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Flaherty Streaking For Mesa

Flaherty Streaking For Mesa

Tuesday Nov. 2, 2010
Posted: 10:45 a.m.
ARIZONA FALL LEAGUEMesa Solar Sox Cubs
Ryan Flaherty began November in the same manner that he ended October with a hit. In fact, the Cubs infield prospect has done quite a bit of hitting in the Arizona Fall League and Mondays effort in Mesas 15-1 victory over the Peoria Saguaros is just the latest example.

Flaherty went 3-for-4 with an RBI, extending his hitting streak to eight games, during which he is batting .452 14-for-31 with four RBIs. Hes hitting .367 overall, which places him 10th in the league in batting. Flaherty began the regular season by hitting .183 in 23 games at Double-A Tennessee before moving down to Daytona of the Florida State League, where he hit .286 in 108 games.

Josh Vitters also had a big effort for the Solar Sox, collecting two hits, including a homer, and three RBIs. Hes got five-multi-hit games in his last 10 appearances.

White Sox prospects Eduardo Escobar and Jared Mitchell combined to go 1-for-7 for the Saguaros. Johnnie Lowe made his fourth start and was hit hard yet again, allowing six runs on six hits in two innings in losing his third consecutive game. Hes posted a 15.68 ERA in 10 13 innings with the opposition hitting .473 against him. Charlie Leesman didnt fare much better, allowing a pair of runs on four hits in an inning. Hes allowed runs in six of his seven appearances and has an 11.37 ERA in 6 13 innings.

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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.