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Sox Pitching Prospects Have Mixed Results For Mesa

Sox Pitching Prospects Have Mixed Results For Mesa

Wednesday Oct. 5, 2011
Posted: 8:20 p.m.

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Nevin Griffith spent much of the season as a starter at Birmingham and was largely ineffective in that role. But when he came out of the pen during his final three outings for the Barons he was effective, lending an air of anticipation to what the club could expect from him during his stint with Mesa.

Based on what he did Wednesday afternoon against visiting Phoenix, Griffith is going to have to do a whole lot better. He got hit hard as the Desert Dogs rallied for a 10-4 victory. Griffith took the loss after allowing five runs on three hits and a pair of walks after a pair of his fellow White Sox pitching prospects had strong debuts.

Terry Doyle started and allowed a run on three hits over 3 23 innings before giving way to Jake Petricka. The former second-round pick allowed one hit and struck out a pair in 1 13 innings before Griffiths meltdown.

White Sox farmhand Brandon Short had a hit and scored a run but struck out three times and left five men on base. Fellow Sox farmhand Mike Blanke had a hit an RBI and walked twice. Cubs prospect DJ LeMahieu had a hit and an RBI but fanned twice and left four men on while Josh Vitters went 0-for-4 after smacking a pair of homers in Tuesdays season-opener.

In other action, the United States topped Japan, 7-3, Wednesday night in IBAF World Cup action at Rod Carew Stadium in Panama City. Jordan Danks, who spent the season at Charlotte, had a pair of hits, drew a walk and scored twice for Team USA. Brett Jackson, who split the season between Tennessee and Iowa, was 2-for-4 with a run scored while Andrew Garcia, who split the season between Birmingham and Charlotte, was 1-for-4 with an RBI. Justin Cassel, who pitched at Bristol, Winston-Salem and Charlotte this season, allowed a hit in a scoreless inning of work.

Zach LaVine puts on rare scoring display in Bulls' win over Atlanta Hawks

Zach LaVine puts on rare scoring display in Bulls' win over Atlanta Hawks

On some nights, basketball can feel pretty simple. For the Bulls’ offense — a unit in desperate need of a breakout — tonight was one of those nights.

“I told him, whenever you get it, just shoot it. No matter where you at,” Coby White said of Zach LaVine (who else?) after the Bulls routed the Hawks 136-102. “It just seems like when he gets in a rhythm, he's impossible to stop.”

At present, that sentiment resonates strongly. LaVine scorched the Hawks Wednesday night to the tune of 35 points on 12-for-15 shooting, 7-for-7 from 3-point range. And he did it all in just 25 minutes, sitting the entire fourth quarter of a resounding victory that the Bulls, mercifully, polished off early.

“You know, I get it going. And I want it to stay that way,” LaVine said. “It finally got all put together… It feels good. You wanna have wins like that. It does good for the team and obviously for the body [resting the entire fourth quarter].”

Trouncing the Hawks simultaneously snaps a three-game losing streak for the team, and a shooting funk for LaVine. He shot only 33.3% from the field on 19 attempts per game in the three games that comprised that scheid — hard-fought losses to the Warriors, Heat and Raptors. The Bulls’ total margin of defeat from those three contests was eight points.

“That's what we've been trying to put together,” LaVine said of the Hawks game. “Even though we've had our losses, we’ve been competing every game, we've had stretches where we look really good, where we look like the better team. But we're coming out with the losses.”

Not so tonight. But of course, it’s facetious to call the type of display LaVine put on ‘simple’. Every NBA game, no matter what colors the competing teams sport, features the best basketball players in the world. There are no easy nights at the office in this profession.

Which makes just how easy he can make it look all the more astounding. And all the more worth appreciating.

“Zach's efficiency obviously is just unbelievable,” Jim Boylen said. “He wants to be great, and he's working, and his habits are good. So I'm happy for him.”

LaVine joins a list of only 13 players in NBA history to score 35 points in 25 minutes of play with this performance, including Ben Gordon and *drum roll* Michael Jordan. He is also now the 20th player in league history to shoot 100% on 3-pointers on seven or more attempts in a game. When he’s on, it’s a spectacle. Appointment television.

But, for LaVine, the focus remains on the team. And the future.

“I don't think every game's gonna be like this, obviously,” he said. “But we need to have more of them.”

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Bulls Outsiders Podcast: LaVine drops 35 in blowout win over Hawks

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Bulls Outsiders Podcast: LaVine drops 35 in blowout win over Hawks

On this edition of the Bulls Outsiders podcast, Matt Peck, John Sabine, and David Watson react to the Bulls 136-102 win over the Hawks

0:45 - Reaction to blowout win over Hawks, no cookies though?

3:30 - Viewer comments on Matt being angry, and admitting being wrong on LaVine

5:00 - Zach LaVine highlites by Big Dave

8:10 - On Denzel Valentine and the potential for starting

9:35 - Viewer comment asking for Coby White to start, Matt gets annoyed

10:05 - Viewer comment on trading for Michael Porter Jr

11:30 - Viewer comment on Denzel Valentine in 3-point contest

14:30 - Viewer comment making fun of Sabine’s Cowboys

15:15 - Viewer comment on Markkanen

17:15 - On Otto Porter Jr and missing at least another month

20:55 - Viewer comment on LaVine being the most athletic player in the NBA

23:30 - Viewer comment on Kris Dunn

24:30 - What was your life ‘It’s Over’ moment when you were overconfident?

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