On The Farm: Loman Ends Slump In Dash Victory

On The Farm: Loman Ends Slump In Dash Victory

Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010
Posted: 10:45 p.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski
CSNChicago.com
WHITE SOXWinston-Salem A
Seth Lomans mini-slump came to an end in a big way Saturday night as he paced Winston-Salem to a 5-1 victory over Frederick at Harry Grove Stadium.

Loman had been mired in an 0-for-15 slump heading into Saturdays contest but the hitless streak came to an end as he went 3-for-3, including a pair of doubles, drove in two runs and was hit by a pitch. It marked the 26th time he was hit by a pitch this season, extending his own Carolina League record.

Brandon Short also had three hits and drew a walk, though his effort extended his hitting streak to five games rather than breaking up any slump. Short is hitting .382 over his last 10 games.

It made things easier for Nate Jones 9-5, who allowed a run on five hits over seven innings. Brandon Kloess closed things out with two scoreless frames.
Bristol Rookie
Burlington finally scored a run against the Sox but Bristol still came out on top, earning a 4-3 victory Saturday night. The Royals saw their scoreless-inning streak against Bristol stretch to 39 innings before they broke through with two runs in the fourth but by then, the Sox had already taken a 4-0 lead.

Robert Cummings hit his first homer of the year, a two-run shot, in the fourth that stretched the Bristol lead to 4-0. It was more than enough for Matt Heidenreich, who won his third consecutive start to improve to 5-2. He allowed three runs one earned over six innings.

In other action, Mike Blanke had a double and two RBIs to lead Great Falls to a 3-2 victory at Billings. Stephen McCray picked up the win after allowing two runs in five innings. Doug Murray and Jacob Wilson tossed four no-hit innings of relief. Charlotte dropped a 6-1 decision at Norfolk. Brandon Hynick 1-3 took the loss, allowing three runs in five innings. Kannapolis dropped a game below .500 after losing an 8-2 decision to Savannah at Grayson Stadium. The Intimidators managed only five hits and Matt Wickswat 6-5 took the loss. Mobile scored a pair of ninth-inning runs to complete a comeback and defeat Birmingham, 5-3. The Barons held a 3-0 lead before the BayBears got on the board with a three-run sixth. Sal Sanchez had a pair of hits, including a homer and two RBIs, for Birmingham. Infielder Robbie Hudson was added to the roster from Charlotte prior to the game.

CUBS Peoria A
The Chiefs received a great effort from their bullpen on Saturday in a 4-3 victory at Kane County. The Peoria pen tossed four scoreless innings and scattered four hits with Manolin De Leon picking up the victory after his two scoreless frames. It was his first victory of the season.

Ryan Searle started and allowed three runs on eight hits over five innings before giving way to De Leon. The Chiefs had only six hits but one of them was a two-run homer by Brandon May in the fifth inning, tying the score at 3-3. The Chiefs took the lead in the seventh on a fielders choice that brought home Nelson Perez.
Tennessee AA
Ian Canzlers three-run homer in the sixth innings lifted Tennessee to a 3-2 victory over Chattanooga Saturday night. The Lookouts had scored twice in the second inning and held the lead until Canzlers blast, his 18th of the year, came with one out in the sixth.

Craig Muschko 8-3 was the beneficiary of the homer, earning his fifth consecutive victory after allowing eight hits over five innings. A trio of relievers tossed shutout ball with Aaron Shafer pitching a scoreless ninth to earn his first save.
DAYTONA A
The Cubs split a doubleheader with Dunedin at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Saturday, taking the opener, 2-1, before dropping the nightcap, 4-3. Still, the split combined with Tampas loss at Clearwater increased their lead in the Florida State Leagues North Division to 1.5 games.

Kyler Burkes RBIs single in the bottom of the seventh of the opener was the game-winner, making a victor of Casey Lambert, who tossed two scoreless innings. DJ Lemahieu had a pair of hits, extending his hitting streak to 15 games with a pair of hits. It marked the seventh consecutive game in which he picked up a pair of hits.

Lemahieu extended his hitting streak to 16 games in the nightcap but had only one hit. Hes batting .446 21-for-65 during the streak, raising his overall average from .291 to .311. Dunedin scored twice in the seventh inning off Oswaldo Martinez to earn the victory.

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

It’s World Series or bust for Cubs while carrying Aroldis Chapman’s baggage

It’s World Series or bust for Cubs while carrying Aroldis Chapman’s baggage

Aroldis Chapman is the ultimate baseball mercenary for a team that hasn’t won the World Series since 1908. The Cubs say they are going into this with their eyes wide open, knowing the superstar closer comes with off-the-field baggage and plans to cash in as a free agent this winter.

For all the talking points about being good neighbors and family friendly, the Cubs care about money and winning, which makes them just like any other professional sports franchise.

Chapman behaved in Yankee pinstripes, handled the New York market and performed with game-over efficiency, going 20-for-21 in save chances. The Cubs wanted a lefty with a 105-mph fastball and a 15.2 strikeouts-per-nine-innings-pitched career rate, making a 4-for-1 trade by rationalizing that they would rather be with Chapman in the playoffs than against him.

So the Cubs – and not the first-place Nationals or even-year Giants – had to deal with the bad optics and the lost-in-translation moments before Tuesday’s 3-0 loss to the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. Chapman did not make a good first impression while getting questions about domestic violence and the 30-game suspension Major League Baseball imposed to start this season.

But if Chapman gets the last out in October, does it even matter if he’s a good guy?

