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On The Farm: Charlotte takes a pair from Toledo

On The Farm: Charlotte takes a pair from Toledo

Friday, Aug. 6, 2010
11:15 PMBy Kevin Czerwinski
CSNChicago.com

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Charlotte (AAA)
The Knights swept a pair of games from Toledo on Friday, winning the completion of Thursdays rain-suspended game, 5-4, before taking the nightcap, 6-1, at Knights Stadium.

Charlotte rallied from a 4-0 deficit in the opener, scoring two in the eighth inning and then plating the game-winner in the ninth on an Alejandro De Aza sacrifice fly. Jordan Danks hit a pair of solo homers for the Knights, allowing Clevelan Santeliz to earn his first victory of the year.

Danks had two more hits in the nightcap but it was Luis Rodriguez who drove in a pair of runs. Matt Zaleski earned the win after allowing a run in five innings.

Birmingham (AA)
The Barons, powered by a five-run seventh inning, squeaked by Jacksonville on Friday, 8-7.

Sal Sanchezs two-run single was the capper to the big inning. Jim Gallagher had a solo homer in the fourth inning after Christian Marreros two-run homer gave Birmingham a first-inning lead. Despite giving up three runs in 1 23 innings, Henry Mabee picked up the victory.

In other action, Kannapolis and Hagerstown were rained out on Friday and will make up the game Sunday afternoon in a doubleheader at Fieldcrest Canon Stadium beginning at 1:30 p.m. Bristol split a pair with Johnson City, taking the opener, 2-1, before dropping the nightcap, 11-3, at Boyce Cox Field. John Spatola had a homer and two RBIs in the opener while Dan Black duplicated the feat in the nightcap. Winston-Salem also split a twinbill on Friday, losing the opener to Frederick, 6-2, before taking the second game, 10-1, at BB&T Ballpark. Jon Gilmore went 3-for-4 with three RBIs in the second game. SS Greg Paiml joined the team from Birmingham. To make room on the roster, outfielder Jordan Cheatham was sent to Kannapolis. The Dash announced that the White Sox will play an exhibition game at BB&T Ballpark on March 30th, 2011.

CUBS

Iowa (AAA)
The I-Cubs slammed five home runs on Friday night to defeat Tacoma, 11-6, before a season-high crowd of 13,206 at Principal Park.

Marquez Smith paced the barrage with a pair of homers and three RBIs. Brad Snyder, Micah Hoffpauir and Bryan LaHair also went deep. Snyder had three hits and his solo homer gave him a career-high 83 RBIs. Hoffpauir had two hits, including the homer, and two RBIs, extending his hitting streak to season-high 15 games.

Jay Jackson (9-6) earned the victory after allowing five runs in 6 23 innings.
In other action, Daytona topped Jupiter, 3-2, at Roger Dean Stadium to snap a four-game losing streak. Rebel Ridling had three hits, including a homer, and two RBIs. Trey McNutt tossed six shutout innings to improve to 3-0 in the Florida State League. Tony Campana had a pair of hits and three RBIs to lead Tennessee to a 6-1 victory at Montgomery. Jae-Hoon Has three-run homer in the sixth inning lifted Peoria to a 3-1 victory over Wisconsin. Nick Struck allowed a run in 5 23 innings to pick up his seventh win.

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

Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks face Golden Knights for first time

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Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks face Golden Knights for first time

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Blackhawks take on the Vegas Golden Knights Tuesday on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 8:45 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

1. Corey Crawford vs. ... Oscar Dansk? 

The Golden Knights have seen both Marc-Andre Fleury and Malcolm Subban go down with injuries, so they're scraping for goaltenders at this point.

On one end of the ice, you have one of the best netminders in the league and a two-time Stanley Cup champion in Crawford. On the other, you have a 23-year-old rookie in Dansk making his first official NHL start who will be backed up by a 24-year-old rookie in Maxime Lagace, who has never appeared in an NHL game.

In his first game action, Dansk stopped 10 of 11 shots in relief during Saturday's 3-2 overtime win over St. Louis.

2. Fast start.

The Blackhawks are tied for second in both goals scored (13) and fewest goals allowed (four) in the first period, which has a large reason for their early season success.

The Golden Knights aren't the kind of team that gets out to a blazing start. They've allowed only five goals in the opening frame, but they've scored only five as well, which ranks among the bottom 10 teams in the league. 

3. Beware of James Neal.

The Golden Knights became the first team in NHL history to win six of their first seven games of their inaugural season. And they probably don't have half of those wins if it weren't for Neal, who scored the game-winning goal in each of their first three games.

He leads the club with six goals and eight points, and serves as the motor for a team that doesn't have much offensive talent. He's the go-to guy, and somebody you have to keep an eye on when he's on the ice.

 

Three Things to Watch: Bulls square off against LeBron and the Cavaliers

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Three Things to Watch: Bulls square off against LeBron and the Cavaliers

Here are Three Things to Watch in the Bulls' Tuesday night tilt against the Cavaliers on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live.

1. LeBron James will be on your television

Love him or hate him, LeBron James is must-see TV. Now in his 15th NBA season, James has shown no signs of slowing down. Despite playing just one preseason game (against the Bulls), James has shown anything but rust in three games, averaging 25.0 points on 60 percent shooting, 8.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists in nearly 37 minutes. He's a threat every night to do something you've never seen on a basketball court, His Airness included. Justin Holiday and Paul Zipser will have their hands full against the game's best player.

2. Lauri Markkanen, Week 2

Small sample size alert! But through the season's first week Markkanen and Ben Simmons are the only rookies averaging a double-double (Dallas' Dennis Smith has played just one game, averaging 16 points and 10 assists). While the Bulls have struggled through two games, Markkanen's net rating is third best on the team and he leads the Bulls bigs in rebounds per game and rebound percentage. Markkanen has shown some versatility offensively, and his 7 free-throw attempts have been a nice surprise as well.

3. Don't forget: The Bulls swept the Cavaliers last year

OK, so expecting a victory Tuesday night in Cleveland isn't smart. The Bulls will be underdogs just like they were in each of the four games last season, all of which were Bulls winners. It was the first time in 52 division series that LeBron James had been swept, which is pretty remarkable considering the Bulls were the No. 8 seed and the Cavs coasted to a third straight NBA Finals. We're not over here predicting a win. But just remember: the Bulls have fared well against James in the regular season.