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On The Farm: Reed Has No-Hit Effort For AZL Cubs

On The Farm: Reed Has No-Hit Effort For AZL Cubs

Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010
Posted: 8:50 a.m.

By Kevin Czerwinski
CSNChicago.com
AZL Cubs Rookie
Austin Reed, a 12th-round pick in this Junes First-Year Player Draft, rebounded from the worst outing of his young career and helped lead the Cubs to a 5-2 victory over the Angels on Monday.

Reed, who allowed six runs in 2 23 innings in his previous start, didnt factor into the decision on Monday. But he did throw four shutout, no-hit innings, marking the seventh time in 10 appearances that he has not allowed a run. Three of those seven shutout appearances have been starts.

Joe Zeller followed and picked up the win after allowing a run over three innings. Dustin Geiger, a 24th-round pick, had two hits and an RBI.

Iowa AAA
Jeff Samardzija had his best outing in a month Monday night as Iowa shut down Fresno, 5-3. Samardzija allowed four hits over six innings, giving up only an unearned run to improve to 10-2 for the I-Cubs.

Brad Snyder had two hits, including a homer, and two RBIs to pace Iowa though Micah Hoffpauir saw his hitting streak come to an end at 21 games after going 0-for-4.

In other action, Boise dropped a 7-3 decision to visiting Everett. Jeff Vigurs was 1-for-3 with three RBIs.
WHITE SOXBirmingham AA
The Barons split a doubleheader at Mobile, winning the opener 2-1 before dropping the nightcap, 2-1.

Charlie Leesman earned the victory in the first game, allowing a run over six innings. The Barons scored twice in the fourth inning to provide him with the margin of victory. Tyler Kuhn was 3-for-4.

The BayBears scored a run in the bottom of the seventh of Game Two off Greg Infante to earn the win. Chris Marrero had three hits and an RBI for Birmingham.

In other action, Great Falls lost at Orem, 7-4. Ryan Lee had two hits and an RBI. Durham upended Charlotte, 8-7, at Knights Stadium, rallying from a 5-1 deficit to do so. Brent Morel had three hits for the Knights, including a pair of homers, pushing his average to a Triple-A season high of .316.

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Bears Season in Review: Eddie Goldman

Bears Season in Review: Eddie Goldman

It seems like an annual talking point at this time in the offseason: Bears nose tackle Eddie Goldman is one of the best yet most underrated players in Chicago. His performance in 2019 continued that career narrative. 

Goldman finished the year making 15 starts with 29 tackles and one sack. He earned the eighth-highest Pro Football Focus grade among all Bears defenders and remained the consistent run-stopping force in the center of Chicago’s defensive line. 

To be fair, Goldman wasn’t as dominant as he was in 2018, when his 89.1 PFF grade was one of the best at his position in the NFL. But in terms of his role with the Bears, he’s irreplaceable. 

Goldman is entering the third year of a four-year, $42 million contract and will quickly become a source of contract negotiations once again. If he has another strong season in 2020, GM Ryan Pace will have little choice but to lock him up on another extension. Sure, that seems like it’s way down the road, but big-time defensive linemen get paid big-time contracts; Pace has to be prepared. There are currently six defensive tackles making at least $14 million per season.

Quality nose tackles are hard to find. They don’t fill up the stat sheet and rarely do they ever become league-wide superstars; but the Bears’ defense simply wouldn’t possess the upside it does without Goldman anchoring the defensive line, and that remained true in 2019.