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Vitters Continues To Look Like A Hitter In The AFL

Vitters Continues To Look Like A Hitter In The AFL

Sunday Nov. 14, 2010
Posted: 8:15 a.m.

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Josh Vitters extended his hitting streak to five games on Saturday but it wasnt enough to help Mesa, which dropped an 8-7 decision to the Peoria Javelinas.

Vitters was 1-for-5 with a walk and scored a run. Hes hitting .348 8-for-23 during the streak with six RBIs and five runs scored.

Kyle Smit pitched a scoreless inning, issuing only a walk while Chris Carpenter allowed a run on two hits in an inning of work.
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The AFL season probably cant come to an end soon enough for Johnnie Lowe, who got hit hard once again Saturday night as the Sags dropped an 8-1, seven-inning decision at Phoenix.

Lowe gave up four runs on four hits and three walks in three innings to take the loss and fall to 0-4 in six starts. Hes allowed at least four runs in each of his starts and has an ERA of 14.58 in 16 23 innings. Hes allowed six homers and the opposition is hitting .447 against him.

Infielder Eduardo Escobar, outfielder Jared Mitchell and catcher Jason Bour combined to go 0-for-6.

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

Trey Burton, Adrian Amos earn Bears’ top grades from Pro Football Focus for Week 7

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Trey Burton, Adrian Amos earn Bears’ top grades from Pro Football Focus for Week 7

The Bears were not at their best against the New England Patriots on Sunday. They made plenty of mistakes on all three phases and gave Tom Brady too many opportunities to control the game.

It wasn’t all bad from Chicago, though. Trey Burton emerged as a new favorite weapon of Mitchell Trubisky, and the tight end was the Bears’ highest-graded player in the game by Pro Football Focus.

Burton had a career high 11 targets, nine catches and 126 yards with a touchdown, giving Trubisky a 144.7 passer rating when targeting his top tight end.

Seven of Burton’s targets and six of his catches traveled 10 or more yards in the air, according to PFF.

Defensively, safety Adrian Amos led the pack with a 74.6 overall grade. He did not miss a tackle after missing a career-high five last week, and he allowed only one catch for eight yards against the Patriots.

On the bottom of the scale, outside linebacker Leonard Floyd received the second-lowest grade of his career (38.9 overall) for his performance. He did not record any pressure on the quarterback in 13 pass rushing snaps, and he allowed two catches for 13 yards and a touchdown in coverage against running back James White.

Wide receiver Allen Robinson had a career-low grade as well at 44.9 overall. He was clearly limited by his groin injury, targeted five times with one catch for four yards and a dropped pass.

Overall, the Bears were able to stick with one of the top teams in the AFC while also leaving a lot of room for improvement. It’s a step in the right direction from where Chicago was in recent seasons.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Moral victory for the Bears?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Moral victory for the Bears?

David Schuster, Adam Jahns and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel.

0:00- Dave Wannstedt joins the panel to discuss the Bears 38-31 loss to the Patriots? Was it a moral victory? Is Matt Nagy crazy to say Mitch Trubisky didn’t play that bad?

13:00- Joe Girardi pulls his name out of the Reds managerial search and Jon Heyman reports that industry sources believe he might wait to see if there’s an opening in Chicago. What are the chances that he replaces Joe Maddon?

14:30- Adam Amin joins Kap to preview the Bulls/Mavericks game and discuss the lack of defense in the NBA.