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Jake Muyco had performed adequately in each of his first two AFL performances prior to his outing for Mesa on Monday. The right-hander, who had been solid while coming out of the bullpen for Tennessee and Iowa during the regular season, got the start for Solar Sox and put forth a forgettable effort in an 8-6 loss at Phoenix.
Muyco allowed seven runs on six hits over 2 23 innings. He walked one and allowed a pair of homers. Muyco didnt allow more than four runs in any of his 54 regular-season outings.
Fellow Chicago farmhands Brett Jackson and Ryan Flaherty did their best to get Muyco off the hook. Jackson, making his second AFL appearance, had a hit, a walk, drove in a pair of runs and scored once while Flaherty had a hit and an RBI in four at-bats to extended his hitting streak to four games. Josh Vitters went 0-for-2.
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Anthony Carter continued to shine for the Sags in their 5-4 victory over Scottsdale. Carter, who had 22 saves at Birmingham during the regular season, picked up his second save for Peoria after throwing a scoreless inning.
Carter has yet to allow a hit or a walk in his four outings four innings, striking out eight over that stretch.
Eduardo Escobar and Jared Mitchell each went 0-for-4.
New Bears wideout Allen Robinson appears on the latest episode of 'Big Guys in a Benz' hosted by Anthony Adams. In the episode, Robinson touches on a number of topics from growing up rooting for the Minnesota Vikings despite being from Detroit, his favorite Chicago baseball team and how he went about free agency.
When asked where the Bears were ranked when looking at teams in free agency, Robinson said the Bears were No. 1 on his list.
...especially once they hired coach Nagy, you know, I had been watching his work over the past couple of years and I know it's a system that I would definitely fit into and flourish in.
As far as growing up a Vikings fan?
Bears fans can forgive Robinson as he grew up idolizing Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss. He went on to explain that once a year for his birthday he would get to go see the Vikings play in Detroit. Things came full-circle for Robinson when he was able to train for four weeks straight with Moss last summer, which Robinson said "took his game to the next level".
When pressed to choose White Sox or Cubs, Robinson quickly responded "Cubs", making his allegiance to the North Siders known.
And though the interview didn't touch on Robinson's ACL rehab, it did show how Robinson is quickly endearing himself to Bears fans as he prepares for a bounce-back season.
NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.
School: Glenbrook North
Head coach: Bob Pieper
Assistant coaches: Matt Purdy, Dom Savino, Justin Weiner, Justin Georgacakis, Matt Miller, Brad Hokin, Ernie Brandt and Mike Nabolotny
How they fared in 2017: 5-4 (2-3 Central Suburban North Conference). Glenbrook North failed to qualify for the IHSA state football playoff field.
Biggest storyline: Will the Spartans' growing pains from last season pay off come August?
Names to watch this season: DB Ben Kieffer and OL Nick Mantas
Biggest holes to fill: The Spartans welcome back an impressive 15 starters (eight offense, seven defense) this season. That said, who will be the main ball carrier this season for the Spartans?
EDGY's Early Take: Glenbrook North posted a winning record in 2017, but a low playoff point total kept the Spartans watching the playoffs at home. Look for a much more experienced team on both sides of the football this fall that will contend for the Central Suburban North conference title and a state playoff spot.