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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 Dunn out 4-6 weeks with knee sprain

Kris Dunn out 4-6 weeks with knee sprain

The Bulls season has gotten off to a rocky start, losing their first three games of the campaign. Part of that can be attributed to injuries to star Lauri Markkanen, and things just got a whole lot worse.

Point guard Kris Dunn will miss the next four to six weeks with an MCL sprain in his left knee.

Dunn played in his first game against the Mavericks on Monday night after missing the first two games for the birth of his son. Dunn scored nine points with seven assists and four rebounds.

Cam Payne has been filled in for Dunn in the first two games and will be tabbed to do so for the next month or so

Power Rankings Roundup: People are pretty apathetic about losing to the Patriots

Power Rankings Roundup: People are pretty apathetic about losing to the Patriots

While the notion of a "good loss" is more coachspeak than anything of real substance, it looks like NFL media agree. 

After a close loss to the Patriots -- about three feet close, to be exact -- Power Rankings makers aren't blaming the Bears too much. In fact, shoutout to our mothership, Big NBC Sports, for actually *raising* the Bears in their latest rankings. Thanks guys! 

Here's what they're saying: 

Ours: #17, down 4 -
You can do worse than barely losing to the Patriots, but what on earth has happened to Chicago's defense?

NBCSports: #10, up 1 - 
Bears went toe-to-toe with the Patriots and made it to the later rounds before taking one on the chin. No shame in that.

NFL.com: #11, N/A - 
The opportunities were there for the Bears, who took it to the Patriots in the first half Sunday. The second half was a different story, as Chicago was stuck in catch-up mode.

Washington Post: #16, down 1 - 
The Bears came up a yard shy of a tying TD on the Hail Mary against the Patriots. This was a far less egregious loss than falling to Brock Osweiler and the Dolphins a week earlier. But it was still a loss.

ESPN: #13, down 1 - 
Need more from: RB Jordan Howard. Howard is averaging only 3.46 yards per rush, which ranks 41st out of 47 qualifying running backs. Bears running backs as a whole rank 30th with 1.45 yards after contact per rush, and Mitchell Trubisky has led the team in rushing in two of the past three games.

Sports Illustrated: #18, N/A - 
The Bears were 3-1 before starting a four-game tour of the AFC East. They need to take care of business against the Jets and Bills to keep pace in a tough NFC North.

Sporting News: #16, down 1 - 
Mitchell Trubisky and the offense have become a fun, unpredictable and mostly explosive roller-coaster ride, but the defense is showing it has plenty of leaks behind Khalil Mack.

FanSided: #17, down 2 - 
Mitchell Trubisky and those special teams were a disaster on Sunday.

Bleacher Report: #15, N/A - 
The problem is the Bears also have five tough divisional games remaining, including two with the Vikings. A date with the Rams also looms. However, if the Bears take care of business in the first four games mentioned, they will need to go just 3-3 in their remaining six matchups to go 10-6 and (presumably) make the playoffs.