But it all came together for the tall right-hander on Thursday when he threw an 87-pitch no-no against the Syracuse Chiefs.

“It was special,” Giolito said on a conference call on Friday. “Just the way the year has gone, it didn't start the way I wanted it to, the numbers haven't been great. So it's great to have a no-hitter under my belt, my first professional one. Just take that and work from there. I'm just going to keep working on the things I've been working on the past few weeks and hopefully string a few good ones together.”

Rated the No. 3 overall prospect in the majors before the 2016 season, Giolito’s profile has slipped some because of performance. The top name included from the Washington Nationals in the Adam Eaton deal, Giolito has struggled with command of his offspeed pitches and fastball at times. Earlier this month, Giolito described his performance as “atrocious,” while remaining optimistic that his fortunes could change just like clicking on a light switch.

Giolito said he felt confident on the mound Thursday and it translated.

“I did a lot better job of keeping the fastball down in the zone to both sides of the plate,” Giolito said. “I was able to get the ball inside to lefties pretty well, maybe got a few jam shots some pop outs here and there and then I had my two-seamer working as well. It was just a pretty solid day as far as throwing the fastball.”

Pleased as he is, Giolito is striving to be better. He pointed at his three walks as an area he’d like to improve upon. But he’s also happy with how it all worked on Thursday.

“There's always still work to do,” Giolito said. “I walked three batters and that is not something I want to be doing. The walk numbers are a little too high for my liking. There's still plenty to work on, but everything felt pretty solid last night. I felt like I repeated my delivery well, I executed more pitches. Especially when I'd fall behind in the count I'd execute quality pitches and you can get yourself out of bad situations doing that.”

The Knights made two roster moves on Friday -- Yoan Moncada was activated off the seven-day disabled list and Ryan Raburn was traded to the Washington Nationals for cash or a player to be named later.