Friday Oct. 22, 2010
Posted: 9:20 p.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski
ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE
Eduardo Escobar moved into the top-10 in hitting on Friday after leading the Peoria Saguaros to a 6-2 victory over visiting Mesa.
The White Sox farmhand, who split the regular season between Winston-Salem and Birmingham, was 2-for- with a homer, an RBI and a walk. His effort extended his hitting streak to five games, during which he is batting .455 10-for-22. Overall, hes hitting .382, good for 10th in the AFL. Escobar hit .277 during the regular season.
Charlie Leesman, who also split the season between Winston-Salem and Birmingham, had another rough outing, allowing two runs on two hits in an inning. Hes got a 6.75 ERA in four relief appearances after making 28 starts during the regular season.
Former Cubs top pick Josh Vitters went 0-for-4 for Mesa while Ryan Flaherty had a hit in four at-bats.
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Yu Darvish blew a 98 mph fastball by Yasiel Puig, pumped his fist emphatically 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.
"How 'bout it? Good for him," Joe Maddon said. "Yu just keeps trending in the right direction. That last out, he pretty much — as they say — emptied the tank and it worked out pretty well.
"The people yelling for him coming off the field was awesome and I know he feels that in a positive way and he deserves it."
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 14th start at the Friendly Confines (28 starts overall).
"It's amazing," Darvish said. "First win at Wrigley — I was always looking for that first win."
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 last time Darvish went back-to-back outings with at least 6 scoreless innings was April 2014, his final season before Tommy John surgery.
The Cubs are now 5-1 since the All-Star Break on the heels of their starting rotation, which has churned out a quality start in each of the six second-half games.