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Intimidators Turn Off Power For Morning Victory

Intimidators Turn Off Power For Morning Victory

Wednesday April 20, 2011
Posted: 9:13 p.m.

WHITE SOX Kannapolis A
Jake Petricka continued to pitch well Wednesday morning yet the reigning Sally League pitcher of the week didnt factor in the decision as Kannapolis rallied for a 6-5 victory over West Virginia at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium.

Petricka went six innings, allowing his first run of the season, and struck out six while scattering five hits. He stretched his scoreless-inning streak to 16 before the Power pushed a run across in the sixth. Petricka left with a 5-1 advantage that was erased when Paul Burnside allowed four seventh-inning runs, including a two-out, three-run homer to Matt Curry.

Burnside 2-0 was able to pick up the victory, though, when Dan Black drove in the go-ahead run with an RBI-single in the bottom half of the inning. Jake Wilson pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save.

Black finished with two RBIs as did Juan Silverio and Mike Blanke.
Charlotte AAA
Lucas Harrell earned 14 victories in the last season and a half for Charlotte but had been a bit inconsistent through his first two starts this year, neither of which resulted in a victory. The veteran right-hander was shaky at times again on Wednesday but did enough to earn his first win of 2011 as the Knights bested Durham, 8-3, at Durham Athletic park.

Harrell allowed three runs over six innings, scattering six hits and walking four. He didnt strike out a batter but left on the winning side of the ledger after Charlotte scored five times in the fourth inning. Johnny Nunez and Brian Bruney combined to pitch three perfect innings to close out the Bulls. Bruney, the former Yankee, hasnt allowed a run in four innings this season.

Jim Gallagher and Eduardo Escobar each had a pair of RBIs with Escobars coming on a two-run triple in the fourth.
Birmingham AA
The Barons rallied after Mississippi took an early lead Wednesday afternoon, earning a 7-4 victory at Regions Park.

Justin Greenes two-run double sparked a three-run sixth inning, erasing what had been a 4-2 deficit. Tyler Kuhn had three hits and scored twice, pushing his average to .405. Seth Loman also had three hits while Andrew Garcia had a homer and knocked in four.

Shane Lindsay 1-1 benefitted from the comeback, earning the victory after pitching two scoreless innings in relief of Justin Edwards. Nate Jones also tossed two scoreless frames to pick up his first save of the year.
CUBSPeoria A
The Chiefs swept a doubleheader Wednesday afternoon, taking a pair from offensively challenged Quad Cities, 4-0, and 1-0, at Modern Woodman Park.

The River Bandits have struggled to score runs all season and Wednesday they had more trouble with Peoria pitching. Austin Kirk 1-1 started and won the opener after taking a no-hitter into the fifth inning. He struck out four and allowed only two hits in his five innings of work before Yohan Gonzalez pitched two innings for his first save. Kirks win was the first by a Peoria starter this season. Greg Garcias fifth0-inning double off Kirk was the first hit he allowed to a left-handed hitter in 15 at-bats this year.

Dallas Beeler 1-1 also pitched five innings in winning the nightcap before Bryce Shafer danced his way through two innings to earn the save.

Greg Rohan got hits in both games, extending his hitting streak to 12 games, the longest such streak in the Midwest League this season. It was Arismendy Alcantara who drove in the lone run in the nightcap, though, with a fourth-inning double. Catcher Chad Noble was added to the roster from Daytona after reliever Marcus Hatley was placed on the disabled list with a sprained right thumb. Sergio Burruel threw out Michael Swinson attempting to steal second base in the third inning for the first runner caught stealing by a Chiefs catcher this season in 19 tries.
Iowa AAA
The I-Cubs split an afternoon doubleheader with Albuquerque, taking the opener, 3-1, before dropping the nightcap, 3-0, at Principal Park.

Austin Bibens-Dirkx 1-1 returned to his 2010 form in winning the opener, scattering two hits over six innings while striking out nine. He had allowed 12 runs in 10 innings coming into the affair but lowered his ERA from 10.80 to 7.31 with the effort. Chris Carpenter walked two in the seventh but still managed to record his first save.

Lou Montanez had a an RBI triple and Bobby Scales added an RBI double in a two-run fifth inning to snap what been a 1-1 tie.

The I-Cubs managed just one hit in the nightcap, a two-out double by Marquez Smith in the seventh-inning that spoiled John Elys no-hit bid. Robert Coello 1-2 allowed three runs over six innings.
Daytona A
Jae-Hoon Ha continued to run roughshod over the Florida State League as a trio of Daytona pitchers shut down Lakeland Wednesday night in a 5-2 victory at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Ha had a pair of hits, pushing his average to .414 and extending his hitting streak to seven games. Mike Burgess added a homer, two RBIs and drew a pair of walks, making it easier for Kevin Rhoderick 1-0, who allowed a run in three innings.

He followed Brett Wallach, who also allowed a run in three innings. Jeff Beliveau tossed three shutout innings to record the save.
Tennessee AA
The Smokies hit three home runs, two of which came in a big sixth inning, Wednesday night to power their way by host Carolina, 9-5.

Brett Jackson, who had three hits and three RBIs, and DJ LeMahieu each hit solo shots with LeMahieus homer giving Tennessee a 3-2 lead. Steve Clevenger added a solo homer in the Smokies three-run eighth. Marco Carillo earned the win with four innings of relief.

