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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.

White Sox prospect Luis Robert on fire fresh off promotion to Triple-A

White Sox prospect Luis Robert on fire fresh off promotion to Triple-A

Luis Robert has been promoted twice in 2019, but nothing has slowed down his red-hot season.

The 21-year-old Cuban has only played in five games for Triple-A Charlotte, but has skipped past the adjustment period and has been productive in all five.

After collecting two hits, a walk and two stolen bases on Monday, Robert is hitting .429/.500/.810 for the Knights. He has reached base at least twice in every game with Charlotte.

Robert has shown some versatility in his game as well. He hit four extra base hits in his first three games, including two home runs in his first game for Charlotte. In the last two he has added three stolen bases. One of the stolen bases on Monday didn’t require a slide.


With Eloy Jimenez coming into his own for the White Sox and Dylan Cease one start into his major league career, Luis Robert is the clear gem of the White Sox system currently. The outfielder is ranked as the No. 5 prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline.

Charlotte’s BB&T Ballpark is known as a hitters’ park and Triple-A plays with the same baseballs that have been under fire lately for being juiced for hitters in the majors. It makes sense that Robert would put up big numbers, but it’s still an impressive start that has White Sox fans antsy for his call-up.

It’s just five games and the White Sox haven’t been in any rush with their top prospects, but Robert is showing that he isn’t that far away from being ready for MLB pitching.

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Jason Heyward getting back to 'who he's supposed to be' in Cubs lineup

Jason Heyward getting back to 'who he's supposed to be' in Cubs lineup

This is the Jason Heyward the Cubs thought they were getting when they signed him to an eight-year deal in December 2015.

Back then, the Cubs believed Heyward had more power to tap into from his 6-foot-5, 240-pound, linebacker-esque frame. 

It didn't play out that way initially, with Heyward hitting only 26 homers to go along with a .367 slugging percentage and .688 OPS in his first three seasons in a Cubs uniform.

But all that has changed this year.

Heyward is on pace for 26 homers in 2019 — which would equal that three-year total — and his 71 RBI pace would be his highest since 2012, when he drove in 82 runs.

The 29-year-old hit his 15th homer of the season Sunday and it marks the first time he's eclipsed the 15-homer threshold since that same 2012 season, when he hit 27 dingers as a 22-year-old with the Atlanta Braves.

The power is the area that jumps off the page right now about the new and improved Heyward, but that carries with it a grain of salt that must be taken with everybody's longball total in the game right now. But his walk rate (11.6 percent) is the second-best mark of his career to only his rookie season in 2010. He's also pulling the ball less than he ever has and utilizing the middle of the field more while his hard and soft contact rates are far and away better than they've ever been in a Cubs uniform. 

All told, this is not the same hitter Cubs fans saw in the first three years of Heyward's megadeal.

"He's set up a little bit differently," Joe Maddon said. "Right now, his confidence is soaring. That ball was properly struck [Sunday afternoon] and he's been doing that often — even his basehits.

"... He's set up a little bit differently, but honestly, I think it's a confidence thing right now. He's feeling so good about himself. He's on the barrel more. I mean that's obvious. You don't see the ball off the weaker part of the bat nearly as often as we've seen in the past. I think that's the primary difference — the ball's off the barrel. 

"His hands are really alive. I love that the ball's still line to line, but the power is still showing up. I think that's exactly who he's supposed to be."

Sunday's homer was the game-winning hit for the Cubs and Heyward put his team in front once again Monday night with an RBI groundout to plate Kris Bryant in the fourth inning before a bullpen/defensive meltdown in the seventh inning. Oh yeah, and he got the game-winning knock in the bottom of the eighth inning Friday immediately after the Cubs gave the lead right back to the Pirates in the pivotal first game coming out of the All-Star Break.

He's been a difference-maker in this Cubs lineup all year, even as they search for more consistency and steady production. 

Heyward has gone from a guy who was on the bench in some of the most important games in the 2016-17 postseason because of his offensive issues to an integral part of this team's run production.

He's shown flashes of this in the past, including a month or so in the early part of last summer where he got really hot. But this has been sustained offensive production. In every month but May (when he batted .186 with a .618 OPS), Heyward has hit over .300 with an OPS well above league average, including a .968 mark in June and .992 in April.

But right now, he's not getting into all that. He's just trying to ride the wave of a long season.

"I don't try to break it down at all, honestly," Heyward said. "Just keep it simple and just stay in tune to what I got going on — first at-bat or whatever. It is kinda simple when you just look at it — not dwell on the negative, don't get too deep on that. 'Cause you're gonna fail. Just kinda choose how you want that to happen and make the best."