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Chicago Trio Hit Hard For Mesa

Chicago Trio Hit Hard For Mesa

Thursday Nov. 11, 2010
Posted: 8:45 a.m.
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The trio of Cubs pitchers that took the mound for Mesa Wednesday night did not shine in the Solar Sox 9-6 loss to Phoenix. In fact, it was Jake Muyco, Chris Carpenter and Kyle Smit that allowed all of the Desert Dog runs.

Muyco started and went 3 23 innings, allowing four runs on five hits. Hes allowed runs in each of his starts, giving up three or more runs in four of those efforts. His ERA is 8.85 in 20 13 innings while the opposition is hitting .400 against him.

Carpenter fared slightly better, surrendering two runs in 1 23 innings on three hits. After spending the majority of the season as a starter with Double-A Tennessee, for whom he was 8-6 with a 3.16 ERA, Carpenter has pitched to a 5.68 ERA in 12 23 AFL relief innings.

Smith, meanwhile, took the loss after allowing three runs in 1 13 innings. Hes allowed four runs over his last 2 13 innings, pushing his AFL ERA to 4.76. He had given up only two runs in his first nine innings. Infielder Ryan Flaherty was 1-fr-5 with a run scored.

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

Akiem Hicks makes Pro Football Focus Team of the Week after strong game against Dolphins

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Akiem Hicks makes Pro Football Focus Team of the Week after strong game against Dolphins

The Bears defense was not its usual self in their overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. The pass rush was minimal and tackling looked optional, and Brock Osweiler threw for almost 400 yards.

There was plenty of blame to go around, but a few individual defenders had success while their teammates struggled.

Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks made the Pro Football Focus Team of the Week for Week 6 with a 92.2 overall grade.

He recorded seven tackles that resulted in a defensive “stop,” the most of any defensive lineman according to PFF.

Chicago’s next highest-graded player was cornerback Kyle Fuller (78.2), who intercepted Osweiler twice but also missed two tackles.

Offensively, wide receiver Taylor Gabriel led the way with a 76.9 mark. PFF credited four of his five catches coming against Dolphins cornerback Torry McTyer in coverage.

Meanwhile, outside linebacker Khalil Mack had the lowest-graded game of his career (47.8), while linebacker Danny Trevathan (29.9) and safety Adrian Amos Jr. (47.5) each had their second-worst games.

Some of the Bears’ best players were at their worst in Miami. They’re going to need to get their act together for the New England Patriots on Sunday.

2018-19 NBA Power Rankings: Opening Week edition

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2018-19 NBA Power Rankings: Opening Week edition

The theme of the 2018-19 NBA season will be: “old faces in new places”. Like a season-long game of the NBA on TNT crew’s “Who he play for?” game, this year will be about fans trying to get used to the idea of LeBron James in purple (I won’t call it ‘Forum Blue’)-and-gold, DeMarcus Cousins being on a championship-contending franchise and Kawhi Leonard being the new face of Toronto.

The Warriors are still the easy favorite to make it four NBA championships in five years, but they will be tested perhaps more than any year before in a loaded Western Conference, where even the lowliest of teams (here’s to you Phoenix and Memphis!) made solid offseason moves geared towards winning games.

Over in the now-LeBron-less East, there is hope amongst at least four-to-five teams that they could actually have a shot to win the conference. The Pacers still have budding superstar Victor Oladipo, the Sixers still have Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, and the Raptors and Bucks made head coaching changes that could lead to deep playoff runs. But with the rest of the Eastern conference being stuck between lottery contention and middle of the pack, expect the half-experienced, half-youthful Celtics to takeover as East juggernaut.

But whether or not your favorite franchise is aiming for a high draft pick or a postseason berth, there is tons to be excited in a 2018-19 NBA season that will surely be an intriguing one. Check out Week 1 of our NBA Power Rankings right here.