Saturday Oct. 30, 2010
Posted: 6:30 p.m.
ARIZONA FALL LEAGUEMesa Solar Sox Cubs
The Cubs prospects had a mixed bag of results on Saturday in Mesas 12-6 loss to visiting Phoenix.
Ryan Flaherty and Josh Vitters had fine days at the plate, collecting five of the 12 Solar Sox hits. Flaherty was 3-for-4 with a walk and a run scored, extending his hitting streak to seven games, during which he is batting .407 11-for-27. Vitters, meanwhile, was 2-for-5 with an RBI.
Kyle Smit pitched 1 23 scoreless innings of relief but thats where the bright spots end.
Jake Muyco fell to 0-2 as his move into a starters role continues to be a struggle. He pitched well out of the pen all season at Tennessee and Iowa but allowed four runs in four innings on seven hits Saturday. Hes allowed 14 runs in 12 23 innings, all as a starter this fall. He gave up a pair of homers and has surrendered four in all as the oppositions average against him moved to .418.
Chris carpenter also had a rough outing, allowing four runs on three hits and three walks in 23 of an inning. His overall ERA jumped to 5.79.
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Anthony Carter was finally touched up for some runs on Saturday in Peorias 13-9 loss at Scottsdale. Carter had thrown four scoreless innings in four outings heading into Saturday but allowed three runs on four hits in an inning. Jason Bour had a double and scored a run in two at-bats, extending his hitting streak to three games.
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It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.
Sosa is heating up, but even a red-hot Sosa doesn't automatically equal wins for the Cubs.
Slammin' Sammy notched his first multi-homer game in 1998 in a 9-5 loss to Kevin Millwood and the Atlanta Braves. Sosa drove in 4 of the Cubs' 5 runs on a solo shot in the 4th inning and a three-run shot in the 8th.
Sosa tallied 830 feet of homers in the game, with his first blast going 410 feet and the second shot measured at 420 feet.
The big game bumped Sosa's overall season slash line to .337/.411/.551 (.962 OPS) with 11 homers and 35 RBI.
Fun fact: Mickey Morandini hit second for the Cubs in this game and went 4-for-4, but somehow only scored one run despite hitting just in front of Sosa all game. That's because Morandini was caught stealing to end the 3rd inning, leaving Sosa to lead off the 4th inning with a solo blast.
Anyone who lived through the Michael Jordan Bulls remembers those games when he was putting up tons of points, but the Bulls were still struggling overall.
Steve Kerr referenced one of those games to give advice to Kevin Durant during Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. The TNT broadcast caught the conversation and aired it late in the third quarter.
"When MJ was with the Bulls, we had a playoff game," Kerr began the story. "He kept trying to score and he was scoring, but we weren't getting anything going. Phil Jackson said 'Who's open?' He said, 'John Paxson.'"
Paxson famously hit the game-winning shot in Game 6 of the 1993 NBA Finals to clinch the series. Kerr, who later hit his own championship-winning shot on an assist from Jordan in 1997, was trying to get to get his teammates involved.
"I want to trust your teammates early," Kerr said. "What you're doing is you're getting to the rim and then you're trying to hit him. I want you to trust the first guy and then move. Still attack, still look to score, but trust these guys, OK?"
Watch the video above to see the interaction.
Durant scored 29 points in Game 5 to lead the Warriors, but Houston took a 3-2 series lead with a 98-94 win.