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On The Farm: Bristol Blanks Burlington Again

On The Farm: Bristol Blanks Burlington Again

Friday, Aug. 13, 2010
Posted: 9:45 p.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski
CSNChicago.com

WHITE SOXBristol Rookie
Chase Blackwoods two-run homer highlighted a three-run 12th inning as Bristol downed Burlington, 3-0, marking the third consecutive game in which the Sox have blanked the Royals. Burlington has not scored in 36 consecutive innings against Bristol while managing only one run in the last 39 innings between the two teams.

Jarrett Casey started and went the first 10 innings for the Sox, striking out seven and scattering five hits. Richard Marshall went the final two innings, allowing a hit and fanning two.

Bradley Salgado also drove in a 12th-inning run.

Charlotte AAA
A quartet of players picked up multiple hits Friday night and CarlosTorres pitched just well enough to win as Charlotte downed hostNorfolk, 7-3.

Torres 9-7 allowed three runs on three hits and survived five walksin five innings to pick up his second victory in as many outings. Thefive walks equaled a season high. Randy Williams allowed one hit inthree innings before Ryan Braun pitched a scoreless ninth.

Brent Morel, Jeremy Reed, Tyler Flowers and Josh Kroeger each had apair of hits. Flowers had an RBI triple and Kroeger a run-scoringsingle to spark Charlottes four-run second inning.
Birmingham AA
Justin Greenes RBI single in the ninth provided the winning margin as Birmingham held on for a 2-1 victory at Mobile Friday night. Greenes hit proved critical because it gave the Barons a 2-0 advantage, one they would need after the BayBears rallied for a run in the bottom of the inning.

Chris Marreros seventh-inning homer had given Birmingham the lead and made a winner of Matt Long 6-8 who had lost his previous two starts. Long went six innings and allowed only two hits.

In other action, Frederick scored three eighth-inning runs and defeated Winston-Salem, 4-3. Josh Phegley had two homers and three RBIs for the Dash. Kannapolis won its fourth straight, topping Savannah, 7-5. Ian Gac had four RBIs while Cameron Bayne earned his fourth consecutive victory and now leads the South Atlantic League with 10 wins.
CUBSTENNESSEE AA
Chris Rusin was consistent both as a starter and reliever for much of his time at Daytona, where he has spent the majority of this season. He arrived at Tennessee earlier this month and has exhibited the same characteristics, pitching well but not in an overwhelming or overpowering fashion.

Hes made three starts for the Smokies, the third of which was Friday in an 8-4 victory at Chattanooga. Rusin went six innings, allowing three runs two of which were earned in picking up his second consecutive victory. He scattered seven hits and struck out six, adding what would appear to be another strong arm to an already interesting staff.

Kyle Smit, who joined the Cubs at the trading deadline in a deal with the Dodgers, added a scoreless inning and has allowed only one run in 6 13 innings over four appearances since the deal.

Matt Spencers three-run homer in the fourth inning was the big blow that broke the game open.

In other action, Peoria and Beloit were rained out and because the two teams dont play again this season, the game will not be made up. The Chiefs did send catcher Mario Mercedes to Tennessee and brought up catcher Jose Guevara from Boise. Daytonas game against Dunedin was also washed away and will be made up as part of a Saturday doubleheader beginning at 5:05 ET.

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

Kris Bryant is ready for fatherhood '[I was] put on this earth to be a dad'

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Kris Bryant is ready for fatherhood '[I was] put on this earth to be a dad'

Suffice to say Kris Bryant is budding with anticipation for becoming a father.

Bryant and his wife, Jessica, are expecting their first child — a baby boy due in April. During Friday night’s Cubs-Padres broadcast, the third baseman shared his excitement for fatherhood with reporter Taylor McGregor

“I think this is really what I’ve been put on this Earth to do, is be a dad,” Bryant said, laughing. “Obviously I play baseball pretty good, but I’m just so excited [for] this new journey with my wife and my family. Honestly, I think this is going to be one of the best years of my life.”

Bryant’s son is due shortly after Opening Day, but the Cubs will play two spring training games in Las Vegas — Bryant’s hometown — on March 7-8. He told McGregor one of Jessica’s last doctor’s appointments is around the same time, so Bryant will get one last visit in before Baby Bryant is born.

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How Dusty Baker inspired former Cub Adam Greenberg after scary head injury

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How Dusty Baker inspired former Cub Adam Greenberg after scary head injury

Adam Greenberg’s baseball career was cut short by a scary head injury 15 years ago. But with the help of Dusty Baker, he found the motivation to transition to his post-baseball life.

Greenberg made his MLB debut with the Cubs on July 9, 2005, and Baker called upon the then 24-year-old to pinch-hit in the ninth inning against the Marlins. On the first pitch Greenberg saw in the big leagues, Marlins reliever Valerio De Los Santos hit him in the back of the head with a 92-mph fastball.

Greenberg was concussed from the incident, suffered from vertigo and vision problems, and battled depression. The Cubs released him in 2006 and he caught on with the Royals and later the Dodgers in 2007 — which is when Baker reappears in the story. From MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart:

A couple of years following the incident, in 2007, Baker got a letter from a fan requesting a baseball card be signed. In the letter, the person told Baker that Greenberg had been released by the Royals and his baseball career was in jeopardy. Baker tracked down Greenberg and left him the voice mail that served as his motivation for a post-baseball life.

“It was so genuine and from the heart,” Greenberg said. “It put me in tears the first time, but it was the motivation and inspiration I needed to get up and keep going. And since then, he’s been somebody that’s been near and dear to me."

It's unfortunate Greenberg couldn’t experience a long big-league career, but Baker inspired him and helped him move forward post-baseball. According to McTaggart, Greenberg started a nutrition company and sold it 10 years later. He also ran for state senate in Connecticut in 2019 and is currently a baseball analyst for the ACC Network.

Greenberg’s career effectively ended moments after it began, but 2005 wasn’t the last time he stepped in a big-league batters’ box. In 2012, fans started an online petition to get him one last at-bat — and his career came full circle. The Marlins signed him to a one-day contract on Oct. 2, 2012, and he pinch-hit that same day against the Mets.

Greenberg struck out on three pitches, but Baker’s voicemail left a mark on his life. Seeing him enjoy success outside of baseball is as heartwarming as it gets.