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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.

Potential Kris Bryant trade market becomes clearer after Anthony Rendon lands with Angels

Potential Kris Bryant trade market becomes clearer after Anthony Rendon lands with Angels

The first domino of this offseason’s third base market has fallen.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, free agent Anthony Rendon is set to sign a seven-year, $245 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels.

The Texas Rangers were also linked to Rendon in recent days, but they’ll now have to shift their focus elsewhere. Texas’ attention is now on the other superstar free agent third baseman — Josh Donaldson — as MLB.com’s TR Sullivan reported. The same can be said about Rendon’s former team, the Washington Nationals.

This leads us to the Cubs and Kris Bryant. With Rendon off the board and Donaldson soon to follow, a potential trade market for the Cubs third baseman is growing clearer.

Only one of the Rangers and Nationals can sign Donaldson, not to mention his most recent team — the Atlanta Braves. When Donaldson’s domino falls, two of these teams will be left empty-handed in their pursuit of a third baseman.

The Los Angeles Dodgers also were linked to Rendon, though they don’t necessarily need a third baseman with Justin Turner manning the hot corner. Their pursuit of Rendon points to how they’re willing to shift Turner off third base, however. Add them to the list of teams seeking third base help.

Add that all up, and you have four teams in the market for Donaldson. The Cubs aren’t guaranteed to trade Bryant, but they’ll soon find themselves with some leverage. For the three teams that don’t land Donaldson, the most logical move will be to inquire with the Cubs about trading for Bryant. The Nationals have already inquired about Bryant, according to MLB.com's Jon Morosi.

Bryant’s unresolved grievance case will be an issue in any potential negotiations. The difference between two years of control (if he loses) and one (if he wins) is big when it comes to his value. Even though they’ll have leverage over interested teams, the Cubs will yield stronger trade proposals for Bryant if he loses his case.

But, again, a trade is no certainty. What is certain is teams will be inquiring about Bryant in the not-so-distant future, once Donaldson chooses his free agent destination.

Four observations: Bulls rout Atlanta Hawks in much-needed get-right game

Four observations: Bulls rout Atlanta Hawks in much-needed get-right game

The Bulls picked up a valuable get-right win in a 136-102 blowout of the Atlanta Hawks. Observations from a game the Bulls had to win, and did handily:

The bench provided a spark (again)

Bulls starters not named Zach LaVine got off to a sluggish start in this one. At the 3:14 mark of the first, the Hawks led 29-21 and were shooting a scalding 13-for-18 (72.2%) from the field (3-for-6 from 3-point range). LaVine had 12 of the Bulls’ 21 points.

The hosts ended the period ahead 37-33, buoyed by a 16-4 run by a bench unit of Coby White, Ryan Arcidiacono, Denzel Valentine, Thad Young, and Daniel Gafford. Valentine hit four floaters over that stretch, Gafford had a resounding block, White had a strong and-one take over Alex Len and Thad Young tallied five points, for good measure. 

Bench runs have become commonplace for this Bulls team, even in the midst of a three-game losing streak. This one carried over into the second quarter, which the Bulls won 29-19, holding Atlanta to 6-for-21 (28.6%) shooting, 2-for-10 (20%) from three. They didn't look back from there.

Young finished the first half with nine points, four rebounds, and two assists. White had a flashy night — tallying 19 points. Valentine and Gafford connected on a handful of alley-oops (which has quickly become a tradition).

Zach LaVine bounced back

LaVine — averaging 20 points on 33.3% shooting during the team’s three-game losing streak — was ripe for a breakout, and this Hawks team (29th in the NBA in defensive rating) presented an opportunity to bounce back. He took advantage.

As mentioned, LaVine carried the Bulls offense early: he had 18 first-half points on 7-for-9 shooting. Embedded in that line were a few highlight-reel dunks that awoke the United Center:

He tacked on a cool 17 (!) in the third quarter before coming out with the game out of reach for the Hawks. LaVine finished the night leading all scorers with 35 points and shot a staggering 7-for-7 from 3-point range. When he’s on, it’s too much fun, and he dazzled in this one. 

In a favorable matchup, the defense kept rolling

Coming into this game, we knew the Bulls defense, theoretically, matched up well with Atlanta’s offense plan of attack. For the most part, that bore out, in practice.

Kris Dunn was outstanding in containing Trae Young tonight, hounding him off of every screen (where he was usually aided by a hedge from the big in coverage) and staying attached even in instances when Young was able to penetrate.

Young didn’t score until the 11:07 mark in the second quarter and finished the night with 15 points on 4-for-14 shooting (1-for-6 from three) and seven turnovers. This is the fourth-leading scorer in the NBA we’re talking about here. He did rack up 13 assists (six in the first quarter) — and some were very, very pretty — but most of those came in transition. In the halfcourt, the Bulls’ set defense effectively bottled him up.

The Hawks, as a team, committed 23 turnovers on the night, which the Bulls were able to convert into 15 points. Atlanta is an inferior opponent, yes, but it was a strong showing, nonetheless.

Blowouts are fun

This one was a little too close for comfort early on but ended in a rout. The Bulls simply outclassed the Hawks, winning statistical categories this team has often been overmatched in, from rebounds (42-40) to points in the paint (78-42), to blocks (7-4), to the 3-point battle. Lauri Markkanen even utilized garbage time to turn a fine stat line into a good one: he had 10 points in the fourth quarter, finishing the game with 22 points on 8-for-9 shooting. 

So, you know what? Rest your brain with some of the best clips of the night. You’ve earned it:

 

 

 

 

The Bulls can push questions about fourth-quarter stagnation, cold shooting streaks, and crowded rotations until this weekend. This was a solid overall performance.

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