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On The Farm: Young Coming On Strong At Bristol

On The Farm: Young Coming On Strong At Bristol

Monday, Aug. 30, 2010
Posted: 9:15 p.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski
CSNChicago.com

WHITE SOXBristol Rookie
Robert Young certainly knows how to finish with a flourish. The 31st-round pick out of Dartmouth continued his remarkable season-ending push Monday night as Bristol edged Kingsport, 2-1.

Young 4-3 picked up his fourth consecutive victory, tossing six shutout innings. He hasnt given up a run in his last 14 innings and has surrendered only one run in his last 30 13 frames, posting a 0.29 ERA over that stretch.

The Dartmouth grad allowed only one hit, a fourth-inning single to Ray Van Gurp. He issued two walks, one in the fourth prior to the hit and one in the sixth. He pitched out of the jam in the fourth and then picked off Ismael Tijerina in the sixth.

Drew Lee had a pair of hits while Dan Black added a pair of hits and an RBI.
Charlotte AAA
Charlotte overcame a four-run deficit Monday and stunned Durham, 8-4, at Durham Athletic Park.

Alejandro De Aza had four hits, including three doubles, and four RBIs as the Knights scored six runs over the fifth and sixth innings to erase what had been a 4-0 Durham lead. Brent Morel added a double and an RBI while Dayan Viciedo had two hits and an RBI.

Kyle McCulloch, despite allowing four runs one earned in the first two innings, hung around to go six and pick up his second victory.

In other action, Delmarva scratched out an eighth-inning run and edged Kannapolis, 5-4. Tyler Stampones sacrifice fly brought home the winning run as Chase Cooney 0-1 took the loss. Ian Gac had a double and three RBIs for the Intimidators. Great Falls and Ogden were cancelled because of rain.

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

Bulls Outsiders Podcast: Markkanen and LaVine lead Bulls over T-Wolves

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Bulls Outsiders Podcast: Markkanen and LaVine lead Bulls over T-Wolves

On this edition of the Bulls Outsiders podcast, Matt Peck, John Sabine, and David Watson react to the Bulls' 117-110 win over the Timberwolves.

0:45: Reaction to Bulls winning 10th game at home this season and good game from Lauri Markkanen

3:50: On Cristiano Felicio having his best game of the season

6:45: Viewer comment on Lauri Markkanen

8:20: On Jim Boylen calling a timeout with five seconds left

10:05: Viewer comment on Lauri’s play and postseason chances

11:15: Viewer comment on Kris Dunn not getting enough credit

13:30: Viewer comment celebrating a win

14:30: Viewer comment why the Bulls should sign Joakim Noah

15:20: Kendall Gill wants to know if Matt Peck saw what Derrick Rose did tonight

16:25: Viewer comment on afraid Lauri Markkanen becomes the Bulls Andrew Wiggins

17:30: Viewer comment on Chandler Hutchison developing his offensive game

19:30: Viewer comments on Felicio and Denzel Valentine

22:05: The Outsiders react to Channel 7’s Mark Giangreco throwing shade at the Bulls Outsiders during an appearance on Waddle and Silvy

Bulls get contributions top-to-bottom, outlast Timberwolves at home

Bulls get contributions top-to-bottom, outlast Timberwolves at home

The Zach LaVine Show can be tremendous fun. But, every once in a while, even he needs a little help from his friends. 

Against the Timberwolves, he got just enough. Including he and Lauri Markkanen — who eclipsed 20 points for the tenth time this season — the Bulls got double-digit scoring contributions from six players; Luke Kornet (15), Kris Dunn (14), Coby White (12) and Cristiano Felicio (12). Chandler Hutchison chipped in nine points and three steals, to boot.

"It helped us out a lot, especially when you can go deep into your bench like that," LaVine said. "I feel like that's how you can beat teams."

That's especially true on a night when LaVine wasn't his most prolific. He ended the game with 25 points, but with two-and-a-half minutes remaining and the Bulls trailing 105-104, he had just 18 on 6-for-15 shooting. As LaVine is wont to do, he did close the game out with seven of the Bulls' last 13 points, but credit the ancillary guys for keeping the team afloat during the meat of the game. A Bulls bench that had largely lost its umph since Dunn's insertion into the starting lineup outscored the Timberwolves' reserves 40-17.

"I think our second unit picked up our starters, and we obviously finished it out," LaVine said.

"It's really important to have everyone be able to step up, and you never kinda know night to night who it's gonna be," Kornet said. "Tonight was one of the more well-rounded games in that aspect and I feel like that's when you're the most difficult to play."

Kornet has now scored in double-figures in four of his last five games. Felicio's 12 points and 10 rebounds were both more than the nine points and seven rebounds he had this season entering play. Neither offered much resistance against Karl-Anthony Towns (40 points, 16-for-24 shooting), but neither were thought to be contibuting pieces as recently as a month ago. Their 27 combined points offset the Wolves' star as much as one could hope.

Jim Boylen also continued to tinker with his rotations, relying heavily on an ultra-small lineup of Tomas Satoransky, LaVine, Dunn, White and Markkanen down the stretch. He turned to it with the Bulls leading 104-103. Then, over three game minutes, they extended the lead to 113-108, essentially icing the game.

"I just thought we needed to score, we weren't gonna change our coverages unless we went to the switch and that group," Boylen said. "We just could not go through a drought in those last four minutes."

It's a win that befit what's been a tumultuous month of January. Even in victory, there was much to lament. A 19-point first half lead melted, giving way for a much-too-tense second half. Head-scratching mistakes continued to abound. In the eyes of many — especially the Bulls — this should have been a rout. 

But it's hard to gripe too much. The win moves the Bulls to 4-8 in January. 

"It's not progress that we let them back into the game," Markkanen said. "But it's nice to be able to pull the win down the stretch."

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