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Tennessee Puts On Another Hit Parade

Tennessee Puts On Another Hit Parade

Wednesday April 13, 2011
Posted: 11:10 p.m.
CUBSTennessee A
The Smokies used another big night at the plate, this time to offset a weak effort on the mound, to pound out 16 hits and out-slug visiting Montgomery, 12-10.

Brett Jackson three runs scored and an RBI, Marwin Gonzalez a homer and three RBIs and Matt Spencer a run scored and an RBI each had three hits. Blake Lalli, who had two hits and three runs scored, also had a homer and three RBIs. Tennessee continues to lead the Southern League in hitting, batting .360 through six as a group following Wednesday nights affair. Mobile was second at .302.

The Smokies needed another big offensive night. Starter Chris Rusin allowed six runs on nine hits in four innings while Marco Carillo gave up three runs on two hits and a pair of walks in his inning of work. Blake parker allowed a run in his two innings but earned his first victory of the season.
Daytona A
Clearwater knocked the Cubs from the ranks of the unbeaten Wednesday night, earning a 2-1 victory at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Joe Saverys RBI single in the eighth inning was the difference .

Nick Struck started for Daytona and had his second consecutive strong outing. He allowed a run on six hits in 5 23 innings. He fanned three and has a 1.63 ERA through two outings. Jordan Latham was tagged for the loss, allowing Saverys hit and three others in 1 23 innings.

Mike Brenly had a pair of hits for the Cubs while Logan Watkins drove in their run.
Peoria A
Austin Kirk did not enjoy the same success Wednesday night at Burlington that he did in his season-opening effort last week at OBrien Field. The Bees roughed up the former third-round pick, ran up his pitch count and chased him en route to an 8-7 victory.

Kirk 0-1, who allowed five first-inning runs three earned, gave up two homers and walked a pair before departing following a three-inning stint.

The Cubs eventually battled back, scoring in the top of the ninth to close to within 8-7. But it wasnt enough as a fine effort from Smaily Borges four hits, three runs scored went for naught. Fellow Cuban Rubio Silva had two hits and two RBIs, extending his hitting streak to a season-long seven games. Richard Jones missed his third straight game after being hit by a pitch in the right ankle on Sunday afternoon. The Chiefs allowed two stolen bases and they have not thrown out a base stealer in 12 attempts this season. Peoria has turned eight double plays in its last three games and lead the MWL with 11 turned.
Iowa AAA
The I-Cubs lost their third straight contest and for the fourth time in five games Wednesday night, this time dropping a 10-7 decision in Albuquerque.

Austin Bibens-Dirkx 0-1 got hit hard, allowing nine runs on nine hits three homers in four innings.
WHITE SOXKannapolis A
The Intimidators ran their winning streak to five games Wednesday night, downing Delmarva, 8-3, behind a strong effort from starter Ryan Buch.

Buch 1-1 fanned a career-high eight over six innings, during which he allowed two runs one earned. Addison Reed tossed two scoreless innings before Phil Negus closed things out.

Dan Black had a homer and two RBIs to pace the Intimidators. It was the first homer and RBIs of the season for the 2009 14th-round pick who has struggled thus far. He had three hits overall as did Brady Shoemaker.
Charlotte AAA
Jake Peavy made a rehab start for Charlotte Wednesday night and took the loss after an up and down outing in which Durham emerged with a 5-2 victory at Knights Field.

Peavy went six innings and allowed only two runs. But he scattered eight hits. Former Cub Brandon Guyer and Jose Lobaton each had three hits off Peavy while Russ Canzler launched a monstrous homer off the center-field scoreboard in the fifth inning to give the Bulls a 2-1 lead. Lucas Harrell then allowed three runs in three innings.

Jordan Danks had three hits and an RBI while Jim Gallagher had two hits, including a homer, and an RBI.
Winston-Salem A
The Dash split a doubleheader, taking the opener, 3-2, in 10 innings before dropping the nightcap, 3-2.

A trio of relievers tossed six shutout innings in the opener after starter Joe Serafin allowed two runs on two hits in four innings. One of the hits he allowed was a homer and he walked three. Orlando Santos struck out three over three shutout innings to pick up the victory before Taylor Thompson earned the save.

Daniel Wagners RBI single in the 10th proved to be the difference. Ian Gacs two-run homer in the sixth set the stage for Wagners 10th-inning heroics.

Terry Doyle 0-1 pitched a complete game in the nightcap, scattering eight hits and striking out two. The Dash managed just four hits in his support.
Birmingham AA
Dylan Axelrod tossed shutout ball in his first outing of the season but had no such effectiveness on Wednesday as Birmingham dropped a 6-2 decision to visiting Chattanooga.

Axelrod allowed four runs on eight hits in five innings before Kyle Cofield gave up two runs in 1 13 innings. Brandon Short had a double and an RBI.

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

Looking deeper to understand how John Fox still commands Bears trust through bad times

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Looking deeper to understand how John Fox still commands Bears trust through bad times

I’ve always placed great stock in the drama tenet, “Action is character.” What an actor/person does in significant part defines their character, or lack of same.

Conversely, in some situations, what someone doesn’t do can be equally defining or revealing. A couple of those involving the Bears are worth noting, because they suggest things about John Fox and and his staff, and perhaps a bit of what players think of them.

Nothing stunning, just a case of when you pull the camera back for a little wider angle, a broader picture forms out of seemingly separate or isolated incidents. Fox has never lost his teams through three generally miserable seasons, those teams consistently played hard through bad times. A handful of specific situations offer some insight into perhaps why:

The Cohen conundrum

Fox and offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains came in for scalding criticism for their recent seeming under-utilization of running back Tarik Cohen. The closest either came to laying out the real reason was a reference to concerns about the rookie’s pass-protection capabilities, no small issue against Green Bay and coordinator Dom Capers’ blitz proclivities; coaches want to see Mitch Trubisky wearing a Bears uniform, not Clay Matthews.

