Cubs Pitchers Get Off To Shaky AFL Start; Vitters Plays First Base

Cubs Pitchers Get Off To Shaky AFL Start; Vitters Plays First Base

Thursday Oct. 14, 2010
Posted: 7:45 A.M.
By Kevin Czerwinski

It was Chicagos turn to supply the pitching for Mesa Wednesday night and only one of the four Cubs prospects that appeared came away unscathed in a 6-3 loss to visiting Phoenix.

Kyle Smit, whom Chicago acquired in a July deadline deal with the Dodgers, picked up where he left off in the regular season. He fanned three over two hitless innings while also issuing a walk. Smit was 5-1 with a save, posting a 1.96 ERA over 12 games after joining Tennessee following the trade. He had a combined 1.23 ERA over his final 36 13 innings this year with the Smokies, Chattanooga and Inland Empire.

Jake Muyco, who had a solid season out of the bullpen for Tennessee, made the start and allowed two runs on six hits over three innings. He had allowed that many hits only once in 40 appearances during the regular season, an expected number because most of his outings were limited to two innings or less.

Chris Carpenter, who spent the season with Tennessee, took the loss after allowing a run on three hits over two innings. David Cales, meanwhile, allowed two runs one earned on three hits in an inning.

Infielder Ryan Flaherty, who was the DH, was 1-for-3 with a walk. In an interesting move, Josh Vitters, the Cubs first-round pick in 2007, played first base. It was the first time he had done so in his professional career. Prior to Wednesdays action, Vitters had always been at third base or DH. Vitters, who missed the final month and a half of the regular season plus the post-season with a broken hand at Double-A Tennessee, was 0-for-4.

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91 Days to Kickoff: Joliet Catholic

91 Days to Kickoff: Joliet Catholic preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Joliet Catholic Academy

Head coach: Jake Jaworski

Assistant coaches: Dave Douglas, Cory McLaughlin, Chris Kinsella, Mark Mettille, Jake Ziesmer, Zach Dolph, Josh Greenback and Craig Slowik

How they fared in 2017: 3-6 (2-5 East Suburban Catholic Conference). JCA failed to make the 2017 IHSA state playoff field.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs. St. Rita

Aug. 31 @ IC Catholic Prep

Sept. 7 @ St. Viator

Sept. 14 vs. Carmel

Sept. 21 @ Marist

Sept. 28 vs. Benet Academy

Oct. 5 vs. Marian Catholic

Oct. 12 @ Nazareth Academy

Oct. 19 @ Notre Dame

Biggest storyline: Can Joliet Catholic snap a two-year hiatus from the state football playoffs?

Names to watch this season: OT Dave Monnot and RB Kenyetta Williams

Biggest holes to fill: The Hilltoppers will need to reload at the quarterback and wide receiver positions. 

EDGY's Early Take: It's been a rough few seasons at one of the state's best football programs. That said, 2018 has the potential to be the turnaround year the Hilltoppers have been looking for. Second-year head coach Jake Jaworski will feature four big and experienced offensive linemen, led by senior OT Dave Monnot (6-foot-6, 287 pounds). They also have a name to watch in junior-to-be RB Kenyetta Williams. If Joliet Catholic can survive another challenging early season non-conference schedule, they will compete in the always-tough ESCC.