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On The Farm: Sox Draft Picks Have Big Day At Bristol

On The Farm: Sox Draft Picks Have Big Day At Bristol

Monday, Aug. 16, 2010
Posted: 10 p.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski
CSNChicago.com

WHITE SOXBristol Rookie
While some teams were sweating out whether their draft picks would sign by the time Mondays deadline passed, the White Sox got to watch as some of their draft picks continued to impress. Consider 12th-rounder Drew Lee from Morehead State. The infielder had another big game for Bristol, which upended Kingsport, 7-2.

Lee was 3-for-5 with a pair of homers and three RBIs. The two round-trippers doubled his output for the entire season while the three RBIs gave him 33.

Jordan Keegan, a 24th-rounder from the Junior College of Southern Nevada, also had three hits, including a solo homer while Mike Schwartz, a 17th-rounder from the University of Tampa, had three hits, too, extending his hitting streak to six games.

It all made a winner of Spencer Arroyo 6-2, who allowed a run on five hits over six innings.

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Savannah swept a doubleheader from the Intimidators, taking the opener 1-0 before coasting to a 9-3 victory in the nightcap.

The Sand Gnats took the opener on the strength of a John Church one-hitter. He allowed only a first-inning single to Brady Shoemaker. The only other runner to reach base was Jose Vargas, who walked in the fifth. Justin Collup pitched a two-hitter for Kannapolis, going the distance but allowing a run on Nick Santomauros RBI double in the fourth.

Zach Piccola allowed seven runs over two innings in the second game to suffer the loss. Nick Ciolli had a pair of hits and an RBI.

In other action, Winston-Salem scored a pair of ninth-innings runs but still came up short against Salem, dropping a 4-3 decision at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash managed only four hits. Terry Doyle took the loss after giving up three runs on six hits over six innings.
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A trio of pitchers put on a brilliant show Monday evening as Peoria completed a sweep of Kane County with a 4-0 victory at Elfstrom Stadium.

Su-Min Jung started and allowed three hits over three innings before Jeff Antigua scattered three hits over five innings to earn his fourth win of the season and first since June 8. He struck out a season-high seven and didnt walk a batter. Ronny Morla pitched the ninth, preserving the shutout and moving the Chiefs to within three games of a playoff spot in the Midwest League.

Jae-Hoon Ha followed up the cycle he produced on Sunday with a three-hit game on Monday. Luis Flores had a double and drove in two.

In other action, Tampa downed Daytona, 5-3, to up its lead to two games in the Florida State Leagues North Division. DJ LeMahieu had three hits. Alberto Cabrera took the loss. Chattanooga scored seven fourth-inning runs and ran by Tennessee, 8-2. Brandon Guyer returned to the lineup after missing several days with an eye infection and went 3-for-4, scoring twice. He extended his hitting streak to 17 games during which he is batting .477 31-for-65.

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

Basket Slam: Wrigley's quirks come to Cubs' aid in walk-off win

Basket Slam: Wrigley's quirks come to Cubs' aid in walk-off win

The Wrigley Field basket has played a huge role in this week's Cubs-Reds series.

In Monday night's game, Cincinnati catcher Curt Casali hit a game-tying homer into the basket in the seventh inning of a game the Cubs went on to lose.

But the basket giveth and the basket also taketh away.

Tuesday night, it was Kyle Schwarber and the Cubs who were singing the praises of one of the strangest ballpark quirks in baseball.

Schwarber connected on a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 10th inning off Reds closer Raisel Iglesias, hitting a fly ball through the impossibly-humid air and into the basket in left-centerfield for a 4-3 Cubs win.

"Whoever thought about that basket — whenever that occurred — tell them, 'thank you,'" Joe Maddon said. "Although it did work against us [Monday]. When it works for you, it's awesome."

Schwarber has stood under the left-field basket many times with his back against the wall, thinking he might be able to make a play on a high fly ball only to see it settle into the wickets and turn into a chance for a Bleacher Bum to show off their arm. 

But is he a huge fan of the basket now that it worked in his favor?

"I guess so," Schwarber laughed. "Yesterday, it cost us, but today, it helped us out. It's just the factor of Wrigley Field. Happy it worked out today."

It was Schwarber's first career walk off RBI of any kind.

It was the Cubs' fourth walk-off homer of the season, but their first since May 11 when Willson Contreras called "game" on the Milwaukee Brewers. 

The Cubs are now 4-1 since the All-Star Break and hold a 2.5-game lead in the division.

Dylan Cease struggles early, but finishes strong in second White Sox start

Dylan Cease struggles early, but finishes strong in second White Sox start

Dylan Cease picked up a win in his first start, but his second did not go as well.

Cease pitched six innings Tuesday at the Royals and gave up six runs (four earned) on eight hits and a walk. He struck out seven, but took the loss in an ugly game for the White Sox.

The game got off to an ominous start with Eloy Jimenez getting injured on the first batter Cease faced. The White Sox defense didn’t help Cease much either with three errors (Cease had one of those on an errant pickoff throw).

After giving up six runs in the first four innings, Cease settled down to retire the final eight batters he faced. He finished with seven strikeouts against just one walk and threw 67 of his 108 pitches for strikes.

Cease struck out six in his first start and is the first pitcher in White Sox history to strike out six or more in each of his first two career appearances.

A deeper look at Cease’s numbers show his swing and miss stuff hasn’t quite caught on as expected so far. Cease got 13 swinging strikes in 101 pitches in his major league debut. He got 12 whiffs on 108 pitches on Tuesday. His slider did get five swinging strikes on 25 pitches against the Royals.

Fastball command remains a key part to Cease’s success. He only threw 26 out of 54 fastballs for strikes in his debut. Cease improved upon that with 31 strikes on 50 fastballs against the Royals.

Most of the Royals’ damage came against Cease’s fastball as well. Six of the Royals’ eight hits off Cease, including all three extra base hits, were off heaters. Cease also gave up four hits with two strikes.

There has been plenty of hype surrounding Cease since he joined the White Sox, but he hasn’t hit the ground running in the majors just yet. Having 13 days between the first two starts of his career due to the all-star break and the White Sox giving him some extra rest also isn’t the ideal scenario for a young pitcher.

Cease’s ERA is now at 5.73, which isn’t going to set the world on fire. Still, there have been enough positives in his first two starts to see where reasonable improvement could lead to Cease becoming the pitcher the White Sox expect him to be.

 

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