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On The Farm: Loman stays hot for Dash

On The Farm: Loman stays hot for Dash

Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010
10:15 PM
By Kevin Czerwinski
CSNChicago.com
WHITE SOX
Winston-Salem (A)
Seth Loman closed out July on a hot streak and has opened August in the same fashion. He had yet another big evening on Tuesday as Winston-Salem defeated Wilmington, 8-5, at BB&T Ballpark.

The victory was the Dashs 37th at home this season, tops in the Carolina League and tied for second-best overall in the minor leagues. Loman helped pad that mark by going 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs. Loman has 71 RBIs and is the owner of a five-game hitting streak during which he is batting .450 (9-for-2) with nine RBIs.

Brandon Short hit his 15th homer of the season and drove in his 72nd run. Joe Serafin picked up his first Carolina League victory in five starts, allowing four runs on nine hits over six innings.

Bristol (Rookie)
The Sox received a brilliant pitching performance from trio of hurlers Tuesday night as they blanked Burlington, 3-0.

Matt Heidenreich started and earned the victory, allowing three hits in seven innings while fanning four. Josh Billeaud and Kevin Moran (sixth save) each pitched a scoreless inning. Drew Lee had three hits and an RBI, giving Bristol all it would need with a run-scoring double in the third.

Kannapolis (A)
The Intimidators scored a pair of eighth-inning runs as a result of a Greenville throwing error and that was the difference in their 6-4 victory at Fieldcrest Canon Stadium.

Ryan Hamme and Miguel Gonzalez scored on an Arquimedes Caminero error. Jose Vargas paced the offense the rest of the evening with three hits, including a homer, and two RBIs. Zach Piccola earned the win, his first of the season.

In other action, Birmingham dropped a 5-0 decision at Jacksonville. The Barons managed only six hits as they remain on course to challenge many of the Southern League records for futility. They need to win 11 of their final 32 games to avoid tying the 1967 Knoxville Smokies (47 wins) for the fewest wins in a Southern League season. They need to win 12 games to avoid equaling Carolinas 1992 mark for most losses in a season (92).

CHARLOTTE (AAA)
The Knights saw Carlos Torres get promoted to the White Sox on Tuesday and it threw their whole rotation into flux. The result was six pitchers taking the mound for Charlotte in a 12-10 loss to Rochester at Knights Stadium.

Freddy Dolsi started and allowed four runs on two hits in an inning. Miguel Socolovich then allowed two runs in two innings before Randy Williams stabilized everything by throwing three shutout innings. The Wings, however, touched Jhonny Nunez for three runs in an inning and Jon Adkins for three runs in an inning to complete their offensive outburst.

The Knights did manage 10 runs on 11 hits, scoring five times in both the third and seventh innings. Brent Morel hit a seventh-inning grand slam while Stefan Gartrell had a three-run homer in the third. Fernando Cortez was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored. ... Torres was returned to Charlotte following his start for the Sox on Tuesday.

CUBS

The Cubs top four affiliates struggle Tuesday night with each coming out on the losing end. Daytona was bested by Bradenton, 11-5, at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Robert Whitenack took the loss in his Florida State League debut, allowing six runs in four innings. DJ LeMahieu had three hits, extending his hitting streak to six games. Peoria was on the losing end of a 5-1 decision at Wisconsin. The Chiefs managed only three hits. Outfielder Matt Szczur was placed on the temporarily inactive list while he returns to Villanova for his senior season of football. Outfielder Anthony Giansanti was moved up from mesa while infielder Brandon May joined the team from Boise. Oklahoma City scored four fifth-inning runs and topped Iowa, 5-1, at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark. J.R. Mathes allowed all five runs. Jake Muyco, who was bumped up from Tennessee prior to the game, pitched two scoreless innings. The Smokies activated LHP Ryan Buchter off the DL prior to their 3-2 loss at Montgomery.

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

After last season's personal tragedy, Tim Anderson ready to unleash real self

After last season's personal tragedy, Tim Anderson ready to unleash real self

GLENDALE, AZ --  There’s a different Tim Anderson at White Sox spring training this year.

You can see it on his face  You can hear it in his voice.

“I’m busting out of the shell. I’m talking more,” he said as he sat down for an interview with NBC Sports Chicago (in the video above).

It’s not the new Tim Anderson. It turns out, it’s the real one that’s been there all along.

“This is me. It’s always been me. I never knew how to express myself. I feel like I’m being a lot more open,” Anderson explained. “That’s what I want to give to fans. Let them know the real me. You’re cheering for me. Why not know me? I’m being open and kind of let fans into my life.”

The White Sox shortstop has learned a lot about life in the past year. It all started in May when the White Sox were in Baltimore to play the Orioles. Anderson received a phone call at 4 a.m. It was news from back home.

It was the worst phone call of his life.

His best friend Branden Moss had been murdered in the parking lot of a Tuscaloosa, Ala., bar after helping the victim of a fight.  

The two were like brothers. Anderson is the godfather to Moss’s young daughter. Moss was the godfather to Anderson’s 2-year-old daughter.

“It was heartbreaking,” Anderson said.

While Anderson grieved, playing baseball seemed like it would be a perfect escape for his pain. Only it wasn’t. Far from it.  Baseball might have made things even worse.

In fast-paced sports like football and hockey, players don’t have much time to think. It’s react, react, react. Whatever might be happening off the field feels like a million miles away.

Not in baseball.

The game moves at a much slower speed. There’s plenty of time for your mind to wander. Thoughts kept going back to Anderson’s lost friend, taken from him in an instant.

At 23, he didn’t have the tools to deal with the emotional pain and excel at baseball at the same time.

“The year was rough. I wasn’t having fun in between the lines. I was making the game harder than it was. I was thinking too much. I was feeling sorry for myself and the list can go on. When my friend died it definitely took a lot out of me. I had a dark moment,” Anderson said. “Some days I didn’t feel comfortable coming to the ballpark because I knew it was going to be a bad day.”

Making matters worse, there were many nights when Anderson didn’t sleep. Not a wink. Still, he dragged himself to the ballpark and somehow tried to play.

The results weren’t pretty. On June 22, Anderson already had 16 errors at shortstop, most in the majors. At the plate, he was hitting .256/.284/.374 with six home runs and 19 RBIs.

He knew he was better than that. He also knew something else: He needed help.

In July, Anderson started meeting with a therapist who was able to unlock the pent up thoughts and emotions that he was burying inside him.

The therapist would write down everything that Anderson was feeling on paper and then read it back to him.

“Just going in and talking and pouring everything out of you. It lets you hear what you’ve been going through,“ Anderson said. “When she did it, it was a lot. I took what she read to me, balled it up and threw it away. I got lighter. It was a brightening. Those counseling sessions definitely helped me.”

Soon, Anderson was back to being himself both on and off the field.

In the month of August, he had 8 doubles, 5 home runs and 16 RBI.

“Woof. I was hot,” he said after hearing those stats. “That’s Tim. That’s more Tim that we need to see.”

In September, he batted .327 with 3 home runs and 9 stolen bases.

“We need a lot of that this year. That’s the way I want to go. That’s the way I want to go about it. Get back to what got me here.”

There was still an issue with his plate discipline. He had 32 strikeouts and only 1 walk in September.

“We play a tough sport as it is. They’re going to come,” Anderson said about the walks. “I mean, when I walk more, what are you going to tell me? ‘Start swinging more?’ It’s one of those things. It’s a give and take. We’ll see what happens.”

In 2017, Anderson received a crash course in adversity. What did he learn from all that pain and misery?

“Tough times happen, but they don’t last forever.”

Now that he’s survived the personal storm from last season, he wants “another shot at it. I feel like last year went left. This is new season.”

So, what does he envision for himself in 2018?

“Having fun, smiling a lot, picking up my teammates, hugging on the coaches and players. A lot of love, more so than stats,” Anderson said. “I’m fired up. I’m excited. I feel like I’m ready to lead this pack. We got a great group of guys. We’ve got a chance to do something special.”

Injuries affecting Fire's preseason with season three weeks away

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Injuries affecting Fire's preseason with season three weeks away

It may be a good thing that the Fire’s originally scheduled season opener March 3 at Colorado got moved back.

The Fire’s preseason has been riddled with injuries to key players and the extra week may end up being needed to get the team ready for the season. Four players (not counting the already known long-term injuries to Michael de Leeuw and Djordje Mihailovic) sat out Saturday’s game against Florida Gulf Coast University due to injury: Daniel Johnson (a right ankle injury suffered in a game against Philadelphia on Feb. 8), Grant Lillard (left knee), Matt Polster (left knee) and Luis Solignac (left hip).

Polster’s injury is especially notable because he has had recurring left knee problems since first suffering a sprain in the 2016 season finale at Toronto. Polster missed the first nine games of 2017 due to the injury and missed three more in August due to a related injury.

The 24-year-old, who is now the longest tenured player on the team and the only player remaining from before general manager Nelson Rodriguez’s tenure began at the end of the 2015 season, arrived with the Fire after playing with the U.S. national team in January. He played all 90 minutes on Jan. 28 against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Bastian Schweinsteiger still hasn’t played in the preseason and the team hasn’t listed him as injured.

All the absences, combined with rest for some of the team’s regulars, resulted in a starting lineup against Florida Gulf Coast that featured two players who have appeared in an official match with the Fire. Three trialists and four draft picks started.

Four of the Fire’s seven scheduled preseason matches are in the books. The Fire lost 2-1 to Montreal on Feb. 14. One of the bright spots was a rare set piece goal after the Fire trailed the Impact 2-0. Dax McCarty headed in a free kick from Diego Campos. Campos has been dangerous on set pieces, hitting the post with a free kick and assisting a goal from a corner kick in Saturday’s 2-0 win against Florida Gulf Coast.

Next up is a match against USL expansion team Nashville SC on Feb. 21. Next Saturday the Fire play at Orlando to finish up play in Florida.

The Fire close out the preseason March 3 against the team’s USL affiliate, Tulsa, at Toyota Park before the season opener on March 10.