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Cubbies Pace Mesa Past The Javelinas

Cubbies Pace Mesa Past The Javelinas

Tuesday Oct. 19, 2010
Posted: 5:50 p.m.

Kevin Czerwinski
CSNChicago.com

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUEMesa Solar Sox Cubs
The Cubs had several players make big contributions Tuesday in Mesas 6-5 victory against the Peoria Javelinas.

Josh Vitters RBI single in the ninth gave the Solar Sox a 6-4 advantage. He finished with a pair of hits in five at-bats, raising his batting average to .261 through five games. Ryan Flaherty, meanwhile, had a hit in two at-bats, drew three walks and scored twice.

David Cales pitched two scoreless innings to earn his first victory. He allowed a pair of hits and fanned one. Jake Muyco, who split the regular season between Tennessee and Iowa, started. He allowed a run on four hits over three innings in what was his second start.
Peoria Saguaros White Sox
Jared Mitchell extended his hitting streak to three games on Tuesday in Peorias 7-3 loss at Phoenix.

Mitchell had a pair of hits, pushing his average to .304. He has four hits in 10 at-bats during the streak. Eduardo Escobar was 1-for-4 with a walk and now has four hits in his last eight at-bats. Henry Mabee was hit hard for a second consecutive outing, allowing three runs on four hits and walk in one inning. Mabee, who pitched to a 3.65 ERA during the regular season with Double-A Birmingham, has given up eight runs on nine hits over three innings.

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Under Center Podcast: State of the Bears: Defense

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Under Center Podcast: State of the Bears: Defense

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). 

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below: 

Yu Darvish finally has his first win at Wrigley

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Yu Darvish finally has his first win at Wrigley

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.