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On The Farm: Charlotte wins a tight one

On The Farm: Charlotte wins a tight one

Monday, Aug. 2, 2010
11:30 PM
By Kevin Czerwinski
CSNChicago.com

WHITE SOX
Charlotte (AAA)
Robert Hudsons leadoff homer to left in the eight inning propelled Charlotte to a 2-1 victory over Rochester Monday night at Knights Stadium.

The Red Wings had taken a 1-0 lead in the sixth before Charlotte tied it in the bottom of the inning on a Luis Rodriguez homer. It was his 14th homer and second in as many days and his ninth since July 16.

Brandon Hynick started and had a nice bounce-back effort, allowing a run in six innings. He had allowed 19 runs in his first 23 Triple-A innings. Hynick didnt get the decision, though, that went to Jon Adkins, who pitched two scoreless innings.

Winston-Salem (A)
Jon Gilmore continued his tear through the Carolina League Monday night as Winston-Salem rebounded from a bad weekend against Myrtle Beach with an 8-3 victory over Wilmington.

Gilmore had a pair of doubles with two RBIs and is hitting .400 (16-for-40) over his last 10 games, raising his average to .336. Seth Loman added a homer and two RBIs to make a winner of Nate Jones (8-4). He picked up his first victory since July 4 after allowing three runs in six innings.

Kannapolis (A)
The second through sixth hitters each collected a pair of hits for Kannapolis on Monday night in what turned out to be a 7-4 victory over Greensboro at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium.

Nick Ciolli did the most damage with his two hits, connecting for a homer and driving in four. Tyler Saladino (three runs), Ian Gac, Brady Shoemaker and Kyle Colligan also had two hits apiece.

Cameron Bayne picked up his second consecutive victory after allowing two runs in seven innings.

In other action, Bristol managed only two hits and dropped a 1-0 decision to Burlington. Jordan Keegan got both the hits, extending his hitting streak to seven games. Brandon Tripp scored on a Henry Mabee wild pitch in the 10th inning, giving Jacksonville a 5-4 victory over Birmingham. Sal Sanchez had two hits, including a homer, and three RBIs.

CUBS

Daytona (A)
The Cubs saw their winning streak reach 14 games Monday evening when they topped Bradenton in the opener of a doubleheader, 2-1. The streak came to an end, however, when Dayton dropped the nightcap, 4-3, at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Daytona managed only two hits in the opener but pushed across the winning run in the eight when Smailey Borges scored on a wild pitch. DJ Lemahieu and Mark Reed had the hits while Alex Maestri picked up the win after pitching three scoreless innings.

Chris Siegfired took the loss in the nightcap, allowing three runs on five hits in two innings. LeMahieu added two more hits and a pair of RBIs. LHP Chris Rusin was promoted to Tennessee while RHP Oswaldo Martinez was sent down from Tennessee. RHP Robert Whitenack was promoted from Peoria and player coach Matt Matulia was deactivated.

Iowa (AAA)
Austin Bibens-Dirkx overcame a shaky start on Monday to help lead the I-Cubs past Oklahoma City, 5-3, at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark.

Bibens-Dirkx (3-0) allowed three first-inning runs before settling in. He would last five innings, striking out four before a trio of relievers took care of Oklahoma City. Welington Castillo and Jason Dubois each homered for the I-Cubs.
In other action, Peoria dropped a 7-5 decision at Beloit. Brett Wallach made his Chicago debut and allowed five runs on seven hits in 4 13 innings to take the loss. Matt Cerda had a pair of hits and two RBIs while Matt Szczur had a hit in what could have been his final game for the Cubs. Outfielder Franscisco Guzman was placed on the disabled list. The AZL Reds scored three times in the 12th inning and bested the Cubs, 6-4. Ryan Hartman started and tossed two scoreless innings. He has yet to yield an earned run in six innings this year. ... Craig Albernaz's RBI single in the 10th inning gave Montgomery a 4-3 victory over Tennessee. Matt Spencer had four hits for the Smokies.

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

Why Mitch Trubisky's biggest weakness won't preclude him from success in 2018

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Why Mitch Trubisky's biggest weakness won't preclude him from success in 2018

As the Bears set their foundation for training camp during OTAs this month, one part of that is beginning to identify each player’s strengths and weaknesses on which to build in Bourbonnais. 

Designing an offense to Mitch Trubisky’s strengths was one of the reasons why Ryan Pace hired Matt Nagy, who then hired Mark Helfrich to be his offensive coordinator. Easy is the wrong word — but it wouldn’t have made sense for the Bears to not build an offense around their second-picked quarterback. 

But as Nagy and Helfrich are installing that offense during OTAs and, next month, veteran minicamp, they’re also learning what Trubisky’s weaknesses are. And the one Helfrich pointed to, in a way, is a positive. 

“Experience,” Helfrich said. “I think it’s 100 percent experience and just reps, and that’s kind of what I was talking about was knowing why something happened. As a quarterback, he might take the perfect drop and be looking at the right guy in your progression, and that guy runs the wrong route or the left guard busts or something. The defense does something different or wrong, even. And trusting that is just a matter of putting rep on top of rep on top of rep and being confident.”

It'd be a concern if the Bears thought Trubisky lacked the necessary talent to be great, or had a lacking work ethic or bad attitude. Experience isn't something he can control, in a way. 

This isn’t anything new for Trubisky. His lack of experience at North Carolina — he only started 13 games there — was the biggest ding to his draft stock a year ago; while he started a dozen games for the Bears in 2017, the offense was simple and conservative, designed to minimize risk for Trubisky (and, to be fair, a sub-optimal group of weapons around him). 

But even if Trubisky started all 16 games in an innovative, aggressive offense last year, he’d still be experiencing plenty of things for the first time. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger made this point back in September that still resonates now with regard to Trubisky:

“I think it takes a few years until you can really get that title of understanding being great or even good, because you see so many looks,” Roethlisberger said. “In Year 2 and 3, you’re still seeing looks and can act like a rookie.”

So the challenge for Nagy and Helfrich is to build an offense that accentuates Trubisky’s strengths while managing his lack of experience. For what it’s worth, the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles succeeded in those efforts last year with Jared Goff and Carson Wentz, respectively. 

For Helfrich, though, one of Trubisky’s strengths — his leadership qualities — are already helping mitigate his need for more experience. 

“He’s still in the mode of learning and doing things out here,” Helfrich said. “We might have run one play 10 times against 10 different defenses, you know? And so his response to every one of those 10 things is brand new. And so, you see his reaction to some of those is good. Some of those things you want to improve upon and then keep your chest up and lead because we need that.”
 

Charlie Tilson plays in Detroit for first time since getting injured in his MLB debut

Charlie Tilson plays in Detroit for first time since getting injured in his MLB debut

For over two years, Charlie Tilson was starting to look like his own version of "Moonlight" Graham, the player made famous in the movie "Field of Dreams" because he played in one major league game and never got to bat.

The White Sox traded for Tilson just before the trade deadline passed in 2016. Two days later he made his big league debut with the White Sox in Detroit. He got a single in his first at-bat, but left the game with an injury and missed the rest of the season. Tilson also missed all of the 2017 season and his MLB future was starting to come into question.

Back healthy, Tilson started this season in Triple-A Charlotte and hit .248 in 39 games when he got called up to replace Leury Garcia, who was placed on the disabled list. On Thursday, Tilson returned to a big league field for the first time in more than 20 months. He went 0-for-3 in a loss to Baltimore.

Friday marked a return to the site of Tilson's big league debut and the injury that made it such a brief stint. Tilson has now played three big league games, over the course of nearly 21 months, and two of them have been in Detroit.

Tilson went 1-for-4, meaning both his hits are in Comerica Park. The White Sox lost 5-4 after giving up three runs in the bottom of the eighth.