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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

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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.

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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.

Kris Bryant is ready for fatherhood '[I was] put on this earth to be a dad'

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Kris Bryant is ready for fatherhood '[I was] put on this earth to be a dad'

Suffice to say Kris Bryant is budding with anticipation for becoming a father.

Bryant and his wife, Jessica, are expecting their first child — a baby boy due in April. During Friday night’s Cubs-Padres broadcast, the third baseman shared his excitement for fatherhood with reporter Taylor McGregor

“I think this is really what I’ve been put on this Earth to do, is be a dad,” Bryant said, laughing. “Obviously I play baseball pretty good, but I’m just so excited [for] this new journey with my wife and my family. Honestly, I think this is going to be one of the best years of my life.”

Bryant’s son is due shortly after Opening Day, but the Cubs will play two spring training games in Las Vegas — Bryant’s hometown — on March 7-8. He told McGregor one of Jessica’s last doctor’s appointments is around the same time, so Bryant will get one last visit in before Baby Bryant is born.

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How Dusty Baker inspired former Cub Adam Greenberg after scary head injury

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How Dusty Baker inspired former Cub Adam Greenberg after scary head injury

Adam Greenberg’s baseball career was cut short by a scary head injury 15 years ago. But with the help of Dusty Baker, he found the motivation to transition to his post-baseball life.

Greenberg made his MLB debut with the Cubs on July 9, 2005, and Baker called upon the then 24-year-old to pinch-hit in the ninth inning against the Marlins. On the first pitch Greenberg saw in the big leagues, Marlins reliever Valerio De Los Santos hit him in the back of the head with a 92-mph fastball.

Greenberg was concussed from the incident, suffered from vertigo and vision problems, and battled depression. The Cubs released him in 2006 and he caught on with the Royals and later the Dodgers in 2007 — which is when Baker reappears in the story. From MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart:

A couple of years following the incident, in 2007, Baker got a letter from a fan requesting a baseball card be signed. In the letter, the person told Baker that Greenberg had been released by the Royals and his baseball career was in jeopardy. Baker tracked down Greenberg and left him the voice mail that served as his motivation for a post-baseball life.

“It was so genuine and from the heart,” Greenberg said. “It put me in tears the first time, but it was the motivation and inspiration I needed to get up and keep going. And since then, he’s been somebody that’s been near and dear to me."

It's unfortunate Greenberg couldn’t experience a long big-league career, but Baker inspired him and helped him move forward post-baseball. According to McTaggart, Greenberg started a nutrition company and sold it 10 years later. He also ran for state senate in Connecticut in 2019 and is currently a baseball analyst for the ACC Network.

Greenberg’s career effectively ended moments after it began, but 2005 wasn’t the last time he stepped in a big-league batters’ box. In 2012, fans started an online petition to get him one last at-bat — and his career came full circle. The Marlins signed him to a one-day contract on Oct. 2, 2012, and he pinch-hit that same day against the Mets.

Greenberg struck out on three pitches, but Baker’s voicemail left a mark on his life. Seeing him enjoy success outside of baseball is as heartwarming as it gets.