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On The Farm: Canzler Leads Tennessee By Birmingham

On The Farm: Canzler Leads Tennessee By Birmingham

Saturday Aug. 28, 2010
Posted: 10:10 p.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski
CSNChicago.com

CUBS Tennessee AA
Russ Canzlers one-out home run in the ninth inning Saturday night capped a big rally and gave Tennessee an 8-7 victory over Birmingham at Smokies Park.

The Barons had held leads of 4-0 and 7-4, the latter of which was in the eighth inning. But Brandon Guyers two-run double capped a three-run inning and set the stage for Canzlers heroics in the ninth. Guyer finished with four hits, including a pair of doubles and four RBIs.

The GuyerCanzler tandem also helped make a winner of Kyle Smit, who picked up his fourth victory since coming over from the Dodgers in a July 31 deal. Smit 4-1 pitched a scoreless ninth, helping get Aaron Shafer off the hook after he allowed the three eighth-inning runs that gave the Barons their second big lead.

Trey McNutt started for the Smokies and allowed four runs two earned in five innings.
Peoria A
DJ Fitzgeralds three-run triple capped a five-run second inning and propelled Peoria to a 7-1 victory over Clinton at OBrien Field.

Clinton had committed a pair of errors that fueled the rally, which began after the Chiefs had already made two outs. Anthony Giansanti had an RBI double while Hak-Ju Lee added a run-scoring single in the inning. Fitzgerald finished with four hits and four RBIs while Giansanti had three hits.

Austin Kirk allowed a run in 5 23 innings of relief to earn his first Midwest League victory. He fanned four, walked one and gave up a hit.
In other action, Lakeland blanked Daytona, 3-0, at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Cubs managed only four hits and Nick Struck 0-2 took the loss after allowing a run in four innings. Iowa dropped a 5-4 decision at Omaha, leaving them just a half game ahead of Memphis in the Pacific Coast Leagues American North Division. The I-Cubs have been in first place since July 20. Austin Bibens-Dirkx took the loss, his third staright, after allowing five runs in 4 23 innings. Bryan LaHair had a homer and two RBIs.
WHITE SOXWinston-Salem A
Nick Ciollis Carolina debut was a successful Saturday night as Winston-Salem upended Myrtle Beach, 8-3, at BB&T Ballpark.

Ciolli was promoted from Kannapolis earlier in the day after Brandon Short was placed on the disabled list with an oblique strain. Short hasnt played since Aug. 18. Ciolli, who had 73 RBIs in the South Atlantic League, picked right up where he left off at Kannapolis, collecting a pair of hits, scoring twice and driving in a run.

Luis Sierra drove in three runs and extended his hitting streak to six games with a pair of hits. Jon Gilmore had three hits and two RBIs. Terry Doyle picked up his second consecutive victory, scattering seven hits and allowing three runs over seven innings. Ryan Kussmaul struck out four over two scoreless innings for his first save. LHP Garrett Johnson was promoted to Charlotte.
Kannapolis A
The Intimidators got a strong start from Ryan Buch and though the bullpen stumbled a bit, the Intimidators were able to hang on for a 6-5 victory over Lexington at Fieldcret Cannon Stadium.

Buch 5-2 snapped a two-game losing streak and equaled a season-high with seven strikeouts. He went 6 23 innings, his second-longest outing of the year, allowing a pair of unearned runs. Kevin Moran allowed three eighth-inning runs to make things closer than they needed to before Orlando Santos earned his 14th save with a perfect ninth.

The Intimidators used a four-run sixth inning to break the game open. The Legends committed a pair of errors and threw three wild pitches in the inning to fuel the rally. Dan Wagner had a pair of hits and scored twice for Kannapolis, which will now finish the regular season on the road.
Bristol Rookie
The Sox exploded for five seventh-inning runs on Saturday and defeated visiting Pulaski, 9-6.

Mike Schwartzs two-run single was the highlight of an inning that also saw Pulaski make a pair of errors and hit a batter with a pitch. Rangel Ravelo finished with three this and drove in a pair while Dan Black also had two RBIs.

Austin Evans allowed a run in two innings of relief to pick up the victory.
In other action, Russ Canzlers one-out home run in the ninth inning Saturday night capped a big rally and gave Tennessee an 8-7 victory over Birmingham at Smokies Park. Anthony Carter took the loss, his fourth of the season. The loss was Birminghams seventh in a row to Tennessee. ... Dayan Viciedo's two-run blast in the bottom of the 11th gave Charlotte a 3-1 victory over Durham at Knights Stadium. Miguel Socolovich tossed two scoreless innings for the win. Prior to the game, Carlos Torres was recalled by the White Sox when Erick Threets went on the disabled list.

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

Avisail Garcia is back from his lengthy DL stay just in time to prove he's a part of White Sox long-term future

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Avisail Garcia is back from his lengthy DL stay just in time to prove he's a part of White Sox long-term future

For the first time in two months, Avisail Garcia is back in the White Sox lineup.

Garcia’s return from his lengthy stay on the disabled list was a refreshing sight for a team that came into the season believing he’d be one of its biggest bats. After all, Garcia was excellent in 2017, an All-Star campaign for him that saw him with some of the best hitting statistics in the American League.

But even with those good numbers, there were plenty of questions about where Garcia stood in the rebuilding White Sox long-term future. After a long wait for that breakout season, was it going to be the new normal or a one-hit wonder? He’s got just two more seasons of team control left, and there are a ton of outfield prospects developing behind him in the minor leagues.

His admittedly slow start this year didn’t help clarify anything: He returned to action with a .233/.250/.315 slash line, a far cry from the .330/.380/.506 line he finished with last season.

