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On The Farm: Archer stays sharp for Tennessee

On The Farm: Archer stays sharp for Tennessee

Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010
10:40 PM
By Kevin Czerwinski
CSNChicago.com
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Tennessee (AA)
Chris Archer continued to his magnificent run Tuesday night, pitching Tennessee by Huntsville, 7-1, at Smokies Park.

An apropos score considering Archer improved to 7-1 with Tennessee after going 7-1 with Dayton earlier this season. He allowed only a run in seven innings while striking out eight, leaving his Southern League ERA at a microscopic 0.58 in 46 13 innings.

Archer remains within striking distance of a 20-win season despite only having five starts remaining. Depending on weather or any relief appearances, he could become the first 20-game winner since John Fritz won 20 games for Quad Cities 1992.

Ryan Buchter and Jeremy Papelbon each pitched a scoreless inning to preserve the victory. Brandon Guyer had a pair of hits and three RBIs, extending his hitting streak to 14 games. Hes batting .472 (25-for-53) with 19 RBIs during the streak. Russ Canzler had two hits and drove in a pair.

In other action, Tampa romped past Dayton, 8-3, at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Jake Optiz had three hits and an RBI. Portland upended Iowa, 13-3, at Principal Park. Jeff Samardzija took the loss, allowing four runs on eight hits in seven innings. Micah Hoffpauir took his 18-game hitting streak to Chicago, having been called up when the Cubs placed Derrek Lee on the bereavement list. Hoffpauir, who is the reigning PCL Player of the Week, was hitting .413 (31-for-75) during the streak.

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Charlotte (AAA)
Lucas Harrell bounced back from his worst Triple-A performance of the season on Tuesday, putting for a strong effort as Charlotte defeated Durham, 5-4, at Durham Athletic Park.

Harrell (10-9) allowed three runs (two earned) in five innings after allowing four runs in two innings of his last start on Aug. 5. He had considerable help from the pen as a trio of pitchers preserved the victory with Ryan Braun earning his 17th save despite allowing a ninth-inning run.

Brent Morel had three hits and drove in a pair while Jeremy Reed knocked in two with a two-run homer in the fourth inning.

Winston-Salem (A)
Brandon Shorts two-run triple in the sixth inning provided the margin of victory as the Dash downed Wilmington, 5-4, on Tuesday night at Frawley Stadium.

The scored had been tied 3-3 when Short picked up his second triple in as many games. Jose Martinez also had a pair of hits and an RBI to make a winner of Charlis Burdie, who allowed a run in three innings.

Kannapolis (A)
The Intimidators closed out their homestand on a positive note Tuesday, defeating Hagerstown, 8-2, at Fieldcrest Canon Stadium. Kannapolis went 6-2 on the stand to draw to within four games of .500.

Brady Shoemaker had a pair of hits and drove in three. Hes hitting .412 over his last 109 games. Nick Ciolli added a pair of hits and drove in two allowing Andre Rienzo to pick up his eight win of the year and fifth in his last seven outings.

In other action, Bristol banged out 16 hits and romped by Danville, 8-3. Jeffer Patino had four of the hits and drove in one. He also scored three times. Chase Blackwood and Mike Schwartz (three RBIs) had three hits apiece. Jamaal Hollis improved to 3-0 after tossing three shutout innings. Sal Sanchezs second-inning grand slam paced Birmingham to a 7-3 victory over visiting Mississippi. Great Falls and Missoula were postponed due to weather with no makeup date set.

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

Under Center Podcast: State of the Bears: Defense

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Under Center Podcast: State of the Bears: Defense

JJ Stankevitz, Cam Ellis and Paul Aspan are back with their training camp preview of the Bears' defense, looking at if it's fair to expect this group to take a step back without Vic Fangio (2:00) or if it's possible to repeat as the league's No. 1 defense (10:00). Plus, the guys look at which players the Bears need to improve to remain one of the NFL's best defenses (15:15), debate if Leonard Floyd can be better (20:00) and look at the future of the defense as a salary cap crunch looms after 2019 (25:00). 

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below: 

Yu Darvish finally has his first win at Wrigley

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Yu Darvish finally has his first win at Wrigley

Yu Darvish blew a 98 mph fastball by Yasiel Puig, pumped his fist emphatically twice and let out a primal yell as he walked off the mound while 37,260 fans at Wrigley Field backed him up with maybe the loudest "YUUUU!!!" chant of the season.

It was the final pitch he threw on the afternoon as he completely dismantled the Reds lineup in a 4-2 Cubs victory.

Since the All-Star Break, Darvish leads Major League Baseball in ERA — he hasn't allowed a run in 12 innings while striking out 15 and giving up only 4 hits and a walk. 

Oh yeah, and he finally picked up his first Wrigley Field win in a Cubs uniform...in his 28th start.

In both outings to start the second half, he took a no-hitter into the fifth inning and they're also the only two scoreless starts he has as a member of the Cubs (he gave up 0 earned run April 27 last year against the Brewers, but was charged with an unearned run).

The Cubs are now 5-1 since the All-Star Break and will carry a 2.5-game lead in the division into action Friday when the San Diego Padres come into town.