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On The Farm: Daytona Sweeps To Stay Alive In FSL Race

On The Farm: Daytona Sweeps To Stay Alive In FSL Race

Wednesday Sept. 1, 2010
Posted: 9:45 p.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski
CSNChicago.com
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The Cubs playoff chances, seeming to have faded over the past few days, were sparked once again on Wednesday as they swept a doubleheader from Clearwater while first-place Tampa was busy losing to Brevard County.

The sweep, by scores of 2-0 and 5-2 at Bright House Field, pulled Daytona to within two games of the first-place Yankees in the Florida State Leagues North Division. The Cubs have four games remaining in the regular season one more at Clearwater and a three-game series at Lakeland. The Yanks close out their series at home against the Manatees on Thursday before hosting Dunedin for three games.

Alberto Cabrera tossed a complete-game, five-hitter in the opener. He struck out six and didnt walk a batter.

The Cubs scored both their runs in the sixth. Evan Crawford scored on a DJ LeMahieu fielders choice while Junior Lake took an extra base as Clearwater second baseman Fidel Hernandez made an error on the play. The miscue proved costly because Ryan Flahertys sacrifice fly brought home Lake on the next play.

Daytona overcame a 2-1 deficit in the nightcap, scoring twice in both the fifth and sixth innings. The Cubs took a 3-2 lead when pitcher Jacob Diekman threw a ball away on a Lake grounder back to through the box. Both runners scored. Jake Opitz had an RBI triple in the sixth and then scored on a Diekman wild pitch.

Chris Siegfried went 2 13 scoreless innings for the win.
In other action, Kane County blanked visiting Peoria, 7-0, pushing the Chiefs 3 games back of the Cougars in the race for the wild-card berth in the Midwest League. The Chiefs managed only five hits. The rehabbing Carlos Silva took the loss, allowing five runs in 4 23 innings. RHP Steven Grife was added from Boise while RHP Luis Liria was sent to Boise.

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A trio of pitchers combined on a one-hitter Wednesday night as Birmingham blanked visting Carolina, 5-0.

Jake Kahaulelios fifth inning single off was the only base hit the Mudcats would get off Charlie Leesman as the Barons faced only one batter over the minimum. Leesman 5-2, who struck out five, walked Felix Perez to lead off the game and he was quickly erased on a doubleplay. Deunte Heath and Anthony Carter each pitched perfect innings after Leesmans seven-inning stint.

Cole Armstrong had a solo homer and Josh Phegley had a double and an RBI for the Barons.
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The Dash won their sixth consecutive game Wednesday, topping Lynchburg, 10-2, at BB&T Ballpark. The victory allowed Winston-Salem to maintain its one-game lead over Kinston in the Carolina Leagues Southern Division with five games remaining.

Jason Bour had a double and three RBIs to pace the Dash while Nick Ciolli had three hits and an RBI. Hes hitting .444 in four games since coming up from Kannapolis. Jon Gilmore had two hits and two RBIs while Seth Loman had a pair of doubles and an RBI.

Dylan Axelrod went seven innings, scattering eight hits and giving up both runs.
In other action, Kannapolis dropped a 1-0 decision at Delmarva. Justin Collop 9-11 pitched a complete game, striking out seven over eight innings. Durham defeated Charlotte, 4-3, at Durham Athletic Park. The Bulls scored all four runs in the eighth inning. Ryan Braun took the loss and was also charged with a blown save. Jeff Marquez started and pitched three-hit ball over six shutout innings. Dayan Viciedo had a homer and two RBIs while brent Morel had two hits and an RBI.

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

Yoan Moncada has gone from 'strikeout heaven to impactful bat heaven'

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Yoan Moncada has gone from 'strikeout heaven to impactful bat heaven'

Yoan Moncada is finishing off a breakout season and he has gotten there with a different approach at the plate.

When Moncada came up through the minors and even in his first two years in the majors, he was known for drawing plenty of walks. At every stop of the minors and in each of his first two seasons with the White Sox, Moncada walked in well north of 10 percent of his plate appearances.

This season, which is inarguably his best in the majors, he has 39 walks in 510 plate appearances. After Moncada added three hits in Sunday’s 11-10 loss to the Mariners, he is now hitting .308/363/.537 with 23 home runs, 72 RBIs and 75 runs scored.

Sunday's 3-for-5 game added to his red-hot September. Moncada is hitting .436/.492/.636 in 14 games this month. He's not the only White Sox hitter on fire this month.

Before the game, White Sox manager Rick Renteria talked about Moncada’s different approach.

“He’s going to be a 30-homer type guy,” Renteria said. “I think his on-base percentage is good. I think people look at the numbers in terms of the base-on-balls, the total numbers that are down, but he’s gone from strikeout heaven to impactful bat heaven, so to speak, and I think there’s going to be a balance in between where he’s going to continue to have those walk numbers, on-base numbers and be a pretty significant impactful player as a third baseman.”

That strikeout heaven Renteria referred to is another big difference for Moncada this year. After striking out in 32 percent of his plate appearances in 54 games with the White Sox in 2017 and whiffing a whopping 217 times last year (33.4 percent), Moncada has cut down on that number. He has 139 strikeouts this year, which is down to 27.2 percent.

So the strikeouts have gone down along with the walks. Moncada’s overall numbers are clearly better so it appears the tradeoff has been worth it.

“I think he’s taking into account more situational type things,” Renteria said. “Instead of taking that borderline pitch that they would call a strike, for example, he might be more inclined to create a productive out and drive in a run and put the ball in play.

"It’s more baseball-oriented, not just numbers wise. It’s a baseball situation in which he is now understanding a little bit more, I have a chance to impact this in a positive way. (If) I don’t swing the bat, it’s a called third strike, I’m walking into the dugout and my guys are still out  there on the bases. I got a pitch I can handle, I can still manage. Put the ball in play, score that run and we score another point, it puts us in a better position. Ultimately it’s about scoring runs.”

Renteria emphasized that he didn’t want Moncada chasing pitches as he tries to be more aggressive. However, going after borderline pitches that are hittable instead of trying to work a walk as one of the most dangerous hitters on the team isn’t always the best approach.

“If you look at his at-bats, he’s not a chaser,” Renteria said. “He doesn’t put balls in play that are a foot (outside), he doesn’t do that. There are balls that are manageable, hittable, things that he can either get a base hit out of or put in play to create a particular run. It’s more situational awareness that he’s become better at, which I think has helped him improved some of his numbers offensively.”

In other Moncada news, he got hit by a throw after stealing a base in the seventh inning .The throw bounced and hit Moncada in the side as he was sliding into second. After being in obvious pain, Moncada stayed on the bases, later came around to score and finished the game.

 

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Rizzo hurt as Cubs sweep Pirates

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Rizzo hurt as Cubs sweep Pirates

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, Luke Stuckmeyer, Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki discuss the injury to Anthony Rizzo, the Cubs offense coming alive against the Pirates and the playoff chase with 2 weeks left in the season.

01:00     How worried are you about Rizzo's injury

05:00     Wrigley's reaction to Rizzo's injury

08:00     Bryant leads the Cubs offense against the Pirates

10:00     Heyward's resurgence after moving out of leadoff spot

12:00     Nico Hoerner's looks impressive in first series at Wrigley

15:00     How do Cubs stand with 2 weeks left?

17:00     Cubs have a chance to make up ground with Cardinals playing Nationals

18:30     Brewers staying in race without Yelich

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