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On The Farm: Archer Shoots Down Suns

On The Farm: Archer Shoots Down Suns

Tuesday Sept. 14, 2010
Posted: 9:15 p.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski
CSNChicago.com
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Chris Archer had a dominant season at two levels this year, easily handling the Florida State League before earning a mid-season promotion to the Southern League, where his efforts were even more impressive. Though it appeared as if the opposing teams on the Double-A circuit were starting to get a better scouting report on him towards the end of the regular season, Jacksonville obviously wasnt privy to a copy.

Archer looked like the pitcher that blistered the Southern League upon his arrival in July when he took the mound Tuesday night for the championship series opener at Smokies Park. He led a quartet of pitchers that shut down and shut out the Suns, 5-0, giving Tennessee the early advantage in a rematch between the 2009 finalists.

Jacksonville took home last years crown but if the Smokies continue to get pitching like they did on Tuesday, there wont be a repeat. Archer scattered four hits over six innings, striking out eight and walking only one. It marked the seventh time in 14 Southern League starts that he didnt allow an earned run.

Aaron Shafer, Blake Parker and Esmalin Caridad each followed with a no-hit inning of their own, adding four more strikeouts without walking a batter.

Robinson Chirinos had the big hit for the Smokies, connecting for a three-run homer in a four-run fourth inning. Brandon Guyer added a solo homer in the sixth but, because of how the Tennessee staff was performing, the shot proved to be merely window dressing.

In other news, Tennessee was nominated for the 2010 Larry MacPhail Award on Tuesday, emblematic of the organization exhibiting the most outstanding promotional work during the regular season.
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Potomac evened the Mills Cup championship series at a game apiece Tuesday night, topping Winston-Salem, 5-3, at BB&T Ballpark.

The Nationals scored three eighth-inning runs off Brandon Kloess, who allowed a pair of hits and issued a walk. His meltdown spoiled what was another fine effort from starter Dylan Axelrod, who left with a lead after allowing two runs on three hits over seven innings.

Seth Loman had two hits, including a homer, and an RBI for the Dash. Joe Martinez also had two hits and an RBI. Kenny Williams added a double and an RBI. The series will resume Thursday night at Potomac.

Kevin Czerwinski can be reached at [email protected].

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.