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Intimidators Turn Off Power For Morning Victory

Intimidators Turn Off Power For Morning Victory

Wednesday April 20, 2011
Posted: 9:13 p.m.

WHITE SOX Kannapolis A
Jake Petricka continued to pitch well Wednesday morning yet the reigning Sally League pitcher of the week didnt factor in the decision as Kannapolis rallied for a 6-5 victory over West Virginia at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium.

Petricka went six innings, allowing his first run of the season, and struck out six while scattering five hits. He stretched his scoreless-inning streak to 16 before the Power pushed a run across in the sixth. Petricka left with a 5-1 advantage that was erased when Paul Burnside allowed four seventh-inning runs, including a two-out, three-run homer to Matt Curry.

Burnside 2-0 was able to pick up the victory, though, when Dan Black drove in the go-ahead run with an RBI-single in the bottom half of the inning. Jake Wilson pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save.

Black finished with two RBIs as did Juan Silverio and Mike Blanke.
Charlotte AAA
Lucas Harrell earned 14 victories in the last season and a half for Charlotte but had been a bit inconsistent through his first two starts this year, neither of which resulted in a victory. The veteran right-hander was shaky at times again on Wednesday but did enough to earn his first win of 2011 as the Knights bested Durham, 8-3, at Durham Athletic park.

Harrell allowed three runs over six innings, scattering six hits and walking four. He didnt strike out a batter but left on the winning side of the ledger after Charlotte scored five times in the fourth inning. Johnny Nunez and Brian Bruney combined to pitch three perfect innings to close out the Bulls. Bruney, the former Yankee, hasnt allowed a run in four innings this season.

Jim Gallagher and Eduardo Escobar each had a pair of RBIs with Escobars coming on a two-run triple in the fourth.
Birmingham AA
The Barons rallied after Mississippi took an early lead Wednesday afternoon, earning a 7-4 victory at Regions Park.

Justin Greenes two-run double sparked a three-run sixth inning, erasing what had been a 4-2 deficit. Tyler Kuhn had three hits and scored twice, pushing his average to .405. Seth Loman also had three hits while Andrew Garcia had a homer and knocked in four.

Shane Lindsay 1-1 benefitted from the comeback, earning the victory after pitching two scoreless innings in relief of Justin Edwards. Nate Jones also tossed two scoreless frames to pick up his first save of the year.
CUBSPeoria A
The Chiefs swept a doubleheader Wednesday afternoon, taking a pair from offensively challenged Quad Cities, 4-0, and 1-0, at Modern Woodman Park.

The River Bandits have struggled to score runs all season and Wednesday they had more trouble with Peoria pitching. Austin Kirk 1-1 started and won the opener after taking a no-hitter into the fifth inning. He struck out four and allowed only two hits in his five innings of work before Yohan Gonzalez pitched two innings for his first save. Kirks win was the first by a Peoria starter this season. Greg Garcias fifth0-inning double off Kirk was the first hit he allowed to a left-handed hitter in 15 at-bats this year.

Dallas Beeler 1-1 also pitched five innings in winning the nightcap before Bryce Shafer danced his way through two innings to earn the save.

Greg Rohan got hits in both games, extending his hitting streak to 12 games, the longest such streak in the Midwest League this season. It was Arismendy Alcantara who drove in the lone run in the nightcap, though, with a fourth-inning double. Catcher Chad Noble was added to the roster from Daytona after reliever Marcus Hatley was placed on the disabled list with a sprained right thumb. Sergio Burruel threw out Michael Swinson attempting to steal second base in the third inning for the first runner caught stealing by a Chiefs catcher this season in 19 tries.
Iowa AAA
The I-Cubs split an afternoon doubleheader with Albuquerque, taking the opener, 3-1, before dropping the nightcap, 3-0, at Principal Park.

Austin Bibens-Dirkx 1-1 returned to his 2010 form in winning the opener, scattering two hits over six innings while striking out nine. He had allowed 12 runs in 10 innings coming into the affair but lowered his ERA from 10.80 to 7.31 with the effort. Chris Carpenter walked two in the seventh but still managed to record his first save.

Lou Montanez had a an RBI triple and Bobby Scales added an RBI double in a two-run fifth inning to snap what been a 1-1 tie.

The I-Cubs managed just one hit in the nightcap, a two-out double by Marquez Smith in the seventh-inning that spoiled John Elys no-hit bid. Robert Coello 1-2 allowed three runs over six innings.
Daytona A
Jae-Hoon Ha continued to run roughshod over the Florida State League as a trio of Daytona pitchers shut down Lakeland Wednesday night in a 5-2 victory at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Ha had a pair of hits, pushing his average to .414 and extending his hitting streak to seven games. Mike Burgess added a homer, two RBIs and drew a pair of walks, making it easier for Kevin Rhoderick 1-0, who allowed a run in three innings.

He followed Brett Wallach, who also allowed a run in three innings. Jeff Beliveau tossed three shutout innings to record the save.
Tennessee AA
The Smokies hit three home runs, two of which came in a big sixth inning, Wednesday night to power their way by host Carolina, 9-5.

Brett Jackson, who had three hits and three RBIs, and DJ LeMahieu each hit solo shots with LeMahieus homer giving Tennessee a 3-2 lead. Steve Clevenger added a solo homer in the Smokies three-run eighth. Marco Carillo earned the win with four innings of relief.

