Monday Oct. 18, 2010
Posted: 6:20 p.m.
ARIZONA FALL LEAGUEPeoria Saguaros White Sox
Eduardo Escobar showed only a few flashes of power while splitting time Winston-Salem and Birmingham during the regular season. The Venezuelan native displayed some pop on Monday, though, for the Sags in a 6-3 victory over visiting Phoenix.
Escobar had three hits, including a three-run homer in the seventh inning that broke open what was a close contest, and scored twice. He pushed his average to .375 6-for-16 through five games. The long ball and the RBIs were his first of the season.
Jared Mitchell went 1-for-4 with a triple and an RBI, his second of the season.
Anthony Carter made his second appearance of the season, pitching a scoreless inning to earn his first save. Carter has yet to allow a hit and has struck out five in his two innings of work.
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Josh Vitters went hitless in four at-bats as the Solar Sox dropped a 4-2 decision in 10 innings to the Peoria Javelinas.
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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.