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

White Sox prospect Micker Adolfo sidelined with elbow injuries

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White Sox prospect Micker Adolfo sidelined with elbow injuries

PHOENIX, Ariz. — One of the White Sox prized prospects will be on the shelf for a little while.

Outfielder Micker Adolfo has a sprained UCL in his right elbow and a strained flexor tendon that could require surgery. He could avoid surgery, though he could be sidelined for at least six weeks.

Though he hasn’t received the same high rankings and media attention as fellow outfield prospects Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert, Adolfo is considered a part of the White Sox promising future. He’s said to have the best outfield arm in the White Sox system.

Adolfo had a breakout season in 2017, slashing .264/.331/.453 with 16 homers and 68 RBIs in 112 games with Class A Kannapolis.

Adolfo, along with Jimenez and Robert, has been generating buzz at White Sox camp in Glendale, with a crowd forming whenever the trio takes batting practice. Earlier this week, the three described their conversation dreaming about playing together in the same outfield for a contending White Sox team in the future.

Javy Baez can do anything defensively, but what's next for him at the plate?

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Javy Baez can do anything defensively, but what's next for him at the plate?

MESA, Ariz. — You don’t need to spend long searching the highlight reels to figure out why Javy Baez goes by “El Mago.”

Spanish for “The Magician,” that moniker is a fitting one considering what Baez can do with his glove and his arm up the middle of the infield. The king of tags, Baez also dazzles with his throwing arm and his range. He looks like a Gold Glove kind of player when you watch him do these amazing things. And it’s no surprise that in his first media session of the spring, he was talking about winning that award.

“Just to play hard and see what I can do. Obviously, try to be healthy the whole year again. And try to get that Gold Glove that I want because a lot of people know me for my defense,” he said Friday at Cubs camp. “Just try to get a Gold Glove and stay healthy the whole year.”

Those high expectations — in this case, being the best defensive second baseman in the National League — fall in line with everything the rest of the team is saying about their own high expectations. It’s been “World Series or bust” from pretty much everyone over the past couple weeks in Mesa.

Baez might not be all the way there just yet. Joe Maddon talked earlier this week about his reminders that Baez needs to keep focusing on making the easy plays while staying a master of the magnificent.

“What I talked to him about was, when he had to play shortstop, please make the routine play routinely and permit your athleticism to play. Because when the play requires crazinesss, you’re there, you can do that,” Maddon said. “But this straight up ground ball three-hopper to shortstop, come get the ball, play it through and make an accurate throw in a routine manner. Apparently that stuck. Because he told me once he thought in those terms, it really did slow it down for him. And he did do a better job at doing that.”

But the biggest question for Cubs fans when it comes to Baez is when the offense will catch up to his defense. Baez hit a game-winning homer run in his first major league game and smacked 23 of them last season, good for fifth on a team full of power bats. But arguably just as famous as Baez’s defensive magic is his tendency to chase pitches outside of the strike zone. He had 144 strikeouts last season and reached base at a .317 clip. Seven Cubs — including notable struggling hitters Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist — had higher on-base percentages in 2017.

Baez, for one, is staying focused on what he does best, saying he doesn’t really have any specific offensive goals for the upcoming season.

“I’m not worrying about too much about it,” he said. “I’m just trying to play defense, and just let the offense — see what happens.”

Maddon, unsurprisingly, talked much more about what Baez needs to do to become a better all-around player, and unsurprisingly that included being more selective at the plate.

“One of the best base runners in the game, one of the finest arms, most acrobatic, greatest range on defense, power. The biggest thing for me for him is to organize the strike zone,” Maddon said. “Once he does that, heads up. He’s at that point now, at-bat wise, if you want to get those 500, 600 plate appearances, part of that is to organize your zone, accept your walks, utilize the whole field, that kind of stuff. So that would be the level that I think’s the next level for him.”

Will Baez have a season’s worth of at-bats to get that done? The versatile Cubs roster includes a couple guys who split time between the infield and outfield in Zobrist and Ian Happ. Getting their more consistent bats in the lineup might mean sacrificing Baez’s defense on certain days. Baez, of course, also has the ability to slide over to shortstop to spell Addison Russell, like he did when Russell was on the disabled list last season.

Until Baez learns how to navigate that strike zone a bit better, it might make Maddon more likely to mix and match other options, rather than considering him an everyday lock like Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant.

But like Russell, Albert Almora Jr. and Willson Contreras, Baez is one of the young players who despite key roles on a championship contender the last few years still have big league growth to come. And Maddon thinks that growth is right around the corner.

“I want to believe you’re going to see that this year,” Maddon said. “They’ve had enough major league at-bats now, they should start making some significant improvements that are easy to recognize. The biggest thing normally is pitch selection, I think that’s where it really shows up. When you have talented players like that, that are very strong, quick, all that other stuff, if they’re swinging at strikes and taking balls, they’re going to do really well. And so it’s no secret with Javy. It’s no secret with Addy. Addy’s been more swing mode as opposed to accepting his walks. That’s part of the maturation process with those two guys. Albert I thought did a great job the last month, two months of getting better against righties. I thought Jason looked really good in the cage today. And Willson’s Willson.

“The natural assumption is these guys have played enough major league at-bats that you should see something different this year in a positive way.”