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On The Farm: Ciolli Drives In Seven For Kannapolis; Young Tosses Gem at Bristol

On The Farm: Ciolli Drives In Seven For Kannapolis; Young Tosses Gem at Bristol

Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010
Posted: 10:20 p.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski
CSNChicago.com

WHITE SOX Kannapolis A
Nick Ciolli drove in a career best seven RBIs on Wednesday evening as the Intimidators drubbed Lexington, 13-1, at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium.

Ciolli had three of Kannapolis 15 hits, including a fourth-inning grand slam that broke open what was still a relatively close game. He already had an RBI single in the third inning before coming to the plate in the fourth and later added a two-run single in the seventh.

I was just trying to keep fueling the fire, said Ciolli, who had a five-RBI game on July 27 against Asheville. We had a lot of rhythm going tonight and I was just trying to get everyone going, get some momentum going. I was just trying to get a couple of extra RBIs here and there.

I was just trying to go up there and get the next guy up in the fourth. I had been watching him and he came in with a fastball and followed up with a curve and I guessed curve and picked it up knee high and got it out of the park.

Daniel Wagner also had three hits and drove in a pair while John Spatola added a homer and two RBIs.

It made for an easy night for Cameron Bayne 12-9, who won his sixth consecutive start. Bayne allowed a run in 6 23 innings.

Bristol Rookie
Robert Young is beginning to pitch more like a top-10 selection in the draft that someone who was chosen in the 31st round. Yet, thats where the White Sox took him in June. But over the last two weeks Young has made the Chicago front office look very smart.

He was brilliant again on Wednesday night as Bristol defeated visiting Bluefield, 5-1. Young 3-3 earned his third consecutive victory, allowing an unearned run in six innings while scattering only four hits. The former Dartmouth star struck out a career high eight and has a 0.36 ERA in his last four starts 24 23 innings.

Qualon Millender had two hits and two RBIs.

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Lynchburg and the Dash traded shutouts Wednesday evening as the two teams split a doubleheader at Lynchburg City Stadium.

Winston-Salem took the opener, 5-0, as Dylan Axelrod went the distance, scattering seven hits and striking out eight. Axelrod 7-2 has a 0.75 ERA in his last five starts, a stretch of 36 innings.

The Dash hit four homers with Ken Williams, Seth Loman, Jason Bour and Kyle Shelton going deep.

The Hillcats returned the favor in the nightcap, scoring in the sixth inning to pick up a 1-0 victory. Brandon Kloess 1-2 took the loss.
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The Chiefs split a doubleheader with Cedar Rapids, dropping the opener, 6-3, before rallying to win the nightcap, 10-5, at OBrien Field.

Peoria scored nine first-inning runs in the second game mostly as a result of three errors committed by the Kernels. Hak-Ju Lee had a pair of hits in the inning, including a two-run single, while Justin Bour had a two-run double. Jose Guevara also had a two-run double.

Luis Liria picked up the win despite allowing four runs in three innings. Bour had two hits and two RBIs in the opener. Ryan Searle took the loss after surrendering six runs on 11 hits in 4 23 innings.

In other action, Birmingham dropped an 8-5 decision at Carolina. Dale Mollenhauer had a homer and three RBIs. RHP Jeff Sues was promoted to Birmingham from Winston-Salem prior to the game. Gwinnett downed visiting Charlotte, 9-6. Kyle McCulloch started and allowed seven runs in five innings, giving up a pair of homers in the process. Brent Morel went 3-for-5 with an RBI. Pitchers Lucas Harrell Erick Threets were recalled by Chicago prior to the game.
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Evan Crawfords sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth lifted Daytona by Clearwater, 2-1, on Wednesday at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Cubs, who have won three in a row, picked up a half game on first-place Tampa, which split two games with Brevard County.

The Cubs loaded the bases in the ninth before Crawford lofted a fly ball to right field off Jon Velasquez. Crawford scored on a wild pitch in the third inning after the Threshers had taken a 1-0 lead in the first.

Robert Whitenack started and went the first five innings. Chris Siegfried then pitched three one-hit innings before Jeff Beliveau worked a scoreless ninth for the win.
In other action, West Tenn scored a ninth-inning run and bested Tennessee, 5-4. Kyle Smit, whom the Cubs acquired from the Dodgers in July, suffered his first loss with the Smokies. LHP Jeremy Papelbon came off the disabled list prior to the game and started, allowing a run in three innings. Brett Jackson had a solo homer for the Smokies. LHP Luke Sommer 2-2, 2.23 was promoted to Iowa.

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

Akiem Hicks makes Pro Football Focus Team of the Week after strong game against Dolphins

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Akiem Hicks makes Pro Football Focus Team of the Week after strong game against Dolphins

The Bears defense was not its usual self in their overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. The pass rush was minimal and tackling looked optional, and Brock Osweiler threw for almost 400 yards.

There was plenty of blame to go around, but a few individual defenders had success while their teammates struggled.

Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks made the Pro Football Focus Team of the Week for Week 6 with a 92.2 overall grade.

He recorded seven tackles that resulted in a defensive “stop,” the most of any defensive lineman according to PFF.

Chicago’s next highest-graded player was cornerback Kyle Fuller (78.2), who intercepted Osweiler twice but also missed two tackles.

Offensively, wide receiver Taylor Gabriel led the way with a 76.9 mark. PFF credited four of his five catches coming against Dolphins cornerback Torry McTyer in coverage.

Meanwhile, outside linebacker Khalil Mack had the lowest-graded game of his career (47.8), while linebacker Danny Trevathan (29.9) and safety Adrian Amos Jr. (47.5) each had their second-worst games.

Some of the Bears’ best players were at their worst in Miami. They’re going to need to get their act together for the New England Patriots on Sunday.

2018-19 NBA Power Rankings: Opening Week edition

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2018-19 NBA Power Rankings: Opening Week edition

The theme of the 2018-19 NBA season will be: “old faces in new places”. Like a season-long game of the NBA on TNT crew’s “Who he play for?” game, this year will be about fans trying to get used to the idea of LeBron James in purple (I won’t call it ‘Forum Blue’)-and-gold, DeMarcus Cousins being on a championship-contending franchise and Kawhi Leonard being the new face of Toronto.

The Warriors are still the easy favorite to make it four NBA championships in five years, but they will be tested perhaps more than any year before in a loaded Western Conference, where even the lowliest of teams (here’s to you Phoenix and Memphis!) made solid offseason moves geared towards winning games.

Over in the now-LeBron-less East, there is hope amongst at least four-to-five teams that they could actually have a shot to win the conference. The Pacers still have budding superstar Victor Oladipo, the Sixers still have Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, and the Raptors and Bucks made head coaching changes that could lead to deep playoff runs. But with the rest of the Eastern conference being stuck between lottery contention and middle of the pack, expect the half-experienced, half-youthful Celtics to takeover as East juggernaut.

But whether or not your favorite franchise is aiming for a high draft pick or a postseason berth, there is tons to be excited in a 2018-19 NBA season that will surely be an intriguing one. Check out Week 1 of our NBA Power Rankings right here.