So now he’s back, and the “prove it” season resumes. He’s got time left to show the White Sox he can fend off challenges from the likes of Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert, Blake Rutherford, Luis Alexander Basabe, Micker Adolfo and all the rest. Getting back on the field is the first step in doing that.

“Be healthy and play hard like I’ve been playing all my career,” Garcia said Friday. “Just trying stay healthy, do my routine and do my best to help my team win.

“My knee is good. My hamstring is good. I have no pain in my body right now. I feel great, great and focused and trying to compete every single day.”

The injury — injuries, it turns out — certainly didn’t help. After the hamstring strain he suffered turned out to be a tad more significant than originally believed, he suffered a separate knee injury during his recovery that kept him on the shelf a while longer.

But Garcia showed that maybe his bat is ready to come back to life during his rehab at Triple-A Charlotte. He slashed an eye-popping .360/.429/.840 with three home runs, three doubles and nine RBIs in just seven games.

No one’s expecting that kind of production now that he’s back at the major league level. But plenty of fans and observers are expecting a lot who is still young enough to warrant consideration for a spot on the White Sox next contending team. He’s got the advantage of already playing at the big league level to show off for all the decision makers.

But there’s no doubt that it’s a stacked group behind him. Jimenez, the third-ranked prospect in baseball, was just promoted to Triple-A. A trio of high-performing outfielders — Basabe, Alex Call and Joel Booker — just got bumped up to Double-A. And perhaps the most exciting group of all — Robert, Rutherford, Adolfo and Luis Gonzalez — are all playing together at Class A Winston-Salem.

That’s an awful lot of young, inexpensive depth to contend with in the discussion for how the White Sox should align their outfield of the future. But Garcia can still stay in that discussion by doing one thing: hitting. His quest to turn his season around starts now.

After Reynaldo Lopez said White Sox 'looked like clowns' in Cleveland, Rick Renteria fine with his pitcher's comments

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After Reynaldo Lopez said White Sox 'looked like clowns' in Cleveland, Rick Renteria fine with his pitcher's comments

The White Sox are on a seven-game losing streak and are 25 games below .500.

It’s perhaps no surprise that the losses have piled up in a season that was always going to be about player development and advancing the rebuilding effort. Rick Hahn didn’t call this the hardest part of the rebuild for nothing.

But losing is fun for no one, and to be in the midst of such results on an everyday basis can unsurprisingly cause frustration to build.

The most verbalized display of that frustration to date came earlier this week, when at the end of a sweep at the hands of the division-rival Cleveland Indians, pitcher Reynaldo Lopez said he and his teammates “looked like clowns.”

“It’s unacceptable for us to look the way we looked today,” Lopez told reporters, including MLB.com’s Scott Merkin, through a translator after Wednesday’s 12-0 loss in Cleveland. “Nobody is happy about the way we looked today. Honestly, we looked like clowns there, starting with me. But I know we can do better. It’s a matter of us to keep grinding, improving and working hard.”

Calling the people you work with “clowns” might cause some problems in the average workplace. But the leader of this team, manager Rick Renteria, was fine with what Lopez said and complimented him for making the comments, not a dissimilar reaction to the one he had after veteran pitcher James Shields said he didn’t care about the rebuild and wanted to win now earlier this season.

“Good for him,” Renteria said of Lopez on Friday. “I think he was just speaking what everybody was probably sensing. I think nobody was hiding it. I think the players knew it. I think we addressed it a little bit. You know, when the pitcher comes out — I mean, he took accountability for himself, that’s one of the things we were talking about, that’s a good thing.

“I think when these guys express themselves to each other and make it known that we expect certain things and we’re not doing those things and we want to get back to what we’ve always preached.

“I think they’re all accountable. They look in the mirror. They understand, I believe, that he was speaking from a place of trying to get us back to understanding that there’s a level of play that you expect, there’s a level of focus and concentration that you’re looking to have, and it’s the only way you have a chance in order to compete.

“I mean, you’re playing against some of the best teams in the game of baseball. You need to have that focus and concentration in order to give yourself a chance. He just made it known.”

As Renteria kept saying, Lopez was just as hard on himself, and he had a right to be. He allowed five runs on six hits and four walks in just 4.1 innings. Surely he’d be happy to avoid the Indians again this season: In two starts against them, he’s allowed 11 earned runs on 14 hits over seven innings.

But he wasn’t alone in Wednesday’s ugliness. The offense mustered only two hits in the shutout, Yoan Moncada committed another fielding error, and the bullpen allowed seven more runs, six of them charged to Bruce Rondon.

Similar vocalizations of this team’s frustrations have come from the likes of Hahn, Renteria and Shields. But now it’s coming from one of the young players who are the reason for this organization’s bright future. Lopez has pitched as well as any White Sox pitcher this season, and he figures to be in the mix for a spot in the team’s rotation of the future.

“I think it speaks volumes for him,” Renteria said. “You can’t be scared to voice what you believe is, in your opinion, something that you’re viewing, especially (about) yourself. And then you can direct it, if you need to, to the rest of the club. And I think he did a nice job. I thought he did it very respectfully, to be honest.”

The level of talent on this roster obviously isn’t what the White Sox hope it will be in the coming years, and because of the development happening in the minor leagues, many of the big league team’s current players aren’t expected to be around when things transition from rebuilding to contending.

But the attitude and identity that made “Ricky’s boys don’t quit” a rallying cry is still expected to be on display every day. It’s hard to find that kind of thing in a 12-0 loss.

Of course these players don’t want to lose, and Lopez’s comments are a way of saying that. Hence why the manager of the supposed no-quit boys was happy to hear them.