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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.

Blackhawks remove interim tag and name Derek King head coach of Rockford IceHogs

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Rockford IceHogs

Blackhawks remove interim tag and name Derek King head coach of Rockford IceHogs

One day after mutually parting ways with assistant coach Don Granato, the Blackhawks announced Thursday that they have removed the interim label from Derek King's title and named him the head coach of the AHL's Rockford IceHogs. Anders Sorensen also received a multi-year extension to remain on the staff as an assistant.

While King may have been a worthy candidate for the vacant assistant coaching position on Jeremy Colliton's staff in Chicago, the Blackhawks like the continuity this gives them within the organization. King is familiar with Colliton's philosophy and has a strong rapport with his players.

After Colliton was promoted to head coach of the Blackhawks on Nov. 6, 2018, King moved into his role on an interim basis while the organization got their house in order. Sheldon Brookbank was later added to Colliton's coaching staff with the Blackhawks, which led to Sorensen — who had previously worked as a development coach for the last five years — stepping in for Brookbank. 

King, 52, guided the IceHogs to a 29-28-3-4 record and fell short of the Calder Cup Playoffs after reaching the Western Conference Final a year ago. He joined the organization in July of 2016.

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No extra ’19 draft pressure on Bears GM Ryan Pace? Don’t believe it.

No extra ’19 draft pressure on Bears GM Ryan Pace? Don’t believe it.

There is never – well, pretty much never – a time without at least some modicum of personal pressure in the NFL, whether it’s to win, develop, save money, whatever.

But some times are more pressurized than others or involve different pressures. So it is for Bears GM Ryan Pace.

Because one of the realities of sport, or lots of other endeavors for that matter, is that it is so often more difficult to stay at the top than to reach it a first time. Complacency can set in after success; opponents and other forces can chip away at what worked on the way up. Worst (or best) of all, expectations rise.

It is arguably much easier to go from three wins to six than to go from, say, 12 to 13.

When Pace was hired to replace Phil Emery, there were the obvious pressures: first-time GM, need to overhaul turn around a roster and culture, all that stuff. But expectations weren’t outlandish; short of abject collapse or some aberrant new level of dysfunction, the true expectations were not to reach the playoffs in 2015, for instance.

And every indication was that Pace was going to get a second coaching hire anyway if bridge-hire John Fox didn’t work out. Pace got an extension with the same win-loss record that got Fox fired.

The pressure then ratcheted up several notches with Pace investing the draft capital he did in Mitchell Trubisky, then hiring his own head coach in Matt Nagy. A consultant and senior management weren’t directing things in either of those cases. Those are on him.

So then Pace’s coach and quarterback went and won 12 games and were within a kicking malfunction of winning a playoff game. Accordingly, with all that, they sent the franchise into a draft (Pace’s first) without top-10 picks in early draft rounds. Pace has not gone into a draft holding fewer than two selections in the top 45 (2017).

This year, with the added expectations from a 12-4 season, Pace starts with none in the first 86.

Pace said this week that the pressure feels the same to him, and it probably does; no one puts more pressure on Pace than he does on himself.

But the expectations are there, or more accurately, the overall need is there, definitely there. After the better part of a decade without any, the Bears have some organizational momentum now and losing that invites dark thoughts.

“I feel like I feel like with fewer picks and with later picks, the onus is on us as scouts to hit on these picks, and to keep this momentum that we’ve got,” Pace said. “I feel like we have this momentum. To keep this momentum going…we need to nail this draft.”

But what if they don’t?

There are no unimportant drafts, or seasons, for that matter. But in the what-have-you-done-for-me-lately world that is the NFL, getting it right does matter. A lot.

The Oakland Raiders went 12-4 in 2016 largely on the fruits of GM Reggie McKenzie draftees Derek Carr, Amari Cooper and Khalil Mack. McKenzie was Pro Football Writers of America’s NFL executive of the year and had a contract extension. (Pace received both of those in a 14-month span.)

The Raiders fell off to 6-10 in 2017, fired coach Jack Del Rio and hired Jon Gruden, who traded away Cooper and Mack, and had McKenzie fired a week after the Raiders were the first AFC team mathematically eliminated from the 2018 playoffs.

Much closer to home, the Bears went to the NFC Championship game in 2010 with a team built by then-GM Jerry Angelo. They again stood atop the NFC North at 7-3 in 2011, at which point Jay Cutler broke his thumb and the Bears lost five of their final six.
Angelo was fired two days after the final ’11 game – a win at Minnesota, the last one of those before finishing 2018 with a victory up there.

Emery was fired after three seasons of decline from 10 to 8 to 5 wins from 2012-14.

Pace is in less than zero danger. Indeed, if the Fox hiring process vs. that of Nagy’s taught Bears management anything, it would start with the presumption that, left to his own devices, Pace is better at picking head coaches than a lot of other people around Halas Hall.

And the fact that 10 of the 12 Bears Pro Bowl’ers or alternates were Pace draft picks or trade/free agent acquisitions suggests that he has improved exponentially from first-draft selections of Kevin White and Hroniss Grasu.

Now all he has to do is do it again. And then again. And then….

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