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On The Farm: McNutt Keeps Daytona Close To First

On The Farm: McNutt Keeps Daytona Close To First

Thursday Aug. 19, 2010
Posted: 8:45 a.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski
CSNChicago.com
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The Cubs blew by host Dunedin Wednesday night, 9-3, picking up a game on first place Tampa in the FSL North Division in the process. Tampa lost at home to Clearwater and now leads Daytona by a game.

Trey McNutt 4-0 was the dominant force for Daytona, pitching six shutout innings while allowing only one hit. He fanned six to improve to 10-0 on the year after starting out by going 6-0 at Peoria. McNutt has pitched shutout ball in three of his last four starts.

Casey Lambert added two scoreless innings of relief before the Jays touched up Oswaldo Martinez for three ninth-inning runs.

Ryan Flaherty had four hits, including a homer, and three RBIs while Rebel Ridling added four hits. D.J. LeMahieu had three hits.

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The Hawks went deep three times in a 4-1 victory over visiting Everett at Memorial Stadium. The outburst marked the first time since July 15, 2007 that Boise hit more than two homers in a game.

Richard Jones gave the Hawks a 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the third inning but broke out the big lumber in the fourth as Ryan Cuneo and Jeff Vigurs each hit solo homers. For Vigurs, it was the first of his career. Jones added a solo homer in the fifth.

Austin Kirk allowed a run on four hits over five innings to pick up his fourth win of the year,
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The Chiefs stretched their winning streak to four games Wednesday night, topping Burlington, 5-2, at OBrien Field.

Peoria scored three times in the seventh inning to break open what had been a close game. Anthony Giansanti and Logan Watkins had RBI singles in the inning. Nick Struck picked up his eight victory and is 6-0 in his last seven appearances after allowing two runs in five innings. Justin Bour drew his seventh intentional walk of the year, tying him for fourth all-time on the Chiefs single-season list with several players, including Albert Pujols. Daric Barton holds the franchise record with 10.
In other action, Eric Duncans RBI single in the 10th inning gave Mississippi a 7-6 victory over Tennessee at Smokies Park. The Braves had scored four eight-inning runs, tying the score at 6-6. Brandon Guyer had a pair of hits, including a homer and two RBIs, to extend his hitting streak to 18 games. Hes batting .471 33-for-70 with five homers and 24 RBIs during the streak. Iowa dropped its second straight at Sacramento, losing a 4-2 decision at Raley Field. Austin Bibens-Dirkx had his first Triple-A setback, giving up four runs on 10 hits in six innings to take the loss. Brad Snyder drove in his 88th run, extending his career high. The AZL Cubs dropped an 8-1 decision to the Padres.
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Rain wrecked havoc with the Dash again on Wednesday but they did manage to finish one game, earning a victory in the process. Winston-Salem topped Salem, 4-3, in 14 innings, which was the completion of a Tuesday night washout.

The second and regularly scheduled game was stopped in the fourth inning because of the weather with the Red Sox leading, 1-0. That game will be finished on Thursday followed by a seven-inning affair.

Ozzie Lewis drew a one-out walk in the 14th and then went to third on a Logan Johnson single. Andrew Garcias sacrifice fly then brought Lewis home to end the marathon. Hector Santiago pitched 1 13 scoreless innings for the win.
In other action, Durham handled Charlotte, 5-1, at Knights Stadium, stretching the hosts losing streak to five games. The Bulls magic number for clinching a division title is four. Carlos Torres allowed four runs on eight hits over 5 23 innings. Brent Morel went 2-for-4 and is hitting .421 over his last nine games 16-for-38. Birmingham reached new lows in an already dismal season, dropping a 17-4 decision to visiting Huntsville. The 17 runs and 22 hits allowed were season highs while the 13-run loss was the worst of the year for the Barons. Josh Phegley was 2-for-5 in his Birmingham debut. Orem exploded for eight runs in the eighth inning Wednesday night to stun visiting Great Falls, 12-3. Mike Blanke was 3-for-4 and is hitting .412 over his last nine games. Mother Nature and Hickory got the best of Kannapolis as the Crawdads earned a 7-4 victory at Fieldcrest Canon Stadium. The game, which lasted more than three hours, also included a lengthy rain delay. Ryan Buch suffered his first Sally League loss after giving up four runs on seven hits in four innings. Tyler Saladino had a solo homer for the Intimidators.

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

How Coby White is putting it all together over most recent hot stretch

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How Coby White is putting it all together over most recent hot stretch

The shots are starting to fall for Coby White. In seven February games, the Bulls freshly-turned 20-year-old is averaging 17.7 points, 4.4 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game while shooting 35.7% from 3-point range (eight attempts per). That’s good news for the Bulls. 

And better is that’s not all that’s going right for White. Yes, consecutive career-high 33-point games — something no rookie reserve has ever done — on cumulative 55% field goal shooting (12-for-22 from deep) will grab eyes, especially on the heels of a frigid stretch between the beginning of February and the All-Star break. But after Sunday’s losing-streak-snapping 126-117 win over Washington, Bulls coach Jim Boylen peeled back the layers of White’s growth.

“I think he's been aggressive in transition, I think his finishing has been terrific, he's had the ball up and out, he's got it out of his stomach, something he's working on,” Boylen said. “I think his work pre-practice, post-practice is paying off.”

And of White’s defense: “We make a defensive (film) edit on Coby after every game. And him and I watch it together… (Early in the season) he had, of his 14 plays on the tape, you know, seven of them were good and seven of them were bad. Now it's like 10 are good and four are bad. He's climbing in that way.

“What he's finding out is: If you get into the game defensively and you follow your assignment and all that, good things happen for you at the other end. It just does. And I think he's locked in that way.”

White’s restricted area finishing has steadily improved over the season (59.3% in February) — he’s getting to the rim and finishing through contact better than ever before (White’s seven free throw attempts versus the Wizards ties a season-high). In transition, he’s a blur running off live rebounds and steals, which could prove a boon for a Bulls team that lives in the fastbreak. His decision-making and ability to change speeds in the halfcourt stand out. Defensively, though not yet perfect, he’s staying more and more connected off-ball, rotating sharply and hunting loose ball recoveries.

If the jumpers are falling, gravy. But the game slowing down for White, and his confidence growing as a result, should excite the Bulls and their fans the most. White, for his part, has learned over the course of a curious rookie campaign to control what he can control.

“It feels good,” White said of his recent red-hot shooting. “But I think now I look at the game differently than I did at the beginning of the year. Now, I just look at the games like I'm gonna go in and play hard on both ends of the court, that's all I'm gonna do. And then control what I can control — I can't control whether I miss or make shots, so. I'm just going out there and playing hard.”

That comes from Boylen, who White lauded for pushing him to continue improving, especially defensively.

“Coach Boylen was preaching to me, you gotta play defense you gotta play defense, so I took it as a challenge. And I feel like I'm continuing to get better at it. I still can get better at it,” White said. “But he pushes me, he pushes me to be a good player, so I can't knock him for that and that's the type of coach I want.”

None of the above (nor Boylen’s unconditional trust in White) has culminated in his first career start, despite clamoring from some media and fans. But perhaps that’s OK. Boylen has often preached White’s increasing comfortability leading the Bulls’ second unit — even injury-ravaged — and that comfort is starting to show up on the floor and in the stat sheet. It speaks to the labeless approach the Bulls have taken to White’s development.

“We got a second group that's playing pretty good again, and we're also melding Coby into that first group at times in the game,” Boylen said when asked if starting White could be a possibility. “So, coming off two 33-point games, I don't know if it makes sense to [start him].”

To that point: White is still getting his fair share of minutes — he played 34 tonight and is averaging 30.6 in February — and a healthy amount of time on the floor staggered alongside Zach LaVine and Tomas Satoransky. White has also played valuable minutes down the stretch of games recently and his usage rate is up to 24.1% over his last seven games. Opportunity comes in many forms.

“I feel like I'm in a good position,” White said. “This year for me wasn't about starting, it wasn't about being this being that, it was just about me getting better over the season. That's the main thing in this league, you just keep getting better. You don't want to be a guy that just stays the same the whole time.”

White certainly hasn't. The overarching point is that nights like tonight (and Saturday against Phoenix) further emphasize how crucial his continued progression will be down the 25-game stretch of this ill-fated Bulls season — whatever form it takes. Talk of a playoff push has noticeably tempered around the United and Advocate Centers, but White’s been the center of plenty of conversations.

“You see how explosive he is,” said LaVine, who’s been highly complimentary of White all year. “Trying to figure out some nicknames for him. Either like propane or gasoline or something like that. His scoring is special. He can do it in a variety of ways. He's finding his rhythm. Kid's good. He's real good.”

If we land on a pseudonym by mid-April, it’d be a welcome sign.

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Bulls Outsiders Podcast: Coby White drops 33 in 2nd straight game

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Bulls Outsiders Podcast: Coby White drops 33 in 2nd straight game

On this edition of the Bulls Outsiders Podcast, Matt Peck, David Watson and Allana Tachauer discuss Coby White becoming the first Bulls rookie since Michael Jordan to score 30+ points in back-to-back games; LaVine breaking the Bulls record for threes made in a single season; and Dwyane Wade's role in Derrick Jones Jr.'s controversial dunk contest victory.

0:40 - Allana's back and the Bulls losing streak is over

1:10 - White drops 33 points in second straight game

5:30 - Tomas Satoransky records team-high 13 assists

6:45 - Zach LaVine breaks Bulls single-season three-point record

8:35 - Bradley Beal scores 53 points and doesn't get victory

9:45 - Have injuries kept Bulls from reaching their full potential?

11:10 - Should Daniel Gafford start over Wendell Carter Jr.?

14:00 - Pros and cons of playing White and LaVine together

18:25 - Is LaVine in the Bulls long-term future?

20:50 - Injured Bulls look like boy band

22:45 - Did Wade rig dunk contest for Jones Jr.?

25:50 - Does Coby need to start?

Listen here or in the embedded player below.

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