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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.

Cubs' World Series expectations are no surprise, but they show how radical transformation from Lovable Losers has been

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Cubs' World Series expectations are no surprise, but they show how radical transformation from Lovable Losers has been

MESA, Ariz. — Tom Ricketts sure doesn’t sound like the guy who met his wife in the bleachers during the century-long tenure of the Lovable Losers.

“Everyone knows that this is a team that has the capability to win the World Series, and everyone will be disappointed if we don’t live up to that capability.”

Yeah, the Cubs have been among baseball’s best teams for three seasons now. That curse-smashing World Series win in 2016 was the high point of a three-year stretch of winning that’s seen three straight trips to the National League Championship Series and a combined 310 wins between the regular season and postseason.

But it’s still got to come as a strange sound to those who remember the Cubs as the longtime butt of so many baseball jokes. This team has one expectation, to win the World Series. The players have said it for a week leading up to Monday’s first full-squad workout. The front office said it when it introduced big-time free-agent signing Yu Darvish a week ago. And the chairman said it Monday.

“We very much expect to win,” Ricketts said. “We have the ability to win. Our division got a lot tougher, and the playoff opponents that we faced last year are likely to be there waiting for us again.

“I think at this point with this team, obviously that’s our goal. I won’t say a season’s a failure because you don’t win the World Series, but it is our goal.”

The confidence is not lacking. But more importantly, success drives expectations. And if the Cubs are going to be one of the best teams in baseball, they better keep winning, or they’ll fail to meet those expectations, expectations that can sometimes spin a little bit out of control.

During last year’s follow-up campaign to 2016’s championship run, a rocky start to the season that had the Cubs out of first place at the All-Star break was enough to make some fans feel like the sky was falling — as if one year without a World Series win would be unacceptable to a fan base that had just gone 108 without one.

After a grueling NLDS against the Washington Nationals, the Cubs looked well overmatched in the NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and that sparked plenty of outside criticism, as well as plenty of offseason activity to upgrade the club in the midst of baseball’s never-ending arms race.

“I think people forget we’ve won more games over the last three years than any other team. We’ve won more playoff games than any other team the last three years. And we’ve been to the NLCS three years in a row,” Ricketts said. “I think fans understand that this is a team that if we stay healthy and play up to our capability can be in that position, be in the World Series. I don’t blame them. We should have high expectations, we have a great team.”

On paper, there are plenty of reasons for high expectations. Certainly the team’s stated goals don’t seem outlandish or anything but expected. The addition of Darvish to a rotation that already boasted Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks and Jose Quintana makes the Cubs’ starting staff the best in the NL, maybe the best in the game. There were additions to the bullpen, and the team’s fleet of young star position players went untouched despite fears it might be broken up to acquire pitching.

“I think this is, on paper, the strongest rotation that we’ve ever had,” Ricketts said. “I think that being able to bring in a player of (Darvish’s) caliber reminds everyone that we’re intending to win our division and go all the way.

“We’ve kept a good core of players together for several years, and this year I think our offseason moves have really set us up to be one of the best teams in baseball.

“Just coming out of our team meeting, the vibe feels a lot like two years ago. Everybody’s in a really good place. I think everyone’s really hungry and really wants to get this season off to a great start and make this a memorable year.”

There should be no surprise that the team and its players and its executives and its owners feel the way they do. The Cubs are now expected winners, even if that’s still yet to sink in for the longtime fans and observers of the team they once called the Lovable Losers.

Blackhawks deal Michael Kempny to Capitals for conditional third-round pick

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Blackhawks deal Michael Kempny to Capitals for conditional third-round pick

The Blackhawks dealt defenseman Michael Kempny to the Washington Capitals for a third-round pick. Kempny had seven points in 31 games this season.

Kempny, 27, recorded 15 points in 81 career games for the Blackhawks. He tallied an assist in Saturday's 7-1 victory over the Capitals.

Kempny signed a one-year extension through the end of this season back in May.