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Shaw injured; De La Salle crushes St Joseph

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Shaw injured; De La Salle crushes St Joseph

Friday, Feb. 11, 2011
11:15 p.m.

By Seamus Brennan
YourSeason.com

St. Joseph isnt having its usual success this season under legendary coach Gene Pingatore. But that didnt stop No. 3 De La Salle coach Tom White from appreciating the Meteors 67-48 Catholic League North win at St. Joseph Friday night.

Anytime you go to Westchester and get a W, people dont understand how big of a win that is, White said. I student-taught at (St. Joseph 27 years ago and coach Pingatore was famous then. Twenty-seven years later and hes still kicking ass.

What was impressive of the Meteors win Friday night was the fact that Illinois-bound Mike Shaw only chipped in six points on the night. The senior forward hurt his knee in the first quarter and appeared to be laboring throughout the contest.

Its nothing serious, Shaw said. Ill be fine.

Dre Henley led the Meteors with 16 points while Alvin Ellis (15 points) and Jaylon Tate (14 points) also scored in double figures.

This is Mikes and my team, no doubt about that, Henley said. But if we happen to have off nights we got plenty of guys that can step up and score.

De La Salle (18-2, 8-1) built a 31-19 lead at the half thanks to 10 first-half points from Henley. The Meteors never let the Chargers get within single digits in the second half.

In their last Catholic League North game, the Chargers (6-14, 2-7) gave No. 6 Hales a run for its money while losing 60-57.

(De La Salle) is much taller than Hales, Pingatore said. Their size gave us fits. Theyre a very good team.

The Meteors also helped themselves at free-throw line by shooting 21-for-25. White was all smiles when talking about the 84 percent free-throw accuracy.

Thats something we work on a lot, White said. We got a lot of young guys on this team so its important that we make the easy points.

White Sox Talk Podcast: The 10th anniversary of Mark Buehrle's perfect game

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White Sox Talk Podcast: The 10th anniversary of Mark Buehrle's perfect game

Chuck Garfien and Steve Stone take a look back at Mark Buehrle's perfect game. How did Buehrle do it? How did Dewayne Wise make that catch?

Plus, Buehrle and A.J. Pierzynski talk about how Buehrle actually told Pierzynski before taking that field that day that he would throw a perfect game and more.

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

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Road struggles continue for Cubs in late-game implosion against Giants

Road struggles continue for Cubs in late-game implosion against Giants

It’s no secret that the Cubs have had their fair share of struggles on the road this season. Entering Monday’s game the Giants – the first of a nine-game road trip -- the Cubs held an 18-27 road record, 21st in all of baseball.

Things took a turn for the worse in that department on Monday night.

Clinging to a 4-2 lead in the eighth inning, the Cubs called upon reliever Pedro Strop to shut down the Giants 3-4-5 hitters. Strop, who entered action with a 4.62 ERA in 29 appearances (5.40 in July), surrendered three runs on four hits – including three doubles. The end result was the Giants taking a 5-4 lead, ultimately the game’s final score.

While Strop’s outing will get the most face time due to it occurring in a high-leverage spot, the truth of the matter is that the Cubs struggled for much of Monday’s game. After taking an early 3-0 lead, they couldn’t pull away from the Giants, watching San Francisco slowly close the gap and cut the deficit to 3-2 in the fifth inning.

The Giants actually came close to tying the game at 3-3 in the seventh inning, though Steve Cishek was able to work out of a first and second, one out jam to keep the Cubs ahead. Plus, before consecutive two out singles in the eighth inning – one being an RBI from Anthony Rizzo to give the Cubs an insurance run, the Cubs offense went through a 1-for-15 drought that began with two outs in the third inning.

At the same time, Strop struggling again is quite concerning. The 34-year-old has been the team's most reliable reliever for the past five seasons, posting sub-3.00 ERAs in each campaign from 2014-18. However, he's in the midst of a forgettable month, allowing seven runs on 11 hits in 7 2/3 innings. Strop also surrendered a game-tying home run in the eighth inning Friday against the Padres, though the Cubs were able to bounce back and win. 

Between their road woes and Strop's rough July, Monday's game did nothing to alleviate concerns over two unsettling Cubs trends. If there's one positive to take away from the game, it's that the Cubs were six outs away from picking up their third road win in seven tries this month.

Moral victories count for little when a team is in a heated pennant race, though, especially since the Cardinals took down the Pirates Monday to cut the Cubs' lead in the NL Central to 1.5 games. The Cubs have to find a way to get better on the road, and they have to find a way to get Strop back on track. Fortunately for the Cubs, there's still time to do both, as Strop pointed out postgame.

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