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On The Farm: Tennessee Eclipsed By Suns As Jacksonville Evens Series

On The Farm: Tennessee Eclipsed By Suns As Jacksonville Evens Series

Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010
Posted: 10:15 p.m.

By Kevin Czerwinski
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Jacksonville evened the Southern League championship series at a game apiece Wednesday night with a 7-6 victory over Tennessee at Smokies Park.

Jeff Corsalettis sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning brought home the game winner. Ryan Curry led off the inning with a single off Esmailin Caridad. He stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by Tennessee catcher Steve Clevenger before Corsaletti lofted a fly ball to right.

The Smokies had tied the score at 6-6 in the bottom of the eighth inning on Tony Campanas two-run single. Though they put the tying run on again in the ninth courtesy of an Osvaldo Martinez error, they were unable to get Brandon Guyer home after he reached base. Blake Lalli abruptly ended the rally and the game by hitting into a doubleplay.

Chris Carpenter started and was hit hard early, allowing five runs on seven hits over 3 23 innings. It was his shortest Double-A outing since May 28 though he did have a three-inning start against Iowa on Aug. 24. Carpenter had beaten Jacksonville twice during the regular season but came undone in the third inning when he allowed four runs.

Russ Canzler and Tony Thomas combined to go 5-for-8 and score four runs for the Smokies while Guyer had a solo homer. The series shifts to Jacksonville for Game Three on Friday.

Kevin Czerwinski can be reached at [email protected].

Cubs could get another bullpen boost soon as Carl Edwards Jr. nears return

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Cubs could get another bullpen boost soon as Carl Edwards Jr. nears return

Cole Hamels is still likely more than a week away from returning, but the Cubs could get another arm back soon to help augment the pitching staff.

Carl Edwards Jr. threw another outing Tuesday night with Triple-A Iowa, his fourth appearance on this latest rehab assignment while recovering from a left thoracic strain. 

The 27-year-old righty allowed two hits and a walk in a scoreless inning, notching all three outs on strikeouts. He also pitched Saturday and on July 1st and 4th before Iowa also hit their midseason break. He last pitched in the big leagues on June 9.

"CJ's progressing well," Cubs pitching coach Tommy Hottovy said. "He's feeling better every time out. Good CJ stuff [Tuesday] — fastball's got some carry, some cut to it. He's feeling good."

As for what comes next, the Cubs don't have a plan in place yet. That will depend on how Edwards continues to feel after his latest outing.

"The one thing with him has been the rebound," Hottovy said. "We talk about the recovery that next day, he's had a couple days where he's like, 'yeah I feel good.' And a couple days where it's like, 'ah, I need another day.' 

"So that's always a thing you want to do with relievers is make sure their recovery and their rebound is there. The last thing you want to do have a guy come up and he pitches and then you can't use him for 2 or 3 days. We just gotta make sure we hit all those checkpoints as well."

Edwards got off to a rough start and struggled toward the end of the 2018 season, but he's a huge piece to the Cubs bullpen puzzle and he was dynamic upon his return from minor-league demotion earlier this year.

From his first outing after being called back up (May 6) until the injury hit (June 9), Edwards surrendered only 3 earned runs on 4 hits and 3 walks against 15 strikeouts in 13.1 innings — good for a 2.03 ERA and 0.525 WHIP.

As the Cubs look to bolster their bullpen ahead of the MLB trade deadline in two weeks, Edwards looms as another addition given his ability to neutralize both right-handed and left-handed hitters and induce weak contact when he's on.

Of course, there's obviously some inherent risk in counting on Edwards to be a reliable piece of the bullpen given the way the last couple years have gone. But if he's healthy and pitching the way he had for a full month before the injury, that's a nice option the Cubs can fold into their bullpen alongside Craig Kimbrel, Pedro Strop, Steve Cishek, Brandon Kintzler and Kyle Ryan.

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: