Thursday Nov. 18, 2010
Posted: 5:30 p.m.
ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE
The Mesa Solar Sox closed out the AFL regular season by dropping a 3-1 decision to the Peoria Saguaros.
Cubs prospect Josh Vitters went 1-for-3, finishing the year with a .253 batting average. He also hit safely in eight of his last nine games. Ryan Flaherty was 0-for-3, finishing in an 0for-25 slump that saw his average drop to .268. Kyle Smit tossed a scoreless inning.
White Sox prospect Jared Mitchell was 1-for-3 for the Sags to finish with a .163 average with 27 strikeouts in 80 at-bats. Eduardo Escobar was 0-for-2 finishing at .300.
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JJ Stankevitz, Cam Ellis and Paul Aspan are back with their training camp preview of the Bears' defense, looking at if it's fair to expect this group to take a step back without Vic Fangio (2:00) or if it's possible to repeat as the league's No. 1 defense (10:00). Plus, the guys look at which players the Bears need to improve to remain one of the NFL's best defenses (15:15), debate if Leonard Floyd can be better (20:00) and look at the future of the defense as a salary cap crunch looms after 2019 (25:00).
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Yu Darvish blew a 98 mph fastball by Yasiel Puig, pumped his fist emphatically twice and let out a primal yell as he walked off the mound while 37,260 fans at Wrigley Field backed him up with maybe the loudest "YUUUU!!!" chant of the season.
It was the final pitch he threw on the afternoon as he completely dismantled the Reds lineup in a 4-2 Cubs victory.
Since the All-Star Break, Darvish leads Major League Baseball in ERA — he hasn't allowed a run in 12 innings while striking out 15 and giving up only 4 hits and a walk.
Oh yeah, and he finally picked up his first Wrigley Field win in a Cubs uniform...in his 28th start.
In both outings to start the second half, he took a no-hitter into the fifth inning and they're also the only two scoreless starts he has as a member of the Cubs (he gave up 0 earned run April 27 last year against the Brewers, but was charged with an unearned run).
The Cubs are now 5-1 since the All-Star Break and will carry a 2.5-game lead in the division into action Friday when the San Diego Padres come into town.