Wednesday Oct. 20, 2010
Posted: 7:40 p.m.
Arizona Fall LeaguePeoria Saguaros White Sox
Johnnie Lowes AFL experience took another ugly turn Wednesday afternoon as Peoria dropped a 9-2 decision to visiting Surprise. Lowe made his second start of the season and for the second time, he was hit hard.
The right-hander, who was 6-5 with a 3.96 ERA this season at Double-A Birmingham, allowed seven runs on seven hits in three innings. Two of those hits were home runs as his ERA climbed to 12 in six AFL innings. Hes allowed three homers in six innings after surrendering five in 120 13 innings with the Barons.
Charlie Leesman, who spent time with Class-A Winston-Salem and Birmingham during the season, also pitched and tossed a scoreless inning.
Eduardo Escobar continued his tear, going 2-for-5, to extend his hitting streak to three games. Hes hitting .360 through seven games. Jared Mitchell went hitless in four at-bats while Jason Bour was 0-for-1.
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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).
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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.