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Iowa Salvages Series Finale in Albuquerque

Iowa Salvages Series Finale in Albuquerque

Thursday April 14, 2011
Posted: 4:00 p.m.

CUBSIOWA AAA
The I-Cubs finally found some solace in Albuquerque, taking the final game of a four-game set Thursday afternoon at Isotopes Park. Iowa had dropped three in a row before picking up a 10-6 victory behind the five-RBI effort of Bobby Scales.

Iowa will head to Des Moines for its home-opener Friday night against Memphis having split eight games on a season-opening road trip.

Scales had a pair of doubles, bringing in two runs with one of them in the fourth inning. His bases-clearing, three-run double in the seventh gave the I-Cubs the final push they would need to end the trip on a positive note. His seventh-inning double proved to be critical because the Isotopes scored twice in the ninth, cutting the lead to 10-6.

Lou Montanez added three hits, including a homer, and three RBIs.

Robert Coello 1-1, despite allowing four runs on eight hits over five innings, picked up the victory. The New Jersey native has allowed 11 run in nine innings in his two starts this season.
Tennessee AA
The Smokies roughed up an old friend Thursday night as they bounced visiting Montgomery, 11-2.

Former Cub and Tennessee ace Chris Archer got the nod for the Biscuits and his former mates did him no favors, scoring three times on five hits in 4 23 innings. Archer also walked three in suffering his first loss of the season.

Brett Jackson was 1-for-3, extending his season-long hitting streak to seven games while D.J. LeMahieu and Josh Vitters led a group of five players that had two hits apiece. Rebel Ridlings sixth-inning grand slam proved to be the decisive blow. The red-hot Smokies had 15 hits in all and continue to lead the Southern League in hitting.

Rafael Dolis allowed a run on four hits while striking out five in his six innings to secure the win.
Daytona A
Tony Plagmans bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth lifted Lakeland to a 4-3 victory over Daytona Thursday night at Joker Marchant Stadium.

The Flying Tigers scored their run without the benefit of a hit. Daytona loaded the bases on a pair of hit batsmen and an intentional walk. After the Cubs induced a fielders choice that got a runner at the plate, Frank Batista walked in the winning run.

Aaron Kurcz started and lasted only 3 23 innings for the Cubs. He gave up three runs on seven hits and a pair of walks. The bullpen was solid until the ninth-inning meltdown, which culminated with Jeff Beliveau and Batista being unable to find the plate.

Wellington Castillo drove in two runs for the Cubs.
Peoria A
Sergio Burreal broke up a no-hitter with two outs in the eighth inning Thursday night but it did little to take the sting out of Peorias 5-1 loss to Burlington at Community Field.

The Bees A.J. Griffin kept the Chiefs out of the hit column by striking out nine and walking only two before Burreal spoiled the no-hit bid. By that time, however, Burlington had built a 5-0 lead with all of the runs coming against Peoria starter Dallas Beeler, who lasted only two innings.

Greg Rohan, who has a season-long, seven-game hitting streak, collected one of Peorias three hits and drove in the run.
WHITE SOX Charlotte AAA
Jeffrey Marquez struggled with his control Thursday night for Charlotte and as a result, his effort didnt yield the kind of success he in his season-opening performance.

The Knights began their road trip at Gwinnett County with a 3-1 loss and Marquez was at the center of the Braves attack, walking five and allowing five hits over five innings. He surrendered two runs, only one of which was earned, the Knights could never catch up to what was a strong effort by Gwinnett pitchers.

Included in that group was highly touted Julio Teheran, who allowed a run on three hits in four innings. He, too, was a bit wild, walking four but didnt factor in the decision.

Alejandro De Aza had two of Charlottes five hits. Dayan Viciedo went 0-for-3 and is hitting .185.
Kannapolis A
The Intimidators needed a quartet of pitchers to support their big effort at the plate but in the end it all came together Thursday for a 9-5 victory at Delmarva.

Kannapolis had nine hits, including two-hit efforts from Juan Silverio and Brady Shoemaker, each of whom has a seven-game hitting streak. Ken Gilbert added a homer and drove in four. Chase Cooney pitched three shutout innings to earn the victory.
Birmingham AA
Matt Zaleski pitched a brilliant game for Birmingham Thursday night but it went for naught as the Barons dropped a 2-0 decision to visiting Chattanooga.

Zaleski allowed a run on four hits over seven innings, striking out six. He has a 0.73 ERA through two starts. Tyler Kuhn had four of Birminghams seven hits.

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

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.