Thursday Oct. 4, 2010
Posted: 6:10 p.m.
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The Cubs had a quartet of pitchers going Thursday afternoon in Mesas 7-4 victory over the Peoria Javelinas and each provided mix results.
Kyle Smit earned the victory, his third of the season, but only after he had blown a save opportunity that cost fellow Chicago prospect Jake Muyco a chance at a victory. Smit allowed a run on three hits in an inning with the run coming on a Cord Pehlps homer with two outs in the seventh inning.
David Cales pitched a scoreless eighth and has not allowed a run in his last 5 13 innings. Muyco, meanwhile, allowed three runs on six hits over four innings before turning things over to Chris Carpenter, who didnt allow a run in 1 23 innings.
Infielder Ryan Flaherty went hitless in four at-bats.
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Eduardo Escobar continued to show on Thursday afternoon why he was a deserving choice for the AFL Rising Stars Game. Escobar had another big effort at the top of the batting order, leading the Sags to a 14-5 victory over visiting Phoenix.
Escobar had three hits, including a double and a triple, and scored twice. He has 10 hits in his last 16 at-bats, pushing his average to .377. Jared Mitchell was not as fortunate. He was hitless in five at-bats as his average dropped to .179.
Anthony Carter allowed a run on three hits in an inning of work.
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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.