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On The Farm: Charlotte Literally Walks Off With A Win

On The Farm: Charlotte Literally Walks Off With A Win

Friday, Aug. 20, 2010
Posted: 12:05 a.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski
CSNChicago.com
WHITE SOXCharlotte AAA
Charlotte snapped its five-game losing streak Thursday night at Knights Stadium, topping Gwinnett, 4-3, with a pair of ninth-inning runs.

The Knights were down to their last out when Braves closer Craig Kimbrell fanned Rob Hudson for the final out. He reached first, however, on a dropped third strike. Alejandro De Aza then drew a walk to tie the game before Buck Coats worked out a game-winning walk in a 10-pitch at-bat.

Randy Williams earned the victory after throwing a scoreless ninth inning. He was one of four relievers who kept the Braves off the board after Brandon Hynick allowed three runs in five innings.
Birmingham AA
Christian Marreros RBI single in the eighth inning lifted the Barons to a 4-3 victory over Huntsville Thursday night.

Marrero had two hits and two RBIs but the latter of the two put Greg Infante in position to win his second game. Anthony Carter pitched a scoreless ninth for his 20th save.
In other action, Bristol at Bluefield was postponed because of weather, Hickorys game at Kannapolis was postponed because of weather and Winston-Salems twinbill with Salem was post-poned because the field was deemed unplayable as a result of rain. Orem scored twice in the bottom of the ninth and defeated Great Falls, 8-7. Nelson Curry not only blew the save but took the loss after allowing both runs. Mike Blanke had a hit and an RBI for the Voyagers.
CUBSIowa AAA
Matt Camps two-run double capped a ninth-inning rally Thursday night as Iowa squeaked by Sacramento, 7-5, at Raley Field.

Robinson Chirinos negotiated a two-out walk and then went to third as Marquez Smith reached on an error. Camp then doubled them home off Justin James to break a 5-5 tie. Camp finished with four RBIs. Brian Schlitter earned the victory after tossing two no-hit innings. He also extended his scoreless inning streak to six over his last four appearances.
Tennessee AA
Russ Canzler brought home Tony Thomas in the bottom of the 10th on a fielders choice Thursday night to lift Tennessee past Mississippi, 5-4, at Smokies Park.

The Braves held a 4-0 lead before the Smokies rallied for four runs in the sixth. Matt Spencers two-run homer capped the outburst and set the stage for the 10th inning action. Brandon Guyer saw his hitting streak come to an end at 18 games.

Kyle Smit, whom the Cubs picked up from the Dodgers at the trading deadline, improved to 3-0 with Tennessee by pitching three hitless innings. TyRelle Harris, whom Chicago acquired earlier in the week from the Braves, pitched two scoreless innings in his Cub debut.

In other action, Peoria saw its four-game winning streak fall by the wayside as Burlington earned a 7-2 victory at OBrien Field. Justin Bour had three hits and an RBI, snapping a 28 at-bat streak without driving in a run. Despite a big effort on the mound from Brooks Raley, Daytona dropped a 3-1 decision at Dunedin, dropping the Cubs two games behind Tampa in the Florida State Leagues North Division. Raley allowed four hits over 5 13 scoreless innings and left with a 1-0 lead before the pen allowed three seventh-inning runs. Mark Reed had a pair of hits for the Cubs. Pin-Chieh Chen had two hits and two RBIs to lead the AZL Cubs to a 6-3 victory over the Athletics. Alvaro Sosa tossed 3 13 scoreless, no-hit innings to pick up the win.

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

Why Cubs might not lose again and other musings in strange, short season

Why Cubs might not lose again and other musings in strange, short season

As if things weren’t already going well enough for the Cubs during this strange, short season of baseball in a pandemic, now the baseball gods are dropping gifts into their laps.

The Cardinals’ lengthy shutdown because of a coronavirus outbreak has the Cubs’ arch rivals restarting their season Saturday in Chicago with a patched-up roster and eight games over the next five days, including five games against the Cubs.

And although that means the relative hardship of two doubleheaders for the Cubs in three days, all five of those games Monday through Wednesday are against a decimated Cards roster that won’t have the front end of its rotation for any of the games.

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They catch the Cardinals at their weakest point of the early season a week after catching an otherwise formidable Cleveland team at a moment of clubhouse crisis involving protocol perps Zach Plesac and Mike Clevinger.

That one resulted in a two-game sweep by a combined score of 14-3.

This one already has resulted in all 10 games against the Cardinals now being scheduled for Wrigley Field.

Combine that with the three road games against the White Sox next month, and it means that the team with baseball’s best record on the field, the perfect record in player COVID-19 testing and no significant injuries to key players so far will play 60 percent of its games within its Chicago bubble if the Cubs and MLB pull off the full 60-game season.

If the Cubs were positioned any better to make the playoffs, they’d already be there.

“You can look at it that way if you want,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “We’re just doing our thing.”

No other way to look at it from here. Have you seen the rest of the schedule?

The Cubs have 43 games left, including 29 within a National League Central Division that doesn’t include another .500 team three weeks into a nine-week season. Nine more games are against the Tigers and White Sox.

The best team on the schedule is the Twins, and all three of those games are at home and not until the second-to-last weekend of the season.

With all due respect to Ross and his fear of “bad juju,” the Cubs can’t lose.

“It’s still early on,” the manager said.

Nothing’s early in a 60-game season. And the Cubs already have matched the hot starts of their 2016 and 1908 World Series champions.

“We’ve still got a long ways to go in the season,” Ross said.

The Cubs did have to scratch Tyler Chatwood from his scheduled start Friday night because of back tightness. And Kris Bryant has missed the last two games because of a sore finger after rolling his wrist trying to make a diving catch in left field in Cleveland Wednesday.

But Alec Mills looked good in short-notice replacement duty Friday until a rough four-pitch (and three-run) sequence in the sixth. And Chatwood might be ready for one of Monday’s games — or possibly one of Wednesday’s.

“Things falling in our favor?” Ross said. “We’re playing good baseball, and that should be the focus for me and not the other stuff.”

Granted, they still have to play the games. Granted, Bryant wasn’t available off the bench with the bases loaded in the eighth Friday, and Josh Phegley struck out instead.

And, yes, they actually lost a game to the Brewers Friday night.

But if you still don’t believe the baseball gods are stirring the Cubs’ pot so far this season, you weren’t paying attention in the ninth inning when Craig Kimbrel struck out Avisail Garcia swinging at a 98-mph fastball to start the scoreless inning and Manny Piña swinging at a 96-mph fastball to end it.

What closer problem? Bring on the Cardinals, right?

These guys might not lose another game.

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Cubs' Colin Rea to start on Saturday, Tyler Chatwood possibly Monday

Cubs' Colin Rea to start on Saturday, Tyler Chatwood possibly Monday

The Cubs plan to start swingman Colin Rea on Saturday against the Brewers, manager David Ross said after Friday's game.

Alec Mills was originally slated to pitch Saturday but was bumped up to Friday because Tyler Chatwood was scratched with mid-back tightness. The Cubs will evaluate Chatwood to see if he's an option to pitch on Monday, when they're scheduled to play a doubleheader against the Cardinals.

Rea, 30, has made two appearances this season, allowing no runs and one hit while striking out three in three innings. He was named the 2019 Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year, sporting a 3.95 ERA in 26 starts.

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Rea's last big league start was July 30, 2016 with the Marlins. He allowed one hit in 3 1/3 scoreless innings, striking out four with no walks.

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