Lowe's AFL Experience A Tough One

Lowe's AFL Experience A Tough One

Monday Oct. 8, 2010
Posted: 6:05 p.m.
ARIZONA FALL LEAGUEPeoria Saguaros White Sox
The Arizona Fall League is an experience that most players look back on fondly. Johnnie Lowe, however, likely wants to bury his time with Peoria deep in the recesses of his mind.

The right-hander who enjoyed such a fine season out of the bullpen at Birmingham has been starting for Sags with his latest effort coming Monday in a 6-5 loss at Surprise. Though he didnt factor in the decision, Lowe got roughed up yet again, allowing five runs on eight hits in 3 13 innings.

Lowes ERA is 15.15 in 13 23 innings as a starter. Hes allowed 27 runs 23 earned. Hes allowed five homers and the opposition is hitting .356 against him. Henry Mabee also pitched, throwing a scoreless inning, marking the third consecutive outing and fourth time in five outings that he has not yielded a run.

Jared Mitchell and Eduardo Escobar combined to go 0-for-6.
Mesa Solar Sox Cubs
Ryan Flaherty snapped a two-game hitless streak Monday night in Mesas 8-3 loss to Scottsdale.

Flaherty was 1-for-3 after going 0-for-8 in his previous two games. Hes hitting .317 with just over a week remaining in the AFL regular season. David Cales pitched 1 13 scoreless innings, extending his streak to 6 23 innings without giving up a run.

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Under Center Podcast: State of the Bears: Defense


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


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 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.