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

Jake Arrieta full of appreciation in return to Wrigley mound: ‘I’ll never forget this city’

Jake Arrieta full of appreciation in return to Wrigley mound: ‘I’ll never forget this city’

The last time Jake Arrieta pitched at Wrigley Field, his night ended with Cubs fans giving him a rousing standing ovation. The former Cubs right hander tossed 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball, leading the Cubs to victory in Game 4 of the 2017 NLCS—their only win against the Los Angeles Dodgers that series.

Arrieta returned to Wrigley Field as a visitor on Monday night, making his first start against the Cubs since joining the Philadelphia Phillies last season. Ironically, Arrieta’s counterpart for the night was Yu Darvish, who ultimately replaced Arrieta in the Cubs starting rotation.

Despite now donning Phillies red, Cubs fans once again showed their love for Arrieta, giving him a lengthy standing ovation ahead of his first plate appearance. Darvish even stepped off the mound in respect for the moment.

“I loved it, absolutely loved it,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said to reporters postgame. “[I’m] very happy that our fans would acknowledge him like that. Yu stepped away from the mound nicely. Jake deserved it.”

Arrieta tipped his helmet in appreciation for the crowd, taking in the moment for more than 30 seconds before stepping into the batter’s box. After the game, he told reporters that moment brought back memories of his time with the Cubs.

“That was something that really brought back great memories of getting that same sort of ovation pretty much on a nightly basis,” Arrieta said. “[I’m] very appreciative of that. I can’t say thank you enough to the city of Chicago, I really can’t.”

Arrieta took fans back to his Cubs tenure on Monday, throwing six innings of one run ball in the Phillies’ 5-4 10-inning win. Although the 33-year-old didn’t pick up the victory, he matched Darvish—who threw six innings of three-run ball—pitch by-pitch.

Phillies manager Gabe Kapler noted how well Arrieta handled his emotions throughout the night.

“I thought he handled the emotions really well. I thought he was in control of the game even when we were down,” Kapler said to reporters. “He always maintained his poise and he just got stronger as the outing went on and that’s why we were able to have him take down the sixth inning for us.”

It’s well-documented how Arrieta’s career improved for the better after the Cubs acquired him in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles in July 2013. When the Cubs acquired him, Arrieta held a career 5.46 ERA in 69 games (63 starts). He finished his Cubs career with a 2.73 ERA in 128 regular season starts. He also won five postseason games with the Cubs, including Games 2 and 6 of the 2016 World Series.

Despite moving on in free agency, Arrieta spoke highly of his time with the Cubs, their fans and the city of Chicago.

“Cubs fans all across the country, all across the world, they really respect and appreciate what guys are able to do here for them,” he said. “It means a lot, it really does.

"I’ll never forget this city, the fan base, the organization, everything that they did for me. It was 4 1/2 incredible years of my career.”

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Yu Darvish crashed Jake Arrieta's party, but Cubs bullpen falters

Yu Darvish crashed Jake Arrieta's party, but Cubs bullpen falters

Yu Darvish was one pitch away.

Holding onto a 1-0 lead with two outs in the sixth inning, Darvish threw Phillies catcher JT Realmuto a 2-2 cutter. It made sense - Darvish had been spotting that pitch well all night, and the Phillies were averaging a paltry 79.8 mph exit velocity against it.

With one strike standing between Darvish and a 6-inning shutout, Realmuto took Darvish’s cutter and sent it back up the middle for a game-tying RBI single. A 2-RBI triple from César Hernández followed. In the blink of an eye, what was shaping up to be one of Darvish’s finest moments in Chicago was instead reduced to yet another start spent searching for silver linings.

“Really good. He was outstanding tonight,” Joe Maddon said. “He pitched really well.

“He had really good stuff. He had command of his stuff, he had command of himself. I thought he was outstanding - even better than what he looked like in Cincinnati. I thought that was probably his best game for us to date.”

Darvish has continued to lean heavily on his cutter this season, more so than any year prior. After throwing it 13 percent of the time last season, he’s going to that pitch almost 25 percent of the time now. If that holds, it’d beat his previous career-high, set in 2013, by six percentage points.

All things considered, that pitch has actually been good for him this season. It’s his go-to offering when he needs to induce weak contact, and batters are hitting .125 against it so far. He gets batters to chase cutters 29.5 percent of the time, the most of any pitch he throws. While he has admitted in games past that he relies too heavily on his fastball, Maddon sees no issues with the new trend.

“I have no concerns with that whatsoever,” he said. “There’s different ways for pitchers to attack hitters, and if it's successful, I really would not change a whole lot.”

Though the night was dedicated to celebrating one of the franchises most beloved pitchers, it was one of their most maligned that continued to show signs of figuring it out. He’s put together back-to-back starts with three or less walks for the first time this season, and has allowed two or less runs in three of the last five.

The pitcher even stepped off the mound during Arrieta’s first at-bat, in order to let the standing ovation continue on.

“He’s is a legend in Chicago,” Darvish said after the game. “And I pitched against him and pitched pretty good, so it makes me confident.”

The bullpen again struggled on Monday night, as the trio of Mike Montgomery, Brad Brach, and Kyle Ryan allowed two runs on five hits, including the game-winning solo home run from Realmuto in the 10th. For a moment it looked like the Cubs had a win wrapped up when Brach got outfielder Andrew McCutchen to bite on a two-strike slider, but was (probably incorrectly) called a checked swing.  He would eventually draw a walk, leading to Jean Segura’s game-tying single.

“On the field, I thought for sure [that McCutchen swung],” Brach said. “Looking at the first base umpire, I was a little taken aback. That’s why I went off the mound - just to regather myself, because I didn’t want to let the emotion get to me there.

“It’s a 50-50 call, and unfortunately it didn’t go my way.”

 

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