Friday Oct. 15, 2010
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Angels prospect Brandon Wood connected for a three-run double in the bottom of the 11th inning Friday to give Mesa an 8-7 victory over Surprise. The Rafters had scored twice in the top half of the inning.
Infielder Ryan Flaherty, who split the regular season between Tennessee and Daytona, had a crucial sacrifice to keep the inning going. He was 1-for-4 and has hit safely in all three games in which he has appeared.
David Cales allowed a run in 23 of an inning and has now allowed three runs in 1 23 innings.
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Eduardo Escobar had a pair of hits, including a double, but it wasnt enough as the Saguaros dropped a 13-5 decision to the Peoria Javelinas on Friday. Escobar, who split the regular season between Winston-Salem and Birmingham, also drew a walk and has three hits in nine at-bats through three games.
Jared Mitchell went 0-for-5 with an RBI and is now hitless in his last nine at-bats. The RBI was his first of the season. Henry Mabee, who pitched at Birmingham during the regular season, got hit hard out of the pen, allowing five runs on fours hits over two innings.
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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.