Cohen may be the Bears’ leading receiver, but if a back can’t present the viable option of pass protection, the offense is limited even more than it already is anyway with a rookie quarterback.

Come forward a week: Overlooked in the aftermath of the loss to Detroit, in which Cohen was not part of the hurry-up offense driving for a winning or tying score, was the fact that Cohen simply didn’t know the plays well enough in that situation. Fox didn’t say so. Neither did Loggains.

Cohen did.

Asked afterwards what he wasn’t solid with, Cohen owned it: "Probably the hurry-up plays at those positions. I know certain plays at those positions, but to open up the whole playbook with me, I’ll have to learn all of those plays.”

Should he have been up to a faster speed in week 10? That’s another discussion. But like it or not, his coaches were not going to be the ones to out him.

The Howard hassle

Jordan Howard finished 2016 second to only Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott in rushing yardage. He began the year inactive for game one and lightly used in games two and three. The reason Loggains gave from the podium was that coaches didn’t really know what they had in Howard.

Yes. They did. But Loggains didn’t cite Howard for not being in shape to carry the load the offense needed. Neither did Fox.

Howard did.

“I should’ve been in better shape,” Howard said at the outset of training camp last July. “I should’ve been playing earlier if I would’ve handled what I had to do.”

Some very effective coaches have used public embarrassment for motivation; Mike Ditka assessed that he wasn’t sure Donnell Woolford could cover anybody, and Buddy Ryan summarized that “No. 55 [Otis Wilson] killed us,” for instance.

Fox and his staff don’t do that and they’ve have taken the heat for their players, which does frustrate those tasked with accurately reporting sometimes hard information.

Medical restraint

Fox’s tenure has been awash in major injuries to pivotal players. He has made points in his locker room by shielding those players and their issues whether outsiders like it or not.

That started back with Kevin White and the infamous stress fracture that Fox was accused of knowing about and lying that he didn’t. The real situation was that medical opinions (and the Bears had gotten a bunch) were divided to the point where the Bears opted against surgery until it was conclusive that the shadow on an x-ray was indeed a fracture. Fox refused to call the injury a stress fracture with the doctors so divided, and he was pilloried for it. But not in his locker room.

The organization very much needed Pro Bowl lineman Kyle Long this season for an offense that certainly wasn’t going to live on the arm of Mike Glennon. Long was testy and combative during training camp, and “honestly I’ve been champing at the bit to get back,” he conceded, “but they’ve done a good job of pulling the reins a little bit and making sure that I understand that it’s a long season.”

Small things, not necessarily connected, but as Fox’s third season winds down, what his team shows will factor into decisions on his future. The Bears right now, after the Green Bay and Detroit losses effectively ended the “hope” part of their season, are entering that dreary phase of a year when effort will be critiqued as critically as performance.

The on-field results now will say something about character, Fox’s own and the collective one he has worked to instill since January 2015.

How to watch and/or stream the IHSA football state finals this weekend

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How to watch and/or stream the IHSA football state finals this weekend

It's Thanksgiving weekend, which among other things, means the IHSA football state finals are taking place.

NBC Sports Chicago has live coverage of the finals of all eight classes and is streaming every telecast, including surrounding pre/postgame coverage, to be made available to authenticated subscribers on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive and via the NBC Sports app.

Check out the action taking place in Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday with the Class 1A final and concluding Saturday night with the Class 8A final and a special recap edition of High School Lites following the final game. Highlights from each of the games will be available on our website throughout the weekend.

The live streaming service is currently available to customers of Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, Mediacom, RCN, WOW!, Time Warner Cable and Charter among numerous other carriers.  In addition, NBC Sports Chicago is also available on numerous digital streaming services including DIRECTV NOW, Hulu, fuboTV, Sling TV, CenturyLink Stream, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV.  For a full list of carriers and more information about NBC Sports Chicago’s live streaming service, viewers are urged to visit nbcsportschicago.com/live-faq.

Here is the full schedule for the weekend's games and broadcast coverage:

Friday, November 24

LIVE NOW: Class 1A: LENA-WINSLOW (Lena) [13-0] vs. TUSCOLA [13-0]

1:00 PM – Class 2A: GIBSON CITY-MELVIN-SIBLEY (Gibson City) [13-0] vs. MAROA-FORSYTH (Maroa) [12-1]

4:00 PM – Class 3A: IC CATHOLIC (Elmhurst) [12-1] vs. PLEASANT PLAINS [10-3]

7:00 PM – Class 4A: MORRIS [11-2] vs. ROCHESTER [13-0] (NOTE: This game will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit our CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)

Saturday, November 25

10:00 AM – Class 5A: PHILLIPS (Chicago) [13-0] vs. DUNLAP [13-0]

1:00 PM – Class 6A: PRAIRIE RIDGE (Crystal Lake) [13-0] vs. NAZARETH ACADEMY (LaGrange Park) [12-1]

4:00 PM – Class 7A: BATAVIA [12-1] vs. LAKE ZURICH [13-0] (NOTE: This game will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit our CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)

7:00 PM – Class 8A: LINCOLN-WAY East (Frankfort) [13-0] vs. LOYOLA ACADEMY (Wilmette) [12-1] (NOTE: This game will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit our CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)

Further information is available at this link. Edgy Tim previewed each of the eight games here and has players to watch for the weekend.