Wednesday Sept. 14, 2011
Posted: 11:50 p.m.
CUBS Tennessee AA
Ryan Wheelers three-run homer fueled a five-run third inning and lifted Mobile to a 6-3 victory over Tennessee Wednesday night in the opening game of the Southern League championship series at Hank Aaron Stadium.
Marco Carrillo surrendered the shot and took the loss after allowing five runs on four hits and a walk in 2 23 innings. The Smokies used five relievers who were largely effective in shutting down the Bay Bears but Tennessee couldnt muster much against Pat Corbin. He picked up the victory after allowing three runs in six innings, scattering five hits.
Jae-Hoon Ha and Ty Wright had homers for Tennessee.
Anthony Rizzo pulled no punches in firing back at Miguel Montero after Tuesday night's rant.
Montero didn't even wait to get changed after the Washington Nationals stole seven bases, immediately throwing pitcher Jake Arrieta under the bus for not holding players on.
Rizzo — the face of the franchise and one of the leaders in the clubhouse — hopped on David Kaplan's radio show on ESPN 1000 Wednesday morning and aboslutely ripped Montero:
"When you point fingers, you're a selfish player. We have another catcher that throws everyone out."
"This is all over TV last night. Now I gotta talk about it today. We win as 25, lose as 25. To call teammates out? What's the point?"
Rizzo is dead on in referencing Willson Contreras, who is throwing out 34 percent of runners attempting to steal against him. Contreras may have one of the best arms in the game, but he is catching the exact same pitching staff Montero is and has found a way to nab 16 would-be basestealers out of 47 attempts.
Meanwhile, Cubs numbers list Montero as 0-for-31 in throwing out basestealers.
The league average caught-stealing rate is 28 percent.
The Cubs continue their series with the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night in the nation's capital, and you can catch all the action on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com and via the NBC Sports app.
Coverage from the District of Columbia with Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies begins at 6 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the game for reaction and analysis on Cubs Postgame Live.
Tonight's starting pitching matchup: John Lackey (5-8, 4.74 ERA) vs. Stephen Strasburg (8-2, 3.57 ERA)
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