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He's A Bayne To Carolina League Hitters

He's A Bayne To Carolina League Hitters

Sunday April 17, 2011
Posted: 6:15 p.m.
WHITE SOXWinston-Salem A
Cameron Bayne is quickly becoming a bane to the Carolina League hitters.

The former 13th-round pick put forth another stellar effort Sunday afternoon at BB&T Park as Winston-Salem upended Kinston, 9-0. Bayne 2-0 tossed seven shutout innings and has not allowed a run in 14 innings over two starts. Hes tied with teammate Ryan Kussmaul for the league lead in victories and remains tied atop the circuit with several pitchers who have a 0.00 ERA.

Bayne allowed three hits and has surrendered four in his two starts. Charles Shirek pitched the final two innings to preserve the shutout.

Ian Gacs remarkable start continued as well. He connected for his fifth homer of the season, a three-run shot in the sixth inning that gives him 12 RBIs. Gac, who leads the Carolina League in both categories, has nine hits for the season. He is currently on a pace to hit 80 homers and drive in 180 runs.

Jared Mitchell had a pair of hits and drove in a run as he looks to shake out of a slump. He had gone hitless in his previous three games, dropping his average to .161 prior to Sunday. Jose Martinez was 3-for-3 with an RBI and two walks, pushing his average to .432.

The seven runs were the Dashs largest output of the season while the shutout was the teams first.
Charlotte AAA
Freddy Dolsi was banged around early by Norfolk Sunday after at Harbor Park and Charlotte just couldnt recover, dropping an 8-3 decision to Norfolk.

Dolsi 1-1 allowed eight runs in 3 23 innings with the Tides pushing across seven of those in the third and fourth innings. He gave up a career-high 10 hits, including a homer. This is the first year Dolsi has been a full-time starter. He had only made 10 career starts prior to this season with eight of them coming last year for the Knights.

Gookie Dawkins had a double and two RBIs but Lastings Milledge struck out three times and has four strikeouts in eight at-bats since joining Charlotte.
Birmingham AA
Johnnie Lowe imploded late Sunday afternoon allowing Chattanooga to race by Birmingham, 7-2.

The Barons held a 2-1 lead going into the seventh before Lowe 0-1 surrendered five runs on three hits, including a homer, and a pair of walks. Base on balls were an issue for starter Nevin Griffith as well. His five walks, combined with six strikeouts, pushed his pitch count up and forced him out of the game after four innings.

Josh Phegley had a pair of doubles and an RBI for Birmingham.
Kannapolis A
Hickory scored early and often Sunday at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium, running by Kannapolis, 12-3.

The Crawdads scored four first-inning runs off Kevin Moran, who allowed five runs on six hits in two innings. The Intimidators were never able to get back in the game despite a three-hit effort from Juan Silverio.

CUBSTennessee AA
Montgomery beat Tennessee at its own game Sunday afternoon, out-hitting the host in what proved to be a one-sided affair at Smokies Park. The Biscuits collected 14 hits and pounded their way to a 13-3 victory despite sitting in ninth place in the 10-team Southern League in team batting average.

The Smokies, who were leading the league in hitting and hits by a large margin in both categories still managed to collect 11 hits with Brett Jackson leading the way. He extended his hitting streak to 14 games, dating back to last Sept. 3. James Adducci had a pair of hits and drove in two.

Brooks Raley, however, was roughed up again, allowing six runs for a second consecutive outing. He surrendered seven hits, two of which were homers, over five innings.
Iowa AAA
The I-Cubs saw their modest two-game winning streak snapped Sunday afternoon at Principal Park after Memphis scored a pair of 11th-inning runs for a 7-5 victory.

Mark Hamiltons two-run double off Esmailin Caridad was the difference.

