Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010
Posted: 8:30 a.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski
The I-Cubs began their critical eight-game West Coast road trip in brilliant fashion Friday night with a 5-0 victory over Fresno at Chukchansi Park. The win, over the Pacific South leading Grizzlies, allowed Iowa to maintain its 2.5-game lead over Omaha in the American North Division.
Iowa has three more games at Fresno before playing four games at second-place Sacramento next week.
Austin Bibens-Dirkx put on yet another show in what has become a common occurrence by Chicago pitching prospects in recent weeks. Bibens-Dirkx scattered three hits over seven innings in winning his third consecutive start. He improved to 5-0 overall since joining Iowa at the beginning of July and has fashioned a 1.97 ERA in 32 innings.
The right-hander also withstood a 41-minute delay in the fourth inning when a pipe burst and water began flooding the warning track in the left-field corner. Play was eventually resumed and Bibens-Dirkx proved to be dominant.
He would get all the help he would need in the second inning when Bobby Scales connected for a two-run homer. Micah Hoffpauir returned to the I-Cubs from Chicago and went 2-for-4 with three runs scored, extending his hitting streak to 19 games. Hes batting .418 33-for-79 during the streak with eight homers and 24 RBIs. Hoffpauir is also two games shy of equaling the longest hitting streak in the PCL this season. Catcher Robinson Chirinos made his Iowa debut after moving up from Tennessee this week and went 2-for-4.
In other action, the AZL Cubs dropped a 5-3 decision to the AZL Mariners despite banging out 13 hits. Dustin Geiger was 3-for-3. Boise dropped a 4-1 decision to Tri-City at Memorial Stadium. In White Sox action, Great Falls was blanked at Billings, 3-0. Mike Blanke had a pair of hits, pushing his average to .344, seventh best in the Pioneer League.
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When Chris Sale was with the White Sox, fans dreamed of seeing him headline a postseason playoff rotation.
That never materialized in his time with the White Sox, but Sale is headlining a World Series rotation for the Red Sox. The 29-year-old pitched Game 1 for the Red Sox against the Dodgers on Tuesday.
Sale didn't last long, making it into the fifth and getting pulled before recording an out. In those 4+ innings, Sale gave up three runs while striking out seven.
One of the key plays of the game featured Manny Machado getting an RBI single against Sale in the third inning to tie the game at 2-2. Machado later had an RBI groundout to again tie the game in the fifth before Boston regained the lead in the bottom half of that inning.
Was that a meeting of the White Sox past (Sale) against the White Sox future (Machado)? Machado will be a highly sought after free agent this winter and the White Sox have been connected to the former Orioles infielder since last offseason.
Game 1 featured a stellar pitching matchup of Sale against Clayton Kershaw, but it didn't materialize as it looked on paper. Sale labored while Kershaw gave up five runs in 4+ innings.
This postseason hasn't been a standout one for Sale. The lefty has a 4.40 ERA in 16 1/3 innings over four appearances (three starts and a relief appearance).
The longer Chris Sale is with the Red Sox, the less this will feel relevant to the White Sox, but it is still something to see the longtime White Sox ace on the mound starting a World Series opener.
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