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On The Farm: Ha Hits For Cycle; Bristol Stages Big Comeback

On The Farm: Ha Hits For Cycle; Bristol Stages Big Comeback

Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010
Posted: 9:00 p.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski
CSNChicago.com

CUBSPeoria A
Jae-Hoon Ha hit for the cycle Sunday afternoon, powering Peoria to an 8-4 victory over Kane County at Elfstrom Stadium.

Has RBI triple in the eighth inning tied the score at 4-4 before Anthony Giansanti brought home the go-ahead run with a single. Ha then added a two-run double in the 10th inning, sparking a three-run, two-out rally.

Ha hit a solo homer in the fourth inning after singling in his first at-bat in the second inning. He finished with four RBIs and three runs scored, becoming the first Chief to hit for the cycle in 11 years. Giansanti added a pair of RBIs while Justin Bour finished with three hits.

Daniel Keefe, despite allowing two runs in 1 13 innings and blowing a save, picked up the victory.
TENNESSEE AA
Chattanooga finally figured out a way to get to Chris Archer but even with battering around the Tennessee ace they couldnt come away with the victory. The Smokies rallied as Archer faltered, posting a 9-6 victory Sunday afternoon.

Archer, who had 14 victories going into the matinee affair, allowed four runs in 3 23 innings on five hits and seven walks. He had allowed only three earned runs in eight previous Southern League starts. The seven walks were a season high.

Kyle Smith blew a save opportunity but picked up a victory, his second since joining the Cubs on a deadline-day deal. He allowed a run on three hits in two innings.

The Smokies used a four-run fifth to break the game open. Blake Lalli, Matt Spencer and Nate Samson had RBI singles. Steve Clevenger added a three-run, pinch-hit double in the ninth inning.
DAYTONA A
Tampa swept a doubleheader, 5-2 and 1-0, to overtake Daytona in the Florida State Leagues North Division. The Cubs entered the day a game ahead of the Yankees and now trail by a game heading into Mondays action.

Dae-Eun Rhee 5-12 took the loss in the opener, allowing five runs on 10 hits in four innings. Daytona managed only four hits.

The Yankees scored the lone run in the second inning of the nightcap on a suicide squeeze. Chris Sigfried 2-7 took the loss.
In other action, Iowa dropped an 8-5 decision at Fresno but Micah Hoffpauir extended his hitting streak to 21 games, tying him for the longest such streak in the Pacific Coast League this season. Hoffpauir is hitting .420 37-for-88 during the streak with 10 homers, 28 RBIs and 28 runs scored. Boise bounced Everett, 8-4. Alvaro Ramirez RBI and Jesus Morelli two RBIs each had three hits.
WHITE SOXBristol Rookie
J.D. Ashbrooks three-run double highlighted a four-run ninth inning Sunday night as Bristol rallied to stun Kingsport, 5-4, at hunter Wright Stadium.

Bristol scored in the eighth inning but Kingsport answered in the bottom of the frame to take what looked like a handy 4-1 lead going into the ninth. But the Sox sandwiched three walks around a Robert Cummings RBI single to set up Ashbrook for the winning hit.

Austin Evans earned his first victory despite giving up that eighth-inning run while Kevin Rath pitched the ninth to pick up his first save.
Charlotte AAA
Lucas Harrell had his worst start of the season Sunday evening at Norfolk as the Knights went down, 9-4, at Harbor Park.

Harrell 10-10 suffered his first loss since July 20 after allowing a season-high nine runs while tying a season high by surrendering nine hits. He gave up a pair of homers and walked four, putting the game out of reach for Charlotte.

Stefan Gartrell and Brent Morel each had three hits for the Knights.

In other action, Frederick defeated Winston-Salem, 8-2, at Grove Stadium. The Keys scored six unanswered runs to snap a 2-2, fourth-inning tie. Kyle Shelton was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Josh Phegley was also 2-for-4, pushing his average to .302, the first time hes been north of .300 since April 14. Hes spent much of the season on the disabled list. Joe Serafin allowed five runs on 11 hits in six innings. Kannapolis and Savannah were postponed as were Birmingham and Mobile.

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

Why NHL All-Star Games never get old for Patrick Kane

Why NHL All-Star Games never get old for Patrick Kane

ST. LOUIS — Patrick Kane is in his 13th NHL season and he's participating in his ninth career All-Star Game this weekend, which is the most of any player that's attending. And both of those numbers will continue to go up.

But don't tell Kane that. He may be 31, but he sure doesn't feel like he's the old guy around here.

"I don’t want to be considered the Old Man," Kane said during Thursday's Media Day session. "I’m still only 31 years old. Obviously there’s a lot of young talent in the NHL and a lot of guys I like to watch playing and that I recognize are really good players, so it’s fun to meet them and talk to them and just talk about your seasons and your team and what’s going on around the league. I feel like I’m just another hockey player."

To Kane, he's just another hockey player. But to others around the league, he's more than that.

Twenty of the 44 All-Stars this season are participating in their first one and many of them have idolized Kane growing up.

Quinn Hughes, who played with Kane for Team USA at the 2019 IIHF World Championship, is one of them. Even as a defenseman, Hughes watched Kane every chance he would get as a kid.

"Yeah, thanks Quinn," Kane said with a smile. "I feel a little bit older now, so thanks."

But even though Kane is one of the older players here, he doesn't take it for granted. He attends every year because it's a good opportunity to represent the Blackhawks and the NHL, and it's also a chance to pay it forward.

“I can remember Joe Thornton being in the locker room, that was pretty cool to see him,” Kane said of who he was excited to meet at his first All-Star appearance. “I remember when I was in Ottawa, I was preparing for that little breakaway challenge ... and I had to go to the rink that morning to practice some of it and see how it’d all come together. And I remember [Pavel] Datsyuk coming to the rink as well and he got on the bike and just worked out. It was just me and him on this big bus and then whoever else we had with us.”

Each All-Star Game stands out for Kane. And now he’s looking to create more memories.

On Friday, Kane will participate in the “Shooting Stars Challenge,” where players will shoot pucks at a variety of targets from the stands. It’s the first time the NHL is incorporating this event into the competition.

On Saturday, Kane hopes to be on the winning side of the 3-on-3 All-Star Game because the Central Division has yet to win it since the format changed in 2016. 

“All of them have their own memories,” Kane said. “You look back on Montreal was my first one, Ottawa had the Superman thing, LA was the top 100, even Columbus we had like five of us there, or six of us. Each of them have their own memory. It’s one of things where, when you’re done playing, you look back and say, ‘I went to this many All-Star Games.’ That’s where my head’s at right there.”

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It's time for the Bulls to free a healthy, eager Denzel Valentine

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It's time for the Bulls to free a healthy, eager Denzel Valentine

It’s time for the Bulls to do the right thing and trade Denzel Valentine.

To be clear, this is not the scenario Valentine wanted or envisioned. He enjoys living in Chicago, where his brother, Drew, is an assistant coach for Loyola. He remains respectful of the organization that used the final lottery pick in 2016 on him and would love to represent it on the court.

But that’s the thing: Valentine isn’t playing. Like, at all. And that’s after sitting out an entire season following reconstructive ankle surgery and listening to how much his shooting ability and court vision could help the 2019-2020 Bulls.

It did — for a while.

After logging just 44 total minutes through November and even playing one game in the G League, Valentine averaged 15.5 minutes in 14 December contests. He averaged 7.6 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 0.9 steals as the Bulls went 7-7.

Plus, Valentine played with unbridled emotion and joy, and added a swagger that injected some life into a moribund season. Granted, Valentine crossed a line with his first-ever ejection after drawing two technical fouls in a home loss to the Warriors.

But Valentine did what pros are supposed to do: He stayed ready despite inactivity and produced when given the chance.

Look at him now, even. He’s on his feet often during games to cheer on teammates, engaged and enthusiastic, despite knowing whatever playing time comes his way will almost assuredly be mop-up minutes. Perhaps he let some frustration creep into his decision to sit out a Jan. 5 practice with knee soreness; only he knows his body.

But Valentine’s benching remains one of the more mysterious developments of this season. He’s fully healthy, saying recently that his surgically repaired ankle feels great.

When first questioned about Valentine not being in the rotation back on Nov. 11, coach Jim Boylen grew uncharacteristically evasive. Here’s the exchange:

Reporter: Why is [Valentine] out of the rotation?

Boylen: Because I said so.

Reporter: Is there something specific that he needs to improve?

Boylen: I think he needs some seasoning and he needs to play and he needs to grow.

Reporter: Grow in which areas?

Boylen: All areas.

Reporter: Why didn’t you play him at end of the [blowout] Rockets game?

Boylen: Because I didn’t want to.

Boylen has expressed concern to people about Valentine’s lack of explosiveness and athleticism. There likely are defensive concerns, as well. And in Boylen’s defense, he has used a 10-man rotation all season. You can’t play everybody, and somebody will always be looking in from the outside.

But for a team that has emphasized shooting the 3-pointer more consistently, ranking ninth with 35.1 attempts per game, it has always felt odd to see Valentine sit. The Bulls rank 19th at 34.8 percent from 3-point range.

This is a small thing, but making the whole situation even odder is Boylen’s association with Michigan State, where Valentine earned Player of the Year honors. Boylen actually served as an assistant coach for Denzel’s father, Carlton, during his senior season at Michigan State as Boylen began his coaching career as a graduate assistant.

Plus, Tom Izzo, whom Boylen worked with and is close to, loves Denzel Valentine.

Sources said at least one team has expressed interest in Valentine. It’s also possible the Bulls could package Valentine with Thad Young.

Bulls management actually has a history of trying to do the right thing for players as long as it doesn’t harm the future. Think: Honoring Nikola Mirotic’s request for a trade in light of Mirotic’s altercation with Bobby Portis.

It’s time to free Valentine and trade him somewhere he can play. Under Boylen, it’s clearly not here.

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