Thursday Nov. 18, 2010
Posted: 7:04 a.m.
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The Sox didnt do much offensively Wednesday, collecting only three hits in a 6-0 loss at Scottsdale. Josh Vitters and Ryan Flaherty combined to go 0-for-7. Chris Carpenter struck out a pair, though, in a scoreless inning of work.
Flaherty was also named a finalist for the Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award on Wednesday. The award, which was named in honor of the Reds prospect who was killed during the 2003 AFL season, goes to the player who best exemplifies unselfishness, hard work and leadership. The winner will be announced prior to Saturdays AFL championship game.
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The Sags dropped a 13-3 decision to visiting Surprise. Eduardo Escobars late-season slump continued as he went 0-for-5. Hes hitting .238 in his last 10 games, dropping his average to .306.
Jason Bour had a hit and scored a run. Henry Mabee allowed a solo homer in 1 13 innings while Anthony Carter tossed a scoreless inning.
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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).
Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:
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.