Lowe's AFL Experience A Tough One

Lowe's AFL Experience A Tough One

Monday Oct. 8, 2010
Posted: 6:05 p.m.
ARIZONA FALL LEAGUEPeoria Saguaros White Sox
The Arizona Fall League is an experience that most players look back on fondly. Johnnie Lowe, however, likely wants to bury his time with Peoria deep in the recesses of his mind.

The right-hander who enjoyed such a fine season out of the bullpen at Birmingham has been starting for Sags with his latest effort coming Monday in a 6-5 loss at Surprise. Though he didnt factor in the decision, Lowe got roughed up yet again, allowing five runs on eight hits in 3 13 innings.

Lowes ERA is 15.15 in 13 23 innings as a starter. Hes allowed 27 runs 23 earned. Hes allowed five homers and the opposition is hitting .356 against him. Henry Mabee also pitched, throwing a scoreless inning, marking the third consecutive outing and fourth time in five outings that he has not yielded a run.

Jared Mitchell and Eduardo Escobar combined to go 0-for-6.
Mesa Solar Sox Cubs
Ryan Flaherty snapped a two-game hitless streak Monday night in Mesas 8-3 loss to Scottsdale.

Flaherty was 1-for-3 after going 0-for-8 in his previous two games. Hes hitting .317 with just over a week remaining in the AFL regular season. David Cales pitched 1 13 scoreless innings, extending his streak to 6 23 innings without giving up a run.

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NFC North standings: Bears fall to last in division with Week 7 loss to Patriots


NFC North standings: Bears fall to last in division with Week 7 loss to Patriots

The great Ricky Bobby once said, “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” Talladega Nights hit a little too close to home for the Bears in Week 7.

They came into Sunday at 3-2 at the top of the NFC North. After a 38-31 loss to the New England Patriots, they dropped to the bottom of the division.

The Detroit Lions defeated the Miami Dolphins 32-21 to improve to 3-3, leaving them tied with the Bears in the cellar.

The Minnesota Vikings’ 37-17 victory over the New York Jets jumped them to 4-2-1 overall and first place in the division over the 3-2-1 Green Bay Packers, who were off for their bye week.

The NFC North remains the most tightly contested division in the NFL, the only one with no teams under .500 through seven weeks of the season.

The final standings may not be decided until Week 17, and the Bears have already blown the early season cushion they built for themselves while the Vikings and Packers were struggling.

The divisional action will pick up in November, and Chicago only has a pair of games left to put it all together before back-to-back-to-back games against the Lions, Vikings and Lions again.    

Under Center Podcast: Bears lose 38-31 to the Patriots


Under Center Podcast: Bears lose 38-31 to the Patriots

Matt Forte, Lance Briggs and Alex Brown join Laurence Holmes to break down the Bears 38-31 loss to the Patriots. What happened to the Bears defense over their bye week, and how did the special teams struggle so bad against New England? Plus – the guys debate Mitchell Trubisky’s decision making in the red zone and Matt weighs in on how the Bears should play his former team – the New York Jets – next week.

0:35– Special teams to blame for loss?

4:12– Where did the Bears pass rush go? 

5:27– Bad tackling followed Bears from Miami

7:25– Are the coaches to blame for the defense after the bye?

10:10– Evaluating Mitchell Trubisky’s game

11:55– Agree with Matt Nagy on Mitch’s “mental” game?

13:30– Trubisky’s red zone decision making

17:10– Are the Bears giving away games so Mitch can learn?

18:00– Bears need to run the ball more

21:04– Matt Forte scouts his former team, the New York Jets

Listen to the full podcast here or in the embedded player below.