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Flaherty Streaking For Mesa

Flaherty Streaking For Mesa

Tuesday Nov. 2, 2010
Posted: 10:45 a.m.
ARIZONA FALL LEAGUEMesa Solar Sox Cubs
Ryan Flaherty began November in the same manner that he ended October with a hit. In fact, the Cubs infield prospect has done quite a bit of hitting in the Arizona Fall League and Mondays effort in Mesas 15-1 victory over the Peoria Saguaros is just the latest example.

Flaherty went 3-for-4 with an RBI, extending his hitting streak to eight games, during which he is batting .452 14-for-31 with four RBIs. Hes hitting .367 overall, which places him 10th in the league in batting. Flaherty began the regular season by hitting .183 in 23 games at Double-A Tennessee before moving down to Daytona of the Florida State League, where he hit .286 in 108 games.

Josh Vitters also had a big effort for the Solar Sox, collecting two hits, including a homer, and three RBIs. Hes got five-multi-hit games in his last 10 appearances.

White Sox prospects Eduardo Escobar and Jared Mitchell combined to go 1-for-7 for the Saguaros. Johnnie Lowe made his fourth start and was hit hard yet again, allowing six runs on six hits in two innings in losing his third consecutive game. Hes posted a 15.68 ERA in 10 13 innings with the opposition hitting .473 against him. Charlie Leesman didnt fare much better, allowing a pair of runs on four hits in an inning. Hes allowed runs in six of his seven appearances and has an 11.37 ERA in 6 13 innings.

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

Three Things to Watch: Bulls-76ers

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NBC Sports Chicago

Three Things to Watch: Bulls-76ers

The Bulls square off against the Sixers tonight on NBC Sports Chicago, with coverage beginning at 6:30 with Bulls Pregame Live. Here are three things to watch as the Bulls begin the stretch run of their regular season.

1. The new rotation: Most of the Bulls’ rotation looks the same, but the addition of David Nwaba, Cristiano Felicio and Cameron Payne will have a different feel. The Bulls clearly want to get a look at these guys before the end of the regular season, meaning they’re not just going to get sporadic minutes. They’ll have to play through their mistakes, play out-matched at times and be put in uncomfortable situations. But the Bulls need to see what they have, especially in Payne, who has missed the entire season to this point with a broken foot.

2. Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons: They’re quite the 1-2 punch and have the Sixers looking at their first playoff appearance since Derrick Rose hadn’t yet torn an ACL. Yeah, that’s a long time. Embiid just finished his first All-Star appearance (starting in his second year) and Simmons is the front runner for Rookie of the Year. The Bulls will have their hands full with these two. Luckily…

3. Kris Dunn is back: The Bulls wanted to get Dunn some run before heading to All-Star Weekend to play in the Rising Stars Challenge, and he looked healthy in that thumping against the Raptors last week. The good news is John Paxson says Dunn won’t be on a minutes limit, which means he’s healthy. That, of course, is more important than how he’s playing. It’ll be fun to see him, LaVine and Markkanen play together down the stretch. Their numbers together aren’t great, but the Bulls are 2-2 with all three in the lineup, and tanking or not…it’s more fun to watch when those three are rolling. 

Blackhawks edge out Senators in shootout: 'It was really nice to get a win'

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Blackhawks edge out Senators in shootout: 'It was really nice to get a win'

It was a rare sight to see the Blackhawks in a shootout on Wednesday night.

It was just the second time this season — and first time at the United Center — that the Blackhawks made it past 3-on-3 overtime. 

The last came on Dec. 2, 2017, a 3-2 shootout loss to the Stars in Dallas. On Wednesday night, the Blackhawks were on the other end, beating the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in a seven-round shootout. Nick Schmaltz netted the game-winner.

"We'll take it," coach Joel Quenneville said. "I thought we had a decent game tonight. Overtime not so good, I liked the shootout victory, Fors made some big saves for us particularly as the game got deeper. Our third was OK, I thought our first two were way better, and overtime we gave up some high quality, some bells were rings for a bit there. But it was nice to see the shootout win."

Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist, recording another multi-point game, his 16th of the season.

"I mean we need every point we can get at this point," Kane said. "There's still belief in this locker room. Obviously we need to go on quite a run and have a big record here down the stretch. But take it a game at a time and nice to get two points."

Anton Forsberg was a big reason the Blackhawks even recorded those two points. The 25-year-old netminder stopped 34 of 36 shots and made a handful of big saves down the stretch.

"It was really nice to get a win for sure," Forsberg said. "I would love to have a lot more wins, but right now just gotta look forward and get as many wins as possible."

Added Quenneville: "I think it was good for him to win a game the way he did. Lot of shots were on the line, as we progressed, got deeper, hitting the point first was big for him and for us and then finding a way to get the extra one was a good win."