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On The Farm: Dolis Coming On Strong At Tennessee

On The Farm: Dolis Coming On Strong At Tennessee

Friday Aug. 27, 2010
Posted: 9:45 p.m.By Kevin Czerwinski
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Rafael Dolis won his second consecutive start and fourth in five outings on Friday as Tennessee upended Birmingham, 5-2, at Smokies Park.

Dolis 5-3, who is pitching as well as he has all season, scattered eight hits and allowed but runs over six innings. Esmailin Caridad and Blake Parker fourth save allowed one hit over the final three innings.

Brandon Guyer, Steve Clevenger three runs scored and Tony Thomas each had a pair of hits. Clevenger extended his hitting streak to seven games, during which he is batting .640 16-for-25.

In other action, Daytona failed to pick up ground on Tampa in the race for the Florida State Leagues North Division title Friday night. The Cubs dropped a 5-1 decision to Lakeland in 11 innings at Jackie Robinson Stadium while the Yankees were busy losing at Dunedin. Mike Perconte allowed all four 11th-inning runs. Alberto Cabrera allowed an unearned run in 6 13 innings while striking out 10. Carlos Silva pitched 2 23 scoreless innings in a rehab start for Peoria, which upended Cedar Rapids at OBrien Field. D.J. Fitzgerald had two hits, including a homer, and two RBIs.
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The Dash did all their scoring early, jumping out to a 5-0 lead after three innings before holding on for a 5-2 victory over Myrtle Beach at BB&T Ballpark.

Winston-Salem scored three runs in the second and was aided by a pair of Pelican errors. Greg Paiml sandwiched an RBI double in between the miscues while Kenny Williams added a run-scoring sacrifice fly. Kyle Sheltons two-run double was the big blow in the third but that too came about as a result of another Myrtle Beach error.

Joe Serafin allowed both runs in 5 23 innings to collect his second win.

In other action, Birmingham lost at Tennessee, 5-2. Tyler Kuhn had three hits, including a homer and an RBI. Kannapolis dropped a 5-3 decision to Lexington at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium as the Legends scored twice in the ninth to earn the victory. Jacob Petricka 0-1 allowed both runs and suffered the loss. Andre Rienzo, who started and allowed a run in five innings, has a 1.45 ERA over his last nine starts. Rangel Ravelo had two hits and four RBIs to led Bristol past Bluefield. Matthew Heidenreich 6-2 improved to 4-0 in his last five starts after allowing three runs in five innings. Norfolk downed Charlotte, 5-1, at Knights Stadium. Brent Morel was 1-for-4.

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

Tarik Cohen on Bears offense: 'Everybody's optimistic right now'

Tarik Cohen on Bears offense: 'Everybody's optimistic right now'

It's only been two games, but the Chicago Bears offense has quickly become one of the more disappointing storylines of 2019. From the questionable playcalling of Matt Nagy to Mitch Trubisky's inability to execute, the Bears have faded from an NFC favorite to a team with more questions than answers.

In order for the offense to get on track, the players have to believe in each other. According to RB Tarik Cohen, they still do.

"I feel like everybody's optimistic right now," Cohen said from Halas Hall Thursday. "We haven't put it out there on the field yet, but we all feel like we're capable of putting 30 points up."

As for the quarterback? Cohen hasn't lost any faith in Trubisky.

"I just see how he's bringing everybody along with him, just trying to stay up, keeping the offense positive, the things he tells us in the huddle to get us going. Him never giving up. That's the main thing I see."

Confidence is a very important variable when approaching any obstacle, especially in football. Cohen certainly has confidence the Bears will soon silence the chatter about the offense. And when they do, they won't look back.

"Once you start putting points on the board, it’s like, alright, we’re here now. Let’s not regress.”

Dylan Cease has one of his best White Sox starts as part of a very good rebuild day

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Dylan Cease has one of his best White Sox starts as part of a very good rebuild day

Dylan Cease’s rookie season has had plenty of growing pains, but Friday’s start against the Tigers may have been his best in the majors.

Yes, the Tigers have the worst record in baseball, but Cease will take them however he gets them at this point. The 23-year-old struck out eight while giving up one run in six innings in a 10-1 White Sox win.

Cease has now given up one run in each of his last three starts. That stat is a bit misleading, though, because he only lasted 3 1/3 innings on Sept. 8 against the Angels. In that game, Cease walked five and gave up four hits, but was able to limit the damage.

On Friday, Cease had a 1-2-3 first inning and pitched around a leadoff double in the second inning. A leadoff walk and two singles in the third inning led to the only run Cease allowed on the night.

In the final three innings Cease struck out five, didn’t allow any walks and gave up two hits. He threw first-pitch strikes to 16 of the 24 batters he faced, which is important for a pitcher who has struggled with his command this year both in Triple-A and the majors.


In four starts in September, Cease has a 3.00 ERA with 28 strikeouts, 12 walks and 16 hits allowed in 21 innings. He’s not consistently going deep into games yet and his command remains something to improve on, but that stretch is definitely something to build on for Cease.

His overall numbers (5.79 ERA, 81 strikeouts, 35 walks, 78 hits, 15 home runs in 73 innings) leave a lot to be desired, but the White Sox didn’t need (and probably didn’t expect) Cease to dominate as a rookie. This isn’t a contending White Sox team. However, the hope for next year is that the team will start to approach that status. Having Cease show signs of growth and progress late in 2019 so he can be closer to the standout pitcher they believe he can be in 2020 is important.

As 2019 winds down and thoughts of 2020 become more prominent for the White Sox front office and fan base, games like Friday are what everyone will be expecting to see on a regular basis. Cease racking up strikeouts with a quality start and the offense being led by Eloy Jimenez, Yoan Moncada and Tim Anderson. Jimenez had a grand slam and finished a double shy of a cycle, Moncada reached base three times and homered and Anderson had two more hits to take another step toward the AL batting title.


Sure, it's just the Tigers, but this game was a blueprint for what White Sox wins in the future are expected to be built around.

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