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On The Farm: I-Cubs Clinging To Lead Down The Stretch

On The Farm: I-Cubs Clinging To Lead Down The Stretch

Wednesday Sept. 1, 2010
Posted: 7:50 a.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski
CSNChicago.com
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The Cubs split a pair of games with Albuquerque, losing the opener, 11-10, before rallying to win the nightcap, 8-6, at Isotopes Park. The split pushed their lead to a game over Memphis in the PCL American North Division with six games remaining. Memphis and Iowa will conclude the regular season with a four-game series at Principal Park.

Iowa scored four sixth-inning runs in the second game to overcome the Isotopes. Ivan DeJesus Jr. was moved from second to short to start the inning for Albuquerque but it was his critical one-out error that opened the inning up for the Cubs. James Adduci, Marques Smith and Jason Dubois each had RBI singles in the frame. Smith had a pair of homers and four RBIs in the second game.

Hung-Wen Chen allowed five runs in five innings to pick up the victory.

Jeff Samardzija allowed 11 runs in five innings and took the loss in the opener.
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The Chiefs scored five ninth-inning runs and then added the winner in the 10th to top Clinton, 10-9, at OBrien Field. The victory leaves the Chiefs 2 games back of Kane County for the Wild Card in the Midwest League with six games remaining.

Jason Bours RBI single in the 10th was the game-winner. He finished with four hits, including his 30th double of the season. He became the 29th player in franchise to hit 30 doubles and now leads the club with 38 multi-hit games.

Hak-Ju lee had a two-run single in the ninth as did Nelson Perez, whose two-out hit tied the score at 9-9. Corey Martin earned the victory after Frank Bastista started and allowed seven runs in 4 13 innings. He gave up eight hits, four of which were homers.

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

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 31st homer in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 31st homer in 1998

It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

Sosa's 18th homer of June and 31st of the season came off the Tigers in the Cubs' brief 2-game Interleague series in Detroit. 

Sosa connected in the first inning off Tigers starter Seth Greisinger, going back-to-back with Mickey Morandini. 

The Cubs wound up getting out to a 5-0 start in the game but still lost 7-6 on a Gabe Alvarez single in the bottom of the 11th.

The aforementioned Morandini homer was only the 3rd of the season for the Cubs second baseman. He finished with 8 homers on the year and 224 total bases on 172 hits in what was a very good offensive season. Yet it paled in comparison to Sosa, who had nearly 200 more total bases (416) and a slugging percentage nearly 200 points above Morandini's (.647 to .471), a testament to how truly incredible Sosa's season was.

Fun fact: Tony Clark was the Tigers' cleanup hitter that day. Clark is now the head of the MLB Players Union.

Fun fact No. 2: Paul Bako was the Detroit catcher in the game. He later became the Cubs backup catcher in 2003 and 2004, when he posted a .611 OPS in 119 games over the two years.

Mitch Trubisky jersey sales trending in right direction

Mitch Trubisky jersey sales trending in right direction

Positive press about the Chicago Bears' offseason is having a strong impact on the jersey sales for the team's highest-profile player, Mitch Trubisky.

According to Dick's Sporting Goods, Trubisky's No. 10 is the fifth-most popular jersey among offensive players over the last 30 days. He's No. 6 among all players, regardless of position.

The Bears' offseason has been full of superlatives since their aggressive approach to free agency. The signings of Allen Robinson, Trey Burton and Taylor Gabriel put the spotlight on Trubisky and the potentially surging passing game. The second-round selection of Anthony Miller and word of Kevin White's offseason emergence has turned positive momentum into higher-than-anticipated expectations for Trubisky this season.

For Chicago to have any chance at meeting those expectations, Trubisky, who's entering his first full season as a starter with a new head coach and offensive system, has to thrive. Fans must be confident that he will, considering the investment they're making in his jersey.

Trubisky ended his rookie season with four wins in 12 starts, throwing for 2,193 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. He completed 59.4 percent of his passes. He should have a much more productive season in 2018 with his new arsenal of skill players and an innovative coaching staff, led by coach Matt Nagy and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich.