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.

Fast Break Morning Update: Scott Darling leads Blackhawks to win over Blues

Fast Break Morning Update: Scott Darling leads Blackhawks to win over Blues

Here are the top Chicago sports stories from Sunday:

Scott Darling shines in fill-in duty as Blackhawks break late tie to best rival Blues

White Sox pitchers headed for World Baseball Classic look sharp in win over Rockies

What if… Cubs GM Jed Hoyer’s takeaways from epic World Series Game 7

Quick hits: Blackhawks start strong in win over Blues

Illini keep NCAA tournament hopes afloat with dominant win over Nebraska

White Sox: Happy with progress, Brett Lawrie tries to clear final hurdles

How Indians regrouped and reloaded after losing unforgettable Game 7 to Cubs

Jim Thome: Getting into baseball Hall of Fame would be indescribable

Kurt Busch steals a monster of a win in Daytona 500

Michigan State gets big win to boost tourney hopes, while Wisconsin loses for fourth time in five games

 

 

 

Scott Darling shines in fill-in duty as Blackhawks break late tie to best rival Blues

Scott Darling shines in fill-in duty as Blackhawks break late tie to best rival Blues

Scott Darling found out at 8 a.m. Sunday that he was starting for an ailing Corey Crawford. Considering he did this back in December for a few weeks, adjusting quick for one game was fine.

"It's kind of my job," Darling said.

And Darling, once again, did his job.

Darling stopped 30 of 32 shots and Patrick Kane scored his 24th goal of the season as the Blackhawks beat the St. Louis Blues 4-2 on Sunday night. The Blackhawks have won nine of their last 10 games. They're one point behind the Minnesota Wild, who made their splashy trade-deadline move in acquiring Martin Hanzal on Sunday. But the Blackhawks, thanks to veterans regaining their form, a top line finding its rhythm and youth consistently improving, are just rolling right along.

"We had a great start to the game. I thought Darls was excellent all night, great stretch there in the last 10 minutes where we fight through some tough shifts, particularly in the last couple of minutes in our end. But good win," coach Joel Quenneville said. "You look at the nice plays on the goals, it was kind of a comparable ending to the outdoor game: tied and about the same time they scored, we scored (tonight). Big two points for us."

Jonathan Toews scored his 16th of the season and Artem Anisimov scored the game-winning goal with 5:20 remaining in regulation. Tanner Kero added an empty-net goal with 2.6 seconds remaining in the game.

The Blackhawks already knew they'd be without Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper body) for at least a day or two when they found out Crawford couldn't go this morning. As Quenneville said Darling was strong once again, denying the Blues all but twice (a 2-on-1 goal from Magnus Paajarvi and a power-play goal from Alex Pietrangelo).

Toews and Kane (power-play goal) staked the Blackhawks to a 2-0 lead early before the Blues tied it in the second. But late in the third period Anisimov took the feed from Artemi Panarin to give the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead.

"I saw the puck all the way. It was easy to pick up," Anisimov said. "When you don't see the puck at the last moment and it comes, it's hard to receive and prepare for the next move. But I saw it all the way. Easy to prepare for the next move."

Speaking of next moves, do the Blackhawks make any more before the trade deadline. General manager Stan Bowman said on Friday, following the acquisition of Tomas Jurco, that he'll keep talking and listening but likes the group he has right now. If Bowman's made moves it's for what the Blackhawks have needed, not because of another team's trades. The Blackhawks like what they have right now. Winning nine of 10 and continuing to trend in the right direction, they should be careful not to disrupt what they've got going.

"I think we're, as we've said lately, trending the right way. We're playing solid. I think all four lines are contributing in every which way," Toews said. "I love our group right now. Everyone is getting better individually, contributing more and more and it's a lot of fun to see the way we're playing right now. We know that the ceiling is way higher and we can keep getting better too."