Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010
By Kevin Czerwinski
The I-Cubs reduced their magic number for clinching a division title to one Saturday night at Principal Park by defeating Memphis, 8-5. A victory on Sunday or in Mondays regular-season finale would give Iowa the American North Division title in the Pacific Coast League.
Iowa rallied from a 4-2 deficit by putting up three runs in both the sixth and seventh innings. Bobby Scales three-run homer put the I-Cubs ahead in the sixth before Brad Snyders two-run double highlighted the seventh-inning outburst. Snyder now has a career-best 105 RBIs while Scales hit safely in his 13th consecutive game.
Mitch Atkins started and earned the victory after four runs two earned in six innings. The pen allowed only one hit over three innings. Jeff Samardzija 11-3 will be on the mound Sunday as the I-Cubs go for the clincher.
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The wait for Otto Porter Jr. continues, and continues to lengthen.
Porter, who has been out since Nov. 9, now will be reassessed in four weeks after visiting Dr. Bob Anderson, a noted foot and ankle specialist, Monday in Green Bay, Wis. In a release, the Bulls said Anderson confirmed Porter’s bone injury in his left foot. In a new development, the team said the “healing response (is) consistent with a small fracture that has become more clearly defined with repeated imaging over the last five weeks.”
Porter will remain in his walking boot for now. And the Bulls’ depth at small forward, which also currently features Chandler Hutchison out with a bruised shoulder, will continue to be tested.
Kris Dunn will remain in a starting role until Hutchison returns. Denzel Valentine also has taken advantage of his opportunity created by these injuries.
However, Porter’s absence is significant.
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David Kaplan and Tony Andracki are in San Diego for Day 2 of the Winter Meetings.
Theo Epstein met the media for the first time Monday night. Kap and Tony react to his comments on how free agency affects his team's ability to make a trade (1:00). Plus, Theo discusses all the talk about his payroll limitations and how Yu Darvish's performance at the end of 2019 helps that (6:00).
Will Jose Quintana be wearing a different uniform in 2020? The guys discuss that (10:00).
Joe Girardi joins Kap to discuss the state of the Phillies, former Cub Jake Arrieta and the state of catching with robot umps a possibility in the future (13:00).
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