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On The Farm: Bour and Clevenger have big days for Cubs

On The Farm: Bour and Clevenger have big days for Cubs

Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010
Posted: 10:30 p.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski
CSNChicago.com
CUBS Peoria A
Jason Bour was a wrecking crew for Peoria in its 11-10 victory at Clinton.

Bour had three hits, including a seventh-inning grand slam, and seven RBIs. He picked up two of those RBIs with a single in the eighth inning, a base hit that helped break open the game for the Chiefs. Bour started out with an RBI double in the sixth.

Hak-Ju Lee also had three hits and an RBI while DJ Fitzgerald contributed two hits and two RBIs. Yohan Gonzalez tossed 2 13 scoreless innings to pick up his first victory of the season. Jeff Lorick made his Cubs debut and allowed four runs in 23 of an inning.
Tennessee AA
Five was the magic number for Steve Clevenger Saturday night as Tennessee defeated Mississippi, 7-2, at Smokies Stadium.

Clevenger was 5-for-5 with a homer and five RBIs. He had a three-run double in fifth after hitting a solo homer in the fourth, falling a triple short of the cycle. Russ Canzler had two hits and drove in a run.

Chris Archer 8-1 bounced back from his worst outing of the year to win his eight game with the Smokies and 15th overall. He surrendered two runs on four hits over six innings.

In other action, Daytona allowed 12 first-inning runs at Jackie Robinson Stadium en route to a 15-2 loss to Brevard County. Dae-Eun Rhee 5-13 and Chris Siegfried each allowed six runs in the frame. Micah Hoffpauir scored on a wild pitch in the eighth inning, bringing home what would be the winning run as Iowa edged Nashville, 4-3, in the opening game of a home stand. Marquez Smith had a three-run homer to account for the I-Cubs other runs. He extended his hitting streak to 10 games in the process. Scott Maine picked up the win while Jeff Samardzija had a no-decision after allowing three runs in six innings.

WHITE SOX Charlotte AAA
Charlotte continued its mastery over Gwinnett on Saturday, squeaking out an 8-6 victory at Knights Stadium. The Knights improved to 12-3 against the Braves this season.

Dayan Viciedo had a two-run homer for Charlotte while Stefan Gartrell and Josh Kroeger also drove in two runs apiece. Brent Morel had a triple and an RBI, extending his hitting streak to six games.

Miguel Socolovich tossed four shutout innings in relief, extending his streak to 10-13 scoreless innings, to earn the win. Randy Williams fanned a pair in the ninth to earn his second save.

In other action, Potomac bounced Winston-Salem, 9-2, at Pfitzner Stadium. Seth Loman had a homer and two RBIs for the Dash. Charlie Leesman allowed a run in six innings but didnt factor into the decision as Huntsville edged Birmingham, 2-1. Henry Mabee allowed a run in 1 23 innings to take the loss. Cole Armstrong had a homer and an RBI for the Barons. Greensboro pounded visiting Kannapolis, 7-2. Justin Collup allowed five runs in 4 23 innings and was charged with the loss. Juan Silverio had two doubles and a triple for Kannapolis. Bristol also lost, dropping an 11-8 decision at Bluefield. The hosts scored eight runs in the second inning and held on as the Sox cut the lead to 8-7 before they pulled away again. Drew Lee had a homer and three RBIs for Bristol. Jarrett Casey allowed eight runs in 1 13 innings to fall to 0-6.

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

Brandon Morrow has a healthy sense of humor about his pants-related injury

Brandon Morrow has a healthy sense of humor about his pants-related injury

Brandon Morrow's body may not be healthy, but his sense of humor sure isn't on the disabled list.

The Cubs closer had to go on the DL Wednesday after he injured his back changing out of his pants early Monday morning when the Cubs returned home to Chicago after a Sunday night game in St. Louis.

The story made national rounds, not only in the baseball world, but resonating with non-sports fans, as well. After all, it's not every day a guy who gets paid millions for his athletic endeavors injures himself on a mundane every day activity.

But it's all good, because even Morrow can find the humor in the situation, Tweeting this out Thursday afternoon:

Morrow's back tightened up on him and didn't loosen up enough the next two days, making him unavailable for the Cubs doubleheader Tuesday at Wrigley Field.

The team decided to put him on the shelf Wednesday morning so an already-gassed bullpen wouldn't have more pressure during this stretch of 14 games in 13 days.

The Cubs are in Cincinnati this weekend for a four-game series with the Reds. Morrow is eligible to return from the DL next Wednesday in Los Angeles as the Cubs once again take on the Dodgers — Morrow's old team.

The 33-year-old pitcher is 16-for-17 in save chances this year while posting a 1.59 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 25 strikeouts in 22.2 innings. He's only given up a run in 2 of his 26 outings as a Cub.

Eloy's comin' to Charlotte, but how long before he's playing on the South Side?

Eloy's comin' to Charlotte, but how long before he's playing on the South Side?

The No. 1 prospect in the White Sox loaded farm system got a step closer to playing in the major leagues Thursday.

Eloy Jimenez was the headliner in a ridiculously large number of promotions throughout the organization that signaled that despite a 25-games-under-.500 record at the big league level, the rebuilding effort is progressing nicely.

But antsy fans and observers who want to see the fruits of that effort land on the South Side as soon as possible have the same question now that Jimenez is a Charlotte Knight as they did when he was a Birmingham Baron: When will he be inserted into Rick Renteria's everyday lineup?

Director of player development Chris Getz didn’t have that answer Thursday when he was discussing all the minor league movement. But he outlined exactly what’s had White Sox fans salivating over the idea of Jimenez in the major league lineup.

“He’s done nothing but hit with us, and he’s continuing to do that,” Getz said on the conference call. “He’s driving the ball to all fields with power. The hit tool is very good, as well. He’s hammering fastballs. Talking about maturity, he’s definitely beyond his years in how he handles the game as a whole.

“When he steps into the box, it seems that you’re looking at a guy that plays in the big leagues already, and he’s not. He’s controlling the zone, he’s driving the ball, he’s making good decisions. We’ll see what he can do up at Charlotte.”

With Jimenez mashing at Birmingham this season — to the tune of .317/.368/.556 with 10 homers and 42 RBIs in 53 games — plenty have wondered why a pit stop at Charlotte is even necessary. General manager Rick Hahn has answered that question in the past, pointing to the different kind of pitching that Jimenez will face, and Getz echoed that thinking Thursday.

“At Charlotte, you’re going to run into guys that have a little more experience,” Getz said. “Some may have pitched in the big leagues, some might have been labeled those ‘4-A’ types. But what comes with that is more off-speed pitches, pitching backwards, being able to locate a little bit more. It will be interesting to see how he does respond with guys attacking him a little bit differently.

“We as an organization believe he’s going to be able to accomplish pretty much the same type of things he’s been accomplishing at Charlotte.”

That would be good news for those eagerly awaiting Jimenez’s arrival in Chicago because if he dominates at the plate at Triple-A the way he did at Double-A, then another promotion could be a possibility before the 2018 major league season runs out.

Of course before that happens, the White Sox want Jimenez to master things at the Triple-A level. Hahn mentioned before the season started that a good developmental season could end without Jimenez joining the big league squad at all. Like with all things in this rebuilding effort, the White Sox are going to be patient and do what’s best for the long term.

“He’s never played at Triple-A,” Getz said about a player who prior to joining the White Sox organization last summer had never played above Class A. “Now do I have full confidence that he’s going to go up there and hit? Sure. I absolutely do.

“If he continues to do so and forces our hand, we’re certainly going to have that conversation about him coming to Chicago. Let’s just get him in the lineup tonight and see what he can do.”