Bryan Lahair was 3-for-4 with two homers and five RBIs. Hes hitting .444 with five multi-hit games. He moved into the top five in batting in the Pacific Coast League with his effort and is also in the top five with 15 RBIs. Bobby Scales was 1-for-3 with a walk, extending his hitting streak to nine games. He has gotten a hit in every game in which he has appeared this season and prior to Sunday had scored in each of them as well. The I-Cubs allowed a homer and have now surrendered a league-high 22 round trippers.
Peoria A
Mike Walkers one-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh stunned Peoria Sunday afternoon and allowed Wisconsin to earn a 2-1 victory and a doubleheader split at Time Warner Cable Field. The Chiefs had taken the opener, 7-6.

Peoria held a 10 lead going into the seventh when Ed Figueroa issued a leadoff walk to Cody Hawn. Walker launched a ball over the right-field wall two batters later. Peoria managed only three hits in the nightcap with Greg Rohan, who extended his hitting streak to nine games, picking up one of them. He also drove in the lone run.

Graham Hicks pitched six innings of four-hit shutout ball before giving way to Figueroa.

It was Peoria that pulled the stunner in the opener, scoring four times in the top of the seventh to erase a 6-3 lead. Rubio Silvas two-run single was the big hit of the inning. Silva went hitless in the nightcap to end his hitting streak at eight games.
Daytona A
Justin Bours RBI single in the sixth inning snapped a 1-1 tie and propelled the Cubs to a 3-1 victory over Clearwater at Bright House Field.

Matt Cerda added an insurance run with an RBI sacrifice fly in the eighth as Daytona snapped a four-game streak. The Cubs managed only four hits and left only three men on base, benefiting from a big effort on the mound from starter Robert Whitenack 2-0 and a pair of relievers. Whitenack allowed only an unearned run in six innings while striking out three.

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

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 31st homer in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 31st homer in 1998

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's 18th homer of June and 31st of the season came off the Tigers in the Cubs' brief 2-game Interleague series in Detroit. 

Sosa connected in the first inning off Tigers starter Seth Greisinger, going back-to-back with Mickey Morandini. 

The Cubs wound up getting out to a 5-0 start in the game but still lost 7-6 on a Gabe Alvarez single in the bottom of the 11th.

The aforementioned Morandini homer was only the 3rd of the season for the Cubs second baseman. He finished with 8 homers on the year and 224 total bases on 172 hits in what was a very good offensive season. Yet it paled in comparison to Sosa, who had nearly 200 more total bases (416) and a slugging percentage nearly 200 points above Morandini's (.647 to .471), a testament to how truly incredible Sosa's season was.

Fun fact: Tony Clark was the Tigers' cleanup hitter that day. Clark is now the head of the MLB Players Union.

Fun fact No. 2: Paul Bako was the Detroit catcher in the game. He later became the Cubs backup catcher in 2003 and 2004, when he posted a .611 OPS in 119 games over the two years.

Mitch Trubisky jersey sales trending in right direction

Mitch Trubisky jersey sales trending in right direction

Positive press about the Chicago Bears' offseason is having a strong impact on the jersey sales for the team's highest-profile player, Mitch Trubisky.

According to Dick's Sporting Goods, Trubisky's No. 10 is the fifth-most popular jersey among offensive players over the last 30 days. He's No. 6 among all players, regardless of position.

The Bears' offseason has been full of superlatives since their aggressive approach to free agency. The signings of Allen Robinson, Trey Burton and Taylor Gabriel put the spotlight on Trubisky and the potentially surging passing game. The second-round selection of Anthony Miller and word of Kevin White's offseason emergence has turned positive momentum into higher-than-anticipated expectations for Trubisky this season.

For Chicago to have any chance at meeting those expectations, Trubisky, who's entering his first full season as a starter with a new head coach and offensive system, has to thrive. Fans must be confident that he will, considering the investment they're making in his jersey.

Trubisky ended his rookie season with four wins in 12 starts, throwing for 2,193 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. He completed 59.4 percent of his passes. He should have a much more productive season in 2018 with his new arsenal of skill players and an innovative coaching staff, led by coach Matt Nagy and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich.