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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.
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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.

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

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 28th + 29th homers in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 28th + 29th homers 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.

For the second time in 1998, Sosa went back-to-back games with multiple home runs. After going yard twice on June 19 of that season, Slammin' Sammy again sent two balls into the bleachers on June 20.

He singlehandedly beat the Phillies that night, driving in 5 runs in a 9-4 Cubs victory.

But that wasn't the most impressive feat of the day from Sosa. His second homer was actually measured at a whopping 500 feet! It was the longest of the season, but not the longest of his career. On June 24, 2003, Sosa hit a homer at Wrigley measured at 511 feet.

The back-to-back big games raised Sosa's season OPS to 1.083 with a ridiculous .685 slugging percentage. He began June 1998 with a .608 slugging percentage.

Fun fact: Kerry Wood struck out 11 batters in 7.1 innings on June 20, 1998 to pick up his 7th big-league victory. As Wood marched to the National League Rookie of the Year that season, he finished with a 13-6 record and 233 strikeouts in only 166.2 innings for a career-high 12.6 K/9 rate.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 2

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 2

In Part 2 of "Ask Us Anything" we answer the following questions: Who will be the biggest free agent the White Sox sign this off-season? What are the chances they trade Avi Garcia before the deadline? What's your assessment so far of Luis Robert?  Who's on your all-time busted prospect list? Is Omar Vizquel the next White Sox manager? Would the 1994 White Sox have won the World Series if there wasn't a strike?  What's the long term plan at third base? These questions and many more on this edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast.

If you missed Part 1 of 'Ask Us Anything', you can listen to the full episode here 

Listen to the full Part 2 of 'Ask Us Anything' at this link or in the embedded player below: