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On The Farm: Charlotte Literally Walks Off With A Win

On The Farm: Charlotte Literally Walks Off With A Win

Friday, Aug. 20, 2010
Posted: 12:05 a.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski
CSNChicago.com
WHITE SOXCharlotte AAA
Charlotte snapped its five-game losing streak Thursday night at Knights Stadium, topping Gwinnett, 4-3, with a pair of ninth-inning runs.

The Knights were down to their last out when Braves closer Craig Kimbrell fanned Rob Hudson for the final out. He reached first, however, on a dropped third strike. Alejandro De Aza then drew a walk to tie the game before Buck Coats worked out a game-winning walk in a 10-pitch at-bat.

Randy Williams earned the victory after throwing a scoreless ninth inning. He was one of four relievers who kept the Braves off the board after Brandon Hynick allowed three runs in five innings.
Birmingham AA
Christian Marreros RBI single in the eighth inning lifted the Barons to a 4-3 victory over Huntsville Thursday night.

Marrero had two hits and two RBIs but the latter of the two put Greg Infante in position to win his second game. Anthony Carter pitched a scoreless ninth for his 20th save.
In other action, Bristol at Bluefield was postponed because of weather, Hickorys game at Kannapolis was postponed because of weather and Winston-Salems twinbill with Salem was post-poned because the field was deemed unplayable as a result of rain. Orem scored twice in the bottom of the ninth and defeated Great Falls, 8-7. Nelson Curry not only blew the save but took the loss after allowing both runs. Mike Blanke had a hit and an RBI for the Voyagers.
CUBSIowa AAA
Matt Camps two-run double capped a ninth-inning rally Thursday night as Iowa squeaked by Sacramento, 7-5, at Raley Field.

Robinson Chirinos negotiated a two-out walk and then went to third as Marquez Smith reached on an error. Camp then doubled them home off Justin James to break a 5-5 tie. Camp finished with four RBIs. Brian Schlitter earned the victory after tossing two no-hit innings. He also extended his scoreless inning streak to six over his last four appearances.
Tennessee AA
Russ Canzler brought home Tony Thomas in the bottom of the 10th on a fielders choice Thursday night to lift Tennessee past Mississippi, 5-4, at Smokies Park.

The Braves held a 4-0 lead before the Smokies rallied for four runs in the sixth. Matt Spencers two-run homer capped the outburst and set the stage for the 10th inning action. Brandon Guyer saw his hitting streak come to an end at 18 games.

Kyle Smit, whom the Cubs picked up from the Dodgers at the trading deadline, improved to 3-0 with Tennessee by pitching three hitless innings. TyRelle Harris, whom Chicago acquired earlier in the week from the Braves, pitched two scoreless innings in his Cub debut.

In other action, Peoria saw its four-game winning streak fall by the wayside as Burlington earned a 7-2 victory at OBrien Field. Justin Bour had three hits and an RBI, snapping a 28 at-bat streak without driving in a run. Despite a big effort on the mound from Brooks Raley, Daytona dropped a 3-1 decision at Dunedin, dropping the Cubs two games behind Tampa in the Florida State Leagues North Division. Raley allowed four hits over 5 13 scoreless innings and left with a 1-0 lead before the pen allowed three seventh-inning runs. Mark Reed had a pair of hits for the Cubs. Pin-Chieh Chen had two hits and two RBIs to lead the AZL Cubs to a 6-3 victory over the Athletics. Alvaro Sosa tossed 3 13 scoreless, no-hit innings to pick up the win.

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

Jimmy Butler's injury produced memories for Zach LaVine, Fred Hoiberg

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Jimmy Butler's injury produced memories for Zach LaVine, Fred Hoiberg

MINNEAPOLIS — That feeling of having your knee buckle out of nowhere, Zach LaVine is all-too familiar with it.

That feeling of being on the sidelines and watching Jimmy Butler’s knee give out, Fred Hoiberg has been there, too.

Different perspectives, and different reactions but Butler’s knee injury produced a sick feeling to many who watched it Friday night. Butler turned to pivot in the Timberwolves’ game against the Houston Rockets and immediately collapsed on the floor, having to be carried off.

LaVine tore his ACL in Detroit over a year ago, while it was revealed Butler suffered a right meniscus injury. But it looked all the same and LaVine understood the uncertainty Butler must’ve been feeling before the MRI revealed it wasn’t an ACL injury.

“It’s scary,” LaVine said following morning shootaround at the Target Center Saturday afternoon. “I wish him the best. You don’t want to see that happen to anybody. Especially a player of his caliber and what he’s done for the team.”

When LaVine injured his ACL, he actually played a few more minutes before being removed and going to the locker room. The time between being evaluated by doctors and them coming back feels like a lifetime.

“It’s scary. You know you hurt yourself, you don’t know how bad,” LaVine said. “You think you’re good, you’re a tough minded person trying to get through it.”

“I saw him on the ground trying to get up, (Rockets guard) Chris Paul made him sit down. Jimmy’s a tough dude. Thoughts and prayers going out to him.”

Butler and LaVine were the centerpieces of the draft day trade involving the Bulls and Timberwolves. With Butler suffering the injury the night before playing his former team a second time, the timing produced a bunch of memories.

In Hoiberg’s first year with the Bulls, Butler went down in a somewhat similar manner in Denver, a non-contact injury. It looked just as bad, and Butler was taken off the floor in a wheelchair.

Thankfully it was a right knee strain that cost him several weeks but it wasn’t as bad as it looked. Considering the minutes he’s played over the last few years, Hoiberg was asked if Butler pushes himself too hard to be on the floor.

“Jimmy he wants to be out there,” Hoiberg said. “I remember the first year in Denver, he went down with what looked to be a serious injury. Thankfully he was back on the floor after 15-16 games.”

Actually, Butler missed 11 consecutive games before coming back for a nationally-televised game against the Rockets, playing 34 minutes in a Bulls win and missing the next three games for recovery.

“We really worried when he went down but it wasn’t something that ended his season,” Hoiberg said. “Jimmy’s a worker. He’s one of the hardest working guys I’ve seen. It’s a huge reason for the type of player he is, that work ethic to make him one of the elite players in the league.”

With Bulls-Timberwolves looming, Jimmy Butler is diagnosed with meniscus injury

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With Bulls-Timberwolves looming, Jimmy Butler is diagnosed with meniscus injury

Jimmy Butler won't be facing the Bulls a second time this season.

Butler suffered a non-contact knee injury on Friday night in Houston. The initial X-ray only revealed he didn't have any broken bones, but the MRI had to wait until Saturday.

The Timberwolves announced that the MRI revealed a meniscus injury in Butler's right knee. There is not yet word on how long the All-Star guard will be out of action, but if it wasn't already assumed that he wouldn't play against the Bulls, it's now certain.

Avoiding the ACL tear means avoiding the worse case scenario, but this is likely still going to cause Butler to miss a significant amount of time with about a quarter of the regular season remaining.

The Bulls take on the Timberwolves on Saturday night. Butler dropped 38 points at the United Center in his return to Chicago exactly two weeks ago, but the Bulls won 114-113.

Butler posted on Instagram a reaction to the injury.

Saturday's game will be the returns of Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn to Minnesota after they went the other direction in the Butler trade on draft night last June.