“Ugh,” manager Joe Maddon said. “Was Ty Cobb wonderful? I mean, I don’t know. All these different people that I’ve read about – something happened with (the Sox) in, what was it, 1919?

“At the end of the day, I’m here to get to know him on our terms – me and him. (And) he’s been a great teammate from everybody I’ve read or discussed (it) with.

“That’s the lenses I’m looking at it through right now.”

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Chapman joined a team that began the day with a 98.8-percent chance to make the playoffs on the Baseball Prospectus odds report and a 56-1 record when leading entering the ninth inning. This is all about what Chapman can do in October and how his presence can help the Cubs survive three postseason rounds.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch highlighted that the Cardinals haven’t scored a run off Chapman since September 2011, back when Tony La Russa managed a World Series team.

“Again, he did do his suspension,” Maddon said. “He has talked about it. He’s shown remorse. And then everybody else has their right to judge him as a good or bad person.

“That’s your right. But I know there are times where I’ve been less than perfect. I think we’ve all been less than perfect in particular moments that nobody’s ever known about. 

“I want to get to know Aroldis. I think he can be a very significant member. And he’s got the potential, yes, to throw the last out of the World Series. And if he does, I promise you, I will embrace him.”

[MORE: Cubs make business decision to look beyond Chapman's domestic violence suspension]

Inside baseball’s conservative bubble, Maddon has to be the game’s most liberal manager, a hands-off, big-picture guy who lets his players run the clubhouse. The Cubs believe his positive vibes and presence will help Chapman’s transition.

“I’m probably the most non-judgmental person you’ve ever met,” Maddon said. “I don’t go in that direction. I do get upset sometimes when people jump to conclusions without knowing everything.

“(Gather) all the information for yourself and make your own opinion. Draw your own conclusion, as opposed to maybe hearing one thing and then all of a sudden jumping on a negative bandwagon.

“I want to get to know him, get to understand him, have good conversations with him. And then, maybe at that point, I could draw some conclusions. But never having been around him, it’s very hard for me to do that.”

Chapman’s Wrigley Field debut will be electric, the triple digits lighting up the huge video board. At that point, the focus should shift back onto baseball. But the equation doesn’t change in a bottom-line business. There is only one outcome that will truly make Cubs fans happy with this deal.

“They expect me to come here, do my job and try to guide us to the World Series,” Chapman said through coach/translator Henry Blanco. “Especially in this city, they haven’t won a World Series in a long time, so they want me to do everything I can to help us win.”

How Joe Maddon helped inspire James Shields' gem over Cubs

How Joe Maddon helped inspire James Shields' gem over Cubs

Joe Maddon's mere presence may have hurt the team he manages Tuesday night.

As the Cubs invaded U.S. Cellular Field for the final night on the South Side of this Crosstown series, Maddon's current team was tasked with facing one of his old friends.

James Shields pitched for Maddon in Tampa Bay for seven years and the veteran right-hander took the hill for the White Sox Tuesday night, spinning a gem — 7.2 shutout innings allowing four singles and four walks.

After the game, Shields — nicknamed "Big Game James" by some — credited Maddon for his outing.

"I get amped up every game pretty much. But I always want to get amped up in front of my old manager," Shields said. "I have a lot of respect for Joe. He helped build me into who I am today. 

"I always want to go out there and show him, especially being 34 years old, that I’ve got this thing."

Maddon certainly noticed.

The Cubs manager admitted "that's what he looks like" when talking about Shields' outing.

The Cubs had pursued Shields in free agency prior to the 2015 season and came close to deal before the right-hander opted to sign with the San Diego Padres for four years and $75 million.

Part of the reason was Shields' competitiveness and desire to finish every game he starts.

"During the first part of the game, I went up to [John] Lackey and I said Shieldsy went to John Lackey Junior College at some point in his life," Maddon said. "I said I used to compare Shieldsy to you all the time back in Tampa Bay, whenever James would [refuse to come out of a game].

"So Johnny giggled about that. Very similar guys — highly competitive, believe they can beat anybody on any given day. You gotta love that about him. He's very good."

White Sox likely will place 2B Brett Lawrie on disabled list

White Sox likely will place 2B Brett Lawrie on disabled list

The White Sox will "probably" place second baseman Brett Lawrie on the disabled list before Wednesday’s Crosstown game at Wrigley Field, manager Robin Ventura said.

Lawrie initially was diagnosed with a tight left hamstring July 21 against the Detroit Tigers, causing a firestorm of speculation he had been traded when he was removed from the game. He was initially considered day-to-day after undergoing an MRI on Friday, and manager Robin Ventura said before both Monday and Tuesday’s games against the Cubs he could’ve been available in an emergency. 

But Lawrie suffered a setback sometime Tuesday, and with two games under National League rules at Wrigley Field requiring more bench pieces, Ventura didn’t want to head to Clark and Addison short-handed. 

“It just seemed like he was going backwards today, during the game, of his knee,” Ventura said. “There's no way you can go over there and play the National League rules with nobody on the bench.”

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Infielder Carlos Sanchez was removed from Triple-A Charlotte’s game Tuesday night and is expected to replace Lawrie on the White Sox roster. 

Lawrie is hitting .248/.310/.413 with 12 home runs and 22 doubles over 94 games this season. 

Tyler Saladino has done well in his short stint in the starting lineup since Lawrie’s injury, going 4-15 with a walk. His walk-off single on Monday netted the White Sox their third win in what now is a four-game winning streak, the team’s first since May 6-9.