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On The Farm: Charlotte takes a pair from Toledo

On The Farm: Charlotte takes a pair from Toledo

Friday, Aug. 6, 2010
11:15 PMBy Kevin Czerwinski
CSNChicago.com

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Charlotte (AAA)
The Knights swept a pair of games from Toledo on Friday, winning the completion of Thursdays rain-suspended game, 5-4, before taking the nightcap, 6-1, at Knights Stadium.

Charlotte rallied from a 4-0 deficit in the opener, scoring two in the eighth inning and then plating the game-winner in the ninth on an Alejandro De Aza sacrifice fly. Jordan Danks hit a pair of solo homers for the Knights, allowing Clevelan Santeliz to earn his first victory of the year.

Danks had two more hits in the nightcap but it was Luis Rodriguez who drove in a pair of runs. Matt Zaleski earned the win after allowing a run in five innings.

Birmingham (AA)
The Barons, powered by a five-run seventh inning, squeaked by Jacksonville on Friday, 8-7.

Sal Sanchezs two-run single was the capper to the big inning. Jim Gallagher had a solo homer in the fourth inning after Christian Marreros two-run homer gave Birmingham a first-inning lead. Despite giving up three runs in 1 23 innings, Henry Mabee picked up the victory.

In other action, Kannapolis and Hagerstown were rained out on Friday and will make up the game Sunday afternoon in a doubleheader at Fieldcrest Canon Stadium beginning at 1:30 p.m. Bristol split a pair with Johnson City, taking the opener, 2-1, before dropping the nightcap, 11-3, at Boyce Cox Field. John Spatola had a homer and two RBIs in the opener while Dan Black duplicated the feat in the nightcap. Winston-Salem also split a twinbill on Friday, losing the opener to Frederick, 6-2, before taking the second game, 10-1, at BB&T Ballpark. Jon Gilmore went 3-for-4 with three RBIs in the second game. SS Greg Paiml joined the team from Birmingham. To make room on the roster, outfielder Jordan Cheatham was sent to Kannapolis. The Dash announced that the White Sox will play an exhibition game at BB&T Ballpark on March 30th, 2011.

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Iowa (AAA)
The I-Cubs slammed five home runs on Friday night to defeat Tacoma, 11-6, before a season-high crowd of 13,206 at Principal Park.

Marquez Smith paced the barrage with a pair of homers and three RBIs. Brad Snyder, Micah Hoffpauir and Bryan LaHair also went deep. Snyder had three hits and his solo homer gave him a career-high 83 RBIs. Hoffpauir had two hits, including the homer, and two RBIs, extending his hitting streak to season-high 15 games.

Jay Jackson (9-6) earned the victory after allowing five runs in 6 23 innings.
In other action, Daytona topped Jupiter, 3-2, at Roger Dean Stadium to snap a four-game losing streak. Rebel Ridling had three hits, including a homer, and two RBIs. Trey McNutt tossed six shutout innings to improve to 3-0 in the Florida State League. Tony Campana had a pair of hits and three RBIs to lead Tennessee to a 6-1 victory at Montgomery. Jae-Hoon Has three-run homer in the sixth inning lifted Peoria to a 3-1 victory over Wisconsin. Nick Struck allowed a run in 5 23 innings to pick up his seventh win.

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

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 37th homer in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 37th homer in 1998

It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

Sosa's 37th homer of the 1998 season was a big one, an opposite field blast off the front row of fans in right field and into the basket at Wrigley Field.

The eighth-inning 3-run shot gave the Cubs some insurance in a game they ultimately won 9-5 and the Wrigley faithful responded by throwing a bunch of trash on the field.

Earlier in the contest, Sosa tied the game with an RBI single in the fifth inning. He finished with 4 RBI, giving him 93 on the season with more than 2 months left to play.

Fun fact: Vladimir Guerrero was the Expos' No. 3 hitter for this game an dhe also hit a homer (his 20th). Now, Guerrero's son is nearing his MLB debut as a top prospect in the Toronto Blue Jays system.

Fun fact No. 2: Mark Grudzielanek - who later played for the Cubs in 2003-04 - was Montreal's No. 5 hitter for the game at Wrigley. He was traded 10 days later from the Expos to the Los Angeles Dodgers for another fellow Cub - Ted Lilly.

Cubs are reported to be 'deeply involved' in trade talks for Zach Britton

Cubs are reported to be 'deeply involved' in trade talks for Zach Britton

The Cubs and Orioles reliever Zach Britton are once again being linked to each other, according to Patrick Mooney of the Athletic

Despite the front office denying any big moves coming before the July 31st deadline, but the Cubs' interest in Britton from last year makes this one with the Orioles stick a bit more. And when taking a look at Britton's fit on the club, a deal involving the lefty-reliever makes too much sense not to be true. 

And according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the Orioles are trying to wrap up the trade in the next few days. 

The Cubs did add reliever Jesse Chavez earlier this week, but Chavez profiles more as a swingman and less of the late-inning arm Britton has been over his eight-year career. Due to injuries, Zach Britton isn't the guy who teams saw dominant in '15 &'16 when he saved a combined 134 games for the Orioles. 

However, his 2018 numbers are encouraging for a guy coming off a ruptured Achilles tendon with a 3.68 ERA with 13 strikeouts in 14.2 IP. And when you factor in the pedigree the Cubs would be adding to the back end of the bullpen on top of his expiring deal at the end of 2018, it would make the Cubs bullpen lethal in the postseason. 

There will be other suitors for Britton who could likely offer more in terms of prospects in return, but if the Cubs are serious about adding someone like Britton, they could always dip into their MLB roster and part with a Victor Caratini-type player. Infielder David Bote has also impressed with his surprise season, showing he can contribute in multiple roles. 

But the Cubs would be solving essentially two issues with one guy in Britton, with his ability to close and experience in late-inning situations while also replacing Mike Montgomery in the bullpen, who may be staying in the rotation longer than expected. He's also an upgrade over Brian Duensing, who has been ineffective this season, and Randy Rosario who seems more like smoke and mirrors and has never pitched in the postseason. 

Jed Hoyer did say earlier this week the Cubs will be adding depth before the trade deadline, but the asking price for arguably the best available reliever remaining on the market could end up being too rich for the Cubs to stomach. But it clearly won't stop them from at least weighing all options.