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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.

The next preps-to-pros leaper, Anfernee Simons confident 'I'll be able to make this jump'

The next preps-to-pros leaper, Anfernee Simons confident 'I'll be able to make this jump'

Anfernee Simons looks more like a ball boy than a 2018 NBA Draft prospect right now. He’s not considered small, what with having a 6-foot-3 frame with a massive 6-foot-9 wingspan, and he weighed in at last week’s NBA Draft Combine at 183 pounds, “heavier” than Lottery-bound guards like Trae Young, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Collin Sexton.

But there’s plenty of potential to unpack from the soon-to-be 19-year-old, baby-faced combo guard. Don’t let the appearance fool you. Simons is one of the most talented players in the class, and a team patient enough to let him develop at his own pace could reap major benefits in due time.

You won’t find much video on Simons, as the IMG Academy star is preparing to be the first prospect to go preps-to-pros without a year in college since Thon Maker did so in 2016.

Simons, a consensus five-star recruit in the 2018 class, originally committed to Louisville in November 2016 and then decommitted the following September shortly after Rick Pitino was fired. Since he had graduated from Edgewater High School in Florida and was playing a post-grad year at IMG Academy, he became eligible for the 2018 NBA Draft because he is a year removed from high school. That’s where he played this past season, declaring for the draft and signing with an agent in late March.

“The opportunity is there. Me and my parents talked about it a lot and I feel like I’m confident in myself that I’ll be able to make this jump,” he said at last week’s Combine. “So I just felt like, do it now and not waste any time.”

Simons has been on the radars of NBA teams, even if he’s not a household name like Ayton, Doncic and Bagley. He’s currently projected outside of the Lottery, in part because teams haven’t seen him compete against collegiate level talent and because his wiry frame almost surely means time in the G-League as a rookie. But again, the skill set is there.

Simons is a point guard with solid range beyond the arc. He may struggle off the ball because of his size, though that long wingspan and a quick release from his chest should allow him to get off shots. He’s a blur in transition and finishes well at the rim – his 41.5-inch vertical was tied for third best at the Combine, and his three-quarters court sprint was eighth fastest.

He’s a mixed bag defensively. Wingspan is the fun buzz word these days, and that will help him at the next level, but his small frame means there’s work to be done. A strength and conditioning coach will salivate at bringing Simons into the weight room and getting his body NBA-ready.

“Just staying durable through 82 games,” Simons answered when asked about his biggest challenge physically at the next level. “Taking care of your body is real pivotal so I feel like learning how to take care of my body now is a good thing.”

Simons maturely answered that the “unknown” of his game will be both a positive and minus during the pre-draft process. While fellow prospects he may face in team workouts don’t know as much about him and, thus, his game, teams also need to find out more about Simons’ game and off-court habits.

“Coming in young, people don’t know who I am and haven’t seen me play much. That’s the good side about coming in early,” he said. “It could be the same thing (negatively). People haven’t seen me like that, so I feel like they don’t know who I am. They probably think I’m too young to play in the league.”

Simons met with the Bulls and has scheduled a pre-draft workout with them. Though the Bulls feel like their rebuild could go quicker than anticipated – especially if they hit on their No. 7 pick – there could be plenty to gain from drafting for upside on a player like Simons.

Jerian Grant and Cameron Payne will both be free agents in 2019, and Denzel Valentine’s long-term future isn’t set in stone in Chicago. That leaves plenty of openings in the backcourt behind Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine. Simons won’t be ready to contribute much in 2018-19, but the Bulls wouldn’t need him to. A handful of outlets projected Simons as a top-5 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. The Bulls could snag him a year earlier, let him develop in Hoffman Estates and bring him up in a year when they’re a step closer to contending.

Daily White Sox prospects update: Gavin Sheets hits his first homer of 2018

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Daily White Sox prospects update: Gavin Sheets hits his first homer of 2018

Here's your daily update on what the White Sox highly touted prospects are doing in the minor leagues.

Class A Winston-Salem

Gavin Sheets hit his first home run of the season in a 12-4 loss. While it's taken him this long to hit his first ball out of the park, Sheets has a .380 on-base percentage and his 24 walks make for one of the top 10 totals in the Carolina League. Blake Rutherford doubled in this one, while Sheets, Rutherford, Alex Call and Luis Alexander Basabe combined to draw five walks.

Class A Kannapolis

Luis Gonzalez and Evan Skoug each had a hit in a 9-3 win.

Triple-A Charlotte

Charlie Tilson had two hits in a 9-3 loss.