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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.

Five takeaways from Blackhawks' overtime loss to Lightning: Missed opportunities and one too many penalties

Five takeaways from Blackhawks' overtime loss to Lightning: Missed opportunities and one too many penalties

Here are five takeaways from the Blackhawks’ 3-2 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night:
 
1. One too many penalties.

The Blackhawks flirted with danger in the first period when they handed the Lightning three straight continuous power plays, a four-minute double minor high-sticking penalty from John Hayden and a Jonathan Toews hooking call that resulted in a 5-on-3 opportunity for Tampa Bay for 43 seconds. 

The penalty kill unit that ranked fourth in the league entering the matchup, however, killed off all three of those penalties against the NHL's top-ranked power play, and did so in commanding fashion.

The Blackhawks went 5-for-5 on the penalty kill in regulation, but couldn't stop the sixth one — a questionable slashing call on Nick Schmaltz —  in overtime when Brayden Point buried the winner on a 4-on-3 opportunity.

It was also interesting that Jon Cooper elected to go with four forwards (Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov, Point and Steven Stamkos) and zero defensemen during that man advantage, putting all of his offensive weapons out on the ice. It's something more teams should do in that situation.

2. Patrick Kane gets going.

After scoring just one goal in his previous 10 games, Kane found the back of the net twice in the opening frame against Tampa Bay and stayed hot against a team he historically plays well against. And he nearly netted a hat trick in overtime but couldn't cash in on a breakaway opportunity.

Kane has 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists) in 14 career regular-season games against the Lightning, and extended his point streak to five games. He has three goals and four assists over that stretch.

We wrote about how important it is for the Blackhawks' superstars to get going again with the offensive contributions mainly coming from role players as of late, and Kane getting into a groove is a perfect step in that direction.

3. How about that goaltending battle?

Corey Crawford and Andrei Vasilevskiy showed us exactly why they belong in the Vezina Trophy discussion, and as of this moment, it's hard not to include both of them as finalists. They put on a goaltending clinic, seemingly topping the other as the game went on.

The two teams combined for 71 scoring chances, and Crawford and Vasilevskiy came up big when their teams need them the most.

Crawford finished with 35 saves on 38 shots (.921 save percentage) in the loss while Vasilevskiy stopped 29 of 31 (.935 save percentage), and improved to 15-2-1 on the season. 

4. Missed opportunities.

You couldn't have asked for a better start for the Blackhawks. They scored the first goal 3:49 into the game and the second on the power play at 15:54, killed off three penalties, including a 5-on-3, had 24 shot attempts (13 on goal) compared to the Lightning's 16 attempts (11 on goal) and led in even-strength scoring chances 9-6.

It was a different story the rest of the way.

The Blackhawks took their foot off the gas pedal a bit and let the Lightning back in the game by getting away from what they do best, and that's control the puck. Obviously, you expected the league's best offense to push back and it's certainly not an easy task to keep them off the scoresheet all together. 

But the Blackhawks had their chances to stay in front or retake the lead and just couldn't bury them. Tampa Bay had 50 shot attempts from the second period on while the Blackhawks had only 32, and finished with 44 scoring chances compared to Chicago's 27.

5. Richard Panik in the doghouse?

Joel Quenneville didn't go to his line blender in this one, but he did shorten some leashes. Panik, most notably, had a season-low 12:28 of ice time in the loss and had 15 shifts, which was second-fewest only to Ryan Hartman (13) on the team.

Panik had a prime chance to break a 2-2 tie in the third period but was denied by Vasilevskiy, who made a remarkable left-pad save. Instead, Panik extended his goal drought to 12 games and didn't get a shift in overtime.

He's certainly better and will get his scoring chances when playing on the top line with Toews and Brandon Saad, but the missed opportunities are magnified in tight losses. It doesn't look like a move down in the lineup is coming given the success of Alex DeBrincat, who gives the Blackhawks an offensive weapon on the third line, but perhaps it should be considered.

Bring your own stuffing: Jazz swat Bulls on Thanksgiving Eve

Bring your own stuffing: Jazz swat Bulls on Thanksgiving Eve

On the second (turkey) leg of a back-to-back, the Bulls didn't bring much energy in a 110-80 loss to the Utah Jazz. 

Instead of diving into the nitty-gritty of the uninspiring effort, though, we decided to just serve you up a Thanksgiving meal of highlights. Here are the top blocks from Wednesday's game: 

5. Derrick Favors is no Rudy Gobert -- that we know -- but imitation is the highest form of flattery. 

4. Are Bobby Portis chase down blocks the new LeBron James chase down blocks? Let's not get carried away... yet. We'll chalk it up to just a real nice hustle play by Bobby. 

3 and 2. Speaking of hustle plays... Jonas Jerebko isn't exactly known as a dominant defender. He sure made it hard for the Bulls on what should of been an easy fast-break bucket in the third quarter, though. First, he silenced Kris Dunn's reverse. Then, he met Lauri Markkanen at the rim and sent the rookie packing. The Baby Bulls 2.0 can blame it on fatigue, but they just handed Jerebko a highlight tape for years to come.   

1. In fairness, Jerian Grant had to get up a shot as the quarter was coming to a close. It is as vicious as it looks, though.