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Muyco's AFL Season Ends On A Sour Note

Muyco's AFL Season Ends On A Sour Note

Tuesday Nov. 16, 2010
Posted: 6:15 p.m.
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Jake Muycos AFL experience came to an unceremonious end Tuesday afternoon in Mesas 7-2 loss at Surprise.

Muyco, who was solid out of the pen at Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa during the regular season, was thrust into a starting role with Mesa and didnt shine in his seven outings. He took the loss Tuesday to finish at 0-3 with a 10.48 ERA in 22 13 innings. He allowed runs in every outing, including the six he surrendered to Surprise. The opposition finished with a .406 batting average against him.

Josh Vitters was 1-for-4, extending his hitting streak to seven games, while Ryan Flaherty scored a run as a pinch-runner.

The AFL regular season ends Thursday.
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Eduardo Escobar and Jared Mitchell combined to go hitless in five at-bats during Tuesdays 15-2 loss to the Peoria Javelinas. Escobars average dropped to .320, the lowest it has been since he was hitting .311 on Nov. 1. Mitchell, meanwhile, is 3-for-32 and has seen his average plummet to a season-low .156.

Charlie Leesman allowed two runs in an inning.

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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.