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On The farm: Potomac Defeats Winston-Salem for Carolina League Crown; Tennessee Close To Being Ousted

On The farm: Potomac Defeats Winston-Salem for Carolina League Crown; Tennessee Close To Being Ousted

Friday Sept. 17, 2010
Posted: 8:50 p.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski
CSNChicago.com

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Winston-Salem saw its dreams of a Carolina League title dashed Friday night at PFitnzer Stadium as Potomac squeaked out a 2-1 victory to win the Mills Cup championship. It was the Nationals second title in three years.

The Nats, as they did in the opening round, dropped the first game before winning three straight. They outscored Winston-Salem 17-6 in the three games with Fridays contest being the closest of the three. Potomac took a 3-0 lead after three innings off Nate Jones, who walked five and allowed three hits in his six innings.

The Dash got a run back in the fourth on Seth Lomans RBI single but thats all they would get off Potomac starter Marcos Frias and relievers Joe Testa and Zach Dials. The Nats pen tossed four shutout innings, allowing no hits and walking only one.
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Jacksonville inched closer to winning a Southern League title on Friday night, blanking Tennessee, 2-0, at The Baseball Grounds. The Suns will look to close out the series in four games on Saturday.

The Smokies managed only three hits with Blake Lalli accounting for two of them. Brad hand allowed all three hits over seven innings before a pair of relievers issued only one walk over the final two innings. Marwin Gonzalez had the third Tennessee hit.

Trey McNutt started and took the loss, allowing two runs on five hits over six innings. He fanned six, walked three and allowed a homer. Luke Sommer and Blake Parker each pitched a no-hit inning of relief.

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.