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Mitchell Making His Mark in Comeback At Winston-Salem

Mitchell Making His Mark in Comeback At Winston-Salem

Saturday April 9, 2011
Posted: 9:45 p.m.
WHITE SOXWinston-Salem A
The Dash earned their first win of the season Saturday, topping Kinston, 3-2, in game that was called after eight innings because of rain at Historic Grainger Stadium.

Jared Mitchell continued to write an early remarkable comeback story, connecting for a two-run first-inning homer that would put Winston-Salem out in front to stay. Mitchell missed all of last season with an ankle injury but is 3-for-9 with a homer and four RBIs.

Jose Martinez, who had four hits, drove in the third Dash run in the fifth with an RBI single. Taylor Thompson earned the win pitching two scoreless innings in relief of starter Andre Rienzo.
Birmingham AA
The Barons surprise start to the season continued Saturday night as they squeaked by Montgomery, 6-4. Birmingham improved to 3-0 behind the big bopping of Chris Marrero, who had three hits, including a homer and three RBIs.

Kenny Williams added a double and two RBIs as Charlie Leesman went 5 13 innings to earn the win. The Barons will continue their season-opening five-game set with the Biscuits on Sunday night.

Kannapolis A
The Intimidators had their doubleheader with Lakewood postponed because of unsafe playing conditions at FirstEnergy Field. The two teams will play a Sunday doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.
Charlotte AAA
Charlottes game against Norfolk was also postponed because of unplayable grounds. The game will be made up Sunday as part of a doubleheader beginning at 1:15 at Knights Stadium.

CUBSDaytona A
Nelson Perez hit only three home runs last year and has seven round trippers over the last two seasons. Yet Saturday night, he was a one-man power show for Daytona, which upended Brevard County, 7-3, at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Perez hit a pair of homers and knocked in three runs with his two-run shot capping a three-run second inning. Justin Bour also connected for a solo homer in the second to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead. It was enough to make a winner of Aaron Kurcz, who allowed three runs on four hits in five innings.
Peoria A
Jean Almanzars three-run double in the 12th lifted Cedar Rapids to a 12-9 victory over Peoria at OBrien Field.

The Chiefs has staged a pair of rallies, finally knotting the score at 9-9 in the eighth inning. Yohan Gonzalez issued a pair of walks and surrendered a single in the 12th, setting the stage for Almanzars double.

Matt Szczur had a pair of hits, a walk, an RBI and scored twice. Greg Rohan added a pair of hits and an RBI while Pierre LaPage chipped in three hits and has hit safely in all three games this season.

Tennessee AA
The Smokies bullpen imploded and as a result Chattanooga handed Tennessee its first loss of the season, a 12-4 decision Saturday night. The pen allowed nine runs on 13 hits over four innings, erasing the one-run lead with which starter Alberto Cabrera had left it.

Ryan Flaherty and DJ LeMahieu each had a pair of hits while Brett Jackson singled to extend his hitting streak to three games.
Iowa AAA
The I-Cubs racked up 15 hits and made a late charge Saturday night but it wasnt enough as they dropped a 13-9 decision to Round Rock at the Dell Diamond.

Starter Robert Coello and Jake Muyco combined to allow all 13 runs through the first seven innings, negating the five runs that Iowa scored over the final three innings. Bryan LaHair and Scott Moore each had a homer and three RBIs.

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

Reynaldo Lopez continues hot start to second half, helps snap White Sox losing streak

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Reynaldo Lopez continues hot start to second half, helps snap White Sox losing streak

After a rough outing against the Detroit Tigers on July 4 — his last before the All-Star break — White Sox starting pitcher Reynaldo Lopez vowed to be a different pitcher going forward.

“At this point, after a really bad first half, there's not much I can say about that. Starting today, you're going to see a different pitcher going forward for the second half of the season,” Lopez said after his July 4 start through team interpreter Billy Russo. “What is done is done. There's nothing else that I can do to change what is done.

“I can do different things to get better and to be a better pitcher for the year and that's what I'm going to do.”

Two outings later, and Lopez is nearing the point where he can say “I told you so.”

Lopez has come out of the break firing on all cylinders after struggling to a 4-8 record and MLB-worst 6.34 ERA before the Midsummer Classic. Friday, he tossed seven innings of two-run ball, allowing just six hits and one walk compared to eight strikeouts. This follows his brilliant outing against the Athletics on Sunday in which he pitched six innings, allowing just three hits and one run — albeit unearned — with two walks and seven strikeouts.

Lopez exited Sunday’s game in line for a win before the White Sox bullpen slipped up. The offense allowed no such opportunity on Friday, tallying 16 hits en route to a 9-2 drubbing of the Tampa Bay Rays. It’s Lopez’s first win since June 9 against the Kansas City Royals and the White Sox first win after the break, snapping a seven-game skid.

Lopez has received a fair share of criticism this season for his struggles, but his recent success should not come as much of a surprise considering how he fared in 2018. The 25-year-old posted a 3.91 ERA in 32 starts, striking out 151 batters in 188 2/3 innings.

Lopez’s strikeout rate in 2019 is up compared to 2018 (8.19 K/9 in 2019 vs. 7.20 in 2018) and his walk rate is down (3.32 BB/9 in 2019 vs. 3.58 in 2018). The major difference is that opponents are hitting .284 against him this season compared to .234 in 2018, while also holding a .319 BABIP, up from .260 last season.

It may just be two starts, but Lopez is backing up his vow to pitch better. Between Lucas Giolito, Dylan Cease and the returns of Michael Kopech and Carlos Rodón from Tommy John surgery in 2020, the White Sox future starting rotation is in good hands. Getting Lopez back to pitching how he did in 2018 will only take that group to the next level.

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Dare we ask... are the Cubs back?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Dare we ask... are the Cubs back?

Rick Telander, Ben Finfer and Seth Gruen join Kap on the panel.

0:00 - The Cubs beat the Padres from their 6th win in their 7 games since the All-Star Break. Are they really this good or are they just feasting on sub-.500 teams?

7:00 - The White Sox have lost seven straight after the break. Should fans be furious with the slump or still optimistic about the future?

13:00 - The Bears report to Bourbonnais in 6 days. Will the 2019 season be a failure if they do not make it to the Super Bowl?

19:00 - Kap gives out his play of the night in the FanDuel Friday Faves.

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